EID cost study in flux

A Cost of Service Study that came from a committee and a consultant has pointed toward a rate structure that would assign 50 percent of the revenue to base rates and 50 percent toward consumption charges. EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie called this the Canadian method. After looking over detailed spread sheets dividing up costs […]

Ribstock Barbecue Festival to return to Cameron Park

The 2011 Ribstock BBQ Festival will bring world-class barbeque into town on 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, as championship barbecue teams frcm throughout California descend on Cameron Park Lake for prizes, cash and fame. “We want to encourage folks to come out to Ribstock and bring their friends,” said Bob Davis, event organizer. “It […]

9-5-11 VFW present “Voice of Democracy” essay program

HONORING OUR TROOPS: The VFW “Voice of Democracy” essay program is in full swing. All high school students are invited and encouraged to participate. The essay theme for this year is “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” The essay winners will receive monetary awards and also may compete and receive recognition at the […]

El Dorado Hills CSD board questions GM’s ‘honesty and trustworthiness’

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors legal counsel Bob Thurbon issued a preliminary reaction to General Manager John Skeel’s “response to charges” delivered by Skeel and his legal team during a boisterous Aug. 23 board meeting. The response reiterates the board’s concern over Skeel’s “trustworthiness, honesty and character,” and informs the […]

Heard over the back fence: Polish up those driving skills with AARP

”An apple a day keeps anyone away, if thrown hard enough.” • • • BE A SAFER DRIVER:
 AARP has created an eight-hour course to help drivers, 50 years or older, to improve their driving skills. The following classes are available: Placerville Senior Center, Saturday, Sept. 3 and 10 and Saturday, Oct. 1 and […]

9-5-11 Class “It’s All a Matter of Balance” at EDH Sr. Center

WATCH YOUR STEP! A new class titled “It’s All a Matter of Balance” is being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. These eight classes will teach you how to manage falls and increase your activity level. You will […]

Sheriff’s fleet gets eye in the sky

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Luckily, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s latest addition came through with flying colors. “Eagle One,” a JetRanger helicopter, was introduced at the annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic on Aug. 20 by Sheriff John D’Agostini and pilots Ed Rincon and Dr. Richard Moorhouse. The […]

El Dorado Hills job forum set for Sept. 12

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Job Forum kicks off its fall quarter meetings Sept. 12 with networking and a variety of speakers and recruiters throughout the quarter who will be providing advice and information for local job seekers. The Job Forum is a free event with the goal of […]

Parole Reform Act inspired by the Jaycee Lee Dugard case

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville; El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson; Assembly members Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, and Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber; and others Aug. 17 announced Senate Bill 391 – the “Parole Reform Act of 2011” – inspired by the Jaycee Lee Dugard case. This bipartisan legislation will make […]

Teen in hot water for apparently false hit-and-run report

On Tuesday morning, authorities called off a search for a man suspected of hitting an El Dorado High School student with his SUV and then driving off. The manhunt was ended for a good reason: The driver probably doesn’t exist. One day earlier, the Placerville Police Department received a call from the high school teen, […]

Assemblywoman Gaines testifies against new costly state stormwater permit

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, testified Aug. 17 before the State Water Resources Control Board against a new burdensome stormwater permit that is estimated to cost the state billions of dollars and have a detrimental effect on local businesses and governments. According to new standards being proposed by the State Water Resources Control Board, commercial […]

New life-saving blood test OK’d

RENO, Nev. – The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new diagnostic test that will help save the lives of hundreds of thousands of AIDS patients stricken with cryptococcosis, a fungal meningitis. The test was developed through a collaboration between Tom Kozel, professor of microbiology of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Correct the behavior, strengthen the bond

Everybody loves a puppy. Not everybody loves the work that comes with. For all their cute cuddliness, puppies pose a serious challenge: How do you correct the unwanted behavior without destroying the bond? My 7-month-old Labrador retriever, Molly, is chewing up everything I own. I work full time, and I have to pay someone to […]

The Hooter Ladies: It’s about support

Come every second Monday of the month, it’s Hooters Night for a select group of women in Placerville. However, this gathering is a little different than how some people may be imagining it. Instead of having the typical Hooters experience, these women are given an entirely different opportunity: the chance to connect with several courageous […]

Safe-opening may happen soon

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A hidden safe that was found during renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe building could be opened as soon as this week, said Mike Laub, the building’s owner. Opening the safe has proven problematic because of a broken handle that has kept the safe’s locking mechanism from releasing, Laub said. He […]

9-5-11 Remembering David Allan of Friends of the Library

REMEMBERING DAVID: The Friends of the Library’s newsletter “Between Friends” included a letter submitted by Kelly Jordan in memory of library volunteer David Allan, who passed away after a battle with cancer. David worked in the processing department, primarily mending books. It was noted that he “threw himself into volunteer work, eager to learn anything […]

9-2-11 Coronary Health Improvement Project Programs in P.V.

AVOID HEALTH PROBLEMS: The non-profit Coronary Health Improvement Project (C.H.I.P.) teaches participants how to lower their risk of developing a chronic disease and how to avoid heart disease, high blood pressure, adult on-set diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Upcoming CHIP programs are scheduled from Sept. 11 through Oct. 9 at the Placerville Seventh Day Adventist […]

Free walk-in Shrine screening clinic coming

On Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Placerville Masonic Center, 2820 Cold Springs Road, the local Shrine Club will be conducting a free walk-in screening clinic to identify children, through the age of 17, who can benefit from expert orthopedic, spinal cord and burn care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children. No appointment is […]

Tahoe passes marijuana dispensary ordinance

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After almost two years of public meetings, wordsmithing and debate, the South Lake Tahoe City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries Aug. 22. The ordinance will limit the number of dispensary permits issued by the city to three, require the three existing dispensaries to […]

What has Measure Q done for you lately?

Those golden years of high school will be a little more golden this year for students in the El Dorado Union High School District. Improvements to the four high school campuses, El Dorado High School, Ponderosa, Oak Ridge and Union Mine, have been ongoing since the end of 2008 and are scheduled for completion in […]

Nerwinski dispels rumors, stays in supervisors’ race

Recent events related to the Placerville City Council have caused some to incorrectly repeat a rumor that Cathy Nerwinski will drop out of the El Dorado County supervisors’ race to run for City Council. Rumors that Nerwinski is going to run for Placerville City Council are incorrect, she said. Nerwinski said she entered the race […]

Hide the garbage — bear on the loose

Caught on tape — one large bear sauntering down Santa Claus Lane. Santa Claus Lane is not in the North Pole. It’s right here in Placerville on Canal Street at the residence of Jim and Del Myrna Murphy, a house known throughout the county for its lavish Christmas display. The Murphys found the evidence of […]

Government procurement class to be offered

For any small business, declining sales volume calls for bold remedies. Why not make one of those remedies selling via the government procurement pipeline? To assist with the introductory basics of contracting with the government, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Marketing to the Government 9 a.m.-noonon Sept. 22. It will be […]

Office of Education celebrates 25 years on Green Valley Road

Ronald Reagan was in the middle of his second term as president of the United States, while a future two-term president, Bill Clinton, was reelected governor of Arkansas. The Boston Red Sox were one out away from winning the World Series, but watched their title aspirations slip away to the New York Mets. Cheers, The Cosby […]

El Dorado Hills man accused of mortgage fraud in federal case

An El Dorado Hills man and two accomplices were indicted last week by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. Anthony Salcedo, 30, of El Dorado Hills; Sean McClendon, 45, of West Sacramento; and Anthony Williams, 44, of Carmichael; face 30 years in prison and up to $1 million […]

Missing Chihuahua begs question: Pet thefts linked to economy?

CAMERON PARK — It’s been nearly one week since 15-year-old Tyrone Scalero lost Tilley, his best friend. It was a scene that had played out many times before: The teen, with his four-legged companion safely in tow, rode his bike to the Bel Air shopping center on Palmer Drive in Cameron Park on Aug. 21. […]

DFG offers one-day waterfowl hunting clinic

The California Department of Fish and Games Advanced Hunter Education Program is offering a waterfowl hunting clinic on Oct. 29 in Northern California. The clinic will be held at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This clinic is for hunters of all skill levels. Two experienced instructors, DFG Assistant […]

$5 million program for forest and watershed projects

AUBURN – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Governing Board is set to consider proposed guidelines for a $5 million grant program designed to promote “healthy forests” at its Sept. 8 quarterly meeting in Alturas, Modoc County. Funding for the grant program will come from Proposition 84 bond funds and will be made available through a competitive grant […]

Heard over the back fence: 5 bucks gets you a bag o’ books

 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is available: “If you think space is the final frontier, you should see my garage.” • • • BOOK LOVERS GET-TOGETHER:
 The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can […]

Dinner for Pollock Library

A dinner 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Pollock Pines Community Center will benefit the Pollock Pines Library. Dinner is tri-tip sandwiches, chicken or vegetable lasagna, Entertainment includes Charla the story-teller and music by Cowboy Neal. Dinner, including salad and dessert, is $12, with children admitted for $8 and under 5 for free.

Mystery casino safe unopened

Learn more about the safe SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The owner of the casino building where a hidden safe was found last week has had more trouble than initially anticipated opening the relic. Two locksmiths and a safecracker have attempted to open the safe to no avail, Mike Laub said. A previous attempt to open the […]

Report details Machado’s code violations

A report, requested by Vice Mayor Mark Acuna at the July 26 Placerville City Council meeting about code violations on Councilman Dave Machado’s Mosquito Road property was made public by the city today. This report is not in response to the District Attorney’s charges against Machado, but a report in response to concerns brought forward […]

Wife of ex-EID official arrested

August has been a month the Korkowskis would like to forget. Two weeks ago former El Dorado Irrigation hydro operations co-head Mark Korkowski pleaded no contest to a felony embezzlement count in an El Dorado County courtroom. Days later, the 53-year-old was extradited to Louisiana on suspicion of embezzling $292,000 from a construction company. On Monday his […]

EDH manager defends self at meeting

Embattled El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel appeared in the CSD gym Tuesday night with his two lawyers to answer charges that he violated whistleblower statutes, tried to lay off his human resources manager and his assistant general manager without board approval, attempted to “sneak” a raise and an hours increase […]

Ron Thompson reinvents auto business: Key word — ‘adapt’

Ron Thompson started in the automotive business at age 17 as the “wash boy” for the Frank Hurling Chevrolet dealership in Sacramento. “They had 600 cars, plus RVs,” he said. He worked his way up in the company, step by step, until he finally reached the top after 26 years and became general manager. His […]

Public speaks out for embattled Skeel

Several residents and employees, current and former, spoke out during the Tuesday night face-off between El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel and the CSD Board of Directors, who are in the process of terminating him. El Dorado Hills activist “Buzz” Nunn told the board that he thought they’d lost their way. […]

City clarifies its position on ex-Mayor Machado

Press Release City of Placerville Aug. 23: “On Aug. 18 Dave Machado, mayor of Placerville was arrested by the EI Dorado County district attorney. Two charges were filed against Mr.Machado, conspiracy and perjury. Both are in relation to real properties in the city of Placerville with which it is alleged that Mr.Machado is associated. “At […]

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer to serve a meal to the needy

 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Gone Crazy — Be Back Shortly.” The ladies at the Mountain Democrat office felt I should wear this T-shirt. Why would they say that? • • • HELPING HANDS NEEDED: 
The Upper Room continues to offer a free dinner to those in need. Volunteers are needed to […]

Suspected identity thieves busted; Shingle Springs mail reportedly involved

Two Northern California men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing mail from Shingle Springs residents and then spending more than $100,000 throughout the region. Michael Ross, 27, of Folsom, and Vyacheslav Berezenko, 23, of Sacramento, were booked earlier this week into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft and identity theft after […]


In an Aug. 17 story about the recovery of Angora Creek Hannah Shembri of Lahontan Water Quality Control Board staff said vegetation management projects under 500 acres go to TRPA for review. However Doug Smith, manager of the Lahontan Planning and Restoration Division, said Shembri was “unaware of the recent court ruling requiring all vegetation […]

Bowling alley repairs begin in Pollock

POLLOCK PINES — When a collapsed roof closed Knotty Pine Lanes five months ago, owners swore the Pollock Pines bowling alley would reopen. On Wednesday, that promise came one step closer to reality. Roofing repairs of the beloved bowling alley began in earnest Wednesday after months of waiting. General contractor Mike Gerondakis, of Gerondakis & […]

$4.5 million secured for Tahoe bike projects

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Funding of $4.5 million for two bikeway projects at Lake Tahoe has been secured by Tahoe Transportation District through the Nevada Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Development of a 3.2 mile segment between Stateline and Round Hill at South Shore – part of an eventual 43 mile […]

Embattled El Dorado Hills CSD general manager answers charges

EL DORADO HILLS — Embattled El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel and his two lawyers appeared in the CSD gym Tuesday night to answer charges that he violated whistleblower statutes, tried to lay-off his human resources manager and his assistant general manager without board approval, attempted to “sneak” a raise and […]

Miwoks to open huge health clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has announced Monday, Oct. 3, as the opening date for the new Community Health Clinic, located adjacent to Red Hawk Casino at Red Hawk Parkway. The 60,000-square-foot clinic, which includes two floors of parking, replaces the existing 17,000-square-foot facility located on Mother Lode in Shingle […]