Heard over the back fence: Paint and a Splash

On Saturday, Oct. 24, there will be a Harvest Festival at El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 at Evelyn’s Closet in El Dorado or call (530) 622-8868 or (530) 622-3657. Dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, corn medley, cole slaw […]

Drought stricken tree falls onto highway

A tree that fell onto Highway 193 near Georgetown early afternoon on Wednesday caused traffic delays in the area. Garden Valley Fire District, Caltrans, Placerville CHP and Growlersburg Camp CDCR firefighters were on scene to cut branches in the roadway and remove debris. Caltrans officials told the Mountain Democrat that trees in the area are […]

Hangman Willie home

Most of the hangman was recovered on Coloma Street in Placerville Thursday morning. “We are happy he is back, but sad about the damage,” said Sue Taylor, owner of the Herrick Building from where the hangman traditionally dangles. “He is missing eight fingers; we were able to recover seven of them. Since the fingers are […]

Buy a pie

Buy freshly made, ready-to-bake pies for the holidays while supporting Oak Ridge High School’s 2016 Grad Night. The due date for orders is no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Checks must be made out to ORHS Grad Night. Checks and order forms may be dropped off at the ORHS attendance office or mailed […]

Tahoe police officer, two others killed in crash

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Tragedy struck Saturday, Oct. 17, when a single-vehicle rollover east of Fallon, Nev., claimed the lives of a South Lake Tahoe police officer, his wife and a family friend. Officer Mark Hounsell, his wife Jeanne Hounsell and family friend Laura Fisher were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Halloween Dance

On Saturday, Oct. 31 there will be a Halloween Dance and Costume Party at the Shingle Springs Community Center at 4480 South Shingle Road from 7-10 p.m. Bring your own refreshments or purchase something from the snack bar. The real treat is the admission price, which is only $5. For more […]

Union Mine Adderall case: Teen’s conviction deferred; community meeting planned

The Union Mine High School student arrested for the alleged distribution of Adderall appeared in court Oct. 19 for a jurisdiction hearing on petition. The minors counsel, public defender Terry Monterosa, petitioned for a deferred entry of judgment for the 17-year-old, citing his current good behavior. “He is an excellent candidate for a deferred entry of […]

Dirt flies at The Crossings

Gold-painted shovels filled the air with dirt as a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday to signal that Phase 1 of The Crossings at El Dorado will soon get under way. Located on Missouri Flat Road next to the new Social Security building, developer Leonard Grado of Palos Verdes Properties welcomed dignitaries, business leaders, government officials […]

Kyburz crash kills woman

A Roseville woman died Friday night after a head-on collision on Highway 50 near Larch Lane in Kyburz. At approximately 5:42 p.m. Kimberly Ayers, 51, heading west on the highway, drove her 2015 BMW 325i into oncoming traffic and struck a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe heading east, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol. Both […]

Hangman missing

Over the weekend, the hangman, a long-time symbol of Placerville beginnings, was stolen from the historical site on Main Street in downtown Placerville. “I feel sick; I feel violated,” said Sue Taylor, owner of the historical Hangman’s Tree building currently under renovation. “They went to a lot of work to get him off.” One of […]

Horse infected with West Nile in county

El Dorado County health officials have identified a horse from the Greenwood community infected with West Nile Virus. “The horse is recovering and expected to survive, but the case reminds us that the virus is circulating and horse owners need to take precautions,” said Fred Sanford with the El Dorado County Environmental Management Division. “Horses […]

Meeting focuses on helping veterans

El Dorado County Department of Veterans Affairs held its monthly Veterans Outreach meeting on Oct. 16, featuring Vietnam veteran Jack Warf, who told every veteran, “We are here for you.” “From what we know, there are about 18,000 veterans in our community and we have only identified 12,000 of them,” Warf said. “We are a strong supporter […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Out Bingo!

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is presenting a free workshop titled Stress and the Over-Stressed Family on Nov. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the church. Joanna Jillian will be the workshop leader. CONTROLLING YOUR DIABETES:
 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled Gaining Better Control on […]

Brian Veerkamp ready to run, again

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp announced last week he will seek re-election to the Board of Supervisors in next year’s general election. Getting an early jump on the process, Veerkamp’s campaign issued a prepared statement Oct. 14 highlighting the incumbent’s history of public service from his current post as chairman of the board […]

Pondo sex tape: Students arrested

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Ponderosa High School students after the school resource officer reportedly got word of a sex tape depicting two juvenile high school students engaged in sex acts. The recording of the male and female student was reportedly filmed on Oct. 10 by another male student, according to information provided by the […]

Successful Prop. 218 doesn’t stop GDPUD customer complaints

Even though the vote to protest the Proposition 218 process failed by a wide margin, it hasn’t stopped some on the Divide from fighting the outcome. At the Oct. 13 Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors meeting several residents made a point of raising the issue again, with one person lodging an ADA complaint about where the Prop. 218 hearing […]

EID directors OK $124 million capital improvement plan

It took five motions and five different votes to pass it, but the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors finally approved a new five-year capital improvement plan at its Oct. 13 meeting.

With everyone wanting to get in on the act, the meeting featured testy exchanges between board members and the public, as well as admonishment ranging from the need for fiscal responsibility to accusations of petty foolishness.

Ultimately it ended with a 3-2 vote for a the 2016-20 CIP. That plan includes $119 million for all the expenditures staff recommended plus $5 million to be used toward power mitigation projects, with those projects yet to be defined.

Learn how to prepare your family for disasters

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. A community forum focused on family emergency preparedness will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Gold Trail Grange No. 452, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma. The forum is open […]

Charter University Prep student test scores shine

Students across California took new, electronic assessments this last spring, and El Dorado County Office of Education Charter University Prep is pleased to announce that its students scored exceptionally well. In English, 75 percent of seventh-grade, 100 percent of eighth-grade and 97 percent of 11th-grade students scored “meeting or exceeding” the state standards — a level of scores achieved by very few school in the state. […]

TIM fee deal brokered

Fearful of discouraging future commercial development, El Dorado County supervisors voted unanimously Oct. 13 to restructure the Traffic Impact Mitigation fee program for non-residential developers. The anticipated fee reduction could take effect between March and May of next year. Supervisors considered three different options presented by Chief Administrative Office and Community Development Agency staff: maintaining the […]

Cadet for a day: CHP Academy promotes a ‘never quit’ attitude

The California Highway Patrol Media Boot Camp day began as the sun came up over the horizon. The fall air was crisp, but I had a feeling we were about to get warm.

“Get in line and eyes forward; it’s PT time!” said Sgt. Wayne Repard, as the media reps marched to the gym to change into our PT shirts.

“You have 10 seconds to change and get back here. Let’s move,” added Sgt. Heather Mangus, who would be one of our instructors for the physical training session.

We proceeded to go through the motions — jumping jacks, mountain climbers, you name it, with no lack of yelling. Then it was a run around the track and obstacle course challenge. What a workout.

County sets ‘bully-free’ week

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors established the week of Oct. 18-24 as Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week. Michelle Smith of Placerville and Carrie Clark are co-founders of California Healthy Workplace Advocates, and Smith was on hand to receive the signed proclamation. Active since 2004, the group now has more than 1,000 members statewide and its […]

Explorer program grooms youth for law enforcement

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Explorers are making a name for themselves in the community and building bright futures. The Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 457 offers law enforcement training to youth in the community. The explorer program is part of a “Learning for Life” career education program for young men and women ages 15 (or 14 […]

Logger killed

A man was crushed by a log and killed Wednesday morning in the Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials confirmed. The victim has been identified as Lincoln resident Jeffrey Jones, 55, who sustained fatal injuries from a log that fell from his trailer and struck him in the head. According to a sheriff’s report, […]

Heard over the back fence: Be Safe at Home

 The Safe at Home program was recently expanded to the Western Slope of El Dorado County. This program helps residents age safer at home by installing grab-bars, toilet risers, transition ramps, transfer poles, hall and stair railings. The program is free to qualified low-income households located on the Western Slope of […]

Register to vote now

The deadline to register to vote and be eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 Consolidated Districts Election is Oct. 19. The easiest way to register is using the state’s online voter registration system at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. The system applies the voter’s signature from the DMV database and delivers the information electronically to the county. […]

Connector segment study released

The Capital SouthEast Connector JPA recently released an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration analyzing environmental impacts of a 5.5-mile segment of the expressway between Prairie City Road south of Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. The JPA proposes to reconstruct White Rock Road on a new alignment south of Highway 50 as a four lane […]

Motor Voter Act gets Brown’s OK

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed landmark legislation that will register to vote every eligible California resident who goes to a Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a driver’s license or renew one, potentially adding millions to California’s voter rolls. The California New Motor Voter Act, AB 1461, was sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla […]

Tip leads to felony arrest

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested Richard Espinoza, who had an outstanding felony warrant, after receiving a tip Tuesday afternoon that the suspect was at a home on Twin Oaks Road in Cameron Park. Deputies made contact with the 43-year-old and arrested him. At press time Espinoza was being held on a parole violation with no bail […]

Crash victims’ names released

The two people killed in a single-engine plane crash over the weekend have been identified. as Conrad Yu, 73, of Oakley and Mary Choy, 66, of San Francisco. The victims were found inside the charred plane that crashed in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood and caught fire on Oct. 10. A forensic odontologist, a specially trained dentist that identify’s unknown remains, […]

Dead jail inmate identified

The inmate who died from an apparent suicide while in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville last month has been identified as Lawrence Michael Spies, 34. “Anytime someone in our custody dies, whether it’s in the back of our patrol car or in a jail, as long as they are in our custody, […]

Fire restrictions go back into effect

An extended forecast of dry weather and concern expressed by the public in the aftermath of the Butte Fire have prompted Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree to put fire restrictions back into effect on the Eldorado National Forest, beginning Friday, Oct. 16. “This is a risk management decision,” said Crabtree. “More back country use during hunting […]

Attorney general warning: ‘Tis the season for Medicare scams

LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding potential scams targeting seniors during Medicare’s open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, senior citizens who are 65 years old and older should assess their Medicare plans and consider various plan options. Any Medicare plan changes that […]

Heard over the back fence: Gold Panning Lessons

GOLD PANNING LESSONS: All ages are welcome and lessons are free to gold panning lessons. Learn how to use the competition flat gold pan (also called a “Ferrari” or “speed” pan) from members of the 2015 U.S. Gold Panning Team who competed in Spain this summer. Watch demonstrations and experience hands-on practice on Saturday, Oct. […]

Tahoe crash investigation begins

A preliminary report regarding the deadly plane crash in South Lake Tahoe last Saturday is expected within the week, Federal Aviation Administration officials have said. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation Sunday. It could take up to a year to determine the official cause […]

‘Risky decisions’ lead to rescue

Three Sacramento hikers were stranded overnight on a ledge in Desolation Wilderness and rescued Saturday morning. James Lerude, 20, Todd Syper Jr, 20, and Kayly O’Connor set out Friday afternoon in hopes of an outdoor adventure that ended in a chilly overnight stay on the side of a mountain with no food and not water. “It […]

Temp CAO Larry Combs wears a lot of hats

Not so long after retiring, Larry Combs found himself in El Dorado County’s crosshairs. After nearly 40 years in public service, Combs agreed to come out of retirement late last spring and step in to the county’s recently vacated chief administrative officer role. Acting CAO Pamela Knorr returned to her earlier post as Human Resources […]

Violent predator locked away indefintely

A man convicted of multiple forced rapes is currently being held at the El Dorado County jail, awaiting transfer to a California state hospital facility for violent offenders. Timothy Suddeth, 63, of South Lake Tahoe was sentenced to serve indefinite time at a maximum security state hospital at an Oct. 8 hearing before a jury […]

Floating pump ensures water access

Earlier this year El Dorado Irrigation District installed a temporary emergency floating pump barge in Folsom Lake that will ensure access to drinking water supplies should the reservoir’s water level drop below existing intake levels. The district contracted with Pac Machine Company, Inc. of Sacramento for the rental of the barge for up to three months […]

Suspect nabbed at McD’s

Placerville police officers arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly committed a smash-and-grab burglary at the Main Street 76 gas station early Monday morning.

Officers responded to a 4:45 a.m. call after a station employee discovered the business’ glass door broken and a display case ransacked. Stolen items included cartons of cigarettes, knives and other merchandise, according to PPD officials.

EDH Fire eyes another big change

A year after Latrobe annexation, EDH Fire looks at aiding Rescue A joint meeting of the El Dorado Hills and Rescue fire boards on Oct. 6 gave El Dorado Hills residents a detailed overview of the potential annexation of Rescue Fire Protection District. It was an informal meeting, with 30 or 40 people in attendance, […]

October is ‘awareness month’ for two serious diseases

The El Dorado County Board of  Supervisors approved a proclamation at its Oct. 6 meeting declaring October to be Dysautonomia Awareness Month. Reading from the same text as mayors and supervisors around the country, Chairman Brian Veerkamp described dysautonomia as “a group of medical conditions that result in a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which […]

Now is the time for a flu shot, health officials say

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine as soon as it becomes available. “Unlike some other infections, a person with influenza may be contagious and infect others before they have or show any symptoms,” said Smith. “Annual vaccination is […]

Heard over the back fence: Making Tamales

 A new class titled Tamales … Si! is scheduled for Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Participants will learn hands-on all of the necessary steps from working the masa, preparing the meat, cleaning the corn husks and rolling, steaming and cooking tamales. Participants […]

Charter students ‘rope in’ leadership skills

Charter Community School leadership students spent a recent day challenging themselves, working as a team, problem solving and overcoming fears on the Mother Lode River Center Ropes Course in Lotus. Students first strengthened their leadership and communication skills solving problems on lower level obstacles then moved on as a group to high level obstacles, including “Leap of Faith,” “Rock Wall […]