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EDH boy recognized by Johns Hopkins

Maria Blackburn Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth BALTIMORE — El Dorado Hills student Adam Choe was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Adam, a participant in the CTY […]

County tries to woo UC Davis; no first date pending

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector Cherie Raffety pitched an idea to the Board of Supervisors back in March. How about initiating a plan to convince a four-year college, public or private, to locate a campus in the county? Raffety said she had been working on the idea for some time and thought it was a […]

Supervisors set priorities for public parks

Recognizing parks as an asset to the community, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week directed staff to establish a parks capital improvement program and begin an annual campgrounds inspection program. El Dorado County owns and maintains four developed parks for the public’s recreational use — Henningsen-Lotus Park in the Coloma-Lotus valley, Pioneer Park in the Fair Play-Somerset […]

New contractor gives form to Camp 2 Bridge

Syblon Reid Construction is two-thirds complete with the concrete structure for the Camp 2 Bridge project. After pouring 50 yards of concrete June 4, SRC will have one section of retaining wall to complete.

The replacement contractor has even completed some of the forms for the cantilevered part of the bridge.

Project manager from the El Dorado Irrigation District is Jake Eymann, who said …

Sexual assault suspect arrested

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police arrested a man Thursday evening in connection with a sexual assault at a Tahoe motel. Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz, 30, was taken into custody at about 10 p.m. on June 11 after he reportedly confessed to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman earlier the same day, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police […]

Community resources for foster children

Some community resources for foster children are listed below: Big Brothers Big Sisters — 530-626-1222 Boy’s and Girls’s Club — 530-295-8019 CASA El Dorado — 530-622-9882 Childhelp USA National — 1-800-4-ACHILD Child Protective Services — 530-642-7100 El Dorado County Deptartment of Human Services — 530-642-7300 El Dorado County Mental Health — 530-621-6200 Family Connections El […]

Becoming a foster family

This is the final installation of a three-part series about foster care in El Dorado County. Part one can be found here and part two can be found here. To become a foster parent, applicants must be at least 21 years old and in good physical and emotional health. They must be able to support […]

How to stay cool as temperatures soar

With summer just around the corner, El Dorado County health officials offer tips on how to stay cool, hydrated and healthy in hot weather. “Anyone can be at risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion. It’s important to take precautions to stay safe and healthy when temperatures rise,” said Kristine Oase Guth, program manager for […]

County officials respond — or don’t — to investigator questions

El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr declined comment when asked about allegations regarding a contract for investigative services with the legal firm of Prentice, Long and Epperson. She instead referred all questions to County Counsel Robyn Truitt-Drivon. Truitt-Drivon would only say the contract was authorized by the Board of Supervisors and the investigation was ongoing. Asked […]

Heard over the back fence: Belly Dance Class

 Very recently we received the following notice: “Please be aware that due to sealing and striping being done at Town Center, the El Dorado Hills Park and Ride lot at Post Street will not be served Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17. Please park at the Vine and Mercedes lot […]

SLTPD searching for sexual assault suspect

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is searching for a sexual assault suspect after responding to an incident in early morning hours of June 11. At about 2 a.m., an unidentified suspect approached a motel room on Cedar Avenue, where a group of friends in and around the room were socializing, a press release states. […]

Program helps homeowners conserve

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The city of South Lake Tahoe’s HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy program continues to help homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over five, 10, 15 or 20 years. Interest is tax deductible and homeowners […]

Distraction causes collision with DA’s stairs

A car crashed in front of the District Attorney’s Office on Main Street June 10. Placerville Police officers were dispatched at 6:08 p.m., Commander Kim Nida said, to a traffic collision with unknown injuries. On scene, they contacted Gregory Gauthier, 34, the driver of the vehicle. He said he was driving on Main Street when […]

EDSO ready for off-roading season

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is ready for summer — specifically for off-road enthusiasts on the Rubicon Trail. The 15-year-old Off-Highway Vehicle team, led by Sgt. Bryan Brown, consists of a full-time seasonal deputy and eight part-time deputies, who take on the responsibility of the OHV in addition two their other duties, a press release […]

City budget flat but not down for count

Come July, all city offices should be open until 5 p.m. on Fridays. And for the first time in many years, Placerville’s general fund might be able to kick in $1,500 in garden supplies to help keep the historical town looking spiffy. It might not sound like much, but since the recession has punched municipalities […]

Hikers rescued by helicopter

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s South Lake Tahoe Search and Rescue Team responded to two separate incidents of backwoods hikers with injuries on June 8. The S&R team was dispatched at 12:43 p.m. after an adult male hiker fell from Cascade Falls, suffering traumatic injuries, a press released states. A hoist-capable helicopter was requested due […]

Becoming a substitute family for children in need

There is no one kind of foster parent — some are single parents, others are married; they represent all different ages, races and income levels. Some have biological children of their own or adopted children living at home; others have never had children; still others have raised their own children to adulthood. Some are gay; some are not. All have to want to help children and have a lot of patience, said Katie Blankenship. Blankenship and her husband, Mike, have been foster parents for about 75 children over a 20-year period, sometimes having as many as six foster children at a time.

“I retired from working and knew there was a huge need for foster families so I …”

El Dorado Transit offers free shuttles for County Fair

El Dorado Transit will provide free shuttle service for the 2015 El Dorado County Fair, Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21. Shuttle buses will operate from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday; 9:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shuttles will be available from […]

City sells retired K9 officer to handler

After Placerville Police Department retired a K9 officer, the city of Placerville sold the dog to its handler on May 26. Newly promoted Sgt. Ron Cannon said the department retired his K9 partner, Sem, a 10-year-old Malinois, and the city sold his canine companion to him because of the timing of Cannon’s promotion. “(Sem) was […]

Teens get a chance to fly

On May 3, 10 Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 12 to 18, received a unique view of El Dorado County as they took to the skies from Placerville Airport in one of two Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft. Once in the air, certificated pilots allowed the cadets to fly the planes and perform basic flight […]

Murderer’s parole denied after letters

A man guilty of murder was denied parole June 9 after an exceptional turnout of letters. Lynn Tracy told the Mountain Democrat that, after running an article asking for letters against releasing William Ray Hall Jr., she and husband Mike were “overwhelmed” with readers’ responses. “I could never, never repay them for their time and […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on board!

 The following El Dorado County Fair information was recently received. The El Dorado County Fair is June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Attendees in military uniform get in free. For information visit [email protected] BRIAN’S MAGIC SHOW: 
On June 18 from 10-11 a.m. Brian Scott will put on […]

Gold Bug Park subject of PBS NOVA program

Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine was the location for a day of filming in April for a new PBS educational series called “Treasures of the Earth.” The three-part NOVA program is being produced for WGBH in Boston by London based Pioneer Productions. Deep inside the narrow mine shaft, the cameras captured geochemist and Stanford […]

Mental Health Commission seeks members

The El Dorado County Mental Health Commission is currently seeking two new members to fill vacancies on the West Slope of the County. The 16-member commission is advisory to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the county Mental Health director. Commission members review and evaluate community mental health needs, services, facilities and special […]

Roth assigned new court date

A man accused of killing his wife was assigned a new court date in a quick Monday hearing. Defense attorney Susan Gellman told visiting Judge Daniel Proud that she had just received nine discs of discovery concerning her client, Roy Roth. As such, she would need time to sort through the information, requiring the hearing […]

Fire scorches EDH home

A fire destroyed an El Dorado Hills home’s garage Monday afternoon.

El Dorado Hills Fire Division Chief Mike Lilienthal, interviewed at the scene, said firefighters were dispatched to 760 Knight Lane at 3:32 p.m. on June 8. When they arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the garage’s windows.

The crew immediately called for more engines and split in to two teams. The first used an attack line — a fire hose connected to an engine — to prevent the fire from spreading to the house next door, where flames started to lick the walls. The neighboring home sustained heat and smoke damage but did not catch fire. The second team went inside the burning house, where the …

Clean audit for EID

El Dorado Irrigation District received notice of a “clean” audit for 2014 at its June 8 board meeting. Conducted by Richardson & Company, CPA Brian Nash presented the findings of the audit along with EID’s Accounting Manager Tony Pasquarello. According to the findings, EID’s total assets exceeded total liabilities by $387.5 million, which is $4.7 million higher than […]

‘Superman was a foster child’

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series about foster children and the families that support them. Read part two here. Sirrele Steinfeld, 21, was in foster care for four years — years he said made him the person he is today. Removed from his mother’s care before he was 2, Steinfeld was placed with […]

Silva Valley interchange more than halfway done

El Dorado Hills residents will see big changes this summer construction season, starting with a new road. Crews will use the warm weather and long, sunny days to complete the new Silva Valley Parkway and, before the first hint of fall arrives, drivers will travel on the new roadway over Highway 50. Completing the road […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Placerville participating in PACE program

The Placerville City Council unanimously approved the city’s participation in the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) at the April 14 City Council meeting, and on May 26, they approved two companies to implement the financing for city residents who wish to participate in the program. The PACE program, active in 31 states, enables homeowners and commercial […]

Stage 2 Drought Alert declared in Placerville

Placerville residents are urged to begin reducing their baseline water consumption by 30 percent as prescribed by El Dorado Irrigation District’s Stage 2 Drought Alert. After the State Water Board adopted Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order requiring an immediate statewide reduction of 25 percent, Placerville City Council approved a […]

BOS marathon ends with 4-1 vote for budget

El Dorado County Supervisors started early and stayed late last week during four days of hearings, revisions and recalculations to the “Recommended Budget” presented by Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr. State law requires that the county approve a recommended budget on or before June 30 each year, and a final or “Adopted Budget” on or […]

Fire damages Somerset home

Pioneer Fire personnel contained a structure fire June 1 in Somerset despite heavy fire conditions in the residence’s attic and back. Engine 38, Squad 31 and Water Tender 38 were dispatched to a residence at 5295 Rooster Lane at about 8:39 p.m., according to a preliminary report by Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels. Engine 38 […]

Harris sentenced to life

A judge in El Dorado County court on June 5 sentenced a woman found guilty of killing her husband — 30 years after she was acquitted on a similar charge — to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

Judge Kenneth J. Melikian heard and denied a motion for a new trial during the sentencing of Colleen Harris, convicted by a jury April 15 for first-degree murder of husband Bob Harris. Melikian said he wanted to point out that he “found the evidence in this case overwhelming.” If errors had occurred causing a mistrial, he said, it would still not cause a different verdict. “I cannot see a responsible jury in this case vote anything but guilty. I reached the same decision they did.” In all the years he practiced law, as an attorney and judge, he said he had seen “very, very few acts as selfish as the one in …”

County joins fight to eliminate Medi-Cal rate cuts

El Dorado County joined the Rural County Representatives of California, the California Hospital Association and a broad-based coalition of Medi-Cal providers known as We Care for California in urging the Legislature and administration to eliminate Assembly Bill 97 (2011) Medi-Cal rate cuts, and increase Medi-Cal payments to healthcare providers and health plans during the upcoming […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Reverse 9-1-1 system available

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has the capability to utilize “Reverse 9-1-1.”  This means that the Sheriff’s Office can geographically choose a specific area to send out an emergency message to all businesses and residents within the area. This tool is only used for emergency purposes such as wild land fires or other hazards. […]

Pure Life Collective demurrer denied

A motion to throw out charges against a marijuana dispensary collective was denied June 3 as being filed prematurely. Judge Dylan Sullivan told Kelly Chiusano, Summer Bradley, Chris Brown and Whitney Marchand that the demurrer, filed by their attorneys, was “premature.” Though Zenia Gilg, Chiusano’s attorney, argued about immunity prior to arraignment, Sullivan said that […]

White to be arraigned for murder

Following a preliminary hearing on June 2, a man accused of murder will be held to answer for his alleged crime and an arraignment was set.

Prosecutor Lisette Suder opened the hearing by calling Denise Bye in the case of Jeff White allegedly killing Rick Kriewitz on Sept. 3, 2014.

Suspect dies after arrest

A suspect died after being rushed to a hospital during his arrest early Thursday morning. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6000 block of Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines at about 4:30 a.m. June 4 regarding a suspicious male subject, a press release stated. At the scene, deputies found a male in […]

State Water Board: Conservation near 14%

On Tuesday, the State Water Board reported that water conservation efforts in the state have improved but are still below the targeted 25 percent. According to reports from 400 urban water suppliers, the amount of water saved increased from 3.9 percent in March to approximately 13.5 percent in April in same month comparisons of 2015 […]

EID Communications Director Carlton to retire

After a whirlwind career that has included stints in human resources, customer service, management consulting, community relations and more fields than you can shake a stick at, Mary Lynn Carlton, 59, El Dorado Irrigation District’s Communications/Community Relations director, is retiring. While still officially on the job until July 14, Carlton said she’ll be gone before […]

Warrant served on Tahoe dispensary

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies served five search warrants related to a Tahoe marijuana dispensary and the owner’s residence on June 1. Deputies, joined by members of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, Franchise Tax Board, Board […]

Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available

The El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging has a limited supply of Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available for qualified El Dorado County Seniors. Each eligible senior will receive one booklet that includes ten checks redeemable for $2 each to be used at Certified Farmers’ Markets for the purchase of fresh, unprepared, locally grown […]

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