Applications being accepted for special turkey hunts

The state Department of Fish and Game is accepting applications for spring wild turkey hunts, including several for youth hunters and mobility impaired hunters. Three such weekends of hunting are being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Mendocino, in cooperation with the DFG’s Northern Region and Game Bird Heritage Program. Several […]

Get a head start on defensible space safety

The Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is reminding local residents that wildfires occur year-round in California. The episode of warm weather in early February coupled with a lack of precipitation has created very dry vegetation (fuels). Recently there have been several small wildland fires locally because […]

Broadway Save Mart turns 50

Save Mart’s store at 1270 Broadway will celebrate 50 years of service to the Placerville community March 1. The original store was built by the parents of Adele Peirce, landlord and loyal shopper. They built the store and then leased it over the years to several different companies; Save Mart leased it in 2007. The […]

Appeals court brushes off Diamond Fire

In one brief sentence, on Feb. 9 the Third Appellate District Court of Appeal dismissed Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s attempt to invalidate the contract for fire protection between El Dorado Fire Protection District  and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. Citing four California cases dating from 1869 to 2007, acting Justice P.J. […]

2nd yellow starthistle workshop set

Due to popular demand, a second yellow starthistle control workshop has been scheduled for March 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Administrative Building C (Planning Commission room), 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. Landowners and managers will learn about mechanical, cultural and chemical control methods to control yellow starthistle plus plant […]

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Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to […]

South Tahoe man faces Vermont drug charges

By Adam Jensen A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana trafficking last week after members of the Vermont Drug Task Force allegedly found him and another man in a home with 112 pounds of marijuana, $154,820 in cash and 600 Oxycodone pills. Task force members arrested Ryan Coleman, 30, about 12:30 […]

Supes to challenge state on new IHSS law

El Dorado County Supervisors last week directed county counsel to explore a legal way to defy new state regulations affecting the In-Home Supportive Services program. As summarized in the board’s agenda packet, “Recently enacted legislation allows IHSS recipients to employ care providers who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses that would otherwise be cause […]

Changes begin in Sheriff’s Dept.

Two months on the job, and Sheriff John D’Agostini is already making good on his campaign promises. D’Agostini, who was elected as the county’s top cop in November 2010, pledged to instill a customer service-style of leadership within the Sheriff’s Department during the highly contested race. In taking steps towards a more customer service-oriented department, […]

Tea Party Patriots in El Dorado Hills hear Assembly candidates

EL DORADO HILLS — Wednesday night six of eight candidates who are running for the 4th Assembly District seat introduced themselves at a Tea Party Patriots meeting at the Holiday Inn in El Dorado Hill’s Town Center. On March 8 there will be an election for the Assembly in the 4th District, which includes Alpine, El […]

New exec at Big Bros & Sisters

In early January, the former executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Deborah Jones, gave up her position in order to retire. The new woman in charge is Janna Genovese. She’s been working with the organization for three-and-a-half years now. “I applied for this job because I really care about children’s lives and I want […]

Heard over the back fence: Hey, girls, it’s your night out

WELL, WELL: Johnny Appleseed Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt thought: “I’m sure you mean well. But I’m not sure you are well.” • • • GIRLS (WOMEN) RULE: When is the last time you enjoyed a night out with just the girls? Friday, Feb. 25, is “Girls Night Out” from 6 to 9 p.m. on […]

YANA **3-23-11

YANA: Daily contact for older adults: The You Are Not Alone program offers a free service for older adults to find comfort and security with the knowledge that someone will be checking in on them by telephone, on a daily basis, to make sure they are OK. If there is a problem, family or friends […]

Assessor announces online Business Property Statement filing service

El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland has announced a new service that will make it easier for business owners to file Business Property Statements (571-L) with the assessor. Annually most businesses are required to file a property statement with the assessor. This year El Dorado County is participating in a statewide cooperative program that provides […]

New El Dorado County Transportation Commission chair, vice chair named

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission elected Patty Borelli, representative from the city of Placerville, to serve as chair for 2011. The commission elected Jack Sweeney, representative from El Dorado County, to serve as vice chair. The Transportation Commission consists of seven members. Four members are appointed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors […]

Citizens Academy a labor of love

It’s no great mystery why the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy is so popular. Just ask sheriff’s detective Jeff Leikauf. “It gives the public an inside look at the inner workings of the department,” he said. “I’ve never had a single person come to this academy and tell me it was a waste of time.” The […]

More Sierra Wildlife Rescue classes to be held in March

Sierra Wildlife Rescue will continue its spring classes for rehabbers and the general public in March. Classes scheduled are: Basic First Aid for Song Birds, March 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Rehabbing Fawns, March 10, 7 to 9 p.m.; Rehabbing Rabbits, March 12, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Introduction to Local Wildlife (repeat), March […]

Mammography screening unit coming to Placerville

Women can conveniently receive a mammography screening at the Safeway store at 3955 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, on Saturday, Feb. 26. Mammograms are provided by St. Joseph’s Medical Center through an innovative program that brings mammography services to patients who may not otherwise have access to these resources. Mammograms will be available for $80. Women […]

Mail ballots go out for March 8 election

The El Dorado County Elections Department has mailed out Vote by Mail ballots to those voters who have requested them and also to mail ballot precinct voters. A Voter Information Pamphlet is included in the envelope. This saves on mailing costs, and is easily referenced when voters open the envelope. Some South Lake Tahoe voters […]

Loader man suspected in squad car attack

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man is in custody after allegedly attacking officers with a front-end loader tractor, authorities said. At around 9 p.m. Sunday, witnesses reported seeing an allegedly intoxicated Steve Beattie, 55, driving a tractor at an apartment complex on Ski Run Boulevard. Beattie had been conducting snow removal operations […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: The benefits of home alone

Recently, while I was out training a client’s dog, I became involved in an incident with another dog. It was as preventable as the deaths by car I covered in my last column. I don’t say that to place blame. I say it to inform, to hopefully prevent it from happening again. While I was […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: A dog’s worst enemy — the car

“My well-mannered German shepherd passed away in July, so I adopted Wile E, a Husky mix, from a shelter. His in-home behavior is perfect. He is well behaved in the house with no exceptions. He does not give kisses to anyone, but he shows affection in other ways. “The problem with this dog is on […]

CAO offers gloom with a slight glimmer

It’s going to get worse before it gets better, Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly told the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors late Tuesday afternoon. During the final agenda item of the board’s weekly meeting, Daly presented a two-page summary of her recommendations regarding the county’s “strategic direction” and plans for the future. “We’ve had […]

Cameron Park opens the door to cuts in fire

CAMERON PARK — Faced with lower property tax intake this year and a grim prediction for next, Cameron Park has formally paved the way toward reducing the number of firefighters standing post in the community. In its monthly meeting last week, the board voted unanimously in favor of giving Cal Fire the required 120 days […]

El Dorado County Supervisor John Knight – ‘I’d go fishing’

“What you see is what you get,” was John Knight’s answer when asked if he had anything he wanted people to know about him — or not to know about him. No  wacky tattoos and no secrets. El Dorado County’s District 1 supervisor admitted, however, that he does enjoy a good cigar and a shot […]

Vern woofs it up at retirement party: But dog faces eviction

As he nibbled dog treats and shared a peanut butter cake with well-wishers at his retirement party at the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired, Vern the Guide Dog looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. But he does. Vern lives with his owner, Randy Cummings, in the Cameron Park Mobile […]

Horses kick up their heels for Sundance Kisses

SHINGLE SPRINGS — This is straight from the horse’s mouth: Put these goodies straight into the horse’s mouth. Julie Vance has come up with a delightful product called Sundance Kisses that has her wonderfully beautiful and gentle Arabian stallion, Dark Shei, dancing in his stall at the Sundance Academy here for a taste of the […]

Diamond View Estates moves ahead

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved a 26-lot, single-family residential subdivision in the Diamond Springs area by 4-0 at its Feb. 10 meeting. The Diamond View Estates project is not a new one, just the most recent incarnation. The tenative subdivision map was approved in the 1990s, according to project developer Larry Patterson, but […]

Bomb threat suspect arrested

Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center in Placerville was evacuated on a wet, rainy Thursday afternoon last week after a bomb threat was made against the school. Jason La Rue, 22, of Gold River, was detained at 1:30 p.m. Thursday by Los Rios police officers after he was allegedly spotted on the Placerville campus with […]

Weather keeps DOT busy

The recent weather in El Dorado County has kept local Department of Transportation officials busy. “We’ve got all staff plowing snow 24/7,” said Tom Celio, the department’s deputy director of maintenance. Celio said workers are currently using more than a dozen pieces of DOT equipment to keep county roads clear of snow and drivable. “We’re […]

Manslaughter suspect deemed unfit for trial

The court-appointed expert tasked with evaluating manslaughter suspect Theresa Lee Ghersanich has found her mentally unfit to stand trial, an El Dorado County judge said Friday. During a brief hearing Friday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister announced that Dr. Charles Schaffer’s evaluation of Ghersanich, 55, found the suspect is not mentally competent. Ghersanich […]

Sutter Street revitalization comes to life

The new old Folsom historical district is springing to life as winter dies down and heavy equipment clears Sutter Street. Jim Snook, owner of Snook’s Chocolate Factory in the heart of Sutter Street, said, “People are coming back and they like what they see.” Folsom Lake Bank president Bob Flautt stepped out onto Sutter Street […]

Freeway service patrol now available

The El Dorado county Transportation Commission announced that  the freeway service patrol is no available. The freeway service patrol is a program managed by the California Highway Patrol  providing emergency roadside assistance on freeways. The FSP program is funded through Department of Motor Vehicle Registration fees and is designed to increase roadway safety, reduce motorist […]

Heard over the back fence: Watch out for ‘Dork in Disguise’

NO MODESTY HERE: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Please take a moment to appreciate my vast knowledge and experience.” • • • NEW ORGAN: On Sunday, Feb. 27, a new church organ will be dedicated at the Church of Our Savior in Placerville. Larry Ramos will play for the regular 10:30 a.m. service […]

Cockfighting ring busted

Nearly 250 game birds were recovered this week from what authorities are calling a large-scale cockfighting operation in Garden Valley. El Dorado County Animal Services seized 248 gamecocks from a residence on Brush Bunny Lane in Garden Valley, as well as instruments indicative of cockfighting, said department chief Henry Brzezinski. “It appears that this was a significant […]

High school automotive program has deep roots

The Automotive Program in the El Dorado Union High School District has more than a 50-year history, beginning in the mid-1950s at El Dorado High School as an Industrial Arts General Auto program. Today, with the technical advancements in auto technology, the automotive program has transitioned to a dynamic, more highly developed program that aligns […]

$10 million in watershed protection grants to be considered

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s governing board will consider the approval of $10 million in bond-funded watershed conservation grants and will make a field trip to both the SNC-funded Gold Hill Ranch Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony and the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma on March 2-3. “The projects under consideration will provide […]

On the spot: Joe Shriber

Age: 66 Residence: Folsom Hometown: Las Vegas, retired Air Force and Lockheed Hobby: Volunteer as a docent at the Aerospace Museum of California, McClellan Park Favorite movie: “Gone With the Wind” Favorite book: “Eyes on the Horizon” by my friend, Dick Myers Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Tell us something no one knows about you: “I […]

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Child Support Services 3rd best in state

El Dorado County Child Support Services is the third best local child support agency in California, according to the California Department of Child Support Services. The department rated agencies around the state based on five performance-based criteria including how many paternities the agency established, how many court orders they obtained, the amount of support they […]

Presidents’ Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, in observance of Presidents’ Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: Schools in El Dorado County close for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day, but the observed days differ from school district to district. Check with […]

Court unseals 3 Garrido documents

Three previously sealed documents in the case against suspected kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido were made public by an El Dorado County judge during the couple’s most recent court appearance, but their contents shed little light on the case that has garnered worldwide attention. Unsealed by Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister on Feb. 4, […]