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Duo caught allegedly growing pot

GARDEN VALLEY — El Dorado County authorities arrested a father and son after reportedly finding about 170 plants and more than 14 pounds of dried marijuana at an Ingot Lane residence.

El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT and West El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members went to the property on Wednesday, July 29, to serve a search warrant. All subjects on the property were detained without incident or injury.

Kyburz fire: UPDATE

Firefighters continuing to battle a wildfire on both sides of Highway 50 in the Whitehall area that started Thursday afternoon. Highway 50 has currently reopened to one lane, and is being metered at Sly Park road in Pollock Pines and Meyers. Voluntary evacuations are in place in for Sand Flat campground East of Strawberry. Evacuees […]


The person in the front page mugshot under the headline “Bringing criminals to justice,” published July 22, should have been identified as David Donahue, not Wayne Donohue.

News bites: July 15, 2015

Find a job El Dorado County Connections – One Stop will host a free Hiring Event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. LaborMax Staffing is now hiring for both full-time and part-time labor and clerical positions. LaborMax Staffing representatives will be available at the hiring […]


Regarding the story “Looks like Gaines in District 1 race” published on Monday, July 13. Districts 1, 2 and 3 seats on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be decided in the 2016 election, not 2015. Also, El Dorado Hills resident Steve Ferry is a retired mortgage banker.

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]


The caboose referenced in the editorial “Weeds and a bad ‘welcome sign’ of the times” published on Friday, July 3, belongs to the city of Placerville.

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Crime Log: July 1-3

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: July 1 8:19 a.m. Vandalism was reported on Robin Lane in Cameron Park. 8:56 a.m. A burglary was reported at the Coloma Post Office. 10:44 a.m. An 80-year-old man reported a grand theft on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. 11:58 p.m. A petty theft […]


Regarding the article “Aiming for a safer community” published oWednesday, June 24, range operator Geof Peabody hopes to have all six law enforcement agencies in El Dorado County doing training at the gun range.

Fire threatens homes near Latrobe

A fire made residents in the northeastern Latrobe area nervous as flames surged through dry vegetation Wednesday afternoon. “There were homes threatened at one point,” said Cal Fire public information officer Brice Bennett. “The fire moved really fast. So we ordered a lot.” Crews from Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park responded to […]

Sex offender registers, gets arrested

Placerville Police officers arrested a convicted sex offender 25 minutes after he completed his sex offender registration. Esteban Rocha, 51, allegedly exposed himself to a woman on Broadway in Placerville just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, shortly after he left the police station where he registered as a sex offender as part of his […]


Regarding the Mountain Democrat’s Wednesday, June 24, article “Ditch, dam upgrades approved,” El Dorado Irrigation Director Greg Prada did not prepare the graph he circulated at the June 22 EID board meeting. The graph was prepared by EID staff and included in the June 8 board meeting packet.

Freehill brothers win Arenacross titles

EL DORADO HILLS — Without a doubt, 11-year-old Ty Freehill wants to become a professional arenacross/motocross racer. His younger brother Nate, 8, has racing dreams too. Both riders came one step closer toward going pro last month when they earned first place in their respective age categories at the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships in Las Vegas. […]

Cheers! Wine at Town Center raises funds, spirits

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

Silva Valley interchange more than halfway done

El Dorado Hills residents will see big changes this summer construction season, starting with a new road. Crews will use the warm weather and long, sunny days to complete the new Silva Valley Parkway and, before the first hint of fall arrives, drivers will travel on the new roadway over Highway 50. Completing the road […]

How does your garden grow?

What: Gardens of the Hills Tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Gardens in El Dorado County and Green Acres When: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults $25 and children 12 and younger $10 Information: Like any typical new yard, trial and error often dictate what will grow best. […]

CHP senior volunteer Robert Leon

Waking up before dawn to drive up and down the freeway as commuters pack the lanes might not sound like fun … but imagine doing so in a car that looks similar to a California Highway Patrol vehicle … in the carpool lane. “We just go up and down … and see how quick (violators) pull over,” […]

EDH Fire Board director arrested

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Doug Hus was arrested on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury Tuesday night. Hus, 54, reportedly hit a 51-year-old man multiple times in the face during an argument on Mariposa Springs Drive. The victim has not been identified. Hus is currently in the El Dorado County Jail. […]

Dramatic finale for Oak Ridge actors

What: “Twelve Angry Jurors” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School Theater, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, April 30 through May 10 Cost: Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for students with ASB cards, youth and groups of eight or more Information: 916-390-3727. Prejudice, […]

20 years of sharing God’s love

What: 20th anniversary celebration Who: Rolling Hills Christian Church Where: 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills When: Sunday, April 19, with services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 916-939-3527 On Easter Sunday in 1995, 170 people gathered at Oak Ridge High School to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. That celebration marked the birth of Rolling […]

Distillers evoke spirits of the past

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that and […]

Jordan Caldwell

Union Mine High School graduate Jordan Caldwell attends UC Santa Barbara, where she’s studying pre-biology and zoology. The big cat lover said she hopes to work in research and habitat preservation. “I have always loved animals,” Jordan said. “That was the only thing I was ever interested in.” In 10 years, she added, “I would not […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Other EDCAR scholarship winners

Oak Ridge High School Nicholas Menendez El Dorado High School Myra Jane Little Golden Sierra High School Danny Nipar Casey Blakely Ponderosa High School Lars Moeller James Compagno

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Riley Crusha

Ponderosa High School grad Riley Crusha is studying accounting in the college of business administration at San Diego State University. “My goal is to become an accountant for an interesting and fun company like a clothing store or a popular manufacture and be able to work flexible hours and maybe even from home so I […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Alyson Ennis

Union Mine High School grad Alyson Ennis attends UC Berkeley, where she’s studying genetics and plant biology. “I want to find a career in restoration ecology or work for a company that consults businesses with ecological/environmental problems,” she said. “I want to help restore and protect environments and ecosystems because I think it’s really important […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Sean Verbitsky

Union Mine High School grad Sean Verbitsky attends Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he’s studying history. Sean confessed that he didn’t like history through much of his school career. Then he walked into Ms. Atkinson’s class at Herbert Green Middle School and she made the subject interesting and relatable. “I also want to become […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Jake Pensa

Ponderosa High School grad Jake Pensa is attending UCLA, studying bioengineering. “My career goal is to hopefully work with prosthetic limbs since it will provide a fantastic opportunity to help others and allow me to contribute back to society,” he said. Not sure what his future holds, in 10 years Jake said he’d like to have a […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Mikayla Wiegel

Union Mine High School grad Mikayla Wiegel is attending William Jessup University in Rocklin. She hasn’t selected a major yet but said she’s considering a career in family and youth ministry. “I’m a freshman so I have a while to decide,” Mikayla said. Even without a specific career goal in mind, Mikayla has big plans […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Tessa Thompson

Ponderosa High School grad Tessa Thompson doesn’t mind getting dirty. The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, student is majoring in agribusiness and hopes to one day own a small Northern California farm. Right now Tessa’s weighing her options when it comes to career goals. She’s considering a minor in either meat science or wine making. […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Kaitlyn Fly

Union Mine High School graduate Kaitlyn Fly attends UC Santa Cruz, where she’s studying anthropology. “I don’t have a specific career goal but I think I want to go into biological (forensics) anthropology, with a focus on evolutionary anthropology,” she said. “I choose this career path because I had a really great biological anthropology (professor) last […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Tyler Parker

Union Mine High School grad Tyler Parker is attending Azusa Pacific University where he’s studying business management. Whether he’s part of a start-up or working with a well-establishes business, Tyler said he hopes to be a good leader. “I have an interest in leadership and I enjoy working with others,” he explained. “Those things combined […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine and Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded in […]

Samantha Estacio

Ponderosa High School grad Samantha Estacio is attending Santa Clara University, where she’s majoring in public health science, and her education won’t stop there. Samantha said she’s considering a double major (psychology) and plans to apply to graduate school with the goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. “I have always had a heart for […]

February 12, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Bill Warns joins the century club

What’s the secret to living to 100 years old? Bill Warns had to think about it for a minute and then said, “Drink water … no whiskey and no cigarettes.” Thursday, Bill joins the century club. He was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Illinois and grew up on a farm in the Prairie State […]

Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

What: “Singin’ in the Rain” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Friday, Feb. 20 to March 1 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information: or the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888   A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely […]

Adventures in a wacky world

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Oak Ridge High School’s drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinées Saturdays and Sundays. The play runs for two weekends, Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22. Cost: Tickets are $10 general […]

Rolling log burns EDH bedroom

A Barcelona Court master bedroom suffered major damage after a burning log rolled out of the fireplace and the room caught fire. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the residential structure fire at approximately 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal. “The owner of the home was evacuated after he was found […]

Attorney Mary Muse is a master of mediation

Sometimes happily ever after just doesn’t work out. When it’s time to untie the knot, start with attorney Mary Muse, whose mediation skills have kept uncoupling couples out of court and civilized. “For me, it’s really about listening so I can figure out what steps to take,” Muse said. Taking that first step toward divorce […]

Jalene Vaughn puts dental patients at ease

A few years ago Jalene Vaughn took on a new professional challenge as office manager at Placerville dentist Ike Rahimi’s office. Busy and happy, today she coordinates schedules for two dentists, two hygienists, three assistants and a front desk receptionist; tracks patient insurance and collections; ensures quality patient care; and handles the office’s marketing. “It’s my […]

Connie Barnes gives her all to make clients happy

Through housing booms and crashes, Connie Barnes has endured and thrived … and the RE/MAX Gold Realtor wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love the business … and the rewards are fantastic,” Barnes said. “It’s super-hard work but I really enjoy it.” For more than two decades, Barnes has helped clients buy and sell […]

Clara Yang helps clients protect their future, assets

If Clara Yang could share one message it would be this: Estate planning is for everyone — start now. While many people think estate planning is for the elderly or super-rich, the Mother Lode Law attorney said everyone benefits when a person puts in writing plans for their future as they age and for their estate […]

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

What: 22nd annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $55 after Information: Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado […]

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