Law enforcement chases down fugitive

El Dorado County law enforcement was on the move Thursday afternoon after a man wanted for out-of-state property crimes led officers on a foot chase. Shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies spotted two juveniles at Mosquito Road and Locust Street in Placerville. Deputies suspected that the juveniles might have been connected to a string […]

EID candidates square off in Pollock Pines

POLLOCK PINES — Water issues. That is what dominated a forum featuring candidates for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Division 1 board seat as they met at the Pollock Pines Community Center Oct. 6. The forum, sponsored by the El Dorado County League of Women Voters, is a way for area residents to get to […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Scouts plan pork fundraiser

GO HOG WILD: Boy Scout Troop 117 has scheduled a “Boy Scout Pork-Out” for Friday, Oct 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Placerville Elks Lodge 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. Dinner will include pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drink. The ticket price is $10. For tickets or more information, […]

State agencies honored for wildlife protection

The California Departments of Transportation (Caltrans) and Fish and Game have been awarded a prestigious honor by the Federal Highway Administration for their work to protect wildlife and habitat in California. The environmental project was recognized for connecting formerly isolated wildlife habitats. Additionally, Caltrans was recognized for combining multiple counties’ mitigation for seasonal pools into a single site. “Caltrans values […]

Placerville police nab burglary suspect

A suspected burglar was apprehended Thursday afternoon after leading officers on a foot chase through Placerville. The suspect, whose identity was not immediately available, was eventually caught near the Waffle Shop on Broadway by Placerville police officers. The suspect was tracked down Carson Road, near Schnell School Road, before being arrested on Broadway. To help search for […]

Member sought for Early Care and Education Planning Council

The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill one vacancy serving at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors and the superintendent of schools. The vacancy is for a provider representative, which is defined as someone who currently provides care and education services for children. […]

Pollock woman still missing

Nearly three weeks after she was last seen, El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives continue to search for a missing Pollock Pines woman. Sara Jane Fawcett, also known as Sara Ward, was last seen on the early morning of Sept. 23. The night before, she reportedly called in sick to work at the Placerville Wal-Mart. Because […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

New GDPUD employee association OK’d

A vote to allow a small group of employees of the Georgetown Divide Utility District to form an employee organization was given the thumbs up from directors Oct. 11 following a lengthy discussion to answer whether or not two organizations should be created. “Last time, if you recall, we received a formal notification by this […]

Oller eyes Assembly

It’s been a while, but Rico Oller is hoping to return to the State Capitol next year. On Wednesday, Oller, 53, announced his candidacy for California’s 5th Assembly District. The Republican, who most recently served as a 1st District state senator from 2000 to 2004, told the Mountain Democrat that he thought long and hard […]

Spiders on the move

They’re big and hairy and mostly pretty harmless, those tarantulas that are being reported on the El Dorado Trail and in other parts of the county. Whether they are actually tarantulas or trapdoor spiders is unclear at present. Ethan Koenigs, a biologist with Sierra Ecosystem Associates explained that there are several species of tarantula in […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Candy Shack open; Bill Murray not starring

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m a Master at Productive Procrastination?” • • • SWEET SALE: Mother Lode Lions Club is selling See’s Candy at their Candy Shack in the parking lot of the Mother Lode Lions Club, at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs. Candy […]

Pups could become ‘miracles’

CAMERON PARK — There are six tiny miracles in the making at a home on Sudbury Drive, and Rick Spicer and Irina Green are happily shaping their destinies. The six puppies, all wiggles and squirms right now, could be worth upward of $40,000 should their training result in them becoming service dogs for afflicted children […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

TMDL is an $11 million acronym

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — TMDL, which stands for Total Maximum Daily Load, is one expensive acronym. It refers to limiting the amount of sediment going into Lake Tahoe. Enforced by the Lahontan Water Quality Control Board, it is estimated to cost El Dorado County $11 million, according to Supervisor Jack Sweeney. “I’m thinking we’re wishing […]

Cal’s Market owner scheduled for court today

Vincent Cal of Greenwood is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, for the start of his self-requested jury trial for operating Cal’s Market without a business license. Cal opened the market after being told that the property on which he wanted to operate was zoned residential and he would […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 12 Replies

Farm Bureau backs Norris for EID

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau Board of Directors interviewed and reviewed candidates’ qualifications for the El Dorado Irrigation District Division 5 Board of Directors open seat and decided to endorse current Director Harry Norris. “Harry Norris has shown strength and leadership on the present board and he will continue to plan well for the […]

Farm Bureau endorses Osborne for EID

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau Board of Directors interviewed and reviewed candidates’ qualifications for the El Dorado Irrigation District Division 1 Board of Directors open seat and opted to endorse current Director George Osborne. “George Osborne has exhibited leadership and foresight on the board to implement regulatory mandates and meet the customers’ needs while […]

Korean Navy to buy from Schilling Robotics

DAVIS — Schilling Robotics, experts in subsea systems, announced recently the order for two 150hp, 3,000-meter rated HD ROV systems from GMB USA Inc. for delivery to the Republic of Korea Navy. One system will be delivered for their amphibious submarine rescue vessel and the second for their auxiliary towing salvage vessel. This order adds to […]

Helping Out Low Income People

Currently, the El Dorado County Community Action Council has two vacancies and the Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interest and concerns of low income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County. The deadline for submitting applications for these vacancies is Oct 26th. For more imformation or to receive an application call […]

Rotary Club

New Energy…New Ideas…The Rotary Club of Cameron Park is very pleased to announce that Lesley Tucker and Greg Wood are new members. Welcome Aboard.

Rockhounds Festival

Tomorrow, from 10am to 5pm, the 28th Annual Rock and Gem Show takes place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. There will be lots of vendors, displays, minerals, gems, beads, jewelry and much more. Tickets are $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

4 Seasons Fall Craft

The Annual Four Fair is scheduled for Oct 15th from 9am to 3pm. Crafters will be selling art glass, paper dolls, beer can chain, Christmas decorations, knitted items, custom made jewelry and much more. You will also be able to purchase breakfast and lunch by Chef Kalan Soibelman. The craft fair will be in the […]

EPA finalizes California’s list of polluted waters

More of California’s waterways are impaired than previously known, according to a list of polluted waterways submitted by the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and finalized by the agency Tuesday, Oct. 11. Increased water monitoring data show the number of rivers, streams and lakes in California exhibiting overall toxicity have increased 170 percent […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Police find pot garden next to school

Placerville police officers last week found a sizable marijuana garden growing less than 100 feet away from El Dorado High School. Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott told the Mountain Democrat that the school’s resource officer initially raised the issue by expressing concern over a possible pot grow just south of the high school campus. On Thursday […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Tahoe snow unlikely to match 2010, experts say

By Dylan Silver With the first flakes come the whispers of how the upcoming winter will match up to big ones in the past. Will it be as cold? Will there be as many storms? Will it snow as much? Rolling off of last year’s early opening and record-breaking La Niña winter, ski resorts around […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Skeletal remains likely missing Tahoe woman

The search for a missing South Lake Tahoe woman appears to have reached its tragic end. In early July, Marie Colello Hanson, 54, decided on a whim to attend the annual National Rainbow Gathering near Stevenson, Wash. The gathering — a massive weeklong, counter-culture peace rally — drew more than 20,000 people from across the […]

Couple suspected of child endangerment

A Pilot Hill couple is in custody on suspicion of child endangerment after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies found two young children living in allegedly unsafe conditions. William and Kelly Blair, 32 and 24, respectively, were arrested Friday at their home on Salmon Falls Road by deputies who were serving an arrest warrant in the […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vortex of evil invades Town Center

EL DORADO HILLS — The long-forgotten Old West town of El Dorado predated El Dorado Hills by a century and a half and thrived until a humble miner accidentally unleashed a vortex of evil that turned the town’s inhabitants into zombie-like spooks that live on in a preternatural afterlife. Hard working Hands4Hope volunteers have recreated […]

Embezzler sentenced

Tanya Edelman, 42, of Cool was in court Monday for sentencing on four counts of embezzlement from the office of Dr. W. Garland Windle, DDS, in Georgetown. She pleaded no contest when Judge Douglas Phimister asked for her plea. After advising Edelman of the counts against her — one for each year from 2007-2010 — […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to join the parade

 My friend John Chapman gave me the following “Advice from a Bluebird” T-shirt statement: “Rise early – Spread a little happiness – Keep a song in your heart – Think spring – Be colorful – Feather your nest with friendships – The sky’s the limit.” • • • SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS […]

Stabbings lead to attempted murder arrest

A Pollock Pines man accused of stabbing three men at a Placerville bar was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder. At 1:40 a.m. Monday, Placerville police officers responded to the Liar’s Bench on Main Street after receiving reports of a stabbing at the Placerville bar. Upon arrival, officers found three stabbing victims […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 21 Replies

Winter Forecast 2011-12: Could Southern California get crushed again?

STRATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The reported Oct 10 that Southern California had an incredibly rough start to winter last year when a series of monster storm systems brought epic rain and flooding. December 2010 became one of the wettest Decembers on record for Los Angeles with nearly a year’s worth of rain falling in just […]

$3.8 million grant will pay for mouse-based health studies at UC Davis

SACRAMENTO — The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.8 million to the University of California, Davis, to fund a new mouse-based research center devoted to studies of the physiology and genetics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. A major focus for the new Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center will be cardiovascular disease, which affects more than 82 million […]

Learn wildlife medical procedures

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s November Class, “Advanced Medical Procedures,” will be taught by popular veterinarian Dr. Ric Delgadillo, of Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Diamond Springs. Dr. Ric is a long-term vet in our area, and has assisted SWR rehabbers in treating injured wild animals for many years. This class is helpful to those rehabbing wildlife, or […]

In case of disaster, is your family prepared?

Maybe it’s a wildfire, or maybe it’s some other type of disaster or incident that results in an area wide evacuation — either way you and your entire family should be prepared to evacuate in as little as five or 10 minutes, according to Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal […]

Governor Brown signs two gun-related bills

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the top legislative priorities of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign. The governor signed AB 144 by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada-Flintridge, to ban the open carry of handguns in California and he also signed AB 809 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, to close […]

County to make nice with the feds … kinda

El Dorado County is a member of two statewide advocacy organizations, the California State Association of Counties and the Regional Council of Rural Counties. Last week the Board of Supervisors agreed to support those entities in their quest for a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Supervisors […]

Big auction set for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

From vacation packages to artwork to local wines and more, high bidders and winning raffle ticket holders will be cheering Oct. 22  as they gather to enjoy the 9th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Big Autumn Auction. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. at Blue Shield […]

SMUD feels heat for planned amendment

CAMINO — For years, some residents of Camino and surrounding areas have dealt with what they call the unwelcome prospect of having the Iowa Hill Pumped Storage Plant built almost in their back yards by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. For years those same people have fought both El Dorado County and SMUD by way […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Camino residents still have concerns about proposed pump station

CAMINO — Local residents’ feelings toward the proposed Iowa Hill Pumped Storage Plant have not changed in three years since the last meeting between residents and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Last week SMUD officials and the Iowa Hill Advisory Committee held a reunion meeting of sorts with about 70 concerned attendees at the Apple […]

Suicidal jumper taken for help

Traffic on eastbound Highway 50 came to a standstill Thursday afternoon when officers responded to a man attempting to jump from the Missouri Flat Road overpass. The incident was the subject of a photo that published in Friday’s newspaper. The man, who was not identified, caused a complete shutdown of the eastbound lane shortly after […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Manslaughter suspect changes plea

Four days before his jury trial was set to begin, manslaughter suspect Mark Steven Barrera entered no contest pleas late Friday afternoon in an El Dorado County Superior Court. Barrera, 22, was charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter stemming from a 2009 Pilot Hill car accident. Prosecutors claim Barrera was engaged in a […]

Meyers dump nears completion

The Meyers dump off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe is being capped with a porous geotechnical material. Completion is expected by Oct. 15. The project, which included excavating the old dump, covering it and installing an 800-foot-long French drain, originally was estimated at $5.5 million, but during a recent tour of the site El Dorado […]

Heard over the back fence: Find your inner poet

 Many people in Pacific Grove were wearing the following T-shirt statement: “Life Is a Beach.” • • • POETRY AND FRIENDSHIP COMBINATION:
 The “Poetry Off the Shelves” group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. You can read your original […]

Hwy 50 reopened after potential jumper walks away

Eastbound traffic on Highway 50 at Missouri Flat Road was stopped Thursday afternoon when authorities responded to reports of a possible suicide jumper but by about 2:05 p.m. the man walked off the overpass on his own. Traffic was seen to be moving smoothly in both directions by 2:30 p.m. An El Dorado County sheriff’s […]

Placerville’s 1st community-owned grocery opening

The Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative plans a Grand Opening event for Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 535 Placerville Drive. After several years of challenging groundwork, the co-op, which will be located at the site of the former Noah’s Ark Natural Foods, is finally ready to open its doors. A ribbon cutting ceremony […]