Friday, August 29, 2014

EID drought

EDITOR: During this serious drought, EID should examine its ditch services. In many cases metered, treated potable water is served at 1 miner’s inch (11.5 gpm) 24 hrs a day to feed an ornamental pond and nothing else. As it is not a guaranteed service, they should be turned off during the drought or at […]

Labor Day

Labor Day always marks the last hurrah of summer and the transition to fall. For most students, except here in El Dorado County, the day after Labor Day is the start of school. It’s a long weekend and here it is noteworthy for the Highway 50 traffic of hippie-like people returning from the Burning Man […]

California rambling: Surprising Santa Clara

“Everyone claims to be Silicon Valley,” David Andre of the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau said of the many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond that identify themselves as a center of high technology, “but Santa Clara is where Silicon Valley began, and it’s still its heart.” Nowhere is Silicon Valley’s […]

Ask a care manager: Housing choices for older adults

Irene has been alone for a number of years after her husband passed away unexpectedly in his early 70s. Although the first few years were a struggle for her getting used to being by herself, she managed and became more independent in the process. She is now in her mid-80s, her health is declining and […]

September is California Wine Month

California’s annual grape harvest is a time when a foodie’s fancy naturally turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, wine regions and wineries across the Golden State are celebrating the 10th annual California Wine Month —organized by California’s Wine Institute. From innovative wine immersion experiences to cool wine events, September […]

Film series starts with ‘Inequality for All’

The second year of the popular film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 10 with “Inequality for All” screening at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The terms “income gap” and “inequality” are showing up more and more often in conversations and in the […]

Lessons learned while roofing in paradise

It’s always good to help someone out, but even it’s better if you can do it and enjoy the  process. Elizabeth Eichstaedt had the opportunity to do both this summer. The 16-year-old Ponderosa senior spent two weeks in Fiji, building a kindergarten classroom with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY). “I miss it like crazy,” said Eichstaedt, […]

As we were: Drought issues

25 Years ago Sept. 15, 1989 Beetle-plagued trees need city’s attention City property owners will have to control or destroy beetle-infested trees on their land. Drought conditions over the past few years have increased the number of beetle-damages trees in the Placerville area. In dry years, the insects burrow deeper than usual into the center […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Supreme Court denies Nutting

The California Supreme Court denied a petition of a former county supervisor regarding his removal from office. On Aug. 27, the Supreme Court of California denied the petition for review and application for the stay of former Supervisor Ray Nutting on his removal from office. Nutting was removed when his position was vacated by Buckley […]

Acupuncture clinic aims to serve community

With a sliding pay scale, Rosie McNeilly hopes to bring the world of acupuncture to a larger segment of the El Dorado County community. The main room of El Dorado Community Acupuncture is soothing. Soft music, a few dim lights, neutral blue walls with painted bird and tree silhouettes, comfy chairs and beds make up […]

EDH veterans memorial gets land: Fundraising ready to begin

Veterans and their supporters have waited years for the opportunity to build a Veterans Memorial Park in El Dorado Hills. On Aug. 14 the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the long-awaited maintenance and ground lease agreement of CSD-owned land for the project. The location is a 1.2-acre site south […]

Sand Fire Benefit one big success

Pulling off probably one of the most quickly organized and most successful community fund-raising events ever held, the Sand Fire Benefit has exceeded everyone’s expectations having raised in excess of $78,000 for victims of last month’s devastating fire. “It’s at $78,000 now and we think it will end up at $80,000,” said Bill Roby, who is […]

Scholarship available for local forestry students

JACKSON – The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications from now to Nov. 15 for the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university. The scholarship will be granted to a student who has graduated from […]

SLT Mental Health Clinic moving

The El Dorado County Mental Health Clinic currently located at 1360 Johnson Boulevard is moving to 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. The anticipated move date is Sept. 5, with clinic doors expected to be open for clients at the new location on Sept. 8. County Alcohol and Drug Program services will also […]

Labor Day closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Sept. 1 due to Labor Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Protection will […]

Mayors to meet for virtual handshake

Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will join the mayors of three other pioneer-related cities for a virtual handshake tonight, Aug. 29, using a laptop computer. Held to honor the Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival, the event kicks off a celebration of the major trails used by pioneers moving west in the 1840s and 1850s. With Independence, Mo. the starting place for many […]

Camp 2 Bridge deconstructed

Since Aug. 1 contractor Excavating Engineers Inc. out of San Diego County has been working on the Camp 2 Bridge reconstruction project for the El Dorado Irrigation District.

The first order of business was deconstructing the rickety Erector Set-like bridge and its wooden bridge deck. The remains are stacked in the marshaling yard a short walk before the bridge abutment. Other pieces are on the east abutment where they will serve as a protection for the stacked rock abutment in case a rock falls on it.

To lift out the old superstructure and its timber …

Dog tak with Uncle Matty: Cat saves boy from ‘otherwise friendly dog’

You’ve probably seen the video — “My cat saved my son” — but if you haven’t, watch it here: And brace yourselves, dog people, because you’re about to fall in love with a cat. Earlier this summer, Tara the Tabby became a hero and Internet sensation when she thwarted a dog attack by body-slamming, […]

Keep Kaser in prison

Twenty-nine years ago Robert Kaser tried to kill his estranged wife and two step-children. He shot all three with a .45-caliber pistol and succeeded in killing one — 14-year-old Ehren Dixon, who died three days later because a bullet knicked his liver and doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding. His doctor was amazed he lived three […]

Tribute to Donnie Tilford

Tomorrow combines inflated winnings with heavy emotion at Placerville Speedway as the second-to-last championship event of the season pays homage to the late Donnie Tilford, one the most decorated and beloved in the history of Placerville Speedway, with the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford Big Trophy Night. The first Tribute to Donnie Tilford offers inflated […]

Heinz-sight: It’s here …

… The start of high school football tonight. That realignment we’ve mentioned the past year in our sports pages? It’s here too but right around the corner. After the nonleague preseason is completed this fall, two of our local schools — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa — battle vastly different opponents once league rolls around. Exciting. The […]

The weekly Daley: A little potpourri for a change

I hardly ever delve into local government or political issues in this space, because next week I may have to be strictly impartial in my coverage of said issues. But last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors took an action that I think is just wrong. The four county leaders voted unanimously to contract out the […]

Donald E. Doyle

April 26, 1934 — Aug. 22, 2014 Donald Doyle was born April 26, 1934, in San Francisco, Calif., at the Children’s Hospital. He had his family by his side when he passed away on Aug. 22, 2014. He is survived by his two sons, Ray and Jeff; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was a […]

Wilma Martin Klein

June 5, 1925 — Aug. 20, 2014 Wilma Martin Klein, 89, left us peacefully on Aug. 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Klein; and her daughter-in-law, Patricia Ann Klein. Born in Oklahoma, her family ultimately settled in Southern California until she moved in 1978 to Cameron Park, Calif., where […]

Gertrude “Dede” Elaine Wilkinson

April 19, 1925 — Aug. 21, 2014 Our angel Gertrude “Dede” Elaine Wilkinson (nee Bibber) joined the heavens on Aug. 21, 2014. She was the most kind, compassionate and loving wife, mother, sister and friend on Earth. Her beautiful spirit will be with us always. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Wesley […]

Rodney H. Johnson

Feb. 11, 1929 — Aug. 24, 2014 Rodney H. Johnson, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Cameron Park, Calif., on Aug. 24, 2014. He was born in Duluth, Minn., on Feb. 11, 1929, to Hilding and Sigrid Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ann; his daughter, […]

Peggy L. King

Nov. 9, 1950 — Aug. 24, 2014 Peggy King went to the loving arms of Jesus on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. She was born in Richmond, Ind., on Nov. 9, 1950. She is survived by her father, Donald; husband, Tom; daughters, Keri King and Kelly (Jason) Walls; grandson, Connor Seymour; brother, David (Susan) Hinds; and […]

Gridiron season kicks off tonight

All five El Dorado County high school football teams kick off the 2014 season tonight. Four will be on the road. Oak Ridge plays at Whitney; Ponderosa starts at Lincoln; El Dorado makes the trek to play at South Tahoe; Union Mine travels west to Sacramento to play at Foothill; and Golden Sierra, the lone […]

Award-winning rosarian gives tips

In preparation for the upcoming Festival of Roses, the Mother Lode Rose Society has invited Duane Carlson, award-winning rosarian of the Sierra Foothills Rose Society to give tips on grooming roses for a show. He will present his demonstration at the monthly meeting of the Mother Lode Rose Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at […]

Things get spicy in EDH

Like salsa? The public will get its fill Saturday, Aug. 30, when El Dorado Hills Natural Farms hosts its first salsa festival to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. All are invited to taste and vote on the best salsa from area restaurants, including Relish, Cascada, Chili’s, Casa Ramos, Jimboy’s Tacos, Mexquite, Adanberto’s, Freshmex […]

Things to do: Aug. 29, 2014

ON GOING Put banners 2014 c from weekend here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information:   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

2014 Ponderosa football roster

2-Ken-Yon Daisley, Jr. 3-Nael Bseiso, Sr. 4-Brandon Reese, Jr. 5-Colby Chiverton, Sr. 6-Chace Lerch, Sr. 7-Jimmy Sanders, Jr. 8-Pre Deitchman, Jr. 9-Luc Deitchman, Sr. 10-Zach Lopes, Sr. 11-Sage Dahl, Jr. 12-David Dyas, Jr. 13-Josh Bist, Sr. 14-Sean Bennett, Jr. 15-Zack Steiner, Jr. 16-Quinton Bardwell, Sr. 17-Josh Israel, Sr. 19-Tommy Larner, Jr. 20-Cole Donovan, Jr. 22-Ryan […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

Bruins happy to be back in D-II

2014 Ponderosa Football Schedule Aug. 29: @ Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Vista del Lago, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 12: Bye Sept 19: @ Woodcreek, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26: @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bella Vista, 7 p.m. Oct. 10: Whitney, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Del Campo 7 p.m. Oct. 24: @ Oakmont, 7 p.m Oct. 31: Roseville, […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Upbeat is always better

Who is in charge of the mornings in your home? If you have an upbeat person in charge in the morning, the rest of the day will probably be enjoyable. Upbeat people start the day with a “good morning” salutation, often accompanied by a hug or a kiss or both. • My upbeat wife, Monika, […]

Heard over the back fence: Chamber of Commerce tee time

FUN AND GAMES WARNING: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “It’s all fun and games until the police show up.” TAIL GATE SALE — A “Special Ladies Event” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Bring your gently used jewelry […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

If you are a bike rider, mountain or road, you know this is a fantastic time to ride as temperatures have backed off a bit. Perhaps one of your favorite rides is anywhere in Apple Hill, or you’ve always wanted to ride Apple Hill. This is the time to do it. The apples have ripened […]