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County’s roads crumble

Supes support SB 16 Anticipating a flow of new money for road repair and past-due maintenance over the next five years, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors signed and sent a letter to State Sen. Jim Beall in support of his Senate Bill 16. The bill is intended to particularly address a chronic and severe […]

Celebrating 4th of July

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Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Placerville home burns down

A Lumsden Park Drive home burned to the ground in the early morning hours of July 2.

El Dorado County firefighters responded to the blaze at 2:23 a.m. and found the Placerville residence fully engulfed, according to Division Chief Tim Cordero. One acre of property around the home also burned.

No one was injured as the home was empty at the time, and no other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Holiday terror alert: Law enforcement always prepared

No increased threat for El Dorado county Security agencies all around the country are in a heightened state of alert as the July 4th holiday approaches. A number of news organizations report that their sources have described a high, even the “highest ever terror alert,” since 9/11. The FBI has set up command posts throughout the nation […]

Fireworks are illegal

Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]

EDH boy fires deputy’s lost gun

A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]

America going broke, McClintock says

Speaking to a crowd of about 60 people at Town Hall in Placerville Tuesday evening, Congressman Tom McClintock spent time talking about the country’s fiscal deficit, with the bulk of the meeting devoted to fielding questions on topics ranging from the drought to the local economy, better forest management, the new trade bill and executive overreach in […]

Anti-terrorism authority renewed

Supervisors renewed a 2003 authorization to create an Anti-Terrorism Approval Body (Approval Authority) during their June 23 meeting. The entity, whose purpose is to distribute Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funds, includes representatives from five county emergency response agencies. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, the approval body includes Placerville and South Lake Tahoe police […]

End of the Moore legacy

One of the most historical properties in Placerville has changed hands and will no longer belong to the Moore family. Last owned by Judge Prentiss Moore and his model/actress wife, Josephine Moore, the beautiful ranch called River Hill is located at the end of Bedford Avenue. On June 23 the new owners of the 345-acre property did a […]

EDH murder: Offer discussed; new hearing set

The arraignment of a man suspected of shooting to death a 31-year-old woman in front of an El Dorado Hills night spot last January was postponed Monday as a tentative offer in the case may be forthcoming.

Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland faces trial for murder if agreement is not reached, but no offer has been finalized and presented to the court or defense. Bill Clark of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office sought the delay Monday, saying “an offer” likely is going to be made ultimately for review by defense attorney Mark Ralphs.

Swift stands accused of slaying Khrista Ibarolle of El Dorado Hills in an apparent carjacking that turned deadly.

Delegation checks out county businesses

A delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited El Dorado County in late June to understand what the county has to offer by way of manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the hopes of building relationships and potential business opportunities. The visit marked the first international delegation to El Dorado County. Visitors included Arnoldo Delgado Anchondo, the treasurer […]

4th of July closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Friday, July 3, due to Independence Day falling on Saturday this year. The 4th of July is a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed Friday. For emergency calls, […]

County strikes gold with 2016 gold panning championships

The United States Gold Panning Association recently announced the 40th annual World Gold Panning Championships will take place in Placerville, Sept. 11-18, 2016. More than 600 international competitors from 30-plus countries will vie for title of World Champion Gold Panner. El Dorado County last hosted the World Gold Panning Championships in 1998, when it was held in Coloma — the 1848 gold […]

A sign of desperation? City’s sign changes debated

Problem: How to get the tens of thousands of Highway 50 travelers on their way to and from the Bay Area to Tahoe to turn off the freeway and visit Placerville.

Solution: Advertise upcoming downtown events on the Welcome to Placerville sign at Canal Street and Highway 50.

Problem with the solution: Changes to the sign would sully the grace and charm of the little town, rendering it nothing more than a billboard that makes the city appear “desperate.”

First West Nile virus case confirmed

El Dorado County health officials received confirmation this week that a bird found in the El Dorado Hills area has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first for 2015. The bird, a Western Scrub Jay, was found June 16. So far this year, West Nile virus activity has been reported in 26 California counties, […]

Pure Life case: Preliminary hearing set

Kelly Chiusano and two other defendants of the Pure Life Collective marijuana dispensary will appear in a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, a judge decided on June 26. Chiusano and Summer Bradley, owners of the Pure Life Collective marijuana dispensary, along with defendants Whitney Marchand and Christopher Brown, face a seven-count complaint that […]

Forest fire management part of bigger strategy

The sound of buzzsaws broke the silence of the forest off Silver Fork Road as crews from the California Conservation Corp worked to create a fuel break off Highway 50 near Kyburz on Wednesday.

Cutting down small trees and brush, stacks of vegetation were scattered everywhere as two teams cleared one side of the road.

Part of a much larger plan called the Roadrunner Fuel Reduction Project, the goal is to eventually treat both sides of Highway 50 all the way from Pollock Pines to Twin Bridges. “That will take a couple of years to do,” said Will Harris, a battalion chief with the Forest Service. “But there is a plan and there is a vision.”

Fire threatens homes near Latrobe

A fire made residents in the northeastern Latrobe area nervous as flames surged through dry vegetation Wednesday afternoon. “There were homes threatened at one point,” said Cal Fire public information officer Brice Bennett. “The fire moved really fast. So we ordered a lot.” Crews from Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park responded to […]

El Dorado County fee structure debate begins

El Dorado County supervisors got a first look at the county’s fee structure and policies study at their June 23 meeting. Prepared and presented by staff from the Community Development Agency, the fee study draft recommends a number of changes and perhaps consolidations of current fees for services. Cost for service lies at the heart […]

Sex offender registers, gets arrested

Placerville Police officers arrested a convicted sex offender 25 minutes after he completed his sex offender registration. Esteban Rocha, 51, allegedly exposed himself to a woman on Broadway in Placerville just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, shortly after he left the police station where he registered as a sex offender as part of his […]

Aiming for a safer community

It was a sunny, clear day but my vision was marred by gun smoke. A dozen people lined up, shooting revolvers before moving on to semi-automatics. I was the only one at the range who had never fired a gun.

Geof Peabody was ecstatic to get me to the gun range not far from Placerville. After a morning filled with gun safety lessons and dry firing practice (using inert bullets that don’t actually shoot), it was time for four hours at the private gun range at Big Cut Mine.

This class was an introduction to handguns, one of six of Peabody’s NRA-certified classes, which have become very popular. In March he had 55 ministers sign up for a special minister-only class, requiring a split into two classes, he said.

Lazy B murder: Arraignment continued

The arraignment for a man suspected of murdering another man who lived on the same Bucks Bar ranch last September was continued Monday for two weeks. Jeff White stands accused of murdering Rick Kriewitz in a case that apparently revolves around alcohol and money. It is alleged that White owed money to several people who […]

Ditch, dam upgrades approved

The El Dorado Irrigation District moved forward on two capital improvement projects at its June 22 meeting despite some differing opinions among the board members. First up was approving the spending of $160,291 for the Upper Main Ditch piping project. The piping will replace three miles of open ditch that extends from the Forebay Reservoir to […]

Pony Express riding through the county

The California Division of the National Pony Express Association, in celebration of living history and keeping the spirit of the pony rider alive, will enter El Dorado County at South Lake Tahoe at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The horse and rider will head west, making it out of the Sierra and at Fresh Pond […]

Hangtown Cranker Classic: Take a ride, wheelers’ style

“Get up! Get out! Get better!” It’s the motto and game plan for Placerville Mobility Support Group, an organization founded in 2007 by Lynn Murray to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with ambulatory impairment. Murray, 69, was a coach for 32 years, a teacher and mountain climber. He also worked in construction. In […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Community college employee receives state award

Shingle Springs resident Rochelle Franco was recently honored by the California Community College Board of Governors as one of the four 2015 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year. She was selected for recognition out of thousands of community college classified employees from throughout the state. Franco, 43, works at Folsom Lake College and has been […]

Grand Jury calls for familiar charter reforms

The El Dorado County Charter should be scrapped at best or substantially amended, according to the Grand Jury report issued June 16. Tacking on to Grand Jury recommendations from 2008-09 and 2013-14 reports, the latest report recommends in even stronger language the repeal or heavy amending of the charter. “The Grand Jury found that the structure of government […]

Mikulaco calls Grand Jury report a ‘hit piece’

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco vehemently fought back against the Grand Jury’s recently released “A Sign of the Times” report and its findings, which state he “lacks comprehensive awareness of his position as a county supervisor and fails to follow basic and generally accepted principles of good governance.” “Equally alarming,” the report continues, “he (Mikulaco) […]

Base activity generating booms?

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department officials put possible blame of the mysterious “booms” and explosions heard in Mosquito and Swansboro on Nevada Navy and Army bases. Officials contacted the Naval Air Station Fallon and Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, exploring “possible contributing factors” to the sounds of explosions and shockwaves El Dorado County residents reported the past […]

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