Fire Safe Council receives defensible space funding

California Fire Safe Council recently announced it will provide $3.3 million in federal grant funds for 25 wildfire risk reduction projects to be conducted  by at-risk communities in 22 California counties. El Dorado County Fire Safe Council’s 2015 EDCFSC Residential Defensible Space Program will receive $142,500 with a match amount of $165,842, according to the CFSC chart. Funding for the […]

SMUD, CDFW stock trout in El Dorado County reservoirs

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in conjunction with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The effort began in June and will proceed through August. At least 25,000 pounds of fish will be stocked into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. […]

Sheriff wants your unused, unwanted prescriptions

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, El Dorado County residents have a great opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department hosts a prescription drug take-back day during which residents can bring unwanted medications in pill or liquid form to […]

Heard over the back fence: The Power of Love

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 Logan Savidge of Placerville recently graduated from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Congratulations, Logan! We look forward to your bright future! ALZHEIMER’S MOVIE: 
On Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m., the movie “Still Alice” will be shown for free at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

New court date for Hinds

The man accused of shooting his father-in-law in March will head back to court for a trial setting conference setting on Aug. 10. Joseph Hinds, who’s accused of non-fatally shooting David Klinker following an argument Hinds had with his wife Cindy Hinds (Klinker’s daughter), appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday for a brief hearing. At that […]

Apple Mountain CSA brings fresh produce to the table

Community Supported Agriculture is not new in El Dorado County, but it’s back. Or it will be when Doug Alberts pulls together Apple Mountain CSA, a multi-farmer CSA. Albert’s Green Acres Organic Farm in Camino will be the anchor farm for Apple Mountain CSA. It’s a risky venture that takes advantage of the current trend of farm-to-fork […]

Suspected child molester nabbed

Scot Sutton, a 47-year-old resident of Placerville, was arrested on suspicion of molesting a minor younger than 14 on Monday, one day after the alleged victim reported the incident to the Placerville Police Department.

Placerville police investigators arrested Sutton in Sacramento and booked him into Sacramento County jail, where he remains in custody without bail, according to a press release from the Placerville Police Department.

At press time, investigators believe there are no other victims involved.

Arrest leads to more fireworks

EL DORADO HILLS — A man suspected of using illegal fireworks reportedly spat on and threatened a deputy and his family following the suspect’s arrest on July 4. At 11 p.m. that night a deputy heard what sounded like fireworks near the El Dorado Hills Library, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. […]

Boaters: Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained, dry

Nine boats carrying invasive species intercepted to date LAKE TAHOE — With sunny skies and warm temperatures, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid delays and decontamination fees. All stations close at 5:30 p.m.; plan travel accordingly. Boat inspectors are required to […]

El Dorado Transit routes get new numbers, service enhancements

El Dorado Transit announces upcoming service enhancements that will mean some scheduling changes this week. The enhancements include an extension of evening service on all local fixed routes, expansion of service on the Cameron Park and the Iron Point Connector (re-named the 50 Express) and realignment of the Cameron Park, Placerville and Pollock Pines routes. In addition, El […]

Cars collide head-on on Marshall Road

GEORGETOWN — Four people were taken to the hospital following a July 2 head-on wreck on Marshall Road east of Creek Park Ranch Road. Information shared by the Georgetown Gazette states that the car heading eastbound lost control after hitting a bump in wet conditions — a mild rain was falling at the time —and crossed the double […]

County’s roads crumble

Supes support SB 16 Anticipating a flow of new money for road repair and past-due maintenance over the next five years, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors signed and sent a letter to State Sen. Jim Beall in support of his Senate Bill 16. The bill is intended to particularly address a chronic and severe […]

Heard over the back fence: Change of pace

CHANGE OF PACE:
 About twice a year I like to change the format of the Fence column. I get away from events, dates, times, etc. (except for several exceptions below) and offer thoughtful and humorous quotes only. Hope you enjoy the change of pace. From “Life’s Little Instruction Calender” quotes: “Luck may visit, but it’s […]

Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up […]

Pierson urges taxpayers to focus what’s really important

It was billed as a talk by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on department functions and budget considerations. Instead the June 29 meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County turned into a discussion about casinos, the Supreme Court, the fall of the Roman Empire, grand juries, the shooting of an unarmed suspect in South Lake […]

Drought prompts fish evacuation at local hatcheries

With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving fish out of the American River and the Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row. Bureau of Reclamation models suggest water temperatures at the hatcheries could be at lethal levels […]

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Suspected DUI rollover lands one in jail, one in the hospital

Shannon Laney South Lake Tahoe Police Department SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle rollover traffic collision on Pioneer Trail near Woodbine Road at 2 a.m. on July 3. When officers arrived on scene, they found a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer resting on its roof. Witnesses identified the driver […]

Join the sheriff’s citizens academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is excited to offer El Dorado County residents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in their community at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. By attending this academy, participants will develop a better understanding of the guidelines under which […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

EID bills add ‘gallons per day’

In an effort to provide additional tools for customers to better understand their household’s water usage, all El Dorado Irrigation District bills will now show gallons and give a “gallons per day” total alongside the standard usage in cubic feet. The new information is located directly below the utility account information. This provides an easy-to-understand […]

Placerville home burns down

A Lumsden Park Drive home burned to the ground in the early morning hours of July 2.

El Dorado County firefighters responded to the blaze at 2:23 a.m. and found the Placerville residence fully engulfed, according to Division Chief Tim Cordero. One acre of property around the home also burned.

No one was injured as the home was empty at the time, and no other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Holiday terror alert: Law enforcement always prepared

No increased threat for El Dorado county Security agencies all around the country are in a heightened state of alert as the July 4th holiday approaches. A number of news organizations report that their sources have described a high, even the “highest ever terror alert,” since 9/11. The FBI has set up command posts throughout the nation […]

Fireworks are illegal

Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

EDH boy fires deputy’s lost gun

A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]

To tow or not to tow? Local man claims DMV harassment

Are staff from the Department of Motor Vehicles needlessly harassing people while passing themselves off as law enforcement officers? That’s what Camino Heights resident Mike Viets claims happened when he parked two pieces of equipment he wanted to sell on an empty lot on Missouri Flat Road near Forni Road. A popular place where others park cars for sale, […]

America going broke, McClintock says

Speaking to a crowd of about 60 people at Town Hall in Placerville Tuesday evening, Congressman Tom McClintock spent time talking about the country’s fiscal deficit, with the bulk of the meeting devoted to fielding questions on topics ranging from the drought to the local economy, better forest management, the new trade bill and executive overreach in […]

Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be fought alone

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than 5.3 million people in America. This growing problem can leave family caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s disease feeling frightened and alone. El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is reaching out to share information about the many local resources and programs that can help those […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn all about wine

LUNCHES FOR SENIORS:
 Seniors, 60 and over, are eligible to purchase a $3 lunch at Senior Nutrition lunch sites. Lunch is served at noon. For information regarding location of lunch sites call (530) 621-6160. RESEARCH THE GOLD RUSH:
 The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located at 104 Placerville Drive (next to the fairgrounds) in […]

Thief cleans out Coloma mailboxes

COLOMA — Post Office employees arrived at work on July 1 to discover that personal mailboxes had been burglarized. The told El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies that the five mailboxes had been pried open and were empty. It’s not clear what, if anything was taken. The break in is believed to have occurred around 3:45 p.m. on June […]

Need a job? Want to drive a truck?

Looking for a career as a professional truck driver, but don’t have money for school? El Dorado County Connections — One Stop has announced that funds are now available through the Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act to pay for truck driving school tuition. Any unemployed resident of El Dorado County, age of 23 or older, with a […]

Rattlesnake warning: Watch where you step

California Poison Control System reminds residents that warm weather brings out rattlesnakes and they are more likely to be found on hiking trails and sunning in rural areas. Even baby rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems and, in rare cases, can […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on the right track

PONDEROSA CLASS REUNION:
 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended or know of someone who did, […]

Anti-terrorism authority renewed

Supervisors renewed a 2003 authorization to create an Anti-Terrorism Approval Body (Approval Authority) during their June 23 meeting. The entity, whose purpose is to distribute Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funds, includes representatives from five county emergency response agencies. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, the approval body includes Placerville and South Lake Tahoe police […]

Gun-owner advocate vows to keep fighting

Gun legislation was the hot topic at the Tea Party in the Hills meeting on June 24. There to talk about the status of current and future gun legislation in the state was Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. Paredes is also a member of the board of directors of Gun Owners of America and treasurer […]

End of the Moore legacy

One of the most historical properties in Placerville has changed hands and will no longer belong to the Moore family. Last owned by Judge Prentiss Moore and his model/actress wife, Josephine Moore, the beautiful ranch called River Hill is located at the end of Bedford Avenue. On June 23 the new owners of the 345-acre property did a […]

EDH murder: Offer discussed; new hearing set

The arraignment of a man suspected of shooting to death a 31-year-old woman in front of an El Dorado Hills night spot last January was postponed Monday as a tentative offer in the case may be forthcoming.

Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland faces trial for murder if agreement is not reached, but no offer has been finalized and presented to the court or defense. Bill Clark of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office sought the delay Monday, saying “an offer” likely is going to be made ultimately for review by defense attorney Mark Ralphs.

Swift stands accused of slaying Khrista Ibarolle of El Dorado Hills in an apparent carjacking that turned deadly.

Delegation checks out county businesses

A delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited El Dorado County in late June to understand what the county has to offer by way of manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the hopes of building relationships and potential business opportunities. The visit marked the first international delegation to El Dorado County. Visitors included Arnoldo Delgado Anchondo, the treasurer […]

Pet owners face citation if animals endangered in hot weather

El Dorado County Animal Services is advising pet owners to not leave dogs, cats or other pets unattended in vehicles during hot weather. “Each year, pets die in hot cars,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of Animal Services. “California law allows Animal Services officers to take swift action to help an animal that may be in […]

Tips to beat the heat

The Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Placerville public libraries offer cool places for people to go. Placerville Library: 345 Fair Lane, Placerville (open Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 7 .p.m, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday). Cameron Park Library: 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park (open Tuesday noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday […]

Dementia workshop next week

El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering “Dementia 101,” a workshop for family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilot Hill Grange No. 1, 1701 Highway 193 in Cool. The workshop […]

City residents asked to fill out survey

Placerville residents will find in their July sewer and water bill a survey that city officials hope will be completed so the public may weigh in on how to spend future sales tax receipts. A draft survey was presented to the City Council during last week’s regular meeting, with the members in accord that it […]