The Placerville Christmas Parade may be over, but the Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing with lots more toys needed. According to Sue Henderson, who with her husband Hollis coordinates the El Dorado County Toys for Tots campaign, 1,500 toys have been collected so far, but they need 15,000. “Give me toys, lots […]
The owners of Poor Red’s will have to wait another month for any decisions on their case and the selling of the iconic bar. Former employees were in the audience as Mike and Brenda Adams and their attorneys, Adam Weiner and Mark Ralphs, appeared for a very short hearing Wednesday morning. The attorneys, along with […]
Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune An El Dorado County jury soon will decide if convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn faces execution or life in prison for his crimes. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November of murdering three California teens, Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe in 1989 and Tammy Jarschke and Tanya Jones, both of […]
Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.
It was a day of treachery that ended with 2,403 Americans killed, 1,178 wounded, 21 ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet either damaged or sunk, and the Casus belli that launched the United States into World War II.
Many survivors of that day have since died, but Bill Howell, 89, of Diamond Springs, is still with us.
The last, he says, of the Pearl Harbor survivors in El Dorado County.
Howell said he had a bird’s-eye view of the attack as he was aboard the USS Phoenix, a light cruiser moored at Pearl Harbor. Only 17 at the time and trained as a helmsman, he was also …
El Dorado County may be home to the largest population of those over the age of 55, but is also one of the healthiest counties in the state, coming in sixth out of 58 counties. That’s according to a recent community health assessment conducted by Marshall Medical Center in collaboration with Valley Vision Inc., a […]
The Hangman dummy on Main Street in Placerville was stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 28, only to be found later that morning sitting in the Liar’s Bench bar. Placerville Police Department received a call at 1:33 a.m. on Nov. 28 regarding trespassing and attempted theft at 305 Main Street, where the dummy […]
Excited to be a position where she can make a difference in people’s lives, Brenda Frachiseur was recently announced as the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County (BBBS). In the job since October and still getting her feet wet, Frachiseur, 58, comes with 30 years of experience working for […]
After seven years of planning, fundraising and watching their beloved community of canine friends grow from pups to middle age, “grey in their muzzle” companions, the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild can finally celebrate an off leash dog park in Cameron Park, the first on the western slope of El Dorado County.
Ground broke Nov. 11 and a fence was installed later that week on the half-acre site in Hacienda Park, located at the northeast corner of Cameron Park Drive and Hacienda Drive.
“Thank you to Golden State Fence that gave us such a fabulous deal with superior products and an amazingly efficient work crew,” said …
On Nov. 4, the home at 711 Rickety Road in Somerset burned to the ground around 5 a.m. The results of the fire investigation listed the cause as “undetermined” but the residents believe it was a case of arson. James Collinson, the homeowner, and his live-in girlfriend, Lela Hayes, said they lost his house — […]
Main Street in Placerville was fairly busy at about 10:30 a.m. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but very few were holding bags signifying they had purchased something. “It’s picking up,” said Albert Fausel of Placerville Hardware. “The early part of the day was quiet. But it’s picking up, spirits are up and people […]
The day after Thanksgiving means two things: Black Friday, with shoppers descending en masse on stores; and the choosing, cutting and taking home of a Christmas tree.
Greg Fluckey literally sells trees out of his backyard on Poverty Hill Drive, next to Gold Bug Park. “We don’t draw like Apple Hill,” he said of his Poverty Hill Tree Farm, “but this is typically one of the busiest weekends.” He was looking forward to between 20 and 30 customers that day.
No one had yet arrived to claim a tree that day, but the day was still quite young — Darcie Abbott, Greg’s girlfriend, was still putting out wreaths …
With winter coming on, the number of homeless using local churches for overnight shelter has increased, leading one of the volunteers associated with the program to put out a call for help. Janis Carney, who is a member of Green Valley Community Church and also one of those involved in coordinating the shelter program, said […]
California leads the nation in the total number of solar-powered homes. This year Lancaster became the first U.S. city to require new homes to average at least 1 kilowatt of solar power each. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Covenants, Code & Restrictions Committee has seen an upswing in solar requests too and the […]
A September report by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy shows that the Central Subregion, of which El Dorado County is part of, has more than half of the acres in the subregion being of “high and above” threat. The report, “Fire Threat,” by lead author Mark Stanley with data analysis by Steve Beckwitt, shows that of […]
The County of El Dorado and the Judges of the Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado, announced that Brian Richart has accepted appointment as El Dorado County’s new chief probation officer, according to a statement from the Chief Administrative Office and the Superior Court. A unique position under California law, the chief probation […]
“You don’t know how many people you touch,” El Dorado Hills Deputy Chief Jim O’Camb said recently as he sat back in his office chair and reflected on his nearly 35-year fire service career.
He recalled a man stopping him in the grocery store once to thank O’Camb for saving the man’s daughter. He smiled as he remembered the little boy who managed to get himself trapped in a closet. O’Camb and a fellow firefighter dismantled the door, got the shaken youngster out and then put the door back together.
The friendships — O’Camb said he will always be grateful for the people he has met throughout the years. And even though retirement looms (a month away) he won’t forget what …
An administrative reorganization of the district office was approved by the board of El Dorado County Fire Protection District at its Nov. 21 meeting. Recommended by Chief Mike Hardy, the chief prefaced his remarks by noting that in the face of spiraling costs and declining revenue, the district had taken a number of measures to […]
It’s looking a lot like a Christmas parade as plans are finalized for the big event. Slated for Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. along Broadway and Main Street, the parade will have something for everyone, including Santa Claus. The weather won’t be a problem as it’s predicted to be sunny, if a little brisk. […]
Four fires burned 5 acres of District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting’s land on Nov. 22. Cal Fire responded to Nutting’s property on Happy Valley Road in Somerset at 5:01 p.m., said Cal Fire’s Teri Mizuhara. The four fires that were discovered burned about 5 acres of land before being contained at 9 p.m. Nutting gave […]
The conflict in Syria may not be in the news as much today, but the faces of refugees who have fled for their lives remain fresh in the mind of Somerset resident Terri Crisp, 57.
A longtime employee and volunteer with different animal welfare organizations, Crisp has been making trips to Iraq since 2005 on behalf of a program called Operation Baghdad Pups sponsored by the SPCA International (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
A program that attracted criticism last year after it was discovered that most of the money donated to the program went to a fundraising agency, Operation Baghdad Pups reunites cats and dogs …
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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: Apple Hill did a booming business this fall and had the traffic congestion to prove it. The Apple Hill Shuttle, run by El Dorado County Transit Authority, has been a big part of moving people from one apple orchard to another for 24 […]
On Nov. 11, Supervisor Ray Nutting sent a press release stating that the state Third District Court accepted his appeal for review. On Nov. 21, the court announced it denied Nutting’s appeal. Nutting’s press release stated that his attorneys ”have received word from the California State Court of Appeals Third Appellate District that his case has been […]
Despite an item in the Bass Lake Bulletin monthly newsletter asserting that the sale of Bass Lake by the El Dorado Irrigation District is stalled, officials told the Mountain Democrat the sale is still in the works. The 140 acres around the lake has been for sale since March. The Bulletin said negotiations had stalled […]
Bass Lake Road area residents and developers again came up short on Tuesday Nov. 12, when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors quashed efforts to redesign Development Agreements it signed with the county a decade or more ago. Those DAs run for 20 years. The motion by District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago to continue […]
High wind in the county caused many power outages Thursday and Friday. Brandi Ehlers, PG&E spokesperson, noted, “The wind can wreak a whole bunch of havoc on our system.” She provided numbers of the areas affected by Friday around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, 408 customers were affected in Georgetown; 387 in Kyburz were without power; […]
What began as a panel of red-faced county supervisors a couple of weeks ago has turned into an all out rout of county ordinances and policies regarding elected official compensation. Monday, during a special board meeting, supervisors voted 3-1 to overhaul a number of special bonus programs that benefited elected department heads for longevity, special […]
Longtime attorney David Combellack announced he is running for superior court judge in Department 7. The election is June 3 2014. Combellack, 64, is running for the seat currently held by Judge Douglas Phimister. At a fundraiser recently Combellack was introduced by retired Superior Court Judge Pat Riley, for whose law firm Combellack clerked while still a law […]
The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office announced that deputy district attorney Joseph Alexander received the Prosecutor of the Year award. On Nov. 5 at an awards ceremony in Sacramento, the California Narcotics Officers Association Region II honored Joe Alexander as Prosecutor of the Year for our area. Deputy DA Alexander was nominated by several […]
A day shelter for the homeless is now open, said Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris. “There haven’t been very many people using it yet, but it’s been open for almost a week.” The day shelter is located at Christ-Like Services at 7500 Green Valley Road, which will also host an evening shelter two nights per […]
Two months ago, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary cash bailout for five of the eight rural fire protection districts.
But with the fiscal fix came an admonishment that the districts needed to come up with a long-term solution to their budget problems.
One of those agencies approved for funding was the Rescue Fire Protection District.
A small district, RFPD serves around 3,000 residents on a budget of $1.4 million.
Like some long-deserted city, the shoreline of the American River near Salmon Falls is littered here and there with the scattered remains of an old diversion dam and ditches.
And though neglected, the dam hasn’t been forgotten. For visiting it recently were docents from the Folsom Powerhouse along with Jenifer Padgett, an associate state archaeologist with the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
Picking their way through the rocks and cockleburs, they walked up the South Fork of the American River to what was left of the old Natoma Water and Mining Co. Diversion Dam.
The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce meeting was packed last Wednesday when it held a forum on water. The topic that drew the crowd was the integral part that water plays in the economic viability of El Dorado County, the Sacramento region and the state. There to address that topic from a local, county […]
Last Tuesday’s board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District promised to be a humdrum affair until Director Kathy Otermat circulated drafts of two new policies for review and comment. Brought up previously at workshops and other board meetings, the more contentious policy outlined how directors should conduct and communicate among themselves. A second policy […]