Redistricting ‘road show’ opens in Pollock Pines

POLLOCK PINES — Residents here attended the premiere of the county’s “redistricting road show” Thursday night at the Community Center. Dubbed the road show by the El Dorad County Board of Supervisors, it was the first public hearing to review possible options for redrawing the county’s five supervisorial districts. District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting hosted […]

Hwy 50 closing May 11 for 2 weeks

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 will be closed for two weeks beginning May 11, just days before thousands of people are expected to be visiting the area for the Amgen Tour of California. “This project is a great example of how Caltrans is putting the Recovery Act to good use, providing jobs and at […]

More appropriate headstones asked

When Folsom Lake was under construction in 1954, the United States government dug up nine old, pioneer-era cemeteries and relocated the remains to Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery at the far western end of El Dorado County. Headstones were fashioned for those remains, of which 36 bear the legend: “Unknown, Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by […]

California ocean and inland salmon seasons set

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted ocean salmon fishing regulations that allow for a season this year. Inland salmon season regulations were also adopted for the Central Valley, and Klamath and Trinity rivers. This represents a restoration of the traditional salmon fishery throughout California, the first since major closures were enacted in 2008 […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard, nearly two years after the couple’s arrest drew international interest and thrust El Dorado County into the spotlight. Thursday’s hearing was the result of last-minute negotiations between the couple, their attorneys and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Phillip […]

Redistricting maps: ‘No one will be happy’

El Dorado County Surveyor Rich Briner had to remind the Board of Supervisors not to “shoot the messenger” Tuesday. Briner presented a set of maps that could be used in the county’s redistricting process that begins this week. Every decade following the national census, counties and other public jurisdictions are required to redraw their political […]

Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Infamous accused kidnappers of Jaycee Lee Dugard, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, pleaded guilty Thursday, with Phillip facing 431 years to life in prison while his wife likely will be sentenced to 36 years to life. Both stand convicted of kidnapping and forcible rape. The Superior Court proceedings in Placerville’s Dept. 7 courtroom took up much […]

Prescription drug take-back set

Local law enforcement will team with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Saturday for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Sheriff’s Main Office — 300 Fair Lane Placerville Sheriff’s El Dorado Hills Substation — 4354 Town Center Drive […]

Sen. Gaines supports TRPA break-up

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, released the following statement April 27 regarding the Nevada Legislature’s Senate Bill 271, a bill that would remove Nevada from the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Compact: “Protecting our environment and the health of Lake Tahoe is of critical importance. However, this bi-state effort has failed in its […]

Sen. Gaines backs Tahoe Olympics

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced April 27 that he is joining forces with the California Winter Games Committee, an exploratory coalition of business, civic and local leaders focused on bringing back the Winter Olympic Games to the Lake Tahoe region. “The impact of the Winter Olympic Games on my Senate district would […]

DFG to release 3 million salmon smolts at mouth of American River

Three million young Chinook salmon, or “smolts,” will be released near the mouth of the American River on May 5 and 6. They were raised at Nimbus Hatchery on the lower American River by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). This release site was chosen because studies have shown that young salmon released near the mouth of their […]

EID to upgrade Camino plant

Important but less dramatic Capital Improvement Plan projects are on the drawing board for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s engineering staff. After successfully converting the El Dorado Hills Water Treatment Plant from chlorine gas to liquid sodium hypochlorite, EID will be doing the same conversion at its Water Treatment Plant No. 1 in Camino. The […]

Vote May 3 for state Assembly

The Special General Election for State Assembly, 4th District, will be held on Tuesday, May 3. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Office hours for the Elections Department at 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for holidays. This office location is also […]

Burn permits now required

The Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is reminding everyone that dooryard burn permits are now required, as of May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allow for the burning of […]

Driver in fatal crash IDed

The name of the driver involved in the fatal car accident that killed a Placerville man last week has been released by the California Highway Patrol. CHP officer Dan Stark said Sean Perry, 43, of Chico, was behind the wheel of a BMW 530i early Saturday morning when he lost control on a Pleasant Valley […]

Public invited to review, provide comment on Mental Health program updates

The El Dorado County Health Services Department, Mental Health Division, is inviting the public to review and provide comment on the county’s plan update for Workforce Educations and Training and Prevention and Early Intervention, funded through the Mental Health Services Act. The El Dorado County MHSA Plan Update is available for review at Mental Health’s Website, Members of […]

Delta dialog: EPA weighs in

At the invitation of the Delta Stewardship Council, two representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, came to the council’s recent meeting to inform the members about what EPA is doing that might impact the council’s efforts to develop a Delta Plan. The council is under the gun to deliver its Delta Plan by […]

Heard over the back fence: Care packages to the troops planned

A MAN OF CULTURE: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.” • • • SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS: On the second Wednesday of each month, the Pleasant Valley Grange Women’s Activity Group sends care packages to our Calif. troops. If you have a local relative stationed […]

Spring snowmelt prompts water safety warning

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California State Parks warn outdoor recreationists to take precautions this spring. This year’s abundant snowfall and spring snowmelt will result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists — waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers and even […]

Burglary suspect sought

Local law enforcement is turning to the public for help in apprehending an El Dorado County man wanted on suspicion of burglary and vehicle theft. Jacob A. Goldie, 24, is wanted on a $250,000 felony warrant for his suspected involvement in a series of burglaries in Placerville and the surrounding areas. Goldie is described as […]

Downtown mugging suspects nabbed by police and dog

Two suspected robbers bit off more than they could chew Monday night, thanks in part to a Placerville Police Department K9 unit. Dairen Cruz, 21, of Stockton, and Thomas Jennings, 19, of Placerville, were booked by Placerville police officers on suspicion of robbery and criminal conspiracy. Officers responded to a reported argument at the 600 […]

Still hope for Hangman’s Tree building

The owners of the Herrick Building and the former Hangman’s Tree Bar, at 301 and 305 Main St. in Placerville,  have signed a contract with Miyamoto International, a global earthquake and structural engineering firm, to provide a plan to make the building safe for the public. The family-owned, Monterey based Saunders Co. owns the building. […]

Rubicon Trail video now playing

El Dorado County has ventured into the world of video production in an ongoing effort to protect the world famous off-road Rubicon Trail. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the new video titled “It’s In Your Hands” earlier this month. “It’s In Your Hands” educates the public on proper use and expected […]

Supes OK sheriff’s budget plan

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini’s proposed 2012 budget sailed through on a unanimous vote by the county Board of Supervisors Monday. During a special board meeting, the sheriff asked for and got approval for $50.68 million to carry his department through the next fiscal year. The figure represents a reduction of approximately $2.5 million […]

Heard over the back fence: A humdinger of a slide show planned

John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “BASIC MAN RULES”: *We don’t need any directions.” *We are not mind readers. *If it itches, it will be scratched.” • • • HOBNOBBING WITH HUMMINGBIRDS: On May 5, from 11 am. to noon, Shawn Hayes will be discussing hummingbirds; and she will present […]

Replacing rickety bridge could save EID millions

A rotting wooden bridge supported by rickety looking trestles loosely anchored to a steep granite slope could save the El Dorado Irrigation District millions in helicopter charges on future flume construction projects, said EID engineer Jake Eyman. The bridge provides vehicle access to Camp 2, a two-story ditch tender’s house that occupied full-time. It also […]

Grand jury indicts Luebbers

The man accused of shooting and killing Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara was formally indicted by a grand jury Monday morning. John Harold Luebbers, 44, was present in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom Monday with deputy public defender David Cramer when news of the indictment was announced. Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner presented […]

Hitchhiking fugitive nabbed by canine, deputies

DIAMOND SPRINGS — A man who led El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies on a brief foot chase in Diamond Springs Monday afternoon was caught. The incident began in the 11 a.m. hour Monday with a traffic stop on a Dodge Ram 1500 carrying three passengers at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Fowler Lane. […]

AMGEN Tour of California highway closure announcements

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe Police Department, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, on May 15 will be supporting the AMGEN Tour of California Bicycle Race around Lake Tahoe. In support of this event, Highway 50 (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) and State Route 89 (Emerald Bay […]

Assessor warns against mailers

El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland has announced that county residents are again experiencing a rash of mailers offering to reduce property taxes for a fee. “Property owners can obtain the same tax relief without paying anyone a fee,” Weiland said. “All that is required is to contact our office.” Weiland added that the latest […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Seeing shy dogs

Show me a seeing-eye dog, and I’ll show you a dog that is 100 percent socialized. Friendly, outgoing, unflappable anytime, anywhere with anyone — these are the qualities that describe a truly socialized dog. Unfortunately, more and more dog owners are taking their unsocialized dogs into social situations, demonstrating little regard for the safety of […]

Cameron Park to hold skatepark town hall

CAMERON PARK — Several weeks after the locks were taken off of the gates, the Cameron Park Skatepark is back in the spotlight again. The Cameron Park Community Services District will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. May 6 at the Cameron Park Community Center assembly room, 2502 Country Club Drive. Because of […]

Sheriff’s Department teams with DEA

To help residents dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to offer the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for April 30. The Sheriff’s Department will operate two disposal sites where the drugs can be turned in, free of charge, with no questions asked. According […]

He keeps the ‘I care’ in eye care

“I have some trepidation in talking about myself, ” said Dr. Corydon Edgecomb. “I’d rather talk about you.” It’s a typical statement from a man who has built a wealth of relationships in the community through 50 years of taking care of people’s eyes and listening to their stories. He’s got some stories of his […]

Breaking news brings Democrat 2 top awards

The largest state newspaper association in the country has recognized the Mountain Democrat for its breaking news coverage. Managing Editor Pat Lakey won a first and second place award for two different breaking news stories. Additionally, she and Editor Michael Raffety shared credit for the first place award for best front page from the California […]

’Tis the season for sneezes as allergies take charge

Sneezing, itchy, watering eyes and a runny nose — more signs of spring. As 35 million Americans snuffle their way through fogs of pollen and blossoms, red-eyed and bleary, they search for relief. This spring, allergies might be particularly strong, according to Dr. Asha Desai. “This is an unusual year for allergies,” said Dr. Desai, […]

Royal wedding comes to Placerville

In less than a week, William and Kate will take their vows in Westminster Abbey, 5,000 miles away from Placerville. Most of El Dorado County has been left off the guest list, but at Renfros on Main Street in Placerville, there  is already some pre-wedding excitement. The display window in the front of the bridal […]

Fatal crash may be felony DUI

A 40-year-old El Dorado man died as a result of a Friday night vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road that may result in felony drunk driving charges for the survivor, according to the California Highway Patrol. Dead is Timothy Chapman, who reportedly was a passenger in a BMW driven by a 44-year-old man from Chico. […]

Bucks Bar Bridge up in the air

For 70 years Bucks Bar Bridge over the Cosumnes River has been a main route into the South County. Now deteriorating and long past its prime, the bridge is up for demolition and replacement by the El Dorado County Department of Transportation. Whether that is good news, bad news or no news depends upon one’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Patrons lunch Friday

NEW FAIRY TALE VERSION: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “I huffed and I puffed and I got up out of my chair. • • • SUPPORT LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS: The El Dorado Center Patrons Club has scheduled their annual fundraiser luncheon for 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Cold Springs Community Church, […]

4-25-11 Dalai Lama calendar quote

WHAT’S INSIDE COUNTS: The “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar offered the following thought: “I believe the purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”

4-25-11 Zen calendar quote

LEARNING IS FROM WITHIN: My Zen calendar stated the following thought: “The farther one travels, the less one knows.” – Lao-Tsu.

4-25-11 Joan Barsotti fundraiser

JOAN BARSOTTI BBQ: On Sunday, May 1,the Joan Barsotti Fundraiser BBQ will be held at Kids, Inc., 3205 North Canyon Rd., Camino. A tri-tip dinner or veggie lasagna will be offered. Great live music will be offered by Mel Chapman and his band, Hill Country. Tickets are $35 each. The fun starts at 3:30 p.m. […]