Red Hawk Casino hosts Early Ford Car Show

Red Hawk Casino will host the Early Ford V-8 Car Show on May 19. The Early Ford V-8 Club is comprised of Ford Motor Company vehicles made between 1932 and 1953 including Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars, trucks and commercial vehicles. The event will be held at the Red Hawk Casino porte cochere from 10 […]

Students receive Work Ready certification from EDUHSD

The El Dorado Union High School District announced that this year 94 of its students district-wide have been designated as Work Ready certified by the District’s Central Sierra Regional Occupation Program (CSROP)–El Dorado Section. CSROP–El Dorado has been part of El Dorado County for many years and has been successfully preparing El Dorado Union High […]

Maternal grandfather given custody of Winkler children

The custody battle over Todd Winkler’s children came to an end on May 16, with the three children staying with their maternal grandfather, Don Hatfield. “We’ve reached a full resolution, they will stay in Napa with their maternal grandfather,” said Wendy Coghlan, attorney for Hatfield. The schedule, which was to be formally recorded on May […]

Turnboo seeks to unseat Nutting

Tracing his family’s local roots back to before the Gold Rush, George Turnboo, 58 said he “misses the old days.” A longtime resident of Somerset with a business in El Dorado, Turnboo is campaigning to unseat incumbent Ray Nutting as county supervisor in District 2. He met with the Mountain Democrat’s editorial board last Wednesday. […]

May 20 begins EMS Week

The week of May 20 to 26 will see paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, firefighters and local hospital staff recognized in El Dorado County during National Emergency Medical Services Week. El Dorado County receives over 14,000 calls for emergency medical assistance per year through dialing 911, a press release stated. The EMS system itself is made […]

Old and cute: Shafsky House turns 110

The blue and white Queen Anne-style Victorian home sits on the corner of Spring Street and Coloma Road as it has for 110 years. Built in 1902 by storekeeper Albert Shafsky for his wife Kitty and their daughter, Alberta, the home has been owned by Stephanie Carlson and Rita Timewell and operated as a bed […]

Detective rotation criticized

A press conference was held outside the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department May 15 denouncing Sheriff John D’Agostini’s policy of rotating detectives into patrol units. The conference, held by members of the Deputy Sheriffs Association and Crime Victims United of California. B.J. Pierce, former detective and attorney representing the DSA, said that taking detectives with […]

Budgeting on the mind at Cameron Park CSD

The swimming pool at the Cameron Park Community Services District was crowded with happy youngsters on Monday night. But inside at the district board meeting, the atmosphere was more somber as board members struggled to come up with a budget for the next fiscal year. The initial part of the meeting was spent as a […]

Lillpop goes ‘Boo’

Board member Scott McNeil was once again the target of residents at the budget meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District on May 14. It started when Board President Shiva Frentzen read an e-mail from McNeil, an e-mail he apparently thought would remain confidential. McNeil stated in his e-mail there were safety concerns at […]

Fire captain awarded prestigious honor

SUBHEAD: Placerville resident named Training Officer of the Year Captain Greg Bueghly of Georgetown Fire was named the 10th annual California State Fire Training Officer of the Year this past February in San Diego at the Firehouse World convention. “It was a total surprise to me,” said Capt. Bueghly, who was born in Redding and […]

Watch for Full Century bike riders Sunday

Cyclists will be riding in the Motherlode Century bicycling event on Sunday, and organizers warned drivers to beware of their presence. A schedule of the day’s shows the locations riders are expected to be on the course. Riders will go from Lotus to Pilot Hill on Highway 49 from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m.; go from Pilot Hill to […]

The sensational six: Garden tour on Saturday

Go green this weekend with a walk in some of the most beautiful gardens El Dorado Hills has to offer.

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents its Gardens of the Hills garden and art tour. This year six homeowners will graciously open their gardens to visitors, who will undoubtedly come away with some great ideas and a pang of jealousy, and local artists will have works on display in the gardens.

The event will also feature a raffle; buy a ticket or two and go home with great garden-related items.

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A fine line: Students make creative maps

El Dorado County students have once again impressed the experts with their talent and creativity. Now in its 18th year, the countywide Student Map Drawing Contest drew nearly 500 entries, and the winners were honored at the May 15 Board of Supervisors meeting. Sponsored annually by SAGE, the professional association of surveyors, architects, geologists and […]

Heard over the back fence: Farmer’s market coming to Burke Junction

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar contains the following comment regarding exercise: “Exercise does take some time. However, it’s an awfully small price to pay if your day-to-day energy level and ability to be productive are increased substantially. It’s also a small price to pay when you consider how much mental […]

TP United Way

SACRAMENTO – Placerville and El Dorado Hills residents can donate toilet paper online to United Way California Capital Region’s fourth annual live United Toilet Paper Drive, which benefits local nonprofits including those in Placerville and El Dorado Hills. To donate, visit by June 14. When donors research a nonprofit’s numbers — tax dollars saved, money raised and […]

Memorial Day closures announced

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, May 28, due to 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 on May 28. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency […]

Health Occupations Students of America train for health careers through ROP

Most people know about Future Farmers of America and Future Teachers of America, but what about Health Occupations Students of America — kids who wear scrubs, understand medical terminology and are going to become the nurses, doctors, dentists and medical technicians of the future? At El Dorado High School, ROP instructor Janet Barnard teaches a […]

Residents to supes: Back off U.N.s Agenda 21

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday put off indefinitely further discussion of the controversial Agenda 21. Board Chairman John Knight had agendized a proposed board resolution to “endorse rejection of  its radical policies and rejections of any grant monies attached to it.” Knight, however, exercising the chair’s prerogative, pulled the item from the agenda […]

Only two actual candidates appear: Incumbents send surrogates to Republican Women Federated

Candidates were invited to the El Dorado West Republican Women Federated meeting at Denny’s restaurant in Cameron Park on May 14 to share their political views before the upcoming elections in June. Les Baugh, running for District 1 State Senate, joined Frank Bigelow, running for District 5 Assembly, as the only two candidates in attendance. […]

Judge shootout called off

The shootout called by judicial candidate Stephen Valentine for Saturday, May 19 will no longer take place. The Board of Directors of the El Dorado Rod & Gun Club, Inc., canceled the El Dorado County Tea Party Judge Candidate Challenge. “It is the policy of the club to not endorse political candidates and we do […]

Sears burglary suspects arrested

On May 2, two men burglarized a store but were caught soon after. One suspect walked into the Sears store on Green Valley Road in Cameron Park and stole merchandise while another suspect waited outside in a car. The first suspect ran out of the store, jumped into the car and they sped off, according […]

Building up steam at the Placerville Coffee Depot

Embodying a love of history, railroads and coffee, as well as a creative use for a long, narrow lot, the orange and brown Placerville Coffee Depot at 70 Main Street is currently building up business steam. Owners John and Cindy Mosbacher were faced with a narrow lot and wanted to put something other than an office […]

Spring Concert— Save the music

With all the budget problems the state is having, school districts are having to be more creative in how they keep certain elective programs going, such as music.

At the Pioneer and Mountain Creek schools, a group called the Parent Music Coalition (PMC) is facing the prospect that the entire music program for elementary and middle school students may be eliminated in the future if they don’t raise enough money to keep it going.

John Sanguinetti, who is a special education teacher at the schools and a member of PMC, said that over the past eight years the group has raised $66,000, which has been held as a reserve. But they will need to intensify their efforts in the years ahead, depending upon what the district does to fill the hole left by budget cuts at the state level. Next year they are covered because the district and PMC will split the cost of hiring a music teacher and they hope the district will do the same the following school year. But after that, they are on their own …

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Assemblywoman Gaines criticizes guv’s ballot plan

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget, which includes an astounding $16 billion deficit: “I am disappointed that the governor has chosen to ignore common-sense budget solutions by calling upon hardworking taxpayers to bailout Sacramento for its years of irresponsible spending. Higher taxes will […]

Heard over the back fence: Wakamatsu Festival Saturday to include sword demos, big drums

 Review the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will find the following thought: “The decision to put more effort into school, hobbies, personal goals, family, or certain relationships in your life, or to change an attitude, habit, or pattern of behavior is never more than one choice away.” WAKAMATSU […]

GDPUD sets dates for budget meetings

The board of directors of the Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District has set two dates for input from the public on next year’s budget. The meetings will be held at 10 a.m. on May 23 and May 30 at the district office at 6425 Main Street, Georgetown.

Gearing up for gold production

Getting the gold mine operational has been a lengthy process for Sutter Gold Mining Inc. said Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety David Cochrane. It can take six to 10 years to get the permits to do commercial mining. “There were a lot of public hearings. The project was litigated against in Amador County,” he […]

Marshall opens new surgical center

Marshall Medical Center paid attention to the recommendations of focus groups on how they could improve services.

“We recognize that the growth in our county is towards Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills and we wanted to offer the same services we provide in Placerville,” said Rick Vance, vice president of Marshall Medical’s specialty care division. “We focused on the most in demand and utilized outpatient services.”

The Marshall Surgical Center building at 3501 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park houses a variety of speciality care offices …

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Former coach pleads not guilty

David Robert Freeman, the former Union Mine coach accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, plead not guilty to 13 charges in court Friday morning. The hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes, began with Deputy District Attorney Jamie Verwayen requesting that El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud seal the findings of […]

Gold mining returns to the Mother Lode

With gold hovering around $1,600 an ounce, a new gold rush is ramping up in the Mother Lode as the Sutter Gold Mining Inc. prepares to restart mining operations next month.

The first commercial gold mining operation in the area in more than 50 years, the company has a permit good for 50 years to operate in a part of Amador County that is honeycombed with preexisting mines.

Initially the mining company plans to focus on what’s called the Lincoln-Comet ore zone but the company has plenty of new as well as old areas to mine, including seven historic mines that in the past produced 3.5 million ounces of gold. …

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Clarksville Day attracts 4,000, including descendants

Clarksville Day 2012 attracted an estimated 4,000 people on May 5 to the ghost town that predates El Dorado Hills, including a record number of ranch family descendants. Serrano’s original ranch residents, the Walker clan, were out in force to celebrate the 85th birthday of Mazie Carnell, who attended Clarksville’s one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s, […]

‘2nd Amendment Saturday’ may have judge shoot out

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Tea Party in the Hills is hosting a celebration of the Second Amendment to the Constitution on May 19. It’s being called “2nd Amendment Saturday” and is proposed […]

Retired Sen. Rogers endorses Barb

Tax-fighting former Sen. Don Rogers has endorsed Richard Barb for District 3 Supervisor. Rogers, who represented for 18 years a district that included Tahachapi Pass, now lives in Diamond Springs. He had sponsored the ballot initiative that abolished California’s Inheritance Tax. “Richard Barb understands that the most important issue facing our community is creating jobs […]

5-21-12 Pastor Jeff Bigelow is leaving EDH church

THANK YOU, JEFF BIGELOW: I recently learned that Pastor Jeff Bigelow is leaving the Rolling Hills Christian Church. Monika and I have attended several of Jeff’s presentations at the church. We found his presentations to be uplifting, spiritual, and funny, too. He and his charming wife, Jerri, are highly respected and much loved. We wish […]

Heard over the back fence: What a great volunteer

Editor Mike Raffety provided the following quote from the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book: “One is rich not through one’s possessions, but through that which one can with dignity do without.” — Picurus • • • EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER: 
Shell Benesch has been selected as the featured volunteer for the Placerville Library. The “Between […]

Striking it rich by accident

The Coloma-Lotus area seems to be a very lucky place for all kinds of treasure hunters. For Mitch Carey of Shingle Springs, it came by accident when he was thinning out the poison oak on his property in Lotus last Saturday. He looked down and noticed what looked like a piece of charcoal. After checking it […]

Heroin plea gets six months jail

By Adam Jensen A South Lake Tahoe man has been sentenced to six months in El Dorado County Jail after pleading no contest to possession of heroin for sale, according court records. Alberto Vierboom will also be required to serve 18 months of mandatory community supervision in connection with a 2011 drug bust, according to a […]

Vice Mayor Mattson endorses Hoffman for judge

Placerville Vice Mayor Wendy Mattson announced today she is endorsing Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court judge. “A great judge knows and adheres to the law, and identifies with the community,” said Mattson. “Embracing those qualities, Joseph Hoffman will be a respected leader on the bench and a genuine asset to the people […]

Vietnam Memorial Plaques find a home at last

Tuesday evening Placerville City Council gave the Vietnam War memorial plaques a prospective home with unanimous approval of the conceptual plan for the bell at Bedford Park. The bell at Bedford Park at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Main Street in Placerville once boasted the original bell from the first Belltower in 1865 and […]

City council receives grant for video streaming

Break out the popcorn and jammies, because soon members of the public will be able to watch city council meetings on their computers. They’ll be able to pull old meetings out of archives too, in case there is something they might have missed. City Clerk Susan Zito, a member of the Northern California City Clerks […]

Protestors meet at Placerville Bank of America

SUBHEAD: Sign holders join nationwide protest on day shareholders meet As about 20 people lined up on the sidewalk outside of the downtown Placerville Bank of America on the hot afternoon of May 9 to protest, cars drove by, horns honked and cheers of support were yelled from car windows. The protest was just one […]

GDPUD’s Otermat accused of compromising district

An angry e-mail exchange spilled over to the board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District May 8. Staff, residents, and board members squared off over access to public records and the “stealth” contacts initiated by a board member with the state agency that has oversight authority of the district. Most of the e-mails were […]

Stuffed wolverine wrenched from Georgetown Hotel wall

California Department of Fish and Game wardens removed a stuffed red tail hawk and wolverine from the Georgetown Hotel bar on Tuesday in what some claimed was nothing less than “too much government regulation.”

Wardens Lt. Christy Wurster and Bob Pera came to the hotel prior to the 11 a.m. opening on Tuesday so as not to interfere with customer service either at the bar or the attached Mexican restaurant.

Warden Pera said the official complaint was made anonymously and originally entailed the report of two stuffed vultures.

“I received an e-mail from my chief and investigated the complaint Friday (May 4),” said Pera …

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Georgetown Divide PUD pursues $2 million in grants

Hank White, General Manager of GDPUD, reported that the agency has either received or is applying for grants totalling $2 million. It has already been approved to receive three grants from the El Dorado County Water Agency totaling $140,800 for such projects as mapping, designing and planning work related to the retrofit of the Auburn […]