Monday, April 27, 2015

Community participation, water and marijuana topics of RCC meeting

By Meg Anderson Democrat correspondent Representing three local governmental entities, the guest speakers at the recent meeting of the Rural Communities Coalition included Supervisor Michael Ranalli, Sheriff John D’Agostini and Wendell Wall and Darrell Creeks representing the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. The RCC looks at issues that impact the economy of the Divide and […]

Small fire burns out in Golden Sierra bathroom

A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]

Purse snatched on Newtown Road

On April 20 at about 11:57 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. A female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 1960s to early 1970s, two-door […]

Sharing stories with music

In 2005, Sarah Vienna Berchtold, from Placerville, walked into the Children’s Hospital in Brasov, Romania. The abandoned children she saw had been lying in cribs unattended for many hours with seven layers of urine-soaked rags covering them. There were no diapers; there wasn’t enough staff to attend to the hundreds of children under the age […]

Updated sign ordinance perused by planners

Members of the El Dorado County Planning Commission took more than five hours to review and take testimony on a sign ordinance at their March 26 meeting. An updated version of an ordinance that hasn’t been changed since 1980, the new version covers general sign requirements, permanent signs, temporary signs, community sign programs, sign development and design standards, permit […]

Wildfire fought overnight on Sand Ridge Road

Cal Fire fought a fire in the Sand Ridge Road area Thursday afternoon into Friday evening, reaching 100 percent containment at 14 acres burned by 5 p.m. April 17. Crews were dispatched at about 2 p.m. April 16, Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett told the Mountain Democrat. The fire, dubbed the Gold Fire, was initially reported […]

Structure fire burns deck, attic

A small structure fire was quickly extinguished Thursday in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Fire responded to 5272 Gilmore Road at 2:38 p.m., Division Chief Paul Lohan said, to a report of a structure fire. Responding units found the deck of a house on fire, with an elderly man inside, Lohan said. The fire extended […]

Grand Jury asks CSD to amend parcel tax

A $10 annual tax on each of the 15,500 parcels in El Dorado Hills adds up to a lot of money. Since 1983, when the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors placed the voter initiative Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Enforcement (Measure B) on the general district election ballot and it passed, Measure B […]

Hoey Placerville CHP’s Officer of the Year

California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey was awarded CHP Officer of the Year for El Dorado County, in part due to his push into social media, to the point were children act as him while playing Cops and Robbers. Hoey’s involvement in social media — particularly Facebook — played a significant role in the award. […]

EID board urged to continue water rights fight

Residents urged the El Dorado Irrigation District board to “stay the course” in pursuing additional water rights for the county at its March 23 meeting. At issue is a project being undertaken by the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority to gain the right to an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water currently stored in SMUD’s reservoirs. Recently, certain members of […]

Placerville Ducks Unlimited chapter recognized nationally

PLACERVILLE — The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Placerville chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. “These fundraising events are […]

Carrow’s Family Restaurant closes abruptly

Carrow’s Family Restaurant at 209 Main Street in Placerville was one of the casualties of a change in ownership of the Catalina Restaurant Group. Last month, the San Antonio-based Food Management Partners acquired Catalina Restaurant Group’s 149 restaurants and promptly closed 75 of them on April 1, the first official day of ownership. Catalina, which owned both […]

Fire tax relief bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 8 that his Senate Bill 250, which would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $152.33 fee, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance with unanimous, bipartisan […]

Budget woes fuel split vote over truck purchase

County supervisors agreed that spending has to be controlled and local government must learn to live within its means, that is, not above its revenue. No argument on the concept, but votes divided on whether or not the Environmental Management Division of the Community Development Agency should buy a new truck. The board’s March 31 […]

Forests of Minnesota topic at Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

PLACERVILLE — The Arrowhead Region of Minnesota is quite rugged and dotted with thousands of lakes surrounded by mixed forest, and is home to Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the Superior Hiking Trail, which lie amidst the Superior National Forest. Also located in the Arrowhead is Minnesota’s only mountain range, […]

An early hunt

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Remaining horses adopted

El Dorado County Animal Services announced it has completed the adoption process for all of the horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank everyone in the community and all the volunteers who either adopted a horse or provided support to our agency through this process,” […]

Boys and Girls Club to break ground April 18

On April 18, Boys and Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope kicks off construction of its new building. The groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m., will take place at the facility’s new site at the corner of Green Valley Road and Mallard Lane in Placerville. The club’s home of 15 years, the National Guard […]

BOE supports bill to allow more time to pay fire fee

SACRAMENTO — Members of the California State Board of Equalization are supporting a bill requiring sellers of electronic cigarettes (eCigarettes) to register with the BOE provided that Senate Bill 24 is amended to provide funding for expanding the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing program to include these retailers. In addition, board members decided to support […]

Three development projects awarded

Three development projects in El Dorado County have been named projects of the year. The American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section’s 2014 Small Project of the Year went to the Green Valley Road at Tennessee Creek Bridge Replacement project. It was subsequently nominated for and awarded the Region 9 Small Project of the Year […]

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 […]

CDFW deer 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 […]