Big jump for gas prices

The Golden State’s average for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.95, up 17 cents since last month’s AAA report on Aug. 9. For perspective, that’s 93 cents higher than California’s average price on this date last year. Among all 50 states, California has the third highest state average price for regular, unleaded gasoline. […]

Man booked on robbery, elder abuse charges

A Placerville man was arrested last week after allegedly attacking a reportedly elderly married couple with pepper spray. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported battery at the 4000 block of Placerville’s Deer Meadow Court on the morning of Sept. 11. Deputies approached the husband-and-wife victims and noticed that they had red, watery […]

Redevelopment heads to ’12 ballot

At Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting council members voted unanimously to call for an election to settle the question of redevelopment in Placerville. As the result of the receipt of a referendum petition calling for the repeal of the newly approved Placerville Redevelopment Project, the City Council had three options to consider. City Manager Cleve […]

Trail closing for weeks

Walkers, beware! Slipping past the barriers and closure signs on the El Dorado Trail may be very hazardous to your health. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation has closed the trail from Schnell School Road to Centennial Court for approximately seven weeks, to Oct. 28, to repair a collapsing culvert. “They have to move […]

Sheriff emphasizes helicopter as privately insured, with fuel fully funded

Since last month’s grand unveiling of “Eagle One,” the latest member of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Air Squadron, some residents have wondered whether the addition of the helicopter is too good to be true. When it was first introduced at the annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic on Aug. 20, Sheriff John D’Agostini touted JetRanger helicopter “Eagle […]

3-week closure set

A temporary three week closure of part of Smith Flat Road was approved by the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting in order to accelerate the completion of the Point View extension project before the height of Apple Hill season. The Point View Drive extension project provides a new connector road directly from Highway 50 […]

Lightning strikes Pleasant Valley tree

Lightning seared four vertical paths down a 120 foot pine tree in Pleasant Valley during Sunday’s thunderstorm and blasted a narrow path into the ground at its base. The Jeffrey pine stands at the top of Jack and Marie Rookard’s driveway, about 12 feet from their garage, and, even though Jack was out in the […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique Fair coming downtown

John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following pillow statement, which I agree with: “My Hero Wears Combat Boots.” • • • ANTIQUING: 
On Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Antique Street Fair will be held on downtown Main Street, Placerville. Over 100 antique and collectible peddlers will be available for […]

GDPUD managers form bargaining unit

The theme of Directors Kathy Otermat and Bonnie McLane to cut employee expenses got cut from the agenda Sept. 13 after management employees delivered a formal petition to form a bargaining unit of management and confidential employees. “We are asking under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act,” said Operations Manager Steve Gau as he handed the petition to […]

Prepare for the worst

The El Dorado County Health Services Department is encouraging all residents to make sure they have updated preparedness plans and supplies readily available in the event of a local disaster. September is National Preparedness Month and Sept. 20 is Get Ready Day. The Health Services Department’s Public Health Preparedness staff will be visiting with seniors […]

GDPUD worried about water rights

Since the Delta Planning Council took in the entire watershed when it began its environmental impact report earlier this year, water districts with “area-of-origin” water rights have looked at this state-created agency with fear and loathing. Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Sept. 13 had enough fear to kick in $2,000 to help the Mountain Counties […]

GDPUD ranked high for big grant

GEORGETOWN — The third round of funding from the Proposition 50 drinking water and beach bond lists Georgetown Divide Public Utility District in the No. 2 position. No. 3 spot is held by the powerful East Bay Municipal Utility District. GDPUD General Manager Hank White informed the board  earlier this month about A $2 million […]

‘Rocky’ appears to be oldest wiener dog

Oh, my dog! Rocky is rocking toward 175 years — in dog years, that is. Rocky the dachshund, who makes his home with Robert Rowland in Shingle Springs, will turn 25 years old in March of next year, and if there’s any doubt that the silver-haired dog with the slow-dancing white feet will make it […]

Audience critiques GDPUD board

GEORGETOWN — The open forum session at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District meeting Sept. 13 began with critiques leveled at the Board of Directors. “The benefits of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District were negotiated over 30 years,” said Erika Bachmann. “Now that times are difficult two directors want to eliminate them entirely. The […]

Judge Wagoner admonished by judicial commission

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner was publicly admonished Tuesday by the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance for his apparent misuse of his powers of contempt. On July 16, 2010, El Dorado Hills woman Penny Arnold was using her cell phone to take pictures or video record the dependency meetings of social workers and […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Rowdy for rawhide

Rowdy is a wonderful, loving and friendly dog … 99 percent of the time. When we try to take his rawhide from him, he growls and lunges and tries to bite if reprimanded. And when we put him in his crate for a timeout, he growls and darts into a corner. When we calmly try […]

Living with lightning — Cal Fire gives advice

Due to thunderstorm activity in recent days and the current weather forecasts for this storm pattern to continue in the Amador-El Dorado unit of Cal Fire, unit Chief Kelly Keenan wanted to remind everyone of some basic lightning safety tips: • Lightning bolts can strike 10-15 miles from a thunderstorm. • If you hear thunder then […]

EID offices closed Sept. 16 for furloughs

  El Dorado Irrigation District offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 16, for the third of five planned closures that, in total, amount to 40 hours of furlough for each employee. District headquarters in Placerville will also be closed on the following Fridays: Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. Field staff furlough time will be scheduled so […]

Local rivers need community’s help this Saturday

The American River Conservancy and El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide resource conservation districts will be hosting the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 17. Different river locations span El Dorado, Sacramento and Amador counties on the South Fork of the American River and North Fork of the Cosumnes River. Locations include Marshall Gold […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue hosts 5th annual ‘Toast to Wildlife’

COLOMA — Sierra Wildlife Rescue will hold its annual fall fundraiser, “A Toast to Wildlife,” on Sept. 24 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the American River Resort Event Center, 6019 New River Road, Coloma. There will be both indoor and outdoor seating. All proceeds from the event go directly to the care of the […]

Taken too soon: Family remembers Jennifer Tegley

EL DORADO  HILLS — The entryway of the Tegley family home was filled with flowers, providing some color during a dark time. Jim and Michelle Tegley lost their 18-year-old daughter Jennifer on Aug. 29, 10 months after she was diagnosed with cancer. The flowers came from the memorial service that nearly overflowed Lakehills Covenant Church […]

Jury seated in murder trial

Following several days of questioning, jurors were seated last week for the upcoming trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife last year. The 12-person jury for the first-degree murder trial of Steve Howard Mittelman will consist of six men and six women. The four-person alternate pool will feature two […]

Retired fireman’s coffee business helps others

EL DORADO HILLS — Coffee roaster Dennis Planje enjoys telling people that he lives between the first and the second crack. Just ask him. The retired fireman will explain how the water inside a green coffee bean suddenly boils off right around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, puffing it up like a kernel of popcorn and emitting an […]

Hangtown Hank helps with search for suspected killer

To help with its search for a missing murder suspect, Mendocino County law enforcement turned to one of El Dorado County’s finest — and furriest. Hangtown Hank, the beloved Placerville Police Department’s bloodhound, was called upon by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department to aid in the large-scale manhunt for Aaron Bassler. Bassler, 35, is accused […]

Tahoe traffic cops to include bicyclists

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — South Lake Tahoe police traffic enforcement efforts will be “shifting gears” in the next couple weeks and will include a greater focus on bicyclists, according to a Sunday statement from Sgt. Shannon Laney. Bicyclists have been identified as a “major problem” and a large part of injury collisions in the city include […]

As bears prepare for winter, be alert

This year’s odd weather may be playing a part in the increase in bear sightings in El Dorado County. California Fish and Game wildlife specialist Shelly Blair has already received about 80 calls of bear sightings this summer, a significant increase from usual, and said other foothill wildlife specialists in neighboring areas have noted the […]

Rumors persist in IHOP shootings

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A week after the IHOP shooting, investigators continue to piece together the last 72 hours of Eduardo Sencion’s life in an effort to figure out what precipitated the Carson City man’s deadly rampage that ended in five deaths, including his own and that of a South Lake Tahoe woman, and seven […]

ED Hills CSD scores new ‘board

EL DORADO HILLS — Every time Frank Sianez walks into the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym he’ll get to look at his birthday present, all 9 feet by 6 feet, 4 inches of it. For the CSD recreation supervisor’s 60th birthday his wife of 23 years, Nancy, spearheaded a fundraising effort that collected […]

Can you survive for 72 hours? Tips offered from Cal Fire

“Seventy-two hours on your own with no water or power provided by the local utility district is what everyone in this county should be able to do — summer, fall, winter or spring,” said Cal Fire’s unit chief, Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “As we have seen over the last several months, worldwide, […]

Criminal annals, Part 128: Death does not go unnoticed

Continuing with the Sept. 27, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a note regarding another sad suicide for unknown reasons in Sacramento. “SUICIDE. – A man by the name of David Staffy, aged 35 or 40 years, late of Washington county, Pa. committed suicide on Saturday night, at the bunting House, on […]

Heard over the back fence: Health fair at St. Patrick parish hall

 John Chapman sent the following plaque message: “The house was clean last week – Sorry you missed it.” • • • FREE HEALTH FAIR! 
The Asociacion Guadalupana has partnered with the Comunidad Hispanade San Patricio to present a free community health fair. Have your blood pressure and eyes checked. There will be lots of other […]

Chamber seeks survey participants

In an effort to identify El Dorado County’s economic strengths and weaknesses, the county Office of Education, the Folsom Lake College/El Dorado Center, the El Dorado Community Foundation, the county of El Dorado and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce held the first Economic Summit with some of our county’s stakeholders. The following survey […]

Taylor Creek Visitor Center seeks volunteers during annual salmon run

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to assist Forest Service staff during the annual kokanee salmon run in October. Prospective volunteers can submit a resume and learn more at an informative session on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s Office […]

American River Conservancy seeks proposals from El Dorado County teachers

  For the past three years, Silva Valley Elementary, in El Dorado Hills, has hosted a schoolwide nature education field day. Appropriately named “No Child Left Inside” day, school staff, parents and volunteers provide over 600 students with hands-on nature and science education in an outdoor venue. Organizations like the Cameron Park Rotary, Folsom Zoo, […]

Teen Court invites youth

El Dorado County students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to take an active role in the juvenile justice system through the Teen Court program. Volunteer training will be conducted on Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court, located at 495 Main St. in Placerville. Upon completion of […]

Local farms gear up for autumn abundance

As summer draws to a close and the cooler weather of autumn quickly approaches, the enjoyment of the great outdoors doesn’t have to end just yet. With the farms of Apple Hill and the surrounding Placerville area making their way into the harvest season, the essence of nature can be enjoyed for quite a bit […]

Michelle Hendrix — a young woman for all seasons

With a friendly smile and a heart full of energy, Michelle Hendrix is willing and ready to do anything. That is, after she finishes volunteering for three non-profit organizations, working two paid jobs, serving in the Kiwanis Aktion Club, competing in the Special Olympics, and working out at the gym, of course. Michelle Hendrix, 31, […]

9-16-11 AARP mature driving classes

REFRESH YOUR DRIVING SKILLS: AARP mature driving classes are being offered for drivers who are 50 years old or older on the following dates: Placerville Senior Center – Saturday, Oct. 1 & 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days. Pollock Pines Community Church – Mon/Wed, Oct. 3 & 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. […]

Mountain Counties association gears up for action

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, or Mountain Counties, as it is commonly called, has come full circle since it was formed in the 1950s. At that time, California initiated its State Water Plan that led to the creation of the dams, reservoirs and other water infrastructure operated by the state Department of Water Resources. It […]

‘Healing All Together’ program helps youths

“A child’s language is play; they have no words for grief,” said Sue Watson, bereavement coordinator for Snowline Hospice. Snowline is known for the end-of-life services it provides for people throughout El Dorado County, but it also offers “Healing All Together,” a program to help adults and children deal with the loss of a loved […]

CHP plans DUI checkpoint

Placerville-area California Highway Patrol officers have scheduled an El Dorado County sobriety checkpoint for Saturday, Sept. 24. Starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 24, officers will control traffic at the checkpoint to evaluate drivers’ sobriety, check driver’s licenses, and hand out literature warning against drinking and driving. Additional CHP officers will be assigned to roving patrols […]

2 victims of house fire ID’ed

Two of the occupants of the Pleasant Valley manufactured home that caught fire early Thursday morning were identified Friday by officials with the El Dorado County Fire Protection District. The fire at 4740 Viewpoint Drive was first reported at 12:18 a.m. Thursday morning and appears to be responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, […]

Local meth dealer gets prison

Three years after he was arrested for his role in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking ring, a Cameron Park man was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for money laundering and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Miguel Vasquez, 39, of Cameron Park, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 14 1/2 years in prison […]

2 suspected of cocaine sales in Tahoe

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two men late last month after finding about $17,000 worth of cocaine in a residence on the 800 block of Rubicon Trail. On Aug. 30 Florentino Vargas Barragan, 43, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled […]

Main Street — ebb & flow or just ebb?

There are at least 12 vacant store fronts on Main Street in Placerville. With the impending closure of Placerville Clothing, established in 1993, there will be 13. Redevelopment, a tool to possibly help with shoring up and revitalizing local business, is in suspension, pending the outcome of a lawsuit between the California Redevelopment Agency and […]