Suspected killer nabbed in Pollock

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pollock Pines man Tuesday for his alleged role in a pair of Oregon slayings. Gary Lyle Goins, 58, was found by deputies at a gas station on Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said deputies learned at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday that Goins, a […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Small turnout for EID workshop

CAMERON PARK — On a night that saw the Texas Rangers take a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie had a quiet evening at the Cameron Park Community Center. He came to explain the newly completed Cost of Services study and answer […]

Animal Outreach plans festival

There are few guarantees in life — death, taxes and a wealth of furry friends, if you sit down on the bench in the cat sanctuary at Animal Outreach. Some of the beautiful felines waiting for a new home will sit next to you politely, waiting to be noticed. At least one or two bold […]

Learn wildlife medical procedures at upcoming class

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s November Class, “Advanced Medical Procedures,” will be taught by popular veterinarian Dr. Ric Delgadillo of Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Diamond Springs. Dr. Ric is a long-term vet in our area, and has assisted SWR rehabbers in treating injured wild animals for many years. This class is helpful to those rehabbing wildlife, or […]

Gold Hill fire training burn set

The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be conducting a live fire training exercise at the Gold Hill Wakamatsu Ranch located on Cold Springs Road in the community of Gold Hill on Sunday, Oct. 30, from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This broadcast burn is part of a cooperative effort with the American […]

Trick or Treat safety tips offered by Cal Fire

“Whatever time of year it is, safety is our No. 1 concern,” said Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “Preventing an injury or illness before it happens may be difficult to measure as far as statistics go, but it is everyone’s primary mission, especially when it comes to children. Halloween is […]

Sen. Gaines score high

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Oct. 25 announced that he has scored 100 percent on the California Taxpayers Association’s (CalTax) 2011 Voting Record. Gaines was one of only 30 state legislators out of the 120 Assembly and Senate members to receive the top score. CalTax’s legislative report card is designed to hold lawmakers accountable […]

Office of Education adds to team

The El Dorado County Office of Education announced recently that Roberta Montalbano has been selected as their new associate superintendent of Administrative Services. Montalbano has been serving as the assistant superintendent and chief business official for the Buckeye Union School District since 2008. As such, she has overseen all administrative services of the district including […]

Forest Forum hosts environmental and industry collaborators

The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum’s recent meeting at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Camino featured a homemade spaghetti dinner and a trio of speakers on the topic of preparing Region 5 for Forest Plan Revisions. During the past few years, the U.S. Forest Service has been holding meetings on individual forests to get public […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Biting dog sought in Grizzly Flat

El Dorado County Animal Services has turned to the public for help with locating a dog thought to have sent a young boy to the hospital late last week. On Thursday, Oct. 20, an 8-year-old boy was attacked by a roaming dog while playing at a family member’s home in Grizzly Flat, according to an […]

Mother of child killed in fire arraigned

The mother of a young boy who was killed in a September Pleasant Valley manufactured home fire has been charged for her alleged role in the child’s death. Jennifer Christine Ewing, 27, was indicted by El Dorado County grand jurors and arrested Friday on one felony charge of child endangerment likely to produce great bodily injury or […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 59 Replies

EID hydro revenue strong this year; will help pay bond early

In a mid-year update of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s two-year budget, Finance Director Mark Price reported that hydropower income was so strong that he suggested putting $2 million in an escrow account to pay off a bond coming due in 2012. That recommendation won a unanimous endorsement from the Board of Directors Oct. 24. […]

Rotary Park getting major face-lift

A concrete mixer truck, operated remotely by Mike Bush, roared as six men prepared the concrete pad for a new set of bleachers for the Clyde F. Curtis Placerville Rotary Park on Clark Street in Placerville. Pouring “mud” was John “Topshelf” McCarthy, as John Sutterland raked it out into the mold. The “rod” guys, Ty […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fewer marten detections in California forest linked to decline in habitat

 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST—The reclusive American marten is getting even harder to find in the Sierra Nevada, according to a study by a team of researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University. A new study at the Sagehen Experimental Forest found that marten detections have dropped 60 percent since the 1980s — a […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a singing group

SLOW BOAT: Because Johnn Chapman likes to share, we have the following T-shirt message: “I’m always late. My ancestors arrived on the Juneflower!” • • • DO YOU ENJOY SINGING?
 The Gold Rush Community Men’s Chorus invites males from teenagers through senior citizens to join holiday rehearsals during the month of November. Rehearsals are every Tuesday night […]

3-year trial delay annoys prosecutor

It has been more than three years since Anthony Dumont was shot dead in Somerset and family members aren’t the only ones tired of waiting for his accused killer to stand trial. On Monday El Dorado County deputy district attorney Vicki Ashworth expressed her frustrations with the pace of Morris Greenberg’s murder trial during a […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job losses

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.5 percent in September 2011, down from a revised 11.9 percent in August 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Cal Fire to show support for cancer research

Firefighting has long been a profession known for providing help to those in need. That’s why it wasn’t difficult for Cal Fire firefighters, dispatchers and employees to decide to show their support for the battle against breast cancer by wearing modified Cal Fire T-shirts with pink logos on them.   Oct. 24- 28 Cal Fire […]

UNR: Lao fishermen report capture of world’s largest freshwater fish

RENO, Nev. – Late last month, fishermen from a remote village in southern Laos captured a 683-pound giant freshwater stingray. If the reports of the weight are accurate, the stingray may claim the title of world’s largest freshwater fish. The giant freshwater stingray, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and least understood fish, is the focus […]

Machado arraignment continued again

For the first time since his much-publicized arrest, Placerville’s deposed mayor appeared in an El Dorado County courtroom Monday morning. Placerville’s former mayor, 53-year-old Dave Machado, was present for his arraignment in Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner’s courtroom with attorneys Jim Clark and John Olson. Machado was arrested in August on suspicion of felony perjury […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Movie Lovers Map to El Dorado County needs public’s help

The El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office and the El Dorado County Visitors Authority are seeking the public’s help in putting together the first ever “Movie Lovers Map of El Dorado County.” The full color glossy brochure will detail 30 movie locations from South Lake Tahoe to El Dorado Hills, Georgetown to Pleasant […]

High school district welcomes public comment on student calendars

The El Dorado Union High School District is in the process of developing its student calendars for 2012–13 and 2013–14 school years, in cooperation with input from district management, district principals, district bargaining groups and elementary and middle school superintendents. A number of critical assumptions have been used as the basis for developing the school calendar: […]

Tahoe man rearrested on murder charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Brad Macewan, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but then released earlier this year, is back in custody and will face charges, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe. Macewan was arrested on a warrant by police in San Diego and transported to the El Dorado County jail […]

Manslaughter hearing pushed back to December

The Pleasant Valley woman accused of killing an El Dorado High School student in a high-speed car crash earlier this year had her latest hearing Friday continued to December. Victoria Elizabeth Guinn, 18, was behind the wheel of a Nissan sports car that crashed in Placerville in March. Killed in the wreck was passenger and […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Essentials | Tagged ,

George Osborne wants 4th term

Citing his deep understanding of its systems and its operational needs, George Osborne said he’s the best qualified candidate to direct the El Dorado Irrigation Distirct’s Division 1. Currently representing Camino, Pollock Pines and their surrounding areas in his third term, Osborne told the Mountain Democrat’s editorial board he stands confident on his record. “How […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Ray Van Asten running for EID Div. 1

Ray Van Asten blames the El Dorado Irrigation District’s current Board of Directors for the district’s $390 million debt, the result of years of “waste” and “frivolous spending,” he said. Van Asten spent nearly two hours Thursday with the Mountain Democrat editorial board discussing his candidacy for director of Division 1 of the El Dorado […]

Rob Carey eyes EID Div. 1

Camino general contractor Rob Carey said the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors has “not put the best interests of the district’s ratepayers at the forefront.” Visiting the Mountain Democrat Thursday afternoon with his daughter Abby, Carey voiced the perception that “the people don’t own their own water; it feels like EID owns it.” […]

Skeel, CSD put down weapons

The most recent of several closed-session El Dorado Hills Community Services District board meetings to discuss terms of a “remediation plan” to reinstate General Manager John Skeel was held Oct. 18. On Wednesday both Skeel and board President Guy Gertsch characterized recent meetings as positive and productive. Neither would divulge the terms of the proposed remediation, […]

Divide chamber elects Ken Calhoon president

Ken Calhoon, a local Realtor and weekly columnist for the Mountain Democrat, was recently elected president of the Divide Chamber of Commerce. Ken and his wife Vicki have lived in Pilot Hill since 1996. Calhoon maintains a small real estate practice and Vicki is a local potter and member of the El Dorado Arts Council. […]

10-28-11 “Blues and Brews” festival to honor veterans

HONORING OUR VETERANS: On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is presenting their second annual “Blues and Brews” festival. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the CSD gym auditorium at 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. General admission price is $25. There is a $5 cost for micro brews, wines and […]

CHP emphasizes safe teen driving

For officers with the Placerville area California Highway Patrol, stressing the importance of safe driving is the name of the game. But with National Teen Driver and National School Bus Safety weeks scheduled for this coming week, officers are hoping El Dorado County motorists will show a renewed focus on driver’s safety. The National Teen […]

Racist headstones finally replaced

EL DORADO HILLS — Truth and a measure of justice were served Wednesday when the last of three dozen new gravestones were installed at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery. The project helps close a controversial chapter in race relations, government insensitivity and ignorant foul play. In 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dug up the remains […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Grand Jury indicts Machado

A Grand Jury indictment moved former Placerville mayor Dave Machado’s arraignment on criminal charges to Monday, Oct. 24. On Aug. 18 Machado was arrested on criminal charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to real estate he owned on Broadway in Placerville. Bail was set at $30,000, which Machado posted the […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Pedestrian fatality on Green Valley road

EL DORADO HILLS — Greg Benson, 52, died after being struck on Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills Sunday morning, Oct. 16. Benson was crossing Green Valley Road on foot, from south to north, at approximately 9:55 a.m., east of World Famous Barber Jon’s Barbershop, according to a press release from officer Jasper Begay […]

Supes say ‘workplace bullying’ a health, safety risk

El Dorado County supervisors passed a proclamation during this week’s board meeting establishing this week as “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.” Recommended by Chairman Ray Nutting, the proclamation states the board’s “interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its employees and citizens.” It does not specify “bullying” in the body of the proclamation […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 20 Replies

New executive coordinator named to fire safe council

The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council has named Cari DeWolf as its executive coordinator. DeWolf brings extensive experience in business and program administration from the non-profit, public and private sectors that will be an asset to the fire safe council and its efforts to increase defensible space against wildfire within the county. This year, […]

Bay Area shooting suspect arrested here

A Bay Area man accused of shooting his supervisor late Wednesday night was apprehended by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning. Doran Long, a 50-year-old security guard from Concord, allegedly engaged his supervisor in a firefight Wednesday evening at a Richmond apartment complex. Long is accused of shooting his supervisor twice and then opening […]

Cal gets new attorney

Greenwood store owner Vincent Cal appeared in court on Monday for his pretrial conference, where he requested new representation due to the conflict of interest between his public defender, Rachael Miller, and his business, Cal’s Market Miller’s parents — Jim and Ruth — own the Gas N’ Go in Georgetown, and Judge James Wagoner agreed […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

El Dorado Hills haunted house now open

EL DORADO HILLS — When Nathan Ravenblood lost his beloved he made a chilling deal with the Angel of Death. Collect souls and he will be reunited with those who have passed on. Desperate, Nathan agreed and turned the Ravenblood Mortuary into a house of bloody horror. George Frey with America Screams brings this story […]

County annual tax sale set

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector reports that the county’s auction of tax defaulted property is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Board Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. Prominent on the list of properties up for bid this year are approximately […]

Report to JPA: Projects mostly on track

FOLSOM — The El Dorado County-Folsom Joint Powers Authority held its quarterly meeting Oct. 19 at Folsom City Hall to update the two jurisdictions on the status of projects of mutual interest, primarily the Highway 50-Highway 99 connector and Folsom’s developement plans for south of Highway 50. Folsom Mayor Andy Morin, who serves as chairman […]

10-24-11 Gold Rush Chorus presents “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop”

THREE VARIATIONS OF MUSIC: A music program titled “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop” will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills, at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Gold Rush Chorus is sponsoring this musical program, offering a wide range of music. For more information, […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up now for El Dorado craft booth

JOHN WAYNE SPEAKS OUT: 
Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following John Wayne quote: “Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you are stupid.” • • • EL DORADO CRAFT FAIR: The El Dorado Community Hall members are sponsoring a two-day Craft and Gift Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. […]