It’s not a crime to be homeless in Placerville, but where the homeless congregate the crime rate is soaring.
That’s the word from police Chief Scott Heller who Tuesday night persuaded the City Council to approve the idea of locating a police substation in the troubled shopping center where Grocery Outlet and the Dollar Tree store anchor the complex on upper Broadway.
EL DORADO HILLS — Coming out of a timeout in the fifth and final set of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal volleyball playoff match, tied at 3-all, host Oak Ridge and Pitman resumed their back-and-fourth slugfest. Tied at two wins each, the host Lady Trojans and Pride knew whoever had the momentum had the upper hand toward […]
The time is now to get your entries in for the hottest cool-weather event of the season, the Hangtown Christmas Parade that celebrates the diverse and enchanting community with a theme this year of Cartoons and Christmas.
That leaves the imagination free to run wild as floats, animals and other entries wind from Broadway down Main Street, Placerville, in the much anticipated annual parade. Deadline for entries into the 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade is Nov. 16 — no late entries are accepted.
Proponents of last year’s ballot Measure O made a final, unsuccessful run at getting the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to redraw Community Region Boundaries at the board’s Feb. 24 meeting. Those boundaries, also referred to as Community Region Lines or CRLs, establish the limits of future development within their area. Created by the […]
An on-demand, subsidized taxi service will help El Dorado Hills seniors on the go. Beginning late spring or early summer, El Dorado Hills residents who are at least 60 years old or disabled may call a taxi in the contracted network and be taken door-to-door anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Passengers must register one […]
I don’t know about you, but I am not getting any older. Despite all evidence to the contrary — that not one but two of my kids who were just in car seats a few minutes ago are in college, that my skin suddenly has about as much rebound as a 20-year-old bathing suit and […]
The next El Dorado County community meetings to discuss ikmproving Internet service are scheduled for Coloma April 15 at the Gold Trail Grange on Highway 49; April 17 at the Latrobe Fire Station; April 22 at the Rescue Community Center; and April 29 at the Pleasant Valley Middle School Library. All meetings are 6-7 p.m. […]
Bass Lake Road area residents and developers again came up short on Tuesday Nov. 12, when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors quashed efforts to redesign Development Agreements it signed with the county a decade or more ago. Those DAs run for 20 years. The motion by District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago to continue […]
It’s a good month for local dogs and their owners. Not only will the El Dorado County Dog Owners Guild host what they call “the most fun event for dogs of the year,” they’ve announced two off-leash dog parks are close to opening. Dogs and their families can enjoy the fifth annual Pooch Plunge & […]
With 25 plus years as a California Department of Food Agriculture biologist I learned much about invasive species and “endangered species”… but not nearly enough about maneuvering the minefield of politics. To start with, the nature of political agenda coupled with true science is an oxymoron; it’s like trying to invent the floating anchor. Science is […]
When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, you’ll have a new way to buy health insurance for yourself, your family or your small business: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Every health insurance plan in […]
Mother Lode Union School District announces that beginning Friday, Feb. 1, kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year will be accepted at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Road in Placerville, 530-626-0765. The school Website can be accessed at indiancreek.mlusd.net. Registration forms will be available in the school office beginning Feb. 1 […]
HIDING THE BROCCOLI: Thanks to the charming Clara Neilsen of Placerville, we can enjoy the following ageless quote from the “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book: “I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in your glass of milk.” – Age 7. ROCKHOUNDS’ BIG DAYS: The 29th annual “Rock and Gem […]
On Aug. 13, the state will begin sending bills to residents living in state responsibility area to the tune of a $150 fee per habitable structure in order to generate money for Cal Fire. But many county officials — and some state officials — are opposed to the bill. The bills will be sent out […]
Some El Dorado Hills homebuyers could soon miss out if they don’t act. Let me explain. For years now the United States Development Agency has offered “Rural Development” loans designed to help home buyers in “rural” areas throughout the United States. The USDA defines “rural” as a community with a population base of approximately 20,000. […]
EDITOR: I have learned today that Rusty Dupray was in a motorcycle accident this week and is recovering at Sutter Hospital in Roseville. I am certain that everyone who knows Rusty will keep him in their thoughts and prayers and wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Whether you agreed with Rusty when he was on […]
Local eatery to reopen soon “I just want to go back to work,” said Clara Parra, owner of Parra’s Mexican Restaurant. A fire at the eatery closed the doors, temporarily, on Jan. 5 after a passerby saw flames through a window coming from the kitchen’s stove. “The clean-up is going OK,” she said. “We’re getting […]
Folsom Lake College’s spring 2012 semester is almost here, with most classes starting Jan. 17-23. While many spring classes are full — state budget cuts have led to reduced offerings — a limited number of courses remain open for registration. Several of these classes are ideal for someone seeking a new career path or looking […]
Snow began falling three weeks ago at Lake Tahoe. You say you missed it? Well, you had to visit Heavenly Mountain Resort or the Northstar California Resort at night, to see their snowmaking machines begin spraying snow into the air as manmade powder. Manmade snow is not a new idea, though it seems remarkable in […]
EL DORADO HILLS — The entryway of the Tegley family home was filled with flowers, providing some color during a dark time. Jim and Michelle Tegley lost their 18-year-old daughter Jennifer on Aug. 29, 10 months after she was diagnosed with cancer. The flowers came from the memorial service that nearly overflowed Lakehills Covenant Church […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A hidden safe that was found during renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe building could be opened as soon as this week, said Mike Laub, the building’s owner. Opening the safe has proven problematic because of a broken handle that has kept the safe’s locking mechanism from releasing, Laub said. He […]
The first-degree murder trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of gunning down his ex-wife is on schedule to begin at the end of this month. During a brief pretrial hearing in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday, attorneys confirmed that jury selection for the Steven Howard Mittelman murder trial should start Aug. […]
With themes of home, garden and lifestyle, the Amador Home and Lifestyle Show is set for June 4 and 5 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Produced by Starbright Productions in Grass Valley, the Show has a partner in Rick Sanders of Fiddletown. Sander’s company, Integrity Marketing, will assist in many aspects of the event and […]
El Dorado County registered voters in the 4th Assembly District should start checking their mailboxes for the May 3 Special General Election sample ballot pamphlet. Sample ballot pamphlets will begin to mail during the week of April 11. The sample ballot pamphlet will provide voters with important information about the 4th Assembly District race […]
Camino EDITOR: A wonderful piece of the past could come back to El Dorado County! Recently Philip Sanders Rose from the El Dorado & Sacramento Historical Railroad Association presented to the Board of Supervisors a plan to begin running an excursion train from Folsom to Placerville. It would bring tourists, shoppers and sightseers from the […]
The California Department of Fish and Game will offer a game care and cooking clinic Sept. 11 in El Dorado. The all-levels clinic will be held at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado. Students will learn how to make the most of what they harvest, including preparing parts that are […]
ÒThe Golden HarpÓ written by Greg Alexander with music by Noah Agruss, is a clever and genuinely funny musical history lesson on Greek mythology. Tuneful songs with clever arrangements jump out in a variety of pop genres while introducing audiences to the comic side of Zeus, Haides, and Demeter. With humor and creativity ÒThe Golden […]
UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener Imagine a place where you can take a child to learn about how plants grow or identify the weird-looking thing that cropped up in your garden. A place that offers opportunities to see what plants the deer will probably leave alone, and a place where you can learn […]
The trouble with truffles … just as the crew of the Starship Enterprise learned about tribbles … is that you can easily have way too many. But just like in the Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” it is extremely hard to say no to these sweet, attractive and downright irresistible little morsels. Karen […]
Paul Watson dumped the neighbor girl out of a hammock one afternoon and told her, “I’m going to marry you someday.” The infuriated girl replied, “Not if you were the last man on Earth!” Viola and Paul Watson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 25, as it seems Vi had changed her mind. “Well, look […]
So the post-Iowa hype has instantaneously evolved into the pre-New Hampshire hype. Other than the presidential campaign there doesn’t appear to be anything else going on in our world. Oh, Super Bowl of course, but whatever happened to that ISIS thing that was all “front page” not so long ago? And although the stock market […]
EL DORADO — Union Mine compiled a brief symphony Tuesday, only to let it become a pile of sour notes. The Diamondbacks will remember a 50-40 loss to Cordova for the wrong reasons. A night to honor the team’s eight seniors for their final home game saw UM hold a one-point lead at the end of […]
Hello — this is your garden calling. Now is the time to dust off those seed catalogs and figure out what is going into the vegetable garden this spring. According to the UCCE Master Gardener Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide (available for $5 at the Master Gardeners office at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville), mid-February is […]
El Dorado County residents learned more about the sheriff’s facility needs at community meetings last week as El Dorado County Sheriff’ John D’Agostini took his pitch for a new, multi-million-dollar building on the road.
Last Tuesday night’s event at the American Legion Hall in Placerville was attended by interested residents, politicians, including District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Assemblymen Frank Bigelow and law enforcement officers.
Jedediah Strong Smith spent much of his short life blazing trails throughout the West, though — considering the times in which he lived — he would have never imagined how his accomplishments are remembered, 185 years later. Each day, thousands walk, cycle, ride and run along the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, also known as the American […]
Progress continues in repairing the Esmeralda Tunnel with an update on what’s been accomplished provided to the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Jan. 25 meeting. The tunnel sustained a severe collapse in September 2014 when a section collapsed near the upstream portal due to the timber walls giving way. The collapse resulted in the tunnel being blocked with rock […]
Connie Barnes knows El Dorado Hills. Connie Barnes absolutely loves El Dorado Hills. If you’re looking for a home in El Dorado Hills — who ya gonna call? Connie Barnes Real Estate, if you’ve been paying attention. Ask Connie, though, and she’s quick to give credit to her husband and business partner Jim Barnes, the […]
Dynamic Images Salon and Day Spa has been in business in Placerville for 40 years. Current owner Fay Linson is the next generation to carry on Dynamic Images, which she purchased from her parents, Eva and Al Molina, in 2000. Linson reviewed the entire business recently and made changes to the operation and the physical […]
Realtor Jane Layton is a people person. She’s a detail-oriented negotiator. She’s a market savant and she’s a “you go girl” telemark skier. “As a local real estate agent I constantly look at the numbers so when people call I can give good, accurate information about what is happening today,” Layton said pulling out a […]
Everything Kaye Irwin learned from her years in the jewelry business has come together at the Goldsmith Gallery, a business she took over in 2010. “I started making jewelry as a hobby, opened my own full-service jewelry store, managed a jewelry store for a tourmaline mine, remodeled and expanded jewelry stores and managed a jewelry department […]
Recently my 2 1/2-year-old great-granddaughter Daisy came into the living room and saw my infected hand bandaged from fingertips to elbow. Without saying a word, she came over to me and patted my hand, which she described as my “owie.” After she patted my hand she went into the kitchen, returned to me and gave […]
Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An investigation into contaminated groundwater near South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” intersection has been unable to determine the source of a potentially harmful solvent discovered in the area in 2014. In a report released this week, URS Corporation Americas reported five of 42 water samples taken in a nine-block area […]
Several months ago, right after DC and I bought a house and got engaged on the same day, and after I pinched myself into reality, the cold fact hit me that my four years of living a clean, well-ordered, show-home-ready, go-ahead-and-open-any-cabinet-because-its-perfect-and-everything-is-where-I-want-it lifestyle was about to change. I panicked. Sure, as we began to meld our […]
Winter conditions bring rain, snow, and wind. All of it is good. Along with all of that your gear tends to get gunked up pretty quickly. Whatever it is you are using while enjoying the winter outdoors, maintenance time goes up. No more simply riding your bike on the trails for a couple of hours […]