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Heard over the back fence: Kindness is important

GARDEN SHOW AND MORE: The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a garden show at its store on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be food and fun for everyone. If you bring a can of food for the Food Bank, it will be appreciated. VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: […]

Memorial Day at Freedom’s Field

On Monday, May 25, at 9 a.m., Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery is hosting its annual Memorial Day Commemoration. The ceremony will include patriotic music by Cantare Chorale, a brief message by The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, Commander Chaplain Corps U.S. Navy, and a tribute by the Beale Air Force Base Honor Guard. For questions […]

Body found in Placerville

An 11-year-old boy, his friend and the friend’s father found the body of a young woman in Placerville the afternoon of May 17. Yvette Taylor of Diamond Springs told the Mountain Democrat that her 11-year-old son was at a friend’s house in Placerville. He, the friend and the friend’s father were near the house, “hanging […]

Hwy. 49 paving project under way

COOL – An 11-mile stretch of State Highway 49 between Cool and Coloma is being repaved this season as part of the California Department of Transportation’s commitment to a “fix it first” strategy of preserving and maintaining California’s 50,000 lane miles of highways. Work has begun on the project and is expected to extend through […]

Three arrested in CVS alcohol theft

Three people were arrested in connection to a theft of alcohol at the Cameron Park CVS store on May 15. At about 2:30 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy John Gray was flagged down by a CVS employee, a press release stated. The employee indicated that a white male adult, standing next to a red […]

King Fire: Blodgett Forest researchers share findings

A tour of the Blodgett Forest on May 15, 12 miles east of Georgetown, showed the devastation of the King Fire in the area — and how to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. It also showed other tests and research conducted in the forest.

The tour was led by Blodgett Forest Manager Rob York and Bill Keye, both registered professional foresters. Where living seed trees stood before the fire, they said, brush will now take over — if the forest is left unmanaged.

Register for FLC fall classes

Registration for fall classes is under way at Folsom Lake College, with expanded course offerings as community colleges bounce back from many years of state budget cuts. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer and personal enrichment courses — offered on campus and online — are available. There are great offerings at the main […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

FLC Water and Wastewater program ensures no drought of trained workers

The Water and Wastewater Management training program at Folsom Lake College will start a new, 18-month sequence of training courses this summer. FLC offers the only such training and certificate program in this field in the Sacramento region. Recent program completers have found positions with the city of Sacramento, the city of Placerville, Sacramento County […]

Ag dinner features water talk

“Got water?” That was the main topic at the 19th annual Agricultural Roundtable Dinner held April 17 in Placerville. With the drought, water conservation and securing additional water rights on many people’s minds, three speakers addressed the subject, including Doug Leisz, who is a member of El Dorado County Citizens for Water; Dr. Dale Coco, who is on […]

General Plan amendment process draws fire from public and two supes

Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]

Counterfeit bill arrest made

A man was arrested May 8 after a string of incidents involving counterfeit bills. The first incident occurred on April 7, when El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Safeway off of Missouri Flat Road at about 7 a.m. for a report of a Hispanic male adult allegedly attempting to make a purchase with […]

GDPUD sets irrigation limits: ALT decision put off

With a water shortage looming, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility Board of Directors voted to cut off water to irrigation customers once the level of water in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir declines to 9,000 acre-feet. The vote was 3-2 with Directors Norm Krizl, Lon Uso and Jesse Hanschild voting yes; Carl Hoelscher voting no; and Maria […]

Memorial Day closures announced

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the police, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and fire departments will be closed. For […]

Heard over the back fence: How to succeed

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 26. For more information please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383. GET […]

Bank robbery suspect caught in Lincoln

A man suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings Bank in Cameron Park on May 14 was caught by the Lincoln Police Department on May 16 after allegedly robbing a U.S. bank in Lincoln. Mark Spier, 19, of South Sacramento, had an active arrest warrant issued by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly […]

EID adopts state water regulations

Following on the heels of the State Water Board issuing new water conservation regulations, at its May 11 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved incorporating the new regulations into its drought action plan. Included in the vote was adoption of a conservation target of 28 percent. The board also considered adding […]

Victim recounts being shot by son-in-law

Prosecutor Dale Gomes tried to call Paul Hinds, Sr. to the stand on May 14, but as it was nearly 4:30 p.m., the witness was gone. Instead, he called David Klinker to the stand, telling Judge Dylan Sullivan that David was eager to tell his story. David, father-in-law to defendant Joseph Hinds, said he had […]

Arraignment set after shooter’s wife testifies

Cindy Hinds and her husband Joseph bickered like any other married couple. Except that bickering was downplayed by Cindy — and eventually led to Joe shooting Cindy’s father David Klinker.

Testifying during a preliminary hearing in Department 7 on May 14, Cindy, 31, explained she married Joe, 33, in …

When the hot rodder met the Jeep guy

It must have been Kismet. Hot rod expert Norm Sappenfield, 87, was thinking of retiring once he hit 90. Meanwhile Jimmy Strauss, 51, was looking for a shop where he could restore Jeeps. And before you could say zoom zoom, kaboom, a match was made. Strauss is well-known in the county for restoring military Jeeps as […]

Reported kidnapping leads to firearm arrest

A suspect allegedly armed with a gun was involved in a reported kidnapping by force on May 8, but later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm instead, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:18 p.m. on May 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairplay Road, Mount Aukum area […]

Suspect identified in Cameron Park bank robbery

A man robbed and fled from a Cameron Park bank the afternoon of May 14. El Dorado County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from the El Dorado Savings Bank on Coach Lane in Cameron Park at about 12:52 p.m. stating that the bank had just been robbed, a press release stated. The suspect was identified […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day Saturday

You are cleared for take off for the Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day, to be held on Saturday, May 16 at The Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, in McClellan. Honor those who serve in our Armed Forces with free admission at the at the Museum’s Open Cockpit Day. There will be lots […]

Enroll now for Child Development Programs

The El Dorado County Office of Education Child Development Programs are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. These programs provide an enriching preschool experience for children ages 3 to 5 years. Both full-cost and income-eligible subsidized families may apply for children turning 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. State […]

Bicyclist traffic safety Fair and Rodeo May 17

Whether walking, bicycling or operating a motor vehicle, the California Highway Patrol wants the public to be safe on the roadways. In order to promote “May is Bike Month,” the CHP Valley Division Placerville Area will be conducting a bicyclist traffic safety Fair and Rodeo to educate the public in the right-of-way laws for bicyclists […]

Bank robbed in Cameron Park

El Dorado Savings Bank in Cameron Park was robbed on May 14. At 12:52, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the bank after the robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as a white male adult in his 20s, about 5-feet-8-inches tall, with a thin build, brown hair in a buzz […]

Councilwoman gets text threat: Former commissioner sends in Latin

“Good luck in the future. Do your homework. Vengeance required. Ass is grass.” These texts were sent, in Latin, to Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas by former Placerville Planning Commissioner Michael Drobesh on May 6, the day after interviews were held to fill three open Planning Commission seats. Drobesh was not selected for a second term on the […]

EID votes to continue water rights fight

The El Dorado Irrigation District board gave a thumbs up to pursuing additional water rights at its May 11 meeting.

However approval was by a narrow margin with Directors Bill George, George Osborne and Dr. Dale Coco voting for and Greg Prada and Alan Day voting against.

At issue is a project EID is a partner to, along with El Dorado County and the El …

HHSA director talks budget, services

Don Ashton, director of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, spoke before the Taxpayers Association on April 20, answering questions about his agency’s budget and services. Employed by the county since 2011, Ashton said HHSA utilizes a “super agency model” in which several departments are combined under one umbrella. In his case, he oversees […]

Hold on two: City water restrictions listed in bill

The May water bills will have a little notice that Placerville residents should pay attention to: Mandatory watering restrictions will hold at two days a week through November. In the past two years of drought, watering in the city and in the county has been restricted to one day a week from November to April, bumping up […]

Structure fire contained to second floor

A structure fire in Pollock Pines was contained to the second floor of the residence Tuesday morning. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched at 5:26 a.m. to 5340 Pony Express Trail, Division Chief Paul McVay said. There was “heavy fire on the second floor,” McVay said, with exposure to the main residence on the first […]

Illegal roadside vendor cited

A roadside vendor in Cameron Park was cited for allegedly lacking a business license on May 10. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 4:20 p.m. to a report of a roadside vendor illegally doing business on the corner of Cambridge Road and County Club Drive, a press release stated. A deputy contacted […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tours and more

WILD TURKEY BANQUET: The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its first annual banquet on Friday, May 15 at the American Legion facility at 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, games and a warm atmosphere. The cost is […]

Barton Health offers free sports physicals for student athletes

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Health, Tahoe Center for Orthopedics and Lake Tahoe Unified School District are offering free sports physicals for student athletes. South Shore students can receive medical and orthopedic screenings from Barton Health’s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics on Monday, June 1 at the South Tahoe High School Blue Gym. The sports physicals […]

Foothill Ammo owner: ‘We needed a good ammo shop’

There aren’t too many ammo stores where you can pull up a chair, munch a cookie and watch a slideshow or peruse a magazine while you wait for your partner to buy a box of 9mm Fiocchi target rounds or some Tannerite exploding targets. Foothill Ammo, at 3293 Saratoga Lane in Cameron Park, may be the only place in El Dorado County to offer that amenity.

The shop, which opened on May 8, is the dream of Chris Puehse, a former propane truck driver, miniature motorcycle builder and high-tech salesman. It …

Office of Education conserves water for community

In response to the current drought and the governor’s proclamation for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption, the El Dorado County Office of Education is leading by example and taking the necessary steps to conserve as much as possible. “We are dedicating the resources necessary to implement a responsible plan that does not damage […]

Common Core speaker on Divide May 19

In the last year, the new Common Core teaching standards have been a subject of controversy, across the United States. In El Dorado County, Common Core has been a point of discussion at school board meetings and other public forums. Georgetown Divide residents and those in other areas of the county, have the opportunity to […]

EOD’s most significant 2014 call

Out of 29 non-demonstration calls by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in 2014, the most significant involved the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on May 6, 2014. An investigation into an Internet business selling illegal weapons parts, homemade explosives and biological toxins lead the FBI and ATF […]

EDSO CIT team expands, helps mentally ill

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Team was created as a way of better dealing with the mentally ill. In late 2013, the program received a federal grant, allowing expansion of the team’s service. The team, according to the 2014 Sheriff’s Report, consists of 21 deputies, three patrol sergeants and a lieutenant with advanced training […]

$3.1M related to drugs seized

In a busy year, the Western Slope El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than $3.1 million in drug-related currency in 2014, with the South Lake team seizing an additional $90,000. Seizures were not limited to cash, with WENET taking in more than 5,200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of more than […]

Anti-secession group forms to stop State of Jefferson

With its headquarters in Redding, the political action committee, “Keep It California” is branching out to other northern California counties in a counter move to the proposed establishment of an independent state to be known as Jefferson. As envisioned, Jefferson would secede from California to become the nation’s 51st state. It would be assembled from […]

Bus driver earns Northern California CHP award

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow awarded a local bus driver the Northern California Bus Driver of the Year award on May 8 for her quick thinking during a collision on Aug. 14, 2014.

Jennifer Shields was driving a school bus to Union Mine High School on Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. when another car drifted into her lane, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said at the time of the incident. As the Mountain Democrat reported, she turned the bus hard to the left in attempt to avoid a head-on collision. The right front sides of both vehicles hit.

“Though a collision still occurred, thanks to Jennifer’s evasive maneuvers, she undoubtedly saved her young passengers from serious injury,” the Placerville CHP Office posted on Facebook.

More mailboxes broken open

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced that more mailboxes were broken open on May 10, similar to an incident the previous week. Deputies responded to Trinidad Drive in Cameron Park at about 9:15 a.m., a press release stated, with a second mailbox a block away on Gailey Circle. Both had the rear door of […]

2014 Sheriff’s Report: Crime slightly increases, but EDSO under budget

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office report for 2014 revealed crime rates slightly rose from the previous year. Part I crimes, the most serious the county faces, trended upward. Murders remained the same — two — but were down from 2012, where the county faced five murders. Rape increased 27 percent, from 26 to 33, […]

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