Friday, March 27, 2015

Programs aim to protect county’s (dirty) water supply

El Dorado County has a Storm Water Quality Ordinance. That isn’t news to builders and developers, road maintenance and snow removal crews. The average citizen, however, probably is not familiar with the science and technical requirements that ensure and protect the county’s supply of high-quality water. Under a myriad of local, state and federal laws, […]

Expanded senior lunch program proposed for Cameron Park

Seniors in Cameron Park may soon enjoy two additional days a week of low-cost lunches according to El Dorado County Supervisor Shiva Frentzen. In February, Frentzen contacted the Cameron Park Community Services District regarding offering a senior lunch program at the community center. At the March 18 meeting of the CSD, its Board of Directors unanimously adopted the […]

Discover More Than Gold

The Discover More Than Gold on Main campaign is ongoing during the Main Street Rehabiliation Project, March through August, with a break in May and June. Each week has a specific theme and different activities  to promote interest in downtown Main Street during the construction period are featured, such as “Goldrush History” and “Self Indulgences.” […]

Trail opening March 28

Whether you’ve been out on the trail all year long or have been waiting for warmer weather, Opening Day for Trails, March 28, is a great way to officially celebrate the season. During this nationwide celebration of trails, the city of Placerville is teaming up with Rails‐to‐Trails Conservancy to host a ribbon cutting ceremony and […]

Forest Service auction online

PLACERVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service is offering the public an opportunity to purchase used government vehicles at the annual Used Vehicle and Equipment Auction scheduled online for March 23 through March 27. Sixteen vehicles and two flat-bed trailers will be sold to the highest bidder by way of an online auction through the GSA […]

Geoengineering group’s meeting topic

Funny clouds? “What is Geoengineering?” You won’t want to miss this presentation at the next Tea Party in the Hills meeting coming up on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville. Deborah J. Whitman, president of Environmental Voices, with world-renown Michael J. Murphy, a […]

Deer Conservation and Management Plan available for review

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife completed its draft Deer Conservation and Management Plan, which is now available for public comment and review. The plan can be found at CDFW is proposing to develop 10 large-scale deer conservation units, which will assess how recent landscape and environmental changes have impacted deer population and […]

State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forest and Watershed Improvement Program

This is part 2 of a two-part story Mountain Counties Water Resources Association’s discussion of the California Water Plan. Part 1 was published on March 20. Our forests are in crisis, said Executive Officer Jim Branham of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy at the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association day-long talk about “The Complete Story” of […]

Overlay Regional Report

Lew Moeller, program manager for the California Water Plan for the Department of Water Resources, said the Mountain Counties Area regional report was created for the first time in 2005 to inform decision-makers about the value and characteristics of the natural infrastructure and cultural resources in the area, principally, water. It moves the question of […]

‘The Complete Story’ of California Water Action Plan

Editor’s note: This is part 1 of a two-part story covering the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association’s discussion of the California Water Plan. The timing could not have been more perfect for the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association to talk about “The Complete Story” of the California Water Plan on Feb. 6. Just as the […]

New court date for alleged King Fire arsonist

The man accused of causing the King Fire appeared briefly in court Monday to receive new court dates. Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared with his attorney, Bob Banning, for a blink-and-miss-it hearing following a short meeting in the judge’s chambers. Banning noted that there was a significant amount of investigation left to do and requested a new […]

Military vets ride to honor Holderman

A procession of Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Gerald Holderman Sr. to a memorial for the fallen veteran on Monday. “We received a request to ride from the family as a sign of respect and honor,” said Robert Rogers, a ride captain of the Sacramento Capital Region PGR. Turnout was good, he said, […]

Public workshop today for Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Program

AUBURN — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy will be holding a public workshop to discuss grant application guidelines for forest health projects that will be funded by the Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 grant program. Draft grant guidelines can be found on the SNC Website. The SNC is proposing […]

Chamber members celebrate 100 years

The centennial year of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce found business leaders gathered Friday to begin celebrating 100 years of success with its 2015 Business Awards Luncheon at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. The gorgeous sunlit golf course outside the clubhouse windows seemed custom-ordered for the festivities inside, where a handful […]

Placerville mid-year budget review shows similar results

The news about the Placerville city budget is about the same as it has been for the past two years: Placerville is holding its own; city staff is providing the same level of service with less money; the economy is making slow progress and year-end operating expenditures are anticipated to be within the budget for […]

New water supply from Folsom doesn’t stop conservation efforts

On Jan. 12, the EID board approved a five-year Warren Act Contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that will allow the District to divert up to 8,500 acre-feet per year of Project 184 water — not previously available to the district — from Folsom Reservoir for consumptive use, according to a press release from […]

Planning Commission candidates sought

The Placerville City Council has extended the deadline for individuals who are interested in sharing their positive energy and creative talents to apply for appointment to serve on the Planning Commission. The deadline for completing an application form is Tuesday, March 31. Application forms are available on the city’s Website at or may be […]

Aerial mulching to resume in King Fire area

The U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be starting up helicopter operations again next week to drop straw mulch for erosion control on Eldorado National Forest lands that burned in the King Fire. Approximately 320 acres along Eleven Pines Road were treated in November before heavy rain storms caused the work […]

Around About Transportation gives you a lift

There’s a new business in town and it’s giving people a lift along with some one-on-one TLC. Called Around About Transportation, the startup provides non-emergency medical transportation to those on the Western Slope of El Dorado County. Jointly owned by Pete Messimore along with husband and wife team Margaret Birge and Jeff Hill, Sr., the new business has only […]

Tri-County Job Fair March 13

Job seekers in El Dorado County and across the Sacramento region are invited to attend the Tri-County Job Fair on Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, located at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom. The free job fair will feature more than 65 local employers who will be […]

Supervisors honors YANA volunteers

El Dorado County Supervisors proclaimed March 3 as a day to honor volunteers who work with the You Are Not Alone Telephone Reassurance Program. YANA, as it is familiarly known ,is a 365-days-a-year service connecting the volunteers by phone to several hundred local seniors and disabled folks who still live alone. The YANA volunteers, recruited […]

Fourth round of Fire Fee bills begins mailing

SACRAMENTO — Fire Prevention Fee bills for fiscal year 2014-15 began mailing this week to more than 700,000 rural Californians, many of whom are receiving a bill for the fourth time. “It’s extremely frustrating that a law this wrong continues to take money from the pockets of rural Californians year after year,” said George Runner […]

SLTPD seeks info on arrested suspects

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking citizens of the county for information on two suspect arrested for alleged burglary and identity theft. Chad Galvan and Marcus Gamez were arrested on Feb. 25 for alleged burglary and identity theft-related charges. SLTPD is seeking information from anyone who has been in contact with the two […]

Proposed Dollar General in G’town gets local grief

Business owners, residents and community members of the Divide turned out in force on Monday evening, Feb. 23, at the Georgetown Community Center for a meeting with developer Joshua Simon of SimonCRE. The developer is proposing a Dollar General store on three lots at the corner of Main, Harkness and Orleans streets in downtown Georgetown. […]

County Fire donates engine to Miwok tribe

The El Dorado County Fire Protection District donated a surplus fire engine to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on Feb. 26. After a traditional prayer, Chief Mike Hardy presented the 1985 GMC Beck engine, capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute, to Chairman of the Tribe Nicholas Fonseca. “It’s our honor to be […]

Foundation hosts an uplifting day for nonprofits

Feb. 20 was a day of training and inspiration as 70 representatives from nonprofit agencies in El Dorado County attended an all-day workshop hosted by the El Dorado Community Foundation. Held at the Cameron Park Community Center, experts in the fields of accounting, public relations, board development, social media and more conducted different breakout sessions in their area […]

‘Chim Chim Cher-ee': Five generations continue sweep biz

They don’t wear top hats and their faces aren’t covered in soot, but Fred and Bryan Carnett are chimney sweeps, the third and fourth generation of five generations of chimney sweeps. “Long ago, chimney sweeps would sweep the soot from the chimneys they cleaned into their top hats to carry it away for disposal, ” […]

Coloma traffic too slow for Caltrans

As counterintuitive as it may seem, driving over the speed limit may be a good way to avoid getting a ticket. That’s part of the logic that governs how speed limits on state highways get increased by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation. In short, if a Caltrans traffic analysis concludes that at least 85 […]

‘Dollar General’ store proposed for downtown Georgetown

A proposal to develop three lots on Main Street in Georgetown, between Harkness and Orleans streets, has been designed and sent to various agencies, individuals and constituents that may have a vested interest. The proposal is for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General retail building. The properties consist of 1.31 acres, and the project lies within a […]

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians elects 2015 Tribal Council

PLACERVILLE — The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians recently elected its 2015 Tribal Council. Four of the seven Tribal Council seats were up for election. Re-elected were Nicholas H. Fonseca, Hermo Olanio and Regina Cuellar. Bernie Gonzales was newly elected. The three other Tribal Council members are Allan Campbell, Veronica Holmes and Malissa Tayaba. […]

Common Core Standards implementation update March 13

The League of Women Voters of El Dorado County, in conjunction with the El Dorado County Office of Education, invite the public to attend a presentation of “An Update on the Implementation of Common Core Standards in El Dorado County” on Friday, March 13. Starting at 4 p.m. and concluding at 6 p.m., the presentation […]

Supes take leadership and governance course

El Dorado County supervisors have been going to school lately. Their major? Leadership and Excellence in Governance. Primary topics: mission, vision and values, the county’s strategic plan. Related subjects: tools to help strengthen collaboration, cooperation and decision-making. Significant goal: improving the efficiency of board meetings. The Jan. 26 special training session included several other elected […]

Collision rolls car, causes minor injury

A two-car collision in Sly Park caused a minor injury on Feb. 19. Joseph Spady, 26, of Placerville, made an unsafe left turn on Sly Park Road south of Highway 50 in a silver 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said, into the path of a black 1999 Honda Civic, driven by Serena […]

Grizzly Flat man sentenced for child porn

A Grizzly Flat man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 12 1/2 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Nicholas Robert Bowen, 63, and a female companion were arrested by Davis Police Officers after the woman exposed herself to 10-to-12-year-old boys in a park while Bowen filmed the boys’ reactions using cameras in […]

Special Monday meeting highlights county health survey

El Dorado County supervisors will see an 83-page slide presentation on the overall health of their constituents during a special Monday meeting on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Data from the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, Marshall Medical, Barton Memorial Hospital at South Lake Tahoe, the Shingle Springs Tribal Clinic and the Community Health […]

General Plan’s biological element back on the agenda

Everything from Oak Woodlands Management to Priority Conservation Areas and the county’s general conservation strategies are on a special supervisors meeting agenda Monday at 9 a.m. Continuing the update of the General Plan’s biological and natural resources element, county staff and consultants from Dudek and Associates are scheduled for three hours to bring the board […]

Gold Oak put on lockdown

A parolee running from law enforcement on Feb. 20 in the area of Gold Oak Elementary in Pleasant Valley caused the school to shelter in place. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office asked school officials to shelter in place at about 12:20 p.m. as they were searching for parolee Jesse King, 35, who ran from a […]