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Mammo Man says no one can knock him out

Look, over there in the window! It’s a nerd! It’s insane! No … it’s Mammo Man. Yes, it’s Mammo Man, strange visitor from a nearby law office, who came to downtown Placerville with powers and abilities to wear pink and make it look fairly darned good. Mammo Man, aka David Combellack, touched down for a […]

Get a good rush at Gold Rush Live

What: Coloma Gold Rush Live Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Parking is $8 per vehicle, there is a $3 additional charge for gold panning, everything else is free Information: (530) […]

Placerville girl headed Down Under

You know how you’re crazy about a recording artist because her voice is so amazing and you know how you’ll never meet her — and then you do — and then you know how her record-producing dad hears you and thinks that you are amazing too and wants you to come to Australia to record […]

South County’s Omo Ranch: A haven of old-fashioned childhoods

Walking barefoot down a summer-dusty road, hurrying from shady spot to shady spot, barely able to wait until that last run to the river as you jumped in and washed your cares away — as if there had been anything to worry about in Omo Ranch. Chances are the problems of the world did find their way […]

City officials chat with public about really big problems

In the week-and-a-half after a flier was circulated welcoming the public to a Town Hall chat in Placerville Tuesday evening, 26 needed water projects with a price tag of $9.6 million became 28 projects at a cost of $10 million — that’s how serious the city’s problems have become, according to City Engineer Rebecca Neves. […]

Placerville to blush pink with pride in fight against cancer

It’s time to light up the night, putting forth the power of pink to let the world know Placerville supports the fight against breast cancer. Downtown merchants are looking forward to the opportunity to once again fill their storefront windows with bright pink lights furnished by Images of Hope El Dorado, lights they will use […]

Film star slips into high school unnoticed

Most of the young ladies at Ponderosa High School didn’t realize it Sept. 18, but there was a striking Irish lad with classic blue eyes and black hair, creamy complexion and winning smile hanging around the campus, a budding young star that soon may become a household name. Sean O’Donnell was in town in preparation […]

City Council member resigns

Placerville City Council member Carol Patton soon will toss a wedding bouquet — resulting in tossing in her council seat — and so it’s time to toss hats into the political ring. Patton’s resignation was reluctantly accepted by the council at Tuesday’s meeting, Sept. 22, where fellow councilwomen expressed regret at their colleague no longer qualifying for […]

Hotel rising from the ashes?

It’s missing a few feathers, but a phoenix in the form of an upscale hotel appears to be trying to rise from the ashes at Point View Drive and Highway 50 in Placerville.

Because of two resolutions passed by the City Council Tuesday, developers of a Hampton Inn and Suites appear poised to begin building a 112-room hotel at the site. The property years ago was bulldozed by others who planned to bring a hotel, convenience store and gas station there, but that project went down in flames fueled by a diving economy, leaving behind what Tuesday evening was referred to as a “monolith,” an unsightly concrete foundation left over like a bad dream.

Art ‘thief’ on the loose during Artists Showcase 2015 Tour

Don’t be alarmed, but you already may have been stolen by Rod Williams. The artist makes no apologies for his actions and in fact his fans think you should thank him for his thievery, since it no doubt resulted in an astonishing painting. “I do steal people,” smiled Williams, gazing with his visitors at a […]

Put a frame around your fun

The photo of the two guys digging for gold on Main Street in Placerville, back when the town was called Dry Diggings, is priceless. If you look long enough, you can hear the other guys standing around joshin’ with each other — you can smell the dust of the street and even find yourself anticipating […]

City planners chew on sidewalk dining

The customers have been chatting, eating and sipping wine outside on the sidewalk in front of Pizza Bene on Main Street in Placerville for several months now and, predictably, someone has complained. Predictable, too, is that several other businesses have approached city officials wanting to know whether they can do the same thing at their establishment. Time […]

Former movie reviewer for Mt. Demo releasing own feature film

Mike Restaino at the age of 10 would sit in a darkened theater, notebook in hand, and write really witty movie reviews for the Mountain Democrat, an assignment he filled for seven years back in the late 1980s and early ’90s until college called. “It was one of the best jobs I ever had,” reminisced […]

Artist ‘learned from the best teacher’

Watercolor artist and president of the El Dorado Hills Arts Association Bonnie Williams is largely self-taught, attending a few workshops over the years that constitute her only instruction. Unless, of course, one counts Mother Nature. “Nature is the best teacher of all,” said Williams, standing in her small studio inside the home she and husband […]

Artist looks for peace and serenity

Phil Lachapelle’s high school teachers probably thought he was taking down every word of their fascinating lectures back where he grew up in Rhode Island, but the Pollock Pines artist today confesses why his pencil was flying over the pages on his desk. “I was drawing cars,” said Lachapelle, one of a dozen local artists […]

Auxiliary helps Marshall get to heart of the matter

When Julie Whitman heard that the Marshall Hospital Auxiliary was contributing a whopping $68,000 for the facility’s brand-new state-of-the-art machine, it really touched her heart. Whitman, director of Cardiac Services at Marshall, blushed pink when she admitted she “really didn’t know what the auxiliary did” for the 18 years she’s been there, but she’s happy […]

Plenty of fun for everyone at Placerville’s Oktoberfest

Dust off the clogs and put on the dirndl skirts, ladies, while your favorite gentleman gets his lederhosen twisted in a knot waiting for you to get ready. Because you’ll want to take your time and look your Oktoberfest best, even though it’s still September. Actually, that’s when Oktoberfest is supposed to start — the […]

Wiener dog races feature cutest contestants

The young dogs might think they’re teaching the old dogs new tricks at the Wiener Dog Races during the annual Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Placerville, but Putty has an ace up his seasoned and gray-haired paw. OK, actually Mom and Dad, Sandy and Dave Hoagland, came up with the trick, but it’s a good one: […]

Fundraiser to support Center for Violence-free Relationships

Merrily Melson today remains amazed at the number of local individuals and organizations that came to her aid in the wake of her baby boy’s death at the hands of his father. She is a firm supporter of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, which was formed as the El Dorado County Women’s Center in 1979. […]

Local woman’s journey through hell part of national movie

Remember a little over seven years ago when that little 2 1/2-year-old boy was taken by his homicidal father from the family home in Shingle Springs and the community held its breath waiting for the outcome? Think back on the collective heartbreak when we all learned that Andrew Bailey was dead, murdered by his father […]

City sewer, water customers have torrent of concerns

They might be sorry they asked, but Placerville city officials have the results of surveys that went out in recent utility bills regarding how Measure H funds should be spent to improve sewer and water services. Tuesday night the City Council discussed the responses from just more than 13 percent of the customers, those 441 respondents […]

Trot on over for tickets as IT presents ‘See How They Run’

What: “See How They Run” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 4 Cost: $12 to $15 Information:, (800) 838-3006 or (530) 642-0404   She wasn’t sure how to take it when she was told she makes a great spinster, but after […]

Chili Cook-off and car show amid the pines

What: 14th annual MORE Chili Cook-off and Car Show Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 Where: Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines Information: Fund-raising event featuring chili tasting and contest, car show, music and refreshments to benefit Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. Cost: $5 per […]

Kacie’s Ride for Hope powering up for 10th run

What: Kacie’s Ride for Hope Who: Benefit for the Center for Violence-free Relationships When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Bell Tower, downtown Placerville, Hope Valley Cost: $30 per rider, couples discounted Information: (530) 626-1450 or visit Ever since Union Mine High School opened its doors in 1999, kids have thought it’s pretty darned […]

Proposed city chicken ordinance causes flap

What came first — the chicken or the ordinance? Right — but if the ordinance isn’t passed, say good-bye to the chickens. Chickens are allowed within Placerville city limits on larger parcels zoned for such uses, two zones that have permitted the birds along with other traditional agricultural undertakings. But on smaller residential properties, the chickens legally […]

Labor Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Monday. Rescue Union School District will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8. The offices of the […]

Head for the heavenly haven — it’s Apple Hill time

As last year’s King Fire tightened its grip on El Dorado County, the members of the Apple Hill Growers Association suffered under its stranglehold. Not this time, vows Bodhaine Ranch owner Mei Lin Martini. “Labor Day weekend is going to be good,” she said, drawing a nod from husband Paul Martini. “Last year during September […]

New Morning looking brighter with help from car show

What: Automotive Excellence Car Show for New Morning Youth and Family Services Who: Automotive Excellence Where: 4600 Missouri Flat in Placerville When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: (530) 622-2701 or at [email protected]   Growing up, Randi Mitchelson remembers playing with some of the kids from the New Morning shelter in Placerville, simply because her parents lived […]

Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

When Jim Buell was a youngster growing up in Vallejo, he never really dreamed of one day becoming the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But here he is, at age 71, carrying that illustrious title on his capable shoulders, deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of Placerville Elks Lodge 1712. […]

Monument business rocks

It’s a pretty sure bet that Mike Tilson’s gravestone will say something clever, like “I told you I was sick,” but so far the monument-maker hasn’t nailed down his own epitaph. Perhaps it will be along a more serious vein, like: “He marked the passage of others with care and style.” That is, if the […]

Things are cool on the set

Wow, Perry King has managed to find a great old guy to be in his new film, an actor with so much character in his face that you just can’t wait to see what part he’s going to play in “The Divide.” But I wonder where Perry is … “He’s been working several months, getting […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of Aug. 19 Water elevation 4,221 feet Storage level 8,750 acre-feet Percent full 44% Inflow 2.03 cfs Outflow 4.8 cfs Loon Lake, as of Aug. 18 Water elevation 6,380.8 feet Storage level 34,220 acre-feet Percent full 49% Inflow 2 cfs Outflow 18 cfs Ice House, as of Aug. 18 Water elevation 5,431.8 […]

Combellack’s: 127 years and counting

As the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce gears up for its big party tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gold Country Retirement Community, a glance at the shops on Main Street in downtown Placerville affirms the chamber’s mission. Many of the venerable old stores have been in business for more […]

The county chamber welcomes public to 100th birthday party

What: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 100th anniversary Where: Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Golden Center Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5885 Keeping the community informed of all the local news, happenings, marriages, divorces, births and funerals, since 1851 the Mountain Democrat has been the glue that has held […]

Pass the chili sauce — or pass up on something special

Most people think, “What’s for dinner?” but those who have sampled Nancy Kam’s specialty have revised their daily plan: “What will go good today with my chili sauce?” If that seems like exaggeration, then you haven’t tasted Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce. The sauce, which consists of only five ingredients, comes in two flavors: “Sweet […]

Wine barrel art sure to please the pallet

What: Craft Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission or parking fee Information: (530) 672-3436 or visit His tan face could be carved from the very oak he lovingly crafts into beauty, with life’s worries and cares set deeply in the lines […]

Secret to 60 years of marriage: Shared laughter

Every time Jim would look in her direction, Barbara would take her eyeglasses off so he wouldn’t know she wore them. It worked, because he thought the 16-year-old looked just like Elizabeth Taylor, “but actually better looking.” Barbara thought the 19-year-old Jim looked like James Dean, “only better” — but then again, she didn’t have […]

Arnold’s for Awards deserves ‘great business’ trophy

Forty years after she won, a local woman still had the trophy for being named “Best Speller” in her third-grade class at Markham School in Placerville. She produced the solid walnut-and-metal trophy five years ago during a contest held by Arnold’s for Awards to see who could find the oldest trophy from the venerable business, […]

Barsotti Family Juice Co. bottles up smiles

Nearly forty years ago Gael and Joan Barsotti decided to move their family from Foster City to El Dorado County’s beautiful foothills, living on a Camino-area ranch where they would try to squeeze a living from the land. Within four years, the operative word became “squeeze,” and the Barsotti Family Juice Co. was uncorked. Today […]

A century of taking care of the farmer: Placerville Fruit Growers eyes the future

Like the little seed that keeps popping up through drought and flood, coming back each year fresh and strong, the Placerville Fruit Growers Association has survived decades of change, including a fire in the mid-1970s that leveled its packing plant downtown. This year, in January, the association began celebrating its 100th year of existence. It was […]

Finding Fleming Jones Homestead well worth the effort

A beautiful bed and breakfast inn where miniature horses dash about the property, tiny prancers that delight the guests lucky enough to visit while they are foals — and just a few minutes from Highway 50 and downtown Placerville. Never heard of it? Tucked among 11 acres along Newtown Road, the Fleming Jones Homestead might not […]

Parking lot going to the dogs at Bow Wow Block Party

No matter how much you want to, don’t grab the little white dog with the big ears and peanut-shaped brown spot on his butt. Do your best to resist cuddling him under your shirt so they can’t see him as you dart out the door. Don’t do that — because if you play by the […]

Animal lovers needed: Shelter’s kitty crowd, especially older kitties, wants homes

Even Bullet the one-eyed tabby cat appears pleased as all get-out at El Dorado County Animal Services these days, flipping and flopping on the front counter as he says hello to visitors.

The animal shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs that opened its doors almost a year ago has proved a great fit for critters and caretakers alike. It’s a long way from being the “pound” anymore.

“They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that’s been true for us,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “We’ve had people bringing in the animals, especially kittens right now — but then again, we’ve had more people coming here wanting to adopt.”

From Ukraine to love: Twin girls thrive after adoption

If it weren’t for the braces that grip her legs and the crutches 10-year-old Hannah Hodel uses to dart around the family room in Placerville, it would be difficult to tell her apart from her twin, Elle. They’re both pretty girls with long, sandy hair and infectious smiles that perfectly mirror each other. They play […]

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