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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 […]

Nick Brown ‘saying one word at a time’

Union Mine High School student and JV football player Nick Brown continues to make strides in his recovery, his family reports. “He started saying one word at a time Friday night and will answer some simple questions like his name, his favorite sport and how old he is,” Read Brown, Nick’s father, posted on the Pray […]

Career prep students learn by doing

Charter Career Prep students recently completed an innovative project that strengthened students’ math and critical thinking skills by designing and manufacturing scale model pool tables at every stage. The engaging, fun project is typical of the program, which emphasizes making learning relevant through hands-on projects and vocational opportunities. Students individually design their pool tables and then collaborate in […]

Two killed in plane crash

Sebastian Foltz SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A small plane crashed around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood near Pioneer Trail and the Lake Tahoe Airport. Officials on scene reported two fatalities. Both were in the plane at the time of the crash. No one on the ground was injured. […]

‘Swarm’ makes much-needed repairs to senior’s home

Faith Episcopal Church volunteers “swarmed” over a Cameron Park home earlier this month, accomplishing safety repairs, general home improvement projects and cleanup projects for a deeply grateful senior citizen.

She asked to remain anonymous, but popped out the back door throughout the day to thank the volunteers “from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “There’s no way I could have done these things myself.”

Vehicles shine at Niello Concours

EL DORADO HILLS — From humble beginnings, the Niello Concours has grown up and features plenty of everything — pre-war classics from Packard, Lincoln and Cadillac, half a dozen or so 1950s and ’60s muscle cars, more than two dozen Ferraris from a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE to a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta and more than a dozen De Tomaso Pantaras. There was even a 1955 Chris Craft Capri wooden speed boat owned by Michael Stafford of Placerville featured this past Sunday.

Plane down in Georgetown

Two men sustained moderate injuries after the plane in which they were in crashed at the Georgetown Airport Wednesday shortly before noon. Cal Fire, Georgetown Fire, Garden Valley Fire and El Dorado County Fire personnel, along with El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies, responded to the scene and found the Silvaire Luscombe 8F, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft, located down […]

Daycare owner busted on the job

A daycare owner who was allegedly showing signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant was arrested Tuesday after someone in the community tipped of law enforcement, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. Brigette McAdams, 63, owns Country Baby Daycare in Shingle Springs. When deputies arrived on Oct. 6 the woman, […]

High-flying California Capital Airshow breaks records

MATHER AIRPORT — Oct. 2 was a first for the California Capital Airshow — its first ever night show. It was a spectacular demonstration of flying and fireworks that featured aircraft trailing giant sparklers off their wings followed by a ground fireworks display. Saturday and Sunday drew record-breaking crowds totaling more than 109,000 people, who enjoyed everything […]

Supes OK Grassy Run payment

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a $5,000 payment to the Local Agency Formation Commission on behalf of the Grassy Run Community Services District. The bill was long overdue, according to Jose Enriquez, LAFCO’s executive director. Enriquez appeared before the board in advance of the unanimous vote to express his appreciation at the […]

County wants CEQA review of tribe’s gas station proposal

At least three verbal admonitions reminded the audience at the Oct. 6 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting that agenda item No. 14 was only about hiring a consultant to do “environmental assessments and prepare the necessary CEQA documents.” It was not about approval or denial of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ […]

County surveying residents this month

El Dorado County is developing its three-year strategic plan. As part of this process, the county is conducting a citizen engagement survey, local town hall meetings and focus groups. The county’s engagement process gives citizens an opportunity to provide the county with their thoughts about why they live in El Dorado County and what would improve their […]

Help keep the ski slopes pristine

ECHO SUMMIT — Sierra-at-Tahoe is hosting the ninth annual Keep Sierra Clean Day on Sunday, Oct. 11. All members of the community are invited to ride up the Nob Hill chairlift, sweep the mountain of trash and enjoy live music and free lunch on the Solstice Plaza. In past years, thousands of pounds of trash […]

Placerville Police receives grant to keep local roadways safe

The Placerville Police Department has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Placerville Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep roadways safe and […]

Best in the Basin named

LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently announced and recognized award recipients for its annual Best in the Basin program. This is the 25th year for the program created to recognize and showcase projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with Lake Tahoe’s environment and communities. The projects that were recognized upgraded highways, built […]

Los Rios students say ‘yes’ to public transit

SACRAMENTO — Los Rios Community College District students have overwhelmingly passed Universal Transit Pass Measure A, with 96 percent of voting students supporting affordable public transit access. “This vote is a great victory for Los Rios students, access to public transit and the environment of our region,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King. “So many of our students rely upon […]

Bass Lake Road overlay begins

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will perform road work on Bass Lake Road between Old Sienna Ridge Road and Parkdale Lane in El Dorado Hills Oct. 15 through Nov. 20. The construction work will require lane closures with one-way reversing traffic control. Motorists should expect delays. The improvements include approximately two miles of hot mix […]

Heard over the back fence: Mining Research Day

 The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society presents its Rock and Gem Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. There will be free rocks and activities for kids. Admission price is $4. Kids […]

South County parks, trails meeting topic

SOMERSET — Residents are invited to share their views and opinions regarding El Dorado County supervisorial District 2 parks and trails issues by attending a meeting tomorrow, Oct. 8, at the Pioneer Park Community Center, 6740 Fairplay Road. On hand will be District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Charlie Callahan, along […]

Governor Brown signs legislation benefiting connector

On Monday, it was announced that Governor Brown had signed legislation that will likely cut planning and construction costs for the Capital SouthEast Connector expressway project and help deliver the project more quickly. According to a press release, AB 1171, authored by Assemblyman Eric Linder of Corona and supported by the Connector Joint Power Authority, would […]

Buchanan arraignment delayed to Nov. 2

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia, accused of allegedly killing his family appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Buchanan’s appearance in front of Judge Nelson Brooks was short-lived, as his public defender William Dittmann requested his arraignment be postponed to Nov. 2. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, representing the people, did […]

Heard over the back fence: The Goose is Loose

 Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 extends a warm welcome to the following new members: Matthew Orlousky, Patricia Stoll, Thomas Van Der Wende, Robert Wenning, David Buel, Gary Gritzmacher, Danielle Humphrey, Robert Iannalli, Regina Stephens, Karen Weiss and Albert Williams. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 
The Food Bank of El Dorado County is looking […]

25 years dedicated to students

On Sept. 25 Lake Forest Elementary held a school-wide parade and rally to mark 25 years to the day the school opened. Students marched with “Happy Birthday” class banners across the outdoor stage and black top as era music dating back to 1990 played. “We wanted it to be a kid-based event and for students […]

Town Hall meeting focuses on Measure E

Most residents have seen the Measure E signs around El Dorado Hills, but many still do not understand what a yes or no vote actually means. During a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday night at Fire Station 85, residents from the grassroots Parks, Not Parker group broke down constituents’ top questions about the 98 acres […]


Donna Grimshaw, 58, of Plymouth, booked by Placerville CHP on Oct.2, bail listed $20,000. Zachary Copeland, 32, of Rancho Cordova, booked by Placerville CHP on Oct. 3, bail listed $5,000. Luis Nunez Moreno, 31, of El Dorado, booked by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Rickey Shaw, 38, of Diamond Springs, booked by EDSO, bail listed […]

Heard over the back fence: Spoil Your Newborn

A lunch for seniors, ages 60 or older, is served from noon-12:30 p.m. at Senior Nutrition sites for a suggested donation of $3. The following menu is for Oct. 9: Polish sausage, red cabbage with apples, potatoes and carrots, golden cornbread, orange pineapple fruited gelatin and milk. For location of the lunch […]

Teen charged with murdering family

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia was arrested on Oct. 1 and charged with murder for allegedly killing his family — his father Adam Buchanan, 38, Adam’s fiancée Molly McAfee, 37, and their son Gavin Buchanan, 8.

On Sept. 13, a 10-acre wild-land fire burned surrounding property and the Buchanan family cabin in El Dorado County. Sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire responded to the scene, discovering the possible remains of two human bodies located in the burnt residence at 4646 Highway 193 in Greenwood. An arson task force appointed by the DA and El Dorado Sheriff’s officials began an arson/homicide investigation.

Capital SouthEast Connector piece to be on BOS agenda

With work continuing on the Capital SouthEast Connector, later this month the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will decide what happens next on a remaining 1 mile section of the project being built in this county. That mile is on White Rock Road, going from the county line to Windfield Way. Part of a 35-mile long limited-access […]

Fire restrictions lifted

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced that fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest were lifted on Monday, Oct. 5. This means that forest visitors in possession of a valid California campfire permit may, once again, have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds. The permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or […]

Crime Log

Sept. 25 7:51 a.m. A 47-year-old man reported petty theft from a vehicle on Forni Road in Placerville. 8:34 a.m. A male subject called three different child care facilities and left threatening voice mails on their answering machines. Each message was a threat to kill and rape the teachers and children. 2:33 p.m. A 59-year-old […]

Cops and Rodders vroom into Placerville for big show

The 245 Squad Club is presenting “the highlight of the season” — Placerville CHP Cops and Rodders. The event featuring hot rods, classics, rat rods, trucks and off-road vehicles is being held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be music and food vendors, kids […]

Criminal organization arrests made, drugs recovered

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The El Dorado County Sheriff’s office began an investigation into the Highlands Health and Wellness marijuana dispensary in Shingle Spring five months ago. The criminal investigation was centered around tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy and commercial distribution of marijuana for profit. The dispensary was believed to be a multi-million dollar criminal organization. On […]

Juvenile arrested in Greenwood Fire

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia was arrested Oct. 1 on charges of the alleged murder in connection with the missing Buchanan family. On Sept 13, Cal Fire requested the assistance of Sheriff’s officials after they located possible remains of two human bodies located at a residence that burned to the ground in Greenwood, later confirmed […]

South County’s Omo Ranch: A haven of old-fashioned childhoods

Walking barefoot down a summer-dusty road, hurrying from shady spot to shady spot, barely able to wait until that last run to the river as you jumped in and washed your cares away — as if there had been anything to worry about in Omo Ranch. Chances are the problems of the world did find their way […]

Golf tourney honors fallen firefighter

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. for fallen U.S. Forest Service firefighter Michael “Mikey” Hallenbeck at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. According to U.S. Forest Service firefighter Casey Hoffman, the golf tournament “Barefoot for Birdies,” will help benefit the Hallenbeck family and the Wildland Firefighter […]

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