Veterans share stories of luck, horror of wars

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosted a number of veterans and their families Thursday morning to honor Veterans Day. Vets from World War II, Korea and Vietnam shared their wartime and service memories. Bill Klein, 92, of El Dorado Hills wore his “Pearl Harbor Survivor” cap and described being stationed […]

Heard over the back fence: Bring in your coats for kids

WARNING T-SHIRT LANGUAGE:
 John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the way I’m about to behave.” • • • KEEPING THE KIDS WARM:
 The Coats for Kids Foundation and Steve Stymeist Auto Body and Frame Shop are organizing the “Coats for Kids” drive from now through Nov. 30. The coats […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Emotional farewell for Harry Norris

In a special meeting before the regular meeting Nov. 14 the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution praising outgoing Director Harry Norris. “I find that you have been the most frugal member of this board,’ said Director Bill George. “This board has been criticized. We’re not perfect. We’re as perfect […]

Schnell suspect in court

John Harold Luebbers, the El Dorado man charged with the first-degree murder of Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara, appeared in court Monday afternoon for a brief pre-trial hearing. During the hearing, which lasted no more than two minutes, Luebbers’ public defender, David Cramer, told El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that […]

Local tree heads for state Capitol

CAMINO — The buzzing of a chain saw was punctuated by the shouts and laughter of a small crowd of U.S. Forest Service workers and state employees Monday morning as a 60-foot-tall Douglas fir was plucked from the forest here and made ready for its trip Tuesday to grace the state Capitol. Tom Anderson, 55, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Decoding canine behaviors

We have a 7-month-old baby who is learning to crawl. When she starts moving, our 10-year-old Ridgeback/pit bull mix gets anxious and starts circling her. Every once in a while when she is moving, he will charge at her and nudge her with his nose. Sometimes he will growl when he does that. Mind you, […]

New face, new energy at Town Center

EL DORADO HILLS — Tony Mansour is getting a little help from a friend. Envision Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Kevin Nagle will join Town Center management as partnerships that funded the retail project that defines “downtown” El Dorado Hills expire at year’s end. Nagle will assume a “consultative” role. The last time Nagle graced the […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer to ring a bell

SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Our local Salvation Army Unit needs volunteers to be bell ringers for a two-hour shift from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. If you would like to help, please call Jeff Hammett at 530-903-7121. BOO THE VILLAIN! When is the last time you threw popcorn at the villain during the Old Coloma […]

Veterans Day marked locally

The more than 17,000 veterans living in El Dorado County were honored Friday morning during the seventh annual Veterans Tribute. Hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument Inc., Friday’s tribute was attended by dozens upon dozens of grateful observers who gathered to honor the men and women who have served the cause of freedom. […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Food Bank of El Dorado County hits 10 years of giving

“We’re here to subsidize, not to sustain.” — Mike Sproull, executive director, Food Bank of El Dorado County With a client list of 42 charities, the Food Bank of El Dorado County supplies 90 percent of all local food donations. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the food bank is struggling to keep pace with a […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Senior nutrition program safe for now

Contracting with private companies to provide meals for the county’s senior nutrition programs would not be beneficial to those needing the service. Daniel Nielson, director of Health and Human Services, shared that conclusion with the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week. Describing several months of staff research begun last spring, Nielson recommended that […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Veterans Memorial project advances

EL DORADO HILLS — The executive committee of the El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial project recently gave an update of the work and efforts that have already gone into making the memorial a soon-to-be reality. Robert Leon, a Marine Corps vet who served in Vietnam in 1968, is the chairman of the committee that includes […]

Government bid workshop set

As part of the government procurement workshop series for small businesses, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Responding to an Invitation for Bid (IFB) 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 1. It will be held in the County Administration building at 330 Fair Lane, Building A, OES Conference Room, Placerville. An IFB is the solicitation […]

Middle school reorganization ideas heard by Divide board

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High School was the site of an overflow crowd recently wishing to express opinions about the future of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s two middle school facilities. Committee members, staff and parents filled the high school library. Board President Jeff Shurtz wanted to hear from concerned parents. At […]

Forest Service seeks public comment on Fallen Leaf Lake Trail access and travel management project

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is asking for public input on the proposed Fallen Leaf Lake Trail Access and Travel Management project. The project would improve the recreation experience for residents and visitors to the Fallen Leaf Lake area, while protecting the natural, cultural and historical resources […]

El Dorado Rose is WW II vet of European War

She’ll be 94 this month, but fuzzy-minded or feeble are not words that you would use to describe Ethel Forsyth. This lady is feisty, smart and resilient. Forsyth was born in New Jersey as America entered the Great War in 1917; she survived the death of her mother at age 8 and the breakup of […]

Limited open enrollment offered at Union Mine

The El Dorado Union High School District has announced that limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2012–13 school year will be offered to 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 no more than 32 […]

Monte Cassino vet to honor grandson

During the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 John Pass, 90, of Placerville will present his grandson, Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Jacob Parsons with the Veteran of the Year award. Pass will stand valiantly in patriotic and familial pride on feet that once stood on Monte Cassino in Italy, where he fought in the 3rd Infantry […]

Machado recusal questioned

A question from a city resident at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting led to an interesting answer from City Attorney John Driscoll. Resident Kathleen Newell questioned why Councilman David Machado had recused himself from a discussion and vote on a resolution for a grant application for the El Dorado County Government and Justice Center Multi-Modal […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Investigators: Bank robber repeat offender

The suspect in Monday morning’s Cameron Park bank robbery is thought to be the same suspect from a bank robbery earlier this year, the Mountain Democrat has learned. El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed for the Democrat that investigators are currently working under the belief that the man who held up the Cameron […]

Retired general has local connection

A dynamic woman who had a stellar career in the United States Air Force will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville on Veterans Day, Friday Nov. 11. USAF Maj. Gen. (Retired) Kathy E. Thomas’ inspired words will highlight the annual uplifting and patriotic program planned by […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Veterans Day ceremony

A Veterans Day commemoration will take place 11 a.m today at the Veterans Memorial on the east side of the County Government Center. Highlights of this year’s tribute include: • A flight of T-6 aircraft will do a fly-by salute in the missing man formation in honor of those who have given their lives to […]

Heard over the back fence: Free breakfast for vets

TRY FUN — OFTEN:
 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.” • • • FREE VETERANS BREAKFAST:
 A free “In Honor of Our Veterans” breakfast is scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 12, at Bayside Church, 4602 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Doors open at 8 a.m. For more information, […]

Supes may halt pot farms

El Dorado County supervisors are expected to vote on an ordinance banning the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana for 45 days at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Recommended by county counsel, a three-part draft ordinance would not only set a moratorium on growing but also on the establishment of any new medical […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

City to ban pot shops

The Placerville City Council took another step toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits with the introduction of an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. The audience at Tuesday’s meeting was sparse, in stark contrast to the packed houses that helped to promote the ordinance to allow the marijuana dispensaries in 2006. The city has had […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 15 Replies

Details emerge in boy’s death

The last night of 4-year-old Sebastian Malachi Ewing’s life played out like so many others. After watching several episodes of Family Guy, dancing around his family’s living room and enjoying a bowl of ice cream, Sebastian was tucked into his favorite Toy Story sleeping bag for the evening. Unbeknownst to his mother, though, was the […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 46 Replies

South County fire fee passes in Tuesday’s election

Measure F, which calls for an $85 tax increase on each developed parcel in the Pioneer Fire Protection District to fund fighting fires and medical responses in south El Dorado County, passed with flying colors election night on Tuesday. According to the election summary on the county’s Website, with all three precincts reporting, the measure […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

GDPUD down to 1 treatment plant operator

GEORGETOWN — The lure of higher pay has whittled the number of water treatment plant operators at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District from three to one, General Manager Hank White reported to the Board of Directors Nov. 8. Besides technical education, it requires two years full-time on the job to become certified as a […]

Placerville’s own ‘sugar shack’ ready for the holidays

“There’s a crazy little shack beyond the tracks, and everybody calls it the sugar shack.” — Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” The tracks are gone these days, but the sugar shack is there, just waiting for local folks to drop by and pick up their See’s Candy. And the 80-year-old woman who is the […]

Rock and mineral auction at Sac State

The Sac State Geology Club is shaking things up on 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the CSUS Alumni Center by auctioning off hundreds of rocks, minerals, fossils and more at the eighth annual Rock Auction. This celebration of the natural world will include live and silent auctions, catered food and beverages, and children’s activities. You […]

Day cruises to win in EID Division 5; Osborne returned

Alan Day, whom some opponents criticized as overly “rate-centric,” connected with approximately 3,200 other El Dorado Irrigation District voters in Tuesday’s election to win the post of director of EID Division 5. Incumbent Harry Norris received about 39 percent of the vote with 2,122. El Dorado County Elections Department Director Bill Schultz said the tally […]

Commission on Aging seeks new member

There is currently one vacancy on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging.   Preference will be given to those 60 years and older. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2012. For additional information and to obtain a membership application form, contact Yasmin Hichborn, El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging, 3057A Briw […]

Advisory group hears about Cool bike trail

At its meeting on Nov. 3, the Cool-Pilot Hill Advisory Committee heard an update on the bike path planned from Auburn Lake Trails to Northside School. Jennifer Maxwell from the El Dorado County Department of Transportation told the small group of attendees that the design of the trail was 95 percent completed. The process of […]

Don’t let winter burn you up

Cal Fire wants to help the public stay safe this winter. In rural areas, heating fires account for 36 percent of all house fires. “Heating your home safely is key to having a worry free winter,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado unit of Cal Fire. “We are always here to respond if […]

USFS welcomes more California jobs under new ski legislation

California is expected to see a boost in its local mountain economies as a result of new legislation that now permits year-long recreation opportunities on U.S. Forest Service ski areas. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually […]

New Pacific District ranger announced

The Pacific Ranger District in the Eldorado National Forest has a new ranger. Richard Thornburgh was selected to direct the day-to-day operations on the Pacific Ranger District, headquartered in Fresh Pond, three miles east of Pollock Pines. Thornburgh’s new district includes the Crystal Basin, a portion of Desolation Wilderness, and part of the Rubicon Trail. […]

Supes combine Health, Human Services departments

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a significant shake-up in the county’s structure at its most recent meeting. Following the recommendations of Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly, the board took action to combine two of the county’s largest departments, Human Services and Health Services, under one directorship and management team. Including fractions of […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cool man a Carnegie hero

A resident of Cool, Cameron Gilbert, recently was awarded the Carnegie medal for extreme heroism. On March 24, 2009, Gilbert, then a 19-year-old student at Sierra College, was walking on campus when he witnessed another student assaulting Alex R. Abrahamian. Abrahamian, 21, was visiting a girlfriend at  Sierra College when a male student  jumped on […]

Veterans Day tribute set

El Dorado County’s annual Veterans Day tribute has been scheduled for Friday morning. Hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument, the 7th annual Veterans Day tribute will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. This year’s tribute is expected to include several highlights including […]

Oasis of beauty awaits the discerning client

Tucked into a corner of a Broadway shopping center in Placerville is an oasis of delightful products and services that will leave lucky customers feeling youthfully rejuvenated after spending time there. Cassandra’s Esthetics Salon at 1353 Broadway opened in June, celebrating its grand opening in mid-October, and the bookings just keep coming in. Cassandra — […]

Small Business Workshop is free to public

As part of the government procurement workshop series for small businesses, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Responding to an Invitation for Bid (IFB) on Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the County Administration Building at 330 Fair Lane, Building A, OES Conference Room in Placerville. […]

Presentation on bees set

A free presentation exploring the relationship between the native bees and the flowers of the Eldorado National Forest will be given at the November meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 100 Forni […]

Heard over the back fence: Breakfast deal Saturday

DOUGHNUT PHILOSOPHY:
 John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Life is like a doughnut. You’re either in the dough or in the hole.” • • • BREAKFAST IN THE PINES:
 The Interact Club is sponsoring a community breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, from 8:30 to […]

Chlorine gas gone from Camino water plant

CAMINO — The chlorine gas cylinders were removed from Water Treatment Plant No. 1 Oct. 13. That coincided with the shutdown of the El Dorado Canal as Flumes 39 and 40 are reconstructed. Replacing the chlorine gas that was used to kill off germs in the water will be a chlorine bleach called sodium hypochlorite. […]

Cameron Park bank robbed; suspect at large

CAMERON PARK — Authorities have turned to the public for help in apprehending the suspect in a Monday morning Cameron Park bank robbery. The Umpqua bank at 4011 Plaza Goldorado was robbed at gunpoint Monday at 9:43 a.m. According to bank staff, the suspect approached the merchant teller with a small sign and demanded money. […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 9 Replies