Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Sheriff seeks justice for Green Acres dogs

For all of his antics, you’ve got to give Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio credit: If he has his way, the owners and caretakers of Green Acres Dog Boarding will be going to jail for a good long while. After a three-month-long high-profile investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office announced it is recommending that both felony […]

Runner tells DMV to stop overcharging tax

SACRAMENTO – George Runner Sept. 9 called upon California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to stop overcharging California consumers when they pay tax on their vehicle purchases. Runner said, “It’s outrageous that the state of California expects private citizens to do things right that government is doing wrong.” In a letter to DMV Director Jean Shiomoto, Runner writes: “I […]

Blue ribbon committee for courthouse

At the Sept. 9 meeting, the Placerville City Council voted unanimously to coordinate with El Dorado County to form a blue ribbon committee of city and county stakeholders to explore potential uses for the historic courthouse on Main Street. The makeup of the committee has not yet been determined, but city and county leaders will […]

Special election: Frentzen wins District 2 Supervisor race

Of the six candidates that quickly put together a campaign for the District 2 Board of Supervisors special election in El Dorado County, Shiva Frentzen stood tall on Tuesday night as the clear winner, and will join the board in the seat vacated by former supervisor Ray Nutting earlier this year. With all 14 precincts […]

Heard over the back fence: Fundraiser for Ginny Saturday

ADVICE FROM A TREE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Tree” T-shirt statement: “Stand tall and proud * Sink your roots into the earth * Be content with your natural beauty * Go out on a limb * Drink plenty of water * Remember your roots * Enjoy the view!” FUNDRAISER FOR GINNY: The Camino […]

EID board gives nod to future bonds

On a 3-2 vote Monday the El Dorado Irrigation District board paved the way to a future discussion of specific bonds two years from now. Approving a “resolution of intention” put the maximum possible bonding for water system improvements at $41.6 million. The biggest project that would seek funding in 2016 is Forebay Dam, now […]

Grant period open for El Dorado Hills nonprofits

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet, whose job it is to be the eyes and ears of that […]

Placerville Police Dept. offers phone app

The Placerville Police Department announced its newly released mobile device app. This is a free app which can be downloaded from your app store. The app offers several modules to include: • Crime mapping • Anonymous crime reporting • Sex offender mapping • School resource officer • Commend police personnel • Volunteer information • Links […]

Drive brings in more than $29,000 worth of school supplies

EL DORADO HILLS — This summer Hands4Hope held its first School Supply Drive to benefit children in need in El Dorado County. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Hands4Hope youth and adult volunteers, led by college intern Riley Peick, collaborated with multiple local businesses, organizations and residents to […]

Gov. asked to sign property tax assistance program

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector C.L. Raffety called on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 2231 (Gordon), which would re-establish the Senior Citizen and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement program. The program was shuttered in 2009 during the economic downturn. The program is designed to assist seniors and disabled individuals to pay their property taxes […]

Schultz: ‘Not guilty’

A man accused of growing marijuana pleaded not guilty in court on Sept. 9. Justen David Schultz appeared with attorney Dain Weiner in a short hearing Tuesday morning. After pleading not guilty, Judge Douglas C. Phimister gave a new court date of Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. in Department 7. Schultz faces charges related to allegedly […]

Capital Airshow: Amazing thrills, skills and no spills

After producing nine airshows, Darcy Brewer, the executive director of the California Capital Airshow, outdid herself this year as was appreciated by the 60,000 spectators on the flight line who were up close and personal to the incredible spectrum of flying machines that participated.

With another great lineup of the best of the best airshow pilots, plus two military demonstration teams, it doesn’t get any better. And the proof was that most of the 60,000-plus fans that were on the flight line for the two exciting days were standing most of the time.

While the flight …

Heard over the back fence: Learn fly casting

WATCH OUT FOR AWESOME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I need a new hobby. Being awesome is exhausting.” I guess this is not a T-shirt for modest people? LEARN FLY FISHING: A “Fly Casting” class for ages 13 and up is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cameron Park Lake. […]

Developmental disabilities don’t slow volunteer’s community efforts

Proving that disabilities limit us only as much as we let them is Shingle Springs resident James McCamy, 72. Born with developmental disabilities that gave him memory problems, which kept him from learning how to read or write, McCamy hasn’t allowed that to limit him. Nor has a life spent partly in a state hospital and foster care. […]

Fire and water highlight special meeting

“Smoke-free so far,” Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree told the Mountain Democrat recently when asked about the conditions of the forest. Later during a county Board of Supervisors special meeting Aug. 25, he said, “I thought the forest looked pretty good. It’s intact and that’s good.” Crabtree aimed kudos at forest management and an […]

City to fund police reserves

Hoping to attract a new cadre of reserve police officers, the Placerville City Council approved funding a Police Reserve Program at its Aug. 12 meeting. The program will augment current basic police services and assist the department in dealing with staff shortages. It is also expected to help in the recruitment of full-time sworn officers when openings become […]

Marshall’s hyperbaric chamber one of few in NorCal

The only thing “beamed up” were the faces of four ladies of the Marshall Hospital Auxiliary as they recently checked out a space-age clear acrylic “body chamber” that looks like something Capt. Kirk would have loved.

No wonder the women were beaming, as funds from the auxiliary played a big part in purchasing two of the hyperbaric chambers, an acquisition that sends …

Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 20

The Sierra Nevada provides California with two-thirds of its water. The many rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs in the Sierra that provide us with drinking water and great places to recreate need your help to stay free of trash and other contaminants. Get involved in the 6th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. […]

Two fires each burn 5 acres

Cal Fire took the lead on two fires the first week of September, which both burned about 5 acres of wildland. On Sept. 1, Cal Fire was dispatched at about 1 p.m. to Apache Road in Mount Aukum, Capt. Nathan Barcklay said. Four people were evacuated “but were shortly allowed back,” he said. It took […]

CASA El Dorado wants to help more kids

Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado county are court-ordered an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Because there are 100 kids still waiting for a Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA El Dorado is making a plea for more involvement. They need more volunteers to be advocates and […]

Red Hawk voted best casino again

Red Hawk Casino was named Best Casino for the third consecutive year, in the 2014 Casino Player Magazine’s “Best of Gaming” Awards in the Native West category that includes Native American Casinos in nine western states. Red Hawk Casino took home five first place wins including Best Casino, Casino Where You Feel Luckiest, Best Video Poker, […]

Heard over the back fence: Nature’s Wonderland — Pollock Pines to ponder sign

T-SHIRT WARNING: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Ammo is expensive. Don’t expect a warning shot.” If you see someone with this T-shirt — walk away from them — quickly. WELCOME TO POLLOCK PINES: On Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at the Pollock Pines Elementary School District multi-media […]

McDonald’s offers free breakfast to students

As students prepare for their first day of school, McDonald’s restaurants in Northern California and Northern Nevada are helping kick-start their year with a wholesome breakfast. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, participating restaurants will offer free breakfast to kindergarten through eighth grade students from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Students less than 13 years old are required […]

Bucks Bar shooting: Man arrested on murder charge

A man was allegedly killed by a gunshot wound on Bucks Bar Road in Placerville at about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Deputies were dispatched to a verbal disturbance on Bucks Bar Road, which was quickly upgraded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon with shots fired, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s press release stated. When deputies arrived, they found a man unconscious, having sustained a gunshot wound.

The man was transported to …

McClintock: Bad policies cause problems

Returning to a common theme that America’s problems are largely the result of bad public policy, Congressman Tom McClintock discussed everything from water to war when he visited the offices of the Mountain Democrat on Aug. 25. Beginning with water, McClintock said Congress is currently working on a water bill, although he declined to give any details as it’s still […]

Masonic buried treasure unearthed in Georgetown

El Dorado Masons gathered at the site of the old Georgetown Lodge Saturday morning, Aug. 30 to remove a time capsule that was buried in the building’s cornerstone over 60 years ago. With a radial saw, jackhammer, hammer and chisel, they unearthed the breadbox-sized metal from its hiding place. In 1948, a fire gutted the […]

Prosecution paints dark picture of Winkler

An Aug. 25 pre-trial hearing concerning a man who allegedly killed his wife in self-defense introduced evidence concerning a prior wife and her death. Although defense attorney David Weiner voiced concerns about introducing the evidence and selecting an impartial jury for the upcoming Todd Winkler trial, Judge Kenneth J. Melikian had no such concerns and […]

‘Dimentia Whisperer’ back for series of talks

Laura Wayman, the popular author known as the “Dementia Whisperer,” is back by popular demand to launch a series of talks on Alzheimer’s and dementia at Marshall Medical Center’s Cameron Park campus on Palmer Drive. This free series is made possible by a grant from Friends of El Dorado Seniors. The next opportunity will be […]

County releases community health status assessment

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division has released “Healthy El Dorado County, 2014: A Community Health Status Assessment.” The report contains data on a variety of health-related indicators and, where possible, El Dorado County data were compared to the State and to Healthy People 2020 benchmarks. The report can […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Touch a truck’ in Cameron Park

I NEED SUPERVISION: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I am currently unsupervised. I know, it freaks me out too. But the possibilities are endless.” I have many bosses at the Mountain Democrat. Whenever Susie is absent, I feel lost, afraid and alone! TOUCH-A-TRUCK FUN: On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., […]

EDSO identifies body found in field

The body of a woman found in a field off of Missouri Flat Road and U.S. Highway 50 has been identified as 52-year-old Penny Juergenson, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. On Aug. 17, deputies responded to the field for a report of human remains. A passerby saw the […]

Smith memorial service draws large crowd

The last day of August, a Sunday, was the public memorial for Jeepmaster Mark A. Smith (1926-2014) at Henningsen Lotus Park. Smith had been president of the Georgetown Rotary in 1959 and the 2014 Rotary placed chairs and EZ ups in advance. Judge Eddie Keller was first to speak and gave an outline of Smith’s […]

Farm Bureau endorses Ranalli for Dist. 4

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Michael Ranalli in the Board of Supervisors District 4 race after interviewing and reviewing the qualifications of each of the candidates, “Mike Ranalli is a proven leader,” said Farm Bureau President, Jim Davies. “He is an intelligent, engaged problem solver with the best […]

Camino’s Phipps wins coveted Stroker McGurk Award

Shortly after graduating from El Dorado High School, Blake Phipps, a car junkie by nature, tried to buy a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster pickup truck and he wasn’t a day late, but a hundred dollars short. Always having a soft spot for the hot rod, 40 years later someone said that the Ford he […]

Mercy Hospital of Folsom conducts disaster drill

FOLSOM – Mercy Hospital of Folsom, in partnership with more than a dozen governmental and law-enforcement agencies, held a large-scale disaster training drill Aug. 20. “If a large-scale disaster strikes in Folsom, drills like this help ensure that our hospital will be well-prepared to handle them,” said Mercy Hospital of Folsom’s president, Michael Ricks. “Training […]

Foresthill PUD saves $580k with refinancing deal

FORESTHILL — On Aug. 8 the Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) closed a $2 million tax-exempt refinancing transaction. The contract, underwritten by Umpqua Bank at a fixed interest rate of 2.95 percent, will save FPUD ratepayers more than $580,000 in interest expense over the next 15 years. Proceeds will be used to refinance a current $2.1 […]

EID board puts off bond resolution for capital projects

A resolution indicating the district’s intention to issue new tax-exempt obligations to finance additional capital improvements was taken off the table after objections were raised by Directors Greg Prada and Alan Day at last Monday’s board meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District. Prada said he wanted more public notice and input before the issue was voted on while Day […]

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Hwy 50 closures for interchange project

Starting Sept. 8, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will be implementing full one-directional closures of U.S. Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. This work is scheduled to take two weeks to complete. The week of Sept. 8th, all westbound lanes will […]

Farm Bureau endorses Novasel for Dist. 5

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors decided to endorse Sue Novasel in the Board of Supervisors District 5 race after meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications. “Sue Novasel is bright, fearless and well-educated on the county’s General Plan and associated zoning ordinances,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “I believe she […]

White House honors veteran entrepreneurs as ‘Champions of Change’

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m., the White House honored “Champions of Change,” veterans and their families who are doing extraordinary work across the country as leaders in entrepreneurship. The Champions have distinguished themselves by continuing to serve our country through their successful small businesses and non-profits that create jobs, spur […]

GDPUD shortens irrigation season

Irrigation season will be shortened by a week as a result of a special board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held on Aug. 28. The board’s decision means irrigation season will end Sept. 23. Normally the season ends Oct. 1. Interim General Manager George Sanders said the decision was made in order to save water since it’s unknown what kind […]

Boy hit by ricochet

A 7-year-old boy was injured while at a target range with a youth rifle on Aug. 30 in Georgetown. The family, from the Bay Area, was visiting its Georgetown property, where members had constructed a shooting range, a Sheriff’s Office press release stated. Two people were using the range at the time, with more family […]

Wine grape harvest begins

A large metal machine was quietly pressing grapes on the afternoon of Aug. 28. The grapes were some of the first harvest collected by Lava Cap Vineyards.

Behind the tasting room, Charlie Jones, vineyard manager, watched as winemaker Joe Norman, in a white lab coat, worked the machine. It was 6 tons of sauvignon blanc grapes, Jones said, and a small one. Only one press load, where a normal day of harvest will see two, between 10 and 12 tons of grapes processed per day. It was the first week harvest began in earnest, and would likely pick up the next week and stay consistent. Sept. 1 is a “typical start date,” Jones said, so they are just about on schedule.

Harvest came slightly early …

New admistration at MLUSD begins school year

Mother Lode Union School District is pleased to welcome a new school year and announce some administrative changes. The district is home to Indian Creek Elementary School and Herbert Green Middle School in Placerville and strives to nurture a partnership with students, staff, parents and the community, while meeting the educational needs of each child. […]