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EDH residents begin planning; Parker project moves forward

After 91 percent of El Dorado Hills residents who voted Nov. 3 voiced their support for open space, a group of about 40 residents kept the momentum going by offering next steps at a kickoff meeting Nov. 16. The United Neighborhoods of El Dorado Hills aims to bring all 72 villages together to develop an El […]

Coloma Post Office hit again

The Coloma Post Office was burglarized last week, the second break-in in less than five months. “We had the break-in either late Thursday night or very early Friday morning,” said Marvin, an employee at the post office who asked that his last name not be used. “When I came into work I noticed stuff was moved around […]

Shining a spotlight on diabetes

A7-year-old would normally fidget with boredom having to listening to adults talk about disease.

After all, that’s something adults worry about, not children.

But Gracie Clingan is not like most 7-year-olds because she has Type 1 diabetes — the very disease the adults are talking about.

Supes hike ambulance fees

The cost for a ride in a local ambulance just shot up from $1,114 to $1,427. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17 approved a 28.11 percent increase for ambulance service in County Service Areas 3 and 7 —South Lake Tahoe and the county’s Western Slope. A board resolution includes language that allows […]

Search begins for new superintendent of schools

The El Dorado County Board of Education finalized a timetable for selecting a new superintendent of schools at its Nov. 23 special meeting. While board members began the meeting by acknowledging how much internal talent there is to draw from within the district, they decided they wanted to open the recruitment process as they go about replacing former […]

Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver.

Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency in the world and issues less than 20 Junior Master licenses annually in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean combined.

Fatal crash on Hwy. 49

A Placerville man died after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a boulder early Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Nov. 24 at approximately 1:19 a.m. Forrest Garrison, 42, was driving a 1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 northbound on Highway 49, just south of El Dorado. As the vehicle entered into a part of the road that […]

County gets water grant

The El Dorado Water Agency approved two agreements at its Nov. 18 meeting that will allow it to access $1.7 million in grant funding. The grant stems from a $6.2 million Proposition 84 grant to the Nevada Irrigation District from the California Department of Water Resources. Under the terms of the two agreements approved by the board, the El […]

Robbery suspects caught

Two men were arrested and taken into custody in Sacramento County a day after they allegedly pulled off a home invasion in Greenwood. On Nov. 19 at approximately 11:27 a.m El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion robbery in the 4000 block of Edgewater Drive in Greenwood, where they discovered several victims in […]

Superintendent job: Trustees meet to discuss vacancy

The El Dorado County Board of Education will meet today to discuss former Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ replacement. The board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation last week after his second DUI arrest earlier this month. The details of his separation from the El Dorado County Office of Education have not been released. “The board is meeting to establish […]

New engine for Pioneer

SOMERSET — With a new primary fire engine ordered and due next year, the Pioneer Fire Protection District added a much-needed piece of equipment to its fleet earlier this fall with the purchase of a Type III 2015 HME Ahrens Fox Wildland Engine. “This engine is a welcome addition to our fire district,” said Pioneer […]

CPCSD drama: McNeil called a ‘serial bully’

Conflict bracketed the Nov. 18 Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors meeting as President Scott McNeil came under fire for alleged bullying. The brouhaha began as the board discussed a weed abatement program for portions of Cameron Park Drive and Green Valley Road. Long-time board critic Gerald Lillpop chastised the board for stalling on paying for the program while […]

Emergency crews prepare for the worst

Screaming patients, contaminated victims and chaos took over Marshall Medical Center last Thursday as emergency crews participated in a drill simulating a mass-casualty incident.

Coordinated with multiple agencies, more than 100 personnel from the medical center, Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Sheriff, El Dorado Office of Emergency Services, the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Public Health, El Dorado County EMS and Union Mine High School participated in the four-hour event.

Tip a hat to Harry Dunlop, ‘the water guy’

Harry Dunlop died at his home in Diamond Springs on Nov. 5 at the age of 95.

Dunlop was a giant in the water world, a giant when it came to community service and a giant when it came to moral stature.

No newcomer to El Dorado County, Dunlop’s family history went back to the 1880s when his grandfather bought 160 acres on the site where Walmart stands today. Growing pears when the fruit was in its heyday, his father John Dunlop was the county’s assistant agriculture commissioner. the senior Dunlop also assisted in the acquisition of Sly Park. Harry’s mother Antonia was a member of the Forni family, another long-time ranching family.

El Dorado Hills housing development growing by 50 lots

Parker Development received the go ahead to add residential lots to its Serrano development at the Nov. 12 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. Located near the intersection of Village Green Drive and Russi Ranch Drive in El Dorado Hills, the 122-acre site will be divided into 50 residential lots plus four open space lots. Making up Phase II […]

Auditor-controller ‘ordered’ to reimburse fire district

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn faced off against the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 17 meeting on Tuesday. The immediate issue was whether or not he has a “duty” to transfer $169,859 from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s Development Impact Fee account to partially reimburse the district for purchase of a […]

Murphy leaving the Gazette

Georgetown Gazette managing editor Rebecca Murphy has announced her decision to step down effective Dec. 31. Murphy has served as the Gazette’s editor since May 2008. “I have truly enjoyed my time as editor of this community newspaper,” said Murphy. “I have other things I want to do and now is the time to do […]

Frentzen, Veerkamp respond to recall effort; Mikulaco receives notice

District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp recently submitted formal responses to the group known as El Dorado County Total Recall. In accordance with California State Elections Code, both supervisors answered vague charges of “corruption and cronyism” and emphasized their achievements while in office. Within seven days after the filing of the […]

EDH Fire fights for promised revenue

El Dorado County owes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department more than $500,000 — funds guaranteed to the fire department after it annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the department expected to receive a little more than $256,000 each fiscal year as outlined in an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors resolution guaranteeing that […]

Superintendent of Schools Meyers resigns

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers stepped down from his position, it was announced at a special El Dorado County Board of Education meeting Monday morning. The board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation, which came less than two weeks after he crashed his truck into a utility box in Placerville and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the […]

Bank robbery suspect sought

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives need the public’s help to identify a man who robbed an El Dorado Savings Bank Friday evening

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. According to sheriff’s officials, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot. He was last seen running east on Pleasant Valley Road.

Hail, icy roads blamed for multiple crashes

CHP urges drivers to use caution A 16 passenger white van rolled over, causing multiple injuries, early Monday morning. The van was traveling southbound on Sly Park Road near Onyx Trail when it veered out of control off the west shoulder into a dirt embankment and flipped onto its left side. One passenger suffered major injuries and was […]

Dangers of drugs discussed

School faculty, parents and students got an unsettling education during a special drug awareness and prevention meeting hosted by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office last Thursday. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were also on hand for prescription medication take-back. John Scherbenske with the Drug Enforcement Administration talked to the crowd about prescription, synthetic and designer drugs. […]

Supervisors update planning documents

After two-and-a-half days deep in the weeds, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 voted tentatively to adopt a range of recommendations that will lead to General Plan amendments and a change in the county’s Zoning Ordinance. The project titled the Targeted General Plan Amendments and  Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) required an extensive […]

Trustees meet about Meyers

The El Dorado County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting today to discuss issues surrounding El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ recent arrest. The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. in the Office of Education’s conference room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Public comments will be heard prior to the board convening in […]

Remains found in Folsom Lake

A mother and son found a human skull in the Browns Ravine/Hobie Cove area of Folsom Lake Thursday evening.

El Dorado County sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene.

“(Investigators) are thinking that the body could be 10 to 15 years old (in the water, not the person’s age). The victim could have drowned from a boat accident … suicide, a missing person. It could be a number of things,” El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch told the Mountain Democrat.

GDPUD preps for King Fire impacts

With sludge, trees and other debris from the King Fire still a concern, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors voted to use some of its reserves to mitigate any impact on Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the district’s water supply at its Nov. 10 meeting. Operations Manager Darrell Creeks said 3,500 to 4,000 […]

Vet helps keep PT boats afloat, during and after war

“Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones

At 93 and still full of spunk, Rolf Bruckner sipped his whiskey seven and recalled a life that has included serving in both World War II and Korea, helping Navy servicemen earn college degrees and participating in the restoration of a PT boat to mint condition — an accomplishment he still relishes to this day.

One of those selected to be honored at local Veterans Day events this past Wednesday, Bruckner was born in Hamburg, Germany. Still a toddler, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1924 where they settled in New Jersey.

Mother, son shot dead

A 49-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning after he allegedly killed his mother and brother Wednesday in the Oak Hill area southeast of Placerville. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 11 after a woman told authorities she and her brother-in law, Milo Wallace, had an argument after […]

Honoring our heroes

IMG_7525 ec w Commander Jake Parsons starts out the Veterans Day ceremonies with a heartwarming speech. IMG_7524 ec w IMG_7517 ec w It was goosebumps all around as the crowd at the Veterans Day ceremonies at the El Dorado County Veterans Memorial watched the T-6 Texan aircraft conduct a flyover during the performing of the […]

EID rate increase in customers’ hands

On a split vote the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved proposed rate increases over the next five years subject to the outcome of a Proposition 218 process. At the same time the board approved a two-year operating budget, a proposed revised rate structure for small farm and agricultural properties with a residence […]

Protect your pooch: Dognapper scam apparently making the rounds

Dognapping — Tt’s a dog parent’s nightmare and one that Tisha Holy and her family lived through last month when their Pomeranian was snatched from their Placerville home. “Jackson was on the back porch of our 5-acre, fenced property when my husband heard a man trying to quiet Jackson; then the dog let out a loud yelp,” […]

Veteran of the Year: Joe Whiten gives back to vets on the green

El Dorado Hills resident and U.S. Army Reserve veteran Joe Whiten combined his passions for golf and helping veterans to create the Serrano Salute to Valor Golf Tournament that in the past two years has raised nearly $52,000 for military veterans.

For what he has done to help veterans, Whiten will be named El Dorado County Veteran of the Year today at Veterans Day ceremonies held at 11 a.m. at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Man killed in Camino

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Camino man on suspicion of murder Friday. Sheriff’s officials report that Dennis Renk, 38, and an unidentified adult man were involved in a physical altercation outside a home in the 2800 block of Elmer Street in Camino shortly after 1 a.m. When authorities arrived they found the man unconscious in the […]

Dispensary reopening after sheriff’s raid

The Highlands Health and Wellness Collective in Shingle Springs will reopen its doors Monday, Nov. 9. “This opening will occur despite unfounded allegations by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. We reject those allegations, as they are not truthful,” dispensary CEO Jeremey Mills states in an announcement. “We must serve our community and allow safe access for […]

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