9-9-11 “Who Ya Gonna Call?” class at EDH Sr. Center

ARE GHOSTS FRIENDLY? A new class titled “Who Ya Gonna Call?” is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You will meet ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts.” They will discuss ghost haunts in our community. The presenter will be Charlotte Kosa.

9-9-11 “Childbirth Education” classes in Placerville

THE STORK IS COMING: A series of classes titled “Childbirth Education” is scheduled for Thursdays from Sept.29 to Nov 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Placerville. The classes will include information on labor, delivery, and postpartum. Class topics include relaxation and breathing techniques, Cesarean birth, medical intervention, pain relief options and the role of […]

9-7-11 Relay for Life at Fairgrounds

RELAY FOR LIFE CELEBRATION! The 14th annual El Dorado County Relay for Life is scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11, a the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Come early and stay late to join the fight against cancer. For exact times or other information, call Stephanie DeBolt at 530-748-9474 or call Catherine […]

EID GM says gadfly misguided

During the 10 months that the Cost of Service Ccommittee met with El Dorado Irrigation District Manager Jim Abercrombie, one person was consistently on the losing end of 9-1 votes. Without Cameron Park resident Greg Prada’s “no” vote the committee would have been unanimous as it plowed through financial minutiae to assign costs to EID’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your tix to Marshall’s ‘Wine and Roses’

 I’M NORMAL . . . HONEST, I AM!
 John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal.” • • • MARSHALL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY FUNDRAISER: 
Our Marshall Hospital Auxiliary group has scheduled its sixth annual “Wine and Roses” fundraiser for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 681 Main […]

Holy smokes! Fire fee gets bigger

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Sept. 2 issued a statement regarding the newest version of Senate Bill x1 7, which amends the fire tax to drastically increase costs. “This is just as illegal as the first fire tax, but this time they’ve taken off the gloves and really socked it to rural Californians.  […]

EDH board to work with Skeel

Skeel is off the suspension skid. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors has decided to work with John Skeel, recently hired as general manager of the CSD. Skeel had started with the district Jan. 4 , but was suspended with pay and booted out of his office June 20. Following a […]

October trial for Salmon Falls manslaughter case

The Rocklin man accused of killing three passengers in a 2009 car crash is set to stand trial in October. Earlier this year, Mark Steven Barrera, 22, was indicted by an El Dorado County grand jury on three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter for his role in a November 2009 car crash on Salmon Falls […]

Supes call on county to observe 9/11

El Dorado County Supervisors will ask everyone in the county to participate in the National Day of 9/11 Remembrance on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001. Too late for the issue to get on last week’s agenda, Bill Schultz, county director of veterans affairs, asked the board directly to make a special […]

Treasure hunters like Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE  — A picture perfect Wednesday afternoon found Reno residents Ken Milkovich, 51, and Tom Farr, 49, chest deep in Lake Tahoe’s cool blue waters — not swimming or boating, but looking for treasure. Armed with metal detectors, metal scoops, stash bags and wet suits, the pair was trolling along the sandy bottom […]

County picks temp HR chief

El Dorado County supervisors appointed a new temporary director for the Department of Human Resources at their Tuesday meeting. Karl Knobelauch replaces Allyn Bulzomi who had been in the job for less than two years. Bulzomi resigned from the county about two weeks ago, reportedly to take a job in Arizona. Knobelauch, 60, worked for […]

Fire officials urge vehicle safety to avoid starting roadside brush fires

Did you know that keeping your vehicle up to date on its maintenance schedules can prevent wildfires? Yes, by making sure all your vehicles are in good working order you can reduce the potential of wildland fires occurring. Recent examples of wild fires caused by vehicles are clearly visible in El Dorado County along Highway […]

New home one step closer

CAMERON PARK — The shovels barely dug into the ground Wednesday evening but that little clump of dirt in the golden shovel held by Heather Gomes had a big impact on the crowd gathered around the single mom and her two children. Gomes, a 35-year-old doctor’s office receptionist who lives in Cameron Park, had just […]

57-year career makes Camino teacher memorable

The El Dorado High School Class of 1961 invited their former high school teachers and one grammar school teacher to their 50th reunion on Sept. 10 at Cielo Winery. The grammar school teacher, Gloria Ross, 83, accepted the invitation and plans to be at the EDHS Alumni picnic the next day at High Hill Ranch […]

Labor Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Sept. 5, due to Labor Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed . The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. For […]

Heard over the back fence: Double nickel anniversary for EDHS alums

ALWAYS GUILTY:
 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is presented: “Guilty Until Proven Guilty!” • • • EDHS CLASS OF 1956 REUNION:
 It is still not too late to make your reservations for the Class of 1956 (55th) reunion to be held on Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to ?? The reunion will be held […]

West Nile virus flies into county

The El Dorado County Environmental Management and Health Services departments received confirmation Wednesday, Aug. 31, that a bird found in El Dorado County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first for 2011. The bird, a swallow, was found Aug. 22 south of the town of El Dorado. There have been no human cases […]

Georgetown man gets 18 years in state prison

By Tiffany Kennedy Mother Lode News Stuart John Porter of Georgetown was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in state prison for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department first received a report alleging child molestation on Nov. 13, 2009, involving a 14-year-old girl and a […]

Helicopter plucks man to safety in latest in busy rescue stint

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used to rescue a man who suffered a head injury following a fall at Lower Eagle Falls Saturday afternoon. The man slipped and hit his head while walking near the falls about 3:30 p.m., said Les Lovell, a lieutenant with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Public may view recovered stolen property

Over the past few months, El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives have identified and investigated a known fencing operation in the Placerville area dealing in the purchasing and selling of stolen property from residential burglaries. Some of the property recovered is being offered for view by the public, toward the goal of having owners identify their […]

Nearly starved horse rescued

GREENWOOD — Jim and Kathy Hart of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary recently obtained a new addition to their fauna in Greenwood. “Clipper,” a retired racehorse, arrived at HartSong on Friday, Aug. 12. He was found by accident at a ranch in Kelsey nearly starved to death when the Thomas family of Georgetown went to purchase […]

60 years of marriage began with a 20-cent date in Coloma

Jim and DelMyrna (Ferriera) Murphy met 63 years ago at the Coloma Beach Resort. He was a 17 year-old “hillbilly” from Arkansas and she was the 15 year-old “Hot Dog Queen” of the resort. He claims he saw her sitting outside at the resort and sat down next to her and began talking. She claims […]

Old camping facility near Georgetown getting a new and improved look

Driving along Wentworth Springs Road above Camp Virner, things have changed just a bit. Five years ago, Camp Chiquita Campgrounds was sold to Zia Shariat and he has been doing some renovating. With a variety of on-site managers like Don Bagwell, Larry Saunders and Cindy Hayden, Shariat is the man behind many improvements in Georgetown […]

Auditor gulps over water bill

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn castigated the county Department of Transportation for mishandling a utilities statement from the city of Placerville. According to the original bill, the county’s Buildings A and B at the government center consumed 1 million cubic feet of water more than the actual amount used during a two-month billing period […]

Beatniks are back

Join in a rare opportunity to celebrate the renaissance spirit that characterized the American collaborative art scene in the 1950s and early 1960s for free at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts of Davis Oct. 21-22 The 5th annual Davis Jazz & Beat Festival will provide an interactive visitor experience featuring live performances in […]

EID cost study in flux

A Cost of Service Study that came from a committee and a consultant has pointed toward a rate structure that would assign 50 percent of the revenue to base rates and 50 percent toward consumption charges. EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie called this the Canadian method. After looking over detailed spread sheets dividing up costs […]

Ribstock Barbecue Festival to return to Cameron Park

The 2011 Ribstock BBQ Festival will bring world-class barbeque into town on 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, as championship barbecue teams frcm throughout California descend on Cameron Park Lake for prizes, cash and fame. “We want to encourage folks to come out to Ribstock and bring their friends,” said Bob Davis, event organizer. “It […]

9-5-11 VFW present “Voice of Democracy” essay program

HONORING OUR TROOPS: The VFW “Voice of Democracy” essay program is in full swing. All high school students are invited and encouraged to participate. The essay theme for this year is “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” The essay winners will receive monetary awards and also may compete and receive recognition at the […]

El Dorado Hills CSD board questions GM’s ‘honesty and trustworthiness’

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors legal counsel Bob Thurbon issued a preliminary reaction to General Manager John Skeel’s “response to charges” delivered by Skeel and his legal team during a boisterous Aug. 23 board meeting. The response reiterates the board’s concern over Skeel’s “trustworthiness, honesty and character,” and informs the […]

Heard over the back fence: Polish up those driving skills with AARP

JOHNNY APPLESEED ADVICE: 
”An apple a day keeps anyone away, if thrown hard enough.” • • • BE A SAFER DRIVER:
 AARP has created an eight-hour course to help drivers, 50 years or older, to improve their driving skills. The following classes are available: Placerville Senior Center, Saturday, Sept. 3 and 10 and Saturday, Oct. 1 and […]

9-5-11 Class “It’s All a Matter of Balance” at EDH Sr. Center

WATCH YOUR STEP! A new class titled “It’s All a Matter of Balance” is being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. These eight classes will teach you how to manage falls and increase your activity level. You will […]

Sheriff’s fleet gets eye in the sky

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Luckily, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s latest addition came through with flying colors. “Eagle One,” a JetRanger helicopter, was introduced at the annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic on Aug. 20 by Sheriff John D’Agostini and pilots Ed Rincon and Dr. Richard Moorhouse. The […]

Parole Reform Act inspired by the Jaycee Lee Dugard case

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville; El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson; Assembly members Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, and Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber; and others Aug. 17 announced Senate Bill 391 – the “Parole Reform Act of 2011” – inspired by the Jaycee Lee Dugard case. This bipartisan legislation will make […]

Teen in hot water for apparently false hit-and-run report

On Tuesday morning, authorities called off a search for a man suspected of hitting an El Dorado High School student with his SUV and then driving off. The manhunt was ended for a good reason: The driver probably doesn’t exist. One day earlier, the Placerville Police Department received a call from the high school teen, […]

Assemblywoman Gaines testifies against new costly state stormwater permit

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, testified Aug. 17 before the State Water Resources Control Board against a new burdensome stormwater permit that is estimated to cost the state billions of dollars and have a detrimental effect on local businesses and governments. According to new standards being proposed by the State Water Resources Control Board, commercial […]

New life-saving blood test OK’d

RENO, Nev. – The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new diagnostic test that will help save the lives of hundreds of thousands of AIDS patients stricken with cryptococcosis, a fungal meningitis. The test was developed through a collaboration between Tom Kozel, professor of microbiology of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Correct the behavior, strengthen the bond

Everybody loves a puppy. Not everybody loves the work that comes with. For all their cute cuddliness, puppies pose a serious challenge: How do you correct the unwanted behavior without destroying the bond? My 7-month-old Labrador retriever, Molly, is chewing up everything I own. I work full time, and I have to pay someone to […]

The Hooter Ladies: It’s about support

Come every second Monday of the month, it’s Hooters Night for a select group of women in Placerville. However, this gathering is a little different than how some people may be imagining it. Instead of having the typical Hooters experience, these women are given an entirely different opportunity: the chance to connect with several courageous […]

Safe-opening may happen soon

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A hidden safe that was found during renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe building could be opened as soon as this week, said Mike Laub, the building’s owner. Opening the safe has proven problematic because of a broken handle that has kept the safe’s locking mechanism from releasing, Laub said. He […]

9-5-11 Remembering David Allan of Friends of the Library

REMEMBERING DAVID: The Friends of the Library’s newsletter “Between Friends” included a letter submitted by Kelly Jordan in memory of library volunteer David Allan, who passed away after a battle with cancer. David worked in the processing department, primarily mending books. It was noted that he “threw himself into volunteer work, eager to learn anything […]

9-2-11 Coronary Health Improvement Project Programs in P.V.

AVOID HEALTH PROBLEMS: The non-profit Coronary Health Improvement Project (C.H.I.P.) teaches participants how to lower their risk of developing a chronic disease and how to avoid heart disease, high blood pressure, adult on-set diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Upcoming CHIP programs are scheduled from Sept. 11 through Oct. 9 at the Placerville Seventh Day Adventist […]

Free walk-in Shrine screening clinic coming

On Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Placerville Masonic Center, 2820 Cold Springs Road, the local Shrine Club will be conducting a free walk-in screening clinic to identify children, through the age of 17, who can benefit from expert orthopedic, spinal cord and burn care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children. No appointment is […]

Tahoe passes marijuana dispensary ordinance

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After almost two years of public meetings, wordsmithing and debate, the South Lake Tahoe City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries Aug. 22. The ordinance will limit the number of dispensary permits issued by the city to three, require the three existing dispensaries to […]

What has Measure Q done for you lately?

Those golden years of high school will be a little more golden this year for students in the El Dorado Union High School District. Improvements to the four high school campuses, El Dorado High School, Ponderosa, Oak Ridge and Union Mine, have been ongoing since the end of 2008 and are scheduled for completion in […]