Long Fire still burns; rain coming

STRAWBERRY — For a little more than two weeks, the lightning-caused Long Fire that hit the Packsaddle Pass area off Highway 50 on Monday, Sept. 12, is slowly but surely dying out. Anna Callahan, public information officer for Eldorado National Forest, that is handling the fire, said the majority of the fire stopped burning on […]

Credit card scams on the rise

There seems to always be another scam to watch out for these days, some are new and some are just rehashed versions of past scams. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls recently regarding a credit card scam in the local area. According to victims, this is how the transaction occurs. Your […]

10-10-11 Inside Out program’s 5K walk/run

FUNDRAISER FOR INSIDE OUT PROGRAM: The Inside Out program selects 15 women from various rehabilitation programs in El Dorado County and gives them a complete make-over to make these women feel beautiful, inside and out. The Inside Out group is presenting a 5K walk/run on Nov. 20 at Schnell School and the El Dorado Trail […]

10-7-11 “Writers Bloc” group meeting

LOOKING FOR A WRITERS GROUP? The “Writers Bloc” group for teens and adults has a new format and time. The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Drop by the library to pick up a flier that details […]

Winter shelter seeks 7th night for homeless

El Dorado County winters are wet and cold, sometimes as low as 25 degrees and with precipitation averaging 39 inches in Placerville. It’s not a good time of year to be living outdoors. The winter of 2010-2011 was the first year that the county’s homeless population had somewhere warm, dry and safe to sleep for […]

El Dorado Trail — removal of rails still a cloudy issue

El Dorado County’s first foray into securing authority to remove the old Southern Pacific Railroad rails and ties between Shingle Springs and the county line went about as expected. The Joint Powers Authority that governs the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor said  “no” at its Sept. 12 meeting. The JPA effectively owns the infrastructure materials and while […]

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County woman reported missing

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has turned to the public for help in finding a local woman who was last seen on Sept. 23. Sara Fawcett worked at the Placerville Wal-Mart and called in sick on Sept. 22. She was last heard from on on the morning of Sept. 23. According to the Sheriff’s […]

Heard over the back fence: EID District 1 candidates to talk in Pollock

 T-shirt statement of the month: “I am a kind, loving person on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.” • • • CANDIDATES’ DEBATE:
 All three candidates for the Board of Directors, EID, Pollock Pines Area, Division 1, will be appearing at the candidates’ debate on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., at the Pollock Pines-Camino […]

10-5-11 PV Ostomy Association meets in Cameron Park

OSTOMATES UNITE! The Placerville Ostomy Association Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 202, Cameron Park. Meetings are open to pre-surgery and post-surgery ostomates, caregivers, family and friends. This support group provides encouragement and sharing through group discussions. […]


A front page story Friday about Councilman Dave Machado incorrectly stated he faces federal charges. He is not federally charged. He had been charged by the El Dorado County District attorney with alleged violations of state laws.

10-5-11 Military retirees meeting in Sacramento

MILITARY RETIREES MEETING: The monthly military meeting for retirees and spouses is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 1030 hours at Parks and Recreation District, Watt Ave., Sacramento. The speaker will be from TLS Responders who will provide an update on the latest PR procedures. For exact location and time information for this meeting, call […]

Tahoe man killed in Afghanistan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A South Tahoe High School graduate was killed while serving in Afghanistan last week. Spc. Garrett Fant, 21, died Sept. 26 after his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Helmand province, according to a Sept. 28 statement from the U.S. Department of Defense. Fant died of his wounds after […]

10-7-11 Partners in Care presents “A Night at the Theater”

ENJOY A NIGHT AT THE THEATER: Partners in Care is presenting “A Night at the Theater” on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. This fundraiser will feature the Sutter Street Theater performing vignettes from “The kids left. The dog died. Now what?” Tickets are $35 per […]

Big Meadow restoration continues along Scotts Lake Trail

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service has begun removing conifers (cone-bearing trees) from meadows, aspen groves and upland forest areas along Scotts Lake Trail, off Big Meadow Trailhead near Luther Pass on Highway 89. The project should not affect access to the trail, but the Forest Service is asking that users remain on […]

Mittelman testifes; closings delivered

Charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-wife, Steven Howard Mittelman was called to testify in his own defense Tuesday afternoon. Mittelman, 56, admitted to shooting ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman, 63, on the evening of June 17, 2010 during what he described as a drunken argument in the El Dorado Hills apartment the two shared […]

Mittelman convicted of first-degree murder

Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening of June […]

Annexation not set in stone

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to exclude Andler Way from the city’s plan to annex small bits of the county within Placerville city limits and to sponsor a public workshop to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of annexation. A preliminary application to El Dorado County’s LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) to annex approximately […]

Nine state parolees shift to county

On April 4, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills referred to as the Public Safety Realignment to help reduce the number of non-serious and non-violent offenders incarcerated in California prisons. The bills realign those offenders into the county jail or paroled into the county they were originally sentenced. Instead of reporting to a state parole officer, parolees will […]

Holy Trinity garden teaches compassion

EL DORADO HILLS — Holy Trinity School students gathered amongst squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, herbs and Biblical plants like bay and artichokes to officially dedicate their school garden Tuesday. Principal Trisha Uhrhammer said she’s advocated for the garden since taking her leadership role at the El Dorado Hills school. “I realized some children never had […]

Verdict reached in Mittelman murder trial

Less than 24 hours into deliberations, El Dorado County jurors have reached a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Steven Howard Mittelman. Mittelman, 56, is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, during an argument in their El Dorado Hills apartment on June 17, 2010. Mittelman pleaded not guilty to the charge. […]

$5 Million grants for ‘Healthy Forests’ projects

AUBURN — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) has announced it has opened the solicitation period for its $5 million “Healthy Forests” grant program. Applicants have until Oct. 21 to submit their pre-application documents. All projects must be designed to benefit Sierra Nevada forests and associated meadows, either by reducing the risk and impacts of large, damaging […]

Local veterinarian backing the bullies

It’s time to quit picking on the bullies. That’s the message that Dr. Randy Robinson, owner of Missouri Flat Pet Clinic, wants to convey, and he’s putting his money where his muzzle is by taking on, free of charge, the care of a badly injured pooch that appears to be at least a part pit […]

10-3-11 Limited El Dorado Transit information

LIMITED EL DORADO TRANSIT INFORMATION: In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, El Dorado Transit will have a limited service schedule on Monday, Oct. 10. The limited service schedule will include the following: – Local Saturday Express (Placerville and Pollock Pines). – Sacramento Commuter Route #6 AM and PM with service to all Park-and-Ride facilities. […]

Marshall sets flu clinics

The best way to avoid getting the flu this year is to get the annual vaccine, medical experts agree. Marshall Medical Center is providing several flu shot clinics in the coming weeks. See below for the schedule and locations. Family medicine clinics: Saturday, Oct. 8 9 a.m.-1 p.m.   Marshall Sierra Primary Medicine 1000 Fowler […]

Defense calls ex-wife’s slaying manslaughter

Steven Howard Mittelman always wanted to be a father. Wife Valerie, already with children from a previous relationship, was against the idea of starting a family with a husband eight years her junior. Only several years after the fact did Mittelman learn that Valerie, in 1979, had an abortion while they were still a couple. […]

Heard over the back fence: Partners in Care plan night at the theater

My buddy John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.” • • • PARTNERS IN CARE FUNDRAISER: 
On Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., the Partners in Care organization is presenting “A Night at the Theater,” at the Placerville Shakespeare Club at 2940 Bedford […]

South Shore fuels and healthy forest project takes next step

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a project that would implement extensive forest thinning along Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and improve forest health. Under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, the release of the […]

Mountain Counties hears mixed panel speak

Members of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies met jointly in Placerville last month at the El Dorado Irrigation District conference room in Placerville. The two organizations held their respective business meeting in the morning. The afternoon was devoted to a three-hour forum of experts on “The Future of […]

Sheriff to speak in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated. D’Agostini often recalled during his campaign about when the local deputy stopped by to talk and knew all of the neighborhood kids and their parents. As sheriff, his goal is […]

Machado stays for full City Council meeting

It was business as almost usual as Placerville City Councilman David Machado sat behind the dais for Tuesday’s City Council meeting — and stayed there this time. The last council meeting he made only a brief appearance and then disappeared. After charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime were filed against Machado by […]

Murder trial: Former flame called to testify; prosecution rests

Needing an escape from the two women in his life, Steven Howard Mittelman sought out a third. It had been more than 30 years since Mittelman last spoke to Judy Fuellenbach, but when the stresses of his home and work lives became too much, Mittelman tracked his former lover down. “He wanted to be free,” […]

Clean up and clean out on Oct. 15

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District, in partnership with Video Products Distributors, hosts the Fall Community Clean-up Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. The event is designed to provide El Dorado Hills residents (within the CSD boundaries) a place to discard old junk, yard waste and unused household items. Clean out the garage, […]

Distraught woman, child rescued from river canyon

A woman who reportedly took off all her clothing, along with that of her young daughter, and ran toward the South Fork of the American River off Rock Creek Road Sunday ended up being taken to a mental health facility. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a suspicious circumstance report on Rock Creek […]

One CASA advocate’s motivation

In 2009 Dorian Brandon was reeling from the death of a son, a divorce and the loss of her job. She was depressed and knew it, but didn’t want to rely on the pharmacy or distillery to break her funk. She decided to help a friend who was going through a contentious divorce. Brandon recalls […]

CASA kid describes 4 turbulent years

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. Part 1 ran Monday, Sept. 26. Lacey Runik entered the California foster care system when she was just a year-and-a-half old. The court found “neglect and abuse” on the part of her biological parents, who separated before she ever knew them. She doesn’t know all […]

EID board OKs Capital Improvement Plan: reduced by $55 million

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously adopted a five-year 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan in the amount of $87 million, down by $55 million from last year’s five-year plan, during its Sept. 26 meeting. The plan includes approximately 134 projects that are assigned a priority level according to three-level prioritization criteria. A project prioritized as a “level 1” is considered mandatory […]

Local firemen attend Homeland Security training

Firefighters Brett Jones, George Mckelvie and Chris Realin from Rescue Fire Department recently completed hands-on training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness  in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility. Hands-on […]

Free firesafe workshop set

POLLOCK PINES — A workshop covering the practices used to reduce fire hazards in forested communities will be held at the Gold Ridge Community Center, located at 4101 Opal in Pollock Pines, this Friday, Sept. 30. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. and run until about noon with an optional field trip scheduled after […]

9-30-11 “Let’s Talk” group at EDH Sr. Center

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE CONVERSATION? The “Let’s Talk” group is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The topic for Nov. 3 is, “Any Unusual Experiences?” Visitors and walk-ins are always welcome.

9-30-11 Grand-parenting stories told at EDH Sr. Center

SHARING GRAND-PARENTING STORIES: Would you enjoy sharing your grand-parenting stories, jokes, trials and tribulations? There is a group sharing their grand-parent fun that meets on the third Friday of each month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This group also produces the entertaining newsletter, “The Grands and the […]

9-30-11 Day trip to So. Lake Tahoe

DAY TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE: On Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., a charter bus trip to South Lake Tahoe is available for a $37 fee. The bus departs from and returns to Raley’s parking lot, El Dorado Hills. Travelers receive a $20 slot voucher and a $7 lunch voucher to Harrah’s/Harveys […]

9-30-11 Genealogical Society meeting at El Dorado Hills Library

FAMILY SECRETS AND MORE? On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6:15 to 8 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet in the El Dorado Hills Library community room at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. EDHGS members will share information they learned at Family History Day at Calif. State Archives in Sacramento. Visitors […]

Mittelman murder trial: Living dynamic explored; stories change

Jilted and broke, Valerie Rita Mittelman called her ex-husband and pleaded for financial help in November 2008. By Thanksgiving that year, she traded her life in Georgia for a tiny El Dorado Hills apartment occupied by Steven Howard Mittelman and then-wife, Gail. Valerie worked tirelessly at Mittelman’s Placerville liquor store, taking home $30 a week […]

Heard over the back fence: Big book sale in Cameron Park

GRANDPARENTS’ INSIGHT: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Grandparenting is the ultimate extreme sport.” • • • USED BOOKS UNIVERSE:The Cameron Park Friends of the Library will hold their monthly used books sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Uncle Matty’s Believe It or Not

Ask anyone who does anything for a living, and they’ll tell you a sense of humor is everything. Every year, week after week, my phone rings and my inbox dings with the calls and e-mails that don’t make this column. Some people can’t or don’t want to be helped, and these are the times when […]