Pure Life arraignment hearing continued

Owners and operators of the Pure Life Collective were to be arraigned on April 27, but instead had their hearing continued to the folllowing week. Kelly Chiusano and Summer Bradley, owners of the Pure Life Collective marijuana dispensary, appeared with fellow defendants Whitney Marchand and Christopher Brown for what was scheduled as their arraignment on […]

Heard over the back fence: Bicycle rodeo

BICYCLE RODEO: A Bicycle Rodeo for ages 3 and up is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado County Library, 2500 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The rodeo will teach safe riding habits and improve cycling skills. Call 530-677-2231 to register for this free event. REMEMBERING BERTE REYNOLDS: 25 […]

Barton Health receives $10 million for Center of Excellence

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE —  On April 15, Lisa Maloff donated $10 million for the Robert Maloff Center of Excellence to the Barton Foundation. Lisa Maloff and her late husband, Robert, have always had a heart for wellness and improving the community.  She is a long term resident of Tahoe’s South Shore and was a founding […]

CDFW urges natural control methods for pesky rodent populations

Rats, mice and voles are commonly sighted around homes and businesses this time of year. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages Californians to let nature control rodent populations by actively protecting their natural predators – owls, hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures — rather than using poisons to eliminate pests. Environmentally friendly tactics (such […]

Gaines’ Lake Tahoe good neighbor tuition bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 22 that his Senate Bill 605, which would establish a good neighbor tuition policy with students in Nevada, passed out of the Senate Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support and is now on its way to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “The Tahoe Basin […]

Mother Lode USD celebrates California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

Tuesday, April 28, is California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day, officially recognizing all school bus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the State and El Dorado County. These drivers are deserving of special public recognition and the highest commendations. This day is promoted by the California Association of School Transportation […]

Chase ends with arrest of wanted felon

A wanted felon was arrested after a chase through Camino and Placerville the morning of April 26.

A patrolling K9 unit deputy spotted Abram Sassenberg, 34, driving a vehicle in Pollock Pines, a press release stated. Sassenberg was on Post-Release Community Supervision, a suspended driver’s license and an active felony warrant for his arrest. He refused to yield when deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop.

Sassenberg led deputies on a car chase through Camino, ending on Highway 50 in Placerville. Deputies successfully used two sets of spike strips, puncturing Sassenberg’s vehicle’s tires.

Deputies allegedly discovered ammunition, which is illegal …

Rollover results in DUI

A vehicle rollover in Diamond Springs on April 25 resulted in an arrest for DUI. At about 7:25 p.m., a 17-year-old female drove a blue 2008 Hyundai Tucson south on SR-49, approaching Throwita Way, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. At the curve, she went off the west shoulder, rolling the vehicle. There were three passengers […]

EID pares revenue projections

The El Dorado Irrigation District received an update to this year’s finances at its April 13 meeting. Revenues are estimated to be down from $74.7 million to $71.8 million due to a reduction in water sales/services and lower hydropower revenue. The latter is expected to decline from $5 million to $1.5 million. Offsetting these losses to some extent is […]

Serrano Owners Association election pits homeowners against developer

At last year’s Serrano Owners Association meet the candidates forum the number of attendees could be counted on one hand. Last week, approximately 150 residents packed the El Dorado Hills library’s meeting room for the same event. This year’s election will fill three open seats on a five-person board and marks the first time none of the candidates is a […]

Placerville man breaks in, falls asleep in Petaluma house

A Placerville man was arrested April 23 after breaking in to a Petaluma woman’s house, eating frozen food and falling asleep. Petaluma Police officers were dispatched at about 2 p.m. to the 1600 Block of Caulfield Lane when a victim came downstairs to find a man asleep on her couch, a press release stated. The […]

Snowline settles confusion over hospice donations

A donor walked in to a Snowline Hospice location recently and seemed to be the victim of confusion, thanks to a solicitation call and mailer seeking donations for hospice care. The donor — Chuck Bormann of Shingle Springs — made out a check to Hospice Support Care, in the belief that the money would go […]

Wally’s Pizza Bar has a lot to offer Cameron Park

Wally’s Pizza Bar is not a pizza/arcade/beer joint — it’s a sports bar with 70-inch HD TVs, 20 beers on tap, wine and handmade specialty cocktails; a restaurant with gourmet pizza, pasta, four different salads and a kids’ menu, and an outdoor, covered and heated patio that is toasty and comfortable even on the coldest nights. […]

Full closure of Hwy. 50 for interchange construction

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. Highway 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and […]

Tahoe boat inspection stations opening

LAKE TAHOE — Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially opening for the 2015 boating season. Locations, hours of operation and opening dates are as follows. Opening Thursday, May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week: • Meyers: at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 89 • Spooner […]

Placerville Certified Farmers’ Market starts May 2

This year starting, May 2, marks the 24th year for the landmark Saturday morning Certified Farmers’ Market at the Ivy House parking lot on Main Street at Cedar Ravine Road. “The response from the growers this year is unprecedented,” said Jim Coalwell, the El Dorado County Certified Farmers’ Market founder and manager. “And we have […]

Heard over the back fence: Tres de Mayo dinner

FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE: The You Are Not Alone (YANA) program is a free calling service that provides daily phone calls to check on the health of senior citizens. For more information call 530-621-6255. CINCO (TRES) DE MAYO DINNER: On Sunday, May 3 a Tres De Mayo dinner will take place at the Pleasant Valley Grange, […]

King Fire field tour with Forest Forum

POLLOCK PINES — The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum will be leading a field tour of the 2014 King Fire on Saturday, May 16. The tour will highlight the south end of the King Fire, including the White Meadows Road and Peavine Ridge areas. The tour will focus on all aspects of post-fire effects to both […]

Supervisors vote 4-1 to OK EID election change: Mikulaco voices strong opinion against change

El Dorado Irrigation District’s Board of Directors recently voted to change its election cycle to coincide with the state’s even-year general elections. In doing so, the board added one year to each district director’s term of office. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco of El Doardo County Board of Supervisors likened the EID board’s actions to […]

Public input needed

The Echo Summit Bridge Project is coming and you might want to have some say in how it happens if you plan on using Highway 50 to go to South Lake Tahoe. The project to replace or rehabilitate the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, started in 2012 and is scheduled […]

Echo Summit bridge to be fixed: Caltrans targets 2019 construction

Motorists may not realize they are traversing a bridge when they wind down the east side of Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans, the state transportation department, alternately refers to it as a viaduct on its Website. A viaduct is a type of bridge that typically has several spans, usually of equal length. The Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct was constructed with three spans in 1939, and while it’s not falling apart, there is significant wear and tear after nearly 80 years of service.

Clark Peri, Caltrans project manager, gave a slide presentation to the Board of Supervisors April 7 outlining the agency’s plan to rehabilitate or replace the old bridge. Following public outreach and extensive environmental …

Community participation, water and marijuana topics of RCC meeting

By Meg Anderson Democrat correspondent Representing three local governmental entities, the guest speakers at the recent meeting of the Rural Communities Coalition included Supervisor Michael Ranalli, Sheriff John D’Agostini and Wendell Wall and Darrell Creeks representing the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. The RCC looks at issues that impact the economy of the Divide and […]

Small fire burns out in Golden Sierra bathroom

A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]

Horse stolen, killed by truck in Rescue

A horse was stolen and later killed Wednesday night after being hit by a truck in Rescue. Scarlett, a 6-year-old quarter horse, was stolen from a pasture next to Rescue Elementary School on Green Valley Road at about 11 p.m. on April 22, owner Katie Holt of Placerville said. Two 17-year-old girls were returning home […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to skateboard

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Students of Mr. Hodgin’s Oak Ridge High School’s history class will offer history presentations. The public is invited. DANCE NIGHT AT SHINGLE SPRINGS: On Friday, May 1, you can enjoy […]

7 arrested for mail theft

Seven people were arrested on April 16 and 21 in connection with mail thefts in the county. Two warrants were served in the greater San Joaquin Valley area on April 16, a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced. Deputies with the Special Enforcement Detail located stolen mail packages, checks, bank account […]

Man injured after baseball bat attack

A man suffered severe injuries after a suspect attacked him with a baseball bat Wednesday evening. Deputies responded to the 5800 block of Mother Lode Drive west of Placerville near the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road at about 5:50 p.m., a press release stated. An uninvolved caller reported an adult male had just hit another […]

Barton Auxiliary donates $220,000 for new mammography machine

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It was a festive and lively event at the Barton Auxiliary’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Monday, April 13. More than 80 volunteers from the hospital, gift shop and The Attic Thrift Store attended and were recognized for their service and gifts. Auxiliary volunteers donated nearly 28,000 hours in 2014. Based […]

Groundwater bill to give local water agencies increased flexibility

SACRAMENTO — On April 14, AB 453, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), advanced out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife committee with bipartisan support. AB 453 would authorize a local agency to amend their existing groundwater management plans, so that it may serve as an alternative plan under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. […]

Purse snatched on Newtown Road

On April 20 at about 11:57 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. A female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 1960s to early 1970s, two-door […]

Denny’s waitress saves man during heart attack

Denny’s waitress. Substitute teacher. Lifesaver.

Chandra Sousa, 26, of Camino, added that last identifier on March 31 at about 6:30 p.m. when she saved Jim LaBerge’s life after he suffered a heart attack.

The 72-year-old Pollock Pines man went out to his car to get the agenda for the Hangtown Kennel Club board meeting. He returned inside and had just put the agenda on the table in the back banquet room of the Placerville Denny’s, he said.

“That’s the last thing I remember.”

Sousa, who was typing in an order at the register, remembers about 10 people being in the banquet room and one woman came out and yelled for someone to call 911. She also asked if anyone knew CPR, Sousa recalled. Despite a fair …

Fight involving transient reported

A transient man was arrested following a report of a fight on April 19. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Halyard Lane and Halyard Court in Diamond Springs at 3:34 p.m., a press release stated. The caller told dispatch a fight was between two males with a female trying to intervene, and the caller […]

Grand Jury slams BOS over HR Dept.

Under the title “Board of Supervisors Neglects Human Resources,” the El Dorado County Grand Jury Report 2014-2015 rakes the board and the county’s Human Resources department over the coals. By way of introduction to a list of 16 “Findings,” the report states: “Failure to strengthen the Human Resources Department has led to personnel issues being […]

Court ruling to have little to no impact locally

Monday’s decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal regarding tiered water rates may make it harder for some water agencies to reach their conservation goals. At issue is a finding by the court that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional because it charged more for water than it cost the city to provide […]

Cal Fire offers debris burning advice

Debris burning is a common tool used to dispose of vegetation when creating and maintaining defensible space. Since January, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire (AEU), the U.S. Forest Service and local government cooperators have responded to over 25 escaped debris burns. “Don’t let recent rains give you a false sense of security while […]

Sharing stories with music

In 2005, Sarah Vienna Berchtold, from Placerville, walked into the Children’s Hospital in Brasov, Romania. The abandoned children she saw had been lying in cribs unattended for many hours with seven layers of urine-soaked rags covering them. There were no diapers; there wasn’t enough staff to attend to the hundreds of children under the age […]

‘Nerves of steel’ to fix county budget

“We’d have to have nerves of steel and a resolve we’ve not seen before,” District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli said after seeing a proposal that suggests deep cuts are necessary to balance the county’s next budget. “If we cut it all this year, it will result in havoc,” Shiva Frentzen, supervisor for District 2, noted. […]

Family wants murderer kept in jail

Three years ago, Mike and Lynn Tracy of Garden Valley were successful in keeping William Ray Hall Jr. in jail at his first parole hearing. On June 9, they aim to do it again. In March 1996, Hall killed his girlfriend — Lynn’s daughter — Toni Parcell. He strangled her, threw her in the back of […]

Supes see bleak future in budget

El Dorado County Supervisors got the math equivalent of last year’s “Ice Bucket” challenge on April 15. It came as an introduction to the annual budget process that will be in full swing over the next several months. Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr wielded the virtual bucket. Knorr is charged with preparing the county’s budget […]

Heard over the back fence: Toddler time fun

CAMINO CLEAN-UP DAY: Camino Clean-up Day is April 25 from 8 a.m.-noon at the following location: Sierra Pacific parking lot on Snows Road (off of Carson Road). Watch for the signs. Snowline Hospice will be there with their truck to accept e-waste and gently used donations. To volunteer or inquire about vehicle abatement, please call […]

Gov. Brown decries court of appeal decision

A decision on Monday by the 4th District Court of Appeal regarding tiered water rates drew a rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown and may throw a monkey wrench into efforts to mandate water conservation in the state. At issue is a finding by the court that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional because […]

Water rights under pressure

A press release from the State Water Resources Control Board on April 3 warned that water right holders, including some senior right holders, are likely to be curtailed soon within key watersheds in the state. The warning, to holders of more than 36,000 water rights across the state, is designed to give water right holders advance notice to […]

Roth receives new court date

In a short Monday hearing, a man accused of killing his wife received a new court date. Roy Roth, 51, appeared in court with his attorney Mark Ralphs for a hearing lasting only a handful of minutes. Ralphs told Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that he had not yet received any discovery, requesting the hearing be […]

GDPUD declares Stage 3 drought

With Stumpy Meadows Reservoir at 12,350 acre-feet last week, the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 3 Drought at its April 14 meeting. Normally the 20,000 acre-foot reservoir would be spilling at this time of year. The resolution mandates reducing potable and untreated water demand between 25 to 35 percent. However, […]

New conservation targets set

After receiving over 250 comments regarding new conservation targets for water agencies, on Saturday the State Water Board issued a new regulatory framework for implementing the statewide goal of reducing water use by 25 percent. Instead of four tiers of conservation varying from 10 to 25 percent, the new framework includes nine tiers with conservation […]