Fall prescribed burning to begin in Eldorado Forest

The Forest Service will begin its fall prescribed burn program in the Eldorado National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Approximately 4,660 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring. According to Fire Management Officer Jay Kurth, prescribed fires are an important way to maintain forest […]

OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge High School graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video […]

Shooting suspect gets new court date

The man accused of shooting a Mosquito resident during an argument this summer appeared in court Monday, waiving time for a speedy trial. David Stetler, 35, appeared with his attorney David Weiner in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom for a pre-preliminary hearing. A preliminary conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 […]

Violent threats close child care centers

CAMERON PARK —Malicious threats from a male caller prompted child care centers to close their doors Monday and sent parents scrambling to protect and find alternative care for their children. According to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials, a man called different preschools and threatened to “kill and rape the teachers and children.” Over the course of […]

Use it or lose it, senior taxi service beginning in EDH

El Dorado Hills residents 60 and older or adults with disabilities have a new door-to-door transportation option beginning Oct. 19. El Dorado Transit, in partnership with Gold Rush Taxi, will offer qualified residents discounted taxi vouchers for travel anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District seven days a week from 7 a.m. to […]

Accused murderer pleads not guilty

The man accused of murdering his wife on their Latrobe property this spring has pleaded not guilty. Roy Roth, who’s currently in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail, appeared with public defender Susan Gellman in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian on Monday. “There is […]

Tahoe boat inspections move to launch ramps

LAKE TAHOE — Starting Oct. 1 boat inspections will move to select launch ramps and winter hours will begin. Tahoe Resource Conservation District inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. All boats without an intact Tahoe inspection seal are required […]

Sac State gets state’s only EPA Environmental Finance Center

By Dixie Reid SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently selected Sacramento State to house a new regional Environmental Finance Center, which will offer financial expertise to rural, disadvantaged and tribal communities that struggle with how to pay the increasing costs of protecting public health and the environment. The EPA will fund the University’s work […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a Hike

 A Wakamatsu historical tour is scheduled for Oct. 3 and Oct. 25. During this tour, docents give a tour 10 a.m.-noon of this farmland with wildlife habitat, diverse cultural history and productive farming soils. The 272-acre site has lake, ponds, original 1854 farmhouse, Okei San’s gravesite and turn-of-the-century barn and dairy. Wakamatsu Tea and […]

Updated fire fee approved by Cameron Park board

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors moved forward on two fee schedule updates at its Sept. 16 meeting. Approved on a 5-0 vote was an updated fire impact fee program following a presentation and public hearing. The program is expected to fund the expansion of fire protection and emergency response facilities, apparatus and equipment as the […]

Supporting local law enforcement

“Stand with us and support law enforcement!” was the theme of the evening on the Main Street Courthouse steps Sept. 24. Participants held up blue balloons and signs that read “honk for law enforcement” and “police rock.” Their enthusiasm radiated and drivers who passed by, including a police officer, honked and waved. “I asked Commander Kim Nida what […]

King Fire suspect’s trial delayed

The trial for the man suspected of starting 2014’s devastating King Fire will likely start next summer.

Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Friday. In Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom, new dates for upcoming hearings were set due to a change in representation. Huntsman’s previous attorney retired and Public Defender Terry Monterosa has taken over the case.

Monterosa said she’s “starting from scratch.”

“It’s a huge case with thousands of pages to go over,” she explained.

Fatal shooting: Brown’s bail set

The man accused of accidentally shooting and killing an El Dorado Hills woman earlier this month appeared in Sacramento County Superior Court Thursday. Kenyatta Brown, 22, and his attorney Russell Miller attended a bail review hearing, where the judge set bail at $100,000. Another court date was set for Oct. 15. Brown is charged with involuntary manslaughter […]

Placerville launches water, energy efficiency program

The Placerville City Council recently launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over five to 20 years while obtaining immediate savings on utility bills. Placerville resident may now submit applications […]

Bright smiles ahead at new community health center

The fourth El Dorado Community Health Center opened in Cameron Park, the only one to offer dental care. El Dorado Community Health Centers offer comprehensive medical care for the uninsured or for those with Medi-Cal. All ages welcome. Services include case management, podiatry, support services, behavioral health and primary care, with the motto: Improving the […]

County’s water conservation falling short

For the third week in a row in September, El Dorado Irrigation District customer water conservation has fallen short of the 28 percent state-mandated target. EID officials ask that customers continue their efforts to conserve water wherever possible to ensure EID meets its mandated reduction requirement and end the season on a strong note. For ideas about how to cut […]

City Council member resigns

Placerville City Council member Carol Patton soon will toss a wedding bouquet — resulting in tossing in her council seat — and so it’s time to toss hats into the political ring. Patton’s resignation was reluctantly accepted by the council at Tuesday’s meeting, Sept. 22, where fellow councilwomen expressed regret at their colleague no longer qualifying for […]

Neighbors helping neighbors pay EID bills

In 2010 El Dorado Irrigation District established the Helping Hands Outreach Program in cooperation with the El Dorado Community Foundation and El Dorado County Department of Human Services. The program provides help to customers who experience a financial catastrophe and are unable to pay their EID utility bill. The El Dorado Community Foundation administers the program. To date, […]

Greenwood fire: More remains discovered

GREENWOOD — A possible third set of remains has been found in the burned cabin belonging to a missing Benicia family, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials have confirmed. Adam Buchanan, 37, his son Gavin Buchanan, 7, and Gavin’s mother Molly McAfee, 36, have been missing for more than a week. On Sept. 13, the cabin where […]

Traffic Impact Mitigation fees may be heading south

Developers, large and small, were warned not to hold their breath but to anticipate that Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM) fees might go down in the foreseeable future. Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting featured a presentation by the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency. Staff from that division, along with […]

CIP/TIM fee workshops

El Dorado County officials will host workshops to discuss the major update to the West Slope Transportation Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program. The workshops will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the draft information for the TIM Fee Program update. Workshops will be held on the following dates and times: […]

Hotel rising from the ashes?

It’s missing a few feathers, but a phoenix in the form of an upscale hotel appears to be trying to rise from the ashes at Point View Drive and Highway 50 in Placerville.

Because of two resolutions passed by the City Council Tuesday, developers of a Hampton Inn and Suites appear poised to begin building a 112-room hotel at the site. The property years ago was bulldozed by others who planned to bring a hotel, convenience store and gas station there, but that project went down in flames fueled by a diving economy, leaving behind what Tuesday evening was referred to as a “monolith,” an unsightly concrete foundation left over like a bad dream.

Rx take-back this Saturday

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will partner with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sep. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs in an effort to reduce youth access to dangerous […]

Nick Brown slowly recovering

Union Mine High School junior varsity football player Nick Brown’s condition continues to improve, according to his family. “We would like to thank our Heavenly Father for the progress Nick is making. We are excited to report that Nick has been showing some small signs that he is in there and may be waking up,” his father […]

Harn responds to early September ‘roast’

While El Dorado County officials sought to finalize responses to the 2014-15 Grand Jury report, several individuals took the opportunity at a Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this month to take personal and even angry potshots at El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn. Harn, who was not present at the meeting and later said he didn’t listen […]

Enroll in FLC ‘fast-track’ classes

It’s not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College this fall. There are open “fast-track” classes that start later in the semester, including offerings in anthropology, business, computer science, geology, psychology, music and more. Visit flc.losrios.edu to see which classes are available and to enroll. Second eight-week-term classes start the week of Oct. 15. Other courses begin throughout the […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn Ball Room Dancing

Officials at Oregon State University, Corvallis, have informed us that Meghan M. Dastmalchi of El Dorado Hills has been placed on the Scholastic Honor Roll after maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. Meghan is a junior and has a sport science major. Congratulations, Meghan! Keep up the great grades and create […]

Babies born to addicted moms focus of conference

El Dorado County health officials are concerned about the growing number of babies born to mothers who abuse substances in the county. To raise awareness about the problem and highlight possible solutions, a local Perinatal Substance Abuse Conference was held earlier this month in South Lake Tahoe and in Placerville. Over 190 people attended, including […]

State Indian Museum announces Native American Day

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to announce a special and free 48th annual Native American Day celebration that will take place on Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol, 10th Street, between L and N streets. The annual event is […]

Five museums to offer free admission

Five Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to advance registrants all day on Saturday, Sept. 26. Participating local museums include: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site and State Indian Museum. The mission of the annual effort […]

Youth Commission applicants sought

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Office of Education are accepting applications for the 2015-16 El Dorado County Youth Commission. Applications are available on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisor’s website: edcgov.us/BOS. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 2. Submit your application to the El Dorado County Office […]

Heard overthe back fence: Smart Phone Basics

COLLEGE FAIR INFORMATION: El Dorado Union High School District’s annual College Fair will take place on Monday, Oct. 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado. Check out what various colleges and educational/training programs have to offer. For more information call (530) 677-2281 ext. 2224. SMART PHONE BASICS: A […]

Inmate found dead in jail

An El Dorado County Jail inmate apparently hanged himself Saturday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 correctional officers discovered the lifeless 34-year-old man inside his cell, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. The man had reportedly secured something to the top bunk in the cell and then tied it around his neck. […]

EDH woman shot dead in Carmichael

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday.

Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School, graduated from Ponderosa High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is currently ineligible for bail.

“It is believed that Brown and the victim had no pre-existing relationship, but rather ended up together at the apartment as a result of mutual acquaintances who were also there,” sheriff’s officials reported. “Brown is believed to have been negligently handling a firearm in his possession, at which time he accidentally discharged it, mortally wounding the victim.”

Golfers tee off for veterans

The 13th annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce charity golf tournament kicked off to a chilly start on Sept. 16 at the Apple Mountain Golf Course. Golfers lined up to take their shots on the green and entered the putting contest — two tries for a hole-in-one for each ticket purchased. The American Legion and veteran representatives […]

Motocross track pumps its brakes

More than 350 people headed out to the Shingle Springs Rancheria’s new motocross track last month but just as quickly as the fun began on the 1.5-mile, single loop dirt bike track, it came to a halt due to dust concerns. Since opening day Aug. 1, the track has been mostly silent. “There will be no […]

Resident helps douse fire behind Walmart

A Placerville resident jumped into action Sunday morning when he spotted flames behind Walmart on Missouri Flat Road. “I was going to Walmart to get some stuff for a rafting trip and as I was pulling into the parking lot I noticed a big plume of smoke,” Michael Adams told the Mountain Democrat. “I ran […]

Officials testify in pot dispensary case

The three men accused of illegally selling marijuana at a Diamond Springs dispensary, and who have pleaded not guilty, appeared in court Monday morning Kelly Chiusano, the CEO of the Pure Life Collective; Summer Bradley, CFO of the Pure Life Collective; and Chris Brown, a Pure Life employee and vendor, along with their attorneys, listened to some […]

Pay your EID bill online

EID customers now have more options when it comes to paying their bill online. In addition to making a one-time payment for the same day or signing up for recurring payments to come out five days before the due date, customers now have the option to schedule a payment for a future date. This new […]

Heard over the back fence: Collage Fair Information

The Placerville Masonic Family is presenting a Pasta Feed on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 2820 Cold Springs Road, Placerville. Tickets are $15 per person or $40 for a family ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. For more information call Larry Lococo at (530) […]

City planners chew on sidewalk dining

The customers have been chatting, eating and sipping wine outside on the sidewalk in front of Pizza Bene on Main Street in Placerville for several months now and, predictably, someone has complained. Predictable, too, is that several other businesses have approached city officials wanting to know whether they can do the same thing at their establishment. Time […]

Station 49 upgrades keep the water out

Construction crews continue to repair water damage done to the 15-year-old Diamond Springs Fire Station 49.

“Over the last year or two, large storms created water intrusion through the windows. The original stucco was deficient, causing the water to pool between the stucco and siding,” explained Fire Chief Robert Combs. “We removed the sheet rock to determine the problem and assess the damage.”

The assessment concluded that the building needed an overhaul, at a cost of about $310,000. Peterson Development in Roseville was the low bidder and architect David Irons, who has past experience with Station 49, also joined the reconstruction team.

Bodies found after Greenwood fire

GREENWOOD — Human remains were found inside a burned cabin last week, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed. “The El Dorado County Coroner’s section has confirmed that the remains of at least two persons were inside,” sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch said. “The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the El […]

El Dorado Water & Power Authority delays water rights decision

A potential Memorandum of Understanding between the El Dorado Water & Power Authority and the city of Folsom was put on hold until next month after another contentious discussion took place at the Sept. 9 EDWPA board meeting over the merits of pursuing additional water rights. The MOU is similar to one adopted with the Rio Linda-Elverta Community Water District […]

PPD commander joins tribal police

Placerville Police Department Commander Kay Iida has accepted a new job as the Shingle Springs Tribal Police Department’s police chief. “It was a tough decision to leave Placerville Police,” Iida said. “I have made many friends within the department and the community. I look forward to keeping those relationships and building new ones as Police Chief.” “Although we […]