When did you first start to give back? Was it when you were in your 20s or 30s? When your family was grown and you had the time and resources to get involved? How about when you were 16, like Nick Van Gilder of Camino or 14-year-old Jessica Combrink? The Camino Cares Giving Program has […]
On Monday, Oct. 27, Bart Emry of Camino let his dog Daisy, outside to do her business. It was two o’clock in the morning and Emry assumed Daisy’s nudge had meant the 11-year-old collie/lab mix needed to go.
But instead of heading out into the yard, Daisy froze on the porch. “I kept telling her to go, go, but she was staring at something,” said Emry, 55. He started to open the back door wider, but Daisy suddenly jumped backwards and Emry caught sight of why: 25 feet directly in front of them, a huge black bear was foraging in a bag of trash he dragged from a pile by the side of the house. The bear saw Daisy and charged.
Emry reacted by heaving the dog into the laundry room behind him. “I was bent over picking her up and I tried to kick the door shut, but the bear was on top of us and swiped my foot with his claw. I stood up and he stopped long enough for me to slam the door in his snout, which was only about six inches from my face.”
The wound on Emry’s left …
If your wedding, corporate event or party is in need of flowers — or you just want a fancy bouquet — Dottie MacKenzie’s Camino Flower Shop can design the perfect floral arrangement. Contemporary or traditional arrangements made of a variety of California-grown flowers including hydrangeas, tulips, gerbera daisies, dahlias, orchids, calla lilies, stock and larkspur […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the subject of a manhunt on Oct. 17. As seen in the accompanying sketch, the man was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 200-250 pounds, with a shaved head and […]
A manhunt in Camino began Friday morning after a deputy was shot at by a suspect.
Just after 8 a.m., a struggle occurred between a deputy and the suspect while on Cable Road, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. The suspect was able to retrieve a gun and fired a single shot at the deputy.
The deputy reported over the scanner that he had not been harmed; the shot hit his radio.
A manhunt began for the subject in Camino, though schools were only put on soft …
Despite the massive King Fire and the smoke covering the county, the wineries and farms of Camino and Apple Hill are doing relatively well. “It’s hard to say,” Bill Gunn of Jodar Winery said of the affects of the fire on business. “It’s cyclical anyway. The smoke over the weekend” affected those down the hill […]
With the King Fire continuing to rage, interest was high at Tuesday night’s fire briefing with an estimated crowd of 400 to 700 people in attendance. Held at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church, fire and law enforcement personnel gave out the latest information on the fire as well as fielded questions. Laurence Crabtree, a supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service, noted […]
Shortly after graduating from El Dorado High School, Blake Phipps, a car junkie by nature, tried to buy a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster pickup truck and he wasn’t a day late, but a hundred dollars short. Always having a soft spot for the hot rod, 40 years later someone said that the Ford he […]
On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]
The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.
Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.
Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…
A man was killed in a fatal accident Thursday afternoon near Camino. Lawrence Alvin Randall, 78, was driving his 1997 Toyota 4Runner westbound in the No. 2 lane of Highway 50 east of Carson Road at about 4:10 p.m., a CHP press release stated. He was traveling at approximately 55 mph when, for unknown reasons, […]
The Placerville Union School District announced the selection of Eric Bonniksen as the district’s new full-time superintendent and Rachelle Ball as the new principal of Sierra School. The school district provides services to students ages kindergarten through eighth grade in the city of Placerville. Bonniksen most recently was superintendent-principal of Camino Union School District. He […]
A solo-vehicle collision shortly after noon on Highway 50 west of Braeburn Lane in Camino on June 29 led to the deaths of the driver and a passenger, leaving another passenger with major injuries. Michael Warner, 41, of Santa Cruz, was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra westbound when he traveled across the center divide of […]
Maria Rosas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective April 30. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, a free public school with an emphasis on science and math, is now open for fall registration. The school provides an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum using natural resource-based education as an integrating context for learning across the curriculum. It offers several options for students in fourth through eighth […]
Michael Douglas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective March 5. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
CAMINO — For the first time in 15 years, Camino Elementary School fielded a wrestling team The young grapplers recently ended their season in which they learned the fundamentals of the sport that will prepare them by the time they reach high school. Members of the squad are: Joseph Carlisle, Jonathan Carlisle, Jeffrey Somera, Jenni […]
EDITOR: We’d like to thank the following people for making this year’s Camino Cares Christmas Giving program such a success: Camino Hotel, Camino Post Office, Camino School, Apple Blossom Coffee House, Sean Pritchard of Solid Rock Faith Center, Camino Community Action Committee, and last but not least, our amazing community. This year we were able […]
When the Hotel Camino opened as a boardinghouse in 1888, residents probably thought they had it pretty good — dry shelter, a bed and regular meals. Bachelors, they worked hard as loggers in the surrounding forest. And when the mill began operating in town in the early 1900s, millworkers residing at the hotel had only […]
Renée Day, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective Dec. 31. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]
In 1983, Harry Hopkins decided that he wanted to build himself a house. He approached his wife, Karen, the next year, proposing they build a cabin on the plot next to their house on Mace Road in Camino, acquired nearly a decade before. By 1993, using almost entirely wood from his own land, he had a new home next door to where they had raised their children.
Just a year before his retirement in 1984, Harry asked Karen if she wanted to live in a log cabin. “‘No way,’ I said. All I could imagine was a dirt floor,” she said. But Harry was …
An accident on Nov. 9 on Barkley Road in Camino claimed the lives of two Placerville men. Trent Wanta, 23, was driving his 2001 Toyota Echo westbound on Barkley Road at 7:10 p.m. with Cody Clevland, 24, as his passenger, a CHP report stated. Driving at an unknown rate of speed, Wanta failed to negotiate […]
Camino Flower Shop offers natural and beautiful flower arrangements for weddings, parties, funerals, banquets, and other events. Owned by Dottie Mckenzie, a florist for 26 years, the shop helps clients capture the moment in flowers. Romantic vintage props, which enhance your flower arrangements, are complimentary whenever a wedding or event is booked. Customers are attracted to […]
A classic Corvette was stolen while the local owner was visiting Monterey for Classic Car Week. The Camino man, whose name is not being given out, realized his red 1962 Stingray was missing from the driveway of the bed-and-breakfast inn where he was staying the morning of Aug. 18, Pacific Grove Police Cmdr. John Miller […]
Someone buying a Powerball lottery ticket in Camino is a whole lot richer as a result of last Wednesday’s drawing. According to the Camino Food Center, someone bought a ticket from them that is worth $289,341. As of Friday, the holder of the winning ticket had not yet been identified. Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 […]
In April, the Mountain Democrat featured Camino resident Judi Collins who was planning to walk the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago —an ancient pilgrimage path from southern France over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela where the remains of the apostle St. James are reportedly buried. In […]
Carter Robertson is bringing her provocative and inspiring musical memoir, “Playin’ on the Tracks” to Para Vi Winery, 2875 Larsen Drive in Camino, on Saturday, June 22. “Playin’ on the Tracks” is the compelling story of her transformation from a child of the rural church culture to a world-class performer on stage as the only female […]
EDITOR: Coming back to Pollock from Placerville I noticed new advertising on a billboard in the Camino area — a place called Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Wow. Rabbits must be a pretty good money maker in Nevada. Maybe we should start a ranch or two here in the county. Think of all the revenue from […]
“ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE”: John Chapman provided the following: “Advice from a Rose” T-shirt statement: “Make someone’s day * Enjoy the sunshine * Remember your beauty stems from within * Be colorful * Look past the thorns * Make new buds * Bloom! * Be scent-sational!” CLEAN UP CAMINO: The annual “Camino Clean-up […]
The El Dorado County Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Pollock Pines-Camino Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on a May 3 Business Walk for the Pollock Pines and Camino communities. The goal of the walk is to take a pulse of businesses in the commercial areas by asking […]
Camino School is now accepting kindergarten students for the 2013-14 school year. Registration packets can be picked up at the Camino School office, 3060 Snows Road in Camino, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Oct. 2. Transitional kindergarten will be offered to students […]
At the special meeting of the Board of Trustees Jan. 8 a provisional appointment was made to fill the current board member vacancy. Renée Day has been appointed to the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees. Unless a petition calling for a special election to fill the vacancy, containing a sufficient number of signatures, […]
Suzanne Egger, a respected member of the Camino Union School Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective Dec. 11, 2012. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply […]
A Camino man was to visit a friend, but never arrived. A search for the Army veteran has turned up very little.
David Clement, 30, is believed to have left his Camino home the morning of Nov. 6, according to friend Erica Scoggins.
“It looks like he went running that morning and vanished, never returning to his Camino home again since that date,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat. “It is speculated that David awoke early on Tuesday around 5 a.m. and went running. He left his keys, wallet, cell phone and motorcycle at his home. David was going to visit a friend after doing errands on Nov. 6 and never did. His friends have been contacted and none of us have received any word from him.