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Undersheriff talks budget, culture shift

El Dorado County Undersheriff Randy Peshon fielded questions from the county Taxpayer’s Association on March 23, mostly related to the budget and the shifts in the training and culture of the department. In the two months since being promoted — following former Undersheriff Rich Williams retiring in the wake of his wife retiring — Peshon […]

Reservoirs shift

One has to follow reservoir reports weekly to have noticed it. The lake levels report printed in the Friday, Dec. 5, edition of this paper on page A2 reported the first rise in reservoir levels since Feb. 13. Last rain season Folsom Lake hit its lowest level of the year Feb. 6 when it sank […]

Lady Cougars take 6th; shift focus to Vitell

EL DORADO HILLS — Defensively, the El Dorado Lady Cougars did enough to win Monday’s fifth-place game at the Trojan Toss-Up against Inderkum — offensively they didn’t. The bigger, taller Tigers eventually wore El Dorado down to earn the 37-23 victory in a game the shots just didn’t fall for the Placerville squad. The Cougars, nearing […]

El Dorado pulls extra shifts after team backs out

The El Dorado girls basketball team worked overtime this past weekend: catching a reprieve with an opening day forfeit Thursday before playing twice on each of the next two days. The Cougars stepped into Johnson’s shoes after the Sacramento team pulled out on Christmas Eve — forcing El Dorado to play both sides of the […]

EID rate shift, hikes OK’d 4-1

After two and three-quarters hours of being chewed out by 27 of 31 speakers Monday night the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to switch from billing 30 percent for the base rate and 70 percent for actual water use to a 50-50 formula. Following that change, Single-Family base rates for water […]

Nine state parolees shift to county

On April 4, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills referred to as the Public Safety Realignment to help reduce the number of non-serious and non-violent offenders incarcerated in California prisons. The bills realign those offenders into the county jail or paroled into the county they were originally sentenced. Instead of reporting to a state parole officer, parolees will […]

Fun zoo nights

Explore the Zoo in a whole new light Ñmoonlight. Discover which animals take over the night shift, and see what happens when the zoo comes alive at night. Experience this new side of the zoo with your family without the rush of the daytime crowds. Meet some of the animals up close and personal. Then, […]

Raucous good times promised at ‘Hotel Paradiso’

What: “Hotel Paradiso” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Department Where: Black Box Theater, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Nov. 14, 15 and 16 and Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students Information: Studio81.org or The Bookery, Main Street in Placerville   A married man and a married woman — not […]

As we were: Home run for El Dorado County

25 Years ago March 11, 1988 Huge softball tournament coming to Placerville area El Dorado County’s Western Slope has been chosen as one of 12 sites for the first leg of a national slow-pitch softball tournament that will conclude with the championship in Steamboat Springs, CO. Tournaments will be held here and in nine other states […]

County calls ‘snow day’ for all but essential services

Tuesday at 2 p.m. El Dorado County government declared a “snow day.” All non-essential employees were sent home and only emergency services personnel remained on duty. The sudden and unexpected dump caught motorists and residents unaware, and workers who had gone to lunch called in to say they wouldn’t be back at their posts. County […]

Nomadic shelter open for winter

“The shelter becomes home for the night for guests,” said Janis Carney, volunteer for the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter that serves the homelesss population of El Dorado County. While some of the homeless are wintering over at Hangtown Haven, Placerville’s legal encampment, families with children and those not meeting the camp’s criterion need a warm, […]

Winter nomadic homeless shelter opens

EDITOR: On Friday, Nov. 2, the nomadic homeless shelter opened once again. It is open seven nights a week and rotates between different churches or faith-based groups. The first few weeks saw only eight guests using the shelter, however this past week, with the weather deteriorating, the numbers have increased to 28. The guests are […]

EID cuts out CalSPA early

Two and out. The El Dorado Irrigation District completed in two years what it had negotiated to complete in five years in a legal settlement with lawyers for the California Sport Protection Fishing Alliance. In a deal that cost EID $240,000, the district agreed to reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows to 5 per […]

CalSPA still angling to spend EID’s money

A year ago the El Dorado Irrigation District settled a federal lawsuit with the California Sport Fishing Alliance at a cost of $240,000. Cal SPA had claimed EID was violating the federal Water Pollution Control Act by having too many sanitary sewer overflows, usually abbreviated as SSOs. Though EID denied the lawsuit’s allegations and even […]

Informative report

Customarily Grand Jury reports in El Dorado County are long on chest thumping and short on verifiable facts. This year’s Grand Jury report is the opposite. It is chock full of information and cites its sources and people interviewed. The bulk of the report deals with law enforcement issues and appears to give a thorough […]

Pirate lawyers still crossing swords

The California Sport Fishing Alliance, or CalSPA, is a high-falutin’ name for a group of pirate lawyers. The El Dorado Irrigation District paid a $240,000 tribute last August to CalSPA after it self-reported too many small sewer overflows, mostly on the homeowner’s portion of the sewer line. Half of that payout went to lawyers’ fees […]

Jupiter’s spots

By Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory Anyone working a night shift in Northern California this time of year might notice a bright star rising in the East just after sunset, crossing the sky through the night and setting in the West just before the sun rises. This ÒstarÓ is in fact only about 500 […]

Cal SPA, EID ink deal on sewer line overflows

The El Dorado Irrigation District recently released the out-of-court settlement it reached with the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. The price of protection against a federal lawsuit is $240,000 plus $2,000 a year. The breakdown on those figures is $120,000 for Cal SPAÕs lawyers and $120,000 for Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment Òto be […]

Belltower: Notable local historical women

WomenÕs History Month was last month, so IÕm a little behind the curve on this column, but it is never too late to highlight my favorite women in El Dorado County history. My top favorites worked at the Mountain Democrat. Bine V. Ingham and Mollie Carpenter broke the mold for editors and publishers. They were […]

One for the ratepayers

Perhaps it helped that representatives from the districtÕs employees association attended the rate workshops that the El Dorado Irrigation District held in various communities. We are certainly impressed with the bow to the recession that EID employees took when they negotiated a new Memorandum of Understanding. The four-year contract includes a two-year wage freeze. Even […]

Belltower: Long gone newspaper technology

Before then editor Ursula Smith hired me in 1978 I worked for a small newspaper in Amador County that no longer exists. Published in Ione, the Amador Progress-News has long since been merged and subsumed by the Ledger Dispatch. When I first started working there I still lived in Davis with roommates who worked with […]

Horoscope, Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Kinds of Lunar Love Mother Teresa of Calcutta said it’s easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness of someone unloved in their own home. The Libra moon of partnership and love rules the first part of the day, favoring dedication to the needs of those close. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inmate hand crews invaluable

Cal Fire Capt. Paul Gaines waved his hand in a zig-zag pattern, following a dirt trail up the side of a hill on Bacchi Ranch in Garden Valley. He was disappointed. The trail, actually a fire break, was supposed to be straight.

Gaines, the division supervisor of the Growlersburg inmate camp in Georgetown, spoke over the sound of chainsaws as Crew 2 continued the line on May 6 as part of a multi-day, statewide training and certification exercise. All 4,300 inmates in 196 crews must pass the tests and be certified to work for Cal Fire.

Placerville Wienerschnitzel owner is a top dog

When he became the janitor at a hot dog restaurant in San Jose 40 years ago, Farouk Diab didn’t think for a second that he would still be working for Wienerschnitzel four decades later. But he took to the store like mustard to a hot dog and now owns 18 of the distinctive yellow, red […]

Echo Summit bridge to be fixed: Caltrans targets 2019 construction

Motorists may not realize they are traversing a bridge when they wind down the east side of Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans, the state transportation department, alternately refers to it as a viaduct on its Website. A viaduct is a type of bridge that typically has several spans, usually of equal length. The Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct was constructed with three spans in 1939, and while it’s not falling apart, there is significant wear and tear after nearly 80 years of service.

Clark Peri, Caltrans project manager, gave a slide presentation to the Board of Supervisors April 7 outlining the agency’s plan to rehabilitate or replace the old bridge. Following public outreach and extensive environmental …

Denny’s waitress saves man during heart attack

Denny’s waitress. Substitute teacher. Lifesaver.

Chandra Sousa, 26, of Camino, added that last identifier on March 31 at about 6:30 p.m. when she saved Jim LaBerge’s life after he suffered a heart attack.

The 72-year-old Pollock Pines man went out to his car to get the agenda for the Hangtown Kennel Club board meeting. He returned inside and had just put the agenda on the table in the back banquet room of the Placerville Denny’s, he said.

“That’s the last thing I remember.”

Sousa, who was typing in an order at the register, remembers about 10 people being in the banquet room and one woman came out and yelled for someone to call 911. She also asked if anyone knew CPR, Sousa recalled. Despite a fair …

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 […]

World of Outlaws: Schatz scores fourth victory

Donny Schatz battled past Kyle Hirst and forward from a fifth place starting position at Wednesday’s Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown to score his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season. Schatz’s win came as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1992. “The locals […]

‘Heaven’ used as meet-up spot

As El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Cuddeback rolled to a stop near the intersection of Powers Drive and Beatty Drive, he spotted six parked cars. Assuming two per car, about a dozen people were probably there. It was early — a bit after 5 p.m. — and more teenagers would surely appear later. A sort of lovers’ […]

At a glance: Hoop it up

The first public game of basketball was played in Springfield, Mass. on March 11, 1892 at the Armory Hill YMCA. Dr. James Naismith was directed by Dr. Luther Gulick at Springfield College to come up with a game that was safe and could be played indoors during the winter. The game featured students at Springfield […]

Horoscope, Friday, March 6, 2015

Virgo to Libra Lunar Shift Tending to personal responsibilities will take most of the day, but evening will bring a fresh perspective, as the lunar shift from Virgo to Libra brings a mood change. Letting loose will seem all the more imperative with the contrast of a hard day’s work. Also, the Libra lunar influence […]

Improving sleep patterns for seniors and others, too

Quality sleep is an important part of good health. Seniors may have one or more of these sleep problems: trouble falling and staying asleep, waking up extremely early, not feeling rested when waking up, falling asleep during the day, wanting to go to bed too early in the evening, craving multiple naps during the day. […]

Find the right pint during Sac Beer Week

It’s that special time of year when we must shift the focus to everything hops, barley and bubbles. It’s Sacramento Beer Week. With creative and innovative brewers encouraged by the craft beer boom, Beer Week gives exposure to the ever-expanding variety of ales and lagers on the market. The 11-day celebration of craft beer runs through March 8 with events […]

Victim’s parents speak during Sanford sentencing

After 34 years, Ron and Sharon Swanson had the opportunity to address their son’s killer, Andrew Sanford, at a sentencing hearing. Ron told the court that he had “been waiting a long time” to see his son Richard’s killer brought to justice. In 1980, Ron and Sharon lived in South Lake Tahoe with their sons, […]

Sanford sentenced to life without parole

“I am absolutely, completely innocent,” Andrew Sanford said at a hearing Monday before being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. “I was nowhere around when the crime took place.”

Protesting his innocence on a conviction of the 1980 first-degree murder of Richard Swanson, Sanford said he was “appalled” at the District Attorney’s case, refuting supposed conversations he had and claiming he did not encounter witnesses at the time. Witnesses then lied on the stand, he said, at the prosecution’s behest. He claimed he would be …

Heard over the back fence: Crab feed in Pleasant Valley

BE WELL ROUNDED: My pal John Chapman sent the following T-shirt quote: “Advice from an Apple: Be well rounded * Let your plans ripen * Hold on to core values * Savor variety * Eat healthy * Know when to let go * Take a bite out of life!” GRANGE CRAB FEED: The Pleasant Valley Grange Crab […]

Horoscope, Friday, January 9, 2015

Moon Opposes Neptune As the moon pulls at Neptune from across the heavens, many will have doubts about what is really possible. Just because a person sees problems with a plan doesn’t automatically make that person a cynic. It may, in fact, be very helpful to try to poke holes in the plan to see […]

18 habits to make 2015 the most positive

Sure, most of us start each new year intending to make it a good one. But even when the universe is helping out by providing things like a growing economy and job security, creating a positive life for yourself is easier said than done. “A Pollyanna outlook just isn’t enough to sustain us through life’s […]

No. 9: Sanford found guilty of 1980 murder, requests new trial

A man found guilty of murder in April has yet to be sentenced and has requested a new trial. It took a jury two days to convict Andrew Sanford of murdering Richard Swanson while robbing the South Y Shell gas station in South Lake Tahoe in 1983. “Richard’s murder was as needless as it was […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cosmic Countdown The Taurus moon has a healthy appetite for life and all that sustains it. This one isn’t known for powers of self-discipline, so definitely make plans for the most indulgent scenario — i.e., buy extra food if you’re hosting and bring cab fare if you’re out. Late evening features a lucky lunar angle […]

Holiday DUI campaign nets arrest

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 6 DUI deployments during the past several days in El Dorado County. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 through midnight Saturday, Dec. 20 officers representing six county law enforcement agencies arrested one […]

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El Dorado High splits first two

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Comeback not in Post 119’s deck

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