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Veterans victim to ‘pension poaching’

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received information from the California Department of Justice regarding “pension poaching” — specifically related to military veterans. These incidents target the financial assistance offered through the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Program designed to assist veterans older that 65 years of age. Individuals posing as insurance agents, unpaid volunteers or […]

Free pregnancy series offered

A new pregnancy and parenting series, made possible by a grant from First 5 El Dorado, will be offered by Marshall Medical Center beginning in January 2016. There is no cost for this program. The series, offered twice in 2016, is called All About … Having a Baby and is an eight- week program that provides comprehensive education […]

Care providers sought

Care providers are actively being recruited in El Dorado County to assist clients in the county’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. “The ideal care provider is dependable and has strong compassion to care for an elderly and/or disabled adult or disabled child,” said Star Walker, program coordinator for the El Dorado County IHSS Public Authority. Care […]

Fats, oils and grease — Don’t FOG your drain

A special category of harmful waste includes kitchen fats, oils, and grease — collectively known as FOG. Found in most kitchens and restaurants, waste FOG (cooking oil, fat, lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening and margarine are all examples) is generated during food preparation and the cleaning of kitchenware and equipment. Sending fats, oils and grease […]

Proper food handling keeps Thanksgiving guests healthy

SACRAMENTO — With the holiday season upon us, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness. “Bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter can be present in foods, such as meat and poultry, and can cause […]

Safety tips to keep the holiday shopping season jolly

SAN FRANCISCO — With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued consumer tips for safe shopping this holiday season. The holidays are a festive time of the year that unfortunately leave consumers vulnerable to monetary scams and online hackers. This season’s online holiday sales are predicted to reach a record […]

Local Thanksgiving holiday closures announced

Most offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Thanksgiving week, resuming the regular school schedule Nov. 30; check with individual districts […]

CPCSD board raises fees on development, lowers fees for swimmers

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors approved new park impact fees at the Nov. 18 meeting. The fees charged to new development go toward developing park and recreational facilities and other improvements in Cameron Park. Currently the fees are $4,984 for a single-family detached home; $3,690 for a single-family attached home; $3,816 […]

Bobcat trapping ban takes effect

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds bobcat trappers that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, recreational and commercial bobcat trapping will no longer be allowed in California. At a meeting in Fortuna on Aug. 5 the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to ban bobcat trapping statewide. On Nov. 13 the Office of Administrative […]

Limited enrollment open at Union Mine

The El Dorado Union High School District recently announced that limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2016-17 school year will be offered to incoming ninth-grade students who reside within the El Dorado Union High School District attendance boundaries. The enrollment projection for the school’s permanent capacity will allow for 35 transfers. Beginning Nov. 20, applicants may […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Nov. 16 Water elevation 6,380.2 feet Storage level 33,610 acre-feet Percent full 48% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Nov. 16 Water elevation 5,429.3 feet Storage level 30,610 acre-feet Percent full 70% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Union Valley, as of Nov. 16 Water elevation 4,817 feet Storage level 140,550 […]


Monday’s story about Supervisors Brian Veerkamp and Shiva Frentzen responding to a recall petition notice cited the wrong section of the state Elections Code. El Dorado County Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz advised, “Our county goes by Election Code 11200 – 11220 and is the one that applies to local elected officers. So, our recalled […]


Kayla Baxter, 28, from Orangevale, booked on Nov. 12 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $20,000. Felicia Nichols, 52, from Rescue, booked on Nov. 12 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Gerardo Andahernandez, 36, from Coloma, booked on Nov. 14 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $18,000. Joseph Casarez, 22, from Cameron Park, booked on Nov. 14 […]

TRPA, backcountry skiers addressing access

LAKE TAHOE – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, El Dorado County, and members of Tahoe Backcountry Alliance recently announced they are partnering to create a coalition of stakeholders to maintain and enhance public access for winter backcountry skiing and snowboarding. “We’re optimistic about this opportunity to work together to get back some of the access that […]

Out-of-date studies put millions at risk

The lack of a legal opinion could delay and/or stop a $169,859 payment to the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Sept. 1 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer from the district’s development impact fee account to partially reimburse it for the purchase of a new fire engine. A follow-up item on the Nov. 17 […]

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

EID customers’ water use almost meets reduction goal

For the month of October El Dorado Irrigation District customers reduced their water use by 26 percent compared to October 2013, falling just short of the state-mandated 28 percent reduction target. EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under […]

Comment sought on agritourism traffic woes

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a public workshop for the Sustainable Agritourism Mobility Study on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the upper gym of the Camino Elementary School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino. The study analyzes the traffic conditions associated with agritourism activity in El Dorado County, such as wineries, […]

Veterans get fishing, hunting license deals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses to both resident and nonresident disabled veterans. CDFW also offers several special hunting opportunities for eligible veterans. Any honorably discharged, disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who wants to fish or hunt in California is eligible. Disabled veterans […]

Special drivers’ licenses offered to vets

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will require the California Department of Motor Vehicles to offer special driver’s licenses to veterans.  The license will have a “veteran” marking indicating service in the United States Armed Forces. This new program is set to go into effect on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In order to receive a veteran […]

Snow ride to school

Snow drops low After a winter weather storm, overnight snow accumulation was about 5 inches in some areas of Pollock Pines. Snow drops low Students enjoy a wintery view on their way to school Tuesday morning on Pony Express Trail in Cedar Grove. Snow blanketed the community east of Camino Monday night. In some areas […]

Free parks admission for veterans

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks honors the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission at 143 participating state parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. “Free admission on Veterans Day is a small token of gratitude California State Parks can bestow upon all active military personnel and veterans for their […]

Cal Fire lifts burn ban, again

CAMINO — Effective Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and Sacramento counties will be lifted. Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado acting Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture […]

EID officials: Financial plan offers sustainable path to infrastructure replacement

To meet its commitment to providing the highest quality services in a fiscally responsible manner for its customers, the El Dorado Irrigation District develops long-term financial plans designed to ensure adequate funds to make the necessary infrastructure investments to maintain safe and reliable service. This is done by striking a balance between funding infrastructure through current cash […]

Landslide season is here

SACRAMENTO – Entering what could be a significant rainy season due to El Niño conditions, Californians need to be aware of the dangers of landslides and how to best prepare for them. “A day or two of steady rainfall clearly can do the trick,” said California’s State Geologist Dr. John Parrish. “And that’s particularly true […]

Apple juice tests positive for E. coli

El Dorado County Environmental Health confirmed Wednesday that High Hill Ranch’s apple juice tested positive for E. coli. The results from the testing of two other samples of juice have not yet been released. Seven people from the Sacramento area became ill after visiting the ranch earlier this fall. Jerry Visman, who with his wife owns High Hill […]

Sanders says good-bye to EDH Fire’s front desk

When you have a job you love, with people you enjoy, leaving is bittersweet. And so it was for Sandy Sanders, who served as administrative assistant for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the past 11 years. “I have had a unique perspective on just how much our community appreciates their fire department,” Sanders […]

Red Ribbon Week keeps kids away from drugs

El Dorado County schools recently recognized Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation that reaches millions of youth. Camino Union Elementary School hosted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department last Thursday; Students got a chance to explore display booths and ask law enforcement officials a lot of questions. Highlights included the dive […]

Alzheimer’s workshop focuses on patient’s dignity

SACRAMENTO — Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will offer his insights on “Having Alzheimer’s Disease with Dignity” during the 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Engagement Series Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND […]

Water board fines four California water guzzlers

Four water agencies were hit with fines by the State Water Resources Control Board after consistently not meeting their water conservation goals. Announced last Friday by the SWB, the city of Beverly Hills, city of Indio, city of Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District were all hit with $61,000 in fines for failing to meet […]

Laid off? Help is here

El Dorado County Connections-One Stop has free services to help people who need a job. “We can help anyone who is having trouble finding a job,” said Jenny Wilson, program supervisor with Connections-One Stop. “We want to help people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. This includes dislocated workers, such […]

Machete attack reported in SLT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman wielding a machete reportedly attacked a man and was arrested on Saturday. On Oct. 24 at about 6:45 a.m., El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 900 block of Brockway Avenue, where they found an adult male with multiple, bloody cuts and scrapes on both arms, according to […]

Enjoy a meal at the new Cameron Park senior lunch site

Cameron Park will have its own county-run senior lunch program beginning Nov. 2. Available to seniors 60 and older, lunch is served Mondays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. A suggested donation for the meals is $3. The lunches are available to all seniors but those living in the Cameron Park, […]

Prescribed burns start in Eldorado National Forest

Smoky air Tuesday was the result of the Eldorado National Forest’s controlled burns. Each fall, winter and spring the U.S Forest Service officials start their “prescribed burn” program to reduce fuel that could potentially feed future wildfires. “The Forest Service was doing controlled burns yesterday (Monday) and the winds were pointing toward the Placerville area, hence […]

Board hears update on Capital SouthEast Connector project

The Capital SouthEast Connector moved closer to local reality when environmental studies resulted in a mitigated negative declaration. The MND, as it’s abbreviated, essentially states that no significant environmental impacts would occur relative to construction of “a 5.5-mile segment of the expressway between Prairie City Road south of Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado […]

Supervisors OK bond process for East Ridge Community Facilities District

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Oct. 20 to determine opposition or support for establishment of a community facilities district and authorization to levy a special tax followed by the authorization to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $40 million. No one in the small audience spoke either in favor or […]

Howard Jarvis president talks taxes on the Divide

Members of the Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated got some good news and bad news on Oct. 20 as they listened to Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The good news, according to Coupal, is that, for now, HJTA has stopped attacks by the California Legislature on Proposition 13 and stopped major tax increases. The […]

Buy a pie

Buy freshly made, ready-to-bake pies for the holidays while supporting Oak Ridge High School’s 2016 Grad Night. The due date for orders is no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Checks must be made out to ORHS Grad Night. Checks and order forms may be dropped off at the ORHS attendance office or mailed […]

Tahoe police officer, two others killed in crash

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Tragedy struck Saturday, Oct. 17, when a single-vehicle rollover east of Fallon, Nev., claimed the lives of a South Lake Tahoe police officer, his wife and a family friend. Officer Mark Hounsell, his wife Jeanne Hounsell and family friend Laura Fisher were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The […]

Rock on

a3 Rock 1 Rock lovers took over the El Dorado County Fairgrounds this past weekend to celebrate the beauty Mother Nature provides at the El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society Rock and Gem Show. Society member Fred Fassio of Placerville shows off the beautiful center of a Mexican geode he cut in half. Democrat […]

Meeting focuses on helping veterans

El Dorado County Department of Veterans Affairs held its monthly Veterans Outreach meeting on Oct. 16, featuring Vietnam veteran Jack Warf, who told every veteran, “We are here for you.” “From what we know, there are about 18,000 veterans in our community and we have only identified 12,000 of them,” Warf said. “We are a strong supporter […]

Learn how to prepare your family for disasters

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. A community forum focused on family emergency preparedness will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Gold Trail Grange No. 452, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma. The forum is open […]

Charter University Prep student test scores shine

Students across California took new, electronic assessments this last spring, and El Dorado County Office of Education Charter University Prep is pleased to announce that its students scored exceptionally well. In English, 75 percent of seventh-grade, 100 percent of eighth-grade and 97 percent of 11th-grade students scored “meeting or exceeding” the state standards — a level of scores achieved by very few school in the state. […]

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