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Cal Fire has rescinded burn restrictions, as of Oct. 5, in the Amador-El Dorado Unit.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 […]

Irish pub opens its doors to delight of El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — Two hours after Kinnee O’Reilly’s Irish Pub opened to the public on Wednesday, Nathan Truka of Placerville emerged with a smile on his face and confessed, “I’m not sure what a real Irish pub is supposed to be like, but this feels like a good one.” Like Truka, most of us […]

Canadian child molester arrested in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Delays in securing the necessary warrant allowed a convicted child molester who was wanted by Canadian authorities to live in South Lake Tahoe for nearly a year before he was arrested this week. South Lake Tahoe police and U.S. marshals arrested James William Robertson, 71, at his Lakeland Village home early Friday […]

Long Fire still burns; rain coming

STRAWBERRY — For a little more than two weeks, the lightning-caused Long Fire that hit the Packsaddle Pass area off Highway 50 on Monday, Sept. 12, is slowly but surely dying out. Anna Callahan, public information officer for Eldorado National Forest, that is handling the fire, said the majority of the fire stopped burning on […]

Credit card scams on the rise

There seems to always be another scam to watch out for these days, some are new and some are just rehashed versions of past scams. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls recently regarding a credit card scam in the local area. According to victims, this is how the transaction occurs. Your […]

10-10-11 Inside Out program’s 5K walk/run

FUNDRAISER FOR INSIDE OUT PROGRAM: The Inside Out program selects 15 women from various rehabilitation programs in El Dorado County and gives them a complete make-over to make these women feel beautiful, inside and out. The Inside Out group is presenting a 5K walk/run on Nov. 20 at Schnell School and the El Dorado Trail […]

10-7-11 “Writers Bloc” group meeting

LOOKING FOR A WRITERS GROUP? The “Writers Bloc” group for teens and adults has a new format and time. The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Drop by the library to pick up a flier that details […]

Winter shelter seeks 7th night for homeless

El Dorado County winters are wet and cold, sometimes as low as 25 degrees and with precipitation averaging 39 inches in Placerville. It’s not a good time of year to be living outdoors. The winter of 2010-2011 was the first year that the county’s homeless population had somewhere warm, dry and safe to sleep for […]

El Dorado Trail — removal of rails still a cloudy issue

El Dorado County’s first foray into securing authority to remove the old Southern Pacific Railroad rails and ties between Shingle Springs and the county line went about as expected. The Joint Powers Authority that governs the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor said  “no” at its Sept. 12 meeting. The JPA effectively owns the infrastructure materials and while […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

County woman reported missing

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has turned to the public for help in finding a local woman who was last seen on Sept. 23. Sara Fawcett worked at the Placerville Wal-Mart and called in sick on Sept. 22. She was last heard from on on the morning of Sept. 23. According to the Sheriff’s […]

Heard over the back fence: EID District 1 candidates to talk in Pollock

 T-shirt statement of the month: “I am a kind, loving person on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.” • • • CANDIDATES’ DEBATE:
 All three candidates for the Board of Directors, EID, Pollock Pines Area, Division 1, will be appearing at the candidates’ debate on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., at the Pollock Pines-Camino […]

10-5-11 PV Ostomy Association meets in Cameron Park

OSTOMATES UNITE! The Placerville Ostomy Association Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 202, Cameron Park. Meetings are open to pre-surgery and post-surgery ostomates, caregivers, family and friends. This support group provides encouragement and sharing through group discussions. […]


A front page story Friday about Councilman Dave Machado incorrectly stated he faces federal charges. He is not federally charged. He had been charged by the El Dorado County District attorney with alleged violations of state laws.

10-5-11 Military retirees meeting in Sacramento

MILITARY RETIREES MEETING: The monthly military meeting for retirees and spouses is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 1030 hours at Parks and Recreation District, Watt Ave., Sacramento. The speaker will be from TLS Responders who will provide an update on the latest PR procedures. For exact location and time information for this meeting, call […]

Tahoe man killed in Afghanistan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A South Tahoe High School graduate was killed while serving in Afghanistan last week. Spc. Garrett Fant, 21, died Sept. 26 after his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Helmand province, according to a Sept. 28 statement from the U.S. Department of Defense. Fant died of his wounds after […]

10-7-11 Partners in Care presents “A Night at the Theater”

ENJOY A NIGHT AT THE THEATER: Partners in Care is presenting “A Night at the Theater” on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville. This fundraiser will feature the Sutter Street Theater performing vignettes from “The kids left. The dog died. Now what?” Tickets are $35 per […]

Big Meadow restoration continues along Scotts Lake Trail

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service has begun removing conifers (cone-bearing trees) from meadows, aspen groves and upland forest areas along Scotts Lake Trail, off Big Meadow Trailhead near Luther Pass on Highway 89. The project should not affect access to the trail, but the Forest Service is asking that users remain on […]

Mittelman testifes; closings delivered

Charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-wife, Steven Howard Mittelman was called to testify in his own defense Tuesday afternoon. Mittelman, 56, admitted to shooting ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman, 63, on the evening of June 17, 2010 during what he described as a drunken argument in the El Dorado Hills apartment the two shared […]

Mittelman convicted of first-degree murder

Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening of June […]

Annexation not set in stone

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to exclude Andler Way from the city’s plan to annex small bits of the county within Placerville city limits and to sponsor a public workshop to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of annexation. A preliminary application to El Dorado County’s LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) to annex approximately […]

Nine state parolees shift to county

On April 4 Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills referred to as the Public Safety Realignment to help reduce the number of non-serious and non-violent offenders incarcerated in California prisons. The bills realign those offenders into the county jail or paroled into the county they were originally sentenced. Instead of reporting to a state parole officer, parolees will […]

Holy Trinity garden teaches compassion

EL DORADO HILLS — Holy Trinity School students gathered amongst squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, herbs and Biblical plants like bay and artichokes to officially dedicate their school garden Tuesday. Principal Trisha Uhrhammer said she’s advocated for the garden since taking her leadership role at the El Dorado Hills school. “I realized some children never had […]