Racist headstones finally replaced

EL DORADO HILLS — Truth and a measure of justice were served Wednesday when the last of three dozen new gravestones were installed at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery. The project helps close a controversial chapter in race relations, government insensitivity and ignorant foul play. In 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dug up the remains […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Grand Jury indicts Machado

A Grand Jury indictment moved former Placerville mayor Dave Machado’s arraignment on criminal charges to Monday, Oct. 24. On Aug. 18 Machado was arrested on criminal charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to real estate he owned on Broadway in Placerville. Bail was set at $30,000, which Machado posted the […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Pedestrian fatality on Green Valley road

EL DORADO HILLS — Greg Benson, 52, died after being struck on Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills Sunday morning, Oct. 16. Benson was crossing Green Valley Road on foot, from south to north, at approximately 9:55 a.m., east of World Famous Barber Jon’s Barbershop, according to a press release from officer Jasper Begay […]

Supes say ‘workplace bullying’ a health, safety risk

El Dorado County supervisors passed a proclamation during this week’s board meeting establishing this week as “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.” Recommended by Chairman Ray Nutting, the proclamation states the board’s “interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its employees and citizens.” It does not specify “bullying” in the body of the proclamation […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 20 Replies

New executive coordinator named to fire safe council

The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council has named Cari DeWolf as its executive coordinator. DeWolf brings extensive experience in business and program administration from the non-profit, public and private sectors that will be an asset to the fire safe council and its efforts to increase defensible space against wildfire within the county. This year, […]

Bay Area shooting suspect arrested here

A Bay Area man accused of shooting his supervisor late Wednesday night was apprehended by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning. Doran Long, a 50-year-old security guard from Concord, allegedly engaged his supervisor in a firefight Wednesday evening at a Richmond apartment complex. Long is accused of shooting his supervisor twice and then opening […]

Cal gets new attorney

Greenwood store owner Vincent Cal appeared in court on Monday for his pretrial conference, where he requested new representation due to the conflict of interest between his public defender, Rachael Miller, and his business, Cal’s Market Miller’s parents — Jim and Ruth — own the Gas N’ Go in Georgetown, and Judge James Wagoner agreed […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

El Dorado Hills haunted house now open

EL DORADO HILLS — When Nathan Ravenblood lost his beloved he made a chilling deal with the Angel of Death. Collect souls and he will be reunited with those who have passed on. Desperate, Nathan agreed and turned the Ravenblood Mortuary into a house of bloody horror. George Frey with America Screams brings this story […]

County annual tax sale set

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector reports that the county’s auction of tax defaulted property is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Board Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. Prominent on the list of properties up for bid this year are approximately […]

Report to JPA: Projects mostly on track

FOLSOM — The El Dorado County-Folsom Joint Powers Authority held its quarterly meeting Oct. 19 at Folsom City Hall to update the two jurisdictions on the status of projects of mutual interest, primarily the Highway 50-Highway 99 connector and Folsom’s developement plans for south of Highway 50. Folsom Mayor Andy Morin, who serves as chairman […]

10-24-11 Gold Rush Chorus presents “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop”

THREE VARIATIONS OF MUSIC: A music program titled “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop” will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills, at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Gold Rush Chorus is sponsoring this musical program, offering a wide range of music. For more information, […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up now for El Dorado craft booth

Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following John Wayne quote: “Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you are stupid.” • • • EL DORADO CRAFT FAIR: The El Dorado Community Hall members are sponsoring a two-day Craft and Gift Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your pumpkin pancakes in Rescue Saturday

AGE HINT: Several people have asked me, “How Old is Davey ‘Doc’ Wiser, the stagecoach guy?” To protect Davey’s privacy I will not reveal his age but will provide the following clue as to his age. Davey Doc’s Social Security number is 7! • • • PUMPKIN PANCAKES: The Rescue Volunteer Fire Association will be serving pumpkin […]

GDPUD chief eyes CIP delay

Budget discussions for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District came to the forefront during a recent meeting of the Board of Directors when General Manager Hank White created controversy over a proposal to scale back on long-term investments. “To refresh your memory the board in July said bring these six options and have it done […]

Kids Helping the Needy

Our Food Bank of El Dorado County and KCRA, Channel 3 TV Station have officially kicked off the 24th Annual “Kids Can Food Drive”, in fourteen schools in our county. This can drive will continue until Nov 13th. Kids bring extra cans from their homes to school. The cans are donated to the Food Bank […]

10-26-11 “Turkey Trot” walk/races at Cameron Park Lake

TURKEY TROT RACE DAY: On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Cameron Park Recreation is holding its annual “Turkey Trot” walk/races at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park. The youth division races start at 9 a.m. sharp. Junior and adult divisions begin at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $23 if you pre-register before race […]

10-26-11 “Let’s Uke” class at EDH Sr. Center

UNDERSTANDING “UKE”: A class titled “Let’s Uke” is being offered on Mondays, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 5, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. No ukulele experience is necessary. Bring a ukulele if you have one. You can pick up an information sheet […]

10-24-11 Old Fashion Christmas Arts and Craft Fair in Cameron Park

OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS: The Cameron Park Recreation Dept. is presenting an “Old Fashion Christmas Arts and Craft Fair” on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Admission is free. You can do a little early Christmas shopping. Tasty goodies will also […]

GDPUD union makes concessions

GEORGETOWN – The employees of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District have agreed on terms and conditions of employment and ratified a tentative agreement with the district on Oct. 10. The announcement was made Oct. 19 by General Manager Hank White. The deal includes a pay freeze and lower retirement calculations for new employees. The previous […]

Camino mill parts heading for Quincy, other mills

The Camino sawmill, closed since 2009, is now enjoying its second life. Well, parts of the mill anyway. In recent months, observant residents might have noticed that  the dormant mill has also become a shrinking one. Pieces and equipment from the mill have been relocated to operational ones, including a recently reopened sawmill in Quincy, […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Busted and banned at Red Hawk

A Citrus Heights man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attempting to pass a fake check at Red Hawk Casino. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the casino shortly after midnight Saturday after receiving a report of a forgery in progress, said sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec. Deputies arrived on the scene and found […]

Candidates meet at early morning forum

With the November election nearing, about 30 El Dorado County residents got the opportunity to learn about water issues during an early morning candidates forum in Placerville. On Monday, during its weekly meeting, the Taxpayers Association of  El Dorado County met at Denny’s in Placerville to attend a forum featuring candidates vying for El Dorado […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Local student making plans for Mars

October has been a good month for Luke Pettit. He’s one of the exhibitors in the Disability Awareness Art Show at Folsom Lake College and he’s preparing for the trip of a lifetime to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Pettit, 25, is among 48 students selected from […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Local transportation exec retiring

Kathryn Matthews is following another curve in her road. After almost a decade as executive director of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, Matthews is  heading to Ashland, Ore., for the next stretch of her journey as a grandma, perhaps a teacher, or maybe something else entirely. In her EDCTC office, filled with plaques of […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s time to collect ‘coats for kids’

TOWEL PRIVILEGES: Thanks to John Chapman, I present the following “guest towel” statements: Guests of guests may not bring guests. Guest towels are to be used by guests. Non-guests are to use their clothing. Do not mistake endurance for hospitality. • • • KEEP OUR YOUTH WARM: The Coats for Kids Foundation and Steve Stymeisst Auto Body […]

Avant-Garde Rockhounds

The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society is very pleased to welcome the following new members: Shealia Carvin and Sierra Frei.

Prostate Caner Support Group

The El Doradoo Support Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30pm at the Marshall Medical Center 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 202, in Cameron Park. This support group is led by a prostate cancer survivor. The group is designed for men with prostate cancer, beginning at diagnosis and continuuing throughout […]

Give Hospice A Hand

Many of us have received support from Snowline Hospice during very difficult times of our life. Perhaps we can now give Snowline Hospice some help. They need volunteers for office work, delivery service, patient care and grief support. If you would like to join this special group of volunteers call 530-621-7820

Do You Understand Medicare?

Medicare seems like a mystery to me. I wish someone would schedule an appointment for me with the free Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Are you aware of new preventive benefits available free to Medicare beneficiaries? For updated information about Medicare call HICAP at 530-621-6369.

Food and Toy Drive

The annual El Dorado County Holiday Food and Toy Drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 12th, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine, at the American Legion Hall #119, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Entry fee is $5 per person at the gate plus a new unwrapped new toy or a non-perishable food item. All ages […]

UNR video game project to offer exercise for blind children

RENO, Nev. — A research project at the University of Nevada, Reno, has received a $410,220 grant to explore how video exercise games can be played without using visual feedback so the visually impaired, especially adolescents, can improve their health through increased activity. The funding comes from the human-centered computing program of the National Science […]

EID eyes 50-50 plan

During its Oct. 11 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors again considered various components of the District’s recently completed Cost of Services Study model. The board selected a preferred cost recovery allocation methodology and the method for integrating Domestic Irrigation customers into other rate classes, and considered the El Dorado County Office […]

Turf rate action delayed

A proposal from the El Dorado County Office of Education was received by the El Droado Irrigatiohn District board, asking to redirect property tax allocation funds to support schools and community service districts to mitigate the rate increases proposed in the COS Study. The proposal was widely discussed Oct. 11, with several members of the […]

Domestic Irrigation customer class to be phased out in 2013

In order to comply with Proposition 218 requirements, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 4-1 Oct. 11 to eliminate the Domestic Irrigation customer class effective January of 2013. This action has been taken because the customer classification does not meet Proposition 218 criteria since it is not based upon the district’s Cost of Services […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID Cost of Service Study forums set

El Dorado Irrigation District will hold two public outreach meetings to discuss the outcome of its recent Cost of Services Study and to seek public comment in the process. The first meeting will be held 6:30p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Cameron Park Community Services District, 2502 County Club Drive. The second meeting will be 6:30  p.m. Wednesday, […]

Control burn set in Sly Park area

The Amador- El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be conducting vegetation management prescribed burns in the Sly Park Lake Recreation Area Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 17-19. The burns will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  These particular prescribed burns will remove brush, conifer litter and bear clover in the understory of […]

Trees for troops is a community gift

CAMINO — For the past 32 years Indian Rock Tree Farm has been sending Christmas trees to El Dorado County service men and women deployed overseas. They’ve been supplying the trees for the program for even longer — since Carl Borelli, the late El Dorado County supervisor and Placerville mayor, started the program during the […]

Council sets dates for chats

Do you ever wish someone would just listen to your ideas about how to make Placerville a better place to live? Hear you when you protest about things that seem to take too long or have a million hoops to jump through? Got some good ideas to streamline red tape and get some little things […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 17 Replies

Telephone Safety Check

Are you worried about an older relative or friend in questionable health who lives alone? The “You Are Not Alone” program offers a free telephone service that checks, on a daily basis, with people to make sure they are safe and okay. To learn moe about the YANA program call 530-621-6255.

Needle New Comers

The red carpet is rolled out for the following new members of the Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild: Sandra Connerley and Dorothy Van Asten!

Scholarship for Women

If you are a woman age 30 or older residing in El Dorado County and enrolling for three or more units at El Dorado (College) Center, there may be a scholarshop available for you. The application deadline for the spring term scholarshop is Dec 31st and is being given by the Chapter PI of PEO, […]

Helping the Non Profits

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is presenting a non-profit showcase mixer and the public is invited. Local non-profit representatives will discuss the various ways to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. This mixer is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Blue Shield lobby, 4203 Town Center […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Act to bring down puppy mills

Puppy mills have been around for more than half a century. In the post-World War II boom, more disposable income and leisure time met with farmers actively searching for alternative “crops” — a collision that led to the phenomenon of the retail dog. Pet stores sprouted and multiplied as money-minded individuals realized the irresistible appeal […]

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Oct. 29. This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs. Three sites will be operating where these drugs can be disposed of, free, […]

Economy Depressing You?

A community Prepardness Fair will take place on Saturday, Nov 5th, from 1am to 2pm at the LDS Church, 3275 Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville. Has the economy got you down? Are you having tough times making ends meet? This free informational fair will offer classes, workshops and several informational booths related to job employment assistance, […]