Local author to be featured on Investigation Discovery

Auburn native Joan Merriam, whose nonfiction book “Little Girl Lost: A True Story of Shattered Innocence and Murder,” chronicled the 1983 Auburn murder of Anna Brackett by two young teenage girls, will be featured on a Jan. 1, 2012, segment of “Deadly Women” on the Investigation Discovery channel (part of the Discovery network). In the […]

Celebrity chef to open Market-Cafe in EDH

The latest chapter in the food history of El Dorado Hills is Sacramento celebrity chef Randall Selland’s Market-Café, opening in early January. The upscale deli takes over part of the first floor of Town Center’s long underutilized New Orleans Building, and will seat 100 indoors with another 40 outside. Selland also owns and operates the […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Phone scam alert

A South Lake Tahoe woman is out $5,000 after succumbing to a new type of phone scam, according to Hans Ute, assistant district attorney with the South Lake Tahoe office. The callers identify themselves as being with the local police department, a sheriff’s department, or federal agencies such as the ATF and FBI or even […]

Heard over the back fence: New Year’s party hosted for kids

PROTECT YOUR HEART: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “FACING YOUR FEARS BUILDS STRENGTH. But Running From Them Makes For A Great Cardio Workout.” • • • CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY:
 All Star Gymnastics and Cheer is sponsoring a dance party and sleepover for youngsters, ages 5 through 14, on Saturday, Dec. 31. Check-in time is […]

Homer’s hobby: He’s really good at bad writing

Placerville resident Greg Homer writes bad fiction for a hobby — on purpose. He said he also writes bad non-fiction as well in his career as a health-care curriculum writer for Kaiser-Permanente, but it’s that bad fiction that may bring him fame. Homer, 59, is the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner in the Science Fiction […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Photographers volunteered at free portrait day

A nice family portrait seems like such an easy thing, but for many people struggling with just making ends meet, it is an impossibility. However, thanks to Matt Molinari, and the efforts of seven local photographers, volunteers and the non-profit, Help-Portrait, 235 persons had their portraits done, many for the very first time, free of charge. Matt […]

Pinewood’s disappearing phone booth

In this day of rampant cell phone use, pay phones may be going the way of the dodo bird. When was the last time you used one? Do you carry around the requisite 50 cents in your pocket to make a call? What is the purpose of a pay phone? Are they still necessary? These […]

Golf bag stolen

A golf bag being sold at Partners In Care on Cold Springs Road was stolen Monday afternoon. According to Tony Moran, store manager of the thrift shop located at 2883 Cold Springs Road, a man who appeared to be in his mid-30s to early 40s walked into the store and asked Moran questions about merchandise […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Registered mail theft reported

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is currently looking for more information regarding the theft of Registered Mail that occurred between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Up to $10,000 is being offered as a reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of responsible suspects. The Friday evening […]

Placerville woman part of historic kiss

Placerville resident Marissa Gaeta made history with a kiss seen around the country and probably around the world Wednesday when she and Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles kissed in Virginia Beach, Va., upon the return of Petty Officer 2nd Class Gaeta’s ship from 80 days at sea. Though dressed in civies, Snell is a petty […]

GDPUD general manager gives year-end review, turns down raise

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District General Manager Hank White reported on the status of the 2011 goals approved by the board of directors on March 8 at the Dec. 13 board meeting. All members of the board were present: President Norm Krizl, Bonnie McLane, Bonnie Neeley, Ray Griffiths and Kathy Otermat. In addition to the […]

Supervisors extend, amend pot moratoria

El Dorado County Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend the county moratorium prohibiting new medical marijuana dispensaries, cooperatives and collectives. The extension runs from Dec. 20 until Nov. 15, 2012 — that is 10 months and 15 days, as provided under state law. Supervisor John Knight opposed the action, which included a variation on the […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 36 Replies

Skeel to sue

Dismissed El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel recently confirmed his intent to move forward with a lawsuit against his former employer. In a telephone interview with Mother Lode News Tuesday Skeel said he feels “forced to sue the district,” and lamented that “countless hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars” will be […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Testimony in murder case rivets courtroom

Morris Greenberg wants a jury to believe that 26-year-old Anthony Dumont had a gun in his hand when Greenberg, 40, shot him to death July 20, 2008. But under relentless cross-examination by El Dorado County deputy district attorney Vicki Ashworth Wednesday, it became apparent that no gun in possession of the slain Dumont was found […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Two days until Christmas

 John Chapman delivered the following T-shirt statement: “I’m the reason Santa has a naughty list.” • • • CHRISTMAS IS NEAR:
 Two more days! Monika and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, filled with good friends, good health and good memories. We are very grateful for our many blessings and appreciate our great friends, […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Greenberg takes the stand

Accused murderer Morris Greenberg took the stand in Judge James Wagoner’s’ court Wednesday, with riveting testimony from a seasoned cop who apparently knows how to play to a jury. Greenberg, 40, who shot himself after fatally shooting 26-year-old Anthony Dumont on Greengberg’s  property on Nutmeg Lane in Somerset July 20, 2008, spoke through a flawed […]

EDH woman tapped as transportation executive

Placerville City Councilwoman Patty Borelli, chairman of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, announced Dec. 20 that the commission has selected Sharon Scherzinger as their new executive director. “We are especially excited that Sharon has been with California Department of Transportation, which gives her great knowledge about the processes for local agencies to work successfully with the state to obtain funding for local roads and the state highway system” said Borelli. Scherzinger, 51, has 23 years of transportation planning experience.  She was head of the California Department of Transportation’s Planning and Mass Transit Divisions. Prior to her work at the Caltrans, she managed a $2 billion bond program for the California Transportation Commission. Scherzinger has degrees in geography and architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  A resident of El Dorado Hills, she has lived in El Dorado County with her husband and two sons for 22 years. “I am honored to be selected as the new executive director.  I look forward to working with the commission to plan and implement the transportation program for the benefit of the residents, businesses, and visitors of El Dorado County,” she said. Scherzinger will replace Kathryn Mathews who retired after 30 years of public service and 10 years as executive director of the commission. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission is a state‐authorized agency with a governing commission that includes four members of the Board of Supervisors and three members of the Placerville City Council. It is responsible for the transportation planning, funding, and program management in the western portion of El Dorado County (not including the Lake Tahoe region).

New chief fiscal officer for BOMUSD hits the ground running

Peter Rosenberry, 30, hit the ground running when he accepted the Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s position of chief fiscal officer. He grew up in Pollock Pines and is a 1999 graduate of El Dorado High School. He then attended Concordia University in Irvine and graduated in 2003 with a communications major. “I got […]

Divide schools face $800k deficit

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District board is facing a deficit, it learned at its Dec. 8 meeting. The shortfall was highlighted in a PowerPoint presentation by newly hired Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry. For the 2010-11 fiscal year, actual expenses exceeded the district’s actual revenues by nearly $800,000 and, if left unchecked, that […]

Detective retraces Greenberg’s steps

The case involving Morris Greenberg and Anthony Dumont  included a testimony from detective Nolan Tracy during the trial’s morning continuation on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Morris Greenberg, 40, is accused of murdering Anthony Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after he discovered Dumont assisting his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed home in Somerset. […]

Ponderosa HS student joins Cameron Park’s skate committee

Cameron Park has added a high school student to its Skate Park Committee. At the meeting of the Skate Park Committee of the Board of Directors for the Cameron Park Community Services District, held Oct. 27, Alec Johnson was nominated and unanimously elected as the first committee member who is a skateboarder. The Skate Park […]

Christmas food baskets see increased demand

Hundreds of  families braved the long line Saturday, some waiting over an hour to receive food from the Food Bank of El Dorado County’s Christmas Food Basket Project at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Approximately 400 volunteers were on hand to help the estimated 1,000 to 1,200 families requesting the baskets that included […]

Evening of positive vibes powers El Dorado County Chamber dinner

The 88th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce was filled with optimism. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County superintendent of schools, welcomed the full house at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House in Placerville announcing the theme for the evening was “Powering Prosperity.” “We are here to recognize those […]

Discounts available for some traffic tickets

The Superior Court of El Dorado County is offering a 50 percent discount on some old, unpaid traffic tickets. It is a limited-time “amnesty program” for certain outstanding court debt. The discount would apply to the total amount due, including the base fine and any assessments, late charges and other fees. The program will run […]

Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

C.J. Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

TIM fee cuts due

Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees could drop 14.7 percent overall, according to figures discussed Monday by El Dorado County Director of Transportation Jim Ware. That won endorsement from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The total reduction would be $138.6 million compared to the 2008 total traffic improvement program of $942.8 million. The 2010 adopted […]

Divide construction team helps Navajo woman

GARDEN VALLEY — The ROP construction team at Golden Sierra High School has taken on a new project, with a slightly different twist than the typical projects they’ve tackled in the past. Last summer Ed Kennedy took a group of students on “The Shonto Trip” (for the past 14 years they’ve made this trek) down […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

El Dorado Transit announces route changes

El Dorado Transit will implement the following changes to its local fixed route services effective Tuesday, Jan. 3.   The new Diamond Springs route will merge with the Folsom Lake College Shuttle and add service to eastbound Pleasant Valley Road and northbound Missouri Flat Road, including a request stop at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. The Cameron Park route […]

Wherever you go there will be a DUI crackdown

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 statewide DUI Crackdown kicked off Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 2, just as many Californians are expected to hit the roads for the holidays. The effort includes increased enforcement and a new campaign aimed at drinkers in bars, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Receiving a DUI is an awful […]

UNR using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

RENO, Nev. — Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno, is funded by the […]

Heard over the back fence: Great paint job at Cameron Park Library

 The following “Modest” T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “TO SAVE TIME, let’s assume I know everything.” • • • LOCAL PAINTERS SHINE:
 Kathe and Bill Hughes spruced up the Cameron Park Library with uplifting, brightly painted walls in the Quiet Room, the computer wall, and in the Honor’s Book Sale area. Thank you, […]

Democrat starts its 161st year in January

Now beginning its 161st year of publication, the Mountain Democrat is one of 19 newspapers published in El Dorado County before 1858, according to the 1949 reminiscences of former Democrat Publisher Clarence Barker. It is the lone survivor of that remarkable period, and is now the oldest newspaper in California in continuous publication. By its […]

Soles jam to Haiti

What do a cruise ship full of musicians, Labadee,Haiti, and 10,000 pairs of shoes have to do with one another? The cruise ship is the method of transportation, the shoes are the treasure and the residents of Haiti are the recipients. “Seventy percent of the people in Haiti live on less than a dollar a […]

County overhauls mental health facility, programs

Spurred by negative revelations regarding the El Dorado County Psychiatric Health Facility, the county Board of Supervisors ordered “an immediate management audit” back on July 26. Tuesday, the board received an update on that project. Of particular concern at the time was that the facility staff routinely called the Placerville Police Department for assistance with difficult […]

Beating leads to arrests

Three suspects were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly beat up a person who had marijuana in his possession. According to Capt. Mike Scott of the Placerville Police Department, Anthony Stott, 22, of Folsom; James Teahan, 21, of El Dorado Hills; and Dylan Morton, 18, of Pollock Pines were taken into custody on various […]

Sheriff’s CERT teams ready for action

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services sponsors Community Emergency Response Teams in our county. CERT is a group of local residents who have volunteered many hours attending training to learn basic skills to save lives and protect property in the aftermath of a major disaster. The El Dorado County CERT program was developed […]

USFS extends Meyers Landfill closure

MEYERS — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reminds snowmobilers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, off-highway vehicle users and other recreationists that the Meyers Landfill site off Pioneer Trail near South Lake Tahoe remains closed due to safety hazards. Construction at the site will continue next summer. The site has been winterized, […]

Backflow prevention inspection bid OK’d

Inspecting backflow prevention assemblies in areas served by recycled water is being contracted out for the third year. The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Dec. 12 approved a bid of $61,787 for inspection services for the year 2012. The low bidder, AAA Backflow Prevention Services, was one of six bidders. The next highest […]

EID OKs computer upgrade

The Information Technology Division of the El Dorado Irrigation District will get new servers following approval Dec. 12 by the Board of Directors. The $110,400 bid is being piggy-backed onto a competitive bid by the city of Tuscon, Ariz. Another $15,000 was part of the approval to include cabling and software. It replaces a server […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa to visit Welcome Center in EDH

 John Chapman gave me the following doormat statement: “Ring Doorbell and Run. The Dog Needs Exercise.” • • • SANTA SNAPSHOTS:
 The California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, (Town Center), El Dorado Hills, is presenting a “Picture with Santa” event through Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $22.99. Stop by for goody bags, […]

Area employment stats improve

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 10.9 percent in November 2011, down from a revised 11.4 percent in October 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for California and 8.2 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Five local foster youth receive holiday stockings

SACRAMENTO – United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members and people across the region donated stockings for five El Dorado County foster youth in New Morning Youth and Family Services’ programs through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. The donation was part of the group’s annual gift and stocking drive that this year raised 133 stockings and […]

City Council wraps up 2011 in holiday mood

Tuesday night saw the Placerville City Council closing out a year that included a lawsuit over the roundabout, a referendum that shut down redevelopment, the removal of a mayor indicted by the Grand Jury and Neighborhood Chats. Tuesday’s meeting was a “goodwill to all, peace on earth” type of City Council meeting as 22 city […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Christmas closures vary

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, Dec. 23 or Dec.26, due to Christmas, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed both Dec.23 and Dec.26 as well a Placerville City Hall. The offices of the police and fire […]

Planning panel studies Creekside Plaza 3rd time

The discussion to combine three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northwest corner of the intersection of Forni and Missouri Flat Roads continued during the County of El Dorado Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will be back on its agenda next month. When this plan was discussed during the Oct. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies