County not in market for mitigation lands

El Dorado County supervisors backed each other up Tuesday afternoon to reject any notion that the county should acquire more land in order to mitigate environmental losses due to future development. The issue was raised during a presentation by Development Services Director Roger Trout. On the agenda to ask the board to approve a request […]

Forest chief leaving

Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo was selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to be the regional director of public services headquartered in Vallejo. He began his new position on June 20. “These five years as forest supervisor have been the most challenging and rewarding of my 30-year career,” said […]

County employee’s meds use attracts scrutiny

Over the course of at least four years, an employee of the county of El Dorado received “an alarming amount of highly addictive prescription medication totaling roughly  $50,000 per month.” Thus states the El Dorado County Grand Jury in its 2011 report. The bill topped out at $2.4 million; however, the county’s prescription insurance provider, […]

4th of July closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, July 4, for Independence Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed . All Placerville city offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday and the previous Friday, […]

Historical Advisory Committee members sought

The Placerville City Council invites individuals who are interested in preservation of historical resources, including buildings, structures, objects, monuments and markers as a legacy to future generations, to apply for membership on the Historical Advisory Committee by June 30. The Historical Advisory Committee was originally established by the City Council in 1980 and one of […]

Heard over the back fence: Hike to Camino with ARC

HOW TO BECOME RICH: Maryellen Ware of Diamond Springs provided the following T-shirt statement: “There are 2 ways to be rich – Make More or desire less.” • • • HIKING IS FOR THE DOGS, TOO: American River Conservancy officials report that an El Dorado Trail hike is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, from 8:30 a.m. to […]

Redevelopment in suspended animation

On June 15 California state legislators approved a budget with two trailering bills — one that eliminated redevelopment agencies throughout the state, and the other which allowed redevelopment agencies to remain as long as they contribute their share of $1.7 billion for schools, fire districts, law enforcement and other local services. Gov. Jerry Brown promptly […]

Grand jury: Leadership needed for mental health crises

Although El Dorado County has taken steps forward since the March 2010 shooting death of escaped mental patient Linda Clark, an overall lack of leadership structure threatens to undo the county’s progress, according to the latest grand jury report. On March 28, 2010, Folsom woman Linda Clark was shot dead by authorities after escaping from […]

Criminal Annals 121: Lynching in Ione Valley, big nugget found on Middle Fork

Moving on to the Sept. 18, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under “Calaveras Correspondence “ the lynching of two horse thieves. Following that is a report of a huge piece of gold found in northern El Dorado county. “Calaveras Correspondence. “Lynching in the Mines – Two Mexican Horse thieves Hung at […]

Old documents come back home

In February, Adam Clark received an email from a man named Stephen Gregg asking whether the Judge George H. Thompson House was still standing at 32 Cedar Ravine. Clark, a criminal defense lawyer who has an office in the Judge Thompson Professional Building at 3062 Cedar Ravine had never heard of Stephen Gregg. “I wasn’t […]

Camino woman a newspaper reader since 1949

Nana Federici likes to stay current. Born in 1931, Helen Federici, who goes by Nana (pronounced “Nonna”) and her late husband, John Federici Sr., enjoyed keeping up with local news by reading the Mountain Democrat since they married in 1949. “Our family has been reading the Mountain Democrat for 90 years,” she said. John’s parents […]

3-way stop due at intersection

RESCUE — The El Dorado County Department of Transportation will be placing temporary stop signs at the corner of North Shingle Road and Green Valley Road in Rescue during this week. The temporary stop signs will create an all-way stop configuration at the intersection, which is anticipated to remain in place until traffic signals are […]

7-4-11 “Joy of Painting” class offered at PV Sr. Center

PAINTING DELIGHT: A class titled the “Joy of Painting” is being offered on July 16, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Participants will experience the Bob Ross wet-on-wet method of painting and will complete their own master piece in just one session. The cost for this class […]

Cameron Park Newcomers plan garage sale

Cameron Park Newcomers will have a garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25  at 3226 Perlett Drive across from Rasmussen Park. The event will benefit the Reach Out Program, which was established to give help immediately and short-term to anyone who can show need in our area.

7-1-11 Free supplies at Marshall Community Health Library

FREE SUPPLIES: Disposable bed pads, small pillows for comfort seating, crocheted lap blankets, washable bibs, and caps to keep your head warm are available at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 Main St., Suite 103. For more information, call 530-622-2778.

7-1-11 Free Health Insurance Counseling Program

FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING: The Health Insurance Counseling Program (HICAP) provides free counseling services in Placerville and El Dorado Hills. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 530-621-6369. HICAP will answer your Medicare questions.

Fashion industry veteran opens shop

EL DORADO HILLS — Fashion industry veteran Rose Suman, owner of Rose’s Tailoring, is the latest addition to Town Center’s merchant line-up. Suman, a 30-year veteran in tailoring, has vast experience working for many high-fashion labels. Suman’s background working for designer labels like Feiss has made her one of the most renowned tailors in the area. […]

County to bail out Pioneer fire district

El Dorado County will be treading somewhat unusual ground when it becomes a temporary financial backer for the Pioneer Fire Protection District. Due to plummeting revenues and soaring expenses, the fire board asked that District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting support its request for financial relief as early as this month. Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution […]

County district shuffle nearing end

Tuesday Aug. 2 is the scheduled date on which the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will conclude the redistricting process to redraw the county’s supervisorial districts. However, Monday June 27, the board will conduct a public hearing which may represent one of the final opportunities for residents to express their concerns or offer suggestions […]

Nerwinski to open Dist. 3 campaign office

As the new El Dorado County supervisorial district map adoption draws nears, Cathy Nerwinski, candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 3, announced the opening of her campaign headquarters June 24. The office is at 680 Placerville Drive, Placerville. The public is invited to the campaign office opening party, which will include local wines, […]

New superintendent for Gold Oak Union School District

The Gold Oak Union School District announced that Wendy LaDue has been selected as their new superintendent-principal. LaDue replaces Dick Williams, who has served as both superintendent of Gold Oak and Pioneer union school districts for the past six years. The Gold Oak school board has been engaged in the search for this position since Mr. Williams […]

Garden Valley man arrested on suspicion of elder abuse

A Garden Valley man who deputies say swindled his elderly grandfather out of $100,000 was arrested Sunday morning after being recognized for his alleged role in a road rage incident days earlier. At 11:15 a.m. Sunday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible verbal dispute at a residence on Chrysler Circle in Garden […]

Sheriff’s Department resumes internal investigations

Several days after the contents of the 2010-2011 El Dorado County Grand Jury report were made public, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged Tuesday it is again investigating its own. “Some of the issues addressed in the Grand Jury report are currently back under internal investigation, now that related criminal investigations by the District […]

UNR researcher named to prestigious National Geographic Fellows Program

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada, Reno, researcher Zeb Hogan, who travels the globe to find, study and protect monster freshwater fish, has been named a National Geographic Fellow – one of only 15 men and women worldwide. “It’s a great honor,” Hogan said. “At its most basic, the fellow position makes it easier for […]

United Way exceeds TP goal

SACRAMENTO – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with 77,227 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way’s third annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive June 16. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated one roll for every two collected, resulting in 115,840 rolls of toilet paper to help local nonprofits spend […]

7-1-11 Senior Shuttle available to seniors

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO THE STORE? The Senior Shuttle, a volunteer-driven van, is available to drive seniors to the grocery store. The van services Placerville, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, and Georgetown for a suggested donation of $2. For more information, call 530-621-6369.

CMA Foundation launches Tdap awareness campaign

The California Medical Association Foundation has launched a campaign that promotes awareness about California’s new whooping cough vaccine requirement for seventh through 12th graders. California is facing a whooping cough epidemic. In 2010, more than 8,000 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of whooping cough were reported to the California Department of Public Health — the […]

State redistricting carves El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors weighed in on the congressional, state Assembly, state Senate and Board of Equalization redistricting maps even before the first round of draft maps were released for public review on June 10. With some intimation of what the California Citizens Redistricting Commission was getting ready to propose, Supervisor Ron […]

Heard over the back fence: Airport pancake breakfast Saturday

ADVICE FROM THE FOREST: Mr. John Chapman of Folsom handed me the following “Advice from a Woodland” T-shirt statement: “Find your path. Start from the ground up. Stretch your limbs. Branch out. Root for others. Make room for new growth. Recycle, recycle, recycle!” • • • AIRPLANES AND PANCAKES: The Experimental Aircraft Association is sponsoring a pancake […]

Scientists review draft Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council has been charged with using the best available science in formulating its Delta Plan. The plan is due on Dec. 31, and Chairman Phil Isenberg has repeatedly stated his determination to meet the deadline. The seven-member council combines expertise in policymaking, agriculture, pharmaceutical business, water management, environmental law, legislation, and Delta […]

Sheriff Dept. gender bias explored

Nearly half of the female El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department employees interviewed by grand jurors claimed to have experienced discrimination during their employment, the recently released grand jury report indicates. Of the 14 women who met with grand jurors, six said they had experienced a gender bias during their career with the department. Three of […]

Water Agency moving to new digs

The El Dorado County Water Agency is “rightsizing” its office space. The agency is currently located at 3932 Ponderosa Road, Suite 200, less than a quarter-mile north of Highway 50. At the meeting of the board of directors on June 15, the board approved an office lease agreement at 4110 Business Drive, Suite B, Shingle […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to break out the harmonica

MOON SUGGESTIONS: My pal John Chapman of Folsom provided the following “Advice from the Moon” T-shirt statement: “Live life to the fullest. Be someone to look up to. Don’t be phased by difficulties. Take time to reflect. Enjoy a little space. Honor the cycles of nature. Light up the night.” • • • GRANDCHILDREN ENERGY: The following […]

Sheriff’s Dept. education credit pay investigated

More than $166,000 of taxpayer funds have been used to pay the education bonuses of five sworn officers with fake diplomas, the recently released El Dorado County Grand Jury report states. Two deputies, two sergeants and one lieutenant with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department were found to have been receiving Educational Incentive Pay (EIP) […]

Rotary Youth Exchange Program needs families

Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of a student for three months. The requirements include treating the student as part of the family, providing the student with his or her own bed, and facilitating attendance at Union Mine High School. […]

Both Garridos taken away

SACRAMENTO —  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) now have custody of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who were sentenced on June 2 in El Dorado County for the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. On June 15 Nancy Garrido was received at Central California Women’s […]

GDPUD sets special budget meeting June 24

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors will have a special meeting 9 a.m. Friday, June 24 in the district boardroom to discuss adoption of the 2011-2012 budget. The board members decided they will not take action on June 24, but make their final decision at the regularly scheduled board meeting July 12. […]

KVIE to air expert viewpoints on the future of the Delta

SACRAMENTO — On Debating the Delta, debuting on KVIE Public Television (ch. 6) on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the station’s local series ViewFinder, experts will discuss the many challenges facing this critical resource, and offer informative, educational and important viewpoints on the future of the delta. The Sacramento-San […]

Construction leads month-over area job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 11.7 percent in May, down from a revised 12 percent in April, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Witt, Colver sentencing to be same day

Tylar Witt, the 16-year-old who last year pleaded guilty to the 2009 first-degree murder of her mother, Joanne, will be sentenced Aug. 12. The girl’s sentencing will come more than two years after she and Steven “Boston” Colver, 21, killed Joanne while she slept in her El Dorado Hills home on June 12, 2009. Last […]

Kings’ roadshow comes to EDH

A VIP reception for the Sacramento Kings brought El Dorado County business and political leaders to El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 8 to hear what it’s going to take to keep the team in Sacramento. Many left with their checkbooks a little lighter in what local business leader Kevin Nagle, who helped organize […]

Fire destroys EDH house

The homeowner who lost everything after fire ripped through an Aberdeen Lane house mid-Sunday morning has been identified as Chris Bryan, who lived at the residence with his wife and two boys. At about 10:12 a.m. firefighters responded to a call at 2790 Aberdeen Lane and found the two-story home fully involved and a patch of […]

Cal Fire staffs up

SACRAMENTO – Following the recent warmer temperatures and drying conditions, Cal Fire increased its staffing in Northern California for fire season. Starting  June 13 Cal Fire began transitioning into fire season in most parts of Northern California, including the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, […]

Nancy Garrido transferred out of county

The woman who helped her husband kidnap and imprison Jaycee Lee Dugard for 18 years was transferred out of El Dorado County early Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed. Nancy Garrido, 55, was taken from the Placerville Jail by the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers. […]

McClintock warns about debt, Medicare

Congressman Tom McClintock, representing District 4 voters in the House of Representatives, spoke to an approximate group of 100 people at Georgetown’s IOOF Hall last Thursday, June 9. His primary message to the American people was to keep up the good work of challenging the U.S. government. “History is screaming a warning at us,” he […]