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Free state tax assistance online

SACRAMENTO — Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee reminds taxpayers that FTB offers a variety of free services online, from electronic filing to requesting a payment plan. “Tax season can be a stressful time,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Yee.” FTB offers an array of online services to make the process of filing a […]

Take the county biz survey

The El Dorado County Economic Development Division is partnering with regional economic development organizations to implement the 2016 county Business Survey to enhance the economic climate for both employees and employers in the county. The survey, which is a collaboration of county chambers of commerce, downtown organizations, professional associations and cities, will help to analyze the competitiveness of […]

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

South Lake Tahoe police released composite sketches of two suspects in a Saturday night shooting that left an Amador County man dead. The sketches show two men suspected in a shooting at the Beverly Lodge that killed 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. Police believe Wright traveled to South Lake Tahoe with his girlfriend to sell 100 […]

Health alert: Public reminded to guard against mosquitoes

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently advised that although there is no evidence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in California, people should always take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including removing standing water and wearing insect repellant when necessary. Californians should also be advised of international […]

EDH residents rally for rec center, trails, fields

EL DORADO HILLS — The process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan continues with community input gathered via online comments through Feb. 15. Last Thursday CSD staff and directors hosted approximately 50 residents at a public workshop to narrow down top priorities from information gathered from residents since […]

Legal services available for seniors

Are you a senior in need of legal advice, counsel or advocacy? El Dorado County offers general civil legal services to county residents 60 years of age or older through the Senior Legal Services office. Individuals can meet with an attorney to get legal advice, solve problems, mediate disputes, prepare legal documents and be represented […]

CHP looking for senior volunteers

The California Highway Patrol’s Placerville Area Office, is looking for motivated citizens who want to give something back to their community as senior volunteers. Senior volunteers are CHP employees who assist in both administrative and field capacities. The objectives of the CHP Senior Volunteer Program are: To assist the CHP in providing enhanced public service to the community; to […]

Federal funds aiding wildfire preparedness at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The latest round of funding through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act includes more than $3 million for projects to help reduce wildfire risk in Lake Tahoe communities. The funding award for Lake Tahoe is part of nearly $40 million going to projects around Nevada […]

FBI Teen Academy seeks applicants

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic, what it really takes to work for the FBI and what investigations are like? If you are a high school junior who attends school within the 34 California counties served by the FBI’s Sacramento field office, apply for Spring […]

Former EDH man guilty of fraud

SACRAMENTO — Gregory J. Chmielewski, 46, of West Bend, Wisc., and formerly of El Dorado Hills, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for a scheme where he transferred business funds to his own personal use, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced earlier this month. According to his plea agreement, Chmielewski set up a professional […]

Tahoe agencies tackle transportation plans, projects

LAKE TAHOE — Improving transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians is one of the most effective strategies to conserve and restore Lake Tahoe’s environment, revitalize the economy, enhance recreation opportunities and improve public health, according to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials. In its capacity as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization, TRPA this week released a […]

State Water Board adopts diverter regulations

SACRAMENTO – The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted regulations requiring all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions. Those who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year must also measure their diversions. The regulations, which apply to about 12,000 water right holders and claimants, require annual reporting of […]

Cal Fire highlights the importance of trees

SACRAMENTO — Trees are an essential part of California’s climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week […]

Marshall executive gets regional position

SACRAMENTO – The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California has named an experienced hospital director and government relations executive as the new regional vice president for the North Bay, Northern Sierra and Redwood Coast sections. William T Abraham, who goes by “T,” is a founding member of the El Dorado Hills Government Relations Committee […]

Forest restoration projects unite agencies

State, local and federal agencies have teamed up to protect and improve resources, forests and the county’s watershed regions damaged by recent wildfires and the ongoing drought. Cal Fire, the El Dorado County Resource Conservation District and the U.S. Forest Service representatives presented their individual and combined efforts at the Jan. 12 El Dorado County […]

State’s cumulative water savings meet mandate

SACRAMENTO — Californians have reduced water use by 26.3 percent in the six months since emergency conservation regulations took effect in June 2015, continuing to meet Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate despite a decline in the statewide water-savings rate for the last two months. In November, when outdoor water use dramatically drops, the […]

EID customers continue to reduce water use

For the month of December El Dorado Irrigation District customers reduced their water use by 35 percent compared to December 2013. EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under a mandate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. In November 2015 […]

Norovirus is on the rise in California

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced that California is experiencing an increase in norovirus cases, commonly referred to as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease. CDPH has confirmed 32 outbreaks of norovirus in California since Oct. 1, 2015 — likely resulting in hundreds of reported […]

PPD welcomes new commander, officers

The Placerville Police Department held a ceremonial swearing in on Tuesday, welcoming three new police officers and Commander Joseph Wren. Commander Wren, formerly working with the Ceres Police Department, started his career in 1996 as a field training officer at the Sutter Creek Police Department in Amador County. He has served numerous special assignments, including SWAT, […]


Evan Bright, 24, from Placerville, booked on Dec. 31 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $10,000. Roman Pokitko, 34, from Rio Linda, booked on Dec. 31 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Dennis Below, 58, from Coloma, booked on Jan.1 by EDSO, bail listed $15,000. Jennifer Faber, 40, from Placerville, booked on Jan. 1 by EDSO, […]

Business workshops scheduled this month

A series of free business planning workshops for eligible businesses with five or fewer employees (including business owners) will begin in El Dorado County starting the week of Jan. 21. “El Dorado County is committed to assisting local business. The learning tools offered through these workshops can be tremendously valuable to any new or existing business,” according […]

New Year’s chase ends in arrest

A 100 mph vehicle pursuit ended in Cameron Park with an arrest Friday. On Jan. 1 at around 9:20 a.m. the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department contacted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department about a high-speed chase a Sacramento County was involved in, heading east on Highway 50 by El Dorado Hills. The suspect was described as a white adult […]

Grass vandalism burns park officials

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park’s well-manicured grounds were found littered with tire tracks last week thanks to at least one discourteous driver who used the grass as a driving track. The vandalism inspired harsh words from state park maintenance crew member Billy Freeman, who posted on Facebook, “I’m asking for your help today. Apparently […]

Board of Supervisors back in business tomorrow

After a three-week holiday hiatus, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors returns to its regular Tuesday schedule tomorrow, Jan. 5, for its first official meeting of 2016. Traditionally, the board begins its new year with elections for board chairperson, vice chair and second vice chair. District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp held the gavel throughout […]

Dave Barry’s 2015 Year in Review

Sometimes we are accused — believe it or not — of being overly negative in our annual Year in Review. Critics say we ignore the many positive events in a given year and focus instead on the stupid, the tragic, the evil, the disgusting, the Kardashians. OK, critics: We have heard you. This year, instead […]

Marijuana dispensary ruling expected next month

An emotional afternoon for defendants ended the lengthy preliminary hearing in the People v. Pure Life Dispensary case. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian did not make a ruling on the last day in mid-December, instead suggesting defendants waive time so he could “get it right.” “It’s been complicated and complex,” Melikian said. […]

CHP delivers gifts

‘Tis the season for giving. Bringing people joy on Christmas was just what the California Highway Patrol, along with many other generous people in the community, did for five lucky families. “Over the last few years I have been doing a toy drive along with Chips for Kids and Toys for Tots. This year I had […]

Dixon Ranch/Dollar Store projects delayed

Weather and recusals factored into the El Dorado Planning Commission putting off decisions regarding two controversial planning projects at a recent meeting. Approval of the design for a Dollar Store in Georgetown was delayed due to the lack of a tie-breaking majority. To be located on 1.2 acres on Main Street between Orleans and Harkness Streets, the proposed 9,000-square-foot […]

Stay vigilant and protect yourself from theft

Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, consumers shouldn’t let their guard down. Hackers, identity thieves, burglars and others with ill intentions work 365 days a year. Alexis Moore, founder of the non-profit crime victim advocacy organization Survivors in Action and the author of “Cyber Self-Defense: Expert to Avoid Online Predators, Identity Theft and Cyber […]

Prevent holiday illnesses

Holidays bring families and friends together for celebration. Unfortunately, the holidays can also result in transporting illnesses to travelers and loved ones. Don’t let the holidays be dampened by illness. The Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency recommends taking time now to get vaccinated against influenza. Those who […]

Drunk and drugged driving ruins the holidays

If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk driving related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers. As part of the national Drive […]

GDPUD board wraps up the year but not water rate discussions

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s Board of Directors closed out 2015 with another discussion about water rate increases at is December meeting. General Manager Wendell Wall said the district plans to contract out a cost of service study next summer. The study could be partially funded by a grant from the El Dorado County Water Agency, Wall […]

Tribe’s project under review

Environmental review continues for a proposed gas station on the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ property south of Highway 50, with the possibility construction could start next spring. Tamara Murray-Guerrero, chairperson of the tribe’s Business Development Corporation Board of Directors, confirmed the tribe is moving forward with plans to develop the land at the intersection of Shingle Springs […]

El Niño disaster plan gets a workout

Anticipating heavy rainfall this year, an exercise to test a disaster plan related to El Niño was held Dec. 9 by the FEMA Region 9 office in Oakland. During the exercise, a task force made up of experts from the FEMA Region 9 office, as well as other federal, state, local, tribal and community partners, was asked to evaluate the core […]

Food Bank helping families provide a holiday feast

The holiday season is here. It’s a joyous time of the year that most people look forward to but it can be a time of sadness and depression for some of our neighbors who struggle to make ends meet. Many local residents are asking themselves right now, “How am I going to provide a holiday meal, gifts […]

City Council gives fond farewell to clerk, recognizes longtime employees

It’s not every Placerville City Council meeting where the mayor gets visibly choked with emotion. But then it’s not every council meeting where a woman who has served the city for more than 26 years says good-bye. Mayor Patty Borelli wasn’t the only one with tears threatening Tuesday evening as longtime City Clerk Susan Zito […]

Cahill gets new contract

The contract for Cameron Park Community Services District General Manager Mary Cahill has been renewed for another year. Her new salary will be $95,666 effective Oct. 1, an increase of $3,866 over her previous salary. In April 2016 her performance will be evaluated, at which time she could be eligible for another 3 percent merit increase. Included in […]

County RAC meets Monday

The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College community room, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub.L 110-343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The agenda […]

County water use drizzles

For the month of November El Dorado Irrigation District customers reduced their water use by 40 percent compared to November 2013. EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under a mandate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. […]

CHP supports senior drivers

​SACRAMENTO — With the approaching holiday season, a time of travel and spending time with family, the California Highway Patrol is actively supporting the independence of the most experienced drivers on the road. The CHP is joining with the American Occupation Therapy Association to recognize Dec. 7-11 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. “Older Driver Safety Awareness Week […]

Cal Fire keeps extra firefighters during the winter

SACRAMENTO — While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, Cal Fire continues to have extra firefighter staffing statewide and remains at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Late last month alone Cal Fire crews responded to nearly 50 new wildfires. Even as […]

H4H, community team up to feed the hungry

The youth of Hands4Hope coordinated and hosted several food drives from September through November to provide an opportunity for our community to donate canned food and monetary donations to support the efforts of local food banks and programs supporting the hungry in our community. Beneficiaries included the Food Bank of El Dorado County, Twin Lakes Food […]

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