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 […]

DOT reorg moves a step closer

El Dorado County’s Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly put her seal of approval on a proposed plan to reorganize the county’s Department of Transportation. However, she also urged the Board of Supervisors to delay a final decision for one week, based on the advice of county counsel. Recommending the plan to the board March 29, […]

Redevelopment workshops over; public hearing coming up

Why should the city of Placerville adopt a redevelopment plan? That question was the focus of the last of three redevelopment workshops for the public provided by the city on March 24. Redevelopment allows local government to recoup a portion of property taxes and use the funds to revitalize identified areas of need in a […]

4-13-11 EDH Art and Wine Affaire

ART, WINE AND ENTERTAINMENT: The 8th annual “El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire” is being presented by the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, the El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at The Town Center, El Dorado Hills. This huge event takes place on May 7 and May 8 […]

4-13-11 Dentists help in Nicaragua

FREE DENTAL WORK FOR ORPHANS: In May, Dr. William Couch, DMD, and Dr. Torrey Hammond, DDS, local dentists in Cameron Park, will be traveling to Nicaragua with Jason Counch (dental student UCSF), Jared Roberts (dental school applicant), seven pre-dental students and Hal Young, president and founder of the World Wide Child Relief Foundation, a resident […]

4-11-11 Shakespeare Club’s annual rummage sale

HUGE RUMMAGE SALE: Our Placerville Shakespeare Club is presenting their annual huge rummage sale at the club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. The sale takes place on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, on Saturday, May 7, plants will be for sale […]

Japan relief efforts pay off for local women

Two young ladies from Cool raised $14,000 for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief last week at Sierra College. Chelsea Dunlap-Miller and Sarah Peters attend sociology class with Rio Nishihara, whose family is involved in the recent natural disaster in the island country. “Our sociology class was informed (March 14) of the disaster, and one of our fellow […]

4-8-11 Honors at Univ. of Toledo (Jillian Spink)

EXTREMELY SMART STUDENT: Jillian Spink of El Dorado Hills has been placed on the President’s List at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. To be placed on the President’s List, a student must be a full-time student and have a 4.0 grade-point average for the fall semester. Congratulations, Jillian! You are creating a very bright […]

County fire rescues crash victim

El Dorado County Fire Protection District personnel responded to a solo vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon that left an elderly woman stuck down an embankment. Larry Marinas, county fire battalion chief, said Margaret Hall, 80, was involved in a solo vehicle accident shortly after noon Tuesday while traveling along Cedar Ravine Road near Darlington Avenue. Hall’s […]

Cameron skate park reopens

The gates of Cameron Park’s skate park were reopened Wednesday morning, more than two weeks after they were locked shut over concerns of vandalism and other community disturbances. The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors, in a unanimous vote, reversed its March 16 decision after hearing local reaction during its Tuesday night meeting’s […]

Criminal annals, Part 112: Colonel disappears, cholera strikes

The Sept. 7, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has several small articles relating to issues affecting Californians both here and elsewhere. “THE FATE OF COL. FREANER. — A correspondent of the Cal. Express [Marysville, 1851-1866] writing from Yreka, under date of August 30th, says: Nothing farther has been learned of the fate of […]

Gold Bug springs open

It’s no April Fools joke. That’s Pat Cook and not a bear coming out of hibernation. Pat Cook is chairman of the Gold Bug Park Development Committee Inc. And Gold Bug Park and Mine will be open for the season starting April 1. There are plenty of reasons to visit the park and get immersed […]

Guv says, ‘Drought’ over

By Adam Jensen It’s no surprise to anyone who spent hours shoveling snow from their driveway this winter, but California’s drought will not last into a fourth year. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially rescinded emergency drought declarations issued by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2008. The move followed the release of California Cooperative Snow […]

SEDCorp provides free get-out-of-debt class

If you’re one of the many business people who are worried about too many bills, too little income, missing payments and having bad credit, then this class is for you. No matter how difficult your situation may seem, you will learn about debt relief “secrets” most people deep-in-debt will never know. The Get Out of Debt […]

May 5, 1918-March 15, 2011: Remembering Auditor Em McAnnally

Amelia “Em” McAnnally Dane, born May 5, 1918, died in Gardnerville, Nev.  at the age of  92 on March 15. McAnnally was the El Dorado County Auditor-Controller from 1959 to 1981 and one of the first women elected as an official in the county. She is survived by her second husband Dorman Dane, daughter Mryna […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your Bon Voyage tix ASAP

T-SHIRT TEACHINGS: My favorite T-shirt statement this month is, “Living a brainless life doesn’t make sense.” • • • SUPER SHINDIG: The Placerville Rotary Club is presenting their 33rd annual Bon Voyage Ball on Saturday, April 2,, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville. The dinner and dancing ticket is $60. The drawing ticket only is $100. […]

4-4-11 Wildlife Rescue upcoming classes

CLASS TIMES CHANGES: Since we last listed Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s upcoming classes, a couple of changes have occurred. The April 9 class, “Transporters Training,” is now scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon. The “Water Fowl and Game Birds” class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. On April 17, the “Introduction to Local Wildlife” […]

Redevelopment public hearing remains April 12

Recently the city of Placerville was notified of a minor error in the required notification process for the upcoming public hearing on redevelopment. The city is required to advertise four times in the newspaper and the advertisement is to include a map of the proposed Redevelopment Area. The first two advertisements did not include the […]

Rails to Folsom look like a goner

El Dorado County supervisors drove a big spike into the hearts of local railroad enthusiasts Monday. The board voted 4-1 to seriously consider removing the rails and railway infrastructure between Shingle Springs and the Sacramento County line, a distance of about 25 miles. The vote also reaffirmed a board decision earlier this year to establish […]

May 3 election ballots soon in mail

  El Dorado County registered voters in the 4th Assembly District should start checking their mailboxes for the May 3 Special General Election sample ballot pamphlet. Sample ballot pamphlets will begin to mail during the week of April 11. The sample ballot pamphlet will provide voters with important information about the 4th Assembly District race […]

UC Davis Medical Center ranks first in Sacramento, says U.S. News & World Report

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as the top hospital in Sacramento with nine high-performing medical specialties, according to the new “Best Hospitals metro area rankings” published Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. Of all 19 hospitals in the Sacramento metropolitan area, which includes Arden-Arcade and Roseville, U.S. News ranked the medical center and three […]

Sheriff seeks Rubicon money

El Dorado County Supervisors Ok’d a request from the Sheriff’s Department to apply for a grant to fund law enforcement activities on the Rubicon Trail. An item on the consent calendar for its March 15, meeting, the board authorized  the department to match 25 percent or just over $24,000 of a $96,235 grant fund. The […]