Monday, September 1, 2014

Placerville crime stats reported, mobile app released

In a good news, bad news story, Placerville Police Chief Heller reported that while crimes against people are down from last year, property crimes are up. Reviewed at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Placerville City Council, Heller noted that when comparing the first half of 2014 (January through June) to the same period in 2013, crime […]

City bike and trail projects move ahead

Taking action on a number of bike and trail projects at its Aug. 26 meeting, the Placerville City Council approved items including spending $350,000 for the design phase of the Broadway Bike Lanes Project. The project will end in the widening of Broadway from Schnell School Road to Point View Drive and construct Class II bike […]

Six indicted on meth, heroin trafficking

Six Sacramento-area men were indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 28 for charges related to trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in Yolo, Sacramento and El Dorado counties. According to a press release from Unite States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, a 17-count indictment was returned by a grand jury against Kenneth Tam, 53, Gerald Osborne, […]

Cameron Park burglar caught on camera

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing a Cameron Park business in the early morning hours of Aug. 26. The front door of the business was pried open and the cash drawer from the register was taken, a press release stated. There was […]

Acupuncture clinic aims to serve community

With a sliding pay scale, Rosie McNeilly hopes to bring the world of acupuncture to a larger segment of the El Dorado County community. The main room of El Dorado Community Acupuncture is soothing. Soft music, a few dim lights, neutral blue walls with painted bird and tree silhouettes, comfy chairs and beds make up […]

Off-duty CHP officer severely injured

An off-duty CHP officer sustained severe injuries in a solo collision Aug. 23. Richard Marshall, a recently promoted CHP lieutenant, was driving his black 2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide southbound on Highway 49 south of Forgotten Loop around 3 p.m., a CHP press release announced. His motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway […]

Program aimed at preserving life

Calling their 15-year-old son “the greatest thing we ever did,” Melanie and Ron Stewart have a plan that could prevent other parents from the grief they’ve suffered since his untimely death. On June 13, the Garden Valley couple lost its beloved Ronnie due to the sudden and swift rise in the river level at the […]

Bigelow’s AB 2073 signed into law

SACRAMENTO – On Aug. 22, Assembly Bill 2073, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and will become law next year. Assembly Bill 2073 provides an exemption to the general prohibition against alcohol on school property. This bill allows facilities such as community centers, schools and office complexes owned by […]

Property Tax Roll shows a modest increase

The assessed value of all taxable property in El Dorado County increased by slightly more than 5 percent according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. The assessor completed and turned over the 2014/15 property tax roll on June 30. The $26.8 billion roll, which reflects the assessed value as of Jan. 1, is about […]

El Dorado County crops are up in market value

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22, and it was good news. According to a press release issued by the department, the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 […]

Eldorado National Forest chosen for new wildland fire project

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is one of only two forests recently selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to serve as a demonstration area that will implement the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy). The South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project encompasses approximately 250,000 acres. The goals […]

Maury Erickson of Atwood Insurance dies

Maurice Alan Erickson (Maury), the well-known owner of Atwood Insurance Agency in Placerville, died Aug. 2 in Yuma, Ariz., of natural causes. Born in Opportunity, Wash., on Aug. 7, 1919, Erickson was just five days short of his 95th birthday when he died. A natural salesman who was successful in a variety of different careers, […]

Tea Party meeting on Common Core

This Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host an intense discussion on Common Core, the spawn of Race to the Top, the government’s answer to making education into a one-size-fits-all. The discussion will be led by Bob Summers. The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn […]

County unemployment up to 7.2 percent

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.4 percent in July 2014, up from a revised 6.9 percent in June 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Tax collector offers due date e-mail reminders

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector, announced Aug. 11 that taxpayers can sign up for property tax reminders. These free e-mail notifications can help act as a friendly reminder of tax due dates. To subscribe to the tax due dates reminders, visit and click on the E-mail Subscription links at […]

Camino plant getting improved remote control

The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.

Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.

Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…

Veerkamp plans town hall confab

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp will host a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the library at Union Mine High School. All residents and business owners in the Diamond Springs-El Dorado community region are encouraged to attend. “There will be a number of topics up for discussion that will […]

Community partners work to end mental health stigma

“One out of four families will experience mental health challenges. My family is one,” narrates actress Glenn Close at the start of the documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” which was shown to residents at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion earlier this year in an effort to […]

Western Placerville Interchanges Project changes

Five changes to the design plan of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project were approved by Placerville City Council on June 24. The Western Placerville Interchanges Project is a phased project designed to improve traffic flow along the Placerville Drive/Forni Road/Ray Lawyer Drive/Highway 50 area. Phase 1a has already been completed and included the construction of […]

Man arrested soliciting underage sex

A Placerville man was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 4 after allegedly having contact with sexual intent with a minor. Shawn Michael Roediger, 26, was arrested after he allegedly placed an ad online on July 29 seeking a sexual relationship with a “young girl” who would be his “sex pet,” a […]

Back-to-school childhood immunizations offered

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is now offering back-to-school immunizations for eligible children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as vaccinations that are recommended to keep children healthy. Parents who do not have a health care provider […]

Mather Airport cargo hub approval hearing Aug. 12

On Aug. 12 the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will host a public meeting to vote on the Mather Airport Master Plan and Environmental Impact Review. Approval would turn the small airport into an air cargo hub, which would increase nighttime arrivals by at least 20 more flights per day. The expansion plans include lengthening […]

County school board seat vacant

The El Dorado County School Board decided in a special meeting July 31 to make a provisional appointment for the unexpired portion of the term, which expires in November. The board will conduct candidate interviews at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 14. The application deadline for this provisional appointment has been extended to […]

County launches Sand Fire Website

With operations on the Sand Fire moving into the recovery stage, the county of El Dorado has launched a new Website and hotline hours to assist with the rebuilding effort. The Website and hotline were originally established in the midst of the fire to relay pertinent emergency information and provide residents with available county services. […]

Schultz arraignment continued

A man accused of growing marijuana was in court very briefly Tuesday morning. Justen David Schultz appeared with attorney Erik Schlueter for the hearing, lasting just a few minutes. Because Schultz’s attorney, James Clark, was in a jury trial, Schlueter, appearing on behalf of Clark, continued the arraignment to Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. Schultz […]

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National Night Out Tuesday

Placerville loves a party, and to prove it friends and neighbors will take to the streets Tuesday, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out, a nationwide event that always finds local participation at its peak. In fact, Placerville has been honored with several first-place awards for its celebration over the years, including a first-place honor […]

P’ville man guilty of tax charges

A Placerville man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday on two counts of willfully making false tax returns. Thomas W. Stringfellow, 55, entered the plea regarding allegations of more than $1.1 million in underreported business income and more than $1 million in personal income on tax returns between 2006 and 2010, a press release from […]

Two fires in town

Two fires were contained in Placerville on July 28. The first saw fire crews dispatched at 12:13 p.m. to a mobile home park at 1525 Cold Springs Road, space 49, said El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. The home was “heavily damaged throughout,” but crews stopped the fire from affecting wildland or other homes. […]

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and White […]

Tails wagging over dog park approval

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the much-anticipated El Dorado Hills dog park on July 24. The park will be the second dog park on the western slope; the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the opening of its first park, the Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park, late last year. The dog park […]

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

A brush fire near Sierra Pines Mobile Manor in Kelsey burned approximately one quarter of an acre last Thursday, July 24. Residents fairly far away said they heard two large explosions. One person with second-degree burns was transported by Medic 61; it is not known whether the victim went to a hospital or burn center. […]

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22. It announced that the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 million yield in gross returns (not net profit) was up from […]

35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

A fire that broke out at the Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe destroyed or severely damaged at least six rooms and five vehicles and displaced 35 people late Wednesday night. Nearly a third of the hotel was heavily damaged by the fire, and was charred black and still dripping water Thursday morning while investigators […]

Help available for breastfeeding mothers

August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. During the month of August, health professionals in El Dorado County are raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and sharing information about local resources and supports for breastfeeding mothers. “Breast milk is the best food you can give your baby,” said El Dorado County health officer, Dr. Alicia […]

New Ross Dress for Less store opens in Placerville

The new Ross Dress for Less store opened in Placerville this past Saturday, July 19. According to its corporate office, the Placerville location is one of three new stores the company opened in Northern California last Saturday, bringing the total to 264 stores in the state. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion […]

Volunteers clean up national forest

Volunteers from PLINK (Please Leave It NRA Klean) spent a Saturday recently cleaning up trash located down a steep embankment on the Eldorado National Forest near Pollock Pines. People have used this area for dumping a variety of trash, including household garbage, construction material, large appliances, car parts, tires and a hot tub. This is […]