Interior Secretary announces nearly $27 million for wetlands grants for migratory birds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on June 15  that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved spending more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 1,600 acres of waterfowl habitat on three units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The commission also approved $23.5 million […]

South Tahoe Public Utility District modernizing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe Public Utility District is in the process of modernizing its wastewater treatment system. It is building an $8 million replacement for its headworks plant that was built in 1959. The headworks is where the sewage first arrives and hard trash that winds up in sewer systems is sorted […]

8-24-11 Informational meeting re. “Shades of Ireland” trip

ENJOY SOME IRISH LUCK: The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Collette Visitations, is sponsoring a “Shades of Ireland” trip, scheduled for March 11 through March 20. An informational meeting regarding this trip is scheduled for Monday, August 29, in the Calif. Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105 (in the Town […]

8-24-11 “Mendidng Hearts” meeting at Marshall Community Health Library

HEART PATIENTS ASSISTANCE: “Mending Hearts” is a volunteer organization that provides support, information and education to those living with heart disease, congestive heart failure and to those recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery. The next meeting for “Mending Hearts” is Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 […]

EID sets up training program for treatment operators

Here’s the problem: There is a real shortage of real jobs now. The ones that are full-time, pay a decent salary and some benefits. Employers, on the other hand, often have trouble finding prospective employees with the right skills. El Dorado Irrigation District was one of those employers. It operates five water treatment plants and […]

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8-24-11 Diabetic class – “Carbohydrates, Food and You” at Midtown Mall

DIABETES DIET DATA: A class titled “Carbohydrates, Food and You” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. This class is sponsored by the Marshall Medical Center. Class topics include making carbs work for you, meal planning and managing your weight. The class fee is […]

8-22-11 Republican Women Federated’s lunch meeting

REPUBLICAN WOMEN UNITE: El Dorado West Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11:15 a.m. at Denny’s restaurant, Coach Lane, Cameron Park. There will be a surprise speaker. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 530-676-8380.

Heard over the back fence: Watch for flying pancakes at Placerville Airport

VOLLY FOLLY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Prepare to be annoyed.” My tennis game has been described as “annoying.”  • • • FREE FLIGHTS AND A $5 BREAKFAST: 
A $5 pancake breakfast is scheduled for Aug. 20 and Oct. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Placerville Airport. Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be […]

Rails to trails remains a hot issue

Having kicked the can down the track three times since March 28, El Dorado County supervisors on Tuesday, reissued their support for the Shingle Plan also known as the Shingle Compromise. After several hours of testimony and debate, Supervisors Ray Nutting, John Knight, Ron Briggs and Jack Sweeney voted to press the effort to continue […]

Resigning Trustee Rodger Musso honored

GEORGETOWN — Cake and a break Aug. 11 followed the Black Oak Mine Unified School District board’s recognition of Rodger Musso for his nearly 28 years of dedicated service. All the current board members, starting with Jeff Shurtz, thanked Musso for his years of “level-headed” service and his dedication to the community. Board member Steve […]

Uniforms ordered for Golden Sierra Marching Band

GARDEN VALLEY — For the first time in the school’s 31-year history, Golden Sierra High School Marching Band students will stride with pride in handsome new uniforms thanks to the recent fundraising drive of the Divide Schools Music Program. “We are so proud of these young musicians, and equally proud that the community has stepped […]

Ex-EID employee pleads to embezzlement

The former high-ranking El Dorado Irrigation District official accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars by way of company credit cards reached a deal with prosecutors last week, pleading no contest to one of 22 counts. Mark William Korkowski, the one-time co-head of hydro operations for EID, pleaded no contest to one count of […]

Woman arraigned in death of EDHS teen

More than four months after El Dorado High School student Timothy Mulholland was killed in a high-speed car accident, the vehicle’s driver was formally charged and arraigned this week. Previous Story: Teen killed in Newtown wreck  Mulholland, 17, was killed on March 27 when the vehicle in which he was a passenger crashed into oak trees […]

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Aggressive, non-native smallmouth bass just discovered in Tahoe

RENO, Nev. — A new invasive species has been identified at Lake Tahoe, and it’s likely to be the most aggressive fish to ply the waters of the mile-high lake. “In our work to remove warm-water fish from Lake Tahoe, we’ve discovered smallmouth bass, a much more ferocious predator than other species known to have […]

Obesity education grants available to local youth

CONCORD — Children and youth across Northern California once again have the opportunity to become “Health Heroes” by learning about childhood obesity, designing programs to address it and implementing the programs in their communities. Kicking off the fourth year, Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare are calling all “Health Heroes” to apply for 2012 UnitedHealth Heroes […]

2 governors recommit to Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE – In an historic joint appearance at the 2011 Tahoe Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a renewed commitment to updating the Regional Plan for Lake Tahoe and enhancing the role of the two states in cooperating with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “Lake Tahoe is a […]

EDH Manager Skeel to defend himself to board

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s embattled General Manager John Skeel will get a chance to defend himself in front of the CSD’s Board of Directors and the public at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. Earlier this month the board delivered a formal “statement of charges” to Skeel, alleging that he […]

Criminal annals, part 126: Female defendants and foreigners

Moving on to the Sept. 24, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a couple of interesting cases in Sacramento’s Recorder’s Court, County Recorder and Judge, W. H. McGrew, presiding. “Recorder’s Court — Before Judge McGrew. September 23, 1852. “Assault and Battery. — Achoon in this case was the defendant, Choon-Foke plaintiff. The […]

Sign up now for Citizens Academy

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to participate in the next El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. This academy is designed to familiarize county residents with many aspects of law enforcement and educate them on the role the Sheriff’s Department […]

School consolidation advances to the final four

The movement to consolidate elementary school districts came down to the final four Monday evening as the four school boards simultaneously convened special sessions at the El Dorado County Office of Education. By the end of the evening Aug. 15 almost two hours later there was a general nodding of heads when El Dorado County […]

Uncle matty: Clearing up humane confusion

One of the most rewarding things a person can do is go down to the local animal shelter and adopt a homeless dog or cat. Local shelters, local humane societies and local societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCAs) are notoriously understaffed, underfunded and overpopulated with animals just waiting for a good home. Emphasis on local. […]

Tahoe DUI patrols planned through Labor Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Avoid the 6 El Dorado County DUI Task Force has announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Drunken driving checkpoints, DUI task force deployments […]

Murder-suicide likely in Grizzly Flat deaths

Authorities continued Monday to investigate the deaths of a Fair Oaks man and his young daughter, nearly 48 hours after their bodies were discovered on a Grizzly Flat property. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies found Madeline Samaan-Fay, 2, and Mourad “Moni” Samaan, 49, dead inside his green Toyota 4Runner in rural Grizzly Flat Saturday night. […]

GDPUD scopes out GIS mapping

GEORGETOWN — GIS mapping of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s pipelines, meters, lift stations and other facilities attracted seven bidders with a wide price range. The lowest bid was $65,000 and the highest was $344,000, General Manager Hank White told the Board of Directors during a meeting earlier this month. “We’re working up a […]

Unpaid utility bills head for tax rolls

Unpaid water or wastewater service bills from the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District are heading for the El Dorado County tax rolls as a lien against the property. The list of 71 unpaid bills ranges from $13.10 to $1,312. Three are more than $700. Thirteen are higher that $250. Seven are higher than $109. “This […]

GDPUD in line for hydro bucks

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District may be in line for some free hydro power income. The Board of Directors heard a presentation from NLine Energy chief executive officer Matthew Swindle Aug. 8 when he told them his firm could generate 1 megawatt per year from three siphons in the GDPUD water system. NLine came […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s a pirate’s life at EDH Library

  John Chapman sent the following accurate T-shirt statement: “Old age comes at an inconvenient time.” • • • PIRATES PLAYTIME:
 A “Pirates” fundraiser for the El Dorado Hills Library will be held at the library 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20,  at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. A suggested donation of $1 at the door is […]

Report details deputy DA’s DUI arrest

Before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, El Dorado County deputy district attorney Gloria Mas registered a blood-alcohol level of .12 percent and failed a series of sobriety tests, according to the California Highway Patrol’s arrest report. The report, obtained by the Mountain Democrat through a Public Record Act request, […]

McClintock rep here Aug. 16

Congressman Tom McClintock’s El Dorado County Field Representative Ross Branch will be available to meet with constituents Tuesday, Aug. 16. He will be at the El Dorado County Government Center 330 Fair Lane Placerville, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Franchise Tax Board auditing ‘Head of Household’

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced mailing more than 135,000 audit letters to taxpayers to verify their “Head of Household” (HOH) filing status on their 2010 state tax return. Taxpayers who do not qualify will have their tax reassessed at either a single or married-filing-separate filing status. Nearly 34,000 taxpayers who used this status […]

Donner Party hike takes participants in footsteps of early pioneers

TRUCKEE — Hikers can experience the early emigrants’ journey across the Sierra Nevada Oct. 8-9 by participanting in the 19th annual Donner Party Hike. The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is hosting this popular event that unites two passions – love for the Sierra Nevada wilderness and fascinating emigrant history. Participants can choose from six different […]

3rd annual Great Sierra River Cleanup volunteer registration now online

Online registration is now available for the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, taking place Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, along rivers, lakes and streams throughout the Sierra Nevada, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy announced Aug. 15. “This is a great opportunity to be good stewards of the region of the state that provides water […]

Quagga mussel researcher praises boat inspections at Tahoe

RENO, Nev. – “It could be a sign of more things to come,” Sudeep Chandra, quagga mussel researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno, said about the boat found earlier this month infested with dozens of quagga mussels. “It’s fortunate that this boat was caught, and shows the importance of the boat inspections to protect […]

Supervisors get General Plan amendment update

The process of amending El Dorado County’s General Plan is a complicated exercise in local governance. It is heavily reliant on the county’s bureaucracy, local residents, special interest groups and flexible timelines. Beginning in early April, the Board of Supervisors initiated a project that ultimately will propose significant changes to the General Plan. Practical as […]

Redevelopment referendum brings tough decisions

The redevelopment ball is back in the Placerville City Council’s court after a group of Placerville residents brought a petition with 1,087 signatures to City Hall on Aug. 4. The petition calls for the repeal of city ordinance 1641 approving the Placerville Redevelopment Plan. Placerville City Clerk Susan Zito completed a raw count  to make […]

Wildifre: Plan an escape route to keep your family safe

Editor’s note — This is the third and final part in a series produced by Cal Fire on surviving wildfire. Take some advice from Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan: “Leave your home before you are ordered to evacuate. You will not only be giving your family the best chance of surviving a […]

Eldorado National Forest gets new chief

While she’s new to the forest supervisor job, Kathy Hardy is not a new face on the Eldorado National Forest. Hardy was the Placerville District Ranger from 1999 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, she served as deputy forest supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest and most recently as the Central California District manager with […]

Missing toddler, father found dead in Grizzly Flat

Fairfield Daily Republic GRIZZLY FLAT — The bodies of a missing 2-year-old Sacramento girl and her father were discovered Saturday night in the man’s vehicle, nearly a week after he took her during a child custody dispute, authorities said. Madeline Samaan-Fay and Mourad “Moni” Samaan, 49, were found dead in his green Toyota 4Runner in […]

8-22-11 Volunteers needed to deliver meals to homebound people

HELPING THE HOME-BOUND: Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to home-bound people in Placerville and Georgetown. Volunteers drive one day a week or a regularly scheduled day. The meal deliveries take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon. If you would like to help, call 530-621-6160.

Young murderers’ fate sealed at sentencing

More than two years after Joanne Witt was discovered brutally murdered in her home, star-crossed lovers Steven “Boston” Colver and Tylar Marie Witt were sentenced Friday afternoon for the 2009 killing of the El Dorado Hills single mom. Before a packed courtroom, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud sentenced Colver, 21, to […]

Tahoe transportion summit planned

STATELINE, Nev. – The 15th annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Homewood Mountain Resort, Aug. 16, provides an opportunity for pivotal transportation concerns to be addressed, according to Carl Hasty, district manager of the Tahoe Transportation District. “With the potential loss of federal funding for projects as a result of both Nevada SB-271 and the inaction […]

Creek recovering from Angora Fire

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Lahontan Water Regional Water Quality Control Board, which has been monitoring Angora Creek since the devastating June 24, 2007, fire gave a largely upbeat report to the El Dorado County Water Agency Aug. 8. The weather was a major factor in mitigating the potential runoff from the 3,000-acre high-intensity fire. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Spend a warm winter — bid on a quilt

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt instructions: “Yes, I know they pick on you at school and call you names, but you still have to go. YOU’RE THE TEACHER!” • • • QUILT AND ART AUCTION:
 A “Threads of Life” quilt and fine art auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to […]