Fruit flies invading locales through olive trees

There has been a recent surge of planting olive trees by homeowners to obtain a small farm water rate from El Dorado Irrigation District. Local nurseries are selling olive trees, most notably the Arbequina varietal. “Greenstone Growers,” a local company, helps residents plant olive trees and secure a lower water rate (in order to achieve […]

Theme and counter-theme

DSC_6510 TREASURER TAX COLLECTOR office. Back row left to right, Cherie Raffety, Wesley Clark, Todd Hall, Kim McIntosh, Gabe Thomas. Center row left to right, Gary Perez, Lexi Hall, Suzanne Omega, Janet Graham, and Shawn Moody. Far right is Willie Quillen. Front row left to right, Cami Roberts, Lorraine Barber, Kathleen Gaudreau, and Barbara Seeley. […]

Gold Rush Live

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Red Hawk Casino first responder recognized for life-saving efforts

Tyler Ebinger is a Medical First Responder who has been with Red Hawk Casino two years. Recently Tyler was called to evaluate a 57-year-old guest who had just arrived at the casino when she began experiencing tightness and pain in her head, like none she had ever felt. Tyler performed a primary assessment of the […]

Retired Judges Eddie Keller and Thomas Smith endorse Hoffman

Retired El Dorado Superior Court Judges Eddie Keller and Thomas Smith have endorsed Joseph Hoffman for judge. They join local Superior Court judges Douglas Phimister and Daniel Proud, District Attorney Vern Pierson, sheriff’s deputies and leading victims’ rights groups. “This is an important judicial race, the likes of which I have never seen in our […]

High-speed to casino parking lot

A high-speed chase ended Wednesday in the parking lot of Red Hawk Casino, but not before a police officer was assaulted. Placerville police officers arrived at the Placerville Safeway parking lot to conduct a probation search on Paul Deocampo, 27, who had been seen in the area, a press release stated. Officers approached Deocampo in […]

Wheel of Fortune slot win totals $164k

Red Hawk Casino paid a $164,859 jackpot to a lucky Rewards Club member on Saturday, Sept. 8. The winner from Sacramento, wishes to remain anonymous, but says she visits Red Hawk Casino often. Upon arriving at the casino she sat down to play a Wheel of Fortune slot.  She had been playing for about 30 […]

Final numbers released on public land pot eradication

U.S. Attorneys from seven states have announced the final figures of Operation Mountain Sweep, which targeted illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands. The operation, which spanned eight weeks starting July 1, involved multiple agencies spanning Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, a press release stated. More than 726,000 marijuana plants were eradicated from […]

Lassen sage grouse permits 0

The California Fish and Game Commission acted Aug. 27 in an emergency session to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero in Lassen County. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), responding to wildfires in the area, proposed that the Fish and Game Commission effectively close the September 2012 sage-grouse hunting season in both the […]

Sign up to clean local rivers Sept. 15

The El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide resource conservation districts, American River Conservancy, California Conservation Corps, and Sierra Nevada Conservancy are asking for volunteers to help them in the fourth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 15 along the South Fork of the American River and also several forks of the Cosumnes River. This is […]

Turner Street getting a face-lift

It’s frightening to have to ride in an ambulance to the hospital, but if the ambulance is going up Turner Street, it might be less painful to get out and walk. After Aug. 17, going to Marshall Hospital in an ambulance will be because of a health crisis, not the cause of one. At July […]

Cameron Park CSD board celebrates summer spectacular

It was a night of congratulations and goodbyes at Wednesday’s board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. General Manager Mary Cahill reported that the Summer Spectacular on June 30 was a huge success. “It was a wonderful event where everyone worked together,” she said. Cahill said she expects the event to generate a […]

Runner says budget will be decided by voters

SACRAMENTO – George Runner issued the following statement today in response the Legislature’s completion of the budget process: “If the governor had the courage, he would send this budget back and demand the Legislature send him a fully vetted plan that is truly balanced, contains real reform and spurs job creation in our state. “The […]

Auditor Joe Harn endorses Joseph Hoffman for judge

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn announced April 18 he is endorsing local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman for judge. Harn joins Superior Court judges including Douglas Phimister, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies, local attorneys and citizens who support Hoffman. “Today’s fiscal burdens on our congested courts require the style of judicial leadership […]

Knife attack leads to jail

A man was arrested March 28 after a fight between friends on Skyline Drive in Meyers. The argument between three male friends ended just before midnight with one cutting another with a knife multiple times, Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Becker said. The attacker, identified as Gavin Chandler, 20, was later located and booked on a charge […]

El Dorado County women win $227,955 in lottery

Three El Dorado County moms were all smiles as they arrived at the California Lottery’s Sacramento District Office to claim their prize. The women held a ticket that successfully matched five numbers, missing only the Mega number, in the historic $656 million jackpot draw on March 30. While meeting for lunch, mere hours before the MEGA […]

Carbon monoxide poisoning is real household danger

It was anything but a happy new year in Los Angeles where one woman mourned the loss of her mother and grandmother — both of whom died from carbon monoxide given off by a gas oven door they’d left open to stay warm. A week later, 11 students in Vermont were hospitalized for carbon monoxide […]

Tax board compliance initiative brings results

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced results from the state’s second tax Voluntary Compliance Initiative (VCI2) and the news is good. According to preliminary numbers, VCI 2 raised $350 million with $293 million received in cash and an added $57 million expected by June 15, 2012, from installment payments. This initiative was estimated to […]

CHP emphasizes safe teen driving

For officers with the Placerville area California Highway Patrol, stressing the importance of safe driving is the name of the game. But with National Teen Driver and National School Bus Safety weeks scheduled for this coming week, officers are hoping El Dorado County motorists will show a renewed focus on driver’s safety. The National Teen […]

Gold Caddy tour to honor Poor Red’s

It’s well-known among the barbecue and classic-cocktail crowds that the bar at Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q (since 1948) in El Dorado goes through more Galliano Italian liqueur than anyplace else in the world. That’s because the joint’s signature drink since 1952 has been the Golden Cadillac, a frothy blend of Galliano, half-and-half, white cream de cacao […]

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El Dorado Hills Business Park’s DST expands mailing services

A mail tray takes quite the journey in DST Mailing Services, going up, down and twisting around the power roller conveyors inside before heading off to its final destination. On the busiest month nearly 42 million pieces of sorted mail flow through the facility in the El Dorado Hills Business Park, according to Mury Salls, senior […]

Biz license apps online

According to the El Dorado County Tax Collector, C.L. Raffety, new business owners can now apply for a business license on-line from the comfort of their own home or office. The new service is accessible at Here applicants can click the link “Get a Business License” and the user friendly system walks applicants through […]

Gaines votes against budget plan

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Wednesday issued the following statement regarding the Democrats’ majority-vote budget package. “This irresponsible budget is full of gimmicks and tricks that don’t actually address the structural reform California desperately needs. It pushes us deeper into debt by relying too heavily on future tax increases and does nothing to prevent […]

Nuclear reactor safety consultant defends nuclear power in California

Editor’s note —Roseville resident Cheryl Bly-Chester is an MIT-certified nuclear reactor safety consultant. She also served as a consultant to President Reagan’s Chernobyl Response Delegation in 1986. ROSEVILLE — Cheryl Bly-Chester issued the following statement regarding the implications of Japan’s nuclear power disaster on California’s future. “Putting the Japanese nuclear accident in context with radioactive […]

Carissa Lane

Carissa Lane, 18, of El Dorado Hills, wants to be a teacher so much so that she is in the process of trying to change her college major from psychology to liberal arts. “I want to be a teacher,” she said. “I volunteered in a second grade class in my senior year in high school […]

Matthew DeRosa

Matthew DeRosa, 18, of El Dorado Hills has his sites set on a double major, with one of them being economics. A graduate of Union Mine High School, DeRosa, believes that the businessman and businesswoman are the heart of the American dream. “Qualities that are essential to a flourishing business career include discipline, organization, and […]

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Nicole West

Ponderosa High School graduate Nicole West, 18, of Rescue, is enthusiastic about her future and is looking forward to a career in marketing.. “I kind of always wanted to be somewhere in public relations or advertising,” she said. “I kind of really want to be involved in creating an image for a business and get […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: The benefits of home alone

Recently, while I was out training a client’s dog, I became involved in an incident with another dog. It was as preventable as the deaths by car I covered in my last column. I don’t say that to place blame. I say it to inform, to hopefully prevent it from happening again. While I was […]

Mormon Emigrant Trail to close Nov. 19 until spring

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that the Mormon Emigrant Trail that links Highway 88 and Highway 50 will be seasonally closed starting Friday, Nov. 19. The road will be gated closed near the Iron Mountain Snopark, which is at 7,000 feet elevation. The route will reopen in the spring, when conditions typically improve. Signs will be posted on the […]