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Pierson urges taxpayers to focus what’s really important

It was billed as a talk by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on department functions and budget considerations. Instead the June 29 meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County turned into a discussion about casinos, the Supreme Court, the fall of the Roman Empire, grand juries, the shooting of an unarmed suspect in South Lake […]

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

Gun-owner advocate vows to keep fighting

Gun legislation was the hot topic at the Tea Party in the Hills meeting on June 24. There to talk about the status of current and future gun legislation in the state was Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. Paredes is also a member of the board of directors of Gun Owners of America and treasurer […]

City residents asked to fill out survey

Placerville residents will find in their July sewer and water bill a survey that city officials hope will be completed so the public may weigh in on how to spend future sales tax receipts. A draft survey was presented to the City Council during last week’s regular meeting, with the members in accord that it […]

Water leak spouts up in Placerville

A minor water leak at the Placerville Police Department was discovered and quickly repaired last Friday. According to Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris, he was notified of the leak around 10 a.m. on June 26. “It was nothing major but could have been if there had been a break,” he said, adding that the leak was […]

Goodyear Blimp flies over Sacramento, Senior Open

Fresh from Chambers Bay, Wash., where it covered the biggest golf tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, the soon-to-be-retired Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America stopped in the Sacramento area for aerial coverage of the U.S. Senior Open played at the Del Paso Country Club. When not flying, the 192-foot-long and 50-foot-wide in diameter Spirit of America […]

Lead ammunition ban in place

Starting July 1, non-lead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters who plan to hunt bighorn sheep or at any CDFW wildlife area or ecological reserve where hunting is allowed on or after […]

Widow shares her ‘average G.I. Joe’s’ adventures

Just an average Joe is how Barbara Raines described her husband, Roger, who passed away October 18, 2011. A man who almost made it to the ripe old age of 88, Raines lived through some of the most monumental events of the 20th century, including the Depression, Prohibition, the Union Station massacre, World War II, the assassination of President John […]

Delicious treats, fashion at the fair

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Summer road work prompts closures

Road construction season has begun and throughout the summer, the  Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will perform work on the county’s road ways. The following closures have been announced: Gold Hill Road Gold Hill Road, between Sullivan Lane and State Route 49, will be closed on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Some senior water rights on the chopping block

With drought conditions continuing, the State Water Board recently announced there is insufficient water available for senior water right holders with a priority date of 1903 or later in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds and the Delta. El Dorado Irrigation District’s Public Information Officer Jesse Saich said the curtailment applies to all pre-1914 water […]

Foothill Ammo supports veterans

Foothill Ammo owner Chris Puehse invites county residents to his Cameron Park business to enjoy music and barbecued hot dogs and show support to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Joining the celebration will be the El Dorado County Committee for the State of Jefferson, which will provide hot dogs, chips […]

New EDH subdivision map approved

A tentative subdivision map for the East Ridge Village project was approved unanimously by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, 2,600 feet east of Valley View Parkway from its intersection with White Rock Road, the project was submitted by East Ridge Holdings, LLC. Made up of 734 acres, […]

Man shot by SLTPD officer was unarmed

A man shot and killed by a South Lake Tahoe Police officer was unarmed, it was announced Wednesday. SLTPD provided an update in the case of 22-year-old Kris Jackson, who was shot and killed by an officer on June 15. A search was conducted the same day of the incident and all responding officers and involved […]

Victim gives thanks to medics after car assault

April 16 was not a good day for Michael Gooley, ending with many broken bones. But, if it weren’t for an El Dorado County Fire paramedic, it could have been deadly. Gooley, 43, was visiting his mother Brenda and was with friends on Broadway in Placerville when his ex-girlfriend, Terrie Crampton, 45, of Pollock Pines, arrived. […]

Retiring old glory

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EID customer survey shows improvement

El Dorado Irrigation District got some good news in the form of a recent customer satisfaction survey as well as feedback from customers using the Sly Park Recreation Area. In the case of Sly Park, it was recently named the Best Camp Ground by KCRA 3 A-List voters. According to EID staff, the KCRA A-List compiles businesses, services […]

EDH boy recognized by Johns Hopkins

Maria Blackburn Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth BALTIMORE — El Dorado Hills student Adam Choe was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Adam, a participant in the CTY […]

Supervisors set priorities for public parks

Recognizing parks as an asset to the community, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week directed staff to establish a parks capital improvement program and begin an annual campgrounds inspection program. El Dorado County owns and maintains four developed parks for the public’s recreational use — Henningsen-Lotus Park in the Coloma-Lotus valley, Pioneer Park in the Fair Play-Somerset […]

Sexual assault suspect arrested

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police arrested a man Thursday evening in connection with a sexual assault at a Tahoe motel. Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz, 30, was taken into custody at about 10 p.m. on June 11 after he reportedly confessed to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman earlier the same day, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police […]

SLTPD searching for sexual assault suspect

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is searching for a sexual assault suspect after responding to an incident in early morning hours of June 11. At about 2 a.m., an unidentified suspect approached a motel room on Cedar Avenue, where a group of friends in and around the room were socializing, a press release states. […]

Distraction causes collision with DA’s stairs

A car crashed in front of the District Attorney’s Office on Main Street June 10. Placerville Police officers were dispatched at 6:08 p.m., Commander Kim Nida said, to a traffic collision with unknown injuries. On scene, they contacted Gregory Gauthier, 34, the driver of the vehicle. He said he was driving on Main Street when […]

EDSO ready for off-roading season

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is ready for summer — specifically for off-road enthusiasts on the Rubicon Trail. The 15-year-old Off-Highway Vehicle team, led by Sgt. Bryan Brown, consists of a full-time seasonal deputy and eight part-time deputies, who take on the responsibility of the OHV in addition two their other duties, a press release […]

Gold Bug Park subject of PBS NOVA program

Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine was the location for a day of filming in April for a new PBS educational series called “Treasures of the Earth.” The three-part NOVA program is being produced for WGBH in Boston by London based Pioneer Productions. Deep inside the narrow mine shaft, the cameras captured geochemist and Stanford […]

Mental Health Commission seeks members

The El Dorado County Mental Health Commission is currently seeking two new members to fill vacancies on the West Slope of the County. The 16-member commission is advisory to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the county Mental Health director. Commission members review and evaluate community mental health needs, services, facilities and special […]

Roth assigned new court date

A man accused of killing his wife was assigned a new court date in a quick Monday hearing. Defense attorney Susan Gellman told visiting Judge Daniel Proud that she had just received nine discs of discovery concerning her client, Roy Roth. As such, she would need time to sort through the information, requiring the hearing […]

Fire damages Somerset home

Pioneer Fire personnel contained a structure fire June 1 in Somerset despite heavy fire conditions in the residence’s attic and back. Engine 38, Squad 31 and Water Tender 38 were dispatched to a residence at 5295 Rooster Lane at about 8:39 p.m., according to a preliminary report by Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels. Engine 38 […]

County joins fight to eliminate Medi-Cal rate cuts

El Dorado County joined the Rural County Representatives of California, the California Hospital Association and a broad-based coalition of Medi-Cal providers known as We Care for California in urging the Legislature and administration to eliminate Assembly Bill 97 (2011) Medi-Cal rate cuts, and increase Medi-Cal payments to healthcare providers and health plans during the upcoming […]

EID Communications Director Carlton to retire

After a whirlwind career that has included stints in human resources, customer service, management consulting, community relations and more fields than you can shake a stick at, Mary Lynn Carlton, 59, El Dorado Irrigation District’s Communications/Community Relations director, is retiring. While still officially on the job until July 14, Carlton said she’ll be gone before […]

Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available

The El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging has a limited supply of Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available for qualified El Dorado County Seniors. Each eligible senior will receive one booklet that includes ten checks redeemable for $2 each to be used at Certified Farmers’ Markets for the purchase of fresh, unprepared, locally grown […]

BOMUSD refinancing to yield $600k in savings

On May 28, the Black Oak Mine Union School District board unanimously approved a bond-refinancing plan. This vote highlights the board’s commitment of responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. This action will yield a savings of approximately $600,000. The 2006 Bond Measure “G” was passed by 64.45 percent of voters to generate $6.9 million worth of bonds […]

Serrano HOA election winners ready to work

Catie Phemester, Robert Thompson and Bryan Payne claimed victory after the ballots were counted May 11 for three open seats on the Serrano HOA Board of Directors. With 1,734 votes, Phemester, who ran on her record as the local school boundary Erin Brockovich and Serrano Mello Roos detective, said she wants to put the election […]

EDSO Explorers host regional training day

On April 19, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 457 hosted its first Regional Training Day with four events and more than 125 participants. Explorers from Post 457 were joined by Elk Grove Police Explorer Post 625 and Roseville Police Post 108 in training skills for real life situations, a press release stated. The […]

Legislation to honor SSgt. Sky Mote approved by House

H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine SSgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, June 1. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Tom McClintock, designates a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp […]

DUI stats for Memorial Day weekend released

The number of DUI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend increased by 400 percent from 2014. Between 12:01 a.m. May 22 and midnight May 25, four people were arrested for DUI in the county, a press release from the District Attorney’s Office stated. In 2014, no arrests were made over the same holiday weekend. No […]

County home to three Gold Ribbon schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. […]

Old wood given new life with El Dorado High School class

On May 15, students in Lance Gunnersen’s woodshop class at El Dorado High School had an opportunity to see the culmination of one of their projects and learn a little bit of history about Diamond Springs. When Linda Wells, Mother Lode Lion and good friend of Clara Scheiber, saw the knotty pine ceiling boards being […]

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