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

BASIC MAN RULES: 
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. […]

Spring schedule set for USFS recreation areas

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin the annual process of opening recreational facilities around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campgrounds, day-use areas and forest roads traditionally open around mid-May, weather permitting. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Tallac Historic Site normally open around Memorial Day weekend. Before facilities can be opened, […]

County releases maps, sets hearings on redistricting

El Dorado County’s redistricting map alternatives are now available for public review and comment, said a prepared statement from Mike Applegarth, analyst with the El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office. The California Election Code requires boards of supervisors to approve supervisorial district boundaries following each federal decennial census so that districts are nearly equal in […]

City tax leaks over city limits

Sometimes it pays to gossip. Diamond Springs resident Lois Jordan and her neighbor Karen Ernst were having a chat and Ernst remarked that a recent purchase at Wal-Mart had an 8.75 sales tax applied to it. Jordan, a retired Placerville Planning Department employee, knew that something was wrong. “I thought, here we go again,” said […]

‘The Accidental Fundraiser’ coming to the Sequoia

You believed in the organization’s cause, you volunteered to help, but now they want you to fundraise. Yikes! Since you’re going to help out, why not make it fun? Learn about how to develop your best role, how to communicate your organization’s impact in the community, and how to make the asking part a little […]

Supes eye road fee reduction

County taxpayers and future developers could catch a break if the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors moves forward on a potential plan to reduce Traffic Impact Mitigation fees. On his department’s drawing board since late January, DOT chief Jim Ware presented an update on his TIM fee research at Tuesday’s board meeting. TIM fees […]

New standards set for old buildings

The April 19 Placerville Planning Commission meeting offered a workshop for commission members and the public to learn more about  the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation that were recently adopted as the city of Placerville’s formal historical resource reference document. Timothy J. Brandt of the California Office of Historic Preservation gave an overview to […]

Tahoe transportation district could disappear in TRPA divorce

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Transportation District could lose $400 million for transportation improvements at Lake Tahoe over the next five years if Nevada withdraws from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, its director has said. “I attended the recent hearing on the bill and understand the frustration with the state of California and the […]

Tahoe council backs TRPA split

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Nevada and California should come together and split apart, the South Lake Tahoe City Council decided recently. The council voted 4-1 to send a letter to the Nevada Legislature in support of a bill that would withdraw the state from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. During the same […]

Private school mulls handgun course

Reading, writing or ‘rithmetic it ain’t. But one local private school could soon offer its students a new, decidedly less traditional subject to add to their curriculum: handguns. The El Dorado Adventist School, a small, private Seventh-day Adventist Christian school in Placerville, has reached out to community firearm experts in the hopes of educating its students […]

2 promoted at EDUHSD

The El Dorado Union High School District has announced the appointments of  Ponderosa High School Principal Christopher Moore to the position of assistant superintendent of Educational Services and director of Career Technical Education Lisa Garrett to the position of principal of Ponderosa High School. Moore will fill the position held previously by current Superintendent Christopher Hoffman, who had […]

Heard over the back fence: Lost bookmark returned

IMPORTANT WARNING: John Chapman of Folsom sent the following T-shirt statement: “Warning – I do dumb things.” • • • HATS OFF FOR TED: Mountain Democrat columnist Chris Daley lost his insurance ID card (the card that’s supposed to be in your car’s glove compartment). Ted (last name unknown), of Diamond Springs, found the card in a […]

Chamber continues weekly job forums

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor a weekly job forum to help job seekers learn best practices for conducting an effective job search campaign and to provide a venue for networking and support. The group meets at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, El Dorado Hills […]

Recovery of new car sales forges ahead

SACRAMENTO — The California New Car Dealers Association announced that new retail vehicle registrations increased 28.6 percent in California during the first quarter of 2011, compared with the first quarter of 2010. Total new car registrations, including fleet sales, were up 19.7 percent in the first quarter. Pent up demand accumulated during the economic downturn […]

Maps available of county redistricting

El Dorado County’s redistricting map alternatives are now available for public review and comment. Working with the recently released 2010 Census data, the county Surveyor’s Office has produced five different options for future supervisorial district boundaries. Each version contains supervisorial districts with approximately 36,212 residents. The map alternatives will be formally presented to the Board […]

4-25-11 Academic success for Molly Hofsommer

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Molly Hofsommer of Cameron Park graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2005 and graduated from Santa Clara University in 2009. She is currently a first-year law student at American University Washington College of Law, International Law Program, Washington D. C. Molly has been selected as Fellow for the Tom Lantos […]

4-25-11 Genealogical Society meeting at EDH library

CHECK OUT YOUR RELATIVES: On Tuesday, May 3, the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your family history questions, stories and research problems. Visitors are always welcome. This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. For […]

Residents get another look at Capital Southeast Connector

Quality of life discussions surrounded nearly every poster-board at the Capital Southeast Connector JPA workshop Tuesday evening, April 12, as residents, many from El Dorado Hills’ Four Seasons community off White Rock Road, studied a road project they say will ruin their peaceful neighborhood. “It just doesn’t make much sense to us,” said Sandra Parsons. […]

Sex offender busted again

A convicted sex offender was arrested early Saturday morning by El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor. Deputies responded to a reported sexual assault on Rock Creek Road in the Mosquito area at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. According to Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz, 28-year-old Craig Burgess was spending the night at […]