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Two fires in town

Two fires were contained in Placerville on July 28. The first saw fire crews dispatched at 12:13 p.m. to a mobile home park at 1525 Cold Springs Road, space 49, said El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. The home was “heavily damaged throughout,” but crews stopped the fire from affecting wildland or other homes. […]

8-6-14 Special train ride

SPECIAL TRAIN RIDE:  The El Dorado Western Railroad will host a round-trip train ride from the Shingle Springs Station all the way to the El Dorado Station Sunday, Aug. 31. Normally the Sunday trip only goes half that distance. Call 530-626-8688 or 530-409-8473. Higher ticket prices apply.

Heard over the back fence: Authors coming to Main Library

GO FOR IT! The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following thought: “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” — Christopher Reeves, actor LOCAL AUTHORS’ PRESENTATIONS: On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, the following authors […]

Blood drive at Regal, EDH

GIVE BLOOD – SEE MOVIE: A blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Regal Cinema El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 Theater, 2101 Vine St. Bloodmobiles will be in the parking lot. Donors must bring a photo ID. Drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register […]

Army’s Second (Indianhead) Search

SECOND (INDIANHEAD) SEARCH: We received the following request regarding the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division: “The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 16-20, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at 2idahq@comcast.net or […]

Heard over the back fence: Hawks and owls to visit Pollock Pines

AVOID SMALL THINKERS: A glance at the “Bits and Pieces” magazine reveals the following recommendation: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain MEET YOUR LOCAL OWL: On Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., the […]

Outingdale restrictions lifted temporarily

El Dorado Irrigation District temporarily lifted drought watering restrictions in the Outingdale service area due to the Sand Fire burning in the area. General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Monday that the Outingdale water tank was filled and an emergency generator was ready to keep the water lines charged for fire suppression purposes. Once the threat […]

Services offered to those affected by the Sand Fire

The El Dorado County, state and federal governments offer a multitude of services to those affected by the Sand Fire. From the county, Health and Human Service offers public preparedness services, adult protective services, animal shelter and services, public health and mental health services. The Sheriff’s Office is assisting with evacuations, road closures and law […]

District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

The six candidates running for the District 2 spot on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors have filed statements that outline their qualifications as well as reasons for running. Jennifer Nutting, age 36, listed her occupation as a small business owner. Her qualifications include owing her own beauty salon for over nine years and 18 years of family […]

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

The Sand Fire has been kept at bay at 3,800 acres burned with 80 percent containment.

About 50 people milled about the Ponderosa High School cafeteria waiting for an update Monday morning. Most were evacuees, waiting to hear whether roads had been opened so they could go home, wondering if they still had a home to go to. A few, including married couple Rick Ogden and Colleen O’Key, who the Mountain Democrat spoke to the previous day, already knew their home was gone.

A few minutes after 9 a.m., Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott …

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and White […]

Tails wagging over dog park approval

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the much-anticipated El Dorado Hills dog park on July 24. The park will be the second dog park on the western slope; the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the opening of its first park, the Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park, late last year. The dog park […]

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

A brush fire near Sierra Pines Mobile Manor in Kelsey burned approximately one quarter of an acre last Thursday, July 24. Residents fairly far away said they heard two large explosions. One person with second-degree burns was transported by Medic 61; it is not known whether the victim went to a hospital or burn center. […]

Sen. Gaines asks Gov. to declare emergency disaster area in EDC

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) yesterday sent the following letter to Gov.Jerry Brown to request that he issue an emergency proclamation designating portions of Amador and El Dorado Counties as disaster areas as a result of the devastating Sand Fire. “Dear Govenor Brown: “On behalf of my constituents, I request that you proclaim the […]

El Dorado County services available for Sand Fire

In response to the Sand Fire, the County of El Dorado has set up a hotline and Webpage for information regarding county services available to those affected by the natural disaster. The phone number is 530-642-7263 (SAND). The hotline will be available from 7 a.m. to  7 p.m., Monday through Friday E-mail messages may be […]

Rummage sale at St. Patrick’s

HUGE RUMMAGE SALE: The St. Patrick’s Ladies Society rummage sale is scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, on Aug. 2, the sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be at St. Patrick’s Church, 3109 Sacramento St., Placerville.

Amador County Fair accepting animals for shelter

PLYMOUTH — The Amador County Fair is accepting animals for shelter from the “Sand Fire” and has taken in several horses with rabbits, chickens and kittens on the way. The annual Amador County Fair was in progress through Sunday, July 27, however stalls and pens were prepared for possible incoming animals. The primary shelter is […]

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22. It announced that the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 million yield in gross returns (not net profit) was up from […]

35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

A fire that broke out at the Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe destroyed or severely damaged at least six rooms and five vehicles and displaced 35 people late Wednesday night. Nearly a third of the hotel was heavily damaged by the fire, and was charred black and still dripping water Thursday morning while investigators […]

County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

El Dorado County Counsel Ed Knapp reiterated that there was no Brown Act violation related to a letter written by the Board of Supervisors that ran as an “Op Ed” in the July 2 Mountain Democrat. Knapp opened the public portion of the July 22 board meeting explaining that the letter, drafted during a closed […]

General Plan workshop today

El Dorado County Supervisors have scheduled a special public workshop for Monday, July 28 at 9 a.m. in the board chambers. The agenda focuses on a variety of issues in the General Plan relative to preservation and management of the biological components of the county’s natural resources. Topics include oak woodlands, special flora and fauna, […]

Two growth control initiatives get green light

Two of the three growth control initiatives circulated by the group called the 1-2-3 Volunteers have qualified to be on the ballot and are now headed to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for approval. One initiative, better known as the “Green Petition,” is officially titled “Protect Rural Communities — Fix Community Region Line Flaws.” It was certified July […]

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

A fast-moving fire that began in El Dorado County Friday afternoon and then moved into Amador County has burned more than 4,000 acres.

Named the Sand Fire, 10 residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed and 515 more are threatened. Containment was at 35 percent by Sunday morning with firefighters hampered by weather conditions and steep terrain.

Starting at approximately 4:34 p.m., the fire began at the juncture of Highway 49 and …

Fatal accident in Camino

A man was killed in a fatal accident Thursday afternoon near Camino. Lawrence Alvin Randall, 78, was driving his 1997 Toyota 4Runner westbound in the No. 2 lane of Highway 50 east of Carson Road at about 4:10 p.m., a CHP press release stated. He was traveling at approximately 55 mph when, for unknown reasons, […]

Annual period to appeal property tax bills under way

SACRAMENTO — California taxpayers who disagree with local assessors’ valuation of their property can contact the local assessor’s office to discuss the assessment or appeal their property tax bills. “Thanks to Proposition 13, property taxes remain predictable and reasonable for California homeowners,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “Even so, taxpayers should carefully review their […]

Heard over the back fence: Story of Sierra Nevada Phillips to be told

OLD CAN BE BETTER: Paul Chafer sent the following : “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “All you young whipper-snappers will never know the satisfaction of slamming down a receiver on a rotary phone.” PHILLIPS CLAN REVISITED: Mary Jo Sonntag, author of “Write If You Live to Get There” will be a guest speaker at the Placerville […]

History of charter counties shows limits on terms limits

A state law, put into effect after two court cases, prevents the El Dorado County Charter Review Committee, and by extension the Board of Supervisors, from limiting terms for elected department heads. This was the conclusion of previous committee Chairperson Cris Alarcon in his published notes from 2010. “The Supreme Court of California has ruled […]

Charter group makes final Nov. 4 ballot recommendation

The El Dorado County Charter Review Committee made two final recommendations for the Board of Supervisors to consider including in the upcoming election, Nov. 4. The committee made recommendations for deleting a section of the charter that had repealed itself in 2005 and clarifying the positions of the Board of Supervisors using common parlance. The […]

Scaffolding issue makes for contentious meeting

A request from Tim and Sue Taylor, who are renovating the buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street, for a 30-day extension of their encroachment permit brought out a plethora of supporters, some of whom took the opportunity to take pot shots at the Placerville City Council during the July 8 meeting. The encroachment permit was set to […]

District 2: Candidates debate jobs versus lifestyle

Economic development, jobs and preserving El Dorado County’s rural nature were the major themes of the evening as the first candidates forum for those running for the District 2 Supervisor took place Wednesday night.

Sponsored by the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, all of the candidates were present with the exception of Jennifer Nutting.

Using a format in which the candidates spent the bulk of their time responding to written questions from the audience, the snappy one-hour forum still gave everyone an idea of which way the candidates would …

Help available for breastfeeding mothers

August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. During the month of August, health professionals in El Dorado County are raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and sharing information about local resources and supports for breastfeeding mothers. “Breast milk is the best food you can give your baby,” said El Dorado County health officer, Dr. Alicia […]

Accident: 1 bullet hits 2

A 25-year-old man accidentally shot himself and a friend on Ice House Road in Ice House on July 12. Kao Veng, 23, of Sacramento, was putting an unknown caliber handgun in a box at about 4:35 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. The gun discharged, hitting Veng in the left hand and Cheng […]

New Ross Dress for Less store opens in Placerville

The new Ross Dress for Less store opened in Placerville this past Saturday, July 19. According to its corporate office, the Placerville location is one of three new stores the company opened in Northern California last Saturday, bringing the total to 264 stores in the state. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion […]

El Dorado County School Board vacancy

On July 9, El Dorado County Board of Education Member Matt Boyer submitted his letter of resignation, after representing District 1 for over a decade. The El Dorado County Board of Education will consider making an appointment to fill this vacancy at a special meeting scheduled for July 31 at 11:30 a.m., at the administration […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Hardware a ‘national treasure’

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “May you have - Enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, And enough hope to make you happy.” PLACERVILLE HARDWARE SHINES: The magazine “This Old House” recognized five USA hardware stores in their magazine. Our very own Placerville Hardware was recognized as […]

Heard over the back fence: Friends of Seniors fundraiser

WHAT ARE SENIORS THINKING? My friend Paul Chafer sent the following “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I’ll do the second day, I have no idea.” FRIENDS OF SENIORS FUNDRAISER: A “Wine in the Vines” fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. […]

Appeal goes well for Cairns: All but one charge reversed

The Third District Court of Appeals reversed all but one conviction in a 2012 case of a restaurateur encountering multiple incidents of people vomiting in his parking lot. The appellate court found that the trial court erred in failing to instruct on self-defense and not allowing evidence of previous assaults on the defendant, Kevin Cairns. […]

Volunteers clean up national forest

Volunteers from PLINK (Please Leave It NRA Klean) spent a Saturday recently cleaning up trash located down a steep embankment on the Eldorado National Forest near Pollock Pines. People have used this area for dumping a variety of trash, including household garbage, construction material, large appliances, car parts, tires and a hot tub. This is […]

Road zone of benefit protester reaches dead end

Jerry Pasto and his neighbors have a problem.

They want the county to take something off their hands that the county really doesn’t want — namely a few roads.

A story that spans more than 25 years, since 1988 Pasto and his neighbors have been paying into a Zone Of Benefit (ZOB) that maintains six and a half miles of roads in River Pines Estates, a development in Mt. Aukum.

The ZOB includes parts of Bertone Drive, Flat Creek Drive, Jessica Court, Rabbit Ridge, Squirrel Hollow and …

Six file for Dist. 2

With last Friday the deadline for those planning to run for the District 2 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, the race is now down to six as Janet Saitman has dropped out. Still in the running is El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral. Amaral previously ran unsuccessfully against Bill Schultz for the position […]

District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance will host a candidates forum for El Dorado County Supervisor of District 2 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive. Absentee ballots will be sent out Aug. 11 and the election is Sept. 9. Each candidate will get a 2 –minute introduction, 2 […]

Veterans receive wildland fire training

GREENWOOD — Corps members from California Conservation Corps Centers in Ukiah, Tahoe, Redding, Placer County, Inland Empire and San Diego attended fire training at the Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center in McClellan Park and the Greenwood Training Center in El Dorado County County. The week-long training included classroom and field training such as the […]

Market data open for local biz

The of El Dorado County Economic Development Division has upgraded its subscription to the Buxton customer analytics database. This subscription allows businesses in the county access to useful customer, demographic, and economic data, at no charge. “With this upgrade in service, businesses in the area have even more access to better market information that can help […]

Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

SIMILAR VIEW — DIFFERENT OPINION: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “I Believe . . . Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.” This quote reminds me of visiting art galleries or movies with my grandchildren. SCAMS AND ID THEFT: A new class titled “Protection from Scams and ID Theft” […]

Charter review committee makes first recommendation

The El Dorado County Charter Review Committee made its first recommendation — changing the upper limit to begin a special election following the vacancy of a supervisor in an effort to consolidate with possible scheduled elections from 120 days to 180 days — to the Board of Supervisors in a meeting Monday evening. The meeting, […]

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