State mandate affects every restaurant employee

Michael Bergland Bear Facts staff writer Picture yourself as a high school student or graduate, as you look through the help wanted ads in the paper you notice you only qualify for a restaurant job. Sadly, as of Jan. 1, you no longer qualify. It is now a law that all California food handlers, also […]

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

Burglar gets Rx in Mt. Aukum

A burglary of a residence in Mount Aukum resulted in a nearly $1,000 loss on Feb. 11. Unknown suspects entered the residence of a 28-year-old male on Perry Creek Road, taking $500 in prescription medication, personal items, and an undisclosed amount of cash, Sgt. Phil Chonavec of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said. A […]

Armed robbery in EDH

Three victims were robbed at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Feb. 18 near Embarcadero Drive in El Dorado Hills. The suspects approached the three male victims, ages 20, 21 and 21, in a vehicle at around 1:30 a.m., brandishing a handgun while taking personal items, wallets and cell phones before fleeing the area. […]

Sweeney responds to claim that he ‘dissed’ miners

Big Cut Mine co-owner Rick Churches took a verbal jab at District 3 Supervisor Jack Sweeney during Monday’s Taxpayers Association meeting. Speaking to the group about his and partner Joe Hardesty’s ongoing battle with the county over mining rights, Churches said Sweeney had refused to talk to him on at least two occasions at public functions. […]

Library displays Indian basket collection

Harry Mercado would be the first to admit that he has a doll collection. A Native American doll collection that is. But his real pride and joy is his collection of Native American baskets from tribes all over the country and, in particular, from California. An avid collector, his ultimate goal is to own at […]

Mine owners tell taxpayers group they won’t back down

Rick Churches and Joe Hardesty were preaching to the choir when they spoke at Monday’s meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County. Owners of the Big Cut Mine near Placerville, the pair  has been the subject of controversy for the past several weeks having run afoul of county regulatory agencies and more recently […]

Latrobe, EDH OK fire deal

Latrobe and El Dorado Hills fire boards have agreed in principle to make El Dorado Hills firefighters the front line for an estimated 60 Latrobe emergency responses each year. The agreement formalizes, for $25,000 annually, a role that El Dorado Hills currently provides its fiscally strapped southerly neighbor under the county mutual aid agreement. Ambulance […]

Roundabout loses a round in court

Judge Nelson Brooks sent the Friends of Historical Hangtown a Valentine when he issued a writ of mandate to stop the Clay Street/Cedar Ravine Realignment and Clay Street at Hangtown Creek Replacement Project. Approvals for the city of Placerville project, often referred to as the “Roundabout Project” because of a proposed roundabout at the four-legged […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Native son returns home as associate pastor in Camino

Recollections of the annual Mud-Bowl football game at Triple T stable, riding his bike to Camino Elementary School and leading music at church bring a warm smile to Elijah Vogel as he recalls growing up in Camino. Vogel, who recently became associate minister of Nex-Gen Connections at Camino Community Church, is excited about being home. […]

Yolo pig hunts planned

The Department of Fish and Game will hold eight limited wild pig hunts at Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County from March 13-May 2. Offered through DFG’s Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, a total of 48 hunters will be selected through a random drawing for an access permit to the private Bobcat Ranch […]

Knight Foundry is Clarksville topic

The Clarksville Region Historical Society will hear  from members of the Knight Foundry Corp. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22,at the El Dorado Hills Library, 745 Silva Valley Parkway. The presentation will be on the Knights Foundry’s historical 1872 water powered ironworks located in Sutter Creek. This historical site has been preserved by this group and presents […]

Tohoku grim reminder of potential for Pacific Northwest megaquake

RENO, Nev. – The March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake is a grim reminder of the potential for another strong-motion mega-earthquake along the Pacific Northwest Coast, geophysicist John Anderson of the University of Nevada, Reno, told members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in a lecture at their annual conference in Vancouver, B.C., […]

Heard over the back fence: Help restore the Bayley House

 Check out the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar and you will discover the following patience description: “Patience is one of those special qualities where success feeds on itself. Once you reach little milestones — five minutes of patience — you’ll begin to see that you do, indeed, have the capacity […]

Rim Trail training set

Tahoe Rim Trail Association has scheduled its seventh annual Trail Construction and Crew Leader Workshop at Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park May 18-20. Participants may choose from the following courses: Trail Design and Layout Friday, Fundamentals of Trail Construction Saturday and Sunday, Crew Leadership Saturday and Sunday, and Advanced Trail Theory Saturday and Sunday. […]

Healthy choices focus for Team Indo

There’s a new athletic team at Independence High School — in fact it’s the only athletic team at the continuation high school. Team Indo has 60 team members, a student advisor, Julian Sandoval, a faculty advisor, Alison Gennai, a $1,000 grant and a lot of enthusiasm. The $1,000 came from a United Health Heroes grant from […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

2-27-12 Community Center indoor concert

COMMUNITY CENTER CONCERT: An indoor concert is being presented on Saturday, March 3, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. The “Sister Wing” group will perform. They will offer the vintage jazz sounds of the female groups of the 1930s and 1940s. The “Chopped Liver […]

Union funds misappropriated

A Yuba City couple have pleaded guilty to misappropriation of labor union funds. According to a press release, U.S. Attorney Benjamin R. Wagoner announced that Robert L. Carr, 57, and his wife Theresa Ann Carr, 54, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating union funds, […]

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

2-27-12 Line dance lessons at EDH Sr. Center

LEARN TO LINE DANCE: Line dance lessons are available on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The class fee is $2 per class. The instructor is Pat Nathan. No partner or previous line dancing experience is required Drop-ins are always welcome.

El Dorado Community Foundation announces new officers, board members

The El Dorado Community Foundation announced new officers of its board of directors as follows: president, John Black; vice president, Paul Zappettini; secretary, Charlie Stephens and Chris Reeg, treasurer. Maureen Carter is the past president. Black has served on the board since January 2007. A native of San Francisco, he graduated from the University of […]

2-27-12 Stroke education and support group meets

STROKE EDUCATION GROUP: A stroke education and support group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Community Health Library (in the Mid- Town Mall), at 681 Main St., Placerville. Drop-ins are encouraged and always welcome.

County provides marketing info to businesses

El Dorado County Economic Development is providing free customized consumer analytic reports to local businesses. Virtually every consumer in America leaves a “data trail” wherever they go – when using a credit card, subscribing to a magazine, completing a survey, registering to vote, or changing the channel on cable television. By analyzing the data, it’s possible to understand […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Garden show, plant sale planned in Jackson

The 29th annual Garden Show and Marketplace will be held on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Sponsored by the Sierra Madre Garden Club, the theme this year is “The Working Garden.” It will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on […]

Local bakers challenged to battle of the cupcakes

This year’s Cake War at the 10th annual Sacramento Chef Challenge is “Battle Cupcakes,” and they are looking for three amateur contestants to duke it out against three cupcake pros. “We are inviting amateur baker’s from the greater Sacramento area to join the battle by creating a three- to five-minute video that shows us “why you and […]

CPCSD acts on parks, pool, legal beagles

It was another night of teeth gnashing at the board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District last Wednesday as barbs were traded in between staff reports and commendations. Supervisor Ray Nutting received a commendation for his help with the weed abatement program and Rotary was thanked for providing new park signs. General Manager […]

Fire chiefs seek share of Prop. 172 funds

In an effort to close a funding gap, county fire chiefs asked the Cameron Park Community Services District board for support in seeking a share of Proposition 172 funding from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. In their presentation, Rescue Fire Department Chief Tom Keating and  CalFire/Cameron Park Battalion Chief Michael Webb justified the request […]

TIM fees reduced

El Dorado County builders, developers and do-it-yourselfers may have caught a  break last Tuesday when the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reduce Traffic Impact Mitigation fees. Interim Department of Transportation Director Kim Kerr delivered a slide presentation titled “2012 TIM Fee Update” which described actions taken by DOT and the Chief Administrative Office […]

What’s for lunch?

On Jan. 25, the First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced new federal nutrition standards for lunches in public and private schools. The new standards go into effect on July 1 and have a three-year phase-in period. Under the new standards, school meals will have caloric maximums and minimums based on a […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

$30k jackpot at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino, home to some of the luckiest and loosest slots, awarded a loyal Red Hawk Rewards Club member a $30,705 jackpot Thursday, Feb. 16. Esperanza from Sacramento, Calif. enjoys coming to Red Hawk Casino almost every day to play the quarter slots. She had a winning feeling when she visited the casino and […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greenberg sentencing delayed as he claims ineffective counsel

Morris Greenberg, the man found guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Dumont, was in court for less than 10 minutes Friday afternoon. During the short hearing, Greenberg’s court-appointed attorney Erik Schlueter relayed that Greenberg, who was present in an orange jumpsuit, was motioning for ineffective counsel and “other issues.” In response, El Dorado County […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 12 Replies

Joe Stancil Jr. pleads guilty

A Placerville airplane dealer pleaded guilty to hiding financial transactions. Joseph Stancil Jr., owner and president of Stancil Enterprises, an airplane dealer, spoke on behalf of the company on Feb. 16, pleading guilty in a district court to conspiracy to aid and abet structuring financial transactions, according to a press release by U.S. Attorney Benjamin […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Luebbers’ trial date remains March 13

John Harold Luebbers appeared in court on Friday for a quick pre-trial hearing. Luebbers appeared alongside other inmates and accused criminals, with his portion of the proceedings taking no more than five minutes. David Kramer, Luebbers’ public defender, told El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that there had been issues within his office, […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Novelist is guest of retired teachers

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar has the following comment about the ego: “It’s the ego part of us that interrupts someone else’s story, or impatiently waits his turn to speak so that he can bring the conversation and attention back to himself. To varying degrees, most of us engage in […]

Suspected bad check man nabbed on I-5

An Oroville man is in custody after allegedly trying to pass off fraudulent checks between Butte County and El Dorado County. In early January, the Oroville Police Department began an investigation into Christopher Pratt, 45, after receiving information from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office Bad Check Unit, according to a press release. Pratt had allegedly […]

P’ville man arrested on suspicion of false plates

A Placerville Website operator was arrested on Feb. 6 on suspicion of using a false license plate and false registration. At 10 a.m., while heading southbound on Placerville drive, a sheriff’s deputy noticed that a registration sticker was not attached correctly to the suspect’s license plate, said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the El Dorado County […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 59 Replies

City crime down in 2011

The year 2011 was a good year for the Placerville Police Department, according to the annual crime statistics report presented to Placerville City Council by Police Chief George Nielsen at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The detailed report broke out crime statistics into 12 categories and included the number of arrests, citations and calls for service. […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Heart of Gold Award for Mabel Morton

As a barbershop quartet crooned “Let me call you Sweetheart,” Marshall Foundation Trustee Mabel Morton received the 2011 Heart of Gold Trustee of the Year Award on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Marshall Medical Center. The award was presented by Karen Good, executive director of the Marshall Foundation on behalf of the Board of Trustees and […]

Suspect arrested after multiple burglaries

A suspect is in custody following two burglaries of the same residence in less than a week. On Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., El Dorado Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2700 block of Morts Ct. in Placerville to investigate a burglary, according to a press release. A locked window of the residence had been forced […]

16-year-old solos in helicopter

Come their 16th birthday, a lot of teenagers celebrate that milestone with cake and getting their learner’s permit. But not Austin Bowa, who turned 16 on Valentine’s Day. Instead he chose to celebrate his birthday by taking his first solo flight in a tiny two-seater helicopter at the Auburn Airport. After all, flying helicopters is what […]

No ordinary mother/daughter trip

Imagine waiting all day in the hot sun just to see a doctor or walking for hours to visit a dentist. El Dorado Hills pediatrician Maria Raslear-Hendrickson has seen this and more over the years during her humanitarian trips to third-world countries. Later this month she will share the experience with her 12-year-old daughter Kaitlyn. […]

Coats asked

Girl Scout Tiffany Peterson will be collecting donated coats, hats, and gloves for the needy at Walmart this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 4300 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. The clothing will be donated to the Green Valley Community Church, El Dorado County Resource Center, and New Morning […]

Dog park short of funds goal

A presentation on plans to establish an off-leash dog park were covered at the Wednesday evening board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Holly Morrison, director of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG), gave her annual report, including an update on fundraising efforts for the park, which will be located on a […]

Gold Trail schools open registration Tuesday

Registration information and forms for Gold Trail Union School District schools for the 2012-13 school year are available in school offices beginning  Feb. 21. For families new to the area, the district is nestled in the Lotus/Coloma foothills stretching from Lilyama Road (on Highway 49 between Coloma and Cool) to the north; Greenstone Country, Sundown […]

Dunkin’ Dodge ends in DUI charge

After driving her Dodge truck into Hangtown Creek Saturday afternoon, a Placerville woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Jennifer Stein, 32, had been heading east on Highway 50 at approximately 4:10 p.m. when she suddenly decided to turn onto Center Street. After losing control of her vehicle, Stein crashed […]

Assault victim’s vehicle still missing

A recent assault has resulted in a still-missing stolen car. On Feb. 8, Placerville Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in Lumsden Park, according to a press release. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 63-year old Placerville man who had driven to the park to take a walk. The victim stated he had […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies