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

LIFE GOES ON: 
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

ADA attorney forces out small business Pollock

It’s not the first time a small business has closed due to pending litigation. In small communities all over California businesses, mostly in older buildings built before the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disability Act, are closing because they aren’t able to completely comply with it. Pony Espresso at 6401 Pony Express Trail in […]

Storage theft on video

A rented storage shed in El Dorado Hills was broken into on Feb. 27. A report by two victims, a 38-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, reported that their storage unit on Hillsdale Circle in El Dorado Hills was broken into, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec. The suspect was caught on video […]

SLT pair found dead

Two subjects were found deceased on April Drive in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 27. The deceased are believed to be the known residents, but identification was not possible due to advanced decomposition, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. No other information was available.

$25k bail in shoplifting case

A man was allegedly caught shoplifting at the Broadway SaveMart in Placerville Tuesday morning. Austen Adams, 19, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and an enhancement at 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 28, Placerville Police Capt. Mike Scott said. Adams had entered the store “without a means to purchase anything, he had no money,” Scott said. […]

Burglar gets ciggies

An unknown male suspect broke into a gas station in Camino on Feb. 25. At approximately 4:50 a.m., a male suspect forced entry into a gas station on Camino Heights Drive. Numerous cartons of cigarettes were stolen. There are currently no leads on the suspect.

Vacant apt. ‘trashed’

A vacant apartment was broken into in Diamond Springs on Feb. 25. An unknown number of suspects broke into a vacant apartment on Pearl Place through a window. The apartment was damaged, a couch was moved, and trash was left in the apartment, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. There are no suspects […]

Car clout near trail

A woman returned from a three-hour absence in Lotus to find her car burglarized on Feb. 25. The 39-year-old woman had parked her car in a remote parking lot along Highway 49 in Lotus at a trail head. Upon returning three hours later, she found her car broken into and her purse stolen, said El […]

Local gun club to participate in ‘First Shot’ gun satey program

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a private organization of gun manufacturers and ranges, aims to teach people gun safety and let them fire their first pistol on March 3. The First Shot program is meant for people who have “never, ever held a firearm,” Bob Conover, the local organizer for program said. “It’s for people […]

New Iron Willow Gallery off to good start

Iron Willow Gallery, owned by Barbara and Tom Tankersley, prides itself on beautiful art, prices for everyone, and holding artist demonstrations each week. “We keep the prices so that’s there’s something for everyone, from $25 to $7,500,” Barbara, who manages the business side of the gallery, said. The gallery, the third the couple has opened […]

Q&A: Winter residential sewer rates relaxed

EID Communications and Community Relations Director Mary Lynn Carlton talks with Lori Grace, customer services manager, about the winter sewer rates. I understand that the Board of Directors recently voted to allow winter residential sewer rates to be relaxed due to the dry winter we are experiencing. Can you tell me more about this? This […]

Fellow committee members rip EID critic

Inflammatory statements by persistent critic Greg Prada inflamed two who served on the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Cost of Services study committee with Prada. Prada was indirectly quoted in the Feb. 24 Mountain Democrat as saying, “low agriculture rates are the result of an industry that hasn’t had to pay its share of water delivery […]

Heard over the back fence: EDH fundraiser for the homeless March 2

UNDESERVED BLAME:
T-shirt philosopher John Chapman is back! John dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.” • • • HELPING HOMELESS TEENS:
Youth volunteers from our local, non-profit Hands4Hope program are holding a spaghetti feed dinner to benefit homeless and underprivileged youth and local outreach […]

Special turkey hunting opportunities offered

Turkey hunters awaiting the spring turkey season can visit the Department of Fish and Game Website to apply online for special hunts. The Website lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in the DFG North Central Region, which includes Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras […]

Gaines, Norby sponsor Assembly bill for vets’ tuition

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, announced Feb. 27 that they have jointly introduced a measure that will provide California veterans with the opportunity to use resident tuition rates. Assembly Bill 2250 will allow veterans who have received an honorable discharge from the military and their spouses the ability to […]

Airpark homicide victim ID’ed

The victim of Monday’s suspected homicide has been identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. According to a press release, Rachel Winkler, 37, was found in her home in at 3185 Aeronca Way in the Cameron Airpark while deputies were investigating a report of a deceased female. Rachel was manager of the Cameron Park […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

G’town water district unveils surcharge

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has been mandated by the California Department of Public Health to make improvements to the existing water delivery system at the Auburn Lake Trails Treatment Plant. The improvements require that the district get a loan to complete the work. In order to qualify for the loan from the USDA, the […]

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

3-5-12 ADA (American Disability Act) discussion

ADA COMPLIANCE ISSUES: Jeanne Harper informs us that government officials will be in Pollock Pines on Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m., at the Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, to discuss ADA (American Disability Act) issues and how they affect local businesses. This visit is an opportunity to discuss the ADA […]

Knife leads to arrest

An El Dorado Hills man was arrested Feb. 22 after allegedly threatening his wife with a knife. Jacob Oliphant, 26, was on suspicion of  making threats and making threats with a deadly weapon. The wife had felt her life was in danger when Oliphant drew a knife during an argument in their Valley View home, […]

County budget OK, but future is dim

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors received a budget update at the Feb. 28 meeting. Laura Schwartz, chief budget analyst, said that she is projecting that the county will generate $760,000 less in revenue than expected but expenditures are projected to be $10 million less than expected through the remainder of the fiscal year. […]

Cameron Park CSD’s McNeil steps down from Dist. 2 supe’s race

In a surprise announcement, Scott McNeil issued a statement on Monday stating that he had decided to withdraw from the race for District 2 Supervisor. McNeil is currently a member of the Cameron Park Community Services District board. McNeil said his decision was based on this not being the right time for him to run, […]

Prosecutor wants re-sentencing in street racer manslaughter case

Mark Steven Barrera was sentenced Feb. 17 to 300 hours of community service after pleading guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while street racing. The sentencing, which amounts to little more than probation, is legally improper and requires re-sentencing, deputy district attorney Joe Alexander said. The problem, Alexander said, is in […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

New owners to restore Hangman’s-Herrick buildings

Main Street in Placerville might soon have a new pair of bookends as the “Red and White” Herrick and Hangman’s Tree buildings at one end of Main  join the “Catsup and Mustard” buildings of Old City Hall at the other in restoration. Assistant Prof. Tim Taylor, professor of Computer Information Science at Sacramento City College, […]

City seeks econ advisory members

The City Council is seeking three Placerville residents who are interested in serving their community in an advisory capacity to the City Council on the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The committee will also be comprised of one representative from each of the three primary business districts and one […]