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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. Hichbom, 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 […]

Victim recounts being shot by son-in-law

Prosecutor Dale Gomes tried to call Paul Hinds, Sr. to the stand on May 14, but as it was nearly 4:30 p.m., the witness was gone. Instead, he called David Klinker to the stand, telling Judge Dylan Sullivan that David was eager to tell his story. David, father-in-law to defendant Joseph Hinds, said he had […]

Arraignment set after shooter’s wife testifies

Cindy Hinds and her husband Joseph bickered like any other married couple. Except that bickering was downplayed by Cindy — and eventually led to Joe shooting Cindy’s father David Klinker.

Testifying during a preliminary hearing in Department 7 on May 14, Cindy, 31, explained she married Joe, 33, in …

When the hot rodder met the Jeep guy

It must have been Kismet. Hot rod expert Norm Sappenfield, 87, was thinking of retiring once he hit 90. Meanwhile Jimmy Strauss, 51, was looking for a shop where he could restore Jeeps. And before you could say zoom zoom, kaboom, a match was made. Strauss is well-known in the county for restoring military Jeeps as […]

Reported kidnapping leads to firearm arrest

A suspect allegedly armed with a gun was involved in a reported kidnapping by force on May 8, but later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm instead, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:18 p.m. on May 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairplay Road, Mount Aukum area […]

Suspect identified in Cameron Park bank robbery

A man robbed and fled from a Cameron Park bank the afternoon of May 14. El Dorado County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from the El Dorado Savings Bank on Coach Lane in Cameron Park at about 12:52 p.m. stating that the bank had just been robbed, a press release stated. The suspect was identified […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day Saturday

You are cleared for take off for the Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day, to be held on Saturday, May 16 at The Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, in McClellan. Honor those who serve in our Armed Forces with free admission at the at the Museum’s Open Cockpit Day. There will be lots […]

Enroll now for Child Development Programs

The El Dorado County Office of Education Child Development Programs are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. These programs provide an enriching preschool experience for children ages 3 to 5 years. Both full-cost and income-eligible subsidized families may apply for children turning 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. State […]

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