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Heard over the back fence: Let’s Uke Class

 A class titled Let’s Uke! is for ages 12 and up, including adults. Classes are scheduled from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2 on Fridays from 6:45-7:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym classroom, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. This class includes instruction in playing ukulele using “Mel […]

Seven busted in Tahoe search

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Task Force agents arrested seven people on suspicion of drug-related activity following a search at home last week. At 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 agents served a warrant at the residence in the 800 block of Tallac Road and contacted 11 adults, seven of whom reportedly told law enforcement officers […]

Health tips aim to keep seniors moving, healthy

Just in time. September is National Healthy Aging Month and to help celebrate the El Dorado County Public Health Department has issued a special alert to all residents of the county titled “Three Health Tips for Seniors.” “Get Moving, Get Involved and Get Checked” describes activities seniors can do that cost little to nothing and just […]

Norma Santiago joins Briggs in back pay fight

Two-term District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago, who left office this past January, has asked the county to determine whether or not she is owed back pay. In a May 20 letter to attorney Jon Hendrickson with the George Hills law firm, which represents the county with liability-related issues, Santiago requested an evaluation of her wages […]

Cumpston reviews water issues with taxpayer group

El Dorado Irrigation District General Counsel Tom Cumpston covered everything from the drought to the “blob” at a recent Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting. Cumpston noted that this year the state has seen it all — conservation mandates, curtailment of water rights, litigation and enforcement actions. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown mandated cutting water use by 25 […]

New cancer center elevates care

Wednesday evening Marshall Medical Center staff, patients and community leaders gathered to celebrate the Cameron Park campus’ new 8,500-square-foot cancer center where patients may now receive previously off-site cancer treatments and services in one consolidated location.

“This center marks a vast improvement in convenience for our patients,” said hospital spokesperson Carrie Poggio, including access to medical appointments, radiation treatment, lab work, imaging and infusions.

Burglars busy in Pollock Pines area

Home burglaries in the Pollock Pines, Sly Park and Pony Express Trail areas are on the rise this month, with many homes broken into during daylight hours while the owners are not home, according to El Dorado County sheriff officials. Deputies Schlag and Peterson from the Patrol Division have been assigned to these burglaries, and […]

Judge breaks her silence

Several weeks after District Attorney’s Office officials excluded El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan from proceedings, the judge has made a statement … without saying much at all. “What I want to say I can’t say,” said Sullivan when contacted by the Mountain Democrat. “I am sure it is hard for the public to understand; it is […]

Beware the woodland creatures who carry a dangerous disease

El Dorado County health officials remind residents and visitors that chipmunks, squirrels and other wild rodents can carry plague, and that a few simple precautions can prevent the spread of the disease. “While human cases of plague are fairly rare, there are many areas in California, including higher elevation areas of El Dorado County, where […]

Broadband workshop this Tuesday

As part of an effort to begin a countywide strategic planning initiative to formulate a long-term, sustainable broadband strategy, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is planning a workshop to examine the state of broadband service in the county and its impacts on businesses and residents. The workshop will take place at 5 p.m. on […]

Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

When Jim Buell was a youngster growing up in Vallejo, he never really dreamed of one day becoming the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But here he is, at age 71, carrying that illustrious title on his capable shoulders, deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of Placerville Elks Lodge 1712. […]

Promoted chief overseeing Cal Fire firefighting arsenal

Cal Fire Capt. Robert Wheatley became Battalion Chief Wheatley in front of his colleagues and family at McClellan Park earlier this month. Born in Walnut Creek and raised in Camino, Wheatley accepted the badge of honor from Cal Fire Amador/El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin while standing in front of the fire engine he used to captain […]

Jeffrey White case moves forward

A motion to dismiss one or more counts of the criminal complaint against Jeffrey White was denied by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Melikian on foundational reasons during an Aug. 24 hearing. White is accused of killing Rick Kriewitz on Sept. 3, 2014, at the Lazy B Ranch on Bucks Bar Road south of […]

Rails to trails path still unclear

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors kicked the proverbial can down the proverbial track at the end of its Aug. 25 meeting. The can is the Rails to Trails program and the track at issue is a 2.5-mile stretch of rails between Missouri Flat Road and El Dorado Road along what is formally known as […]

Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

Footballs, dolls and other toys filled Toys for Tots boxes at a “Stuff The Truck” event held Sunday at Placerville’s Walmart. Sue Henderson, a local high school teacher who works with at-risk students, and her husband Hollis were on scene to coordinate the event, which included a visit from Safety Pup and hot dogs provided by […]

StemExpress counters CMP video and court ruling

StemExpress responded to last Friday’s ruling denying the firm’s request for a court order preventing the distribution of another surreptitious video by the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress. Judge Joanne O’Donnell with the Los Angeles District Superior Court ruled that CMP’s right to distribute trumped StemExpress’s contention that the video was obtained illegally and […]

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis and the CSD Board of Directors collectively responded to, and largely disagreed with, the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations that asked the CSD to reexamine a 32-year-old $10 annual tax on each home collected to enforce Covenants, Codes and Restrictions. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Cameron Park Events

The Main Street Farmers Market takes place on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to dusk until Sept. 30 and is located around the Bell Tower, 385 Main St., Placerville. There will be local fruits and vegetables and live music. Vendors accept W/C and EBT. For more information call (530) 919-5696. UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: […]

Heard over the back fence: A Shot of Love

 If you are a homebound adult 60 years or older and you are medically or physically disabled, you may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. For more information call (530) 621-6160. PEOPLE WHO LOVE SEWING:
 The American Sewing Guild group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. […]

Man charged with child sex abuse

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police officers arrested a city resident Wednesday, Aug. 19, on charges of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 years old. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Allan Delisle, 69, allegedly committed the sexual abuse against a child with disabilities, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child, oral copulation […]

Accused shooter’s bail unchanged

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Melikian denied the request to have David Stetler’s bail amount reduced. During an Aug. 21 hearing, Melikian chose to keep Stetler’s bail set at $350,000. Stetler’s attorney David Weiner had requested lowering the bail to $150,000. Stetler, currently in custody at the El Dorado County Jail, is accused of shooting a 46-year-old […]

EID’s flume work continues

With repairing and replacing its flumes a top priority, at its Aug. 24 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation Board of Directors approved spending $406,568 for additional assessment work on Flume 44. Actual construction will take place later. Located above Highway 50 between Bridal Veil Falls and Ice House Road, the approved work on Flume 44 will include performing geotechnical […]

Cameron Park woman calls cousin’s train heroics ‘awesome’

Carmichael native Alek Skarlatos was traveling in Europe with childhood friend Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler when they became instant heroes to the world. While traveling from Amsterdam to Paris by train the trio’s instincts kicked in when they reportedly heard a gunman loading ammunition in the restroom. Once the man exited, Skarlatos, 22, propelled […]

DUI arrest: Superintendent Jeremy Meyers pleads guilty

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Matthew Meyers was booked into the El Dorado County jail over the weekend on a driving under the influence charge stemming from a June incident. Meyers pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of DUI. According to the District Attorney’s Office, he is sentenced to four years probation […]

EDH embezzler faces prison

Jeffrey Lamson, 51, of El Dorado Hills, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Aug. 18 before Judge John A. Mendez. Lamson was charged in connection with a scheme to misappropriate funds from his former employer, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, from 2009-11 Lamson embezzled upwards of $400,000 from a business […]

Stadium Club destroyed

The Stadium Club bar, a favorite dive among locals, fell victim to a devastating fire that started around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. The crew at El Dorado County Fire Station 26 responded to the fire.

Its cause is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.

“It was a good bar; it was always full. Our customers were wonderful,” said Jackie Pottage, owner of the Stadium Club, told the Mountain Democrat over the phone. “We have been open for 11 years and I couldn’t have been happier with the people of Placerville.”

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Sept. 11

Jeanne Harper sent the following special commemoration notice regarding Sept. 11: There is a special commemoration that is done here in Pollock Pines on 9/11. Jay Chop, talented musician, plays taps four different times starting at 5:40 in the morning and extending for each exact time that the United States was attacked on […]

Search leads to three arrests

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies took three people to jail last Sunday following a confrontation in Cameron Park. At 3 a.m. on Aug. 16 deputies went to a residence in the 3400 block of Montero Road to look for Ryan Walker, 38, who was wanted for vehicle theft and an armored robbery on July 3. […]

23-year project takes flight

Aerospace engineer John McPherson recently got his hand-built airplane certified by the FAA. July 29 was the first time he landed it at the Placerville Airport to back it into the hangar that had previously housed his and Donna McPherson’s Cessna 182 since 1996.

The bright yellow-and-green wood-and-fabric airplane is based on a 1928 design by Bernard H. Pietenpol that was first published in Mechanics Illustrated in about 1930.

Returning after 90 years: Wolf pups spotted in NorCal

Like kids at Christmas, staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were delighted to announce on Aug. 21 the discovery that California has its very own wolf pack. Located in Siskiyou County, the family grouping dubbed the “Shasta Pack” consists of two adult gray wolves and five pups estimated […]

Sheriff’s robot inspects suspicious item in EDH

EL DORADO HILLS — A suspicious container found in the Bank of America parking lot off Park Drive prompted business closures and a call to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s Explosive Ordinance Detail last week. “The item was a clear, 5-gallon plastic container containing a yellowish liquid with grey streaks, capped by a rubber glove that […]

StemExpress video released; more details emerge

Friday Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell lifted a temporary restraining order blocking anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress from releasing another video, this time featuring StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, ruling that free speech prevails over the fact that the footage was illegally recorded at an El Dorado Hills restaurant. In excerpts released by CMP the same day, […]

EDH sewer line break stinks up neighborhood

El Dorado Irrigation District crews had a mess on their hands Friday afternoon after a sewer line broke in the middle of Green Valley Road, sending stinking water down the road and into storm drains. Crews closed a westbound lane of Green Valley Road, which caused traffic back-ups, while they surveyed the situation and made their repairs. Several […]

GDPUD Prop 218 hearing set

A hearing on the intention of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District to assess a charge to pay for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant was announced at the board’s Aug. 11 meeting. The district has mailed notices to all its ratepayers informing them of the Prop 218 hearing which will be held at 6 […]

Upper Richardson Lake Road now open

The upper part of the Richardson Lake Road (14N39) on the Pacific Ranger District in the Eldorado National Forest is now open for motorized vehicle use, completing the final phase of corrective work on this route. Richardson Lake Road is on the far northeastern end of the forest and must be accessed through roads leading […]

Tahoe Summit will bring leaders together

LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is hosting the 19th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Monday, Aug. 24, at the Round Hill Pines Beach Resort in Zephyr Cove. The theme of this year’s Lake Tahoe Summit is “Connecting Lake Tahoe’s Environment and Economy through Innovation and Transportation.” The keynote speaker is Chris Bently, chief […]

Bodacious Biking Babes riding strong after 15 years

EL DORADO HILLS — Bodacious Biking Babes has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years the women’s cycling group’s members have been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance […]

Transient suspected of arson

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a transient who allegedly started a grass fire in Camino last week. At about 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 14 deputies contacted Justin Tullos, 30, who was sitting on a burned hillside along Highway 50 by Still Meadows Road. Tullos admitted to setting the small fire, which was extinguished by Cal Fire […]

K-9 deputies get new gear

Eros and Barkus, the two K-9 German shepherds assigned to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, got slick, custom, K-9 ballistic (or protective) vests that are both bulletproof and stab-proof thanks to generous donations from the Saint Bernard Club of Greater San Jose and the Hangtown Kennel Club.

Made by Project Paws Alive, both vests came in “Ranger” green and have their names and Hangtown logo embroidered into the fabric. Each vest costs $1,400.

Forest road meetings planned

The Eldorado National Forest announces that three public meetings to share the draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) are planned for: • Aug. 24: 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive • Aug. 25: 4 to 7 p.m., at the U.S. Forest Service’s Georgetown Ranger Station, 7600 Wentworth Springs Road • […]

Heard over the back fence: Country Western Dance

Children can practice reading out loud with trained therapy dogs, McCaffrey, Lola and Chuck. On Aug. 28 from 3-5 p.m. children can join the fun. No reservations are required at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE: 
A Country Western Dance is scheduled for Aug. 29 […]

Fire district cuts retiree health benefits

Since the 2008 economic collapse the El Dorado County Fire Protection District has struggled to get back on a sound financial footing. Last month district officials took another step toward recovery but it means a hit for retirees. “It’s no secret that we were in financial trouble three years ago and had a $1.6 million deficit,” said Fire Chief […]

Heard over the back fence: Keep on Smiling

”Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” offers the following thought: “Present a no-nonsense attitude when defending your values and your family.” KEEP ON SMILING:
 John Bruno gave me the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we […]

StemExpress cuts cord to Planned Parenthood

StemExpress, the Placerville biomedical supply firm, announced Saturday it is disassociating itself from Planned Parenthood, the nationwide women’s health organization. Under increasing scrutiny due to graphic undercover videos made by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood and tangentially StemExpress have recently faced a tide of both public and official opposition. The videos by […]

Sheriff D’Agostini talks budget, staffing needs

At the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed what he calls the three Bs: budget, building and body. “It has been a challenging year to cut the budget,” D’Agostini said. The Sheriff’s Department cut $1.2 million dollars out of services and supplies, an amount the sheriff said “was significant, but […]

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