It was a howler of a good time as Sierra Wildlife Rescue held its Toast to Wildlife Champagne Brunch at the Cameron Park Country Club on Sunday, April 28. Supporters were treated to an opportunity to interact with rescued wildlife as well as hear a galvanizing presentation on wolves, enjoy a sumptuous brunch, and take [...]
Daisy is a 20-pound mutt, female, somewhere between 2 and 4 years old. We also have a 6-year-old Labradoodle. We rescued Daisy from a reservoir near our house in December of 2011. She was on her last leg and has recovered nicely except for one thing: She’s overprotective when anyone or any dog enters the [...]
Chips the bobcat, whose rescue by a firefighter from the Chips Forest Fire in Plumas County last August gained national attention, was released back into “bobcat territory” in Lassen County on April 19, along with den mate Sierra. The juvenile cats are now eight months old and were judged by experienced rehabbers to be ready [...]
Today there are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide, more than there were back in the 1800s. This includes child laborers, sex slaves, domestic servants and forced laborers. In the United States the average age of a girl who enters the sex trade is 13 years old. Human trafficking is even happening in the Sacramento [...]
A family was rescued after its car plunged into the South Fork of the American River on April 4.
El Dorado County Fire Engine 21 responded within three minutes to a report at 2:58 p.m. that a GMC Acadia was in the river, on its side, near Highway 50 at Whitehall, said Battalion Chief Mike Pott. The car had hit a mile marker, tree and boulder before ending up in the river. The unit was returning from another vehicle accident in Kyburz …
Editor’s note: Somerset’s Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin’ Norman, experienced a series of difficulties on his recent quest to conquer a 585-mile section of the Continental Divide Trail. Fearing the worst — being rescued — he aborted. Below is the second part of that story … Conditions improved as I plodded along, I began passing in-and-out [...]
Editor’s note: Somerset’s Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin’ Norman, has written about his adventures section-hiking over the years on the Appalachian, Tahoe Rim, Pacific Crest and Continental trails, three of which make up the prestigeous “Triple Crown.” Not every adventure was successful. Once Stoldt was air-lifted off a mountain. On his recent quest to conquer a [...]
Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck gathered Sunday, Jan. 13, for a reunion to remember what happened a year ago when the passenger ship they were on struck a reef and capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people.
Reluctant to talk to the media until now, the group of El Dorado County residents — Joanna and Adam Lynch, Phyllis Eggan, and Brenda Miller — recalled what happened that day and afterwards. Their story is a tale of survival, kindness, friendship and faith.
May 7, 1950 — Dec. 29, 2012 Peggy Virginia Taylor was born Peggy Virginia Starkey on May 7, 1950, in Greenville, S.C., to James Timothy and Delphia Lela Starkey. She left this world to be with her lord after battling health issues for several years on Dec. 29, 2012. She was preceded in death by [...]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a request on Jan. 12 at 11:03 a.m. from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in searching for two missing persons possibly in El Dorado County. Deputies from Santa Clara had received a missing persons report for John Hearne, 70, of Lost Altos, and his sister [...]
“All we want to do is reopen,” said Beth DeCaprio, executive director of The Grace Foundation of Northern California. The El Dorado Hills rescue group temporarily closed its programs, lessons, clinics and volunteer hours on Oct. 11, 2012. The January 2013 volunteer training was canceled. DeCaprio said the foundation has continued to care for all [...]
Despite using my GPS, finding rural properties can be challenging. My appointment was tucked far back from the road, accessed only by a narrow dirt drive, blocked by a field livestock gate and obscured by trees and brush. I had to stop and exit my car in order to read the faded numbers on the [...]
I’ve alway considered Death Valley one of the most beautiful of California’s deserts. When I lived in San Francisco three of us drove a van down for a several-day tour of it. Then I got a knowledgeable backgrounder on it when the Nevada Tourism Department invited me along on a journalists’ familiarization tour of southwestern Nevada [...]
CAMERON PARK — Marina Floresguerra and Giguette Knochenhauer display their passion toward birds. “I really like birds and nature,” Floresguerra said. Knochenhauer said her family is a foster family for baby birds. The Ponderosa High School freshmen, who are members of Girl Scouts Troop 1440. have volunteered their time at Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville. Both [...]
The South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 regarding an injured skier in Echo Peak. The skier, identified as Peter Brumis, 36, of South Lake Tahoe, had been skiing with his dog when he injured his knee, Lt. Pete VanArnum said. [...]
Fide canem: the creed of canine search-and-rescue organizations. These two words often adorn their logos or sit high atop their websites. Reassuring words. They are Latin for “trust the dog.” “Trust the dog” is the first rule new SAR dog handlers learn. That rule paid handsomely in Haiti, where SAR teams were responsible for a [...]
“Chips” isn’t the kitten with a red bow around her neck that Santa left under the Christmas tree. She’s a 4 1/2-month-old wild bobcat kitten who’s going to stay that way — wild, that is. Chips was rescued from the Chips Forest Fire which burned 75,000 acres in the Plumas and Lassen national forests from July [...]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to South Lake Tahoe at 12:05 p.m. on Dec. 8 on a report of an injured hiker on Mt. Tallac. At the time, Mt. Tallac, a 9,375-foot mountain just south of Emerald Bay, was covered in ice and snow, a press release stated. The injured [...]
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” — Luciano Pavarotti The area of Smith Flat is named for rancher and farmer Jeb Smith who settled in the area in the years after the Gold Rush. [...]