An El Dorado Hills man was indicted on three counts of attempted tax evasion on Feb. 27 by a federal grand jury. The sealed indictment of Kamyar Soltani, 45, was unsealed March 4, revealing three charges of attempted tax evasion, a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated. Soltani was arrested on March […]
A man who previously rode a bicycle from Canada to Mexico is now riding from California to Florida in a fundraiser for the Firefighters Burn Institute. John Beaver, a retired fire captain-paramedic from Shingle Springs, will begin his journey, dubbed the Hopes and Dreams Benefit Ride, in San Diego on March 9 by dipping the […]
Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas was named Woman of the Year for the 5th District by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow. Bigelow, who represents the 5th District, composed of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer and Tuolumne counties, made the announcement Feb. 25. Assemblyman Bigelow recognized Thomas for her work on the Placerville City […]
The 51st annual Peace Officers of the Year were awarded in a ceremony at the American Legion Hall in Placerville Wednesday evening.
The American Legion presented its Peace Officers of the Year award to a member each of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the Placerville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, and were nominated and voted on by their peers in their respective agencies.
In a packed hall, the officers were presented their awards by former Sheriff Hal Barker, Legion Cmdr. Dusty Deryck …
A group of 36 residents joined Placerville Police Department officers and city crews March 2 to clean up trash left behind by illegal camps. The cleanup continued Sunday on Upper Broadway in Placerville, behind the Dollar Tree and along the trail east of Schnell School Road, a press release stated. More than 500 bags of […]
A house near Highways 193 and 49 was a total loss in a fire Monday morning.
The fire was reported at 10:27 a.m. and the first responding engine noted heavy fire in a boarded-up house, said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The house was vacant, with no occupants or victims.
Cordero noted that due to the fire’s vertical movement, it became unsafe for firefighters to be in the structure and they were pulled out, going on the defensive.
Highway 49 was closed due to a needed fire hydrant being across the street from the house.
With 5 p.m. Friday being the deadline for contestants to formally declare their candidacy, the number of incumbents facing challengers this year is increasing. The latest is Bill Schultz, El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk. He is no longer alone in the race; El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral has decided to also run for the position. […]
The El Dorado Irrigation District will get extra credit for using recycled water in meeting the state’s requirement to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020. Legislation passed in 2009 set that 20 percent by 2020 rule. EID is meeting that goal in part by using as its baseline the daily per capita water use […]
El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]
How to grow and where to grow are issues that continue to confound local government officials. On Feb. 24, El Dorado County Supervisors opted to delay a decision that would have given direction to the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division on how and where future growth should be considered from now through 2035. […]
Hoping to get out the message that storm or no storm, we are still in the middle of a drought, for the past month staff from the El Dorado Irrigation District have been hitting the speaking circuit to talk about the drought and the need for water conservation. On Friday, the tag team of Brian […]
A man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend pleaded no contest Friday morning. Judge Daniel B. Proud told Austin Schwartzler that it was his understanding Schwartzler would be pleading to Count 1 of the complaint, attempted murder, and that the enhancements attached to the charge would be dismissed. Prosecutor Lisette […]
With every little bit counting, the results of the Feb. 27 snow survey were better than last month’s, but still way below normal.
According to a press release from the Department of Water Resources, “On Tuesday, before the current storm system reached the area, water content in the statewide snowpack was 22 percent of normal for the date and only 19 percent of the average reading in early April when snow begins to melt into streams and reservoirs. These readings were just above the 1991 record lows of 18 percent for the date and 15 percent of the April 1 average.
“Manual and electronic …”
Spending the public’s money is the job of government, and the work must be done in an open, structured and prescribed way. The county’s official “spenders” went to budget school last week when Chief Financial Officer Laura Schwartz presented “Budget Basics” to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Developing the county’s annual budget is […]
The cracks and potholes on Main Street between Pacific Street and Bedford may become a thing of the past. The Placerville City Council voted a unanimous approval of plans to begin a street overlay of Main Street at the Feb. 25 meeting, and, best of all, there is money to pay for it.
The city has a Pavement Management System with an inventory of city streets and prioritized repairs, but Main Street with its high visibility and usage was the first choice.
“The need is definitely there,”said City Manager Cleve Morris. “There are plenty of streets in Placerville that could use this, but Main Street has high traffic.”
Bringing a developer’s perspective to the table is Latrobe resident Douglas Wiele, 61, who was recently reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wiele was first appointed to the commission in September of last year but that term expired in December. Wiele has been the founding partner and president of […]
Military veterans have earned the benefits they are offered by the nation, and Bill Schultz, El Dorado county recorder and director of veterans affairs, wants to make sure they know they have community support.
Schultz developed a Veteran Identification Card that he is rolling out on March 9 at the Sunday breakfast scheduled at the Veterans Memorial Building in Placerville. The card, when presented to participating businesses in El Dorado County, offers veterans discounts on goods and services. Currently, there are businesses nationwide that offer discounts to veterans, but the veteran must present a copy of his/her DD 214 to receive it. A small, laminated card is a better fit in a wallet and more durable than a piece of paper.
The process is simple and quick. There is a very brief application that the veteran completes …
After 162 years, it might be time for a little repair. The Fountain Tallman Soda Works building at 524 Main Street, houses a tiny two-floor museum now, after a past filled with a variety of owners and uses, but the stone, brick and mortar that comprises the building is original and it could use some help.
From Feb. 28 to March 19, the Fountain Tallman Museum will be closed while Leland Peterson, restoration engineer and mason, and his crew repair, replace and restore masonry and brick around the windows and door of the first floor of the building.
Built in 1852 with 2-foot-thick brick and masonry walls and iron shutters, the soda works was the only building to have survived all of the early fires that devastated Placerville.
Based on the outcome of his trial, an El Dorado County supervisor could face removal from office. Depending on what charges Ray Nutting is convicted of, if any, he could face a Government Code 3060 action — a civil Grand Jury convening to decide if Nutting should be removed from office. Certain convictions, such as […]
Adding his name to the list of those running for Treasurer-Tax Collector this year is El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs, whose term on the Board of Supervisors expires at the end of this year. Briggs will face off against C.L. Raffety, CPA. In the District 5 Supervisor’s race, Michelle Sweeney of South Lake Tahoe initially […]
“Give us back our water,” the El Dorado Irrigation District will ask of the state water board. On a 4-0 vote, with Director George Osborne absent, the EID board Monday approved a two-pronged plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to quit sending 1 million gallons of high-quality recycled water down the creek every day. The […]
At Congressman Tom McClintock’s town hall meeting on Feb. 19, many constituents came with a list of questions for him with the top question being why President Obama hadn’t been impeached yet. One man described a long list of complaints against Obama including “lack of execution of the law, legalization of drugs, legalization of money […]
In a surprise announcement at the Feb. 19 meeting, Sean Tucker, president of the Cameron Park Community Services District, said he was resigning from the board, effective immediately. A board member since June of 2011 when he was appointed to take the place of another director, last November Tucker ran for office and was elected […]
Valentine’s Day means flowers and chocolates for most, but for Austin Bowa, it was a much sweeter treat as he earned his license as a commercial helicopter pilot while also celebrating his 18th birthday.
A very self-possessed and modest young man, Bowa has been single-mindedly pursuing his dream of piloting a helicopter since he was 7 years old.
Still in his early teens, he took his first training flight with John Crawford, who is an instructor with Sierra Air …
The trial of an El Dorado County supervisor was confirmed in a hearing Feb. 21. Deputy District Attorney James Clinchard, noting that co-prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Peter Wellings was unable to attend the hearing, confirmed the April 8 trial of Ray Nutting. Clinchard outlined the trial, with a jury coming in on April 8, selection […]
Veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth Feb. 21 announced her candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. With more than 16 years of experience successfully prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault to special-circumstance homicide, Ashworth is endorsed by an El Dorado County Superior Court judge, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, fellow prosecutors, investigators, law […]
Cameron Park resident Tom Sullivan was a mental health advocate, a Placerville City Councilman and a past director of Mental Health for both Sacramento and El Dorado counties and a Boston Red Sox fan. He died of natural causes, surrounded by his family, on Feb. 7.
He was on the City Council in 1980, when ground was broken for the parking garage, serving with the late Carl Borelli, Karen Tustin, Roger Prengel, Al Tuttle and Jim McIntire. Elected in 1978, he served six years on the council, and helped lay the groundwork for growth and expansion.
Sullivan was born in Boston on Feb. 2, 1943, to Stephen Michael Sullivan II and Rita McMahon Sullivan. He graduated from high school in Alabama and from college at Michigan State University, and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 1967.
He married Valerie …
A 4-1 majority of county supervisors created the Diamond Springs Parkway Underground Utility District Feb. 4. More precisely, the board passed a resolution that allows for formation of the district. The California Public Utilities Commission established tariff programs in 1967 whereby private companies such as PG&E and AT&T set aside funds exclusively for the purpose […]
A Placerville Police Department outreach on Feb. 19 to illegal camping sites in the city to provide mental health resources resulted in arrests and firearms seized. PPD began the Joint Outreach Operation in the morning with a focus on illegal camps in the city, a press release stated. Teams of PPD officers, city crews, Health […]
It’s getting to the point that voters may need a scorecard to keep track of all the initiatives planned for the November ballot. As of Feb. 5, the El Dorado County Elections Department said four different ones had been filed with them. The earliest initiative, one called “Fix Highway 50 Traffic First/Keep Us Rural” was […]
Planners working on the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan must have thought they walked into a buzzsaw at Thursday’s El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. As they sat in stunned silence, Dan Bolster, the senior transportation planner with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission and Adrian Engel of Echelon Transportation […]
Michael Villines, 46, of Placerville has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, where he has served since 2010. Villines was the California State Assemblyman, 29th Assembly District, from 2004 to 2010 before being termed out. From 1999 to 2004 he was director of public relations and co-owner of […]
A California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden was shot the evening of Feb. 14 but has since been released from the hospital. Warden Bob Pera, 35, of Placerville, was observing two hunters while on patrol outside of Georgetown after dark, between 8 and 9 p.m., said Lt. Patrick Foy of the DFW. “Typically,” Foy […]
Scaffolding and workers have been all around the Herrick and Hangman’s Tree building, 301 and 305 Main Street, for months, but the owners, Tim and Sue Taylor, are taking their time and paying as they go. The restoration of the historic buildings is the goal of the couple that purchased them in April of 2012.
The first focus has been to restore the structural integrity of the buildings. “We have been doing a lot of work, but it doesn’t really show,” said Sue Taylor. “We did the footings on the Herrick building and now we’re working on the …”
A standoff overnight Thursday into Friday led to a parolee being arrested in El Dorado Hills. On Feb. 13, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a subject wanted for alleged parole violation was living in El Dorado Hills, a press release stated. They had information that he may have been in possession […]
Three bar bouncers who pleaded to the involuntary manslaughter of another man were sentenced Friday morning. Rodolfo Hernandez, in-custody, Ruben Lizarraga and Sean Canilao, out of custody, appeared with their lawyers for their judgment and sentencing hearing after previously pleading out. Canilao was the only defendant to speak to the court. He said he “feel(s) […]