Patrick Ibarra


The “Women’s Fund El Dorado announces $50,000 in 2013 grants” article from July 12 included an incorrect name of a winner. The two Wickline scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each for 2013 awarded by the Women’s Fund El Dorado went to Brittany France and Shandra Raymond.

Take my word for it: Happy Fourth!

“Happy Fourth of July!” It’s a wish to all of you, from me, but it’s also a wish for myself as the joyous holiday embarks upon us for another year. I’m hoping I can enjoy not only the day myself, but give my kids something they’ll always remember too. That’s part of what the Fourth […]

Take my word for it: Be the bigger man

There are many challenges in life, but one of the biggest I’ve encountered is learning to be the bigger man. This is a challenge that is ongoing, and constantly evolving with every relationship I’ve chosen to keep. It’s a difficult endeavor because in the simplest of terms, it means accepting humility. What I’ve realized is […]

Community Clean-Up tomorrow

Don’t forget to get rid of your unwanted trash, recycling, yard waste and Freon-free appliances tomorrow at the Placerville Station on Mosquito Road Park & Ride. Communy Clean-Up, put on by the City of Placerville and El Dorado Disposal, hosts the spring version of its twice-yearly event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June […]

Take my word for it: Create your own path

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal to the spider is chaos to the fly.” — Morticia Addams Many things in life are open for interpretation. What one person sees as a downfall in life, another sees as a challenge. What one group considers normal behavior, another considers extreme. What society dictates as normal may […]


Due to a technical error, the crossword puzzle was not printed in Monday’s Mountain Democrat newspaper. Monday’s puzzle has been included on page A6 today.

Take my word for it: Put your phone down

As we sat on two couches having a conversation during a party over the holiday weekend, I noticed it got quiet at one point and I looked up. I had taken a break from the conversation to look at something on my phone. When I looked up, I saw that all four of us were […]

Take my word for it: Life gives you lemons

I’ve always been a pessimist. I’m also a serial complainer. Sometimes — my wife would say often — this makes me hard to live with. It doesn’t help when life gives you lemons, and everyone around you keeps telling you to make lemonade. As a pessimist, you just want to throw the lemons at them instead. It’s […]

Take my word for it: Realistic expectations

I’m one of those fathers who enjoys a good sporting event on television and in real life. I grew up in a living room full of boys debating whether that was a legitimate touchdown or not, and arguing over who the greatest quarterback of all time was. Imagine my chagrin as I sat in my […]


In the article “Cowboy match features vintage guns, costumes” in the April 17 issue, the person identified in the front page photo and the photo on page 11 is actually El Suave (Michael Eribes de Flores) and not Bad Water Boz (Ray Bosnich).

Take my word for it: Happy Mother’s Day to my spouse

There’s a debate brewing in my household. It’s between me, one of those guys who hates buying a bunch of outlined gifts shown on commercials for Valentine’s Day — flowers, chocolates, jewelry — simply because I’m told to by society, and my wife, who appreciates that said society forces men to show their appreciation on […]

Take my word for it: A lucky life

I was so humbled by my latest journalistic experience. Joining a media flight in the B-17 “Memphis Belle” wasn’t just an assignment for me. It was an eye-opener to how lucky my life has been so far. For those of us who never joined the military and have not had to experience war firsthand, we […]


In the April 24 Meet Your Merchant article on page B2, “Visiting Angels make all the difference,” phone numbers for the in-home care service were listed incorrectly. They should have read 530-677-4400 or 916-424-4400.

B-17 flying this weekend

As the engine fired up, it was impossible not to smile. We were embarking on a journey to the sky. For 30 minutes, we were passengers aboard the B-17 “Memphis Belle,” and this weekend, the public will have the same opportunity.

The same bomber used to film the 1990 movie will be available for public flights and tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27-28 at the Mather Field Airport (Atlantic Aviation FBO, 10510 Superfortress Ave.) during the Liberty Foundation’s 2013 Salute to Veterans tour. It’s an experience unmatched by today’s standards, one very few still alive get to recall.

While we climbed the skies above Rancho Cordova, Folsom and Sacramento, there was a sense of sobriety amongst the media buckled in as we realized 10 men typically younger …

Take my word for it: Helpless and afraid

The bombings in Boston on Monday have shaken us all up. While we wait for details on the who and the why, it’s hard not to feel anything but helpless and afraid. Sure, there’s anger, which I’m personally sharing, despite having a lot less vested than relatives of victims, or the victims themselves. But the […]

Take my word for it: A scary moment

Nothing prepares you for a major car accident. There are precautions you can take in case an accident occurs — proper insurance coverage for your vehicle, health insurance for yourself, etc. — but when a crash happens, more than just the hunk of metal (or fiberglass) you’re in is shaken up. I received a call […]


The photograph “Learning to ride” on A14 of the March 22 Mountain Democrat listed Tycoon, the thoroughbred, as “last of the direct line of Seattle Slough … ” It should have said “Seattle Slew.”

Take my word for it: Your kids are the world

I received a video in a text from my wife. In it, my 4-year-old daughter tried to get my 18-month-old daughter to say “Grandma and Grandpa” phonetically and accurately. When she nailed it, my wife and eldest daughter cheered. It was a small, but important victory for a kid learning new words every day, and […]

Leadership program going strong in 7th year

Some of the best and brightest are joining a popular program in its seventh year in El Dorado County. Many experts in their respective fields are being given an opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn something new, whether it be all the products and services El Dorado County offers, or introductions to the people […]

Take my word for it: Just be content

As I get older, my dreams of flashy cars, tons of money and worldwide respect and admiration have dwindled to one simple goal: Be content. I’m not talking about contentedness in the form of acceptance found in defeat, but rather the true definition of the word: “The feeling experienced when one’s wishes are met.” It’s […]

Take my word for it: An anniversary thank you

It’s officially been a year since I took over as managing editor of the Mountain Democrat. The experience has been amazing, and I’m finding I’m so excited for what the future will bring. In the past 12 months we’ve made major changes to the newspaper. We’ve gone through a redesign of the print edition, and […]

Gaines duo to speak at Tea Party Patriots of EDH event

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblywoman Beth Gains in a town hall meeting on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Town Center Holiday Inn Express. The two will speak on the impending California tax increases and the future of tax legislation in the state. “The […]

EDH neuropsychologist wins national community service award

A neuropsychologist from El Dorado Hills won the 2012 David Lawrence Community Service award this month in recognition of her groundbreaking effort and passion to improve the health of young athletes, a press release state. Catherine Broomand, Ph.D., 38, was one of 10 individuals from across the country to receive the award. “I don’t feel […]

Fill the boot for burns Feb. 16

The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be holding its 11th annual Fill the Boot for Burns fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Cameron Park. The fundraiser will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “There will be three locations where you can simply drive by and donate: the corner of Cameron Park Drive […]

Take my word for it: ‘Why so serious?’

I watched “The Dark Knight” recently, trying to get caught up on all of the plot lines of the first two Batman movies before going to see “The Dark Knight Rises,” and while watching I was hit kind of hard by a revelation. Actor Heath Ledger’s character, the Joker, used a tagline of “Why so […]

County students eligible for SAFE scholarships

SAFE Credit Union is offering scholarship opportunities to students throughout multiple counties, with El Dorado County included. As part of SAFE’s scholarship program, 10 college-bound high school seniors will each be awarded $1,000 for their outstanding achievements this spring. Several factors determine the winners. Recipients will be chosen based on exceptional grade-point averages, financial need, community […]

County trustees tap Meyers

The Board of Trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent Jeremy Meyers to the County Superintendent of Schools position at an El Dorado County Board of Education meeting Feb. 5, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Office of Education. The position will be effective July 1. It will fill the unexpired term left when […]

Deadline approaching for PG&E Bright Minds scholarships available to students

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is accepting applications from students to receive PG&E Bright Minds scholarships, a press release stated. Through its Bright Minds Scholarship program, PG&E will award up to $1 million in scholarships to enable high school, community college and “non-traditional” students to complete their higher education paths. Winners of Bright Minds scholarships will […]

DUI log: Jan. 15-28

NICHOLAS R. STANCIL, 26, of Pollock Pines, by CHP on Jan. 15, bail listed as $11,500. FRANK W. THOMPSON, 51, of Diamond Springs, by EDSO on Jan. 15, bail listed as $5,000. PAUL A. DAUKSAVAGE, 48, of Cameron Park, by CHP on Jan. 16, bail listed as $9,000. BRIAN S. HERMAN, 36, of Placerville, by […]

Take my word for it: ‘The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013′

We’ve all heard of ridiculous laws in the United States and wondered why they still exist. For instance, in Maine, it’s illegal to have Christmas decorations up after Jan. 14. In North Carolina, Bingo games can’t last more than five hours. In Missouri, it’s illegal to drive with an uncaged bear (caged bears are OK). […]

Crime log: Jan. 23

Jan. 23 8:10 a.m. 
A victim reported vandalism to school property by unknown suspect(s) on Pine Street in Pollock Pines. 8:25 a.m. A 68-year-old male victim reported mail theft by unknown suspect(s) on Lakeside Drive in Oak Hill. 8:45 a.m. A subject allegedly threatened federal Forest Service employees. The subject was allegedly intoxicated and ran […]

Partnership makes Art & Wine Festival successful

A full house celebrated the El Dorado Art & Wine Festival at the Main Exhibit Hall of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on Jan. 19. Thanks to a strong partnership between Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises, Inc and the Kiwanis Club of Placerville, the event’s 10th year once again saw a large turnout fill every table, and every coffer as the two organizations attempted to raise money for their respective causes.

“It’s really gratifying that the community comes to the party; it’s so huge that they show up,” said Placerville Kiwanis President Lori Warden. “The support we get in the community is amazing. I’m happy to know we live in such a great place.”

The Art & Wine Festival featured samplings of food and drink from several local breweries and wine and food vendors. Attendees — which included several county supervisors, some even working the event as volunteers — ate, drank and generally were being merry as they mingled amongst each other in celebration.

Take my word for it: Finding justice in sports

You don’t usually see a column talking about sports outside of the sports section, but with all of the scandals — like Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah — and legal moves making news, it seems sports could go in any section of the paper these days. The beloved Sacramento Kings are inevitably headed to Seattle, […]

Body of teen found

On Jan. 4, at 8:30 a.m., the body of Alyssa Byrne was found by South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District workers a short distance off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The location is approximately a half mile from the Lake Tahoe Community College […]


In Monday’s editorial “An Osama saga ending,” the writer referred to Osama Bin Laden as “Obama” by accident. The sentence should have read, “Which brings us back to Osama’s successful plot to blow up the World Trade Center…”

Democrat employee wins two awards

Cheryl Platz, an ad sales rep for the Mountain Democrat and also the head of the Democrat’s Real Estate Department, was honored recently with two awards for her work with clients whom she labels “good friends.”

Platz, who helps spearhead the HomeSource section every week as an advertising representative, received the El Dorado Women’s Council of Realtors Affiliate of the Year award at the group’s luncheon earlier this month. She also received the Debbie Amaral Memorial Award and Affiliate Citizen of the Year 2012 granted by the El Dorado County Association of Realtors. Both awards were an honor presented to the worker bee claiming that her relationships with her clients makes for the success they all experience.


In Monday’s paper the story on Animal Outreach on page A3 incorrectly listed Stanislaus as Stanislaw.


In the Nov. 28 Mountain Democrat, an article titled “My turn: Looking back, moving forward: Out of harm’s way” said, “At least two Fullerton police officers will soon face a jury on murder charges in the July 2011 shooting of Kelly Thomas.” It should have said, “To date, three Fullteron police officers are facing criminal charges […]

Rentals: All Star Rents

So you’re a new homeowner and you don’t even know where to begin. Luckily, All Star Rents has everything you need to get started, from products to services and even friendly customer service. Located conveniently in Placerville, All Star Rents is the local equipment rental company with all not only the tools for the job, […]

Appliance Repair: Edwards A-1 Appliance

If your appliance breaks down, usually your first thought is worry about having to buy a new one. “If you think you need replacement appliances, think again!” the Edward’s A-1 Appliance Website exclaims. “Your household appliances can be some of the most expensive purchases that you make for your home. Don’t you want to get the […]

Pest Control: Koby Pest Control

“Koby kicks ants” … and spiders, fleas, bees, scorpions, roaches, wasps, rats, mice, earwigs, black widows and more. It’s why readers chose Koby Pest Control as their winner yet again this year. The business offers a free home inspection, and tailors its business to fit the needs of your home or business. And unlike most […]

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