Monday, March 2, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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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 […]

Man drives into lake at Brown’s Ravine

A man committed suicide at Brown’s Ravine Marina on Feb. 17, despite efforts from marina employees to save him. As employees of Folsom Lake arrived for work, they saw a man sitting inside a vehicle, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office press release stated. It was parked on a boat ramp, facing the water. Shortly […]

Highway 50: 2 collisions within 15 minutes Wednesday

Two traffic collisions on Highway 50 happened within a few miles of each other within 15 minutes on Feb. 18. The first occurred at Highway 50 and Carson Road in Camino, next to Mountain Pizza, at 4:20 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Barbara Brown, 76, of Pollock Pines, was turning from Carson Road onto […]

Supervisor Shiva Frentzen appointed to state LAFCO association’s board

At its Jan. 28 meeting the El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission nominated Shiva Frentzen to be appointed to the board of directors of the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO). The CALAFCO board is expected to formally appoint Shiva at its next meeting, which is scheduled for May 8. She will serve […]

New trail segments slated to open next month

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission coughed up an additional $87,000 to complete two segments of the El Dorado Trail: one segment between Clay Street and Bedford Avenue and the other segment between Lower Main Street and Forni Road to Ray Lawyer Drive. The two segments of a Class I Bike Path are under a […]

Missing teen info sought

Ashley VanTassel’s parents know the general area of where she is. After disappearing on Dec. 4, 2014, Erin and Eddie Knight, of Placerville, believe their 17-year-old daughter went to the Bay Area. But leads have been running dry and VanTassel’s friends are no longer returning calls and texts to the Knights. They have clues to […]

Free hiring event Feb. 19

El Dorado County Connections—One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum and Hiring Event on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Ponté Palmero, an assisted living community in Cameron Park, will share […]

Teen drives down embankment

A teenager lost control of his car in El Dorado Hills in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, driving down an embankment. The 16-year-old male, of El Dorado Hills, was driving a 2006 silver Land Rover Range Rover eastbound on Appian Way west of Sangiovese Drive at about 4:30 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. […]

Couple rescued in Pilot Hill

A couple hiking in Pilot Hill became lost Sunday, spending the night in the wilderness before being escorted out by Search and Rescue volunteers. The couple, a man in his 40s, from Roseville, and a woman in her 50s, from Folsom, were day hiking the American River area near Salmon Falls Bridge when they became […]

Safety improvements OK’d ahead of interchange

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved county staff’s recommendation to add an additional four-way stop intersection on Serrano Parkway before the Silva Valley interchange opens in 2016. John Kahling, deputy director of engineering for the Community Development Agency, Transportation Division, presented the county’s analysis and traffic findings to the board last week following a […]

EDH seniors can soon get a lift with taxi service

An on-demand, subsidized taxi service will help El Dorado Hills seniors on the go. Beginning late spring or early summer, El Dorado Hills residents who are at least 60 years old or disabled may call a taxi in the contracted network and be taken door-to-door anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Passengers must register one […]

Counties unite to urge Congress to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools

SACRAMENTO — The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) announced Feb. 12 that 23 of California’s rural counties have adopted resolutions urging Congress to immediately reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (SRS). SRS funding mitigates the impact to county governments and schools from the reduction of timber harvesting production on […]

McClintock introduces bill to honor fallen Marine Sky Mote

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, introduced on Feb. 13  H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012. The legislation will designate a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp every year, as “Sky Point.” Every […]

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Save for Valentines Day. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Former Grace Foundation horses up for adoption

El Dorado County Animal Services currently has 48 horses for adoption. These horses are from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. According to Alexis Shaw, operations manager of Animal Services, the horses are of various ages and breed. “These are beautiful animals,” said Shaw. “Many are very friendly and enjoy being around […]

Teen driver class offered by CHP

The CHP will be holding Start Smart classes for teens and their parents on Feb. 26. In the wake of a Feb. 10 collision that caused a 17-year-old male driver major injuries, the CHP is holding a Start Smart course. Topics covered include the hazards of driving, distractions, DUIs and more, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The […]

Traffic stop nets arrests: Reveals drugs, stolen laptop and guns

A pullover for a simple driving infraction turned into multiple arrests involving drugs, guns and stolen property on Feb. 4. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Tucker stopped a white Nissan Maxima at about 4:20 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road, a press release stated. Tucker identified the occupants on-scene, three male adults and one female […]

EID to bypass 2 sewer lift stations

Th El Dorado Irrigation District will save about $2 million by eliminating two sewer lift stations in El Dorado Hills. Replacing sewer lift stations has generally cost $1 million each. After doing an engineering study, EID staff concluded it could bypass the Lakeridge Oaks Lift Station at the corner of Lakeridge Oaks Drive and Green […]

Sand bags available for Tahoe residents

The city of South Lake Tahoe would like to remind residents that sand bags are available at no cost year round. The sand lot is located at the city’s Streets and Snow Removal Yard located at 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd., which is next to Campground by the Lake. To pick-up your sand bags, proceed through […]

Cal Fire urges safety on the road in winter

SACRAMENTO — After a dry period, California experienced heavy rainfall over the weekend, which prompted Cal Fire to urge drivers to be safe on the road. Each year between 450,000 and 500,000 traffic accidents are reported in California alone. One person is killed every two and a half hours, and one person is injured every […]

Recreation site in King Fire burned area reopened

Stumpy Meadows boat ramp and picnic area, east of Georgetown in the Eldorado National Forest, was reopened to the public Feb. 2 in conjunction with a change in the forest closure order for areas affected by the King Fire. “We will continue to monitor the burned area to make sure no part of the forest […]

Collision in Strawberry knocks vehicle on its side

A collision in Strawberry on Monday morning left one vehicle on its side but caused only minor injuries. James Dean, 49, of Australia, was driving a 2015 Ford Expedition westbound on the eastbound shoulder, against traffic at about 8:45 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Dean intended to go to the Strawberry Lodge market. He […]

Operation School Bell provides clothes to low-income kids

A line of children and their parents or guardians formed in front of a table in the lobby of the El Dorado Hills Target at about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. Each child had been picked by their school to receive between $70 and $100 to shop for clothes for school. Barbara Brown, spokesperson for […]

Farm and Ranch Succession Planning Workshop Feb. 8-9

UC Cooperative Extension-Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich invites foothill farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, and employees or other non-family successors, to a two-part, interactive workshop to be held Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2-6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers. […]

Barton seeks feedback on health needs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The next time your home phone rings, it may be about your health. Barton Health is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment survey by phone and needs input from South Lake Tahoe residents. The assessment is completed every three years and the community’s feedback provides valuable insight about local health […]

Transportation workshop to focus on goals

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a community workshop for the El Dorado County Regional Transportation Plan 2015-35 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Marshall Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The Regional Transportation Plan is developed to provide a clear vision of the county’s regional transportation goals, […]

Too much zinc in sewer system?

Too much zinc in our effluent — could it be that hundreds of Placerville residents are taking zinc for their health and urinating it back into the sewer system? It’s probably not the case, but the city of Placerville has been releasing a bit too much zinc from the Hangtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. On […]