Quilters needle Cameron board over contract

CAMERON PARK — It was a raucous meeting Wednesday night at the meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors. One resident after another complained about the lack of transparency in district business while also directing personal barbs at certain board members and the general manager. “You work for us,” said one […]

How low will it go? School funding still in limbo

The El Dorado County Office of Education is still waiting to hear from the state regarding what cuts to expect in education funding for the next fiscal year. The Department of Finance has predicted General Fund revenues of about $2.2 billion below the figures adopted in the state budget. That means that a total of […]

IRS taps EDH man for advice

What do you do once you retire? Why become a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) of course. Or at least that what Sam Sorich did. The president of the Association of California Insurance Companies for the past 25 years, Sorich retired in 2010 and started looking around for interesting things to do. Then […]

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with ‘Emily Maple’

Love for the outdoors must run in families because why else would Emily Gilbert decide to hike the Appalachian Trail? Emily, the daughter of Placerville resident Jim Gilbert, took up the challenge a year and a half ago. Both her parents worked for the National Park Service and for Emily the trip may have been, […]

Missing these?

While working on several burglary cases, El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives have come into possession of several pieces of stolen property. Detectives have identified most of the stolen items but have not yet been able to identify the owner of the pictured items, which were recovered from a pawn shop in November 2010. Residents who […]

EDH burglary suspects busted

A Sacramento man and two teenage boys were recently arrested for their alleged roles in an El Dorado Hills burglary. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies were called to El Dorado Hills’ Bridlewood subdivision at around 4:40 p.m. on Jan. 11 after residents reported seeing several suspicious subject jumping over neighborhood fences. Residents, according to Sheriff’s […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

State’s recoups $100M from tax debtors

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization announced recently that collective efforts from the Internet posting of California’s 250 largest unpaid state tax debtors has raised more than $100 million since the program’s inception. “Collecting these large unpaid tax debts is absolutely crucial, because every dollar collected helps spare schools, public safety, […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vallejo man nabbed after high-speed chase

A Vallejo man was booked late Tuesday after leading officers on a high-speed chase through El Dorado County. At around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, Placerville police officers were alerted to reports of a stolen vehicle that was spotted leaving the Camino area. Officers noticed the vehicle on westbound Highway 50 and Canal Street in Placerville […]

Missing hunter found dead

Search and rescue volunteers located the body of a missing hunter Wednesday morning in the Eldorado National Forest, less than 24 hours after he was first reported missing. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said the hunter, whose identity was not immediately known, was said to be missing in the Grizzly Flat area at […]

1-25-12 Genealogical Society seeking family roots

SEEKING FAMILY ROOTS: On Tuesday, Feb 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet in the children’s section of the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. This will be a casual gathering of members to share information and to help guests do their family […]

Heard over the back fence: Author to speak at grange

Cameron Park Rotarian Irina Green told her fellow Rotarians that she has enough money to last her for the rest of her life, provided she dies at 3 p.m.  • • •  GUY NIXON TO SPEAK:
 Guy Nixon has written several books, including “Slavery of the West.” He will be speaking at the […]

1-23-12 Front Yard Nursery gardening advice

FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offered the following gardening advice for February: “- Apply third and final dormant spray on fruit trees (just before bud break) – this is the most important of the three sprays. – Fertilize annuals and perennials with a low nitrogen starter fertilizer or rose & flower food. […]

State requesting tax returns from nonfilers

SACRAMENTO – While most people are working on their 2011 state tax returns, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that it is contacting more than 900,000 people who did not file a 2010 state income tax return. FTB finds nonfilers by using more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fire and oxygen therapy equal deadly mix

CAMINO — “Those individuals on oxygen therapy should avoid smoking and using other sources of “open flame” such as gas stovetops, lighters, matches, candles and wood stoves. The oxygen molecules from an oxygen tank literally cling to clothing, hair, bedding, furniture etc. and  can  cause a fire to burn faster, hotter and at lower temperatures” cautions Unit […]

Greenberg probation report to be compiled out-of-county

Days after he was convicted of Anthony Dumont’s first-degree murder, Morris Greenberg learned Friday that his probation report would not be completed in El Dorado County. During a brief hearing Friday morning, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner announced that Placer County would be handling the creation of Greenberg’s probation report. Last […]

Tahoe summer rentals continue through January

Rob Sabo Nimble operators of firms that rent recreational equipment around Lake Tahoe are doing just fine despite a nearly snow-free winter, operating as if summer never came to an end. Instead of renting winter gear such as skis, snowboards, snowshoes or snowmobiles, Lake Tahoe rental businesses say they are still renting summer equipment — […]

Backroads to gratitude, part 1: A “gawdawful” 2011

In part one of this three-part series, Backroads columnist Mike Roberts shares his frustration over trying to manage his 87-year-old mother’s declining health from afar, and how an assortment of people helped out along the way. My family has a versatile expression that describes the last half of 2011 for both my mother and I: […]

What’s new at the county Historical Museum?

If you haven’t visited the El Dorado County Historical Museum lately, it’s time for another look see. On display Jan. 18 will be a new exhibit featuring a variety of scales, including a 1915 scale from the Fulton Market and a scale used to weigh gold. The latter came from the Georgetown area and was […]

No charges filed against former EID candidate Carey

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against the former El Dorado Irrigation District board candidate who suspended his campaign following his November arrest. Rob Carey, 36, was arrested Nov. 6 on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. On the morning after his arrest, Carey told the Mountain Democrat that he had withdrawn from the race for EID board […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

SEC sues EDH man, brother

The brother of an El Dorado Hills man who allegedly orchestrated a massive Ponzi scheme has been hit with a civil fraud suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Eric Nelson, of Provo, Utah, was recently named in an SEC civil fraud suit for his purported role in a $16 million Ponzi scheme thought to have […]

Hard times for the American dream; bailouts for banks

Like a lot of Americans, Ken and Rhonda Hildebrand didn’t think it could happen to them. “I worked like a dog to buy this home, “said Rhonda fighting back the tears. “I brought my son home to this house. I gave him his first bath in the kitchen sink. It’s been a good girl.” For […]

Folsom Lake College spring classes start soon

Folsom Lake College’s spring 2012 semester is almost here, with most classes starting Jan. 17-23. While many spring classes are full — state budget cuts have led to reduced offerings — a limited number of courses remain open for registration. Several of these classes are ideal for someone seeking a new career path or looking […]

Cold weather pet tips offered

As temperatures continue to drop, El Dorado County Animal Services has issued a reminder urging residents to make appropriate plans for their pets. “Every year around this time, and especially when snow, hail or rain arrive, we begin receiving calls from people who are concerned about dogs or cats that are without shelter from the […]

Heard over the back fence: Book signing, art and wine show Saturday

 The MORE El Dorado Art and Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Mark D. Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Music will be provided by Ray Brown Pro Sound D. J. Services. There will be a live and silent auction, art from the MORE […]

Southeast Connector JPA revises EIR, expands financing study

At a recent meeting of the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority, held at Rancho Cordova City Hall, the directors formally rescinded certification of the Program Environmental Impact Report, prepared to recertify an amended report, and approved a financial study to fund construction of the project, including consideration of using tolls. Chairman John Knight, from […]

1-20-12 “Beginning Cribbage Lessons” class at EDH Sr. Center

LEARN TO PLAY CRIBBAGE: A new class titled “Beginning Cribbage Lessons” is scheduled on Wednesdays, from Feb. 1 to March 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. The instructors are Jack Throne and Ross Walter. Drop-ins are always welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575. The fun takes place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

Assemblywoman Gaines gets given pro-jobs rating by NFIB

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R- Roseville, announced Jan. 12 that she has received an “A” grade from the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s top advocate for small businesses and job creation, for her strong, pro-business voting record. “As a small businesswoman, I am honored to have earned a high score on the […]

1-20-12 “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” class

SNAPSHOT EDUCATION: Did Christmas create a new camera for you? A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Bring your camera to class. No experience is necessary. The class fee […]

Local help and funding available for job training

Unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County could potentially receive free tuition, on-the-job training and other supportive services through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). “Many people don’t realize that these resources are available,” said Sarah Schmudlach, employment and training supervisor with the El Dorado County Connections One Stop Resource Center. […]

Housing, zoning, General Plan fixup on tap

El Dorado County is in the start-up phase of a complex and comprehensive process to prepare for its future. The basis of the effort is to create and adopt a “Targeted General Plan Amendment” and “Zoning Code Update EIR.” As directed by the Board of Supervisors Nov. 14, staff from county agencies, including Planning Services, […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

City reorganizes

The city of Placerville will be recruiting for a director of community development and engineering as a result of department reorganization and the loss of two retired annuitants. At Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting, City Manager Cleve Morris proposed a reorganization of the Public Works Department, Community Development and Community Services For fiscal year 2011-2012 […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Veterinarian: Show me your teeth

The patient’s mouth is open wide and he’s had a mild sedative. His mouth is rinsed, a power tool is inserted  and the work begins. The patient, however, is standing up outdoors in the winter sunshine instead of being seated inside an office in a chair and he’s not human. He’s a 24-year-old gelding named […]

Land development engineer Gene Thorne dies

By Kathye Russell Special to the Democrat Land-use engineer Gene E. Thorne, 66, died Jan. 10. Thorne was known locally to many as a “master mapper” and although the economic downturn of 2008 took its toll on his professional engineering firm, Gene E. Thorne and Associates Inc., he never stopped giving back. When work was […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Arrest made within minutes

Everything hemp onFRay Lawyer Drive was burglarized last Monday night just before midnight. Eye On Alarm’s prompt notification to Placerville Police Department resulted in the arrest of 20-year-old Chad Alhen and 21-year-old Adam Hall, both residents of Placerville. Alhen was apprehended approximately 15 minutes after initiating the shop’s alarm. Hall was arrested the following afternoon […]

Zentner warns of costly state ag mandates

John Zentner of the El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Management Cor. (EDCAWQMC) warned that the state’s Long-Term Irrigation Land Regulatory Program poses the greatest potential threat to El Dorado County agriculture. Zentner’s warning came during a presentation he gave at the Jan. 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Water Agency. He said the […]

Griffiths gets gavel at GDPUD

At the Jan. 10 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, new officers were elected by the Board of Directors. Ray Griffiths was elected chairman, Bonnie McLane as vice chairman, Kathy Otermat as treasurer. General Manager Hank White continues as clerk of the board and Finance Director Mary Pat Frick as assistant clerk. Norm Krizl, […]

Backyard Highline Festival continues locally

Over the past few months local residents may have noticed a group of people off Black Oak Mine Road in Garden Valley literally climbing through the trees. The Balance Community Backyard Highline Festival is the brainstorm and work of Jerry Miszewski, 25, of Davis. “I started Balance Community in August of 2009,” he said. “That […]

1-18-12 East Indian cooking class

EAST INDIAN COOKING: A class to help you learn, step by step, how to prepare delicious East Indian dishes is being offered on Fridays, Jan. 27 through Feb. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. A $40 supply fee is payable at the first class. This class fills up quickly. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. […]

1-18-12 “Concerned about Falling?” class

WORRIED ABOUT FALLING? A new class titled “Concerned about Falling?” will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Feb. 1 and ending Feb. 29. In this award-winning workshop, you will learn to manage falls and increase your activity levels. You will also learn to make changes at home to reduce […]

Do you know this person?

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies have asked the public for assistance in locating a person of interest. For more than a month now, residences on Starbuck Road in Rescue have been plagued with burglaries, according to the department. The dwellings have been typically hit during daytime hours, usually through forced entry. Suspects in the burglaries […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

House guest suspected in Mt. Aukum arson

A Mount Aukum woman accused of setting a residence on fire was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder. Amber Leean Nash, 33, was arrested by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies early Wednesday morning on charges of attempted murder, arson and possession of arson devices. According to sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz, deputies responded early Wednesday morning to […]

1-18-12 Hospice education at EDH Sr. Center

HOSPICE EDUCATION: A new class titled Hospice 101 is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This class will provide knowledge about the basics of hospice care. The speaker will be Corene Deck, VITAS Hospice. Call 916-358-3575 to save your spot.

1-18-12 Widowed Persons Association’s luncheon

MEET A NEW FRIEND: The Widowed Persons Association of Calif. will hold their luncheon at the Cold Springs Country Club on Friday, Jan. 27, at 11:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-295-8374 or 530-391-4154. Lunch cost is $12.

Heard over the back fence: Get rid of those old tires

WEEKEND WARRIOR: Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement was provided: Weekends are for Taking Over the World!  • • • FREE TIRE DISPOSAL: 
You can get rid of your used tires, free of charge, at the El Dorado Disposal Service Material Recovery Facility at 4100 Throwita Way, Placerville. The free drop-off offer is only for […]

CPA warns chamber luncheon-goers of humungous federal deficit spending

Sam Hoppe, a Certified Public Accounant, and partner with the financial services firm of Weston & Tuttle, gave a short presentation on taxes before the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Jan. 11. Hoppe said that while there have been few changes in tax laws recently, the government can’t continue ‘kicking the can down the […]