BOE goes nowhere on Meyers’ DUI

A special board meeting by the El Dorado County Board of Education regarding Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers came to naught after the board learned it had no authority to act, even if it wanted to. The Sept. 15 meeting was requested by Trustee Heidi Weiland last month following Meyers’ DUI arrest and conviction. Meyers was arrested on […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique Street Fair

 Ted Gaydon Marsh of Shingle Springs graduated with a masters degree in business administration from Clark University in Worchester, Mass. Congratulations, Ted! You are a success story, heading for a bright future. SMART, SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS:
 Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., has informed us that Chelsea G. Lee of El Dorado Hills, majoring in […]

Do you have an emergency plan?

There is no better time to prepare for an emergency than the present. During National Preparedness Month, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency – Public Health Preparedness and Response reminds residents to make an emergency communications plan for themselves and their families. “Being prepared is a shared responsibility in communities,” said Michelle Patterson, […]

Event brings dynamic speakers together

The County Alliance Project hosts a group of special speakers at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Lane, beginning at noon and lasting until about 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. Joe Banister, a former IRS special agent who resigned after discovering that the IRS was illegally taxing the income of ordinary Americans, […]

EDSO alert: Register now to receive emergency information

On Tuesday Sept. 15, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with CodeRED, sent out more than 100,000 automated phone calls to El Dorado County residences and businesses encouraging them to register for emergency notifications at the website The CodeRED notification system will only be used by public safety officials during […]

Mental health class offered for families of children, teens

Having a child or adolescent with a mental health disorder is traumatic for families. Navigating mood swings, destructive behavior, and school failure can cause spiraling problems that leave families at a loss on to how to cope and assist their child. NAMI El Dorado County is now offering NAMI Basics for families of children and […]

Heard over the back fence: Breakfast in the Pines

 The Sierra Ridge Interact Club invites everyone to attend a Community Breakfast on Sept. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center. The breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, coffee/hot chocolate and juice. The cost is $1.50 for seniors, $3 for general admission and $7 for families. Breakfast is […]

EID planning for the future

The El Dorado Irrigation District’s long-term financial plan is designed to ensure there are adequate funds to make the necessary infrastructure investments to maintain safe and reliable service. We do this by striking a balance between funding infrastructure through current cash flow and the need to borrow funds for more costly projects. As our water […]

RUSD: Another school site in escrow

The Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into a $1.625 million purchase and sale agreement with two private sellers on two parcels of land totaling 21 acres on Sienna Ridge Road to build a future school. This Sept. 8 action comes seven months after the district closed escrow on the […]

Hinds conference scheduled

A new motion has delayed the trial setting conference for accused shooter Joseph Hinds. The 33-year-old man suspected of non-fatally shooting his father-in-law earlier this year was in custody during a Sept. 14 hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court where Judge Charles Ervin filled in for Judge James Wagoner. Due to further investigations and possible special […]

Golden team preps for championship

The room was abuzz with excitement as those planning the 2016 World Gold Panning Championship in Placerville gathered in the offices of the El Dorado Community Foundation last week. With some of them just freshly back from the 2015 World Gold Panning Championship, the audience included members of the newly formed Gold Panning Championship board, volunteers, parade organizers, […]

UM student out of juvie

The Union Mine High School student accused of selling Adderall to his classmates was released from custody by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan and put into the care of his family. The 17-year-old boy will wear an electronic monitoring device and is allowed only to attend school, counseling, medical appointments, court appearances and meetings with a probation […]

County budget hearings begin; tough decisions ahead

El Dorado County County’s budget hearings start today at 9 a.m. and the Board of Supervisors will have a little more breathing room than expected because of favorable results from the year-end closing of the books, according to county Auditor Joe Harn.   “The County General Fund ended the year with a $45,000,000 cash balance. It was essentially […]

Heard over the back fence: Race Car Show

 El Dorado County District II Supervisor Shiva Frentzen invites you to a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, Sept. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cameron Park Fire Station No. 89, 3200 Country Club Drive. For more information call (530) 621-5651. CRAB FEED FUNDRAISER: 
Rolling Hills Christian Church is presenting a Crab Feed and Auction […]

GDPUD directors, ratepayers await Prop. 218 outcome

With the hearing on the Prop. 218 to fund the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant scheduled for Sept. 14, the Sept. 8 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors was less contentious than usual as the community waits for the outcome. The hearing will determine whether or not the retrofit of the […]

Family: Nick Brown continues to fight

JV football player and Union Mine student Nick Brown remains unconscious and responding to little stimuli following an injury and emergency brain surgery two weeks ago. The newest post on the Pray for Nick Brown Facebook page states, “He had developed a fever and doctors had not determined the cause, but said various infections are fairly common […]

Musical tribute honors those lost on 9/11

In the quiet, smoky morning haze on Sep. 11, Jay Chopp began his day at 5:46 a.m on his porch playing Bugle Taps in memory of each plane that crashed on that fateful day 14 years ago. Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46 a.m.; Flight 175, hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. The […]

Smoked in: Butte Fire leaves El Dorado County in a haze

Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.

And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.

Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.

PG&E, Cal Fire, local fire safe council join forces

With California in its fourth consecutive year of record drought, PG&E is partnering with Cal Fire and local fire safe councils to help prevent wildfires across Northern and Central California. The utility is providing almost $2 million in funding to local councils, including $80,000 to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. The money is […]

‘Spidey senses’ catch fugitive

Placerville resident and local real estate agent Jennifer Teie helped catch a wanted fugitive after the suspect showed up at one of her residential listings Wednesday.

The Allison James Estates and Homes agent arrived at 1701 Granite Hill Road in Placerville at 10:45 a.m. to find a man and a woman waiting to view the $430,000 newly renovated home, supposedly for rental purposes. The man, later identified as Colin Gregory Bowers, 29, asked if she had any other listings. Teie said she mentioned a property in Shingle Springs for $649,900 and the couple agreed to follow her there.

“As I got to the freeway, I recalled a bulletin that EDCAR sent out recently regarding a guy that may have had ill intentions …

Pay up to get high: Regulate and tax marijuana, Runner says

Normally George Runner, a conservative member of the California State Board of Equalization, likes new taxes like a bad case of poison oak. But at a recent Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting, he came out in favor of taxing and regulating medical marijuana just like any other product. A member of a BOE marijuana task […]

Heard over the back fence: Free Preschool Days

 The senior lunch is served at six different locations for a suggested donation of $3. The lunch for today is: Sloppy Joe on whole grain bun; French fries; mixed greens with strawberries; milk.
 Lunch is served from noon-12:30 p.m. For information regarding the lunch site closest to you call (530) 621-6160. […]

Hatchery suffers fish die-off

GOLD RIVER — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to keep hundreds of thousands of trout alive at the American River Hatchery after warm water temperatures killed approximately 155,000 trout Tuesday. A chiller that cools water at the hatchery about 18 miles east of Sacramento unexpectedly failed Tuesday, and warm temperatures killed […]

Public invited to comment on community health needs

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Health Division is hosting community meetings, focus groups and an online survey to solicit public input for its Community Health Assessment. These activities will engage residents in a discussion about the health of El Dorado County. During the community meetings, Public Health staff will share […]

City sewer, water customers have torrent of concerns

They might be sorry they asked, but Placerville city officials have the results of surveys that went out in recent utility bills regarding how Measure H funds should be spent to improve sewer and water services. Tuesday night the City Council discussed the responses from just more than 13 percent of the customers, those 441 respondents […]

At Cal Expo: 9/11 memorial open

On Friday, Sept. 11, in observance of the tragic events of that day in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The memorial honors the victims lost 14 years ago. This year a series of handmade benches made by high school students from the ACE […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas in September

 The following information was very recently received. “Christmas in September? On Sunday evening, Sept. 13, friends and neighbors in the Camino area will be gathering at The Forester Pub & Grill restaurant, 4110 Carson Road in Camino from 5-9 p.m. for the popular Camino Serves fundraiser to benefit local needy families at […]

Students continue stewardship at Joe’s Skatepark

Students from Independence High School volunteered at a heavily attended community event at Joe’s Skatepark in Placerville on Sunday, Sept. 6. Celebrity Vans pro skater Christian Hosoi visited the park and spent two hours skating with the youth, giving autographs, posing for photos and sharing his message of faith and perseverance. Independence High students provided a […]

Barton Health’s chief medical officer selected as new CEO

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Health recently announced that Clint Purvance, MD, has been selected as the health system’s new president and chief executive officer. Purvance has served as chief medical officer for Barton Health for the past eight years. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and has practiced medicine at Barton Memorial Hospital since 1999. […]

Fire displaces EDH family

EL DORADO HILLS — A Waterman Court home was severely damaged after an accidental fire on Sept. 3. “El Dorado Hills firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from multiple windows of a single story residential house,” Division Chief Mike Lilienthal said. “Firefighters initiated an interior attack to extinguish the fire.” No people were […]

County marks another Lest We Forget Day

Friday will mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by airplane hijackers in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the then-little-known radical Islamic group, al Qaeda based in Afghanistan, the Sept. 11 death toll surpassed that of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to recent calculations of 9/11-related […]

Measure E remains non-binding

A vote for or against rezoning the 98 acres of open space known as the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course has no strings attached, El Dorado County attorneys confirm. Some residents are circulating a first draft of County Counsel’s impartial analysis of Measure E, which mistakenly states a vote against the rezone would mean an agreement […]

Demo begins to revive Poor Red’s

EL DORADO — Renovation has begun on the historical Poor Red’s building to expand the dinning room area, add a new kitchen and patio seating and a new parking structure and complete ADA improvements.

Dust filled the air Tuesday morning as crews and heavy equipment tore down the structure attached to the rear of the original stone building, which, if you look closely at enough, has some pick marks from its humble beginnings.

South Tahoe paddleboard event supports fight against cancer

When South Lake Tahoe residents Julie Zeid and Julianne Brackett-O’Neill paddled to Emerald Bay in October 2012, they did it for a reason — to honor two people struggling with cancer. Zeid paddled for her daughter Alisha Zeid and Brackett for Dr. Bob Bender. The personal journey sparked the inaugural Paddle Against Cancer event in […]

Another hearing for White

A trial setting conference for accused murderer Jeffrey White has been scheduled. White has pleaded not guilty to count one of murder and denied of the special allegations against him. He appeared with attorney Susan Gellman in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud on Aug. 31. Judge James Wagoner was requested by counsel […]

King Fire Restoration Project decisions made

After nearly a year of planning and public involvement, Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree for the Eldorado National Forest has signed a record of decision for the King Fire Restoration Project, which selects a modified version of the original proposed action. The decision describes in detail the rationale for this decision which considers many interrelated management […]

Heard over the back fence: REUNION TIME

The 1975 Graduating Class of El Dorado High School is having its 40th class reunion celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Placerville Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and catered dinner is at 7. For tickets contact Pam Tuttle Taylor at [email protected] […]

Parker, January join forces on new EDH senior center

EL DORADO HILLS — Local historian and community activist Betty January hopes to work her magic yet again. Just as her perseverance got the El Dorado Hills Library built with the help of Parker Development, January has partnered with the Serrano developer once more to bring a new senior center to fruition. A Center for the […]

GDPUD ratepayers look at funding option

PILOT HILL — Looking for a cheaper way to pay for retrofitting the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant, residents on the Divide gathered at the Pilot Hill Grange on Sept. 2 to learn about a funding alternative. Speaking to a group of about 40 people, Ray Kringel, who serves on the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Finance Committee, discussed the details […]

Free fuelwood cutting begins tomorrow

The Eldorado National Forest is asking the local community to help continue to clean up a popular recreation area on the Pacific Ranger District by cutting firewood. The Wrights Lake Recreation Area of the Eldorado National Forest was severely damaged in the winter of 2013 when numerous large green trees were pushed over in extremely […]

Ready or not: Harvest time is here

If you thought spring came a little earlier than usual this year, you aren’t alone.

El Dorado County’s crops have come in early, and now many growers are ahead of the normal harvest schedule.

Boa Vista manager Brad Visman said they started harvesting certain crops seven to 10 days ahead of schedule.

“We just finished harvesting Gala apples and will harvest Golden Delicious next week,” he said when the Mountain Democrat stopped by in late August. “Jonagold will be harvested today or tomorrow.”

In Home Supportive Services workers unite for higher wages

Local members of the United Domestic Workers union, affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ratcheted up their ongoing engagement at El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meetings. A dozen or more have been addressing the board during its open forum session every week for about three months, and they were […]

Zoning update moves on

After a two-day hearing marathon, Aug. 27 and Sept. 2, the El Dorado County Planning Commission gave its stamp of approval to an updated General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Commissioners also approved an accompanying environmental impact report and resolutions governing community design standards. Called the TGPA-ZOU (which stands for Targeted General Plan Amendment-Zoning Ordinance Update or the “project” for […]

California Tahoe Conservancy, USFS host land swap meetings

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service plan two open houses to present a land exchange concept that would help both agencies manage their holdings in the Lake Tahoe Basin more efficiently. The proposal would transfer Forest Service urban lots to the California Tahoe Conservancy, while conveying some larger CTC […]