Suicidal jumper taken for help

Traffic on eastbound Highway 50 came to a standstill Thursday afternoon when officers responded to a man attempting to jump from the Missouri Flat Road overpass. The incident was the subject of a photo that published in Friday’s newspaper. The man, who was not identified, caused a complete shutdown of the eastbound lane shortly after […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Manslaughter suspect changes plea

Four days before his jury trial was set to begin, manslaughter suspect Mark Steven Barrera entered no contest pleas late Friday afternoon in an El Dorado County Superior Court. Barrera, 22, was charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter stemming from a 2009 Pilot Hill car accident. Prosecutors claim Barrera was engaged in a […]

Meyers dump nears completion

The Meyers dump off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe is being capped with a porous geotechnical material. Completion is expected by Oct. 15. The project, which included excavating the old dump, covering it and installing an 800-foot-long French drain, originally was estimated at $5.5 million, but during a recent tour of the site El Dorado […]

Heard over the back fence: Find your inner poet

 Many people in Pacific Grove were wearing the following T-shirt statement: “Life Is a Beach.” • • • POETRY AND FRIENDSHIP COMBINATION:
 The “Poetry Off the Shelves” group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. You can read your original […]

Hwy 50 reopened after potential jumper walks away

Eastbound traffic on Highway 50 at Missouri Flat Road was stopped Thursday afternoon when authorities responded to reports of a possible suicide jumper but by about 2:05 p.m. the man walked off the overpass on his own. Traffic was seen to be moving smoothly in both directions by 2:30 p.m. An El Dorado County sheriff’s […]

Placerville’s 1st community-owned grocery opening

The Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative plans a Grand Opening event for Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 535 Placerville Drive. After several years of challenging groundwork, the co-op, which will be located at the site of the former Noah’s Ark Natural Foods, is finally ready to open its doors. A ribbon cutting ceremony […]

Dolores Garcia was a local hero: June 15, 1933-Oct. 2, 2011

Whenever a worthy group  needed someone for its board of directors somewhere on the Western Slope, it was always a good bet that Dolores Garcia would be on it — often serving as treasurer or finance guru. If there are boards of directors for good works in the hereafter, Dolores has probably already taken a […]

Closures set for Columbus Day

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Oct. 10, due to Columbus Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County are open on Monday, Oct. 10. The El Dorado County Fire Protection District will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Community clipper: Pollock hair salon owner ‘pays it forward’

POLLOCK PINES — “Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” This quote from a poem by Sam Walter Foss is Patty Becker’s way of life. But it’s not a house by the side of the road. Instead, it’s a hair salon called Patty’s Place. […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

CHP teams with local schools to educate teens

Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark is going back to school. Over the past several months, Stark has reached out to local high schools in an attempt to better warn teens of the perils of drunk or otherwise unsafe driving. “We’re working together because of the tragedies we had at the end of […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged

Supes OK animal shelter road grading

El Dorado County Supervisors moved one step closer to giving the go-ahead for constructing a new animal shelter. The issue has been controversial for several years and has generated rancorous discussion at numerous board meetings and public hearings. Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the nod to Department of Transportation engineer Matt […]

New project planned on Mo. Flat Rd.

Combining three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northeast corner of Misouri Flat and Forni roads is the sole item on the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s Oct. 13 agenda. Developer Grado Equities plans 30,572 square feet of commercial buildings on the property. The square footage includes a two-story mixed-use professional office/retail building, […]

Embezzler gets 14 months in prison

A former El Dorado Hills woman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. On June 21 Shalena P. Leggett, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud after embezzling more than $450,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a Sacramento-based real estate firm. Leggett then attempted to hide the […]

Ski resorts aim for Nov. opening

By Dylan Silver Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe are basking in the recent snow fall, with some mountains reporting more than 8 inches. With the first white stuff, comes the much anticipated announcement of opening days. Though tentative, which could mean earlier or later, the following dates have been called. Kirkwood Mountain Resortm with 8 […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Watching cancer grow

Owning an aggressive dog and doing nothing about it is like watching a cancer grow. That cancer turns out to be especially insidious when you add small children to the equation. You know on some level it’s not going to end well. And usually, it’s the dog that gets burned. Couples who at first are […]

Oak Ridge’s ‘Cannon Man’ gets his own grill

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High School Foundation past president Anthony Scotch couldn’t figure out why Principal Steven Wehr had to drag him out to the high school’s concession stand on a rainy Tuesday evening. Wehr said there was a problem, but when Scotch arrived he only saw smiling faces as his friends — […]

McClintock bill would repeal WAPA loan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee Oct. 5 passed Congressman Tom McClintock’s legislation, HR 2915, the American Taxpayer and Western Area Power Administration Customer Protection Act of 2011. The legislation repeals the 2009 Stimulus Act’s new $3.25 billion Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) loan authority, including the taxpayer bailout provision for failed renewable […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Local woman receives state forestry award

Diane Dealey Neill is not a forester. Nevertheless, the Shingle Springs resident received the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s highest honor this year. The board invited her to come to Sacramento to be presented with the Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry last month. Dealey Neill was recognized […]

10-10-11 “Think You Can’t Exercise?” classes at EDH Sr. Center

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE: A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes You Can!!” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This class includes safe stretching and strengthening exercises, plus range of motion and simple movement exercises. Sitting and […]

10-10-11 Fun bingo at EDH Sr. Center

FUN BINGO! El Dorado Hills seniors are invited to join bingo games fun on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. You pay $3 for two bingo cards. Additional cards are available for $1. Raley’s and Nugget Market offer discount purchases […]

Beware the silent killer: carbon monoxide

“Carbon Monoxide, aka CO, is widely known as the silent killer because you can not see it, taste it, or smell it,” warns Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “Annually over 400 people die and another 20,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. So what exactly is carbon monoxide? CO […]

Group seeks comment on courthouse projects

SAN FRANCISCO — The Court Facilities Working Group, which provides oversight of the entire judicial branch facilities program, invites members of the public to comment on facilities projects at the working group’s next meeting, Oct. 19–20. The state has set aside $89.4 million for an El Dorado County judicial center with six courtrooms. The El […]

Black Oak Mine district eyes middle school restructuring

COOL — Northside School hosted the first of three Black Oak Mine Unified School District public forums to look at the restructuring of the district’s middle schools. The Board of Trustees heard from the public at a recent forum led by Drew Woodall, director of educational services in the district. A committee has been formed […]

Help keep forests healthy by keeping firewood local

As part of a nationwide effort to encourage the public to buy and burn firewood locally, Cal Fire and the California Firewood Task Force have kicked off a public outreach campaign to inform campers, wood cutters, arborists and the general public about the risks of long-distance movement of firewood. “Firewood can carry insects and pathogens […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Burn restrictions lifted

Cal Fire has rescinded burn restrictions, as of Oct. 5, in the Amador-El Dorado Unit. Cooler weather and recent rains allowed the suspension to be lifed. The AEU will also begin transitioning toward “winter preparedness levels” on Oct. 10. This transition allows AEU to release some seasonal firefighters and eventually close some remote wildland fire […]

Gov. signs legislation to help keep state parks open

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 42 (Huffman), the bill sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation to help keep California’s state parks open Oct. 4. AB 42 is the only legislation advanced in this legislative session that provides a new tool to help try to keep California’s state parks open. “Although we […]

Carbon monoxide = silent killer

CAMINO — Carbon Monoxide, aka CO, is widely known as the “silent killer” because you can not see it, taste it, or smell it, according to Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “Annually over 400 people die and another 20,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning,” Keenan said.”So what exactly […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Check out some old real estate; walk Clarksburg in autumn

The Sacramento Walking Sticks Volkssport Club would like to invite everyone to discover the town of Clarksburg near El Dorado County on foot on Saturday, Oct. 22. Walk the shady rural roads and town of Clarksburg where time has stood still along the lazy delta. Enjoy the fields of grape vines and yellow safflowers and […]

New chief for Cal BLM

New State Director Jim Kenna is now on board for the Bureau of Land Management in California. Kenna started in his new position Sept. 12. Kenna succeeds acting California State Director Jim Abbott. Kenna comes to California from Arizona, where he served as BLM State Director starting in 2005. His federal career began as a […]

Hangtown Hank sniffed out Mendocino killer

Hangtown Hank always gets his man, even when he misses him. For the second time since early September, Sgt. John Kunkle and Hangtown Hank, the Placerville Police Department’s man-trailing bloodhound, were flown to Mendocino County to help in the month-long manhunt for a transient man accused of killing a Fort Bragg city councilman. But after […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Cameron Park CSD picks experienced GM

CAMERON PARK — In upcoming days, weeks and months, Mary Cahill is going to share her vision as the Cameron Park Community Services District’s new general manager. On Monday afternoon she was getting familiar with her office. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Cahill officially became the district’s new leader. Cahill was one of 30 people who […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

New medical director joins Snowline Hospice

Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, 46, became Snowline Hospice’s new medical director as of last month. She comes to the community organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of  those who are nearing the end of life’s journey from  the Los Palos Medical Association in Salinas where she was in private practice since 1996. Ellinwood was also […]

3 suspected of fencing stolen goods

Three El Dorado County residents were arrested last week for their alleged roles in a local fencing operation. Ryan Addington, 29, and Krystal Hartzell, 26, both of Diamond Springs, as well as Tierra Palumbo, of Placerville, were booked on charges of receiving stolen property after El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives followed up on a string […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Pollock motorcyclist killed

A Pollock Pines motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon. Daniel Dawson, 47, of Pollock Pines, was riding his 1997 Honda 750 southbound on Sly Park Road Saturday at 2:28 p.m. when he crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Jeep Cherokee, driven by 21-year-old Alan Conca, also of Pollock Pines, […]

Heard over the back fence: Teach your dog obedience with kennel club

 The following T-shirt statement is offered for people who think sideways: “People who call me crazy should talk!”
Incidentally, I have a “Certificate of Achievement” from the “Only Sideways Logic Order” hanging in my Mountain Democrat office. • • • ROLL OVER, FIDO:
A new Hangtown Kennel Club’s “Obedience Session” will start tomorrow, Oct. 6, […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Portrait of a pit bull

Picture it: Blue sky, bright sun, cool breeze. A man strolls along the shady sidewalk that winds through his neighborhood and spots a man and his dog in the distance. The pair approaches. The dog strikes a confident, peppy trot at his owner’s side, and the owner holds the dog’s leash with some slack. As […]

McClellan Business Park completes cleanup at military Superfund site

SAN FRANCISCO – At a ceremony Oct. 3 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the U.S. Air Force, Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park, highlighted the first time that a private party has completed a cleanup at a military Superfund site in […]

Sandhill cranes return to Central Valley

Flying down through Sierra passes with juveniles in tow, the majestic sandhill cranes are coming home to Delta habitats where visitors can get a good look. The greater sandhill, summering in Northern California, Oregon and Washington, and attaining a height up to five feet with wing span of seven feet, is easy to spot and […]

Sierra Wildlife to hold class on wildlife ID

What is that animal you have coming into your back yard at night, leaving its tracks in your flower bed? Who has meandered down the hill in the snow? What is that strange noise you keep hearing?  You see their tracks, hear their calls and find funny little dollops of scat, but do you really […]

Forest Service to burn Angora piles

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Forest Service fire and fuels management crews plan to begin prescribed fire operations in the Angora Fire area this fall, burning piles created during the fuels reduction component of the Angora Ecosystem Restoration Project. Burning the piles is the last step in the fuels reduction process in these units, which […]

Special pheasant hunting opportunities offered in DFG’s North Central region

Hunters seeking opportunities during the upcoming pheasant season can visit the state Department of Fish and Game’s Upland Game Bird Stamp Program’s Webpage to apply online. It lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in DFG’s North Central Region, which includes El Dorado, Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Glen, Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Amador, […]

County looks to technology, efficiency in future

Cutting people and programs from El Dorado County’s budget has done about as much as it can do to deal with projected deficits into the future. Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly explained in a Sept. 15 letter to the county’s Board of Supervisors that simply cutting could eventually “jeopardize public safety.” As a “structural deficit,” […]

Sheriff unlikely to litigate gaming grants

It might be sitting pretty with pocket aces, but the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department appears ready to sit this hand out. A recent memorandum from Auditor-Controller Joe Harn claims that the county’s Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee incorrectly awarded five local agencies with grant funding earlier this year. Harn said the only two […]