Wildfire Awareness Month: Remembering Angora

by Placerville Newswire / May 21, 2017 / comments

[By Joanne S. Marchetta]
This June is wildfire awareness month at Lake Tahoe. It also marks the 10th anniversary of the Angora Fire, the most destructive wildland fire in memory at Tahoe.
An illegal and abandoned campfire started the Angora Fire on June 24, 2007. The fire quickly spread toward Meyers, stoked by strong winds and forests overgrown with hazardous fuels. In a few days, the fire burned 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes.

Sheriff's Arrest and Activity Log for 5-20-17

by Placerville Newswire / May 21, 2017 / comments


The following people are on the arrest log of May 20, 2017, as reported by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department:

JN1702477    JESUS        ALONSO    M
Facility    Date Booked    Status    Age at Booking    Arresting Agency
PV    20170520    RELEASED    21    EDSO
First 5 Charges    Misd or Felony?    Description    
Bail Amount For Each Charge
23152(B)    M    DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT    

Sheriff's Arrest and Activity Log for 5-19-17

by Placerville Newswire / May 20, 2017 / comments


The following people are on the arrest log of May 19, 2017, as reported by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department:

Vernon Smith 1921-2017


Vernon “Smitty” Alford Smith, May 20, 1921 — May 20, 2017

Vern Smith, a 46-year resident of Placerville, Calif., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones, May 20, 2017, after a short illness. He was born May 20, 1921, in the very small town of Lindsay, Okla. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of World War II and served in France, receiving several medals, including The Purple Heart.

After being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, Vern traveled to many areas of California pursuing a career in construction and finally settled in Placerville. He worked for Henning and Son for many years before retiring. He was a member of The International Union of Operating Engineers for 60 years. He was an active member of the community and belonged to several organizations, including the Placerville and El Dorado Masonic Lodges where he was past Master, a Shriner, and a long time VFW and American Legion member. In recent years, he become a very active volunteer at the Placerville Senior Center.

Vern was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Peggie. He is survived by his daughter, Sally (Darrell) Forrester; grandson, Vernon (Randa) Forrester; granddaughter, Alyssa Forrester (Steve) Adams; great-grandchildren, Dalton Forrester, Wayne Culbert and Amanda Figg-Hoblyn; and his sister, Mary (Lonnie) DaVault of Oklahoma.

Vern will be truly missed by all the hearts he touched. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations in Vern’s name to the Placerville Boys and Girls Club, Hospice or a charity of your choice. A celebration of Vern’s life will be announced at later date. 

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South Tahoe High Names New Principal

[Tahoe Daily Tribune]

Lake Tahoe Unified School District announced in an email sent May 17 that Carline Sinkler will be the new principal at the high school.

Sinkler, who has served as principal of Herbert Hoover Middle School in San Francisco Unified School District since 2013, was enthusiastically selected by the interview committees, according to the email.

Principal Chad Houck announced back in March that he would be resigning at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to a story by South Tahoe Now...