Mental first-aid starts Jan. 10

The first Mental Health First-Aid class of the year will begin on Jan. 10. This course will help you respond to people who are dealing with stressful and difficult mental crises. It’s time now to sign up and get this on your calendar.  If you need more information, you may view the following ABC commentary […]

Renewable energy certificate offered

RENO, Nev. — An online graduate certificate in renewable energy that provides an opportunity to study the policies and practices in the diverse fields of renewable energy is being offered at the University of Nevada, Reno, beginning in the spring 2012 semester. The online, 12-credit certificate is designed for professionals, including business staff and managers, […]

Delta council seeks public comment at EIR hearings

SACRAMENTO — The Delta Stewardship Council, the state agency charged with developing a long-term, legally enforceable management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is seeking public comment on its draft program Environmental Impact Report that reviews the fifth staff draft Delta Plan. The Delta Plan’s fundamental purpose is to meet the state-mandated coequal goals of “providing a more reliable […]

Book awards for Slim Randles

Newspaper columnist Slim Randles, who writes the weekly Home Country column, took home two New Mexico Book Awards in 2011. His advice book for young people, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right,” took first place in the self-help category, and “Sweetgrass Mornings” won in the biography/memoirs category. Randles lives and works in Albuquerque. Home Country reaches 1.8 million hometown newspaper readers […]

Lincoln man wanted by the FBI

The FBI is seeking the public’s help in locating Gerardo Constantino Ramirez, 37, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the murder of Antonio Morales. Ramirez shot Morales during an altercation on the evening of Oct. 10, 2011 at a residence in Lincoln. After a local arrest warrant was issued, a federal arrest warrant […]

Tibetan monks returning

For the 11th year in a row the Tibetan monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery will return to the Cozmic Cafe, Jan. 11-14. This year the cafe will host Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen. Geshe is a title equivalent to a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies. Gyaltsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At the age of […]

Snow-making keeps Sierra at Tahoe open

Snowfall may be scarce at Tahoe right now but that doesn’t keep skiers from schussing, snow boarding, and tubing anyway. Sierra at Tahoe currently has four well-groomed runs open with snow being made at night when the temperature drops. Ski lessons are available for adults and children. Besides downhill skiing and snow boarding, the resort […]

1-13-12 “Family to Family” educational program

“FAMILY TO FAMILY” PROGRAM: A “Family to Family” educational program is being presented for family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by mental illnesses. This is a series of 11 weekly classes designed to help caregivers understand and support individuals with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. These free classes […]

1-13-12 Free movie pass at blood drive

ONE FREE MOVIE PASS: Blood donations will be accepted on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., at Regal Cinema, 337 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Blood mobiles will be in the parking lot. All donors will receive one free movie pass. To give blood, you must be in generally good health, free from cold […]

1-13-12 Mother Teresa Maternity Home fundraiser

MOTHER TERESA MATERNITY HOME FUNDRAISER: The Mother Teresa Maternity Home’s 9th annual Gala Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m., St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Guernell Hall, Sacramento and Fiske Sts., Placerville. For more information on how to purchase tickets or be a sponsor, please visit or call 530-295-8006.

1-13-12 In-Home Supportive Services helps seniors

HELPING THE ELDERLY: The Advisory Committee for In-Home Supportive Services serves as an Advisory Board to the Board of Supervisors. The mission of this IHSS advisory committee is to “support the development of quality services for the elderly and disabled to maintain independent living and to provide relevant community education.” For more information, call 530-642-4833. […]

1-13-12 Senior News gives financial advice

PROTECT YOUR MONEY AND CREDIT: The Senior News newsletter offers the following advice to protect your money and credit: – “Unless you initiated the phone call, never give out confidential information (account number, Social Security number, or mother’s maiden name) to anyone who calls. – Review your statement each month for unauthorized purchases. – Do […]

UM coach arrested on suspicion of sex with minor

A Union Mine High School teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of statutory rape. Varsity baseball coach David Robert Freeman, 38, was booked into the Placerville jail Thursday on one felony count of unlawful sex with a minor and one felony count of sex acts with a minor. He was released that same day on […]

Pollock man killed in Friday fire

A Pollock Pines resident was killed Friday in an early morning mobile home fire. El Dorado County Fire District units responded to a residential structure fire at 24 Hub St. in Pollock Pines’ Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park shortly after 12:15 a.m. Friday. Fire crews found a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and an […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

June trial for Machado

Placerville’s former mayor briefly appeared in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday to request a jury trial. Dave Machado, 53, was charged in August with felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy in connection with properties he owns that fall within the city’s redevelopment zone. At the time of his arrest, Machado was the city’s mayor. […]

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

Heard over the back fence: Dinner and dance in Shingle Springs

John Chapman gave mew the following T-shirt statement: “My favorite child is furry and has four legs.”  • • • COMMUNITY CENTER FUNDRAISER:
 On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Shingle Springs Community Center is sponsoring a spaghetti feed and dance fundraiser at the Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd., Shingle Springs. Dinner will be served […]

Motorist killed on Mount Aukum Road

A Roseville motorist was killed Wednesday night in a head-on collision. Brian Hale, 38, of Roseville, was driving his Geo Prism southbound on Mount Aukum Road, south of Paradise Ranch Road, at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. According to Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark, preliminary reports suggest Hale was driving without his headlights and crossed […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greenberg jurors hear closing arguments

Was Anthony Dumont was shot and killed by a man desperately trying to regain control of his personal life? Or was the Grizzly Flat resident’s death the unfortunate result of his interference in a messy divorce? Jurors in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg heard very different versions of the same story Wednesday, as attorneys […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Jonas Minton joins taxpayers group for water chat

Members of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County are keenly interested in the decisions being made to improve conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Those decisions may have consequences that affect the mountain counties where the waters that flow through the Delta originate. Jonas Minton, in his current role as president of the […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: a year of sleaze and insane federal spending

By Dave Barry McClatchy Newspapers It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the […]

1-11-12 Lunches at Senior Nutrition Centers

HOW ABOUT A $3 LUNCH? The meal today at the Senior Nutrition Centers is: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Tossed Green Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Half Banana, Garlic Bread and Milk. A $3 donation is suggested for seniors, 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

1-11-12 January classes at E.D.H. Sr. Center

JANUARY CLASSES AVAILABLE: The following classes are available in January at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center: Ukulele Lessons, Truffle Making Workshop (in time for Valentine’s Day!), Indian Cooking, Free Lunch and Learn Program: Spinal Arthritis, Disaster Preparedness, Hospice 101. For exact times and location of classes, call 916-358-3575.

Interim GM for EDHCSD

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors named Richard J. Ramirez as interim general manager in a 4-1 vote, during a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, with Director Bill Vandegrift opposing. Board President Guy Gertsch said Ramirez will evaluate and manage all district operations while the board launches a national search […]

Trial highlights Dumont’s character

Witnesses Tuesday testified that the Grizzly Flat man who was killed in 2008 by a retired Burlingame cop was a helpful, friendly soul who tried to avoid confrontation at all costs. Anthony Dumont, 26, was shot and killed by 40-year-old Morris Greenberg on July 20, 2008. Dumont had been helping his girlfriend — Greenberg’s estranged […]

Winter shelter for the homeless in operation

The winter shelter for the homeless has just successfully finished it’s second month. It is a nomadic shelter in that it rotates each night to a different location. There are four local churches participating this year: Green Valley Community Church, Foothills United Methodist Church, Cold Spring Community Church and Solid Rock Faith Center. Also, two other […]

State tax filing season officially opens

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced Jan. 4 it is now accepting 2011 state tax returns. Also, FTB provides the following updates on law changes and filing services. Final filing date is Tuesday, April 17. FTB will consider tax returns and payments mailed or submitted on April 17, as timely. Individual tax rate decreases — […]

1-6-12 Free computer lessons at E.D.H. Sr. Center

**** MIKE: I am not sure if this item was submitted after I typed it. Just in case, I am typing it again. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS: Are you ready to learn the basics of using a computer, including internet and e-mail? Volunteer instructors will work with you one on one, for three free lessons at […]

Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert

SACRAMENTO — Tuesday the Department of Water Resources conducted the year’s first snow survey, which has Cal Fire officials concerned about increased fire danger. The lack of precipitation across the state has led to one of the driest winters on record. According to DWR the statewide water content is at 19 percent of normal. Despite the […]

Heard over the back fence: Start the year out by de-junkifying your house

 John Chapman sent me the “sign” statement: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay here forever.” — Winnie the Pooh • • • GETTING RID OF ELECTRONICS: 
It’s possible to recycle your own electronics at the Electronic Waste Drop-Off site, located in the […]

1-6-12 Poetry class meets at Main Library

FREE PIZZA: The “Poetry Off-the-Shelves” poetry group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, they are throwing a poetry pizza party from 6 to 7 p.m. in the library. You can enjoy the pizza and afterwards […]

Snow survey finds slim pickings

VADE — This winter’s first snow survey came up mostly empty on an unusually balmy day near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. Conducted at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey, sank a metal survey pole into the ground. The result: only one-seventh of an inch of water. According to […]

United Health Foundation ranks California No. 24

The 2011 America’s Heath Rankings, released by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, finds that troubling nationwide increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, premature deaths, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health […]

Camino mill reinvented as RV storage

RVs, boats, trailers and heavy equipment will soon be filling the vacant drying yard and sheds at the lumber mill in Camino. Apple Mill Storage opened Jan. 2 and owner Rick Williams is hoping that it will bring some new life to the little town hard hit by the closing of the mill. The Sierra […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Greenberg: Shooting scenarios argued

According to the prosecution’s latest witness, there exists only one scenario which accurately explains the shooting death of Anthony Dumont. Dumont, 26, was shot at a Somerset residence in 2008 by 40-year-old Morris Greenberg. Greenberg, a retired Bay Area police officer, has pleaded not guilty to the killing. Greenberg’s attorney, Erik Schlueter, previously told jurors that […]

No deaths, only 10 DUIs over holidays

The Placerville CHP office reported an uneventful 2011 holiday season in terms of deaths and fatalities, according to Public Affairs and Community Outreach Officer Daniel Stark from the California Highway Patrol office in Placerville. “We were fortunate that we had no fatalities over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years,” said Stark when reflecting over the happenings […]

City loses 10 part-timers

The already reduced crew at Placerville City Hall took another hit as a change in Public Employees Retirement law went into effect on Jan.1. A number of  city employees retired in 2010 and some of them chose to return to part-time duties as retired annuitants. According to PERS law, retired annuitants could work up to […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Q&A on aging EID infrastructure

El Dorado Irrigation District Communications Director Mary Lynn Carlton interviews Operations Director Tom McKinney about some of the very important capital projects that the district has undertaken in the last decade to ensure that we provide safe and reliable services for our customers. A previous interview with the director of engineering talked about the canal […]

Message from the EID General Manager: Cost-of-Services Study completed

In the fall of 2011, the El Irrigation District completed an extensive Cost-of-Services Study to review our rates and ensure that costs were fairly allocated for all of our customers. As a result of the study, a model was developed to allocate the district’s operating and debt costs equitably among water, wastewater, recycled water, and […]

Heard over the back fence: Start new year with Helping Hands contribution

Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is offered: “WARNING! My dachshund thinks he’s a doberman with short legs . . .” • • • HELPING THOSE IN NEED:
 Helping Hands is a program created by EID in coordination with the El Dorado Community Foundation. This program provides financial assistance to EID customers who […]

Couple makes transitions easier

How can a clown inspire a new career? Ask Bob and Roxanne Webster, owners of Caring Transitions in Placerville. The couple recently launched their local business that helps seniors who are moving, downsizing or liquidating their estates — all because of Roxanne’s father, a world-renowned master clown for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Glen […]

Shingle Springs Community Center reopened and ready for action

A one-two punch of snow on the roof and foam on the floor sidelined the aging Shingle Springs Community Center in 2011. Fortunately, generous local contractors stepped up, inspired by a recently retired school principal and an El Dorado Rose, replacing the roof and floor and adding several key modernizations at no cost. On Jan. […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

New safety seat law for children

As of January 1, 2012, California’s new Child Safety Seat Law goes into effect. It requires parents to keep their children properly buckled into a car seat or booster seat in the back seat until the age of eight. This new law does away with the ‘6 years or 60 pounds’ rule for children traveling […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Cupcakes galore coming to Cameron Park

Red velvet, chocolate chip, salted caramel … is your sweet tooth aching yet? Cupcake enthusiasts won’t have to wait much longer for Charene Whorton to unveil her delicious creations at her new shop — Copper Lantern Cupcakes — scheduled to open later this month inside Cameron Park’s Yo’So Yogurt. “This whole area needs some cupcakes,” […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a walk on the wild side with SWR

 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is available: “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.” • • • LOCAL WILDLIFE CLASS:
 The Sierra Wildlife Rescue program has scheduled a class titled “Introduction to Local Wildlife” for Jan. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 […]

Sacramento Chef Challenge planned

The Northern California nonprofit InAlliance is selling tickets to the “Sacramento Chef Challenge” at 4 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2012. The well known culinary extravaganza features two live culinary competitions, food sampling, wine and beer tasting, live music and raffle prizes. One hundre percent of the proceeds go to programs that support people with developmental […]