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Regional Transportation Plan update highlighted in local workshop

It was show-and-tell time at the fairgrounds the evening of Feb. 6 as the El Dorado County Transportation Commission rolled out a draft of its updated Regional Transportation Plan. A job it must undertake every five years, the workshop attracted board members as well as staff from the agency and its partner agencies including SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments), […]

Operation School Bell a hit in Placerville

It looked like Christmas in February as children went shopping for new school clothes on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Kmart. Lined up outside the store as early as 8 a.m., an estimated 125 children and their parents swarmed through the store loading up shopping carts with everything from shoes and socks to the latest in t-shirts and dresses. Part of […]

Sheriff briefs Tea Party on crime

Sheriff John D’Agostini covered everything from crime to finances at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Tea Party in the Hills. Noting the increase in crime in the county, D’Agostini attributed it to passage of Proposition 47 last November. That law reduced the classification of most nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes from a […]

Placerville resident appointed as deputy at DWR

On Jan. 23, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office announced that Placerville resident Ed Wilson, 59, had been appointed deputy assistant director of public affairs at the California Department of Water Resources. Wilson has been working as the assistant director of communications at the California Department of Conservation since 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he served as interim assistant director […]

Elvis has left the building … for the slopes

There were multiple sightings of Elvis at Sierra-at-Tahoe last Thursday. In the pub, on the slopes, hanging out on the plaza — they were everywhere — all 13 of them. Part of a “man trip” they have been taking for 19 years, the guys came dressed as Elvis for a day of snowboarding and fun at the popular […]

Another drought year ahead? Survey says: Most likely

California may be looking at a fourth year of drought based on the latest snow survey conducted Jan. 29 at Phillips Station.

With sunny weather and not much snow on the ground to measure, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, stuck a pole into the ground and came up largely empty.

The survey found a snow depth of 7.1 inches and a water equivalent of 2.3 inches, which is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course.

These results are down from measurements done Dec. 30 when there was 21.5 inches of snow on the ground with a water content of 4 percent.

“In a normal year we’d have about five feet of snow depth at this location this time of year,” said Gehrke.

Statewide, the snow water equivalent as measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches, or 25 percent of the historical average. That’s down from …

Marshall seeks baby-friendly imprimatur

Looking to add to their credentials, Marshall Medical Center hopes to add the designation of being a Baby-Friendly Hospital next month.

Part of a global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, the designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.

In particular, the initiative focuses on providing new mothers with the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully breastfeed their babies and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

In charge of the program at Marshall is Christine Miguelgorry, who is a …

Correction

In the article “New ruling gives hope to dredgers,” the caption for the photo on the front page was in error. Rick Eddy is on the right in the photo while Steve Tyler is on the left.

New ruling gives hope to dredgers

A new ruling issued on Jan. 12 of this year is giving hope to suction dredgers that they will once again be able to ply their trade on California’s waterways.

Issued by San Bernardino County Judge Gilbert Ochoa, the decision builds on a previous ruling by a state appellate court in the case of People v. Rinehart.

In that case, Brandon Rinehart successfully appealed his conviction for suction dredging without a permit when the Third Court of Appeals for California ruled the trial …

Suspect in stolen car arrested in EDH

The pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended in an arrest early Friday morning. According to the Placerville Police Department, the incident began at 1:23 a.m. Friday morning in the 300 block of Placerville Drive. An officer identified a 1998 Subaru Forester as one stolen from Pollock Pines and began a pursuit. The suspect fled to El Dorado Hills […]

Huntsman’s trial conference set for March

A trial-setting conference for Wayne Allen Huntsman, the man accused of starting the King Fire, was held on Friday, Jan. 23. Huntsman, 37, was indicted on Dec. 15 by a Grand Jury on suspicion of felony arson of forest land, with special allegations of arson with aggravating factors. The King Fire, which started Sept. 13 in Pollock […]

Dawn Cappell and Stacey Raye have the sweetest jobs

What happier profession could there be than to be a confectioner in one’s own candy shop? Such is the position that Dawn and Ryan Cappell find themselves in since October 2014, when they became the new owners of CandyStrike Emporium in Placerville. A favorite of anyone walking downtown, the store beckons with its vast display of delectable […]

Stumpy Meadows: Bathymetric survey plumbs reservoir

Two small spending projects were approved by the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District at its Jan. 13 meeting. A contract with Andregg Geomatics was approved for $17,960. The contract will pay to conduct a bathymetric survey of the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. Because of damage to the Pilot Creek Watershed following the King Fire, […]

Eden Halbert focuses on four-legged clients

“It’s great working in something you love,” said Eden Halbert, owner of Sierra Dogs and Sierra Luna Photography, as she snuggled with her own two dogs plus the two adorable puppies she is currently training. On the Sierra Dogs side, Halbert offers in-home, cage-free dog boarding, certified dog training classes and puppy training camp. Her second business is taking heirloom […]

Controversy continues over death of Gen. George S. Patton

Even 70 years later, the death of Gen. George S. Patton remains controversial.

A person connected to the Mountain Democrat offers a different, insider’s perspective on the traffic accident that led to Patton’s death, disputing the controversy.

A brilliant and audacious warrior who was often called “old blood and guts,” Patton’s untimely death at the end of World War II resulted in speculation that he died at an assassin’s hand rather than because of an automobile accident.

It was the subject of several books. One published in 2008 was called “Target Patton,” by journalist Robert Wilcox.

Salmon expert eyes Cosumnes River

The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited got some good news about fish restoration efforts at its Jan. 15 meeting. There to talk about efforts to improve the passage of fish up the Cosumnes River so they can spawn was Donnie Ratcliff, who is the assistant program manager of the anadromous fish restoration program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife […]

White Meadows continues King Fire recovery

Despite the devastating effects of the King Fire, clean up and recovery efforts continue in White Meadows.

That area suffered the most in terms of property damage with 12 homes and at least 57 buildings destroyed.

One of those families whose home burned was Michele and Doug Mudgett, whose ranch, Pacific House Farms, was in the path of the fire.

Their home, barn and much of the timber on their property was lost. They are now living in a small travel trailer on their property along with their …

Sen. Gaines talks regulatory reform: Highlights value of small businesses to chamber lunch

Touting the theme that “the private sector will lift us into prosperity,” state Sen. Ted Gaines touched on that subject and others when he spoke before the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. A small business owner himself, Gaines said he started out working in his father’s insurance agency right out of college. He still owns Gaines […]

Marshall employee retires at 87

It was cake and kisses for Gloria Baldwin, 87, as staff at Marshall Medical Center held a retirement party for her on Monday. The well-loved octogenarian is retiring after 37 years in the admissions department with her last work day being Jan. 17. A resident of El Dorado, Baldwin said she came to work for the hospital when she was […]

Mohr named to CPCSD

Margaret Mohr was selected to fill the vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District on Wednesday night. The opening was created after Vicky Neibauer resigned in December. Mohr is the chief marketing officer for e.Republic. Her current duties with the company include company branding, external marketing efforts, public relation campaigns, developing advertising […]

EDH resident named Registrar

El Dorado Hills resident Cindi Christenson, 57, is the newly promoted Registrar of Contractors of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The Contractors State License Board is one of 40 bureaus, boards or commissions under the Department of Consumer Affairs. It is responsible for the licensing and regulating of 285,000 licensed contractors statewide, 2,540 of […]

Mosquito arranges coverage as chief leaves

A loud and, at times, argumentative audience confronted the board of the Mosquito Fire Prevention District on Thursday night as a third chief in less than three years announced he was leaving the district. This following the letter from Battalion Chief Chris Johns, who announced his retirement as of Jan. 10. Johns had served as […]

Small water leak repaired

A water leak on Woodridge Court in Placerville prompted some repair work by the El Dorado Irrigation District. According to EID, the leak occurred on a service line a week and a half ago that resulted in some temporary repair work. Permanent repairs were done on Wednesday, which required installing new valves. One resident on the street said […]

Mosquito losing another fire chief

Mosquito Fire Protection District is losing yet another chief with Battalion Chief Chris Johns retiring effective Jan. 10. Johns is the third head of the district to leave in a little over two years. Mosquito hasn’t had a permanent chief since Aug. 2013 when Bob Davis resigned. Interim Fire Chief Tom Stuart took over but left in April when […]

Beware of flu

While influenza activity in California and El Dorado County remains low, the Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency recommends taking time to get a flu shot. It also recommends taking preventative actions to stop the spread of germs that can cause either a cold or the flu and taking […]

Dry snow in season’s first survey

A small blizzard and sub freezing temperatures greeted Frank Gehrke as he conducted the first snow survey on Dec. 30 at Phillips Station.

Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, measured the depth of the snow at 21.3 inches. But with a water content of just 4 inches, Gehrke noted it was only 33 percent of average.

“While there is more snow than last year,” he said, “the amount of water in the snow is far below average for this time of year and location. But we’re doing slightly better than last year at this location when it was only 2.3 inches of water content.

No. 3: Drought hits state hard

It was another dry year in California in 2014 as it suffered its third straight year of drought with curtailments issued by the state on both water uses and water rights. In El Dorado County, residents had a daily reminder of the drought as the water level in Folsom Lake dropped so low people could walk out to the […]

No. 1: King Fire consumes a forest

El Dorado County suffered two major fires in 2014. The smaller of the two, the Sand Fire, broke out July 25, consuming 4,200 acres in the southeast end of the county. The community had barely recovered from it when a massively bigger conflagration, the King Fire, broke out less than two months later on Sept. 13 in Pollock […]

No. 6: Nutting out, Frentzen in as supervisor

El Dorado County was the scene of political turmoil in 2014 as a county supervisor went on trial, was removed from office on misdemeanor convictions and a new person elected to fill his unexpired term, with the deciding factor being where candidates stood on several big residential developments being proposed for the county. The drama began when Supervisor Ray Nutting, a four-term member of […]

No. 7: Ballot box planning nixed by voters

Developers and grassroots volunteers went head to head in 2014, floating competing initiatives and investing big bucks in an effort to influence El Dorado County’s future. Sparked by updates to the General Plan and proposals to build several large residential developments in the county, four different growth control initiatives were circulated by local community groups dealing with community region lines, […]

40 years: 40 objects celebrate Historical Museum

With this year being the 40th anniversary of the El Dorado County Historical Museum, what better way to celebrate than by highlighting 40 objects that best tell the story of the county and the museum.

The brainchild of museum Director Mary Cory, she said the inspiration came from a book she read about the history of the Civil War that was told through 50 objects.

“Quite a few books tell a story through objects,” she said.

Arranged chronologically or by theme, the first of 40 objects …

Reindeer mischief prompts display removal

A minor act of vandalism of Christmas decorations was reported in El Dorado Hills over the holiday. According to Mike Root, who owns a home on Phillip Court, eight or nine wire reindeers on his front lawn were twice moved and then rearranged in R-rated positions. He said the first time it happened was a week before […]

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Cloud seeding proposal considered by county Water Agency

With interest in finding additional water supplies still on everyone’s mind, the El Dorado Water Agency discussed a proposal to conduct cloud seeding at its Dec. 10 meeting. Not the first time it’s been considered, in August of 2014, Dr. Jeffrey Tilley from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) provided a cloud seeding presentation to the agency’s board. […]

These legal ladies want you

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain – all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

No deal on EID censure plan: Election shift eyed

Despite a detailed presentation on the legal basis for censuring someone, the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District was unable to reach a consensus at its Dec. 8 meeting when it came to adopting a new policy that laid out specific procedures for doing so. The need for the policy arose in September after Director George Osborne asked EID’s General Counsel Tom Cumpston what procedures […]

Stormproofing the watershed after King Fire

With last Thursday’s storm threatening more damage, U.S. Forest Service and Sacramento Municipal Utility District staff were out in force doing what they could to protect a watershed left scarred by the King Fire.

On Wednesday, crews were hurriedly putting in berms, placing risers over culverts, laying rocks and log barriers and taking other measures to protect the hillsides, roads, powerhouses and other structures before the storm hit.

Up and down Forebay Road, dump trucks rumbled by with tons of crushed rock. At the bottom of one gully, a front-end loader graded the area while rock was placed above to control the water flow and to keep the gully from turning into a small canyon. Meanwhile, what looked like a hydro excavator truck waited on …

GDPUD: Proposition 218-related workshop next week

New board members were sworn in and new officers elected at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Carl Hoelscher, Lon Uso and Jesse Hanschild swapped seats with outgoing board members Ray Griffiths and Bonnie McLane. Outgoing board member Kathy Otermat wasn’t present. The new board went on to elect Director Norm Krizl as […]

Planners vote no to new cell tower in SLT

It was cell tower day at the Dec. 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission, with three of its five agenda items having to do with existing and proposed new towers. First up was an existing Verizon cellular telecommunications facility in the Georgetown area. Located on Chipmunk Ridge Road, the wireless facility was originally approved in […]

Neibauer resigns from Cameron Park board

Vicky Neibauer, president of the Cameron Park Community Services District, has resigned from the board. Neibauer submitted her resignation in an e-mail to General Manager Mary Cahill prior to last Wednesday’s board meeting. In the e-mail she said, “Current circumstances require that I resign as Cameron Park Community Services District Director effective Dec. 10. I thank the citizens of […]

Esmeralda Tunnel repairs continue

An update on repairing the Esmeralda Tunnel was given at the Dec. 8 El Dorado Irrigation District meeting by Engineering Director Brian Mueller. A partial cave-in of the tunnel occurred on Sept. 21 that was about 47 feet downstream of the upstream portal. The cave-in completely choked off flow to the tunnel and set off an alarm for the […]

No EID rate increase for 2015

You know you’re living in a topsy-turvy world when El Dorado Irrigation District ratepayers tell the board they favor a rate increase while board members try to avoid one. All this took place at Monday’s EID meeting as the board unanimously approved a two-year budget of $45.482 million for 2015 and $46.310 million for 2016 that included […]

Legal Professionals Association seeking more members

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain — all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

Bay to Tahoe tourism study adopted

The final draft of the Bay to Tahoe Basin Recreation and Tourism Travel Impact Study was accepted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) at its Oct. 2 meeting. Commissioned in 2012 at a cost of $239,775 with funding provided by Caltrans, the purpose of the study was to analyze the impact of regional tourism travel on […]

BOS: EDH apts. approved

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the final go ahead for a 250-unit apartment complex in El Dorado Hills at its Dec. 2 meeting. To be built by Stockton-based developer Economou/Spanos, the apartment complex will be constructed on a 4.5-acre lot in the middle of the Town Center. Opposed by some in the community because of the […]

Eyewitness to history — Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941

With the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor coming up this Sunday, the event still manages to evoke strong memories in those who lived through that event, even after 73 years.

One of those is Shingle Springs resident Bob Clarke, whose family lived in Hawaii at the time and who was an eyewitness to history.

Living in a home at the top of a hill overlooking Pearl Harbor, the Clarke family watched as the ships and nearby military bases were bombarded by the Japanese.

Clarke, who was 15 at the time, said he, his parents and two younger brothers were living in an area called Aiea, which was once an old plantation town.

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