Friday, August 22, 2014

Sand Fire benefit tonight

In a show of can-do volunteerism, after just three short weeks of planning and organizing, everything is a go for the big Sand Fire Benefit tonight. Sponsored by local business people, service clubs, government agencies and community volunteers to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sand Fire, the benefit has something for everyone including […]

Bicycle plans given OK: Mo Flat pedestrian bridge OK’d

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved funding several projects that will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the county. The commission approved spending $90,000 for a grant application that was previously submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). It will be combined with $47,000 in county funds as part of […]

County Counsel retires next week

After 21 years in the department, including the past nearly two years as County Counsel, Ed Knapp is hanging up his “neologisms” and closing his “Brown Act for Dummies” book. Knapp spends hours every week sitting at the County Counsel’s table in the Board of Supervisors chambers answering or being ready to answer any legal questions a supervisor or staff member may put to him. And sometimes, completely unlawyer-like, he even says, “I don’t know.”

He does, however, know “Knapp’s law of public meetings — The hot air expands to fill the time allotted.”

Knapp laughs telling about moving from New Hampshire in 1971 in an old beater. “Wherever the car dies is where we’ll stay,” he recalled. The car made it all the way to San Francisco, so that became …

Patrol car hit in collision

A deputy was involved in a collision in Shingle Springs on Aug. 16 after another car failed to yield. The deputy was traveling Code 3 — full lights and sirens — northbound on South Shingle Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. As the deputy was crossing the intersection at about 20 mph on a red […]

Murder-suicide? Elderly couple found dead

An elderly couple was found dead of gunshot wounds on Aug. 19 in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3300 block of Gold Nugget Court for a possible assault with a deadly weapon and possible suicide, a press release stated. Upon arrival, an elderly man and elderly woman were found deceased in […]

Sacto board OKs Mather’s 20-year plan

SACRAMENTO — Despite hundreds of formal complaints that Mather Airport’s nighttime air cargo operations are noisy enough as is, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Aug. 12 to beef them up when they approved a 20-year-development plan and revised Environmental Impact Report. The master plan includes lengthening runways and upgrading the airport’s navigation aid, […]

District 4 and 5: Biggest spenders weren’t the winners

A final tally of what Board of Supervisors candidates for Districts 4 and 5 raised and spent during the primary is in. In the District 4 contest, the two top vote getters were Mike Ranalli and Howard Penn with Ranalli edging out Penn by a slender 56 votes. They will face off against each other in November. In order of […]

Plane crash victim ID’d

An update from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office revealed the name of the San Jose man who died in a plane crash in Mosquito on Aug. 16. Perry Nieland, 52, died in the accident that also injured his brother, Richard, 55, both of San Jose. It is unknown who was piloting the biplane. It […]

Marilyn Ferguson — a city jewel

Marilyn Ferguson is a not-so-hidden jewel in the city of Placerville. You just have to know where to look — at the Fountain Tallman Museum, 524 Main St. Ferguson has been the manager of the museum for the past seven years, but her contributions in preserving the history of Placerville go back much further.

The 83-year-old is quick-witted and slightly irreverent, with a wry sense of humor, and she knows more about Placerville than just about anyone. Her years of historical research and involvement in historical organizations have made Ferguson the go-to person when anyone has a question about Placerville history, but when she and her late husband moved to Placerville from San Diego in 1967 to raise their children in a less crowded environment, she was a housewife, not a historian. “What got me were the backs of the buildings you could see from the highway, before they were cleaned up like they are now,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson met a mother while volunteering at her children’s …

Missing man found drowned

The body of a missing man was found in the South Fork of the American River Monday afternoon. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and Coroner personnel recovered the body of Raymond Nacon, 32, of Folsom, after Nacon had gone missing around 9 p.m. Aug. 16. About 6:30 a.m. the next day, a resident along the […]

Body found by Hwy 50

The body of a woman was found Sunday in the Placerville vicinity. The body was found in an open field at the intersection of Highway 50 and Missouri Flat Road, a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated. A passerby saw the body and reported it to deputies at about 4:30 p.m. Upon […]

Head Start: Teachers protest pay cuts

At about 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, about 20 people were lined up on Green Valley Road outside of the El Dorado County Office of Education.

“EDCOE not honoring contract,” read one sign. “We won’t just quit, we’re teachers and role models,” read another. Teachers, classroom assistants and speech therapists had gathered from multiple districts to protest a new contract forced on Head Start teachers.

“We’re not really protesting,” preschool teacher Luann Carlson said. They were, instead, giving out information.

The new contract was “affecting teachers and families” in …

Amaral cites a different skill set: District 2 candidate

Saying his campaign may yet surprise people is Chris Amaral, another candidate for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. Asked why he’s running so soon after losing in the primary to Bill Schultz for the job of Recorder-Clerk, Amaral said he’s a big proponent of public service and has a unique skill set […]

City Council nixes rehab facility

Agreeing with residents that Coloma Street already has its share of treatment facilities, a conditional use permit for a 10-bed residential treatment facility at 2986 Coloma Street was denied at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Placerville City Council. Owned by Tim and Ellen Page, the home is currently being used as a sober living […]

1 dies in plane crash

A biplane crashed on a residential street less than half mile east of the Swansboro Airport Saturday, according to Mosquito Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Chris Johns. One of two on the airplane died, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and a second was transported by Calstar to Sutter Hospital in Roseville, Johns said. The Sheriff’s […]

Homicide: Nov. trial for Harris

A Friday morning hearing for a woman accused of murdering her husband confirmed a November trial. Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander confirmed with Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that the Colleen Harris trial will begin on Nov. 4. In the interim, Alexander said, he and defense attorney David Weiner would develop a schedule for pre-trial motions. […]

Supervisors say no to charter changes

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, at the Aug. 12 meeting, opted to close the issue of reducing the number of elected county officials. Responding to a recommendation by the Grand Jury to put the matter to the voters of the county, the board voted unanimously not to implement the recommendation. Supervisors could have designed […]

School bus hit head-on, five suffer minor injuries

A collision involving a school bus bound for Union Mine High School resulted in minor injuries and an arrest on Thursday.

The CHP responded to Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. on a report of a collision involving a school bus, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Two passenger vehicles were involved.

The bus had been traveling westbound towards town, Cuthbertson said, when Steven Gruber, 24, who was heading eastbound, drove into the oncoming lane. The bus driver, Jennifer Shields …

Cat herding: A tale of feral misadventure

This story was sent to us by one of our readers about the misadventures of Hadley and Walt Kopp and their feral friends. This first-hand account is provided with only minimal editing and was written by Hadley. “As many of you know Walt and I have been trapping feral cats, taking them to an Outreach […]

Jennifer Nutting aims to promote tourism, agriculture

Jennifer Nutting makes three promises if she’s elected District 2 Supervisor and everything else, including working to end county government waste, will be top goals. “My first promise is honesty; I will always tell you the truth,” she said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat July 29. “No. 2, I’ll always be accessible. My […]

Funds for service dog safe

An organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs for children with autism and other disorders, Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, has filed bankruptcy and closed. Alexa Fila, who contracted with Pawsitive to provide a Seizure Alert/Response Service Dog for her daughter, Hailey, wants her donors and supporters to know that the $12,500 she paid Pawsitive […]

Sand Fire benefit adds attractions

The Sand Fire Benefit is adding new attractions as more individuals and organizations are stepping up to help with the event. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist at the event who is donating talents. […]

Big pot bust at lake

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings. Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Ave., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture […]

Sly Park bridge: Demolition due for other half

POLLOCK PINES — The California Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Sly Park Road will be closed to through traffic at the U.S. Highway 50 undercrossing due to bridge demolition work this week.

During demolition work this week, Sly Park Road is scheduled to be closed to through traffic overnight …

Sign Ordinance near home stretch

Two years on, the county’s updated sign ordinance appears to be heading into the home stretch. County supervisors heard the latest state of the sign ordinance during their July 22 meeting in a presentation by the Community Development Agency’s Long-Range Planning Division. The official agenda language noted that the recommendation by staff was for supervisors […]

Planning Commission member Pratt is ‘in it to win it’

Dave Pratt said its his experience, ability to ask the right questions and willingness to dive into the minutia that qualify him for a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2. A resident of the county for 25 years and owner of a winery in Fairplay for the past 14 years, Pratt […]

School travel expenses misleading

A recent news article questioning school conference travel expenses prompted investigation into El Dorado County school district expenses. The most recent data published on Ed-Data indicates that nine out of the 15 school districts in El Dorado County were above the state-wide average in 2012-2013 in conference and travel expenditures, some by as much as […]

Dist. 2 campaign spending reports in

Campaign spending reports are in for those running to serve on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 2 for the period Jan. 1 through July 26. So far, the six candidates running for supervisor have raised and/or loaned themselves a little over $71,000 towards their campaigns. Chris Amaral reported $4,090 raised to date and […]

Percy on the case: EDC Fire gets arson investigation dog

A black dog with a white spot on its chest was led into a room by its handler. Within seconds, the dog found the hidden glass jar, containing a cotton ball.

“Good check,” called out El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. Percy, a female lab/pointer mix, barked while digging under the chair the jar was hidden under, grabbing the jar and bringing it out for McKay to see. “Good …”

George Turnboo wants to preserve rural lifestyle

Promising to preserve El Dorado County’s rural atmosphere and history is District 2 Supervisor candidate George Turnboo. On his third try at being elected to the board, Turnboo said, “I have a passion, care about the community and care about its lifestyle. Being an old-time resident, I know a lot of stuff that has happened here in […]

Initiative appeal denied

Proponents, supporters and concerned citizens, Aug. 5, failed to persuade the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to “reconsider” the “Reinstate Measure Y” initiative for the Nov. 4 election ballot. Supervisors held out against a tide of demands and pleas to overturn their July 29 decision to refer the initiative for study rather than to […]

Benefit fundraiser: Sand Fire tix Monday

Tickets for the Sand Fire Benefit will go on sale Monday at different locations throughout this county as well as Amador County. Costing $10 per person or $25 per family, proceeds from the benefit will go to the victims of the Sand Fire. The ticket includes dinner and entertainment as well as a chance to win a […]

George Peabody retains sunny outlook after house fire

You wouldn’t think that having colon cancer and watching your house burn would be fun, but 95-year-old George Peabody, erstwhile El Dorado County historian, has a different idea of fun.

“Everything, no matter how bad, has a component of fun,”insisted Peabody from his temporary home in Placerville. “People say, ‘Oh, come on, George, getting shot up at Iwo Jima couldn’t have been fun,’ but I say it wasn’t comfortable, but there was some fun in the whole process. If it ain’t fun, then make it fun.”

On July 31, around 3 p.m., the garage of Peabody’s home off Hank’s Exchange caught fire, possibly from an electrical panel. Sequoya Nylander, Peabody’s caregiver, had just finished giving him lunch and as she looked out the windows of the hexagonal house …

Group coalesces to plan Sand Fire benefit Aug. 22

Wanting to reach out to the victims of the devastating Sand Fire, many of whom have been left with little more than the clothes on their backs, a group of local business people, service clubs, government agencies and good-hearted volunteers have come together to put on a fundraiser to help them out. To be held […]

Tahoe Queen gets stuck

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Authorities are investigating why a paddle-wheel boat ran aground in Lake Tahoe and prompted about 300 people aboard to evacuate. Coast Guard officials say no injuries were reported after the Monday afternoon incident involving the Tahoe Queen. Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart says passengers and crew members were taken to the […]

Boat crash kills couple

A husband and wife were killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe early Sunday morning after crashing into a dock piling near Meeks Bay, authorities said. Responding units from North Tahoe Fire and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office found San Ramon residents Vadim Raizanov, 45, and Tatiana Nikolskaya, 44, dead at the scene. […]