Friday, January 30, 2015

Too much zinc in sewer system?

Too much zinc in our effluent — could it be that hundreds of Placerville residents are taking zinc for their health and urinating it back into the sewer system? It’s probably not the case, but the city of Placerville has been releasing a bit too much zinc from the Hangtown Creek Water Reclamation Facility. On […]

Jeep donated to EDSO commemorates Mark A. Smith

The Jeep corporation has donated a Jeep to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office for use on the Rubicon Trail. The Mark A. Smith Special Edition Jeep was donated to commemorate Smith, founder of the Jeepers Jamboree, an annual trail event on the Rubicon. “The Rubicon Trail is a home away from home for Jeep […]

Mustang strikes tree on Latrobe Road

A woman was taken to the hospital Jan. 20 with unknown injuries after hitting a tree with her car. Julia-Ann Aguon, 18, of Sutter Creek, was driving her white 2004 Ford Mustang north on Latrobe Road north of Sun Ridge Meadow Road at about 10:05 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. She was allegedly traveling […]

Multi-car collision causes major injury

A multi-car collision necessitated one man being taken by helicopter for internal injuries Tuesday afternoon. Peter Martinez Jr., 28, of Rio Linda, was driving a white 2012 Chevy box van southbound on Latrobe Road, making a left turn on to South Shingle Road at about 12:30 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Joaquin Robello, 82, […]

National Forest to continue winter prescribed burn program

The Eldorado National Forest will continue its winter prescribed burn fire program starting Sunday, Jan. 25 and continuing through the week if conditions allow. Burn operations will take place in the Grizzly Flat, Happy Valley, Baltic Ridge and Flemming Meadow areas. The prescribed burns that are planned will occur in the following Eldorado National Forest […]

Awards for innovative EID workers

Awards ranging from $50 to $100 were made to three employees of the El Dorado Irrigation District who invented ways to more safely operate sewer and water plants. Called the H.R. Bounty Safety Awards, they came from the California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority for promoting safety in the workplace, and were announced at […]

Major injury after car hits trees

A Pine Grove resident suffered major injuries after the driver’s car collided with pine trees in Grizzly Flat on Jan. 17. The victim, who CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson did not identify, was driving a 2001 Silver Toyota Corolla westbound on Grizzly Flat Road west of String Canyon Road at about 8:45 a.m. when, for an […]

Huntsman’s trial conference set for March

A trial-setting conference for Wayne Allen Huntsman, the man accused of starting the King Fire, was held on Friday, Jan. 23. Huntsman, 37, was indicted on Dec. 15 by a Grand Jury on suspicion of felony arson of forest land, with special allegations of arson with aggravating factors. The King Fire, which started Sept. 13 in Pollock […]

Barber Jon’s museum and barber shop burglarized

A museum of old and rare barber shop items was stolen from World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 21. “They broke in through the front window,” Jon Rivera, better known as “Barber Jon,” said. He believes the burglary occurred between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Barber memorabilia including straight-edge razors dating […]

A new ‘chair-iff’ in town

Supervisor Brian Veerkamp was elected chairman for 2015 at the Board of Supervisors’ first meeting on Jan. 6. At that time he made a few opening remarks. “Thanks for your confidence in me,” and turning to new Supervisors Sue Novasel and Michael Ranalli, he said, “Welcome to our world.” Asking the “indulgence” of board and […]

Eldorado National Forest to hire seasonal workers Jan. 27

The Eldorado National Forest plans to fill approximately 35 seasonal wildland firefighter positions for a temporary appointment that will run approximately May through November. The online application for these jobs will only be open for one week from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. The various positions opening this year are located in Georgetown, Grizzly Flat, […]

Wildlife conservation group plans inaugural event

Plans are well underway for the first ever fundraising banquet event by the Mother Lode Chapter of the California Deer Association in Placerville. The fundraising banquet will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville on Feb. 7. The group was founded in 1996 but hasn’t previously had a chapter in […]

Kirkwood Meadows PUD strengthens infrastructure for reliability and environmental benefits

Kirkwood — On Nov. 1, 2014 the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District, which serves the Kirkwood community and Vail’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort, commissioned and energized a 10-megawatt, 28-mile electrical transmission line connecting the area to the Western electric grid at Pacific Gas & Electric’s Salt Springs substation. This substantially completes a 9-year capital project that […]

BOS to hold workshops on General Plan Biological Resources Policies Update

El Dorado County is in the process of updating the biological resources policies and implementation measures in the county’s General Plan. On Jan. 13, the county Board of Supervisors approved the proposed project schedule. The 18-month project schedule includes a series of public workshops with the board to be held in January 2015 through June […]

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

McClintock appointed chairman of House Subcommittee on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has been appointed Chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee for the 114th Congress. McClintock has served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee since 2009, most recently chairing the Subcommittee on Water and Power. “The sound and rational management of our […]

King Fire logging and restoration topic at the Forest Forum

JACKSON — The King Fire began on Sept. 13, 2014 and consumed 97,717 acres of forestland in El Dorado County, north of Pollock Pines. Before the fire was completely extinguished, forestry professionals were busy assessing the damage and beginning the enormous task of salvaging timber and restoring the landscape. That work will continue for the […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan. 19, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Jan. 19 The offices of the sheriff, police and fire departments will be […]

Juvenile arrested in graffiti case

A juvenile was arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of graffiti incidents in Placerville. Placerville Police Department received an increase in reports of graffiti over the past few weeks, a press release stated, with incidents along Reservoir Alley, the Green Valley Road area and at El Dorado High School. The damage is estimated at […]

One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe

By Isaac Brambila Tahoe Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot. The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to […]

17 New Year’s Eve arrests netted in South Lake Tahoe

As many local law enforcement agencies do each year, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department bolstered patrol staffing to meet the emergency response needs of the crowded city during the New Year celebration period. There were squads of officers patrolling the state line area and the Snow Globe festival, and extra officers were also assigned […]

Harris trial moved to March

The trial of a woman accused of killing her husband has been pushed to March. After a meeting in the judge’s chambers, Judge Kenneth J. Melikian announced that, due to prosecutor Joe Alexander being ill, the trial of Colleen Harris would be pushed from a start time of Jan. 20 to March 10. A hearing […]

County accepting Sign Ordinance comments

The El Dorado County Community Development Agency has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a comprehensive update to the Sign Ordinance. The standard review period for a Draft EIR submitted to the State Clearinghouse is 45 calendar days. This DEIR is available for public review now through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17. A meeting to accept comments […]

State gas consumption rises

SACRAMENTO — California’s gasoline consumption rose 0.9 percent during fiscal year 2013-14, the first increase in eight fiscal years, since 2005-06 — offering another sign of an improving economy — according to data released by the California State Board of Equalization). During fiscal year 2013-14, diesel consumption rose 3.7 percent, up sharply from a 0.4 […]

Small water leak repaired

A water leak on Woodridge Court in Placerville prompted some repair work by the El Dorado Irrigation District. According to EID, the leak occurred on a service line a week and a half ago that resulted in some temporary repair work. Permanent repairs were done on Wednesday, which required installing new valves. One resident on the street said […]

Gold Oak briefly locked down

Gold Oak Elementary School was briefly put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon. The lockdown/shelter was put in effect at about 4 p.m., wrote county Office of Education’s Dina Gentry in a press release, after a parent arrived on campus allegedly under the influence and made threats before leaving. All proper procedures were followed, Gentry wrote, and […]

Community groups file court petition against BOS

Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills in partnership with Save Our County has filed a petition with the El Dorado County Superior Court to reverse the decision by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to approve the El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments. The petition stems from the board’s approval of the […]

Pet Bath and Beyond: More than a great bath

Being adaptable to customer needs has changed the business Betty Allen and her sons Dylan, Lucas and Matt built. On Dec. 6, Pet Bath and Beyond, 4570 Pleasant Valley Road, celebrated its one-year business anniversary, but it’s not exactly the same business they started with. “Originally we opened a do-it-yourself dog wash,” said Betty Allen. […]

New and re-elected officials take oath of office

El Dorado County Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury administered the oath of office to 10 elected officials Monday Jan. 5 during a special meeting in the Board of Supervisors chambers. Sue Novasel and Michael Ranalli were elected last year and will replace Norma Santiago and Ron Briggs on the board, for Districts 5 and 4, respectively. […]

Rollover allegedly due to DUI

A solo vehicle rollover on Jan. 5 in Placerville was allegedly caused by DUI. Placerville Police Department received a report at 3:39 p.m. that a vehicle had overturned at 2876 Pleasant Street, said Commander Kim Nida. Officers found a green Jeep overturned after it had left the roadway, driving through the front yard of the […]

Stars in their eyes: Couple reconnects after 35 years

If you loved the movies “Sleepless in Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember,” this story might be right up your alley. In June of this year, Cecilia Maida, 55, met Fred Wilson, 62, in Houston at the Big Texas Dance Hall and they became a couple. That’s not the interesting part. The interesting part is […]

Winter Holiday Avoid DUI campaign final report

The 2014/15 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the El Dorado County “Avoid the 6 ” DUI Campaign for the past 21 days. From 12:01 a.m. Friday Dec. 12, 2014 through midnight Thursday, […]

El Dorado County officials to be sworn into office

Two El Dorado County Supervisors and eight other elected officials will be sworn into office Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. Supervisors taking the oath of office will be: Michael Ranalli, newly elected to District 4, and Sue Novasel, newly elected to District 5. Elected Officials taking the oath of office are: Rich Briner […]

No. 2: Todd Winkler convicted of murder

A man claimed he killed his wife in self-defense, but a jury decided otherwise on Oct. 22. Todd Winkler was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel Winkler, and on Dec. 8 he was sentenced 26-years-to-life. During the trial, evidence was brought in of Winkler’s schemes, allegedly conning two different employers into […]