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Coco talks water at chamber event

Dr. Dale Coco talked water at the April 8 meeting of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. A director on the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District, Coco said when he was elected, he told constituents he’d examine all aspects of EID and apply what he learned about project management when he worked at Kaiser. […]

EDWPA punts on Memorandum

An application for more water rights may have been stalled as a result of action taken at the April 8 meeting of the El Dorado Water and Power Authority . The agency is in the process of preparing an application to the State Water Board for the right to 40,000 acre-feet of water that is stored in Sacramento Metropolitan […]

35% conservation proposed for EID and GDPUD

Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement on April 1 ordering a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide, on April 7 the State Water Board released a proposed regulatory framework for achieving the targeted reduction. However, rather than requiring all water purveyors to reduce water use by the same amount, the State Water Board proposed separating all water purveyors into four different tiers. The tiers […]

Hoey Placerville CHP’s Officer of the Year

California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey was awarded CHP Officer of the Year for El Dorado County, in part due to his push into social media, to the point were children act as him while playing Cops and Robbers. Hoey’s involvement in social media — particularly Facebook — played a significant role in the award. […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero style

APRIL ‘POOLS’ DAY:
 You can enjoy “April ‘Pools’ Day” on Saturday, April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Pool, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Bring the entire family. For more information call 916-933-6624. CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY:
 The public is invited to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-noon, at the […]

Committees and panels and boards, oh my

Editor’s note: Some definitions were found for committees, commissions and such entities on painintheenglish.com, to help clarify the differences between each. County supervisors and clerk of the board staff were able to find similar data on sites providing legal information and definitions.   A commission has powers delegated from above to it and is given […]

County committees update

Living up to its desire to be a “policy board,” the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted April 7 to establish a formal process for appointing citizens to the county’s various committees and commissions. In effect, supervisors will no longer be directly involved in screening applicants, reading resumes, curricula vitae or lists of qualifications […]

Supervisors OK review of county committees

In its roll as the “supreme” local authority, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to evaluate all existing committees, commissions and JPAs.  The latter is the acronym for Joint Powers Authority, of which the county is a partner in six separate entities. Clerk of the Board Jim Mitrisin put on a […]

Airborne at 95: Pilot tries to break world record

The paperwork is on its way to Guinness World Records, the record-making flight was documented and photographed on March 30, and now all Peter Weber, Jr. has to do is wait to see if he qualified.

The Cameron Park resident was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he made his attempt to qualify as the oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo in the world for the Guinness World Records. He’s been flying for 72 years and still flies several times a month out of the Placerville Airport in a rented plane.

“I was at the Placerville Airport one day and the manager said he thought I might be the oldest active pilot in California,” said Weber. That got him thinking that he might be the oldest active pilot anywhere. After doing research online at the …

Speedway collision injures spectator

A collision at the Placerville Speedway on April 8 required an air ambulance while a spectator was transported to a hospital after being hit by debris. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched to a medical aid call at 9:29 a.m. to the Placerville Speedway, Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a spectator hit by debris […]

A life of service

Former Placerville mayor and associate superintendent of schools for El Dorado County, Allen Tuttle, died in Utah on April 3 at the age of 85. He was the “Voice of the Cougars” at El Dorado High School sporting events for many years, a Bishop in the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a brigadier general in the U.S. […]

Credit card bandits sought

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three subjects suspected of theft. A credit card stolen from a vehicle in El Dorado County was recently used in Roseville, a press release stated. Walmart surveillance photos show a white adult female allegedly using the stolen card, accompanied by a […]

Residential fire quickly contained

A residential fire in Placerville was quickly contained Wednesday morning. El Dorado County Fire responded to Bakers Mountain Road at 11:15 a.m., Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a residential fire call. On arrival, crews found a fire at the rear of the structure, mostly affecting the porch cover but extending inside the residence, Cordero […]

Police Department getting new roof

On March 24, Placerville City Council approved a contract with Gordon Mott Roofing for $51,300 for the replacement of the Placerville City Police Department roof at 730 Main Street, next to the fire station. The project will include removing the roof from the police department and the fire bay and replacing it with sloped composition shingle […]

EID board urged to continue water rights fight

Residents urged the El Dorado Irrigation District board to “stay the course” in pursuing additional water rights for the county at its March 23 meeting. At issue is a project being undertaken by the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority to gain the right to an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water currently stored in SMUD’s reservoirs. Recently, certain members of […]

Heard over the back fence: Cake auction time

LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE: 
To celebrate “National Library Week,” April 12-18, the Cameron Park Library is sponsoring an “Open House” on Friday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. Drive out to 2500 Country Club Drive and check out the library’s new carpet. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, is sponsoring […]

Placerville Ducks Unlimited chapter recognized nationally

PLACERVILLE — The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Placerville chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. “These fundraising events are […]

Iowa Hill-Gerle Meadow Land Exchange open house April 15

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. This project is known as the Iowa Hill/Gerle Meadow Land Exchange, and public comments are invited on the proposed action. A public open house to discuss the proposed […]

Woman arrested for Nov. 2014 fatal collision

A woman was arrested April 8 in connection with a Nov. 24, 2014 fatal collision in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe Police responded at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2014 to Pioneer Trail and Edna Street to investigate a fatal traffic collision, a press release stated. After a four-month investigation, it was allegedly […]

SLT to hold Citizen’s Academy

The city of South Lake Tahoe is now accepting applications for the 2015 Citizen’s Academy. The course is open to all community members, a press release stated, and will include learning about city government operations and service; dialogues with city leaders, staff and civic-minded residents; seeing what taxes have paid for; learning more of current and […]

Defense rests in Harris trial

The defense rested its case on April 9 in the Colleen Harris murder trial, beginning the prosecution’s rebuttal. To begin the day, attorney Thomas Van Noord testified that the children of Bob Harris had filed a civil suit against Colleen alleging wrongful death, negligence in handling a firearm and intentional death. He is representing Colleen […]

Supervisors react to Economic Development efforts

Economic development is a priority goal for the county and is enshrined in the 2004 General Plan. As envisioned and memorialized in the original and in updates over the past 10 years, a ratio of “one job to one rooftop,” has been the target for development. Not only has that ratio not been reached, it […]

CEDAC provides plan to drive economic development

What’s wrong with El Dorado County? A “dysfunctional” Board of Supervisors, some suggest. An “anti-business” bias, some would also suggest. An over-regulated system that matches that of the state, which makes the county not business friendly, many say. If perception indeed equals reality, the above appears to be true. So says Gene Altshuler on behalf […]

Carrow’s Family Restaurant closes abruptly

Carrow’s Family Restaurant at 209 Main Street in Placerville was one of the casualties of a change in ownership of the Catalina Restaurant Group. Last month, the San Antonio-based Food Management Partners acquired Catalina Restaurant Group’s 149 restaurants and promptly closed 75 of them on April 1, the first official day of ownership. Catalina, which owned both […]

Second EDH man arrested for Folsom shooting

A second El Dorado Hills man was arrested for his involvement in a shooting that took place outside a Folsom bar on the early morning of Easter Sunday. Investigators from the Folsom Police Department arrested Greg Scott Ashman, 26, of El Dorado Hills, a press release from the department stated. Investigators continued their investigation into […]

Harris trial: ‘It was all my fault’

Colleen Harris contemplated suicide in the wake of her husband’s death. After calling her attorney, David Weiner, she stripped to her underwear and got in bed with Bob, who, earlier that day, received a fatal shotgun blast to his head.

She straightened the house up after returning from San Francisco, she testified Wednesday afternoon, then held Bob. She talked to him, making the bed, trying to clean the ceiling of viscera. She didn’t want her or Bob’s kids, or anyone else, to see the ceiling dirty. She moved his arm to his chest.

When prosecutor Joe Alexander asked if she changed clothes before law enforcement arrived, she replied, “I was going to end my life.” Then, she called …

Black Oak Mine trustees struggle with budget

In a standing-room only meeting of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees on March 12, teachers, staff and community members got a first-hand look at the state of the district’s budget in a second interim report by CFO Roslynne Manansala-Smith. Although less pessimistic than the first interim budget report, the second […]

Fire tax relief bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 8 that his Senate Bill 250, which would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $152.33 fee, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance with unanimous, bipartisan […]

Heard over the back fence: Mystery wine tour

UNIVERSE NOTIONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering the following presentation: “El Dorado Hills Senior Center has invited Amateur Astronomer and volunteer Docent at the Rotary Club of Cameron Park’s Community Observatory (located in Placerville), Mike Turney, to give his presentation titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection.” Today […]

Harris details night of her husband’s death

Colleen Harris, on trial for the murder of her husband, Bob, went in to detail in the moments presumably leading to Bob’s death during cross-examination by the prosecution on April 7.

After discovering that Colleen was texting Bob’s daughter, Pam Stirling, Bob became angrier than she had ever seen him. She tried to hug him …

Lake Tahoe water clarity in 2014 the best in more than a decade

Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2014 showed the biggest improvements in more than a decade, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, who have studied the lake for the last half century. The improvements are in part due to continuous work from the Lake Tahoe community to lower pollutants to the lake. […]

Barton General Surgery moves to new South Lake Tahoe location

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton General Surgery has moved down the street. Formerly located with Barton Family Medicine on Third Street, the medical office has relocated to 2158 Jean Avenue, South Lake Tahoe. The newer building has been remodeled to ease patient access. It has larger patient rooms and a ramp for wheelchair access. The […]

TRPA approves Heavenly Epic Discovery Project

LAKE TAHOE, STATELINE, NEV. — The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on March 26 unanimously approved Heavenly Mountain Resort’s proposed Epic Discovery Project to allow new year-round outdoor recreational opportunities on already developed portions of the ski area on U.S. Forest Service land. If also approved by two other agencies with jurisdiction, […]

Grant awarded for Tahoe-Truckee Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Nev. — The California Energy Commission has approved a $200,000 grant for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to create a Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan for the Tahoe-Truckee Region. The plan will assess current conditions and charging locations and identify public and private locations where additional charging stations would best serve the […]

Runner says true tax reform would lead to a brighter California

SACRAMENTO — During a discussion at the 2015 Cal Tax Annual Members meeting, Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner called for a meaningful public discourse on tax reform ideas that makes life easier for taxpayers. Runner suggested replacing California’s income tax with a sales tax on services. “If you want real tax reform, we […]

Under secretary highlights forest restoration effort in testimony before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 — In testimony earlier today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and management on public forest lands, but the shift of funds […]

Supervisors OK with Parkway delay

Ron Mikulaco, District 1, spearheaded a sometimes confrontational discussion during the March 31 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Mikulaco wanted to use funds for current road maintenance and repairs rather than to hold approximately $2.5 million in reserve for the Diamond Springs Parkway. The money is part of an account collected annually from […]

EDH man arrested for Folsom shooting

An El Dorado Hills man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Folsom on the early morning of Easter Sunday. Frank Vincent Sierras, 24, is currently being held at the Sacramento County jail in lieu of $1 million bail, according to a press release issued by the Folsom Police Department. At approximately 12:45 […]

Plantation re-establishment begins

Last Wednesday, a project to manually re-plant 324 acres of plantations that burned in the King Fire began in the Nevada Point Ridge area of the Eldorado National Forest. According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, this tree planting is possible under a categorical exclusion (CE) authority, which allows the Forest Service to […]

Tip-A-Cop today

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will again be raising money for the Special Olympics at Applebee’s on Wednesday, April 8 as part of the Tip-A-Cop program. The mission of Tip-A-Cop is to raise money for Special Olympics in support of Special Olympic Athletes. Law enforcement personnel trade-in their badges for aprons and partner with […]

Crowd previews King Fire restoration plan

Interest was high as more than 50 El Dorado County residents showed up March 25 to get a preview of what’s planned in the way of restoring parts of the Eldorado National Forest destroyed by last year’s King Fire. The fire burned almost 98,000 acres, 63,000 of it in the Eldorado National Forest. The remainder occurred on privately owned […]

Ag Water Quality moves to new office

The El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Management Corporation moved to its own office space. President Carolyn Mansfield stated, “Due to increasingly onerous state regulations and paperwork requirements, we saw the need to move our office from sharing space with the El Dorado County Farm Bureau, to a space where we can better meet all […]

Budget woes fuel split vote over truck purchase

County supervisors agreed that spending has to be controlled and local government must learn to live within its means, that is, not above its revenue. No argument on the concept, but votes divided on whether or not the Environmental Management Division of the Community Development Agency should buy a new truck. The board’s March 31 […]

Forests of Minnesota topic at Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

PLACERVILLE — The Arrowhead Region of Minnesota is quite rugged and dotted with thousands of lakes surrounded by mixed forest, and is home to Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the Superior Hiking Trail, which lie amidst the Superior National Forest. Also located in the Arrowhead is Minnesota’s only mountain range, […]

Community input sought regarding Belltower area

The city of Placerville is seeking input from residents, merchants, and other interested parties on several ideas and alternatives for modifying the Belltower area on Main Street, as part of the Main Street Rehabilitation project. Interested parties can access the online survey until 8 a.m., Monday, April 13 at surveymonkey.com/s/Main_Street_Bell_Tower. “Community input has been so […]

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