Tahoe cold cases share similarities to Naso case

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Among the files of South Lake Tahoe’s cold cases lies the murder of 17-year-old Kathleen Keohane in 1976. Keohane’s body was found beneath the Truckee River Bridge. Her skull had been fractured with an unknown blunt object. No suspects and no motives were ever established in the case. […]

Accused serial killer ordered to trial

A Marin County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the Nevada man accused of killing women whose first and last names began with the same letter will stand trial. Joseph Naso, 78, was serving time in an El Dorado County jail for probation violation in April. In 2008, he was convicted of burglary in South […]

Orthodox church celebrates Christmas in January

Christmas may have ended on Dec. 26 for most people, but it just concluded for members of the St. Elias Russian Orthodox Church. That’s because this Christian denomination uses the Julian calendar — named for Julius Caesar — rather than the Gregorian calendar. Dating back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, their liturgical […]

Governor’s State of the State 2012: “California on the Mend”

SACRAMENTO – In his 2012 State of the State speech, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said California is “on the mend” and laid out an ambitious agenda for economic growth in the year ahead. The full text of the speech is below: (Remarks as prepared) As required by the state constitution, I am reporting to […]

Burning OK

CAMINO — “… the burn restrictions have been lifted. It is a great relief to see some normal winter weather patterns returning to our area, said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire Jan. 19.  “I know it was confusing for the public when it is very cold to freezing overnight […]

Judge Burrell dismisses suit against SLT

U.S. District Court Judge Burrell Jan. 19 dismissed the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s lawsuit against the city of South Lake Tahoe in which it argued the adoption of the city’s General Plan Update harmed the leagues’ members and the environment, would cause exponential development on the South Shore and was in violation of the […]

‘Business Review’ sees slow recovery in region

The Sacramento region’s economy bottomed out in 2010 and is slowly improving, according to findings from the latest issue of Sacramento Business Review, a joint publication from Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Sacramento. The new issue of the biannual publication will be released Wednesday, Jan. 25, […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Free business classes offered in February

SEDCorp in partnership with the El Dorado County Economic Development is  offering scholarships for two classes in Placerville: Website Options and Social Media Marketing 101. These classes (a $45 value each) are pre-paid for the public’s benefit. SEDCorp is offering other business classes at affordable prices: How to Create an Effective Business Plan, How to Start A […]

American Coin Buyers Guild coming to Placerville

When was the last time you went through your basement or attic collections? Interested in making a profit on items already in your possession? Now is the time to start searching because the American Coin Buyers Guild is coming to Placerville seeking your treasures 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4. […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greek Cooking with Sue Tweeton on Channel 2

If you enjoy eating Greek food, then Simply Delicious – Greek Cooking with Sue Tweeton is for you. Learn how to make traditional Greek favorites such as baklava (honey/walnut pastry), spanakopita (spinach and feta pie), avgolemeno soup (egg/lemon soup), and much more. Sue grew up in a Greek household. Her father was born on the […]

1-25-12 “Diabetes Education – Gaining Better Control” class

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES: A class titled “Diabetes Education – Gaining Better Control” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Class topics will include gaining a better understanding of blood glucose numbers, medication options, tips on eating out, and other healthy living tips. The class […]

Formerly Fit For Life: No waiting for equipment at Powerhouse Gym

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you have to cut back on exercise, just ask the manager and employees at the Powerhouse Gym in Placerville. “We have a lot of classes,” said manager Candace Remme, 29, of Cameron Park. “We were voted best Yoga Studio and Best Gym and we have the best weight […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Healthy Trends 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Heard over the back fence: Pollock Pines — hey, look it over

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar noted the following truth: “When you’re bothered or upset, it’s usually over something that is over or something else that is yet to be.”  • • • PLANNING POLLOCK PINES’S FUTURE:
 The annual “State of the Community” meeting will be held 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at […]

Body found on Placerville road not yet IDed

Details emerged Monday on the body recently discovered on a Placerville fire access road. Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott told the Mountain Democrat that the body, found Friday afternoon on a fire access road above Lumsden Park, was that of a white male, thought to be in his 40s. The individual’s name has not yet […]

1-27-12 “Baby Basics” class at Marshall Medical Center

PAMPER YOUR BABY: Thanks to the Marshall Medical Center, a class titled “Baby Basics” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Placerville. This class will discuss basic newborn care for the first few weeks of life. Class topics include newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, and health […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘California and the Civil War’ is talk topic

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar contains the following suggestion: “Buy something new, let something go. Regardless of your living situation or how many people live in your home, this strategy is well worth the effort and pays tremendous dividends in terms of a more manageable, organized lifestyle.” • • • CIVIL WAR […]

1-27-12 “Childbirth Education” class at Marshall Medical

PREPARING FOR THE LITTLE ONE: Marshall Medical Center is offering a class titled “Childbirth Education” on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Placerville. This one-day, condensed, fast-paced childbirth class will focus on the stages of labor, medical options and pain management. The class fee is $60. First 5 El Dorado offers […]

1-27-12 Estate Planning at PV Sr. Center

PLANNING YOUR ESTATE: On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a class titled “Estate Planning for the 99 Percent” will be offered at the Placerville Senior Center dining hall, 937 Spring St., Placerville. This free class will provide an overview of wills, trusts, and probate issues. You can learn how to transfer your […]

$350k air quality grants; what’s a county to do?

El Dorado County’s newly appointed air pollution control officer, Dave Johnston, asked the Board of Supervisors earlier this month for direction on how to spend about $350,000 in grant funds from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The grant program was created by Assembly Bill 2766 in 1991. A primary goal of AB 2766  is […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Vacancy on Camino board

Scott Robbins of the Camino Union School Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective Dec. 28, 2011, due to a move out of state. The Camino Union School District would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To […]

SMUD to add small hydro plant to Slab Creek

MOSQUITO — Fire and safety concerns took center stage as about 45 Mosquito residents met with Sacramento Municipal Utility District officials during a meeting about the proposed Slab Creek Powerhouse and increased water flows that will bring rafters and kayakers literally into their own backyards. SMUD officials, with PowerPoint presentation in hand, explained that the […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Sacto region payrolls down in Dec.; El Dorado County’s unchanged

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 10.9 percent in December 2011, unchanged from a revised 10.9 percent in November 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.6 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for California and 8.3 percent for the nation during the same period. […]

Black Oak Mine 7th, 8th graders to move

GEORGETOWN — Parents, students and staff in attendance at the Black Oak Mine Unified School Board meeting Jan. 12 witnessed that moving nearly 200 students to another location was no easy decision. Up to the last minute of the vote, taken at 10:30 p.m., it was plain to see that the final vote was not […]

DA trying to link accused killer Naso with cold cases

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — An El Dorado County law enforcement task force is working to connect the area’s cold case murders with suspected killer Joseph Naso. The task force works continuously on a list of 30 or so unsolved homicides, balancing time towards the crimes they believe have a higher likelihood of […]

Cedar Ravine sewer line to move

Due to a lack of funding to pay for construction improvements to the trunk sewer system on Hangtown Creek, an existing trunk sewer system in Cedar Ravine Creek will be relocated out of the creek and into the adjacent roadway on Cedar Ravine Street instead. This change was approved at the Jan. 11  meeting of […]

Skier dies after collision with sign post

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A 34-year-old man was killed at Heavenly Mountain Resort Tuesday after suffering chest injuries sustained in a skiing accident, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Michael Perring, a resident of Great Britain, was pronounced dead about 3:40 p.m. in the Sky Meadows area of the resort, […]

Patty Gill rides into champions’ circle

“Dedicated.” Trainer Pam Cross with Cantera Farms at Sundance Springs in Shingle Springs quickly came up with the word to describe her student Patty Gill. “She’s committed,” Cross explained. “She does this four to five days a week.” For the last seven years Patty has dedicated her time to pony equitation. This past season the […]

Body found on Wiltse Ct.

Placerville police officers responded Friday afternoon to reports of a body found in Placerville. At around 3 p.m., Placerville man Everett Farris entered the Mountain Democrat office on Broadway and told Mountain Democrat publisher Richard Esposito that he discovered the body of a naked male inside of a ditch near Wiltse Court. Esposito immediately contacted […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 18 Replies

Hearing continued for mother of boy killed in fire

The Pleasant Valley woman whose son died in a September manufactured home fire appeared in court during a brief hearing Friday morning. Jennifer Christine Ewing, 27, is charged with a single felony count of child endangerment stemming from the Sept. 7 death of her 4-year-old son Sebastian. Prosecutors contend Ewing, an unemployed single mother, locked […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Sheriff names SAR Volunteer of the Year

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has announced its pick for Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year. Cameron Park resident David McCracken was recently honored by the Sheriff’s Department for his contributions to the county. McCracken joined the search and rescue ground team in 1993. Through additional training, he became certified as a swift […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Bucket of ashes cause of Pollock fire

A Pollock Pines residence caught fire Wednesday evening after week-old fireplace ashes melted through a plastic bucket. El Dorado County Fire District battalion chief Mike Pott said crews were called to the dwelling at 2964 School St. in Pollock Pines at around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night after the resident, Jonathan Lakey, came home and found […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Harry Dunlop — a legend in the water world

“I’ve been wet my whole life,” says Harry Dunlop with a twinkle in his eye. Water works its magic quietly, carving out a path that leaves behind an indelible impression. Harry Dunlop is like water. He comes on quietly but his lifetime of work in the water  business has permanently shaped life in El Dorado […]

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