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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s 4:55 on a Friday afternoon. You’re driving down the freeway and suddenly your car starts wheezing and choking as it rolls to the side of the road and dies. Then it hits you that you’re in for a motorist’s worst nightmare : you’re stuck and by the time the tow truck arrives all the […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fans of “The Walking Dead,” a popular AMC series, are being treated to an exciting sixth season. The non-stop action in this zombie apocalypse mini-series keeps viewers riveted to their seats. On the opposite side of the television spectrum we have the presidential debates where viewers last Saturday night were treated to a scene of the […]
Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]
Venus Waves Goodbye to Virgo Goodbye, Venus in Virgo. Tomorrow the love goddess planet moves into the sign of partnership and beauty. While Venus in Libra will be romantic, you might look back with dewy eyes on some of the practicalities that went down in the last few weeks. As much as we fantasize about […]
Smoky air Tuesday was the result of the Eldorado National Forest’s controlled burns. Each fall, winter and spring the U.S Forest Service officials start their “prescribed burn” program to reduce fuel that could potentially feed future wildfires. “The Forest Service was doing controlled burns yesterday (Monday) and the winds were pointing toward the Placerville area, hence […]
Appetite Moon The full moon is in Taurus, the sign of appetites. This isn’t just about food. It’s about whatever is missing in your life. Whether you hunger for love, a sense of security, a greater understanding of yourself, or even for some material item gleaming in your psyche — whatever it is you’re hungry […]
Split-Moon Mood The moon splits the day into two distinct moods. The dreams of the night motivate an energetic morning and an early day of high hopes and intriguing possibilities. This lasts until the lunar shift into Capricorn changes the frame. The high hopes will turn into solid ambitions and the beginnings of a reasonable […]
EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge met one of its season goals with Monday night’s shutout of Sierra Foothill League rival Granite Bay. After 80 minutes under the lights, the Trojans’ 2-0 victory checked that item off their list to remain undefeated in league. Last fall, Oak Ridge lost 2-1 and 3-2 contests to Granite Bay, which won […]
“In the early years the original founders were housing women in their homes and garages,” stated Mary Korkeila, CFO and unofficial historian for the Center for Violence-free Relationships. Formerly the El Dorado Women’s Center, the Center for Violence-free Relationships was incorporated in 1979 to meet the needs of displaced homemakers. In the 18-month period that […]
EDITOR: Thank you, local enforcement agencies for conducting the recent DUI checkpoint on Highway 50 in Placerville. Commuting home from my swing shift job in the flatland five nights a week, your periodic inspections increase the odds of my safe arrival home. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. MIA JACOBS Placerville
Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.
And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.
Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.
EL DORADO — Union Mine had a successful start to its season Wednesday, defeating visiting Placer 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. The Lady Diamondbacks pulled out the second set, scoring the final seven points with their backs to the wall. Union Mine relied on its captain Kylie Russell and the senior came through with key hits and on serve. […]
What: Craft Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission or parking fee Information: (530) 672-3436 or visit placervilledowntown.com His tan face could be carved from the very oak he lovingly crafts into beauty, with life’s worries and cares set deeply in the lines […]
“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of […]
When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong. Who would have imagined we […]
For 50 years El Dorado Hills youth have competed on the Taz swim team. What began as an immigrant’s dream with only 20 swimmers on its roster is a powerhouse today, boasting nearly 500 swimmers strong. Any local kid from any generation will say the same thing: The friendships and memories made kept them coming […]
Never being a fan of the Azera, mainly because it was not attractive, has changed by about 180 degrees, with a new, fifth generation model. The prior generation which was a follow on to the third generation known as the XG 300-350 (a car of real value) must have been designed by a competitor because […]
TAKE A HIKE: An Emigrant Lake hike is scheduled for July 18. The following information was provided. This hike, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., goes along Caples Lake for the first 2.5 miles, then continues on switchbacks up to Emigrant Creek with views of Round Top along the way. When Emigrant Creek is crossed, hikers reach the […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 …