Friday, October 24, 2014

EDH Fire Board: Incumbents say experience matters

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Directors Greg Durante, Wallace Fullerton and Barbara Winn face three challengers this November. All three incumbents are endorsed by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association. Greg Durante has served on the Fire Board for more than six years. His service on the board began as an appointee after Moni Gilmore […]

EDH Fire Board: Bryan Elkins is done sitting on the sidelines

Bryan Elkins knows how to work hard and get results. The 1988 Mr. California hits the home gym every day and on the job as a private investigator, he’s used to digging deep to get answers. Using that work ethic to serve the public only seemed right and so Elkins is running for one of three seats […]

EDH Fire Board: Matt Fillmore wants to ensure the department’s success

Involvement in Boy Scouts and church programs taught Matt Fillmore the value of community service, something he hopes to continue as a member of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board. “I’ve always been a service-oriented individual,” Fillmore said. “I think El Dorado Hills has an amazing fire department and my goal would be to keep it […]

EDH Fire Board: Doug Hus wants to do the right thing

El Dorado Hills Fire Board candidate Doug Hus is comfortable in everything from overalls to a suit and tie. But no matter what dress code the job requires, his goal is to do what’s best for the community and that’s why he said he’s running for one of three available seats. “It just feels like […]

Cal Fire union endorses three for CPCSD board

In a press release dated Oct. 17, Cal Fire Local 2881 announced its support for Holly Morrison, Gerald Lillpop and Barbara Rogers for positions with the Cameron Park Community Service District. Lillpop is running to fill a two-year term. Rogers and Morrison are each running to fill four-year terms. “These folks truly understand the needs […]

Planning Commission halts Town Center apartments

On Sept. 11, the El Dorado County Planning Commission denied plans to build a 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center in the project’s current form, yet the commission’s recommendations for revisions were mixed. Stockton-based developer A.G. Spanos Companies requested to increase the maximum residential density allowed in the General Plan from 24 dwelling units […]

Northside School Class I bike path opened in Cool

Dignitaries from Caltrans, El Dorado County Transportation Division, Black Oak Mine Unified School District and the El Dorado County Board Of Supervisors were on hand Oct. 15 during a blustery ceremony opening the Northside School Bike Path from Auburn Lake Trails’ first gate to Northside School. Although most everyone in attendance was positive about the […]

Officials warn of jury duty warrant scam

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received several phone calls over the weekend from citizens stating they were called by subjects identifying themselves by the names of local law enforcement officers. The citizens were told that the callers have warrants for their arrest for failing to respond to a […]

Penn endorsed for District 4 by Local 2881

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire Local 2881, the largest fire department in California and the third largest fire department in the United States, representing more than 6,500 firefighters, announced its support for Howard Penn for supervisor of El Dorado County, District 4. “In El Dorado County each fire department is dependent on its neighbor department, and […]

Cal Fire Local 2881 endorses Novasel

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire Local 2881, the largest fire department in California and the third largest fire department in the United States, representing more than 6,500 men and women firefighters, announced its support for Sue Novasel for supervisor of El Dorado County District 5. “Sue understands how the recent King Fire has brought our record […]

EID backs state water bond

With the prospect of some Proposition 1 money coming their way, the directors of the El Dorado Irrigation District unanimously voted Oct. 14 to endorse the state water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. EID’s lobbyist, Rob Reeb, highlighted some beneficial aspects of the state water bond for the EID board. Reeb not only worked on […]

Transition Fair offers special needs students options

What resources for employment and living are available for special needs students after high school graduation? At Transition Fair 2014, parents and students can find out exactly what kind of resources are offered and who offers them. On Oct. 16, more than 25 organizations representing resources and services for special needs individuals will be available to […]

Planners approve rezoning in El Dorado Hills

A rezoning proposal for property within the Wilson Estates was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Oct. 9 meeting. Located on the north side of Green Valley Road, approximately 3,000 feet east of the intersection with Silva Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, the commission voted to rezone the property from One-Acre […]

Witnesses recall fatal collision near Sly Park

A head-on collision on Iron Mountain Road, just east of Sly Park Road, at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday resulted in a fatality, witnesses stated. According to the CHP’s incident Website, a black BMW Sedan, a gray Jeep Liberty and white Ford F150 were involved in the collision. Aaron Durda, in a post to the El […]

Nuns tell of plans at merchant meeting

Is it begging or alms seeking? That question arose after Theravada Buddhist nuns were introduced at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Placerville Downtown Association and their practice of alms seeking was described to its members. The nuns, who recently moved to Placerville after acquiring property they turned into a monastery, don’t do fundraising, can’t accept money and don’t grow their […]

Incident Command Post for King Fire moved

With containment of the King Fire remaining at 98 percent, on Wednesday the Incident Command Post at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds was closed and moved to the Base Camp at Sunset Campground on Ice House road. Compared to the last three weeks, the fairgrounds look deserted on Thursday with the site is no longer filled […]

New fire engine purchase approved for Cameron Park

The purchase of a new Smeal Type 1 fire engine was approved at the Sept. 18 board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. With a purchase price of $484,791, the new engine will be financed using a lease purchase agreement with delivery expected in four to six months. The purchase plan requires yearly payments of $74,416 over seven […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

Charter Review Committee adjourns

The El Dorado County Charter Review Committee submitted two items, including a change to the charter’s preamble, before deciding to adjourn as a committee on Sept. 22. The first item for discussion, after the small audience declined an open forum, was concerning elected department heads’ terms in office. Committee member Jim Hill said that the […]

Considering a vacation home rental?

According to the El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office, before buying a vacation home rental in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County, investors should carefully consider the responsibilities of the new venture. One of these responsibilities requires owner(s) or their local contact person to be “on call” 24 hours a day when the house […]

Low-cost flu clinics upcoming

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is reminding residents to be prepared for the coming influenza season by receiving their annual flu vaccine. The Public Health Division began conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics last week and will continue offering the clinics through the beginning of November. “Due to […]

Runner talks taxes to taxpayer group

Taxes and more taxes was the subject of the Sept. 22 meeting of the Taxpayer Association of El Dorado County. Retired State Senator George Runner, who is now a member of the State Board of Equalization, was there to explain the board’s role and his own stance on different taxes. Runner noted that California is unique in having an elected […]

Mayor endorses Jack Jordan

Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen announced that he is endorsing Jack Jordan for the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. “I have known Jack for over 30 years,” stated Hagen. “He was a member of the Placerville Kiwanis Club in the ’80s where we worked together on numerous community events. He was my […]

30 months for counterfeit money maker

A man who pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit money received 30 months in federal prison. Mathieu Miller was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Sept. 25, IRS Special Agent and Public Information Officer Arlette Lee told the Mountain Democrat. It was recommended he be imprisoned […]

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, […]