County pot grower denied parole

An El Dorado County man who was convicted of the attempted murder of his brother-in-law and nephew more than 10 years ago was denied parole Tuesday, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Silvestre Gonzalez, convicted of attempted murder in the first degree for his role in the shooting of his brother-in-law […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Doggie preschool

Right now, in Manhattan, a young mother is suing a preschool for, among other things, the return of the $19,000 tuition she paid in advance for the pre-education of her 4-year-old. For one year. One preschool year. In ever-rising numbers, parents are buying into the idea that admission to an elite preschool is a must […]

County, ski resorts see snowfall

While many El Dorado County residents are bracing for continuing winter weather, local skiers are surely smiling. Several Tahoe ski resorts reported between 3 and 4 feet of fresh snowfall over the last 72 hours. Sugar Bowl set the pace with 104 inches of fresh snow since Monday, including an additional 14 inches on Wednesday. […]

Supes give biz park green light

Both sides claimed divine intervention Tuesday during a Board of Supervisors hearing on the proposed Harrington Business Park development in Diamond Springs. Gene Thorne, representing the developer, was telling the supervisors that the project would only use about 32 percent of the 77-acre property when there was a loud “pop” and the board chambers went […]

Cairns held to answer, returned to graybar inn

Kevin Cairns, the owner of fine dining establishment Dante’s on the River, was held to answer Wednesday afternoon in an El Dorado County courtroom for his roles in three different altercations with carsick motorists in his restaurant’s parking lot. Cairns, 50, was remanded into custody earlier this month in lieu of $250,000 bail. Deputy district […]

CHP gears up for teen driving safety class

With the expected increase in teenage drivers during the spring and summer months, the Placerville office of the California Highway Patrol is yet again offering its Smart Start driving class. Smart Start, designed for teen drivers and their parents, is a free, three-hour course aimed at reducing the number of collisions and injuries involving fledgling […]

Workshops offered for small businesses

AUBURN — The Sierra Economic Development Corp. (SEDCorp) has announced its latest series of small business development training that will start in April. Classes will be held in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties. These down-to-earth, highly effective and affordable classes are geared towards start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners who need help optimizing their […]

Indian Creek hosts Family Sheriff’s Night

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department was out in full force Wednesday night —  not just keeping the streets safe, but sharing laughs with students at Placerville’s Indian Creek Elementary School. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with numerous members of his department, attended the school’s Family Sheriff’s Night to educate students on law enforcement’s role in […]

County springs into action on redistricting

El Dorado County’s population grew by 16 percent in the past 10 years – from about 156,000 to just over 181,000. The 2010 census data show that El Dorado Hills grew by 77 percent during the period, while South Lake Tahoe lost about 9 percent. “This kind of demographic shift causes redistricting,” Chief Administrative Officer […]

Democrat expands online forms

The Mountain Democrat announces its new online form submission tools for news and information from the community. Rather than calling, mailing, dropping off, faxing or e-mailing your news and information, you can now use our convenient online forms that allow you to directly connect with us in an immediate fashion and ensure your content is […]

Vern the guide dog’s future still in limbo

Vern’s  got a new little brother but his home situation remains in limbo. An outpouring of empathy and offers of adoption followed a Mountain Democrat article on the plight of Vern, the retiring guide dog whose owners were told that Vern needs to leave his home when a new guide dog moved in. When Vern’s […]

Endangered coho salmon return to Russian River

Scientists working on the recovery of endangered coho salmon in Northern California appreciate success even if it comes in small doses. Field biologists from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) are reporting the largest number of coho returning to spawn in Sonoma County tributaries of the Russian River in more than a decade. […]

McClintock challenges Obama on Libya

Congressman Tom McClintock, R-elk Grove,March 23 sent the attached letter to President Obama regarding Libya: Dear Mr. President: I have read your letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate dated March 21, 2011, concerning your order that United States Armed Forces attack the nation of […]

Nuclear reactor safety consultant defends nuclear power in California

Editor’s note —Roseville resident Cheryl Bly-Chester is an MIT-certified nuclear reactor safety consultant. She also served as a consultant to President Reagan’s Chernobyl Response Delegation in 1986. ROSEVILLE — Cheryl Bly-Chester issued the following statement regarding the implications of Japan’s nuclear power disaster on California’s future. “Putting the Japanese nuclear accident in context with radioactive […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s baby bird time

HUMMINGBIRD COUNSEL: My buddy John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Hummingbird” T-shirt statement: “Sip the sweet moments, let your true colors glow, don’t get your feathers ruffled over little things, just wing it, take yourself lightly, keep your visits short and sweet.” • • • TINY TURKEYS: Sierra Wildlife Rescue has scheduled a class titled […]

Rep. Denham wants farmers to get 100% water

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Denham March 26 issued the following statement in response to the “ridiculous allocation numbers” released by the Bureau of Reclamation yesterday. The 55 percent allocation level for south-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors is below the 20-year average final allocation of 62 percent and shows the severity of the water crisis in […]

Tax relief available for winter storm victims

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board recently announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the winter storms in California. The Dec. 17, 2010, through Jan. 4 storms were declared a federal disaster in 10 counties on Jan. 26. Affected taxpayers are able to claim disaster losses in the current or the prior tax year. […]

Schilling Robotics earns 2011 Spotlight on New Technology Award

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems with a facility in Shingle Springs, announced recently that it has received a 2011 Spotlight on New Technology Award from the Offshore Technology Conference for its new Heady-Duty ROV. The honor, which recognizes innovative technologies that significantly impact offshore exploration and production, was awarded to Schilling […]

Radiation monitors show no radiation levels of concern reaching U.S.

WASHINGTON — During a detailed analysis of four West Coast RadNet air monitor filters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium, and tellurium consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. These levels are consistent with the levels found by a Department of Energy monitor last week and are to be expected […]

Schilling Robotics expands Scottish center

DAVIS — Schilling Robotics LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced March 23 the agreement of the lease of a new 15,000-square-foot building at Kirkhill Commercial Park in Aberdeen, Scotland. This investment reinforces Schilling’s sales and service center expansion for their regional customers. Schilling also operates a machine shop in Shingle Springs. Schilling Robotics’ commitment to global […]

Nevada legislators suggest withdrawal from TRPA

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Nevada side of the Lake Tahoe Basin could break away from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency under a bill proposed by two Nevada senators. Senate Bill 271 would withdrawal Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, which created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency when it was ratified […]

Ski resorts report as much as 8 feet of snow

By Jason Shueh SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Snow has been falling steadily throughout the region since last week, and as the weather forecast calls for more into this weekend, resorts as of Monday are reporting accumulation totals as high as 8 feet. Heavenly Mountain Resort is reporting 5 fresh feet of snow in the past […]

Auto museum featuring muscle car show

SACRAMENTO — The California Automobile Museum opens its newest rotating exhibit, American Muscle, on April 9. American Muscle celebrates Detroit’s 1960s glory days of speed, sound and style, when lightweight, mid-sized cars with big engines tore up American roads. The exhibit captures the colorful history of the muscle car, from its origins (whether you believe […]

Tahoe native fish crowded out by invasives

RENO — In a lakewide study, a team of scientists lead by University of Nevada, Reno, limnologist Sudeep Chandra has found a considerable decline in native fish species density at Lake Tahoe since 1951. In their final report, they are recommending establishing and implementing a management plan to protect the nearshore zone habitat, which is […]

4-4-11 Caregivers support group meeting

CAREGIVERS SHARING IDEAS: On Tuesday, April 12, from 3 to 4 p.m., the Caregiver Support Group meets at the Georgetown Fire Station #61, 6283 Main St., Georgetown. Meetings are free, and refreshments will be served. Free respite care is available to caregivers, and pre-authorization is required to arrange respite care. For more information or to […]

3-28-11 Parkinson’s Disease meeting at Sr. Center

PHARMACISTS ARE IMPORTANT: On Tuesday, April 5, the Placerville El Dorado County Support Group for People with Parkinson’s Disease will meet at the El Dorado County Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Pauline Catterson and Dan Fausel from CVS Pharmacy in Pollock Pines will be the featured speakers. Refreshments will […]

Sheriff offers public viewing of recovered property

In light of several recent arrests of suspected burglars in the greater Placerville and South County areas, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is offering a public viewing for victims hoping to retrieve missing belongings. Through investigation, hundreds of items of suspected stolen personal property have been recovered. Some of the items recovered include jewelry, […]

Meet the feds workshops coming to Placerville

Learn how the government can become your best customer. Are you a small business owner and would like to contract with the state? Have you been stymied on payroll taxes or sales tax? Do you have a nagging question you’ve always wanted to have answered by a state or federal agency? Now is your chance to get […]

Mile markers: Highway 50 pioneered by ‘Cocked-eyed’ Johnson

I am here to reveal Tahoe history in a fun and informative fashion, specifically for locals who interact with our Tahoe guests to enhance our visitors’ vacation experience from a historical perspective. This is history in action, so you can do something, rather than just know something. These articles are a historical survey of Tahoe […]

Safety program for youths announced

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has teamed up with the National Child Safety Council to bring the Safety Pup program to the children of El Dorado County. The program is aimed at educating local youths on the importance home, personal, school, Internet and firearm safety, among other topics. The Safety Pup program also urges […]

EDUHSD hires CPA as chief business officer

From the Yuba City Unified School District  with its 16 schools and more than 13,000 students to  El Dorado Union High School District with four high schools, two charter schools and a little more than 7,000 students might be a nice move for the new Associate Superintendent of Business Services Baldev Johal. But when the […]

EID offers tips, plans for making best use of local resources

The El Dorado Irrigation District offers plenty of programs and services to help residents conserve water and make the best use of resources. Landscape water surveys Available through the rebate program, to increase your exterior water efficiency, you may request a complimentary landscape water survey by applying for the Smart Irrigation Rebate programs described below. […]

Solar Hut will help you decide whether solar is right for you

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa   Have you been thinking about going solar? One Placerville company can help you decide whether making the change will be of benefit. Placerville resident Luke Miller, 51, of Solar Hut, said there can be an economic advantage for those who decide to go solar. “Once you make the purchase of solar […]

Trial of suspected child molester under way

Prosecutors called a handful of witnesses Monday to testify against an El Dorado County man facing 11 counts of child molestation. Kelly C. Mitchell, 49, is accused of committing lewd acts upon three different children under the age of 14. The 11 counts are alleged to have occurred between 1994 and 2009. Mitchell was booked […]

Tahoe school board votes to allow random searches

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After a demonstration by Duke, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s drug-sniffing canine, Lake Tahoe school board members voted recently to allow random drug searches at South Lake Tahoe’s high school and middle school. “Our focus is on prevention,” said high school Principal Ivone Larson. “We want to […]

Realtor Debra Miller prides herself on a ‘green’ office

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa   Real Estate Agent Debra Miller, 51, of Placerville, who owns Bella Real Estate, has literally converted her office into a green zone. The building, located at 1378 Broadway, looks like any other that you might see along the street and once inside you may not notice the recycled furniture or the […]

Heard over the back fence: Dust busters take a break

I KNOW THIS PERSON: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Whine Connoisseur.” • • • A CRYSTAL BALL MEETING: On Thursday, March 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will meet at the EDHCSD Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. By attending this meeting, you will find […]

ANOVA Nexus Architects excel in environmentally sound practices

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa For two years, ANOVA Nexus Architects of Placerville has made it a point to help not only the environment but save energy at the same time. Patty Karapinar, architect and offices sustainability coordinator, said the company has obtained a green certification. “Our building is LEEDS Goal certified,” she said. “It is a […]

Sheriff’s Posse accepting new members

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Posse is looking to add a few new members, the group announced. The Sheriff’s Posse, formed in 2000, is a 5013c non-profit that helps ease the financial hardships of families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The non-profit also assists families of law enforcement personnel killed […]

Part 3: Fire districts look for economies

Part one of this three-part series described fire district funding inequities in El Dorado County and the status of a proposed regional consolidation. Part two explored how districts across the county are struggling to get smaller, the history of the funding inequities and how salaries compare across districts. Part three looks at the west slope […]

Folsom nature park open

Willow Hill Reservoir Community Park is unlike any other park in Folsom. The 28-acre property used to be owned by Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Cross country runners from Folsom High School used the trail in the unimproved area around Willow Hill Reservoir, behind the school, to build endurance. The park is now owned by […]

Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee to meet in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTFAC) is scheduled to meet from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. LTFAC will address issues related to federal activities at Lake Tahoe. Items on the agenda […]

Tanker truck overturns in Pleasant Valley

Emergency crews were busy making sure 5,000 gallons of gasoline didn’t end up in a rain-swollen creek off Pleasant Valley Road not far from the intersection of Newtown Road after a truck carrying the fuel overturned Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Road was closed in both directions near Thorsen Drive and was not […]

Nutting looks to the past to prepare for a brighter future

The future of El Dorado County could very well depend on a renewal of past industry, according to Supervisor Ray Nutting. The District 2 supervisor and forest owner told the crowd at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards luncheon Friday that while “Our forests are managed better than most,” county and U.S. […]