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Harn at odds with Grand Jury report

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn responded Tuesday to a Grand Jury report that calls him a “bully” and “politically motivated,” disagreeing with all but one finding in the report issued earlier this summer. The report titled “Putting Political Gain Above What’s Right for the County” alleges that Harn withholds or delays his department’s professional services from […]

Proposed city chicken ordinance causes flap

What came first — the chicken or the ordinance? Right — but if the ordinance isn’t passed, say good-bye to the chickens. Chickens are allowed within Placerville city limits on larger parcels zoned for such uses, two zones that have permitted the birds along with other traditional agricultural undertakings. But on smaller residential properties, the chickens legally […]

Drugs found; teen in court

Following the arrest of a 17-year-old Union Mine student Monday, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies served several search warrants and reportedly found more Adderall linked to the teen, whose name is not being released as a matter of this newspaper’s policy. “The warrants were to search the student’s gym locker, his backpack and his residence,” […]

Mik fights to protect ‘my good name’

The 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury reports blistered Supervisor Ron Mikulaco on a professional and personal level. Early in his response Mikulaco writes, “This report contained incorrect information as a result of what I can only assume was a lack of proper investigative procedure.” He continues, noting that he was only interviewed by a […]

Team busts suspected marijuana growers

Three men were arrested after the Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team reportedly found a marijuana grow, weapons and stolen items on property in Greenwood last week. The Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team attained a search warrant for a suspected illegal marijuana grow on the 2500 block of Hoboken Creek Road in Greenwood on Aug. 27. The […]

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance — grand daddy of classic cars shows ages beautifully

Some things in life are timeless, such as a 1975 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay or Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday.” For an equal display and exhibit of grace, beauty and variety, the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, even after 65 years, continues to be the biggest classic car show in the world. Though the price of admission […]

Can you spare $2.77? Campaign helps finish new Boys and Girls Club

It was moving day — earth moving day, that is — for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope, as work on the new facility in Placerville gets under way.

To be built on Green Valley Road near Mallard Lane, signs of construction were everywhere from the huge ducts lining the top of the adjoining hill to the bulldozers below, scooping up dirt in one place and packing it elsewhere.

“They have been moving dirt around for three weeks,” said Sean McCartney, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. “Once we have power, we will put up a webcam so people can watch our progress.”

El Dorado County well-represented at Concorso Italiano

You know the excitement you get when a gleaming red Ferrari blasts by you on the road? Good stuff, I know. Now imagine yourself surrounded by hundreds of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos. This is automotive mecca, nirvana, if you will, and exactly what the Concorso Italiano has done since 1985. Originally acting as a support […]

Labor Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor 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 Monday. Rescue Union School District will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8. The offices of the […]

County supervisors emphasize healthier workplace in Grand Jury response

As government code dictates, El Dorado County supervisors on Sept. 1 made public their timely responses to several reports issued by this year’s Grand Jury. Likewise, District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn officially responded to reports specifically addressed to them. Sheriff John D’Agostini answered Grand Jury findings and recommendations related to the Placerville […]

Heard over the back fence: Where to Recycle

 The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society established a scholarship program in 2003 to provide scholarships to residents of El Dorado County who are pursuing a degree and/or career in earth sciences, lapidary arts or other related fields at an accredited college or university. This year Alexander Thomson of Placerville was […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

Education board to discuss Meyers’ DUI

Following the sentencing last month of El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers for driving under the influence, El Dorado County Office of Education Trustee Heidi Weiland asked that the issue be placed on the next board meeting agenda. Reading a prepared statement at the Board of Trustee’s Aug. 27 meeting, Weiland said she struggled with what the board should […]

Drug investigation clouds Union Mine

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly selling Adderall on the Union Mine High School campus.

The arrest announcement came shortly after officials acknowledged drug rumors during a Monday press conference focused on the conditions of two junior varsity football players who collapsed after Friday’s home game.

Lake Tahoe Summit addresses important issues

ZEPHYR COVE — Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei recalled cleaning toilets at Sand Harbor. Chris Bently, Chief Executive Officer of Bently Enterprises, said his first sunburn happened on the beaches around Round Hill Pines Beach as a kid. Those were some of the stories business, state and federal leaders referred to during the 2015 Lake Tahoe […]

Body recovered in the American River

COLOMA — A missing Colorado man’s body was found in the South Fork of the American River last week. El Dorado County’s Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the body of Luke Matson, 33, mid-morning on Aug. 25, a day after he was reported missing. The body was found about 20 feet off shore and 12 feet below the surface […]

Report: Cross-dressing burglar caught in the act

Lo-Hi Court residents nabbed an apparent burglar as he exited their home last Wednesday night, reportedly wearing one of the female victim’s pants. Tryston Alvarez-Ross, 19, of Placerville was released from the El Dorado County Jail just hours before he was re-arrested on suspicion of burglary after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway […]

Placerville Police testing body cameras

Invasion of privacy or another tool that protects both officers and the public? The Placerville Police Department has joined the debate over body cameras, implementing a test run in March. Nearly six month later, officials report they are “pleased with body-worn cameras” and will expand the program. The Placerville City Council was recently given an […]

3 dead in Hwy. 50 wreck

FRESH POND — A man and two women died after they were thrown from a vehicle that crashed into a tree Sunday night. A surviving passenger flagged down help after the wreck at approximately 11:50 p.m. Neither the survivor or the victims, said to be in their 30s, have been identified. The silver 2007 Dodge Nitro […]

Volunteers adopt Tahoe gateway signs

LAKE TAHOE — Volunteers have stepped up to adopt and maintain the decorative gateway signs that were installed along the three Nevada highways that lead motorists into the Lake Tahoe Basin. The gateway signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed – Help Protect It!” They are meant to remind the millions of people who visit […]

Senior Nutrition Program hungry for volunteers

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is currently looking for dedicated, caring volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. “Volunteers are a vital asset to the Senior Nutrition Program,” said Ruth Green, program coordinator for the Senior Nutrition Program. “Without this valuable community support, many of the county’s senior services would simply not […]

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  Jon Hendrickson, a claims administrator with the George Hills firm, which represents the county with liability-related issues, Santiago requested an evaluation of her […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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