Time changes Sunday; change alarm batteries

With the upcoming time change, Chief Bruce Lacher of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District wants to remind residents to change batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. With the changing of clocks for the beginning of Daylight Savings on March 11 also comes the changes of batteries. “Working smoke alarms and […]

Alarcon pleads not guilty to 14 charges; gets public defender

Christopher Alarcon, a Placerville Website owner, was arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon. District Attorney Vern Pierson filed charges earlier in the day, which El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister read off. The 14 counts, some of which had been consolidated from prior charges, included counts of forgery of vehicle registration, receiving stolen […]

EDH Tea Party to host candidates

The El Dorado Hills Tea Party Patriots will host a candidate forum 7 p.m. March 21 at the Holiday Inn Town Center. All of the candidates running for Superior Court Judge, District 1 Supervisor and District 2 Supervisor will be present. Each candidate will deliver a 10-minute speech and then take questions. This event is […]

Heard over the back fence: EDH job forum restarting

 John Chapman sent me the following pillow statement: “A Best Friend is like a four leaf clover: Hard to find, Lucky to have.” • • • JOB FORUMS SCHEDULED: 
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce will start their Job Forum series again, beginning Monday, March 12, 8 to 10 a.m., at the Calif. Welcome […]

Saving student who lost leg was a group effort

Tom Braithwaite was driving his son to school on March 1 when his wife Karen pointed to a car on the side of the road that appeared to have someone underneath it. Tom ran from his car and found Carly Bray, 17, bleeding from where one of her legs used to be. He realized he was going […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Sheriff’s Dept. looking for twins’ next of kin

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office needs assistance finding and notifying the next of kin for Patricia and Joan Miller. The 73-year-old twins were discovered deceased in their South Lake Tahoe residence on Feb. 26, according to a press release. There is no definitive cause of death but foul play has been ruled out. The […]

EDHS helps the community and athletes

El Dorado High School athletes have been successfully “going green” to raise needed funds for athlete costs over the past two years. Saturday March 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EDHS Athletic Boosters will host a combination free e-waste and document shredding event at the El Dorado High School lower parking lot, 561 Canal St., Placerville. The […]

Placerville seeks alternate for Historical Advisory Committee

One alternate member to the Historical Advisory Committee is sought to fill an unexpired term of office, set to expire on March 1, 2015. The alternate member must be a resident of the geographical city limits, or own real property in the city limits, or own a business in the city and reside in the […]

City Planning Commission seeks new member

The Placerville City Council invites interested individuals to apply for appointment to the Planning Commission to fill one unexpired  term of office, set to expire on March 1, 2015. The Planning Commission works within the guidelines established by the city’s General Plan for the physical development of the city. The Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. […]

Caring for a family member? You may be eligible for a tax deduction

Caregiving might be a little less taxing this year if you are one of the many people eligible for tax exemptions for care. You may be eligible to declare your parent or other elderly relative as a dependent for a tax deduction, or to deduct their medical expenses from your taxes. As you prepare your […]

Overpayment dispute close to resolution

A money dispute between the El Dorado County and local Fire Agencies is on its way to resolution. At issue are overcharges to the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) by  the El Dorado County Fire Protection District and the Diamond Springs Fire Protection District. According to Daniel Nielson, Director of  HSSA, the […]

Sierra Nevada Phillips, a pioneer entrepreneur

March is Women’s History month and in the annals of El Dorado County history, there is one woman’s name that stands out — perhaps because there were two places named for her and her family. Sierra Nevada “Vade” Phillips was born in Nevada City in 1854. Her parents, Joseph Wells Davis Phillips and Mehitable Clark […]

Skeel files claim against EDHCSD

John Skeel has begun the process of suing his former employer, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. On Feb. 26 he filed a tort claim against the district, outlining his claims against several named parties in broad strokes, a procedural prerequisite to a lawsuit that seeks as yet unspecified damages. The claim alleges the […]

Bill Tobin speaks up for ShelterBox

Bill Tobin said he could talk all day about ShelterBox. All day, indeed. This writer had difficulty getting out his front door. The El Dorado Hills Rotarian has undeniable enthusiasm for the organization that provides critical shelter and supplies for natural and man-made disaster victims all over the world. As a ShelterBox volunteer ambassador, Tobin […]

Wildflower trains ready to roll in April near Rio Vista

RIO VISTA — Wildflower watchers can once again ride vintage trains at the Western Railway Museum. In April, the Museum will use its historical electric railway equipment on not one but two special trains: the Scenic Limited and the new Vintage Comet. Now in its 11th year, the Scenic Limited runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and […]

Barrera a no-show again

Mark Barrera, the man found guilty of three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after slamming into a tree while street racing, failed to show up in court Monday due to his attorney’s oversight. Jim Clark, Barrera’s attorney, informed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud that he had “advised the court (he) […]

Folsom expands the city limits

On Feb. 28 Folsom leaders rode the historical “Skagit” railroad car from Hampton Station, near the Hampton Inn, on railroad tracks alongside Placerville Road to just north of White Rock Road. There, a new sign was posted that reads, “Folsom City Limits, Population 72,203, Elevation 287.” As the sun broke through gray clouds, Mayor Kerri […]

Pampering Pickle celebrates new location

Pet owners — and their pets — are in for a treat as an animal-friendly store moves to a bigger location on Main Street in Placerville. Pampering Pickle, a store for dog owners by a dog owner, had its ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2. Owner Theresa Corley said that Jess Gibson, a professional photographer, […]

Tight economy doesn’t stop retired educators from donating time

Though it’s worth nearly $50 million, this help is free. The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)recently announced that its members had tallied more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service in the past year, valued at nearly $50 million. Even though the economy continues to be sluggish, retired teachers dig deep and give their time, […]

EDH sewer plant permit in doubt

The El Dorado Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant’s permit is in limbo after a tie vote failed to advance the permit renewal process. A request to approve a $56,000 consulting contract to aid the permit renewal process got a no vote from El Dorado Hills-based Director Alan Day Feb. 27. “I have a real problem voting […]

Daffodil Hill opening next week

Daffodil Hill will open its gates for its 72nd season on Friday, March 16, weather permitting. From that date forward, the hill will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (again weather permitting). For safety reasons, the hill is closed when it rains or snows and our paths are slippery. We […]

Property taxes due before April 10

According to C.L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector of El Dorado County, the second installment of the secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight April 10. The law allows payments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before April 10 to be accepted as timely. The […]

Mental Health First-Aid course helps to avert harm and stigma

With some 60 percent of the population suffering from anxiety disorder at some time in their lives, and suicide a leading cause of death, mental health concerns are no longer confined to the stereotypical “crazy” depicted in mass media. It is mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends, acquaintances and co-workers whose lives are affected. […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to play bridge

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following thought: “The sooner we accept the inevitable dilemma of not being able to win the approval of everyone we meet, the easier our lives become.” • • • BRIDGE PLAYERS LESSONS:
 You can sharpen your bridge game with practice, while you receive informal lessons. […]

Clothes for kids

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills has announced that its Operation School Bell program  provided new school clothing for 412 children this school year. This is only the second year the program has been in place. The non-profit received a $20,000 grant from Women’s Fund El Dorado and used $20,000 of its own funds and smaller […]

Search and Rescue trains with National Guard

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team held a joint training day with Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and the 1-168th Medevac Wing of the California National Guard on Feb. 12 in and around Emerald Bay State Park. The Mather Army Air Field Base-based 1-168th Medevac Wing brought two Blackhawk […]

Mother Lode school registration opens March 13

The Mother Lode Union School District announces that it will begin accepting Kindergarten registrations and Pre K registrations for the 2012-2013 school year as follows: Indian Creek School Office March 13-14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration packets can now be picked up at the Indian Creek office at 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville, but completed packets […]

Supervisors deny Sundance, continue Creekside

A proposal to subdivide and rezone 298 acres in the Pilot Hill area was denied by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Feb. 28. The zoning change would have resulted in the property changing from Exclusive Agriculture to Estate Residential. Staff had recommended that the Sundance Subdivision be denied based on several factors: its […]

Purim celebration March 11 in EDH

The Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated by Temple Kol Shalom with a festive family gathering at Golden Hills School in El Dorado Hills on Sunday, March 11, 12:30pm to 2:30pm. To begin the celebration, Temple Spiritual Leader Dr. Dale Wallerstein will share an interactive story of the history of Purim. Based on the […]

Singing stones and killing points: Local author to talk at library

Curious about “singing stones” or “talking rocks”? Then join local Native American historian and author, Guy Nixon, for a presentation on this fascinating topic and others at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Nixon comes by his knowledge naturally in that he grew up in El Dorado […]

McClintock calls on USFS to open public lands

Black ties and boots were plentiful at the Rubicon Trail Foundation’s fourth annual dinner and auction. The event helps raise funds for the foundation’s operations. On hand to help with the celebration was Congressman Tom McClintock who discussed the need to maintain public access to lands owned by the government and to get more of […]

Red Hawk appeals verdict, appeal bond

Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe that operate it have been ordered to pay $30 million in a settlement to Sharp Image Gaming, but the tribe is fighting the verdict. According to court filings, the Miwok tribe entered into a 1999 contract with Sharp Image Gaming that would make the gaming company […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Winkler claims self-defense, denied bail

Todd Winkler, the man accused of killing his wife in their Cameron Airpark home on Feb. 28 appeared in court for an arraignment and bail hearing on Friday amidst more information being brought forth about the case. Claiming self-defense, he was neverthelss denied bail. Winkler was represented by attorney David Weiner, who described the defendant […]

New local asst. CDF chief

CAMINO — Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) of Cal Fire announced the promotion of Battalion Chief Brian Estes of El Dorado Hills as his new assistant chief in charge of Southern Division Operations and Pine Grove Camp. “It was an honor that I had the opportunity to pin newly promoted […]

Street racer Barrera a no-show in court

Mark Barrera, the man found guilty of three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after slamming into a tree while street racing, had a court hearing Friday. However, both Barrera’s attorney, James Clark, and El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud were under the impression that Barrera was in custody, when he […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Girl loses leg in bus stop accident

A 15-year-old girl waiting for her El Dorado High School bus lost her leg after a car lost control in the snow and pinned her to a power pole. Karly Bray was hit on Pony Express Trail near Mace Road at 7:15 a.m. March 1 after Kassandra Hoelscher, 18, lost control her of 1992 Chevy […]

Weiner seeks transcripts in Greenberg case

Morris Anthony Greenberg, the man found guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Dumont, appeared in court with his new but possibly temporary attorney, Dain Weiner, on Friday. Greenberg, who is claiming ineffective counsel on attorney Erik Schluter’s part, appeared in court alongside three other inmates. Weiner told El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Heard over the back fence: UMHS crab feed March 10

Take a look at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar and you will discover the following viewpoint: “A big step in becoming a more peaceful person is to have the humility to admit that, in most cases, you’re creating your own emergencies. Life will usually go on if things don’t go […]

Construction gear stolen

An unknown suspect broke into a shed on Feb. 27. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec and the sheriff’s daily log, a  61-year-old female resident of Mother Lode Drive reported that an unknown suspect had broken into her shed and stolen construction equipment. Fingerprints were collected and forwarded to the Department of […]

Two pedestrians struck on Mother Lode Drive

Two men were run over on Mother Lode Drive at 11:30 p.m. Friday. Preliminary reports show that Steven Ryan, 18, and Christopher Lloyd, 18, both of Placerville, were lying down in the road, wearing dark clothes, and it appears they may have been intoxicated, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. They were struck by Brandy Harper […]

American Quarter Midget Assoc. sponsors free event for youth

The American Quarter Midget Association of Prairie City will host its annual Open House event 10a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The open house event includes free training rides, free food for kids who complete a training ride; plus, get your picture taken in a real Quarter Midget race car. The association will supply all of […]

No money to fix most of city’s roads

Placerville City Council received some dire news on Tuesday from the Public Works department: currently there is no designated funding source for the repair of 53 percent of the city’s roadways. The city of Placerville maintains a little more than 48 miles of centerline roadway. The funding source for maintenance and reconstruction is currently limited […]

Gambling Awareness Week starts March 4

The “one-armed bandit” slot machine lives up to its name with some people, and the El Dorado County Health and Human Service Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Programs aims to reach out to those struggling with a gambling addiction. March 4 starts national Problem Gambling Awareness Week, and the ADP wishes to remind El Dorado County […]

ADA info available

he El Dorado County Office of Economic Development advises businesses to become educated about resources to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law that requires accessibility for people with disabilities in private businesses that provide goods and services to the public. ADA […]

Cumpston: CalSPA loses suit against regional water board

By Tom Cumpston EID counsel You’ll recall that California Sportfishing Protection Alliance sued the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to invalidate its last permit for the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. A bit more than a year ago, the trial court issued a split decision, rejecting some of CSPA’s claims, but remanding three […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply