David Martinelli

Historical American River Inn

Built in 1853 during the heat of the “gold fever” pandemic, the inn served as a stagecoach stop and a boarding house for miners. It is currently operated as a bed and breakfast and gift shop. Location: Corner of Main and New Orleans in Georgetown More Information:

Folsom state prison museum

Exhibits and video of America’s most famous prison. The 130-year-old prison is staffed by retired correctional peace officers. Johnny Cash souvenirs available through the gift shop. Location: At entrance of Folsom State Prison. Turn north off Natoma Street on Prison Road, follow sign. More Information: 916-985-2561, ext. 4589;

Delicious ways to personalize your wedding

Whether planning an intimate brunch or a formal dinner reception, here are several delicious ways every bride and groom can add their own special touch to their wedding festivities. Greeting Out-of-Town Guests • For a sweet way to surprise visitors, have homemade cookies, a thermos of cold milk or hot cocoa and some Hugs and […]

The Big Day Bridal Kit Supplies

• Bobby pins, elastic hair bands • Hairbrush • Hairspray • Panty hose • Nail file, nail polish, remover • Baby powder • Makeup, remover • Stain remover • Tissues • Sewing kit with scissors • Ballet flats • Pocket mirror • Extra earring backs • Static cling spray • Antacid • Pain reliever • Bandages […]


On Page A-6 of the Monday, Oct. 3, edition of the Mountain Democrat, a sub-headline on the Chamber of Commerce page incorrectly identified Harry Norris’ last name as “Harris.” The sub-headline should have read, “Endorses Norris, Osborne for EID board.”

Water main break affects East Broadway in Placerville

A water main break occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Placerville, according to Nathan Stong, city engineer with the city of Placerville. The break was located near Boeger Winery in Placerville and affected customers on Schnell School Road, Upper Broadway (to the Stadium Club), Wiltse Road and Lane Court. City officials were alerted to […]

Hwy. 50 at Echo Summit expected to reopen Saturday

Caltrans has announced that Highway 50 at Echo Summit is tentatively set to open to motorists Saturday evening, several days ahead of schedule. One-way, alternating lane controlled traffic will be in effect throughout the weekend, and will continue until the following Friday at noon. The road will be open without restrictions during Memorial Day weekend. With […]

Eastbound Hwy. 50 reopened at Sly Park Road

UPDATED AT 9:40 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, as of 9:37 a.m. Friday  morning, both eastbound lanes of Highway 50 have been reopened. Earlier, at 8:12 a.m. downed power lines shut down both eastbound lanes west of Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines. The lines were active and reportedly burned holes in the […]

Democrat expands online forms

The Mountain Democrat announces its new online form submission tools for news and information from the community. Rather than calling, mailing, dropping off, faxing or e-mailing your news and information, you can now use our convenient online forms that allow you to directly connect with us in an immediate fashion and ensure your content is […]

Bringing about the Newspaper 2.0

Newspapers are going through a dramatic season of change. They have existed in their familiar form for a couple hundred years, utilizing a basic business model that has remained largely unchanged for the majority of that time. Then, around the mid-1990s, the Internet started to crop up in people’s homes. At first, this didn’t change […]

The locally-connected online newspaper

Why does a news organization exist? What is its purpose? What is the underlying mission of the organization that helps it understand its direction and goals? I would argue that its ultimate mission – the mission above all other missions – should be to serve and understand its market. Actually, I don’t like the word […]

Placerville schools closed until Friday

Following the deadly shooting that occurred Wednesday at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville, the Placerville Union School district has announced via its Website that all three schools in the district were closed Feb. 3. The campuses affected include Louisiana Schnell Elementary, Markham Middle School and Sierra Elementary. Classes will resume as usual on Friday, Feb. […]

Hello, my name is…

My name is David Martinelli. I have been the Production Manager at the Mountain Democrat for a number of years, overseeing the department that lays out the newspaper. Before taking on this role, I was the Assistant Production Manager, and before this, a Production Assistant. That is all history as I now write to you […]

Elton L. Turner

May 28, 1926 – Dec. 18, 2010 Elton Turner Elton L. Turner passed away surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 18, 2010, at the age of 84. Elton was born on May 28, 1926, to Lawrence and Della Turner of Malone, N.Y. He spent his childhood in upstate New York and joined the Navy […]

Overnight storm impacts the county

Due to cold weather and snowy conditions overnight at higher elevations, the California Department of Transportation has put chain controls into effect. As of Saturday morning, chains are required on all vehicles without four-wheel drive along Highway 50 1.5 miles west of Kyburz to Meyers in El Dorado County. Along Interstate 80, chains are required […]

County offers online tax payment

El Dorado County Tax Collector C. L. Raffety said taxpayers can now pay their county tax bills online from the convenience of their home or office. The tax collector Website now provides a secure payment service for property owners who wish to pay their property taxes by credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer. The new […]

Local couple sentenced for income tax evasion

A Diamond Springs couple was sentenced recently for state income tax evasion, the California Franchise Tax Board announced. Dora Lee Velasquez was sentenced on one felony count of state income tax evasion and given 90 days suspended jail time, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, and placed on five years formal probation. She […]

5 vying for 3 seats on Cameron Park CSD board

By Mike Roberts Mother Lode News The Cameron Park Community Services District is unique in El Dorado County in that it also serves as a local fire district, a service it outsources to Cal Fire. The board has five members. They serve four year terms. Current Directors Rich Green and Alan Clarke are two years […]

Sunday manhunt leads to two arrests

By Jim Ratajczak Democrat staff writer With the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter and K-9 unit, a 90-minute manhunt through El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park ended peacefully Sunday afternoon. El Dorado Hills residents Mario Berumen-Rose, 23, and Maria SanJuan, 28, were arrested Sunday after they led sheriff’s deputies on a high speed […]

Trails confab conjures great connections

By Wendy Schultz Democrat  staff writer A gathering of information, ideas and trail enthusiasts came together at the first Friends of the Trail Round Table event on Sept. 29 as seven speakers shared the history and benefits of trail systems, talked about completed trail projects and shared ideas to make trails happen to an audience […]

Therkildsen outraises D’Agostini

By Jim Ratajczak Democrat staff writer El Dorado County sheriff’s candidate Craig Therkildsen has more than doubled the amount raised by opponent John D’Agostini, the latest campaign disclosure forms show. The first set of pre-election finance forms, filed late Tuesday, show Therkildsen has raised a total of $133,400 this year. D’Agostini, on the other hand, […]

Barker endorses D’Agostini

Retired El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker has officially joined the John D’Agostini for Sheriff Team.  Barker’s endorsement came during a speech at a D’Agostini campaign event attended by over 800 supporters at a family-owned ranch in El Dorado. “We need change,” Barker told the crowd. “John D’Agostini is a leader with a fresh vision […]

Oak Ridge student is Huber essay winner

SACRAMENTO – In honor of California’s Aviation History and the Fifth Annual California Capitol Airshow, Assemblymember Alyson Huber held an essay contest for elementary, middle and high school students. Among the three was Kaitlin Seligson from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills. The winners received tickets to the California Capital Airshow for their […]

Giants and other tortures

The weekly Daley/Chris Daley If you’re a Giants fan, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not, or if you’re not a “homer” (Giants or Athletics fan), then you won’t care. I understand. If we were in Phoenix or New York, I wouldn’t care either, unless I remained a Bay Area “homer,” which […]

3 a.m. meemies

Something to think about/Wendy Schultz There you are, sound asleep and then suddenly, you’re not. It’s 3 a.m.— do you know where your thoughts are? If you’re like me, they’ve crept out of your dreams and are clamoring for your attention. Your body parts are still asleep, and some part of your mind wants to […]

No to Proposition 24

Proposition 24 is simple. It is another attack on small businesses by the California Teachers Association, a group that is all about money and very little about what will reduce the drop-out rate in Southern California and what will improve educational outcomes in this state. Proposition 24 would end the Net Operating Loss provision of […]

Criminal Annals, Part 102: Emigrants and steamboat wrecks

noble The Aug. 16, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has stories about both El Dorado and Calaveras counties, under their regular heading of “From the Interior.” “FROM THE INTERIOR. “El Dorado. “The El Dorado News says that James R. Pile, formerly of Placerville, has purchased a press, and designs establishing a Democratic paper […]

Lost dog found

By Wendy Schultz Democrat  staff writer Kylo the dog’s big adventure has ended happily. On Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Australian shepherd slipped his collar and jumped from the back of Fred Maher’s truck as Fred and his fiancee, Kara Hersom, the dog’s owner, were driving to the El Dorado Trail on Missouri Flat Road in […]

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