Barton Health offers free sports physicals for student athletes

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Health, Tahoe Center for Orthopedics and Lake Tahoe Unified School District are offering free sports physicals for student athletes. South Shore students can receive medical and orthopedic screenings from Barton Health’s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics on Monday, June 1 at the South Tahoe High School Blue Gym. The sports physicals […]

Foothill Ammo owner: ‘We needed a good ammo shop’

There aren’t too many ammo stores where you can pull up a chair, munch a cookie and watch a slideshow or peruse a magazine while you wait for your partner to buy a box of 9mm Fiocchi target rounds or some Tannerite exploding targets. Foothill Ammo, at 3293 Saratoga Lane in Cameron Park, may be the only place in El Dorado County to offer that amenity.

The shop, which opened on May 8, is the dream of Chris Puehse, a former propane truck driver, miniature motorcycle builder and high-tech salesman. It …

Office of Education conserves water for community

In response to the current drought and the governor’s proclamation for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption, the El Dorado County Office of Education is leading by example and taking the necessary steps to conserve as much as possible. “We are dedicating the resources necessary to implement a responsible plan that does not damage […]

Common Core speaker on Divide May 19

In the last year, the new Common Core teaching standards have been a subject of controversy, across the United States. In El Dorado County, Common Core has been a point of discussion at school board meetings and other public forums. Georgetown Divide residents and those in other areas of the county, have the opportunity to […]

EOD’s most significant 2014 call

Out of 29 non-demonstration calls by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in 2014, the most significant involved the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on May 6, 2014. An investigation into an Internet business selling illegal weapons parts, homemade explosives and biological toxins lead the FBI and ATF […]

EDSO CIT team expands, helps mentally ill

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Team was created as a way of better dealing with the mentally ill. In late 2013, the program received a federal grant, allowing expansion of the team’s service. The team, according to the 2014 Sheriff’s Report, consists of 21 deputies, three patrol sergeants and a lieutenant with advanced training […]

$3.1M related to drugs seized

In a busy year, the Western Slope El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than $3.1 million in drug-related currency in 2014, with the South Lake team seizing an additional $90,000. Seizures were not limited to cash, with WENET taking in more than 5,200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of more than […]

Anti-secession group forms to stop State of Jefferson

With its headquarters in Redding, the political action committee, “Keep It California” is branching out to other northern California counties in a counter move to the proposed establishment of an independent state to be known as Jefferson. As envisioned, Jefferson would secede from California to become the nation’s 51st state. It would be assembled from […]

Bus driver earns Northern California CHP award

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow awarded a local bus driver the Northern California Bus Driver of the Year award on May 8 for her quick thinking during a collision on Aug. 14, 2014.

Jennifer Shields was driving a school bus to Union Mine High School on Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. when another car drifted into her lane, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said at the time of the incident. As the Mountain Democrat reported, she turned the bus hard to the left in attempt to avoid a head-on collision. The right front sides of both vehicles hit.

“Though a collision still occurred, thanks to Jennifer’s evasive maneuvers, she undoubtedly saved her young passengers from serious injury,” the Placerville CHP Office posted on Facebook.

More mailboxes broken open

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced that more mailboxes were broken open on May 10, similar to an incident the previous week. Deputies responded to Trinidad Drive in Cameron Park at about 9:15 a.m., a press release stated, with a second mailbox a block away on Gailey Circle. Both had the rear door of […]

2014 Sheriff’s Report: Crime slightly increases, but EDSO under budget

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office report for 2014 revealed crime rates slightly rose from the previous year. Part I crimes, the most serious the county faces, trended upward. Murders remained the same — two — but were down from 2012, where the county faced five murders. Rape increased 27 percent, from 26 to 33, […]

Diamond Springs rape halted

A rape was interrupted on May 9 in Diamond Springs. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an adult woman was forced into a vehicle in a parking lot on Mother Lode Drive at about 5:53 a.m., according to the EDSO media log. A third person interrupted the crime and the suspect […]

USFS truck in head-on collision

A U.S. Forest Service vehicle was involved in a head-on collision Friday morning. Lester Campella, 28, of Placerville, was driving a white 2013 Ford F-150 USFS service vehicle northbound on Highway 49 south of Sand Ridge Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson told the Mountain Democrat. David Thorup, 35, of Plymouth, was a passenger. Meanwhile, Steven […]

Heard over the back fence: Free car show

SPRING DINNER FUNDRAISER: The Community Resource Center is sponsoring a Spring Dinner on May 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds in Placerville). This is a fundraiser to serve veterans, moms and dads who lost jobs, seniors and others who are homeless or in danger of […]

Community leaders attend foster youth symposium

Over 40 community leaders came together on Monday, May 4, to identify ways to improve the lives of foster children in the area. The Foster Awareness Network hosts this annual symposium at the El Dorado County Office of Education, bringing together professionals and agencies who work with foster children to exchange ideas and work proactively […]

On the road for PTSD

When Ken Brenner returned from Somalia, his wife said he wasn’t the same person. “She always said that I went over there, but I never came back,” said Brenner. The Somalian deployment was a humanitarian mission that turned into a combat mission, and the 21-year-old Marine witnessed many traumatic events as well as many Somalian […]

Mosquito Bridge replacement project on track for 2020

You could buy a new Mosquito Road Bridge for a mere $32 million, or maybe it will cost $53 million with approach roads and such. El Dorado County Division of Transportation has a number of alternatives for replacing the current bridge that in one incarnation or another has been in place for over 150 years. […]

GDPUD OKs Prop. 218 process for ALT

Faced with the prospect of fines, loss of grant funding and rising construction costs, the Board of Directors for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District voted to initiate a Prop. 218 process at a special meeting held April 27. The process will be used to fund the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant. […]

Give Where You Live campaign raises $86K

El Dorado County residents once again stepped up to the plate, donating $86,000 to 71 county nonprofit organizations in this year’s Give Where You Live campaign. In its second year, the one day fundraiser held on April 23 was coordinated jointly by the El Dorado Community Foundation and the El Dorado Office of Education. The 71 nonprofits […]

King Fire: Watershed focus of Rubicon tour

An arsonist may be to blame for the scar the King Fire left behind, but the government also played an important role in the fuels that allowed the fire to become the catastrophic event that it was.

Driving into the Rubicon Watershed area, an area that used to harbor 1,000-year-old forest growth, is a devastating experience for those who never knew its beauty before the destruction. It’s especially hard to comprehend for those who have recreated in this area for years.

While 97,000 acres were impacted, the residual effects of the King Fire will be felt for thousands of acres, miles even, throughout the entire state of California. It is difficult to assess the statewide impact of the King Fire, which involves a myriad of agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service …

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Heard over the back fence: Find a friend

ROOKIE COMPUTER LESSONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering, by appointment, free beginning computer lessons for seniors. These three 1-hour lessons are offered to seniors, age 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers, including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. […]

BOS renews fire funding ‘patch’ for one year

As approved a year ago, the current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors continued its agreement to supplement five rural fire protection districts in the amount of $815,000. The county gave a similar amount last year to six districts, which at the time, included the Georgetown FPD in addition to the five others. Fallen Leaf […]

Mandatory water restrictions adopted by State Water Board

As expected, on May 5 the State Water Board adopted new regulations to enforce Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for 25 percent conservation. Tuesday’s action followed release of water production figures for March that showed that statewide, the amount of water conserved compared to 2013 was only 3.6 percent for the month. Locally, El Dorado Irrigation District […]

Mailboxes vandalized in Cameron Park

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to four reports of vandalized mailboxes with possible mail theft on May 5. Deputies responded to the first call at 7:20 a.m. near Tourmaline Way and Spinal Circle in Cameron Park, a press release stated. There, they found the rear doors pried off of a dozen mailboxes. On […]

Outingdale cut off again

Outingdale residents will once again be subject to severe water restrictions this summer as a result of action by the State Water Resources Control Board. According to a press release issued on April 23 by the El Dorado Irrigation District, the State Board notified EID that the existing water supply in the San Joaquin River watershed […]

Inmate hand crews invaluable

Cal Fire Capt. Paul Gaines waved his hand in a zig-zag pattern, following a dirt trail up the side of a hill on Bacchi Ranch in Garden Valley. He was disappointed. The trail, actually a fire break, was supposed to be straight.

Gaines, the division supervisor of the Growlersburg inmate camp in Georgetown, spoke over the sound of chainsaws as Crew 2 continued the line on May 6 as part of a multi-day, statewide training and certification exercise. All 4,300 inmates in 196 crews must pass the tests and be certified to work for Cal Fire.

Undersheriff talks budget, culture shift

El Dorado County Undersheriff Randy Peshon fielded questions from the county Taxpayer’s Association on March 23, mostly related to the budget and the shifts in the training and culture of the department. In the two months since being promoted — following former Undersheriff Rich Williams retiring in the wake of his wife retiring — Peshon […]

Electronic assessments help support student success

Students throughout El Dorado County have begun the new computerized assessments known as Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exams. The assessments are new, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards. These assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. Educators — from K-12 […]

Heard over the back fence: Listen to your cow

A free electronic waste drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive in Placerville. Pre-collection drop-off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos 530-748-5917. The following items will be accepted: monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, CDs, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital […]

Shooter sentenced to five years

By Isaac Brambila The defendant in a case from a shooting last year was sentenced to five years in state prison after an El Dorado County Judge denied a motion to withdraw his plea. Angelo Fitzgerald Anderson, who was 22 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to two years for assault with a […]

Eldorado National Forest preparing for busy season

Forest personnel are busy hiring and training new summer employees. Each year, the Eldorado National Forest employs over 100 summer employees — primarily on fire engines, fire hand crews, helitack and lookouts, as well as in recreation, wilderness, trails and natural resources. This year, the Eldorado is bringing in additional personnel and contractors to help […]

Shotgun assault: Miwok chairman’s daughter arrested

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people — including Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Chairman Nicholas Fonseca’s daughter — on April 4 on Miwok land in connection to an alleged assault with a deadly weapon and a marijuana grow. Deputies responded to the 5100 block of Little Brush Ridge Road in Shingle Springs […]

‘Sufficient evidence’ to arraign murder suspect Swift

After a preliminary hearing lasting the entire morning of May 5, Judge James R. Wagoner concluded there was sufficient evidence to arraign murder suspect Anderson Swift.

Deputy Seth Culver, lead crime scene investigator on the alleged murder of Khrista Ibarolle, 31, on Jan. 7, described the different scenes. He was called to the parking lot in front of 36 Handles on White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills just after midnight. Spent shell casings and the body of Ibarolle were at that scene.

On Highway 50 near Latrobe Road, about a half-mile away, a Honda coupe with significant damage was the second scene.

The final scene in El Dorado County was a house on …

Forest Service project aims to eliminate invasive plants at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will continue a project to eradicate, control and contain known infestations of invasive plants in the Lake Tahoe Basin using chemical treatment.  Work will occur at approximately 70 infestation sites beginning May 15 and continuing through September 2015. Current project areas include […]

Conviction for ’97 sex crimes

A man was convicted on April 30 of multiple counts of sexual misconduct dating from 1997. Benjamin Jerry Burmley, 72, was convicted on three counts of lewd acts with minors with allegations of substantial sexual conduct for each count, according to prosecutor Jamie Verwayen. There were also multiple victim enhancements for each count. He was […]

Heroin found during G’town arrest

Heroin and other drugs were found during a warrant arrest in Georgetown on May 3. Deputies served a felony arrest warrant in the 5000 block of Reservoir Road at about 9:10 a.m., an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office press release stated. The subject was Lainey Porter, 28, believed to be a flight risk if contacted. […]

Cal Fire warns of upcoming fire season

Kicking off Wildfire Awareness Week, a joint conference headed by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service promoted fire safety and how wild land fires will be fought in light of the drought. After a brief welcome by USFS Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree, Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin took the […]

Cameron Park man named IT chief for state corrections

Russell Nichols, a resident of Cameron Park, was recently appointed director of the division of enterprise information services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Gov. Jerry Brown. Nichols, 47, has been acting director of the division since 2015 and has been with CDCR for five years, working primarily on the department’s Strategic Offender […]

Roth prelim hearing delayed

The preliminary hearing for a man accused of killing his wife was delayed due to discovery on May 4. Defense attorney Susan Gellman told Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that she had not received necessary documents for a preliminary hearing for her client, Roy Roth, 51, and would be in “much better position on June 8.” […]

Cal Fire encourages wildfire preparedness and prevention during drought

SACRAMENTO — As drought conditions continue to significantly elevate California’s fire danger, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 3-9 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” During Wildfire Awareness Week, Cal Fire is reminding all Californians of the role they play in preparing for and preventing wildfires. “With a record dry and warm winter Californian’s fire […]

Heard over the back fence: Mother’s Day Breakfast

 A fundraiser for the Bipolar Insights Education Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive, Placerville. Pre-collection drop off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos at 530-748-5917. To determine what items are not accepted, call 530-642-0859. Microwaves can be accepted, but a $5 […]

Counterfeit credit card suspects arrested

Five suspects involved in a counterfeit credit card ring were arrested last week, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. On April 30, around 1 p.m., deputies responded to Red Hawk Casino for fraudulent use of a credit card. Red Hawk Casino security reported two people inside the casino attempted […]

Making a match: County native donates stem cells

Cross altruism with scientific curiosity and you get Michael Duhain, 19, stem cell donor. Born and raised in El Dorado County where his parents still live, he’s now a second-year student at Montana State University where he’s majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. Already planning to go to medical school and possibly into medical research, in February of […]

Map contest again wows BOS

Former District 5 El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago always ranked it “high on her cha-cha scale” and called the annual event one of the board’s favorite meetings. This year’s Student Map Contest at the April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting was no slouch by comparison. Sponsored by the El Dorado County S.A.G.E. association of surveyors, architects, geologists and engineers, the map contest has grown in popularity over its 21-year history.

More than 700 school kids participated from 31 public, private and charter schools on the county’s western slope, and as it has throughout the history of the contest, Latrobe School dominated with 19 winning ribbons. Edwin Markham Middle School took …