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Thanksgiving dinner at St. Pat’s

It’s probably pretty close to the bone to say that Joe Reilly, a self-described “mountain man,” is accustomed to living life on the edge these days. But on Thanksgiving Day at St. Patrick Church in Placerville the Nebraska transplant was able to forget his worries for a while. The only thing close to the bone […]

Nevada quake swam

RENO, Nev. – Despite its location away from major population centers, a swarm of earthquakes in the far northwest corner of Nevada is attracting attention as it continues to rumble residents this week with several magnitude 3.0 earthquakes, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 21 and a magnitude 4.3 on Nov. 17. “The activity has quieted down […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade Sunday

MODESTY IS BETTER: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Unless you’re an owl, stop tooting your own horn.” DON’T FORGET THE PARADE: The annual Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, on Broadway and Main Street, Placerville. Come early and get a good spot. Don’t forget your lawn chair! YES, YOU CAN […]

Heard over the back fence: Have breakfast with Santa

A QUESTION FOR DOCTORS? John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “How come doctors get paid for practicing?” BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. This free event will feature a […]

Heard over the back fence: Huey to join Christmas Parade

LEFTIES PREVAIL: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m left handed — What’s your super power?” PARADE HELICOPTER: The Sons of the American Legion, Post 119, El Dorado and Placerville, are sponsoring a 1966 Huey Vietnam Helicopter for the parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at on BVroadway and Main Street, Placerville. Veterans and […]

Man sleeps in cave, rescued from American River

A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning. Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near the Forebay Road area on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep […]

Signal Service Inc. to start annual fire code seminar

Signal Service Inc., an Amador-county based alarm and security company, hosted a seminar on Oct. 10 with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department on fire codes. The workshop was so well-received, the company has committed to holding the event annually. “Fire code is constantly changing,” said Signal’s Erin Wilson, who coordinated the event. The one-day […]

Job fair Dec. 1

Northern California Inalliance is hosting a job fair to fill more than 10 positions at the agency. Inalliance has provided services to adults in the greater Sacramento area since 1952 and is looking for staff in Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Folsom. The fair will be held9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Inalliance […]

1 ton of food collected

EL DORADO HILLS — During the last two weeks of October, Hands4Hope hosted a fall food drive to benefit Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. Twin Lakes, which provides services to people in need from El Dorado Hills to Orangevale indicated it was in desperate need of community support, with their inventory of food being […]

City sales tax measure loses by 9 votes

After the final vote was counted and double checked, Measure I, the city of Placerville’s initiative to raise city sales tax by 1/2 percent, failed to pass by the tiny margin of nine votes, according to the certified election results released by the El Dorado County Elections Department on Nov. 25. “In addition to the […]

It’s official — Knight a Los Rios trustee

Shortly after the Nov. 4 election, Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 3, candidate John Knight said he was “cautiously optimistic” about his apparent win. The El Dorado Hills resident and former El Dorado County District 1 supervisor was ahead by 150 votes. As provisional ballots were counted, the lead slimmed but […]

New Morning, Juvenile Hall groups bring Thanksgiving dinner

Three families will have full Thanksgiving dinners thanks to the efforts of employees from New Morning Youth and Family Services and Juvenile Hall. “Each year, the Juvenile Hall employees pool money,” said New Morning’s Lara Anderson. For the past eight years, two or three families have been provided a full Thanksgiving dinner — and breakfast […]

Domestic violence stats summarized non-profits

Organizations providing services to county victims of domestic violence submitted their annual reports to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during its Nov. 4, meeting. Although the item was accepted by supervisors without direct comment, documentation of data gathered over the last fiscal year shows a significant need for the services of the Center […]

Placerville PD’s new commander sworn in

The Placerville Police Department swore in a new Commander on Nov. 17. Commander Kay Iida assumed command of PPD Support Services Division, including records, communications, investigations, volunteer organizations connected to PPD and fleet services. Growing up in a law enforcement family, Iida heard stories from his cousins and uncles that made him want to join […]

A year on the job: CHP celebrates senior volunteers

The Placerville CHP office celebrated a year of senior volunteers on Nov. 20 with an awards ceremony and luncheon. The program, which Sgt. Chris Sahagun called “hugely successful,” sees senior volunteers helping the CHP with follow-ups on various matters, vehicle inspections, sending letters, manning the front counter at the office, coordinating radar trailers, registration issues […]

Nexus announces promotions

Architectural Nexus announced the promotion of key team members. In October the board of directors announced expanding their management expertise with the promotion of several individuals. Newly appointed associates include Architect Ricky Parkinson through his efforts leading the design of several cultural facilities and charter schools, and Architect Jeff Tuft, who was integral to the […]

SLT woman dies after hitting retaining wall

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman died after the car she was a passenger in hit a retaining wall in South Lake Tahoe in the early morning hours of Nov. 24. SLT Police and Fire personnel responded at about 4:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a retaining wall at Pioneer […]

Thanksgiving closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed due to Thanskgiving, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Nov. 24-28 for Thanksgiving Break. The offices of Placerville Police Department,the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department will […]

Man arrested in custody case

A man was arrested Nov. 21 for numerous alleged counts of false documents, filing false documents and perjury regarding an ongoing child custody dispute. Michael Wilson, 37, of Sacramento, was arrested for allegedly providing the El Dorado County Family Court with false documents, a press release from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office stated. […]

Union Cemetery on Bee Street vandalized again

“It’s so sad and I don’t understand it, ” said Bonnie Wurm, El Dorado County cemetery administrator. She’s talking about the recent spate of vandalism at Placerville Union Cemetery at 650 Bee Street in Placerville. Since June, the 143-year-old cemetery has been the target of four attacks on the crypt area of the cemetery. Damage […]

Wilson Estates in El Dorado Hills OK’d off Green Valley Rd.

Elements of the project known as Wilson Estates located off Green Valley Road near El Dorado Hills were approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, 4-1 during its special meeting Nov. 13. Recommended by the county Planning Commission, Supervisors Ron Mikulaco, Ron Briggs, Brian Veerkamp and Board Chair Norma Santiago voted for approval […]

Meals driven to the elderly

At 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, Denna Patton counted meals in an insulated box meant to keep the meals warm. After coming up with 25 meals, she set out on her route — one of seven — from the Placerville senior center. The Senior In-Home Nutrition Program, similar to Meals on Wheels, provides free […]

Turkey in the straw becomes dinner on the holiday table

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s natural to think of turkey.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys will be cooked and eaten this Thanksgiving. That’s one-sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year, with turkey also popular at Christmas and Easter.

A type of pheasant, turkeys are the only poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.

Available in many varieties, heritage domestic turkeys are the result of cross-breeding between domesticated European varieties and the wild turkeys of North America…

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade is Dec. 7

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Monika and I wish all of you a fun-filled Thanksgiving Day. This is the perfect day to count your blessings and to give thanks to your family and friends. REMEMBER THE PARADE! Our annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. on Broadway and Main streets, Placerville. Of course, I’ll […]

Cal Fire offers easy steps to prevent Thanksgiving fires

SAC RAMENTO — With Thanksgiving just days away, Cal Fire is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused […]

Suspects nabbed after homeowner thwarts theft

Two men are in custody after an Oak Hill homeowner stopped an alleged theft on Nov. 20. Deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Metate Trail at 3:40 a.m. for a report of two males arguing followed by gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies found an injured man, who was transported to the hospital by paramedics. […]

New hearing date set in murder case

An alleged murderer appeared in court briefly Friday morning to receive a new court date. Jeff White appeared with his attorney, Susan Gellman, for a blink-and-miss hearing. There was a large amount of discovery that was outstanding, Gellman said, which would need a few months to process. Gellman and prosecutor Lisette Suder agreed on 8:30 a.m. […]

EDCOE Headstart grant results in simmering controversy

You may have  received a postcard  in the mail about the treatment of preschool teachers by the El Dorado County Office of Education. EDCOE’s Head Start program was awarded a five-year grant to fund the program at $4.1 million a year on June 17, but certificated and classified Head Start staff found some changes to […]

Rescue woman appointed to private security review board

Last year when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Susan Tallent Johnson of Rescue to the California Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Hygiene Committee, Johnson was delighted. But, this November when Johnson was appointed to the California Private Security Disciplinary Review Committee, North, she was especially excited. “This was the committee I applied for in the beginning, ” […]

Supes send ‘purple petition’ to November 2016 ballot

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to forward a measure regarding local land-use to the next statewide election scheduled for November 2016. The board chambers were nearly full for a special meeting Friday ,Nov. 21, to hear arguments for and against board adoption of  “Initiative 5 Retain El Dorado County’s Current Zoning […]

Plane crash kills Cameron physician

Dr. Doug Pleatman, 59, was killed Friday morning in the crash of his 1961 PA-24 Piper Comanche airplane near Garberville. The local weather at the time of the crash was fog and rain. Witnesses said they did not hear an engine and that a wing clipped a tree and the aircraft cartwheeled to the ground […]

Sacto area unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in October, unchanged from a revised 6.6 percent in September, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.2 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.0 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 6.3 […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time

THE SMILE THAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following “29 Lines to Make You Smile” quote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Many volunteers are needed for the very successful “Toys for Tots” program. Wouldn’t it feel great to help make sure that needy kids have […]

Water only weekly

On Nov. 16, El Dorado Irrigation District’s mandatory watering restrictions move into the winter season, limiting irrigation to once weekly. Now until April 15, 2015, district customers are limited to watering just one day per week, with customers whose addresses end in an even number watering on Sundays and odd number addresses on Saturdays. On […]

EDUHSD offers limited open 9th grade enrollment at UMHS

The El Dorado Union High School District announce limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2015-16 school year will be offered to incoming 9th grade students who reside within the El Dorado Union High School District attendance boundaries. The enrollment projection for the school’s permanent capacity will allow for 35 transfers. Applicants may […]

$45k ready to be distributed to King Fire victims

In a great showing of unified community spirit, a total of almost $45,000 was raised from donors throughout the community whose generosity was supplemented by a county-ide “Fill the Boot” campaign and Raindance, a music festival fundraiser held in Camino to aid victims of September’s King Fire. “El Dorado County stood tall and came together […]

2nd murder suspect sent to Yolo

The second suspect charged in connection with the slayings of two Northern California sheriffs’ deputies has been moved to the Yolo County Jail in Woodland. Janelle Marquez Monroy was moved from the Sacramento County Jail to Yolo on Nov. 11. Previously her husband, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), was moved to the El Dorado County jail […]

Bear survives collision with car

A Placerville woman hit a bear while driving near Pilot Hill on Nov. 17. Alisha Cleve, 38, of Placerville, was driving a 2014 white Chevy Malibu northbound on Highway 49 south of Pedro Hill Road within the speed limit at about 2:15 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said, when a bear entered the roadway from the […]

State water board lifts curtailment order, relieving Outingdale

On Nov. 12, the State Water Resources Control Board lifted the water right curtailments for post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds with a priority date of Dec. 31, 1953, or earlier. The order will be a relief for residents of Outingdale, who will no longer be under a Stage 4 Water Emergency. […]

High school enrollment dropping

There was no discussion and only a few questions after the presentation of a 10-year SchoolWorks study on enrollment projections for El Dorado Unified High School District at the Nov. 18 meeting. The Board of Trustees has heard it before as the district has been in a slow, but steady decline since 2006. The enrollment decline […]

Supes to ponder final slow-growth initiative today

The so-called “Purple Petition” is item No. 1 on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ special meeting agenda today at 1 p.m. Due to delays in certifying the petition, it was not cleared for the Nov. 4 ballot but has since been authorized as eligible for either of two possible actions. The board can […]

Horsetail Falls hikers rescued

A couple stranded near Horsetail Falls was rescued on Nov. 16. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 3:30 p.m. that the couple had lost their trail, Deputy Greg Almos with Search and Rescue said. The couple, in their 50s, had lost the trail in steep terrain near the lower falls, he said. […]

High-speed motorcycle chase ends with suspect bit by K9

A K9 and deputy arrested a burglary suspect after a motorcycle and on-foot chase. A deputy was following up on a residential burglary call on Nov. 14 at about 11:47 a.m. in the Auburn Lake Trails area when suspect Derek Miller, 35, of Cool, was seen leaving the area on a sport-style motorcycle, El Dorado […]

Hiker plucked from river rock

A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning.

Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near Forebay Road on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep to climb back up, he spent the night in a cave.

Wednesday morning, he began following power lines to try and find a trail. Upon reaching the river, he saw a SMUD power plant on the other bank. Douglas attempted to swim the river but became too tired and cold, ending up on a large rock against a steep rock face.

An El Dorado Irrigation District worker who declined to be named said that a work crew …

PHS locked down for 10 minutes

Ponderosa High School was put into lockdown for about 10 minutes on Nov. 19 after a man was seen in the area with what was believed to be a rifle. At about 9:45 a.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of the school’s […]

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