Monday, September 29, 2014

Belting out a hit: SlideBelts business growing in EDH

On the fast track to success is a small, but quickly growing, business in El Dorado Hills. Called SlideBelts, the company designs, manufactures and sells high-end belt buckles and belts with a long-range goal of selling wearable technology. Founded by Michelle and Brig Taylor, Michelle said the idea dates back to 2004 when Brig was teaching in […]

A toast to Oktoberfest

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California Wing locates missing pilot

Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing located a downed aircraft Sept. 16 that was missing since Sept. 15. The pilot, who was seen walking near the airplane, was transported from the crash site in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains via a National Park Service helicopter. CAP spotted the downed aircraft at 9:03 a.m. Sept. 16 near […]

Sullivan appointed to Superior Court bench

The Superior Court of El Dorado County announced the appointment of the Honorable Dylan Sullivan to Office 5 of the Superior Court of California, county of El Dorado, to fill the unexpired term of retired Judge Daniel B. Proud. Judge Sullivan was previously appointed as court commissioner on Sept. 12, 2011. She has been the […]

Georgetown water safe from fire

By George Sanders The community has realized the devastating effects of the King Fire. Many evacuations, both voluntary and mandatory, have occurred within large portions of the community east of Georgetown. Stumpy Meadows, together with the watershed within Pilot Creek, above the Lake, were in the immediate path of the fire and continue to be […]

Man found dead downtown

A man was found dead in downtown Placerville on Sept. 19. Placerville Police Commander Kim Nida said the man was found at the intersection of Clay and Locust streets at about 7 a.m. He was identified as a 59-year-old transient. Nida did not provide a name. There were no signs of foul play.

Community shows appreciation to firefighters

How do you say thank you to people who are risking their lives on your behalf? Some people have found their own way to demonstrate their appreciation of the 3,600 firefighters battling the King Fire. Signs saying “Thank you firefighters” beam from businesses, overpasses and street corners and a lot of firefighters can’t buy their own […]

Lane closures for interchange construction to resume

The week of Sept. 22, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will be implementing full, one-directional closures of Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. Starting Monday night, all eastbound lanes will close at 11 p.m. from Latrobe Road to Bass Lake Road. […]

GDPUD considers forming ag committee

Agricultural water use was on the Aug. 9 agenda of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board as it explored the idea of forming a committee of raw water users. Suggested by Director Kathy Otermat in light of the drought, the district currently provides raw water to approximately 390 users who make up about 10 percent of all the district’s […]

County releases wildfire smoke advisory

The King Fire is creating smoky conditions in some areas of El Dorado County, prompting the County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and Health and Human Services Agency–Public Health Division to issue an advisory. Officials expect that El Dorado County may continue to be affected on an intermittent basis for quite some time. Smoke conditions […]

‘Fire in Sierra Nevada Forest’ topic at Forest Forum

PIONEER — Photographs, narratives, and research confirm that the structure of Sierra Nevada forests and woodlands has changed dramatically since the mid-1800s. Fire suppression has allowed a massive increase in vegetation, resulting in fuel buildup and the heightened risk of severe wildfire, the loss wildlife habitat, impaired scenic quality, a declining water yield and a […]

Volunteer driver ‘Meet and Greet’ at Senior Center

Interested in volunteering but not sure how to get started? You are invited to a volunteer drivers “Meet and Greet” to talk about the volunteer driver opportunities for the Senior Nutrition and the Senior Shuttle programs. The Senior Nutrition Program volunteer drivers provide home delivered meals to home bound seniors one day a week between […]

Fairgrounds Park n’ Ride temporarily closed

PLACERVILLE — The El Dorado County Fairgrounds Park n’ Ride is closed temporarily while being used as a staging area for fire crews. Please use the Central Park n’ Ride on Commerce Way for alternate parking. For more information call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383 or visit the Website at

SLT Citizens Academy graduates

The fourth session of the City of South Lake Tahoe’s Citizens Academy graduated during the June 10 South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting. The spring 2014 academy was held from April 9 to May 21 and consisted of 13 attendees including: Douglas Bolton, Tom Burkart, Ian Caruth, Tobias Devor, Janill Gilbert, Misty Johansen, Jen Menzel, […]

Dead animal disposal policy updated

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has updated county policy related to dead animal disposal. County Policy G-3 provides guidance for residents regarding removal and disposal of dead animals on state highways, city and county roads and private property. The policy updates were reviewed and approved at the July 22 board meeting. The following […]

Sanford seeking new trial

At an Aug. 29 hearing, a man found guilty of murder intended to file a motion for a new trial. Andrew Sanford, found guilty of the 1980 murder of Richard Swanson by a jury on April 23, was to file a motion requesting a new trial, defense attorney Eric Davenport, standing in for Erik Schlueter, said. A […]

‘Life-Cycle of an Agenda item’ to be presented Sept. 18

Ever wonder how the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda is developed? For the answer to this question and more, join El Dorado County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Jim Mitrisin for an informative presentation: “The Life-Cycle of an Agenda item.” The presentation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. at […]

Going back in time

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Grant period open for El Dorado Hills nonprofits

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet, whose job it is to be the eyes and ears of that […]

Drive brings in more than $29,000 worth of school supplies

EL DORADO HILLS — This summer Hands4Hope held its first School Supply Drive to benefit children in need in El Dorado County. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Hands4Hope youth and adult volunteers, led by college intern Riley Peick, collaborated with multiple local businesses, organizations and residents to […]

Gov. asked to sign property tax assistance program

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector C.L. Raffety called on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 2231 (Gordon), which would re-establish the Senior Citizen and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement program. The program was shuttered in 2009 during the economic downturn. The program is designed to assist seniors and disabled individuals to pay their property taxes […]

Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 20

The Sierra Nevada provides California with two-thirds of its water. The many rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Sierra that provide us with drinking water and great places to recreate need your help to stay free of trash and other contaminants. Get involved in the 6th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. […]

Two fires each burn 5 acres

Cal Fire took the lead on two fires the first week of September, which both burned about 5 acres of wildland. On Sept. 1, Cal Fire was dispatched at about 1 p.m. to Apache Road in Mount Aukum, Capt. Nathan Barcklay said. Four people were evacuated “but were shortly allowed back,” he said. It took […]

CASA El Dorado wants to help more kids

Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado county are court-ordered an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Because there are 100 kids still waiting for a Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA El Dorado is making a plea for more involvement. They need more volunteers to be advocates and […]

Masonic buried treasure unearthed in Georgetown

El Dorado Masons gathered at the site of the old Georgetown Lodge Saturday morning, Aug. 30 to remove a time capsule that was buried in the building’s cornerstone over 60 years ago. With a radial saw, jackhammer, hammer and chisel, they unearthed the breadbox-sized metal from its hiding place. In 1948, a fire gutted the […]

Farm Bureau endorses Ranalli for Dist. 4

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Michael Ranalli in the Board of Supervisors District 4 race after interviewing and reviewing the qualifications of each of the candidates, “Mike Ranalli is a proven leader,” said Farm Bureau President, Jim Davies. “He is an intelligent, engaged problem solver with the best […]

Farm Bureau endorses Novasel for Dist. 5

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors decided to endorse Sue Novasel in the Board of Supervisors District 5 race after meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications. “Sue Novasel is bright, fearless and well-educated on the county’s General Plan and associated zoning ordinances,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “I believe she […]

White House honors veteran entrepreneurs as ‘Champions of Change’

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m., the White House honored “Champions of Change,” veterans and their families who are doing extraordinary work across the country as leaders in entrepreneurship. The Champions have distinguished themselves by continuing to serve our country through their successful small businesses and non-profits that create jobs, spur […]

New admistration at MLUSD begins school year

Mother Lode Union School District is pleased to welcome a new school year and announce some administrative changes. The district is home to Indian Creek Elementary School and Herbert Green Middle School in Placerville and strives to nurture a partnership with students, staff, parents and the community, while meeting the educational needs of each child. […]

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 […]