New guide dog pups in training

The El Dorado Second Sight-Paws for the Blind Club recently welcomed two new puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind ( Ali Bayard is raising Wes, a male yellow Labrador retriever born on Sept. 22, 2011. Ali picked up Wes on Nov. 18. Gina Phillipsen is raising Carnival, a female black Lab born on Nov. […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Nonviolent communication workshop set

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships is offering an introduction to Nonviolent Communication workshop on 6-7:30 March 21. The workshop will focus on teaching participants the basics of Nonviolent Communication founded by Marshall Rosenberg over 40 years ago. NVC has been used around the world to mediate conflicts, nurture relationships, and promote peace. NVC is also […]

Arrest made in Airpark homicide

A man was arrested and charged with homicide in connection with a suspicious death in the Cameron Airpark on Monday. Todd Alan Winkler, 45, of Cameron Park, was booked into county jail on charges of homicide at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 after an investigation by detectives, according to a press release. Sheriff’s deputies had […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Go figure

The recent Proposition 218 rate change notice that customers received in the mail includes extensive tables showing the proposed rate changes for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In an effort to help residential customers estimate how the proposed rates would affect their bimonthly water, wastewater, and recycled water bill (for dual-plumbed homes), EID has placed rate calculators on the […]

March 05, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Convicted deer poachers face heavy fines, penalties

Three Stockton men face prison and jail terms, heavy fines, a forfeited vehicle, and destroyed firearms for conspiring to kill and sell deer for profit. In June 2011, after a three-week investigation, wardens with the California Department of Fish and Game  arrested Thongseuth Khounchanh, 58; Ti Sila, 51; and Bounleuna Sysenglath, 59; all from Stockton, […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Sheriff’s deputies investigate possible homicide in Airpark

CAMERON PARK — Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a deceased person in Cameron Airpark Monday morning. Deputies responded to the 3100 block of Aeronca Way, where they came in contact with a male outside the residence,El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said. The male was detained for further questioning. Upon entering the […]

Heard over the back fence: Pioneer Lions plan dinner and dance

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following advice: “Leave a great impression (not just a good one). The way to do this is very simple: Make living your life with absolute integrity and kindness your first priority.” • • • PARTY TIME AT THE GRANGE:
 The Somerset Pioneer Lions Club […]

Where the heck is Cameron Park?

Until the late 1950s the area just west of Shingle Springs, now known as Cameron Park, remained relatively undeveloped, the land being primarily used for the raising of livestock. However, that did not mean that this area had not played a important part in the early history of El Dorado County. In fact, the opposite […]

Auburn rec area kept open

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, announced Feb. 12 that funding has been found within the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation budget to keep Auburn State Recreation Area open. “I am pleased to note that today’s announcement is the result not of federal earmarks, but rather of re-ordering federal priorities and re-instituting the ‘beneficiary pays’ principle — […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Demos back Calaveras man for Assembly

Marc Boyd, 58, of Arnold in Calaveras County won the endorsement of California’s Democratic Party leaders to run for the newly redrawn foothills Assembly District 5. Boyd visited the Mountain Democrat offices Thursday morning. He is a first-time candidate for elective office but has been active in local issues and campaigns. Boyd is the manager […]

Elusive animal dies after four-day struggle

A feeling of sadness has settled over the rehabilitators at Sierra Wildlife Rescue after the loss of an elusive animal. Marty Owen, a rehabilitator with the SWR since 1991 and the rescue’s team leader and director of the educational team, worked tirelessly for four days trying to save a ringtail cat. The ringtail, was found […]

The art of giving highlighted at event

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.  ~Jean Paul Richter Combining both art and wine, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County held a spirited afternoon fund-raiser at the the Painted Cork in Old Town Folsom  Feb. 25 Sponsored by Kimberly Godinho, the owner of the Painted Cork, the event […]

Youth arrested after pushing

A juvenile has been arrested following suspected battery on Feb. 22. The 17-year-old male suspect was arrested after allegedly getting into a “pushing contest” with his mom, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz. “There were some family dynamics going on,” he said. While the 35-year-old mother suffered no injuries, she complained of pain […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Luebbers trial shifts to April

John Harold Luebbers appeared in court behind closed doors Friday morning, with an end result of his trial being pushed back. Due to an out-of-service elevator, Luebbers, among other inmates, had his hearing held behind closed doors due to lack of space in a small courtroom. As a result of the hearing, Luebbers’ trial has […]

Inmate hospitalized

An altercation at the El Dorado County jail sent an inmate to Marshall Hospital on Feb. 19. The altercation took place at 12:15 p.m., and a 32-year-old male inmate sustained minor injuries to the head, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Phil Chovanec said. The department’s public daily log revealed that the victim received several […]

Pushing leads to arrest

A man was arrested on suspicion of  spousal abuse on Feb 18. in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of domestic violence on Greensboro Road at 9:40 a.m. After an investigation, it was found that the suspect and victim had allegedly pushed each other during a child exchange. The suspect, Michael […]

Stolen handgun found

A victim was advised to submit a burglary report after CHP found a subject with weapons registered to the victim on Feb. 17. The victim, a 65-year-old male from Georgetown, made a report at 3 p.m. that his handgun had been stolen two-three months earlier. A Sacramento CHP office had contacted him, notifying him that […]

3-9-12 Home and Garden Show in April

HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: For our well-organized, plan-ahead readers, we remind you that the Home and Garden Show is scheduled for April 27, 28, and 29. I will be teaching a class titled, “You Determine If Your Life Is Full of Roses or Weeds,” at the Home and Garden Show on April 27 at 2 […]

3-9-12 Mother Goose on the Loose lap-sit storytime

MOTHER GOOSE FLIES AGAIN: The Mother Goose on the Loose is a lap-sit storytime for the little ones – ages 1 month to 2 years old. This award-winning program takes place on Thursdays, 10:15 and 11 a.m., at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. The readings combine music, movement, visual literacy and language development […]

3-7-12 “Lego Block Party” at P.V. Main Library

LEGO ENGINEERING: The “Lego Block Party” takes place on the 1st Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Placerville Main Library, 345 Fair Lane. The entire family is invited for an hour of building with Duplos and Legos. Your Lego creation will be displayed in the library until the next Lego block party.

3-7-12 Class “Bead-azzle It!” at EDH Sr. Center

BEAD-AZZLE TIME: A class titled “Bead-azzle It!” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn how to make a beaded necklace and earrings that will “bead-azzle” their friends. All supplies are provided. Please bring a $20 supply fee to […]

3-5-12 AARP Tax-Aid program

FREE TAX ADVICE: The AARP Tax-Aid Program continues to offer free tax assistance through April 15. This service is available to all middle and low income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 years old or older. You can schedule an appointment at the following locations: – El Dorado Hills Senior Center, Cameron Park Branch […]

FBI seeks info on Harris ranch arson, incendiary timers

During the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 8, unidentified offenders cut through a fence at the Harris Feeding Co. near Coalinga. Once inside, the offenders positioned numerous improvised incendiary devices, or IIDs, beneath tractor trailer rigs parked on the premises. After the offenders fled the area, timers on the IIDs initiated the detonation of […]

Heard over the back fence: Book sale Saturday

DON’T GET A FAT HEAD: Every man will fall who, though born a man, presumes to be a superman. — Sophocles • • • RAIN DAY ENJOYMENT:
 The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can buy a grocery bag full of […]

Supes meetings streaming online

El Dorado County is now streaming meetings online. As of Feb. 14 residents of El Dorado County can now watch the Board of Supervisors meetings live or at any time they want to by visiting the County Website The new system is powered by San Francisco-based Granicus Inc., provider of local government streaming media […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Sierra Nevada Conservancy board to discuss grants for healthy forests

RED BLUFF – Grants to fund on-the-ground projects to make forests healthier and to preserve working ranch and agricultural lands will be discussed at the March 8 Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board meeting in Red Bluff. The SNC is in the process of reviewing applications for the $5 million Healthy Forests grant program, and is […]

Man arrested for possession of nunchuku

A man was arrested on Feb. 21 for alleged possession of nunchuku by Placerville CHP. James Lemaire, 49, was arrested on charges of possession of nunchuku, a felony offense, said CHP Officer Dan Stark. “It’s very much like possession of a firearm,” Stark said. Nunchuku may only legally be possessed in the factory it was […]

Chief Dekker responds to CBS13 Website article

In what he calls “slandering his name,” Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker commented last Friday on an article that appeared on the CBS13 Website. The lead states, “El Dorado County’s auditor (Joe Harn) says a fire chief’s 10-year, $1 million contract is an outrage.” But perhaps the question should be, “Why did Mr. Harn […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Divide residents speak out on high county building fees

Concerned citizen Ron Wolsfeld initiated a meeting regarding the “Rural Communities Survival and Recovery Action Plan” which was held at the Cool Community Church Feb. 16 with El Dorado County Supervisors Ron Briggs and Ray Nutting. The meeting was called in response to the fees for new home construction including small-scale projects such as fencing, […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

EDH home burglarized

A burglary occurred in the late afternoon or early evening of Feb. 20 in El Dorado Hills. The burglary took place between 4 and 8 p.m. on Daunting Drive. An unknown suspect or suspects entered the residence of a 54-year-old female and stole jewelry, according to Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Recycled water to get rebate, then increases

The roughly 4,000 recycled water customers in El Dorado Hills will see their rate calculation transform from a simple $0.00873 per cubic foot to a multifactorial equation. Like water rates, recycled rates will increase by 11 percent in 2013 and 2014, then 5 percent in 2015. A new $20 base rate is offset by a […]

Sewer rates take a dip before rising

In EID parlance sewage is “wastewater.” Wastewater rates for a typical customer who generates 1,800 cubic feet of it in a two-month billing period rose from $129 in 2011 to $136 in January 2012. EID’s 20,600 wastewater customers lament that their sewer rates far surpass water rates, a fact that has frustrated Cameron Park and […]

Ag rates going up; rec rates double

The proposed rate structure continues long-standing agriculture rates, based on the theoretical cost of delivering partially treated “ditch water” to farms and ranches, a practice that extended into the early 1990s. The roughly 400 agriculture operations in the district now receive their irrigation water in pipes, like the rest of us, and consume an estimated […]

Water rates restructured to 50/50 plan

The Proposition 218 Notice leads off with two dense pages followed by detailed rate charts for each class of customer. The lead paragraph summarizes impact of the rate increases for residential customers on a monthly basis, pinning the average single-family 2012 residential increase at just $6.08 per month for water-only customers, $2.38 per month for […]

EID by the numbers: Proposed rate hike goes on trial

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series that examines El Dorado Irrigation District rates, spending and debt. Two public hearings on EID’s proposed four-year rate restructuring will be held 6 p.m. March 26 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. El Dorado Irrigation District’s proposed new rate structure goes […]

Duo criticize rates; current GM points to 1999 inaction

In a Feb. 6 interview EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie cautiously predicted that the proposed rate increases are spread out enough to avoid the vitriol of 2010, when sheriff’s deputies rushed the stage with hands on holsters to maintain order at one meeting. But ratepayer watchdogs Greg Prada and Jon Jakowatz are nonetheless barking, and […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Top official visits Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest played host to a VIP Wednesday when Arthur “Butch” Blazer visited from Washington, D.C. Blazer is the deputy under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment — Forestry with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was his first trip to the Eldorado. Without his D.C. business suit, Blazer looked just like the […]

Man caught after attempted vehicle break-ins

A man was caught after allegedly attempting to burglarize a vehicle on Feb. 14 in Cameron Park. At approximately 5 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3200 block of La Canada Drive to a report of a white male adult attempting to break into vehicles in a parking lot of an apartment complex, said Sgt. […]

Jackson School seeks innovative garden expansion

Jackson Elementary School students need the community’s help to get a closer look at Mother Nature’s work. The school recently teamed up with Recyclebank, the company that rewards customers who fill up their El Dorado Disposal recycling bins, to raise funds for a school garden expansion. Recyclebank customers (current and new) simply have to donate their rewards […]

EID’s recent rate hike history recapped

The 2010 rate hike package began in late 2009 as a five-year increase that compounded to 80 percent higher than then-current rates. It sparked a ratepayer revolt that played out in a series of raucous public workshops. Hundreds of angry ratepayers crammed into undersized venues to protest the increase and hear former board members rail […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: EDHS grad wins Federal Reserve award

 Jim and Carlyn provided the following Bob Hope quote: “On Turning 80: That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.” • • • LEADERSHIP AWARD:
 Andrea (Rohrke) Abrams, El Dorado High School co-valedictorian, Class of 1996, has received the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Legacy Award for Leadership […]

Assemblywoman Gaines seeks to curb disability lawsuit abuse

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, Feb. 22 announced that she has introduced two measures that will curtail frivolous Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits and pinpoint conflicting state and federal ADA regulations. One measure, Assembly Bill 1878, would give California’s most vulnerable small businesses an opportunity to correct an ADA violation before a lawsuit can […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Drug trafficking arrests made

Two men have been arrested as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. Jonathan Lemaire, 23, was stopped by Placerville CHP on a routine traffic stop on Feb. 1, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. The officer conducting the stop noticed evidence of drug trafficking in the vehicle. Search warrants were issued for three residences in […]

Contractor arrested on suspicion of using long-expired license

A Cameron Park man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple charges, including allegedly contracting without a license. Robert Edward Omohundro Jr., 59, was taken into custody on an $11,000 warrant by Rancho Cordova police officers, according to a press release from the Contractors State License Board. Omohundro was taken from the CSLB headquarters to Sacramento […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Kyle Seabourn recovering at Walter Reed

By Allison Nerby Bear Facts staff writer We can all recollect the breathtaking story of Kyle Seabourn. It is terrifying to know someone so close to us got seriously injured in the Afghanistan war, but it is relieving to hear the miraculous story of his recovery. He is family to some while many others know […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply