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River Management Plan Update Workshop June 3

The El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division, will host a public workshop on the updates to the county’s River Management Plan on Wednesday, June 3 at either 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Gold Trail Grange at 319 State Highway 49 in Coloma. Contact the El Dorado […]

Public hearing for EDHCSD appropriation limit June 11

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. to address the upcoming appropriation limit for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, a press release from the district announced. To be held at the El Dorado Hills, Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, the hearing will be […]

Auditor, DA, Pioneer Fire named in lawsuit

On May 22, political consultant Dan Dellinger entered a lawsuit against county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, District Attorney Vern Pierson and the Pioneer Fire Protection District for $12,000 he claims he’s owed by the fire district but withheld by Harn. Nearly a year after a jury found Dellinger not guilty of illegally being paid $10,000 by the […]

Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Fire blight attacking local trees

A report of fire blight has local backyard gardeners and fruit growers worried about the safety of their trees. Looking as though the leaves and fruit have been hit with a blow torch, fire blight is a bacterial infection that only affects members of the rose family. This includes more than 75 different kinds of trees […]

King Fire restoration project Draft EIS released

On Friday, May 22, the U.S. Forest Service announced it was releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the King Fire restoration project. The public is invited to review and comment on it over the next 30 days. Normally the formal comment period is 45 days, but was shortened due to the emergency nature […]

Delays will affect Ice House Road

Work on Ice House Road between the junction of Wentworth Springs Road and the end of the pavement near Loon Lake in the Eldorado National Forest will begin June 1 and continue through October, according to a prepared statement from the El Dorado County Division of Transportation received last Thursday. Motorists will be subject to […]

Memorial Day Ceremony somber and celebratory

There are approximately 17,000 veterans in El Dorado County, and when the community gathers to honor the fallen, military families and service members show up in droves.

The El Dorado County Veterans Monument Memorial Day Ceremony took place on Monday, May 25, hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument at the El Dorado County Government Center off of Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville.

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero party

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS GRADUATE: Oregon State University officials have informed us that the following students from Cameron Park recently graduated: Hannah L. Hichborn, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Sara L. Orofino, bachelor of science, cum laude, zoology; Evann L. Stabenow, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, exercise and sport science. Congratulations to all of you! We […]

Green Valley Rd. to close for six weeks

Green Valley Road will be closed from June 1 to July 13 between Lode Road and El Dorado Road, El Dorado County’s Department of Transportation advised in a prepared statement on May 21. County staff and the contractor for the project to replace the old Weber Creek Bridge, determined recently that geological conditions particularly on […]

Crossing guard all smiles while serving the community

Whether El Dorado Hills commuters are dodging the rain or suffering a heat wave, Jackson Elementary crossing guard (just one of her many titles) Coco Parkhurst braves it all with a smile each weekday morning and afternoon while she’s at the Francisco Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard intersection. Parkhurst has been a Jackson employee for […]

Four arrested in gang sweep

The El Dorado Gang Enforcement Detail arrested four men on May 18 during a gang sweep. The EDGE team, made up of members of the county Sheriff’s Office, Probation, District Attorney’s Office and South Lake Tahoe Police Department, went to an apartment off of Schnell School Road in Placerville at about 1 p.m. to serve […]

The final days of Saigon

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.

VA staff recall service, assist vets and widows left behind

Members of the county Veteran’s Affairs office at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Placerville shared stories of both their time in the service and their time helping other veterans. Bill Schultz, the interim director of the county Veteran’s Affairs Office and county recorder-clerk, retired from the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller chief petty officer. […]

Fatal collision near White Hall

A collision on Highway 50 east of White Hall on May 21 left one man dead and one man with serious injuries. Gary Fitzgerald, 73, of Grass Valley, was driving a silver 2004 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Highway 50 at about 2:25 p.m., a CHP press release stated. Meanwhile, David Calderon, 78, of Milpitas, was […]

Vet recalls operation that saved 37,000 Haitians

In honor of Memorial Day, a veteran recounted an operation that saved some 37,000 Haitians. Retired Coast Guard Captain Brian Sonner, 72, of Placerville, was in the service for 30 years — “from Vietnam to the drug war in the Caribbean,” or 1966 to ’96. While Sonner was part of the strategic planning for said […]

Remembering Dennis

Once upon a time, the Mountain Democrat had a war correspondent — 18-year old USMC Pvt. 1st Class Dennis Kramer, from Camino. His articles, sent to the Mountain Democrat from the jungles of Vietnam, detailed his arrival at Camp Pendleton, his assignment to Vietnam, his arrival in Da Nang, his duties with Bravo Company, third […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Bingo

GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: 
The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]

Harn talks budget to Taxpayers group

Frustration seemed the order of the day at the May 11 meeting of the El Dorado Taxpayers Association as the discussion swirled around how to resolve the county’s structural budget deficit and related financial problems. There to talk specifically about his budget was El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn. Harn began by saying that when the Board of Supervisors told him […]

Written guidelines direct future budget

El Dorado County has a new set of “budget policies” that may be likened to a roadmap leading to the destination of  “We’re not doing it the way we’ve always done it anymore.” The county’s history regarding fiscal policies may be discerned, in effect, by figuratively reading the document from back to front. For example, […]

Supervisors adopt new ‘budget policy’

The book hasn’t been written yet, but a working title could be “Mik and the Giant County Budget.” Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting once again featured District 1’s Ron Mikulaco taking issue with the soon-to-be-unveiled Recommended Budget prepared by Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr. Agenda Item 31 was simply titled, “The Budget Ad-Hoc Committee recommending […]

Retired colonel helps vets get benefits

A retired colonel is using his old rank to help other veterans get the benefits they are entitled to — even if it means directly ordering the vets to get help.

Col. Ed Swanson, 76, of Cool, retired from the Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He worked briefly at the Pentagon for the Guard, but applied for a four-year tour. He was sent to Camp Zama, Japan, as …

Woman dies in crash

A 19-year-old woman died May 18 after her sedan struck a tree. At about 4:05 a.m., Cassandra Marks, 19, of Placerville, was driving a purple 1998 Ford Contour northbound on Highway 49 south of Crystal Boulevard in El Dorado, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The car left the roadway for an unknown reason, traveling off […]

Suspected drug-related explosion in SLT

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A suspected small honey oil lab, a substance made from marijuana plants, caused a minor explosion that blew out the windows of an apartment in a small complex Tuesday night on Larch Avenue near Pioneer Trail. “I see the windows start inflating like balloons and then before you […]

EDSO deputy arrested in Nev.

An El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested in Nevada on drug-related charges on May 19. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hangup at a residence in Minden, Nev., an EDSO press release stated. Deputies discovered what they believed to be drug paraphernalia. Suspecting drug activity, they launched an investigation, detaining the occupants, […]

Info released on found body

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding the body found in Placerville on May 17. Deputies responded to a report of a dead body near Weber Creek, a press release stated. The body was found near Helmrich Drive, in a rocky area with many trees and bushes. Two juveniles found the body, as […]

CSUS commencement to feature NBC anchor

President Alexander Gonzalez will officiate at his final graduation ceremonies as the university’s top Hornet and NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive an honorary doctorate when California State University, Sacramento holds its commencement ceremonies on May 22 and 23. Almost 5,000 students — including bachelor’s, master’s, credential and doctorate in education candidates — will […]

Heard over the back fence: Kindness is important

GARDEN SHOW AND MORE: The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a garden show at its store on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be food and fun for everyone. If you bring a can of food for the Food Bank, it will be appreciated. VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: […]

Memorial Day at Freedom’s Field

On Monday, May 25, at 9 a.m., Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery is hosting its annual Memorial Day Commemoration. The ceremony will include patriotic music by Cantare Chorale, a brief message by The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, Commander Chaplain Corps U.S. Navy, and a tribute by the Beale Air Force Base Honor Guard. For questions […]

Body found in Placerville

An 11-year-old boy, his friend and the friend’s father found the body of a young woman in Placerville the afternoon of May 17. Yvette Taylor of Diamond Springs told the Mountain Democrat that her 11-year-old son was at a friend’s house in Placerville. He, the friend and the friend’s father were near the house, “hanging […]

Paving project under way on Highway 49

COOL – An 11-mile stretch of State Highway 49 between Cool and Coloma is being repaved this season as part of the California Department of Transportation’s commitment to a “fix it first” strategy of preserving and maintaining California’s 50,000 lane miles of highways. Work has begun on the project and is expected to extend through […]

Three arrested in CVS alcohol theft

Three people were arrested in connection to a theft of alcohol at the Cameron Park CVS store on May 15. At about 2:30 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy John Gray was flagged down by a CVS employee, a press release stated. The employee indicated that a white male adult, standing next to a red […]

King Fire: Blodgett Forest researchers share findings

A tour of the Blodgett Forest on May 15, 12 miles east of Georgetown, showed the devastation of the King Fire in the area — and how to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. It also showed other tests and research conducted in the forest.

The tour was led by Blodgett Forest Manager Rob York and Bill Keye, both registered professional foresters. Where living seed trees stood before the fire, they said, brush will now take over — if the forest is left unmanaged.

Register now for FLC summer and fall classes

Registration for summer and fall classes is under way at Folsom Lake College, with expanded course offerings as community colleges bounce back from many years of state budget cuts. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer and personal enrichment courses — offered on campus and online — are available. Want to get ahead by […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

FLC Water and Wastewater Management Program ensures no drought of trained workers

The Water and Wastewater Management training program at Folsom Lake College will start a new, 18-month sequence of training courses this summer. FLC offers the only such training and certificate program in this field in the Sacramento region. Recent program completers have found positions with the city of Sacramento, the city of Placerville, Sacramento County […]

Ag dinner features water talk

“Got water?” That was the main topic at the 19th annual Agricultural Roundtable Dinner held April 17 in Placerville. With the drought, water conservation and securing additional water rights on many people’s minds, three speakers addressed the subject, including Doug Leisz, who is a member of El Dorado County Citizens for Water; Dr. Dale Coco, who is on […]

General Plan amendment process draws fire from public and two supes

Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]

Counterfeit bill arrest made

A man was arrested May 8 after a string of incidents involving counterfeit bills. The first incident occurred on April 7, when El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Safeway off of Missouri Flat Road at about 7 a.m. for a report of a Hispanic male adult allegedly attempting to make a purchase with […]

GDPUD sets irrigation limits: ALT decision put off

With a water shortage looming, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility Board of Directors voted to cut off water to irrigation customers once the level of water in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir declines to 9,000 acre-feet. The vote was 3-2 with Directors Norm Krizl, Lon Uso and Jesse Hanschild voting yes; Carl Hoelscher voting no; and Maria […]

Memorial Day closures announced

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, May 25 for Memorial 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 offices of the police, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and fire departments will be closed. For […]

Heard over the back fence: How to succeed

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 26. For more information please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383. GET […]

Bank robbery suspect caught in Lincoln

A man suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings Bank in Cameron Park on May 14 was caught by the Lincoln Police Department on May 16 after allegedly robbing a U.S. bank in Lincoln. Mark Spier, 19, of South Sacramento, had an active arrest warrant issued by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly […]

EID adopts state water regulations

Following on the heels of the State Water Board issuing new water conservation regulations, at its May 11 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved incorporating the new regulations into its drought action plan. Included in the vote was adoption of a conservation target of 28 percent. The board also considered adding […]

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