Mental Health Commission seeks members

The El Dorado County Mental Health Commission is currently seeking two new members to fill vacancies on the West Slope of the County. The 16-member commission is advisory to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the county Mental Health director. Commission members review and evaluate community mental health needs, services, facilities and special […]

Roth assigned new court date

A man accused of killing his wife was assigned a new court date in a quick Monday hearing. Defense attorney Susan Gellman told visiting Judge Daniel Proud that she had just received nine discs of discovery concerning her client, Roy Roth. As such, she would need time to sort through the information, requiring the hearing […]

Fire scorches EDH home

A fire destroyed an El Dorado Hills home’s garage Monday afternoon.

El Dorado Hills Fire Division Chief Mike Lilienthal, interviewed at the scene, said firefighters were dispatched to 760 Knight Lane at 3:32 p.m. on June 8. When they arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the garage’s windows.

The crew immediately called for more engines and split in to two teams. The first used an attack line — a fire hose connected to an engine — to prevent the fire from spreading to the house next door, where flames started to lick the walls. The neighboring home sustained heat and smoke damage but did not catch fire. The second team went inside the burning house, where the …

Clean audit for EID

El Dorado Irrigation District received notice of a “clean” audit for 2014 at its June 8 board meeting. Conducted by Richardson & Company, CPA Brian Nash presented the findings of the audit along with EID’s Accounting Manager Tony Pasquarello. According to the findings, EID’s total assets exceeded total liabilities by $387.5 million, which is $4.7 million higher than […]

‘Superman was a foster child’

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series about foster children and the families that support them. Read part two here. Sirrele Steinfeld, 21, was in foster care for four years — years he said made him the person he is today. Removed from his mother’s care before he was 2, Steinfeld was placed with […]

Silva Valley interchange more than halfway done

El Dorado Hills residents will see big changes this summer construction season, starting with a new road. Crews will use the warm weather and long, sunny days to complete the new Silva Valley Parkway and, before the first hint of fall arrives, drivers will travel on the new roadway over Highway 50. Completing the road […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

THE FAIR IS COMING!
 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Placerville participating in PACE program

The Placerville City Council unanimously approved the city’s participation in the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) at the April 14 City Council meeting, and on May 26, they approved two companies to implement the financing for city residents who wish to participate in the program. The PACE program, active in 31 states, enables homeowners and commercial […]

Stage 2 Drought Alert declared in Placerville

Placerville residents are urged to begin reducing their baseline water consumption by 30 percent as prescribed by El Dorado Irrigation District’s Stage 2 Drought Alert. After the State Water Board adopted Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order requiring an immediate statewide reduction of 25 percent, Placerville City Council approved a […]

BOS marathon ends with 4-1 vote for budget

El Dorado County Supervisors started early and stayed late last week during four days of hearings, revisions and recalculations to the “Recommended Budget” presented by Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr. State law requires that the county approve a recommended budget on or before June 30 each year, and a final or “Adopted Budget” on or […]

Fire damages Somerset home

Pioneer Fire personnel contained a structure fire June 1 in Somerset despite heavy fire conditions in the residence’s attic and back. Engine 38, Squad 31 and Water Tender 38 were dispatched to a residence at 5295 Rooster Lane at about 8:39 p.m., according to a preliminary report by Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels. Engine 38 […]

Harris sentenced to life

A judge in El Dorado County court on June 5 sentenced a woman found guilty of killing her husband — 30 years after she was acquitted on a similar charge — to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

Judge Kenneth J. Melikian heard and denied a motion for a new trial during the sentencing of Colleen Harris, convicted by a jury April 15 for first-degree murder of husband Bob Harris. Melikian said he wanted to point out that he “found the evidence in this case overwhelming.” If errors had occurred causing a mistrial, he said, it would still not cause a different verdict. “I cannot see a responsible jury in this case vote anything but guilty. I reached the same decision they did.” In all the years he practiced law, as an attorney and judge, he said he had seen “very, very few acts as selfish as the one in …”

County joins fight to eliminate Medi-Cal rate cuts

El Dorado County joined the Rural County Representatives of California, the California Hospital Association and a broad-based coalition of Medi-Cal providers known as We Care for California in urging the Legislature and administration to eliminate Assembly Bill 97 (2011) Medi-Cal rate cuts, and increase Medi-Cal payments to healthcare providers and health plans during the upcoming […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: 
A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Reverse 9-1-1 system available

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has the capability to utilize “Reverse 9-1-1.”  This means that the Sheriff’s Office can geographically choose a specific area to send out an emergency message to all businesses and residents within the area. This tool is only used for emergency purposes such as wild land fires or other hazards. […]

Pure Life Collective demurrer denied

A motion to throw out charges against a marijuana dispensary collective was denied June 3 as being filed prematurely. Judge Dylan Sullivan told Kelly Chiusano, Summer Bradley, Chris Brown and Whitney Marchand that the demurrer, filed by their attorneys, was “premature.” Though Zenia Gilg, Chiusano’s attorney, argued about immunity prior to arraignment, Sullivan said that […]

White to be arraigned for murder

Following a preliminary hearing on June 2, a man accused of murder will be held to answer for his alleged crime and an arraignment was set.

Prosecutor Lisette Suder opened the hearing by calling Denise Bye in the case of Jeff White allegedly killing Rick Kriewitz on Sept. 3, 2014.

Suspect dies after arrest

A suspect died after being rushed to a hospital during his arrest early Thursday morning. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6000 block of Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines at about 4:30 a.m. June 4 regarding a suspicious male subject, a press release stated. At the scene, deputies found a male in […]

State Water Board: Conservation near 14%

On Tuesday, the State Water Board reported that water conservation efforts in the state have improved but are still below the targeted 25 percent. According to reports from 400 urban water suppliers, the amount of water saved increased from 3.9 percent in March to approximately 13.5 percent in April in same month comparisons of 2015 […]

EID Communications Director Carlton to retire

After a whirlwind career that has included stints in human resources, customer service, management consulting, community relations and more fields than you can shake a stick at, Mary Lynn Carlton, 59, El Dorado Irrigation District’s Communications/Community Relations director, is retiring. While still officially on the job until July 14, Carlton said she’ll be gone before […]

Warrant served on Tahoe dispensary

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies served five search warrants related to a Tahoe marijuana dispensary and the owner’s residence on June 1. Deputies, joined by members of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, Franchise Tax Board, Board […]

Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available

The El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging has a limited supply of Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available for qualified El Dorado County Seniors. Each eligible senior will receive one booklet that includes ten checks redeemable for $2 each to be used at Certified Farmers’ Markets for the purchase of fresh, unprepared, locally grown […]

BOMUSD refinancing to yield $600k in savings

On May 28, the Black Oak Mine Union School District board unanimously approved a bond-refinancing plan. This vote highlights the board’s commitment of responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. This action will yield a savings of approximately $600,000. The 2006 Bond Measure “G” was passed by 64.45 percent of voters to generate $6.9 million worth of bonds […]

Heard over the back fence: Watch your balance

SMART STUDENT RECOGNIZED:
 Officials at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore., have informed us that Julia Jacobs, an elementary/education major from El Dorado Hills, was placed on the Dean’s List after earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the 2015 spring semester. Congratulations Julia! We look forward to your bright future. YELL BINGO! 
You […]

Descendants add headstones for those long gone, but not forgotten

El Dorado County is peppered with graveyards — some established, while others are unmarked family plots that have long since been forgotten. But there are always those who go looking for lost relatives in order to reconnect to their past. On May 16, members of one family did just that by placing headstones on four formerly unmarked […]

GDPUD to pursue $10M ALT loan

At a special meeting on May 28, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District voted 3-1 to move ahead and pursue a $10 million dollar state loan to fund the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant. Directors Norm Krizl, Carl Hoelscher and Lon Uso voted for the motion. Director Maria Capraun voted no. Director Jesse […]

Wagon Train itinerary

Saturday, May 30: Rendezvous and Registration and Kickoff BBQ — potluck members only — at Zephyr Cove, Nev. Sunday, May 31: Stateline, Nev. to Amacker Ranch Meyers, Calif. Evening BBQ for participants. Monday, June 1: Amacker Ranch to Tamarack Pines Cutoff — BBQ and entertainment. Tuesday, June 2: Tamarack Pines Cutoff to Kyburz. Private evening […]

The Wagon Train reins: Big-hearted horses return to lead the way

Those big beautiful black Percherons are back and once again will take the lead in this year’s Highway 50 Wagon Train.

In its 66th year, the Wagon Train — a living reenactment of history — kicked off May 30 with a rendezvous and barbecue at scenic Zephyr Cove, Nev.

After, it was up and over the summit, with stops along the way including a layover at Fresh Pond for a day of wagon rides, story telling and barbecue on Thursday, June 4.

Serrano HOA election winners ready to work

Catie Phemester, Robert Thompson and Bryan Payne claimed victory after the ballots were counted May 11 for three open seats on the Serrano HOA Board of Directors. With 1,734 votes, Phemester, who ran on her record as the local school boundary Erin Brockovich and Serrano Mello Roos detective, said she wants to put the election […]

EDSO Explorers host regional training day

On April 19, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 457 hosted its first Regional Training Day with four events and more than 125 participants. Explorers from Post 457 were joined by Elk Grove Police Explorer Post 625 and Roseville Police Post 108 in training skills for real life situations, a press release stated. The […]

Legislation to honor SSgt. Sky Mote approved by House

H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine SSgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, June 1. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Tom McClintock, designates a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp […]

Mobile Food Pantry in Placerville June 10

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, June 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. come rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial Building located at 130 Placerville Drive to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. If you […]

Biological resources update OK’d

El Dorado County’s General Plan addresses a variety of issues related to protection of the local flora and fauna while especially encouraging economic development in the county. In March of last year, the county contracted with the Dudek consulting firm to review and potentially amend several General Plan policies related to biological resources. The agreement […]

New west slope storm water regulations enacted

El Dorado County supervisors adopted a new amended ordinance governing the flow of storm water on the county’s west slope at their May 19 board meeting. According to law, a new ordinance must be read or made available to the public on at least two formal occasions, a first reading and a second or final […]

Grad surprised by brother’s return

Principal Matt Barnes started the El Dorado High School graduation practice the morning of May 29 joking that he could not believe the soon-to-be graduates could still lose such important things as cell phones and keys. One student, he said, had lost something very important during the senior trip to Six Flags theme park. He […]

A hot trail on cold cases

In the basement of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, through a gym, is a door in a back wall. It leads to what is affectionately known as the “Murder Room.” Inside, boxes of files and reports sit, waiting for a new lead, a break in the case. Some boxes are mostly empty, with just a few reports. But all share a common theme: unsolved murders.

On the tails of an ongoing, highly successful campaign of posting one wanted person per week on Facebook, the DA’s Office is hoping to replicate the success with its more than 60 cold case murders.

Dave Stevenson, an investigator and public information officer for the DA’s Office, said that while neighboring Placer …

Heard over the back fence: Fun at the Lake

HARD WORKING STUDENTS:
 Oregon State University has announced that the following students from El Dorado Hills recently graduated: Brian K. Buenzli, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Amy E. Hahn, bachelor of science, finance; Kathryn M. Kasabian, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, economics; Thomas P. Massa, bachelor of science, digital communication Arts; Taylor M. Zetlin, […]

Disposal rates going … down?

Every year, El Dorado Disposal reviews their rates and determines the amount of increase. A rate increase is based on two factors, the Produce Price Index for #2 Diesel Fuel and the Consumer Price Index for California. At the May 26 Placerville City Council meeting, Jeff England, district manager for El Dorado Disposal, asked for […]

Workshop offered to overcome guilt and transform shame

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at 438 Main Street, Suite D, in Placerville on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will help participants become aware of the thinking that creates guilt […]

Budgets reviewed by water agencies

Board members of the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority and the El Dorado County Water Agency previewed next year’s budgets for their respective agencies at their May 13 meeting. EDWPA board members also received an update on what has been spent to date on the water rights project and what they will be asked to […]

EID resets watering days for summer

After a series of motions that failed due to a lack of votes, on Tuesday the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to allow three days of outdoor watering per week effective June 1 through Sept. 30. Customers’ watering days will remain based on the residence’s street address ending number, with irrigation limited to before […]

Firefighter injured as house fire contained

A house fire on May 24 burned the second floor of a home in Placerville. The house at 100 Bison Lane in Placerville suffered “extensive damage to the second floor,” El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Paul McVay said. But the fire was contained to the second floor, with only minor damage to the first […]

Placerville City Council: Medical marijuana dispensaries discussed

Placerville City Council heard a report on the status of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Placerville at the May 26 meeting. The report, drafted by City Attorney John Driscoll in response to a request by Councilman John Clerici, detailed the history of the Compassionate Use Act and SB 420, which established the Medical […]

Rescue Raceway back on track

On the backburner for a while, the Rescue Raceway is once again up and running with a full contingent of racing enthusiasts revving up their engines in the name of getting first to the finish line.

Located next to the Rescue Community Center on Green Valley Road, the return of the raceway is like the story of the comeback kid.

Originally it was a racetrack for remote-controlled cars powered by gasoline engines.

“But they were very noisy and the neighbors …”