4-13-11 Commissioner Shepherd is retiring

GET OUT THE EASY CHAIR: Superior Court Commissioner William Neil Shepherd will be retiring July 8, this year. Since Oct. 2005 he has worked for the El Dorado County Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe and Placerville, handling Family Law, Juvenile Dependency and other court calenders. Commissioner Shepherd, we thank you for your service to […]

Big quakes a Delta worry

The Delta Stewardship Council members were all ears when three experts from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Center in Menlo Park reviewed the current level of understanding of earthquake forecasting for the Delta region at the Jan. 27-28 meeting. This was before the 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11 near the east coast of Honshu, […]

4-13-11 Mercedes Benz owners road trip

SMELL THE WILD FLOWERS: Rain or shine, Mercedes Benz SLK Roadster owners are invited to meet on Saturday, April 30, to display their cars at 10 a.m. in the parking lot off Arden Town Shopping Center, Starbuck’s parking lot, 610 Watt Ave., Sacramento. At 11 a.m., owners and friends are invited to participate in a […]

4-13-11 Cameron Park Library’s “Featured Friend”

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER AND LEADER: The “Featured Friend” volunteer for the Cameron Park Library is Kathe Hughes. Kathe has been a “Friend of the Library” member for over five years and was president of the group for the 2009/2010 term. The “Between Friends” newsletter noted the following: “Kathe and her husband Bill are front and center […]

On the spot: Helen Carey

Residence: Pollock Pines Hometown: Sacramento Occupation: Owner of The Forester restaurant, Camino Hobby: Reading Favorite movie: “The Way We Were” with Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand Favorite book: “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett Favorite vacation spot: Ferndale Something no one knows about you: “I was an Air Force brat. I have been all around […]

4-13-11 Gold Oak Elementary School raises money

HOW TO SURPASS A GOAL: Recently, Mrs. Johnson’s fourth grade class at Gold Oak Elementary School challenged their school to raise money for the “Save the Children Foundation” operating in Japan due to the recent tsunami disaster. Mrs. Robert’s first grade class raised the most money. Mrs. Hayden’s second grade class had the most creative […]

Phillip Garrido pleads not guilty

In a surprising reversal of expected events, Phillip Garrido pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping, imprisonment and sexual assault of Jaycee Lee Dugard Thursday morning in an El Dorado County courthouse before a sea of reporters from across the country. Earlier this week, Stephen Tapson, the defense attorney for Nancy Garrido,told the Mountain Democrat that […]

Criminal annals, part 114: Shootings, suicide and slaughter

Continuing in the Sept. 13, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find an article regarding another shooting in Sacramento. “SHOOTING AFFRAY – A MAN DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED. – About 8 o’clock last evening, a disturbance took place in a saloon on J street, between two men named Joseph Stokes and Thos. Collins, occasioned by […]

4-13-11 Bipolar disorder support groups

UNDERSTANDING BIPOLAR DISORDERS: Bipolar Insights provides the following support groups to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, their families and friends, too: Monday at 7 p.m. at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Rm. 303, Placerville. Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Marshall Medical Health Library, 681 Main St, Suite 103, Placerville. For more […]

Heard over the back fence: Wednesday fundraiser for Pondo Sober Grad Night

SOBER GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at Cafe Santoro, 2531 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park. Stop by for early morning java or for lunch or an afternoon snack. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad […]

Apple Blossom Festival

FESTIVAL IN THE HILLS: Get ready for the Apple Hill “Apple Blossom Festival,” which takes place on April 30 and May 1. Numerous grower ranches will be open for several special activities. The Trail Run will be happening on Saturday, April 30, and the Bike Ride will be on Sunday, May 1. For registration and […]

4-11-11 PV Ducks Unlinmited’s banquet

Placerville Ducks Unlimited is presenting the 33rd annual banquet fundraiser on Thursday, May 12, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 each or $600 for a corporate table. This event will sell out. Tickets can be purchased […]

Register now to vote in May 3 state Assembly race

The Special General Election for State Assembly, 4th District will be held on Tuesday, May 3. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote in this election is April 18. Sample ballots and Vote by Mail ballots have been mailed to voters this week. Office […]

Man arrested after SWAT standoff

A Placerville man was arrested by El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT team members Wednesday evening after negotiations in a nearly five-hour standoff disintegrated. Johnnie Rafael Perkins, 55, was booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm, battery on a spouse, obstruction of a peace officer and felony possession of a firearm after deputies responded to a call […]

DOT reorganization, cutbacks OK’d without ‘deviations’

The El Dorado County Department of transportation’s proposed reorganization was approved on a 4-1 vote Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. An earlier 3-2 vote denied a recommendation of DOT Director Jim Ware and county Chief Administrative Officer Terry Daly to allow a deviation from the standard seniority preferences for employee retention. […]

Watch out for scam artists posing as arborists

Communities and homeowners throughout California have experienced serious damage to trees due to harsh winter weather and very heavy snowfall. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be “tree specialists” to show up at residents’ front doors offering their services to remove or repair damaged trees.  Contractors seem to come out of the woodwork after a […]

First excursion train in 50 years on Feather River route to Klamath Falls

PORTOLA — The Western Pacific built the Northern California Extension (NCE) between Keddie and Bieber, California, 112 miles to the north, which was completed in 1931. The line north of Bieber was built by the Great Northern Railroad on to Klamath Falls, Oregon as part of their Inside Gateway Route. There has never been regular public […]

Heritage Association to present speaker

The Heritage Association of El Dorado County and the city of Placerville will co-host guest speaker Jennifer Gates, AICP field services director for the California Preservation Foundation, on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m., at Town Hall located at 549 Main St., Placerville. Gates will speak about the economic benefits of historical preservation to communities […]

Attorney: Phillip Garrido to plead guilty Thursday

Phillip Garrido, the convicted rapist accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and fathering two children with her, will plead guilty at his Thursday court appearance, his wife’s attorney said. Steve Tapson, the attorney defending Phillip’s wife Nancy, told the Mountain Democrat that Phillip Garrido would plead guilty in order to keep Dugard from […]

Criminal annals, Part 113: ‘No more whiskey’ prompts shooting

The Sept. 11, 1852, edition of the Sacramento Daily Union has an article regarding the killing of a Chilean, followed by numerous articles regarding local news around the area. “FROM THE INTERIOR “Through Wells, Fargo & Co.’s  Express, we have received the Stockton Journal [1850-1854] of Friday. We clip from that paper the subjoined items: […]

Oak Meadow Elementary goes international

By Julie Samrick EL DORADO HILLS — It was sunny and warm inside Oak Meadow Elementary’s gymnasium the afternoon of March 25 despite the dismal weather outside as 300 people packed the gym for the first Heritage Festival. Event organizer and Oak Meadow parent Cigdem Askin envisioned holding such an event since her fifth-grader first […]

Cairns pleads not guilty

Before a courtroom packed with friends and supporters, Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of the restaurant east of Riverton, Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty Friday to several criminal charges, including two counts of felony assault. The 50-year-old Cairns, who has been in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail since last month, appeared in […]

Friends of NRA Dinner April 16

Tickets are still available for the 16th annual Frinds of NRA dinner and auction on April 16 at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Featured is a raffle for a Polaris 4×4 camo Sportsman ATV. Tickets are $100 each; maximum sold will be 200. Another drawing will give away two youth long guns for […]

Heard over the back fence: Free prom dresses

CREATIVE CHAOS: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Anyone can be logical . . . I prefer chaos.” • • • FREE PROM DRESSES: Soroptimist International of Placerville is hosting a “Prom Boutique” on Saturday, April 16, at Inter-County Title Company, 596 Main St., Placerville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is […]

Cameron Park Community Clean-up Day set

CAMERON PARK — Clear skies and warm air mark spring’s arrival in Cameron Park; so, too, will the perennial act of sprucing up the house and yard. Supporting residents’ clean-up efforts this spring, the Cameron Park Community Services District, El Dorado Disposal Service, El Dorado County Fire Safe Council and other organizations will co-host Cameron […]

Property tax deadline is April 11

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer-tax collector, reminds the public that paying property taxes online has now become quick and easy with no stamps to buy, no check to write and no worry over payments getting lost in the mail. In addition, there is no need to battle the snow, ice or rain to […]

Vehicles, gas new targets of county thieves

POLLOCK PINES — Teresa Piper should have lost only a few gallons of gas. Instead, the longtime Pollock Pines resident was left with the charred remains of her vehicle. Late Tuesday evening, Piper was relaxing in her home on Topaz Drive when she noticed what appeared to be flames coming from the street in front […]

Motorcyclist dies on Wentworth Springs Road

GEORGETOWN — An El Dorado County man was killed late Friday night after losing control of his motorcycle in a solo vehicle accident. Scott David Harper, 48, of Georgetown, was riding a 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster at approximately 10 p.m. Friday on Wentworth Springs Road, west of Fox Run Road, when he drove off of the […]

Sweeney resigns from rails JPA

Supervisor Jack Sweeney is resigning from the joint powers authority that oversees the railroad right of way acquired from Southern Pacific. The resignation is on the agenda for the April 5 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. About 50 miles of rail right of way is overseen by the JPA that includes, besides El […]

Charter passenger train running to the Dunsmuir Railroad Days Festival June 10-12

DUNSMUIR — This year’s annual Dunsmuir Railroad Days has a new exciting addition to the growing list of events. An excursion passenger train is coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area and bringing folks to Dunsmuir on Friday June 10, departing from the Emeryville Amtrak train station at 8 a.m. and arriving in Dunsmuir […]

Join Sierra Wildlife’s ‘Wild About Nature’ celebration

Spring appears to finally be here, and orphaned and injured wildlife babies are coming in for rehabilitation. Sierra Wildlife Rescue will hold a new type of spring event this year to help support their care. The event, “Wild About Nature,” will be on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Light […]

Ocean salmon fishing now open

For recreational fishing enthusiasts, springtime is in the air — and this year, in the water as well. Saturday, April 2, was opening day for salmon fishing in ocean waters off most of California and for the first time in many years the forecast suggests anglers may have many a tight line to look forward to. Both the California […]

2 Tahoe men suspected of marijuana trafficking

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Task Force members arrested two South Lake Tahoe men on suspicion of trafficking medical marijuana to the East Coast last week.  David McHenry, 29, and Jeremiah Harper, 31, were arrested at a home on Glenwood Way Tuesday afternoon, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings. SLEDNET […]

Annual Forest Service vehicle and equipment auction April 18

The annual U.S. Forest Service used vehicle and equipment auction is scheduled to be held on April 11. More than 100 vehicles will be sold to the highest bidder by way of an online auction through the GSA Website, gsaauctions.gov. The sale number is 91QSCI-11-221. Sixty vehicles are located at the Eldorado National Forest facility, […]

Tragedy spurs horse owner to warn others

“There are three kinds of people, ” said Jo Anne Lowry, 71. “Those who watch something happen, those who wonder what happened and those who make something happen. When I found my horse dead Saturday morning, I wondered what had happened, but now I’m making something happen.” The something Lowry is making happen is an […]

School garden honors slain principal

Creating beauty from a tragic situation is a message of hope that the Schnell School community of parents, staff, neighbors and businesses wanted to send to their students. After the Feb. 2 murder of Schnell School’s principal, Sam LaCara, parents and Kelli Wessman, coordinator of Schnell School’s “Garden of Learning” program, wanted to do something […]

Interim GM to be named

CAMERON PARK — Cameron Park Community Services District board President Scott McNeil said he expects an interim general manager to be voted in during a budget committee meeting set for April 5. McNeil was not dropping names in a Friday interview with the Mountain Democrat, but said he is very confident in the abilities of […]

Dog shot dead in city limits; owner seeks answers

A Placerville man whose dog was shot dead in mid-March is hoping for justice for his slain canine companion. On the morning of  March 11, Zack Heriman was searching the walking trails next to his house for his female husky, Lakota. When being let out in the mornings, Lakota would occasionally escape the confines of […]

EID launches complex redistricting

Redistricting the El Dorado Irrigation District is more comprehensive in its approach than county government’s. It needs to be, because it is inherently more complex. The district’s map of its five political divisions is described by District Counsel Tom Cumptson as a Swiss cheese map because of all the chunks of land within each division […]

Camino coop asks PUC help

The Camino Fiber Network Cooperative (CFNC), a consumer-owned telecommunications cooperative corporation formed to construct fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications infrastructure in Central El Dorado County, has urged the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to prioritize funding for community-based projects in drafting rules governing the distribution of grants and loans to speed deployment of advanced […]

Heard over the back fence: Win a giant wooden giraffe

WOOD WORK: The Society of Wood Heads Only in conjunction with the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento Area are having their seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. The event will be held at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Tuesday, April […]

EDH Craft Fair

BIRD HOUSES, SOAP AND JAM: The annual Spring Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 3186 Four Seasons Dr., El Dorado Hills (The Four Seasons Community, off White Rock Rd.). The crafts include
Spyglass Easter eggs and baskets, fused glass art, jewelry, soaps, plants, wine cork pictures and much more. Admission is free. For […]

Trout Unlimited

TROUT LOVERS UNITE! Consideration is being given to organize a local “Trout Unlimited” chapter in El Dorado County. The first meeting has been scheduled for April 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the U.S. Forest Service conference room, 100 Forni Rd., Placerville. Anyone who enjoys fishing is invited. If enough people are interested in […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DON’T BE A BYSTANDER: April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. The 2011 national theme is “It’s Time to Get Involved – Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention.” I am reminded of the following words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence […]

Tahoe police help curb cell phone use, texting

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — How often are drivers seen texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and there’s no law enforcement on hand to stop and cite them? As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in El Dorado County will be holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and […]