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 […]

Tibetan monks return to Placerville

The Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling in Long Beach were back in Placerville to bring a “blessing to the house” and a “blessing to the business.” Their ceremonies started on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and are due to end Saturday,  Jan. 14. They were held at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville. Events […]

Finnon Dam: Egbert and Veerkamp git ‘er done

MOSQUITO — Never has a large pile of dirt looked so pretty. Mark Egbert manages both the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts. He stood outside the Rock Creek Café in rural Mosquito, a mile west of the confluence of Rock Creek and Mosquito roads, and stared at what will probably be […]

High school enrollment to decline

Each year new enrollment predictions are calculated for schools based on the most current data available. In the current economic conditions with continued budget cuts to education and further cuts predicted if Gov. Brown does not receive voter approval of proposed tax increases, it’s important for districts to know how many students will be attending […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

GDPUD eyes rate hike

Ratepayers served by the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District may be looking at a rate increase in the near future. At the Jan. 10 meeting of the District Board of Directors the need to finance the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant was discussed as well as how to finance it. A […]

Another motorcycle death on Salmon Falls Road

An Auburn woman who lost control of her motorcycle was killed near Pilot Hill Sunday afternoon. Vickie Altman, 52, of Auburn, was riding her 2007 BMW motorcycle northbound on Salmon Falls Road, north of Pilot Hill, at around 3:45 p.m. Sunday when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a telephone pole. She was […]

Redevelopment morphs into Economic Development Committee

For a brief moment it was the Redevelopment Advisory Committee, established by City Ordinance 7906, but now, with the elimination of redevelopment in California, it has been reinvented as the Economic Development Advisory Committee by a unanimous vote of the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting. The proposed nine-member Redevelopment Advisory Committee, whose  duties were […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Hangman’s Building’s fate still unkown

Reading a prepared statement at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting, City Manager Cleve Morris outlined city actions taken with regard to buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street in 2011. “The city is concerned with the aesthetics of the buildings and more importantly, the safety of the buildings,” read Morris. “we have worked with the […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 9 Replies

Rape suspect arrives in EDC after decade

An El Dorado Hills man who spent the better part of a decade on the lam in New York was booked into the Placerville jail Monday night. Pasquale “Patrick” Senatore, 45, is accused of lewd acts upon a child and forcible rape. According to a criminal complaint filed in 2002, Senatore committed the alleged sex […]

Bloo Solar advanced photovoltaic system establishes EDH home

Bloo Solar is just the kind of business that the El Dorado Hills Business Park was designed to attract. The 900-acre business park south of Highway 50 was created with research and development zoning to interest promising companies in locating and growing in El Dorado County. Bloo Solar was founded in 2005 as Q1 NanoSystems […]

Mayor recognizes city improvements

The first Placerville City Council meeting of 2012 on Tuesday was the venue for Mayor Mark Acuna to institute a Mayor’s Beautification Award. Certificates of recognition will be awarded monthly to honor projects or businesses that have improved the look and feel of Placerville. From among the monthly winners, who receive a certificate signed by […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Unlimited hotcakes Saturday in Pollock Pines

 John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Garden” T-shirt statement: “Cultivate lasting friendships – Sow seeds of kindness – Listen to sage advice – Don’t let the little things bug you – Be outstanding in your field – Take thyme for yourself – No vining!”  • • • BREAKFAST IN THE PINES:
 The Interact […]

Grace Foundation awarded custody of Susanville horses

The latest development in the rescue of 56 horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville by members of the Grace Foundation of El Dorado Hills is a bankruptcy court ruling that grants the foundation legal custody the horses, many of which are pregnant. A foundation press release called the ruling “bittersweet.” Director Beth […]

Government shutting down for MLK Jr. Day

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan.16, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Monday, January 16. The offices of the police and fire departments will be […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Attic fire threatens EDH home

An attic fire briefly threatened the home at 3305 Tea Rose Drive in the Hills of El Dorado subdivision early Monday morning. Firefighters from Station 86 on Bass Lake Road got the call at 1:46 a.m. and quickly responded, according to Battalion Chief John Niehues. They identified the source of the fire shortly after they […]

Greenwood man dies after two-car accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. […]

Carnage Off-Road shop adds auto repair

The owners who brought the off-road fabrication shop Carnage Off-Road to Placerville last February have recently expanded their business horizons by adding a new company under their names: Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair. Jacent and Carrie Pillow, the husband-and-wife duo who launched the shop last year, have created an additional business in the same location that […]

Kitchen fire closes Mexican eatery in Georgetown

An early morning fire last Thursday at Parra’s Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown has closed the local eatery until further notice. A passerby called 911 after seeing flames through a window of the building on the corner of Highway 193 and Church Street. According to Georgetown Fire Capt. Theresa Snoke, the fire was not severe and […]

Placerville murder suspect appears in court

The Placerville man accused of fatally shooting his step-father last month appeared in court during a brief pretrial hearing Monday. Richard Kenneth Petroski, 48, is charged with the Dec. 4 murder of 69-year-old John Gale Malia. He also faces two special allegations in connection with the murder allegation: use of a firearm and intentional discharge […]

Cal Fire suspends burning in Amador and El Dorado counties

CAMINO —“Due to the lack of measurable precipitation and drying north and east winds, we have suspended all burning in the two counties on state responsibility lands until further notice,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. “Since this one of the driest winters on record, we have decided […]

Georgetown Fire Chief Jack Anderson loved a good joke

By Michaela Johnson Georgetown’s first full-time Fire Chief Jack Anderson, 80, died Dec. 24, 2011, in Placerville. John Elvin Anderson was born March 14, 1931, in San Francisco. When he was a young boy he lived with his grandmother, Minnie Hughes-Anderson, in Georgetown, where he gained his fondness for everything outdoors. He loved to fish, […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

1-13-12 El Dorado Transit closed Jan. 16

EL DORADO TRANSIT CLOSED ON 1-16: In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Monday, Jan.16, El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service. Also, El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed.

1-11-12 Grand opening of Coffee Depot

GRAND OPENING OF PLACERVILLE COFFEE DEPOT: On Friday, Jan. 13, the Placerville Coffee Depot, 70 Main St., Placerville, will celebrate their “Grand Opening.” Free hot chocolate or hot mocha will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. Also, Imagination Theater will provide live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heard over the back fence: Tour the MRF

MONEY MACHINE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “My kids think I’m an ATM!”  • • • FREE TOUR:
 A free workshop and tours of the Material Recovery Facility, El Dorado Disposal, is available for children of all ages, including classes, clubs and Scout troops. To schedule a tour, call 530-295-2805. • • • […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Jury: Greenberg guilty of Dumont murder

Friends and family waited more than three years for Anthony Dumont’s killer to finally stand trial. Jurors, though, needed less than one week to convict his shooter of first-degree murder. Morris Greenberg, 40, was found guilty late Monday of Dumont’s first-degree murder. Dumont, 26, was shot and killed on July 20, 2008, while sitting in […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

DFG seeks participants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Fish and Game  is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG. DFG’s Sacramento-area NRVP training academy will be held in February. Training sessions will be held […]

Mental first-aid starts Jan. 10

The first Mental Health First-Aid class of the year will begin on Jan. 10. This course will help you respond to people who are dealing with stressful and difficult mental crises. It’s time now to sign up and get this on your calendar.  If you need more information, you may view the following ABC commentary […]