Emergency officials get hands-on urban rescue experience

The first ever Urban Search and Rescue training drills were held from Oct. 26-31 at Georgetown Fire District’s Todd Training Facility in the community of Buckeye. It was a large turnout with the following agencies participating in the hands-on interagency event: Cameron Park Fire, Cal Fire, California Emergency Response Team, Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire, El Dorado County Search and […]

Lopsided Measure E vote favors open space

EL DORADO HILLS — More than 90 percent of Measure E voters sent a loud message to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday — deny Parker Development Company’s pending application asking to rezone the former Executive Golf Course from its current open space-recreation designation to residential housing and commercial.

Thirty-six percent — 8,024 of the 22,240 registered voters within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District boundaries — cast their vote with nearly 91 percent saying no to the rezone and 9 percent voting yes, according to El Dorado County Elections’ semi-official report.

Heard over the back fence: Great Senior Lunches

 The Cameron Park Community Center has nutritious meals for seniors, age 60 and up. Lunch is served on Mondays and Fridays from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The lunch cost is $3 (suggested donation). For more information call (530) 621-6160. NO RIDES ON NOV. 11: […]

El Dorado County consolidated semi-official election results

Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement Director (full term) Judy Clot — 219 votes Diane Verwoest — 175 votes B. Jordan-Griffith — 49 votes Victor Babbit — 298 votes Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement Director (unexpired short term) Joseph Cardinale — 240 votes Peter J. Nelligan — 266 votes Franklin C. Jones — 152 votes Jan B. Roman-Gonzales […]

Heard over the back fence: Helping our Vets

 The Sew 4 Vets group will set up a booth at the Airpark Boutique at 3239 Baron Court in the Cameron Airpark on Friday, Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Drive out to Cameron Park and meet some very nice people. GLASS MOSAIC CLASS: […]

Sanders says good-bye to EDH Fire’s front desk

When you have a job you love, with people you enjoy, leaving is bittersweet. And so it was for Sandy Sanders, who served as administrative assistant for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the past 11 years. “I have had a unique perspective on just how much our community appreciates their fire department,” Sanders […]

Greenstone accident victim dies

Amy Lynn Helms, 44, of El Dorado Hills has died from injuries sustained in a Oct. 27 collision involving a big rig. Helms was driving her Audi Quattro eastbound on Highway 50 when she crossed the center divide into oncoming traffic and collided with a Jeep Patriot before being struck by a big rig, according to […]

Man shot in Cameron Park

Someone shot through a Cameron Park man’s open bedroom window last Thursday evening in Cameron Park, according to information provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. On Oct. 29 at about 9:35 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting at the Highland apartment complex in the 2600 block of Knollwood Court in Cameron Park. Deputies contacted the victim, […]

Mik mulls Assembly run

El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco is considering a possible job swap with Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. The El Dorado Hills resident is forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he should run for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Gaines, who earlier this year announced she will run for the District 1 supervisor seat […]

Not guilty plea in family murder

Nolan Buchanan, 19, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder at his arraignment Monday morning. Buchanan, along with his attorney William Dittman, entered the plea and denial of any special allegations in South Lake Tahoe in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury. The judge told Buchanan that if he is found guilty […]

Red Ribbon Week keeps kids away from drugs

El Dorado County schools recently recognized Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation that reaches millions of youth. Camino Union Elementary School hosted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department last Thursday; Students got a chance to explore display booths and ask law enforcement officials a lot of questions. Highlights included the dive […]

Two killed in early morning, three-car collision

Two teenagers were killed in a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 49, two miles South of China Hill, Tuesday morning. At about 6:05 a.m. the driver of a blue Ford Focus, 18-year-old Gabriella Briceno of El Dorado, apparently lost control on northbound Highway 49, crossed into the southbound lane and side-swiped a Toyota Camry, according to […]

Heard over the back fence: Georgetown Blood Drive

 The Mother Lode Lions Fall Festival scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Lions Hall in Diamond Springs has been cancelled. GET OUT OF HER WAY!
 My attractive, fit colleague Susie Granstadt recently ran her first half marathon (13.1 miles) in the hills of San Francisco. May I assume we may very well […]

TIM fees: Affordable housing breaks will contintue

Builders and developers who propose projects that include affordable housing units stand to benefit from a recent decision of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, which unanimously authorized continuing the county’s Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Offset program. The program offers reduced TIM fees for developments or individual projects that meet affordable housing requirements specified […]

Alzheimer’s workshop focuses on patient’s dignity

SACRAMENTO — Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will offer his insights on “Having Alzheimer’s Disease with Dignity” during the 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Engagement Series Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND […]

Exec. honored for helping those who serve

“In short — integrity. It takes great integrity to accommodate a maintenance manager who has to leave often and usually on short notice,” said U.S. Army Sgt. David Streetman on why he nominated his boss Greg Kasner for the Patriot Award.

Streetman said he’s already missed six weeks of work this year. On Oct. 26 he, along with two other military members, showed appreciation for all the support he’s received by presenting Ponte Palmero Executive Director Kasner with the prestigious Patriot Award …

Mattock joins District 1 race

El Dorado Hills native and current El Dorado Hills Community Services District board director Noelle Mattock has launched her campaign for District 1 supervisor. “I grew up in El Dorado Hills and I have seen the changes — good and bad,” states Mattock in a news release. “I am running for county supervisor because I’m tired […]

EID board reviews budget, mulls rate changes

A mid-cycle budget update for 2015-16 was provided at the Oct. 26 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors and included a discussion of raising rates next year. Overall, the district expects to take in more revenue than expected in 2015 but less in 2016. Finance Director Mark Price noted that because of the drought, […]

Water board fines four California water guzzlers

Four water agencies were hit with fines by the State Water Resources Control Board after consistently not meeting their water conservation goals. Announced last Friday by the SWB, the city of Beverly Hills, city of Indio, city of Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District were all hit with $61,000 in fines for failing to meet […]

Lake Forest School to honor veterans

EL DORADO HILLS — Lake Forest Elementary School invites area veterans to be honored at their Celebration of Freedom assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9:15 to 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at 2240 Sailsbury Drive, El Dorado Hills Veterans from local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and friends and relatives of Lake Forest students […]

Laid off? Help is here

El Dorado County Connections-One Stop has free services to help people who need a job. “We can help anyone who is having trouble finding a job,” said Jenny Wilson, program supervisor with Connections-One Stop. “We want to help people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. This includes dislocated workers, such […]

Machete attack reported in SLT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman wielding a machete reportedly attacked a man and was arrested on Saturday. On Oct. 24 at about 6:45 a.m., El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 900 block of Brockway Avenue, where they found an adult male with multiple, bloody cuts and scrapes on both arms, according to […]

Teal pumpkins equal safe candy

For trick-or-treaters who might do a double-take Halloween night to see painted teal pumpkins, the pumpkins aren’t a trick but a reassuring sign safe treats are ahead. The organization Food Allergy Research & Education launched the Teal Pumpkin Project campaign last year to raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. To date 100,000 […]

Multiple car wrecks snarl Highway 50

Car wrecks on Highway 50 kept California Highway Patrol officers busy and drivers stuck in traffic earlier this week. Westbound Highway 50 traffic came to a complete stop at Greenstone Road mid-morning Tuesday after a three-vehicle collision involving a big rig. Amy Helms, 44, of El Dorado Hills was driving her Audi Quattro eastbound when she […]

DUI crackdown: DA awarded prosecution grant

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has obtained a $361,506 grant from the California Office of Training Safety to prosecute felony DUI (both alcohol and drug-impaired driving) and related fatal or injury cases. The grant money funds a “vertical prosecution” team that works with cases from time of arrest through sentencing of the accused. Prosecution team […]

Enjoy a meal at the new Cameron Park senior lunch site

Cameron Park will have its own county-run senior lunch program beginning Nov. 2. Available to seniors 60 and older, lunch is served Mondays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. A suggested donation for the meals is $3. The lunches are available to all seniors but those living in the Cameron Park, […]

Activists threaten recall of all county supervisors

Calling for a “clean sweep,” a statement Tuesday afternoon from El Dorado County Total Recall announced the formation of a movement to recall all five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. As reported in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat, District 4 Supervisors Michael Ranalli and District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel were served “notices of […]

Water main break repaired

It may have taken two days, but the water line break on Pleasant Valley Road between Oak Hill Road and Bodega Way was finally fixed with water service restored Wednesday morning. First discovered on Monday, Oct. 26, initially El Dorado Irrigation District officials thought the break was limited to one pipe and repairs were expected to be completed […]

EDH pot bust nets 200 plants

Complaints of unsightly tarps and a strong odor led El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives to serve a search warrant on Malcolm Dixon Road last week. What law enforcement officers reportedly found last Friday was a large marijuana grow in the rural, northern El Dorado Hills neighborhood, and an armed man guarding it from a treehouse. Identified as Jeffrey Johansen […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Craft Fair

The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following gardening suggestions for November: • Knock down basins around trees so rain will drain off. • Plant spring blooming bulbs. Be sure to use bulb food or bone meal and amend the soil. • Transplant trees, shrubs and perennials. Amend the soil before planting […]

Grizzly Flats getting cell tower

A new Verizon cell tower was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Oct. 22 meeting. To be located on the west side of Eagle Hill Road in the Grizzly Flats area, the cell tower will be in the form of a 120-foot-tall monopine tower with eight antennas, equipment shelter and related […]

Fire prevention grants available

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire recently  announced the release of the 2015-16 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program. The grants are aimed at reducing the threat of large wildfires in and around communities within the State Responsibility Area of California. “After what has already been an extremely busy fire season, we are eager to continue […]

Beware of vampire appliances

SAN FRANCISCO — This Halloween, Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers that always-on vampire appliances suck energy out of homes or businesses every minute of every day, costing Americans $19 billion a year. PG&E has numerous ways for customers to save energy and money on their monthly bills. Plugged-in electronic devices consume electricity regardless of whether […]

Heard over the back fence: Hangtown Christmas Parade

Officials at Azusa Pacific University at Azusa have informed us the following students made the Academic Dean’s List after establishing a grade point average of 3.5 or better for the spring semester: Karin Anderson of Shingle Springs, Ellen Appleby of Garden Valley, Thomas Relish of Placerville, Sarah Erickson of Placerville, Rachel Helm of […]

Day throws hat in D.1 race

Alan Day has joined the District 1 supervisorial fray. Announcing in a press release late last week, Day states he wants to “fight big money special interests and bureaucratic government that dominate our county.” Day has been in the spotlight for the past four years as a member of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of […]

Christmas parade applications due soon

The time is now to get your entries in for the hottest cool-weather event of the season, the Hangtown Christmas Parade that celebrates the diverse and enchanting community with a theme this year of Cartoons and Christmas.

That leaves the imagination free to run wild as floats, animals and other entries wind from Broadway down Main Street, Placerville, in the much anticipated annual parade. Deadline for entries into the 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade is Nov. 16 — no late entries are accepted.

Board hears update on Capital SouthEast Connector project

The Capital SouthEast Connector moved closer to local reality when environmental studies resulted in a mitigated negative declaration. The MND, as it’s abbreviated, essentially states that no significant environmental impacts would occur relative to construction of “a 5.5-mile segment of the expressway between Prairie City Road south of Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado […]

Prescribed burns start in Eldorado National Forest

Smoky air Tuesday was the result of the Eldorado National Forest’s controlled burns. Each fall, winter and spring the U.S Forest Service officials start their “prescribed burn” program to reduce fuel that could potentially feed future wildfires. “The Forest Service was doing controlled burns yesterday (Monday) and the winds were pointing toward the Placerville area, hence […]

Water line breaks

A water line break early Monday morning caused a water outage that lasted Monday and Tuesday on portions of Pleasant Valley Road between Oak Hill Road and Bodega Way in the Diamond Springs/Placerville area. One million gallons of water were lost. The water line break resulted in low water pressure and a loss of water service for an estimated 500 […]

Roy Roth’s trial date set

Roy Roth, accused of murdering his wife Deborah Roth on their Latrobe property this spring, appeared with public defender Susan Gellman and Dina Stone in court on Monday for a trial setting conference. Roth has pleaded not guilty. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian scheduled the jury trial date for April 26, 2016. District […]

Former chief Walshaw remembered

Retired El Dorado County Fire Chief John Steven Walshaw, 63, died on Oct. 20. He is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren. Walshaw was diagnosed with a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which developed into cirrhosis and liver cancer last year. An open-to-the public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 […]

Two supes served notices of recall

District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel and District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli were served with a notice of intention to circulate recall petition during yesterday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors open forum. Citing the “tyranny of our elected officials … who have failed to effectively and efficiently operate county government,” recall proponents handed in 10 […]

Heard over the back fence: Flap Jack Fundraiser

The Mother Lode Lions Fall Festival scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Lions Hall has been cancelled. FLAP JACK FUNDRAISER: 
A fundraiser to benefit the SHARE Food Ministry Program is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 3289 Coach Lane, Cameron Park. The last seating will be at […]

Georgetown search prompts school lockdown

GEORGETOWN — A manhunt ended with a peaceful resolution Thursday afternoon, about five hours after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies began searching for an allegedly suicidal man with a gun — action that prompted two schools to lock down. At about 1:30 p.m. American River Charter and the Georgetown School were placed on lockdown as […]

Supervisors OK bond process for East Ridge Community Facilities District

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Oct. 20 to determine opposition or support for establishment of a community facilities district and authorization to levy a special tax followed by the authorization to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $40 million. No one in the small audience spoke either in favor or […]