Tahoe Paradise Park fights to stay independent

TAHOE PARADISE – “Tahoe Paradise Park is currently operated by the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District, and at some point in the future, El Dorado County is scheduled to take over operations. This change in management should increase options for re-development and management.” Those sentences come directly from the draft of the South Lake Tahoe-El […]

GDPUD inching closer to ALT water plant

The Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant was back as the main topic last month as the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District inched closer to retrofitting the plant. Interim General Manager George Sanders reported the plans for the plant are 100 percent complete and are being reviewed by the California Department of Public Health. By the […]

Sky Mote Overpass sign funds sought

Veterans groups, family and community members, who were successful in getting a U.S. 50 highway overcrossing at Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville named in honor of fallen Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, must now raise $6,144 to pay the state of California to install signs memorializing Mote. The decision to honor Mote by naming […]

Harris homicide case: Weiner could be a witness

A judge will determine if a woman accused of killing her husband will be forced to receive a new attorney after her current one became a potential prosecution witness.

A June 27 hearing in the Colleen Harris case began with three attorneys instead of the usual two: Joe Alexander from the District Attorney’s Office; David Weiner for Harris; and Mark Ralphs of the Public Defender’s Office representing Harris in a very limited capacity — a motion to recuse Weiner lobbied by the prosecution.

Ralphs had a handwritten document signed by Harris regarding the possible conflict of interest, with Harris waiving her rights. When asked by Judge Daniel B. Proud if she intended on keeping Weiner as her attorney, she replied, “I do.”

This could, Proud told her …

Fourth of July closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, July 4 due to Independence Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The Placerville Police Department office will be closed Thursday, July 3 for furlough and on Friday, […]

Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained and dry

LAKE TAHOE — The July 4th holiday and fireworks celebrations always bring a welcomed influx of boaters to the Lake Tahoe Basin. With sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted for the 4th of July holiday week, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid […]

Double fatal in Camino

A solo-vehicle collision shortly after noon on Highway 50 west of Braeburn Lane in Camino on June 29 led to the deaths of the driver and a passenger, leaving another passenger with major injuries. Michael Warner, 41, of Santa Cruz, was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra westbound when he traveled across the center divide of […]

Highway 50 closures

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. Highway 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and […]

District 2: Nutting’s wife running

With Monday being day one of the nomination period for those hoping to fill the District 2 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, the latest entrant is Jennifer Nutting. Nutting is the wife of ex-supervisor Ray Nutting, and the owner of a business in Pollock Pines. Ray Nutting lost his seat on the board after […]

Mosquito Bridge to close

The El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Transportation Division has scheduled its annual daytime closure of the Mosquito Bridge over the South Fork of the American River for required maintenance activities. The bridge will be closed for traffic from Monday, July 7, to Thursday, July 24. The hours of closure will be 7 a.m. to […]

City Council candidates filing period opens July 14

Registered voters of the city of Placerville, who have resided within the city limits for one year preceding the election, and are interested in running for City Council, may contact the City Clerk at 530-642-5531 to make an appointment to obtain the required candidacy forms. The filing period for the Nov. 4 election, opens on […]

Rails vs. trails issue brings both sides to BOS meeting

The trail versus the rail people had a minor dustup at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisor’s meeting on June 17. It began when Museum Administrator Mary Cory gave an update on the El Dorado Western Railroad Program. She then went on to ask for approval from the board to proceed with plans to […]

Dental services for special needs population imperiled

Dr. Rodney Bughao of El Dorado Hills serves a unique population in his dental practice — people who cannot receive dental services in a traditional dental office setting, but who must be put under general anesthesia in a hospital.

“I work with sleep apnea patients one day a week,” said Bughao, “but 98 percent of my patients are people with developmental disabilities …”

GDPUD: Three spots open in Nov.

At the June 17 meeting, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board affirmed that three spots on the board will be open this November. The terms of Directors Bonnie McLane, Kathy Otermat and Ray Griffiths will be up this year. It’s unknown which of them plan to run again. Candidates interested in running can pick […]

Latrobe annexation gets BOS OK

With a key piece of the the puzzle in place, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annexation of the Latrobe Fire District moves forward. Last month the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported the annexation and adjusted the Assembly Bill 8 tax rate for parcels within the now-dissolved Latrobe district to match the rate El […]

City adopts 2014-2015 budget

Sales tax revenues are up, unemployment is down slightly and the economic environment is improving according to Placerville Financial Director Dave Warren. The city’s 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget includes the replacement of old or out of compliance city vehicles, a restoration of the 10 percent city employee pay cut and a community promotions set-aside […]

Three injured in drunk driving incident

Drunk driving led to injuries for three people on June 23. Casey J. Henle, 22, of Camino, was driving his recently purchased 1995 Honda Prelude westbound on Ridgeway Drive west of York Court in Pollock Pines at a high rate of speed, estimated to be more than 60 mph, at about 6:15 p.m., a CHP […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: The Fourth of July’s for the dogs

 You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You […]

Flume work OK’d after dangerous deterioration

The El Dorado Irrigation District board authorized repair work on several key flumes after a specific structural inspection and physical testing of Flumes 42/43, 44 and 45 revealed them to be in what was described as an alarming state of degradation. Looking as though giant termites had come for dinner, on Monday EID staff showed […]

Main Street repaving shifts to design phase

Placerville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement with REY Engineers Inc. for engineering design and appropriated money for water system and sewer system improvements for the Central Main Street Rehabilitation Project at the June 11 meeting. The Central Main Street Rehabilitation Project will repave Main Street’s deteriorated pavement between Sacramento Street and Bedford […]

Five file for Dist. 2 seat

With interest high in filling the vacancy created by Ray Nutting’s removal from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, the total of those planning to run for the District 2 seat is up to five now. Last week, Claire McNeal, David Pratt and Shiva Frentzen filed their intention to run. McNeal is a past vice chair of […]

City water, sewer rates going up

The Placerville City Council unanimously approved a 1.87 percent increase in sewer rates and a 3.71 percent increase in water rates at the June 24 meeting. The rate increases go into effect on Aug. 16 and will be reflected on the Nov. 10 bills. Wastewater rates were last increased in August 2013 by 6.34 percent. […]

City sales tax plans worry businesses

The Placerville City Council postponed a decision about putting a 1/2 percent sales tax on the November ballot at the June 24 City Council meeting after Main Street business owners expressed concern about the effects an increase in sales tax would have on their businesses. The council was set to review a resolution to put […]

Stay healthy during hot weather

El Dorado County health officials are offering tips to stay cool and healthy during the coming summer months. “When temperatures rise, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself, your family and others,” said Kristine Oase Guth, program manager for the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. The potential for heat waves occurs […]

Clean audit for EID

At its Monday meeting, the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District received the results of the 2013 audit with the auditor delivering an unqualified “clean” opinion on the district’s finances. Conducted by the firm of Richardson & Company, key findings of the audit were that total district assets exceeded total liabilities by $382.8 million, […]

Fire burns garage in Cameron Park

Fire crews responded to a 911 call of a residential fire Tuesday morning which burned a garage in Cameron Park. Crews responded to 3133 Cambridge Road at 10:45 a.m., Cameron Park Fire Battalion Chief Justin Sanders said. The fire, which burned the garage but spared the rest of the house, was contained by 11:20 a.m. […]

Emergency planning discussed by BOS

At the June 17 Board of Supervisors meeting, representatives of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department gave an overview of the responsibilities and structure of the Office of Emergency Services. Its mission is to mobilize all the county’s resources to prepare and respond to any type of emergency. Funding comes from an Emergency Management Preparedness […]

Grand Jury report ripped at charter meeting

The public — largely made up of elected county officials — voiced displeasure over the findings and recommendations of the Grand Jury report regarding the elimination of certain elected officials and transferring power from the Board of Supervisors to the Chief Administrative Officer during a Charter Review Committee hearing Wednesday evening. Kris Payne, chairman of […]

Junction founder Jerry Burke dies

Jerry Burke, a master tap instructor, showman and founder of Burke Junction, died Tuesday night, June 24, at the age of 89.

A popular and well-known businessman in Cameron Park, friends and family described him as a unique character who brought fun and laughter into their lives.

Roundabout initiative makes it to Nov. ballot

It is official; the anti-roundabout initiative passed the last step to go before voters in the November general election, according to Friends of Historic Hangtown, the petition sponsors. Group member Evelyn Veerkamp said Friends of Historic Hangtown approved the following statement at its meeting on Wednesday, June 4. “City Clerk Susan Zito informed us Tuesday […]

EDH retirement facility approved

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved plans for a new residential senior care facility in El Dorado Hills at its June 12 meeting. To be located on a 20.3-acre site on the south side of Town Center Boulevard near the intersection of Latrobe Road, the proposed facility includes a 114,000-square-foot, three-story building consisting of 130 […]

Commenting system to change on mtdemocrat.com

How users of mtdemocrat.com comment on online articles is about to change. After several attempts at a free-and-open platform, the Mountain Democrat has decided to tighten up the way readers participate on the site, for several reasons, according to Publisher Richard Esposito. “We received several complaints over the last few months about inappropriate behavior of […]

Heard over the back fence: Wild animal show at EDH Library

PRESS ‘ONE’ FOR ENGLISH: My doughnut pal John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press ‘One’ For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?” WILD THINGS IN THE LIBRARY: A “Wild Things Animal Show” is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, at 10 a.m. and at […]

Heard over the back fence: Save water!

DEFINITION OF FRUSTRATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Deep Thoughts” quote: “Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.” SAVE WATER IN YOUR HOUSE: Complimentary water-efficiency devices and services are available to EID and city of Placerville customers. To save water inside your house or office, the following devices and services are available: “Request low-flow bathroom […]

Folsom Lake College begins Aug. 23

Folsom Lake College’s Fall 2014 semester is almost here, with classes starting Aug. 23. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer and personal enrichment courses — offered on campus and online — are available. Interested students should enroll now to make sure they get the classes they need. To get started, go to: www.flc.losrios.edu. Folsom […]

Heard over the back fence: Lego block party at EDH Library

GARDEN PARADISE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Nothing bugs me when I’m in my garden.” PLAYING WITH LEGOS: You can enjoy playing at the “Lego Block Party” on Thursday, July 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500. FREE MOVIE […]

Apple Hill gets video money for 50th anniversary

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave a promotional boost to the Apple Hill Growers Association June 17 as it recognized the Association’s 50th anniversary with a proclamation along with funds to produce a promotional video highlighting the history of Apple Hill. Lynn Larsen, president of the Apple Hill Growers Association, said the growers […]

Ham radio operators to give public demo

The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club will be participating with amateur operators from around the U.S. and the world in the Amateur Radio Relay Leagues “ARRL” Field Day exercise the weekend of June 28-29. Local “hams” will camp at the site starting Friday night in order to get ready for the drill that begins […]

Small farms: Egg regs stymie small-time sales

It’s not easy to be a small-time farmer these days what with all the government taxes and regulations. And it seems no one escapes their purview, not even those wanting to sell a few extra eggs. Just ask Jamie Warren, Jonathan Polak and Nancy Kozlowski. Kozlowski, 57, of Rescue, said she got into the egg biz by accident […]

Fireworks banned

CAMINIO — Cal Fire Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of the Amador-El Dorado Unit is encouraging everyone in El Dorado County to celebrate Independence Day by attending one or all of the following local events because personal fireworks are illegal in El Dorado County: •  Saturday June 28, Cameron Park Lake, Cameron Park from 2-10 p.m. […]

Small farms: Big crowd at EID

Almost 350 people attended a workshop on Monday as board members of the El Dorado Irrigation District held a hearing during the day and well into the evening on proposed new regulations that would determine who is and isn’t eligible to receive the Small Farm Rate for water. EID’s General Manager Jim Abercrombie explained the […]

Dog lost for 20 months reunited with EDH family

On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir.

Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills without their beloved pet … but the family had no intention of giving up the search.

Open house highlights Town Center apartments

On June 11, a community open house was held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station to highlight a proposed 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center. Representatives from the developer, Stockton-based A.G. Spanos Companies, and county employees were on hand to answer questions during the public comment phase of the project, which concludes June […]