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Zanon sentenced to death; CHP officer’s mom says, ‘I’m finally taking a breath’

DAVID ZANON sits with his attorneys at the sentencing hearing. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

Three years after he struck and killed California Highway Patrol officer Douglas “Scott” Russell, David Charles Zanon was sentenced to death Monday morning by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner. The sentencing came three months after jurors recommended Zanon, 41, be put to death for his first-degree murder conviction. Several uniformed CHP officers […]

No Comment / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Developers push lower fees

Development fees still hovering at housing bubble peak levels have made all but the most expensive new homes economically infeasible. That was the conclusion of a presentation made by Jamie Gomes and Tim Youmans, both partners in Economic and Planning Systems, a land economics consulting firm with offices in Sacramento, to the El Dorado County […]

No Comment / December 09, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Take a time out for fire safety

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CAMINO — Unit Chief Bill Holmes of the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of Ca Fire would like to remind everyone of some life saving fire safety tips as we enter the holiday season. “Think about fire safety. This may sound obvious but with the hectic pace of the holidays, reminding ourselves to “think fire safety” can help […]

No Comment / December 09, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Academic decathletes hit the books

MMMM — Fried dough sizzles in the pan. This food, common in the 1930s during the Great Depression, was served at the Academic Decathlon's kick-off presentation last month. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

The 2010-11 Academic Decathlon will tackle a heavy topic — the Great Depression (not to be confused with the economic drag of today). On Nov. 18 students and coaches for the four participating El Dorado County high schools got into the spirit of the 1930s with Dust Bowl-era music and food as they prepared for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom names fire chief

Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller recently announced the appointment of Ron Phillips as fire chief, effective immediately. Chief Phillips has served as Folsom’s deputy fire chief since 2005. He replaces former Chief Dan Haverty, who retired in October. “We had a stellar crop of candidates and Chief Phillips successfully competed against some of the best […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Don’t let con artists, thieves have a jolly holiday

Although the holidays are a special time of year for many, the hustle and bustle of the season can also make unsuspecting, unprepared residents the target of thieves and con artists. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has recommended the following safety tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday season: Around the house […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Dec. 10 is property tax deadline

The delinquent date to pay the first installment of El Dorado County property taxes is Friday, Dec. 10, reports C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer-tax collector. The law allows payments to be considered timely if the postmark on the envelope indicates mailing on or before the delinquent date. However, envelopes must be postmarked by […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »