Woman suspected of child endangerment

A Cameron Park woman was arrested last week on suspicion of child cruelty after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies allegedly found a syringe in her toddler’s diaper bag. At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deputies responded to report of a toddler wandering the streets of the 3800 block of Los Santos Drive in Cameron Park. Sheriff’s Lt. […]

Oak Ridge English teacher remembered

EL DORADO HILLS — Early in 2010 former Oak Ridge teacher-of-the year Tina O’Meara, who was entering the fifth year of her battle with pancreatic cancer, declined a request for an interview. She lost the battle in October, and became one of just 4 percent of pancreatic cancer victims who survive even that long. She […]

Lakeview students enjoy school’s 1st garden

EL DORADO HILLS — Can I go water the carrots? It’s a question teachers at Lakeview Elementary School will hear more often now that students, parents, teachers and community partners have built the school’s first garden. “We’ve been nurturing these kids as our garden … and now we’ve given them a garden,” said Principal Judy […]

5-27-11 EDH Sr. Center looking for speakers

WE WANT YOU! The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is seeking speakers and other people who have a special talent or skill. If you would like to join this team of special people, call 916-358-3575 to request a program proposal form. After joining the speaker team, I have met a lot of very nice, special […]

Classes set for businesses

Summer classes will be starting June 1 for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville, and one in Fair Play. Not only are classes affordable, according to the sponsoring Sierra Economic Development Corp., but two classes are offered to the public for free: Social Media 101 and Is Your Business Protected Against Identity […]

5-3011 Senior legal seminars at PV Sr. Center

ESTATE PLANNING IS IMPORTANT: Free senior legal seminars are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center dining hall, 937 Spring St., Placerville. The seminar scheduled for 5-17 is titled “Power of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives.” This class will be an overview of wills, trusts, and probate. Protect your loved […]

5-30-11 Babysitters class in Placerville

BABYSITTERS SCHOOL: A class titled “Super Sitters” is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Placerville. The class fee is $50 per child. This class is designed for youngsters, ages 11 to 15 years old. Topics include: Child development, first aid and safety techniques, problem solving, marketing baby sitting services, […]

5-30-11 Concert in the Pines in Pollock Pines

MUSIC IN THE PINES: The “Concerts in the Pines” program on Saturday, June 18, will feature the “Singin’ 4 Supper Band” with Orvin Lambert, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the grassy area between Los Hermanos and Napa Reibes Auto Parts, Pollock Pines. Bring your picnic dinner, a lawn chair, a blanket and a mellow […]

Pick up spring produce at Farmer’s Market

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ME? John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Who says nothing is impossible? I’ve been doing nothing for years.” Some of my alleged friends at the Mountain Democrat agree that this statement applies to me. … FOOD IN THE FOOTHILLS: The Farmer’s Market is open in Placerville! Stop by […]

5-23-11 EDH Genealogical Society meeting

TRACE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society mentor session (an informal gathering of genealogy enthusiasts) will be on Tuesday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit EDHGS@yahoo.com.

Divide eyes water conservation

GEORGETOWN – Why would a small mountain water district have to comply with a state-mandated 2010 Urban Water Management Plan? The answer is: Because it has more than 3,000 connections. That’s the minimum number for inclusion in the plan anywhere in California. Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has approximately 3,564 treated water connections. Seventy-nine percent […]

Sailor’s sub now a museum in Arkansas

“Bless those who serve beneath the deep Through lonely hours their vigil keep …” — From the Submarine verses, written by the Rev. Gale Williamson as part of the Naval Hymn If a sailor has a Dolphin pin among his insignia from the U.S. Navy, it has a special significance. Akin to an airman’s “Wings,” the enlisted […]

Redevelopment good to go — maybe

The last hurdle for adoption of the Redevelopment Plan for the Placerville Redevelopment Project was cleared on Tuesday when the Placerville City Council  approved an ordinance for adoption — but the process may grind to a halt if members of an organization in opposition to redevelopment are successful. Town Hall wasn’t as filled as on […]

Tahoe businesses worry about Hwy 50 detour

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The effects of the upcoming Highway 50 detour on the expected visitor boom during the Amgen Tour of California are unknown, but some businesses worry that it will blight the brightest spot in what typically is a slow month for South Tahoe tourism. “The closure is horribly timed,” […]

DA opposes meeting

It is not yet known whether the sealed grand jury transcripts used to indict Phillip and Nancy Garrido ever will be released. But if the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has its way, arguments over the highly sought documents won’t even occur until after the couple is sentenced next month. The Garridos, who pleaded […]

Tahoe roads problematic for pro bikers

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As world-class cyclists eye stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California, they’re seeing a variety of challenges. Everything from gravel to potholes, wandering children, dogs and the altitude could hamper a chance at a win, but the one-and-a-half loops around Lake Tahoe will hardly be the most […]

Criminal annals, part 117: Shooting, lynching and horse theivery

The Sept. 16, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” has a number of articles regarding accidents, fights, etc., from all over the Mother Lode. The first one is about a miner in the Pilot Hill area who gets lost and apparently falls off a cliff. This is followed by some information from Calaveras County […]

Jury seated in Colver murder trial

The jury for the upcoming Steven Paul Colver murder trial was picked Wednesday afternoon, one week after selection first began. The 12-member jury is comprised of five men and seven women, while the six alternates feature two men and four women. Jury selection began May 3. With the jury chosen, opening statements in the case […]

Post Office to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Placerville and other local branches of the U.S. Postal Service will be participating Saturday in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive to help provide assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the family table. Now in its 19th year, the Stamp Out Hunger drive, which is […]

USFS, partners offer family fun during ‘Wild Tahoe Weekend’

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and its partners invite residents and visitors to the first “Wild Tahoe Weekend,” with fun, free events for the whole family. Based at the Forest Service’s Taylor Creek Visitor Center, located three miles north of the Highway 89/50 junction in South Lake […]

EDHS Interact Club puts on Kids Carnival

HALF-PRICE OFF SALE: The Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Addled Ad:” “Kinney shoe stores: We only sell the right shoe.” … KIDS CARNIVAL TIME! The El Dorado High School Interact Club is hosting a “Kids Carnival” on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado High School […]

New fire chief named

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board named Battalion Chief Dave Roberts to the top job of chief on Tuesday, May 10. Roberts was one of two internal candidates for the position. The other, Division Chief Jim O’Camb, has been filling in as interim chief since Jan. 19, when former Chief Brian Veerkamp formally stepped down. The […]

Director of Finance says no easing up on closing budget

SACRAMENTO — California Director of Finance Ana Matosantos issued the following statement regarding the updated information on state tax receipts: “While tax receipts are currently running higher than projections, this should in no way be taken to mean that we can ease up on our efforts to close the remaining budget gap. “Changes in our […]

Sacramento region’s prosperity slips

Ranked against its major competitors, the Sacramento six-county region, which includes El Dorado County, slipped from ninth to 11th place in the first quarter of this year, according to a Prosperity Index Business Component developed by the Sacramento Center for Economic Research. On a scale of 0-10, the Sacramento region measures 2.9. This is a considerable drop […]

Forest Service planting trees in Angora area

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is planting native seedlings in the Angora Fire area this week. Planting will occur on 24 acres of National Forest system lands off Tahoe Mountain Road near South Lake Tahoe. Forest Service crews will plant approximately 4,000 sugar and jeffrey pine seedlings. Funding for the seedlings […]

Market businesses, help Foster Family Services

CAMERON PARK — The call has been issued to local businesses to have a booth at the annual Cameron Oaks Shopping Center Community Family Event on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a family-oriented event for all ages, with merchant booths, prize drawings, food, beverages, entertainment, live music and a […]

5-23-11 Zen calendar quote

TIME IS RELATIVE: A glance at the Zen calendar reveals the following thought: “The morning glory blooms but an hour and yet it differs not at heart from the giant pine that lives for a thousand years.” – Matsunaga Teitiku.

5-23-11 Dalai Lama calendar quote

GETTING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF: A review of the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar notes the following observation: “People merely involved in their own progress lack the magnificence of those who are willing to dwell in the blazing fire of the pains of the world in order to remove even one type of suffering from […]

5-20-11 Painting Pals meet at EDH Senior Center

CONVERSATIONAL ART: A group called “Painting Pals” meets on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. This non-instructional gathering is a friendly, casual, creative avenue for painters. Stop by and meet some very nice people.

5-20-11 Habitat for Humanity seeks new board members

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKS NEW DIRECTORS: The Habitat for Humanity group is seeking some new board of directors members. They are seeking people in the following categories: Contractor, accountant/CPA, attorney, developer (land), retired county employee, i.e. building dept., politician and retired, well connected individuals. If you are interested in serving on the board of directors, […]

5-20-11 Learn to knit and crochet

SHARPEN THOSE NEEDLES: Have you thought about learning how to knit or crochet? The “Nite Knitters” meet on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. If you want to learn to knit or crochet, instructors are available. It’s fun and it’s free! Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575. This group meets […]

5-20-11 Bingo at EDH Senior Center

BINGO! YOU WIN! Fun Bingo is played on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., right after the Senior Nutrition lunch, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Players receive two bingo cards for $3 and can win $5 gift cards from Raley’s Market or the Nugget Market. For more […]

5-20-11 Free items at Marshall Community Health Library

FREE ITEMS AT MARSHALL COMMUNITY HEALTH LIBRARY: The following free items are available at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 Main St., Suite 103, Placerville: Disposable bed pads (made from cotton sheeting), small pillows for comfort seating, crocheted lap blankets, washable bibs made from cotton sheeting, and caps to keep head warm. For more information, […]

5-20-11 Mother and Daughter Book Club meeting

MOM AND DAUGHTER BONDING: The Mother and Daughter Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. All 5th through 8th graders are welcome with their Moms to join in lively book discussions, crafts and snacks.

Forest Service seeks comment on Upper Truckee River Restoration

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, working with the California Tahoe Conservancy, is proposing to restore the Sunset Stables Reach of the Upper Truckee River. The proposed project would replace the existing channel with a new one that has the width, depth and curves of a more naturally […]

Sierra Ridge named state Distinguished School

Being one in a million is quite special, but being one out of 3,180 isn’t too shabby, either. The Pollock Pines School District has been officially notified that one of their two schools, Sierra Ridge Middle School, was selected by the California Department of Education to be a California Distinguished School. “We’re really jazzed about […]

Church of Our Saviour celebrates sesquicentennial

The cornerstone of the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church at 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville was laid in June 1865, but the cornerstone of the parish itself started on July 20, 1861. When the 35-year-old Rev. C.C. Peirce arrived in Placerville from San Francisco with his green carpet bag, ready to conduct his first […]

Fatal crash investigation complete; fundraiser to be held

The California Highway Patrol’s investigation into the crash that killed an El Dorado High School senior in March has been completed, the Mountain Democrat has learned. Placerville area CHP officer Dan Stark said the investigation is completed and was forwarded to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office at the end of April. An official […]

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Rancho CHP officer suspected of DUI

A California Highway Patrol officer was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics after crashing his motorcycle on Mt. Aukum Road. Robert D. Patrick, 47, was traveling southbound on Mt. Aukum Road, near Fairplay Road, at 8:45 p.m. Friday when he failed to navigate a curve, drifted […]

‘Vernal Pools – Magnificent Mud Puddles’ topic of meeting

The ecology of vernal pools will be the topic of a presentation by Jinnah Benn at the May meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The talk will highlight the diverse assemblage of plants and animals that have become adapted to this unique environment of wet spring pools that completely […]

Jaycee Dugard’s book gets title, release date

Whether the sealed grand jury transcripts are ever released, the details of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s captivity will soon be available to the public. Last year publishing company Simon and Schuster announced Dugard, 31, had agreed to pen a first-person account of her 18-year captivity with Phillip and Nancy Garrido. On Monday more details of the […]

Colver murder trial: CPS report given to defense

The defense attorney for suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver scored a victory Monday afternoon after learning he would be allowed access to Child Protective Services reports to defend his client. After an hour-long hearing Monday in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse, Dain Weiner, Colver’s attorney, told reporters he was granted permission to use a […]

DFG offers tips on staying safe in bear country

The California Department of Fish and Game reminds campers, anglers and hikers enjoying the outdoors to take precautions to limit black bear encounters. A key element to safe camping and recreating in bear country is to limit food odors that attract bears. “Bears are constantly in search of easily obtainable food sources,” said Marc Kenyon, DFG statewide bear program […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Where do doggies come from?

Where do dogs come from? I’m not talking about storks here. I’m talking about the people and places we turn to in our quest to find the dog of our dreams. The great majority of dogs come from one of four places: 1) Breeders 2) Local shelters 3) Humane societies 4) Rescues Of course, sometimes […]

Doggie fun for Visually Impaired

DON’T HELP… PLEASE! John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “If things get any worse I’ll have to ask you to stop helping.” … FUN FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired is presenting its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, May 14, at Schnell School/El Dorado Trail, Placerville. […]