South Shore fuels and healthy forest project takes next step

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a project that would implement extensive forest thinning along Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and improve forest health. Under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, the release of the […]

Mountain Counties hears mixed panel speak

Members of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies met jointly in Placerville last month at the El Dorado Irrigation District conference room in Placerville. The two organizations held their respective business meeting in the morning. The afternoon was devoted to a three-hour forum of experts on “The Future of […]

Sheriff to speak in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated. D’Agostini often recalled during his campaign about when the local deputy stopped by to talk and knew all of the neighborhood kids and their parents. As sheriff, his goal is […]

Machado stays for full City Council meeting

It was business as almost usual as Placerville City Councilman David Machado sat behind the dais for Tuesday’s City Council meeting — and stayed there this time. The last council meeting he made only a brief appearance and then disappeared. After charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime were filed against Machado by […]

Murder trial: Former flame called to testify; prosecution rests

Needing an escape from the two women in his life, Steven Howard Mittelman sought out a third. It had been more than 30 years since Mittelman last spoke to Judy Fuellenbach, but when the stresses of his home and work lives became too much, Mittelman tracked his former lover down. “He wanted to be free,” […]

Clean up and clean out on Oct. 15

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District, in partnership with Video Products Distributors, hosts the Fall Community Clean-up Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. The event is designed to provide El Dorado Hills residents (within the CSD boundaries) a place to discard old junk, yard waste and unused household items. Clean out the garage, […]

Distraught woman, child rescued from river canyon

A woman who reportedly took off all her clothing, along with that of her young daughter, and ran toward the South Fork of the American River off Rock Creek Road Sunday ended up being taken to a mental health facility. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a suspicious circumstance report on Rock Creek […]

One CASA advocate’s motivation

In 2009 Dorian Brandon was reeling from the death of a son, a divorce and the loss of her job. She was depressed and knew it, but didn’t want to rely on the pharmacy or distillery to break her funk. She decided to help a friend who was going through a contentious divorce. Brandon recalls […]

CASA kid describes 4 turbulent years

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. Part 1 ran Monday, Sept. 26. Lacey Runik entered the California foster care system when she was just a year-and-a-half old. The court found “neglect and abuse” on the part of her biological parents, who separated before she ever knew them. She doesn’t know all […]

EID board OKs Capital Improvement Plan: reduced by $55 million

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously adopted a five-year 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan in the amount of $87 million, down by $55 million from last year’s five-year plan, during its Sept. 26 meeting. The plan includes approximately 134 projects that are assigned a priority level according to three-level prioritization criteria. A project prioritized as a “level 1” is considered mandatory […]

Local firemen attend Homeland Security training

Firefighters Brett Jones, George Mckelvie and Chris Realin from Rescue Fire Department recently completed hands-on training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness  in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility. Hands-on […]

Free firesafe workshop set

POLLOCK PINES — A workshop covering the practices used to reduce fire hazards in forested communities will be held at the Gold Ridge Community Center, located at 4101 Opal in Pollock Pines, this Friday, Sept. 30. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. and run until about noon with an optional field trip scheduled after […]

9-30-11 “Let’s Talk” group at EDH Sr. Center

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE CONVERSATION? The “Let’s Talk” group is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The topic for Nov. 3 is, “Any Unusual Experiences?” Visitors and walk-ins are always welcome.

9-30-11 Grand-parenting stories told at EDH Sr. Center

SHARING GRAND-PARENTING STORIES: Would you enjoy sharing your grand-parenting stories, jokes, trials and tribulations? There is a group sharing their grand-parent fun that meets on the third Friday of each month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This group also produces the entertaining newsletter, “The Grands and the […]

9-30-11 Day trip to So. Lake Tahoe

DAY TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE: On Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., a charter bus trip to South Lake Tahoe is available for a $37 fee. The bus departs from and returns to Raley’s parking lot, El Dorado Hills. Travelers receive a $20 slot voucher and a $7 lunch voucher to Harrah’s/Harveys […]

9-30-11 Genealogical Society meeting at El Dorado Hills Library

FAMILY SECRETS AND MORE? On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6:15 to 8 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet in the El Dorado Hills Library community room at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. EDHGS members will share information they learned at Family History Day at Calif. State Archives in Sacramento. Visitors […]

Mittelman murder trial: Living dynamic explored; stories change

Jilted and broke, Valerie Rita Mittelman called her ex-husband and pleaded for financial help in November 2008. By Thanksgiving that year, she traded her life in Georgia for a tiny El Dorado Hills apartment occupied by Steven Howard Mittelman and then-wife, Gail. Valerie worked tirelessly at Mittelman’s Placerville liquor store, taking home $30 a week […]

Heard over the back fence: Big book sale in Cameron Park

GRANDPARENTS’ INSIGHT: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Grandparenting is the ultimate extreme sport.” • • • USED BOOKS UNIVERSE:The Cameron Park Friends of the Library will hold their monthly used books sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Uncle Matty’s Believe It or Not

Ask anyone who does anything for a living, and they’ll tell you a sense of humor is everything. Every year, week after week, my phone rings and my inbox dings with the calls and e-mails that don’t make this column. Some people can’t or don’t want to be helped, and these are the times when […]

Jaycee Dugard suing U.S.

Claiming the country’s Parole Commission failed to adequately supervise Phillip Garrido, kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard sued the federal government last week. Dugard, at age 11, was snatched from near her South Lake Tahoe home by Garrido and his wife, Nancy, while the girl was on her way to school in 1991. She was held […]

New way to manage wildfire being tried

Fire specialists on the Placerville Ranger District are managing the lightning-caused Long Fire to meet multiple benefits, such as allowing the fire to burn naturally in a fire-adapted ecosystem when it can been done safely, effectively and efficiently (posing no immediate risk to life, safety, property or resources). This fire was ignited during the lightning […]

Open house for Rubicon Trail easement project set Sept. 28

The Eldorado National Forest is hosting an open house for the Rubicon Trail Easement and Resource Improvement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. The open house is an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed project as well as provide feedback concerning the project. It will be at the Eldorado National […]

Caltrans strives to protect animals, raise awareness with Watch Out for Wildlife Week

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reminds motorists to watch out for wildlife as the seasons change and daylight hours grow shorter. Caltrans strives to reduce the number of wildlife-related injuries and vehicle passenger fatalities on the state’s highways. The campaign attempts to enhance the efforts of government agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations that establish safe highway passage for […]

Dems honor local volunteers

Jerry Waldie would be proud. The former Congressman from Contra Costa County and longtime Mountain Democrat columnist would be proud of his local legacy. It is in his memory that the El Dorado County Democratic Central Committee created its tradition to recognize and honor the work of a community volunteer every year. The Rep. Jerome […]

Resilient CASA kid beats the odds

Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, served an estimated 237,000 neglected or abused kids nationally last year, kids that haven’t been dealt a good hand in the game of life, kids that often fall through the cracks of a complex foster and juvenile legal system. Without help, many end up homeless, institutionalized or dead. This is […]

CASA: Helping kids who need it most

Budget cuts could cost 54 local youths their advocate Over 900,000 children are victims of child abuse each year in the U.S. Between four and five of them die every day. Victims are usually infants or toddlers. Those grim statistics and others have been compiled by the non-profit Childhelp. Without help, the survivors of neglect […]

Auditor challenges beneficiaries of Indian gaming

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has a bone to pick with the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee. Harn asserts in a recent letter to the committee that it has improperly allocated Indian Gaming Special Distribution Funds to local entities that are outside the scope of the law. Supervisors Jack Sweeney and Ron Briggs […]

Heard over the back fence: Big Cameron Park Fly-In coming

SCARY T-SHIRT: John Chapman presented me with the following T-shirt statement: “Allow me to introduce myselves.”   FLY-IN FESTIVAL: Soroptimist International of Cameron Park and the Cameron Park Rotary Club are hosting the 22nd “Show, Shine and Fly In” extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cameron Park Airport […]

NRA Faces Of Freedom event set

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The 20-year anniversary of the NRA Foundation will be celebrated with a “Faces of Freedom” event for the Friends of NRA in Northern California-Nevada Oct. 22 in South Lake Tahoe. Among the prizes for the evening is a Springfield M1A Socom 16 .308 that has been autographed by R. Lee Ermey […]

Comcast leads another station migration

If you’re a little confused about things like digital and analog and digital migration as they relate to your TV viewing pleasure, call somebody. If you’re a Comcast customer, call Comcast. The following information comes from Bryan Byrd, Comcast’s director of communications for Northern California. “Comcast is moving to a full digital delivery system in […]

Partnership seeks grants to improve Internet access

The Camino Fiber Network Cooperative (CFNC), the El Dorado County Office of Education and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce have joined in a public-private partnership to seek grant funding available through the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to improve Internet access and adoption in central El Dorado County. The CFNC-Central El Dorado County […]

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Little Sister benefits greatly from Big Sister’s help

Six years ago, Sarah Ploghoft was an introverted sixth-grader who had a hard time making friends despite being a Junior Cougar cheerleader. Her father wasn’t a big part of her life and her single mother, Kim Johnson, worried about having a positive role model other than herself for her daughter — someone who would be […]

Sen. Gaines’ health care transparency bill OK’d

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced that Gov. Brown has signed his legislation that will provide consumers access to important cost information on hospital healthcare services.  “I am pleased that Gov. Brown recognizes the importance of providing this cost comparison information to consumers, allowing them to make informed decisions about care and thank […]

DFG offers swan tours

Join a state Department of Fish and Game naturalist-led swan tour of Marysville’s rice and waterfowl area this November through January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers and landowners, these tours will focus on finding Tundra Swans, as this tract is one of the best locations for seeing swans in California. Ducks, geese, cranes, shorebirds, white pelicans, herons, egrets and […]

Luau fundraiser to help transplant recipient with expenses

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Fred E. Moore is grateful to be alive. He recently received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, but the costs are overwhelming. Volunteers are planning a luau and auction next month to help with his expenses. In 2006 Moore was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, meaning his lymphocytes became cancerous and affected […]

Senior volunteers needed at Police Dept.

The Placerville Police Department is now accepting applications for SHIELD (Seniors Helping In Enforcement Like Duties) volunteers. Those interested may pick up an application at the Police Department’s front desk Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To be a SHIELD volunteer, you must be at least 50 years old, possess a valid […]

University of Nevada, Reno engineers simulate large quake on curved bridge

RENO, Nev. – Six full-size pickup trucks took a wild ride on a 16-foot-high steel bridge when it shook violently in a series of never-before-conducted experiments to investigate the seismic behavior of a curved bridge with vehicles in place. The 145-foot-long, 162-ton steel and concrete bridge was built atop four large, 14-foot-by-14-foot, hydraulic shake tables […]

Mittelman murder trial: Ex-wife’s autopsy results revealed

A litany of health problems threatened a premature end to the life of Valerie Rita Mittelman. But it was a single gunshot wound to the head that ultimately killed the 63-year-old El Dorado Hills woman on June 17, 2010. El Dorado County jurors Tuesday learned that Valerie Mittelman suffered only one injury on the evening […]

Fall Chinook restrictions to go into effect in parts of Klamath

Klamath River sport anglers have nearly reached the 3,950 quota of adult fall-run Chinook salmon, triggering a size restriction on the lower river as of Thursday, Sept. 22. As of Thursday, anglers along the river’s lower 40 miles may no longer keep adult fall-run Chinook that are 22 inches or more in length. “We’re encouraged […]

El Dorado Hills Business Park’s DST expands mailing services

A mail tray takes quite the journey in DST Mailing Services, going up, down and twisting around the power roller conveyors inside before heading off to its final destination. On the busiest month nearly 42 million pieces of sorted mail flow through the facility in the El Dorado Hills Business Park, according to Mury Salls, senior […]

Help Cal Fire ‘Fill the Boot’ at High Hill Ranch

CAMINO –  The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will be holding a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at High Hill Ranch in Camino on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Please stop by and help Cal Fire firefighters raise funds for the MDA and enjoy a beautiful […]

‘Innovators of the year': Mountain Democrat Website gets top honors

The redesigned Website based on an open architecture won “Innovators of the Year” honors for the digital publishing team serving the Mountain Democrat and the three other major newspapers owned by McNaughton Newspapers. “Judges from the Suburban Newspaper Association praised the use of open-source software to produce both the newspaper and the Website and described […]

Parole process a heart-breaker for victims’ families

Sept. 26 was going to be a day of joy for Garden Valley residents Mike and Lynn Tracy. Their granddaughter Leslie was expecting her first child and their first great-grandchild on that day. Then they received the letter from the Department of Corrections informing them that the murderer of their only daughter, Toni Marie Johnson […]

Directors OK fire fee increases

CAMERON PARK — To increase fire prevention fees or not by the Cameron Park Fire Department was the question asked Wednesday night during the Cameron Park Community Service District’s Board of Directors meeting. The answer was a unanimous 5-0 vote in favor of increases in 50 categories. The meeting was the second hearing to allow […]