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Looks like Gaines in District 1 race

California Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, currently representing District 6 has not officially announced that she will seek the District 1 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors; however, a marquee announcement in downtown Placerville and the fact that Gaines has changed her address strongly indicate Supervisor Ron Mikulaco will have some competition next year. Her Assembly Chief […]

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]

Heard over the back fence: Give Dad a Hug

TAKE A HIKE:
 An Emigrant Lake hike is scheduled for July 18. The following information was provided. This hike, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., goes along Caples Lake for the first 2.5 miles, then continues on switchbacks up to Emigrant Creek with views of Round Top along the way. When Emigrant Creek is crossed, hikers reach the […]

South Lake Tahoe building veterans memorial

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune Five years ago, Patty Smith went to Placerville to visit a memorial for veterans and felt inspired to see something similar built in South Lake Tahoe to honor her son, other veterans and public safety workers. On July 1 that idea took its first physical steps forward at Happy Homestead Cemetery […]

Finally, a hero has his Bronze Star

It was a long time coming, but after 70 years Placerville resident Wayne Queen has received the Bronze Star he earned during his World War II service.

A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, Queen, 89, still has strong memories of what some historians consider the greatest single battle ever fought by the American Army. Some consider it, in terms of participation and losses, arguably the greatest battle in American military history.

Born and raised in Heavener, Okla., Queen said he is Native American, being half Cherokee and half Choctaw. He said Heavener itself is notable for having some large stones covered with writing that some believe were inscribed by Vikings back in 1012 AD.

EID financial position is positive

The 2014 annual financial audit was presented to the board at its June 8 meeting. An annual independent audit of the EID’s financial records is required by government code. Richardson & Company, the Sacramento-based certified public accounting firm that conducted the audit, issued an unqualified “clean” opinion that district financial statements present fairly, in all […]

Granite Bay woman eyes Assembly

Granite Bay resident Suzanne Jones has filed with the California Secretary of State to be a candidate for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Beth Gaines. Jones, a sitting Placer County Board of Education Trustee and chairperson of the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council, said taking this step is a logical progression for […]

Trio of mail, identity theft suspects caught

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested three people suspected of using stolen credit cards and stealing mail after responding to a theft call at Target last month. At about 12:55 p.m. on June 29 deputies responded to the call at the El Dorado Hills Town Center business. In the parking lot, they approached 38-year-old Heston […]

49er building speedily demolished

A neat pile of rubble was all that remained after a demolition crew did its work at the old 49er Credit Union building in Placerville Wednesday. A crew brought the building down in less than a day and will take the next week or two to sort through the material and recycle the wood, metal and […]

New grand jury sworn in

The Honorable Dylan Sullivan presided over the swearing in of El Dorado County’s 2015-16 Grand Jury and filed the formal notice June 25. This year’s jury includes the following, plus several alternate members: Kenneth Cater, Richard Coffin, Hal Erpenbeck, Dan Kelly, James Kern, Peter Marty, Thomas Orth, Jeanne Ott, Roger Pickler, Rodney Pimental, Debbie Rice, Julie Ryan, Jan Sawyer, Thomas Simpson, George Turnboo, Richard White, Gatha Willyard, Laura Anne Winston and Colleen […]

Fire Safe Council receives defensible space funding

California Fire Safe Council recently announced it will provide $3.3 million in federal grant funds for 25 wildfire risk reduction projects to be conducted  by at-risk communities in 22 California counties. El Dorado County Fire Safe Council’s 2015 EDCFSC Residential Defensible Space Program will receive $142,500 with a match amount of $165,842, according to the CFSC chart. Funding for the […]

SMUD, CDFW stock trout in El Dorado County reservoirs

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in conjunction with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The effort began in June and will proceed through August. At least 25,000 pounds of fish will be stocked into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. […]

Sheriff wants your unused, unwanted prescriptions

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, El Dorado County residents have a great opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department hosts a prescription drug take-back day during which residents can bring unwanted medications in pill or liquid form to […]

Heard over the back fence: The Power of Love

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 Logan Savidge of Placerville recently graduated from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Congratulations, Logan! We look forward to your bright future! ALZHEIMER’S MOVIE: 
On Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m., the movie “Still Alice” will be shown for free at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

New court date for Hinds

The man accused of shooting his father-in-law in March will head back to court for a trial setting conference setting on Aug. 10. Joseph Hinds, who’s accused of non-fatally shooting David Klinker following an argument Hinds had with his wife Cindy Hinds (Klinker’s daughter), appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday for a brief hearing. At that […]

Apple Mountain CSA brings fresh produce to the table

Community Supported Agriculture is not new in El Dorado County, but it’s back. Or it will be when Doug Alberts pulls together Apple Mountain CSA, a multi-farmer CSA. Albert’s Green Acres Organic Farm in Camino will be the anchor farm for Apple Mountain CSA. It’s a risky venture that takes advantage of the current trend of farm-to-fork […]

Suspected child molester nabbed

Scot Sutton, a 47-year-old resident of Placerville, was arrested on suspicion of molesting a minor younger than 14 on Monday, one day after the alleged victim reported the incident to the Placerville Police Department.

Placerville police investigators arrested Sutton in Sacramento and booked him into Sacramento County jail, where he remains in custody without bail, according to a press release from the Placerville Police Department.

At press time, investigators believe there are no other victims involved.

Arrest leads to more fireworks

EL DORADO HILLS — A man suspected of using illegal fireworks reportedly spat on and threatened a deputy and his family following the suspect’s arrest on July 4. At 11 p.m. that night a deputy heard what sounded like fireworks near the El Dorado Hills Library, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. […]

Boaters: Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained, dry

Nine boats carrying invasive species intercepted to date LAKE TAHOE — With sunny skies and warm temperatures, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid delays and decontamination fees. All stations close at 5:30 p.m.; plan travel accordingly. Boat inspectors are required to […]

El Dorado Transit routes get new numbers, service enhancements

El Dorado Transit announces upcoming service enhancements that will mean some scheduling changes this week. The enhancements include an extension of evening service on all local fixed routes, expansion of service on the Cameron Park and the Iron Point Connector (re-named the 50 Express) and realignment of the Cameron Park, Placerville and Pollock Pines routes. In addition, El […]

Cars collide head-on on Marshall Road

GEORGETOWN — Four people were taken to the hospital following a July 2 head-on wreck on Marshall Road east of Creek Park Ranch Road. Information shared by the Georgetown Gazette states that the car heading eastbound lost control after hitting a bump in wet conditions — a mild rain was falling at the time —and crossed the double […]

County’s roads crumble

Supes support SB 16 Anticipating a flow of new money for road repair and past-due maintenance over the next five years, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors signed and sent a letter to State Sen. Jim Beall in support of his Senate Bill 16. The bill is intended to particularly address a chronic and severe […]

Heard over the back fence: Change of pace

CHANGE OF PACE:
 About twice a year I like to change the format of the Fence column. I get away from events, dates, times, etc. (except for several exceptions below) and offer thoughtful and humorous quotes only. Hope you enjoy the change of pace. From “Life’s Little Instruction Calender” quotes: “Luck may visit, but it’s […]

Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up […]

Pierson urges taxpayers to focus what’s really important

It was billed as a talk by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on department functions and budget considerations. Instead the June 29 meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County turned into a discussion about casinos, the Supreme Court, the fall of the Roman Empire, grand juries, the shooting of an unarmed suspect in South Lake […]

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Drought prompts fish evacuation at local hatcheries

With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving fish out of the American River and the Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row. Bureau of Reclamation models suggest water temperatures at the hatcheries could be at lethal levels […]

Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Suspected DUI rollover lands one in jail, one in the hospital

Shannon Laney South Lake Tahoe Police Department SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle rollover traffic collision on Pioneer Trail near Woodbine Road at 2 a.m. on July 3. When officers arrived on scene, they found a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer resting on its roof. Witnesses identified the driver […]

Join the sheriff’s citizens academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is excited to offer El Dorado County residents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in their community at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. By attending this academy, participants will develop a better understanding of the guidelines under which […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

EID bills add ‘gallons per day’

In an effort to provide additional tools for customers to better understand their household’s water usage, all El Dorado Irrigation District bills will now show gallons and give a “gallons per day” total alongside the standard usage in cubic feet. The new information is located directly below the utility account information. This provides an easy-to-understand […]

Placerville home burns down

A Lumsden Park Drive home burned to the ground in the early morning hours of July 2.

El Dorado County firefighters responded to the blaze at 2:23 a.m. and found the Placerville residence fully engulfed, according to Division Chief Tim Cordero. One acre of property around the home also burned.

No one was injured as the home was empty at the time, and no other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Holiday terror alert: Law enforcement always prepared

No increased threat for El Dorado county Security agencies all around the country are in a heightened state of alert as the July 4th holiday approaches. A number of news organizations report that their sources have described a high, even the “highest ever terror alert,” since 9/11. The FBI has set up command posts throughout the nation […]

Fireworks are illegal

Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

EDH boy fires deputy’s lost gun

A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]

To tow or not to tow? Local man claims DMV harassment

Are staff from the Department of Motor Vehicles needlessly harassing people while passing themselves off as law enforcement officers? That’s what Camino Heights resident Mike Viets claims happened when he parked two pieces of equipment he wanted to sell on an empty lot on Missouri Flat Road near Forni Road. A popular place where others park cars for sale, […]

America going broke, McClintock says

Speaking to a crowd of about 60 people at Town Hall in Placerville Tuesday evening, Congressman Tom McClintock spent time talking about the country’s fiscal deficit, with the bulk of the meeting devoted to fielding questions on topics ranging from the drought to the local economy, better forest management, the new trade bill and executive overreach in […]

Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be fought alone

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than 5.3 million people in America. This growing problem can leave family caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s disease feeling frightened and alone. El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is reaching out to share information about the many local resources and programs that can help those […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn all about wine

LUNCHES FOR SENIORS:
 Seniors, 60 and over, are eligible to purchase a $3 lunch at Senior Nutrition lunch sites. Lunch is served at noon. For information regarding location of lunch sites call (530) 621-6160. RESEARCH THE GOLD RUSH:
 The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located at 104 Placerville Drive (next to the fairgrounds) in […]

Thief cleans out Coloma mailboxes

COLOMA — Post Office employees arrived at work on July 1 to discover that personal mailboxes had been burglarized. The told El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies that the five mailboxes had been pried open and were empty. It’s not clear what, if anything was taken. The break in is believed to have occurred around 3:45 p.m. on June […]

Need a job? Want to drive a truck?

Looking for a career as a professional truck driver, but don’t have money for school? El Dorado County Connections — One Stop has announced that funds are now available through the Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act to pay for truck driving school tuition. Any unemployed resident of El Dorado County, age of 23 or older, with a […]

Rattlesnake warning: Watch where you step

California Poison Control System reminds residents that warm weather brings out rattlesnakes and they are more likely to be found on hiking trails and sunning in rural areas. Even baby rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems and, in rare cases, can […]

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