Bison gone

You’ve seen them on the hillside beneath Bass Lake Grade, broad-shouldered ruminators from another time and place, their massive, bushy heads cropping grass on the hillside. Each spring we waited for the birth announcement scrawled on plywood, “It’s three girls.” But no more. After 40 years, “Buffalo Will” Neunam gave up his herd in December. […]

February 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

City Building Department overview presented

Retired Placerville Community Development Director Steve Calfee presented a five-year summary of the department’s Building Division to Placerville City Council recently, occasioning both dismay and accolades. In a PowerPoint presentation Calfee reviewed the services provided by the Building Department: plan reviews for code compliance; research supporting permit application documents; project review/coordination with local agencies; code and […]

Charter member of Apple Hill Growers 95 and still mowing lawn

“You have to take care of your eyes and your legs,” said 95-year-old Elmer “Mike” Miguelgorry of Camino. That’s advice coming from a man who still mows his yard and prunes the trees on his 1-acre property. Miguelgorry is a piece of Camino history — a charter member of the Apple Hill Growers Association who […]

February 06, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Tilden Park plan on Thursday agenda

A new planned development in the Tilden Park area of Shingle Springs is up for approval by the County Planning Commission on Feb. 9. County staff are recommending approval of the project. Located approximately 500 feet from the northwest corner of the intersection of Crosswood Drive and Wild Chaparral Drive, the 12-acre development would rezone the […]

KFOK to broadcast to wider audience

GERORGETOWN — Area residents and KFOK Radio Station volunteers filled the board room of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District during a recent meeting to thank directors for their help in the installation of a broadcast tower atop one of the district’s water tanks. The evening meeting Jan. 31, in the district’s board room  proved […]

Heard over the back fence: Send your sweetie a singing Valentine

 Rolling through the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, I found the following suggestion: “The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” • • • SURPRISE YOUR VALENTINE:
 Placerville Gold Rush Chorus is offering a Valentine gift that will always be remembered. On Sunday, Feb. […]

Cash out your cast-offs

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR) hit Placerville on Tuesday and they’re ready to buy. The company, which swings through Placerville every three to six months, visits towns all over the country, Canada and Europe turning people’s cast-offs into treasure. They buy pre-1965 general circulation silver coins, pre-1934 paper currency, jewelry, diamonds, gold, platinum, watches, antiques, […]

1st Neighborhood Chat of 2012 highlights sidewalk issue

At the first Neighborhood Chat of 2012, about 25 people  showed up for animal crackers and coffee with members of the city staff and Placerville City Council. This is the third Chat in a series instituted by the council last November. Comments from the previous chats were available for the public to view on the walls […]

City adds Facebook

You can like them, but you can’t be their friend. The city of Placerville now has a Facebook presence which can be accessed by going to Facebook and doing a search for “city of Placerville.” The Facebook page, launched Jan. 12, contains information about upcoming meetings, the City Council agenda, photos of historical Placerville buildings, […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Freeway signs attracting legal controversy

Controversy is on the agenda at the next Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 9. To be decided is the fate of three new highway signs proposed for Shingle Springs and Cameron Park. The applicant for the signs is Cameron Park attorney John David Pereira. While county staff are recommending conditional approval of the permits, neither […]

They’ve been workin’ on the railroad…

All aboard the El Dorado Western Railroad! Sunday, the community’s own railroad will be rolling up the line from the railroad park in El Dorado to Hagen’s Crossing and back. Running on the first and third Sundays of the month between now and March 18, rides begin at noon and continue until 4 p.m. The […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fire victim ID’ed

The man who was killed in an El Dorado Hills apartment fire last weekend has been identified by authorities. Killed in the blaze was 57-year-old Daniel Miles, whose Lake Forest Apartment unit caught fire early Saturday morning. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said an official cause of death had not yet been determined, […]

76-year-old keeps fit walking daily

Want to lose 52 pounds? Walk it off That would be Bob Pastorello’s advice anyway. Why sit around when there are so many great walking trails in Placerville and a chance to burn up all those extra pounds packed on over the holidays? Bob, a fit 76-year-old, keeps a close tab on how many miles […]

Missing hunter shot to death

The Sacramento man whose body was found earlier this month in the Grizzly Flat area was shot and killed by a member of his own hunting party, authorities announced Tuesday. Xiong Neng Vang, of Sacramento, was found on Cosumnes Mine Road in the Grizzly Flat area by search and rescue volunteers on Jan. 18. The […]

Fruit grower meeting focuses on irrigation, pests

Lynn Wunderlich, local UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor for El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, invites foothill fruit growers to a “Grower’s Tree Fruit Meeting” to be held 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. The meeting will take place in the High Hill Ranch Pie House, 2901 High Hill Road, Placerville. Featured speakers include […]

Agencies offer rewards in animal cruelty case

More than $5,000 worth of rewards are being offered in connection with the case of a tabby cat who was shot in the head with a crossbow bolt last month. On Dec. 20, a 4-year-old male tabby cat named Taz was shot in the head with a crossbow bolt in the 500 block of Sunlight […]

EDH man indicted over income taxes

An El Dorado Hills man was indicted by federal grand jurors last week on suspicion of income tax evasion. Donald M. Wanland Jr., 53, of El Dorado Hills, is charged with attempting to evade personal income taxes from 2000 through 2003, according to US attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. Wanland is also accused of not filing […]

Heard over the back fence: Jewelry and wine or squirrel rehabbing Saturday choice

Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar contained the following “Disorder in the Court:” “Q. What is your date of birth? A. July fifteenth. Q. What year? A. Every year.” • • • REDS, WHITES AND JEWELS SHOW:
 Tomorrow, Feb. 4, the Cameron Park CSD will host “The Reds, Whites and Jewels Show” at […]

5% EID rate hike began Jan. 1

Customers in Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, El Dorado, Diamond Springs and Missouri Flat have already received bimonthly bills from the El Dorado Irrigation District that include a pro rata share of the 5 percent rate increase that began Jan. 1. Most of the bills include a portion of water use in November through part of January. […]

EID cuts out CalSPA early

Two and out. The El Dorado Irrigation District completed in two years what it had negotiated to complete in five years in a legal settlement with lawyers for the California Sport Protection Fishing Alliance. In a deal that cost EID $240,000, the district agreed to reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows to 5 per […]

2-10-12 Class “The History of Astronomy” at EDH Sr. Center

DISCUSSING 300 YEARS OF ASTRONOMY: A class titled “The History of Astronomy” is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Subjects for this presentation go from Copernicus to Kirchhoff. Enjoy this verbal trip to the stars and back. The presenter will […]

Grubb & Ellis sees budding signs of economic recovery

SACRAMENTO — Grubb & Ellis, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate service firms, presented its 19th annual real estate forecast for the Sacramento region on Jan. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. The forecast is based on the 2011 fourth quarter numbers. Sacramento region by the numbers Senior Vice President and Chief […]

High school district launches virtual academy

El Dorado Union High School District  is now accepting enrollment applications for its newly launched Virtual Academy. Parents and students may contact the EDUHSD Virtual Academy at the information below to find out more about this virtual learning experience and how to enroll. The EDUHSD Virtual Academy is designed to be a rewarding and engaging online college preparatory […]

2-8-12 “Mind and Meditation” class at EDH Sr. Center

MEDITATION CLASS: A new class titled “Mind and Meditation” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The presenter is Deepak Gilra. She will discuss new tools to live a healthy and stress-free way of life. Participants will learn simple meditation […]

2-8-12 2nd “Global Cuisines” class at EDH Sr. Center

MORE GLOBAL CUISINE FUN: A series of 3 separate classes titled “Global Cuisines” will be available at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The second class is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class, “Farm to Table”, will feature asparagus and leek soup, […]

AmeriCorps helping at Sly Park science camp

POLLOCK PINES —An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team upholds a tradition and returns to Sly Park Environmental Science Camp for eight weeks during the snowy months of January through March to help fifth and sixth graders of the El Dorado and Yolo County school systems increase their in-classroom science grades through hands-on experience with nature. Sly Park is […]

Sac State Construction Management team succeeds in national competition

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State’s prolific Construction Management team has made the coveted final four in another national competition. Now it’s on to Florida to vie for top honors. “Our CM students made the top four for the Mechanical Contractors of America Association’s (MCAA) national student competition,” said Professor Mikael Anderson, coordinator of the Construction Management Program. […]

Seabed adds Schilling Robotics HD Systems

DAVIS —Schilling Robotics, experts in subsea systems, announced Jan. 31 the delivery of a new HD ROV system to underwater technology firm Seabed. The order was for HD 23, which is a 150hp, 4,000m-rated ROV system and was delivered in December 2011. “We are very proud to have added Seabed AS to our expanding customer […]

Grazing fees set

The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s. An AUM or HM — treated as equivalent […]

EID relaxes winter home sewer rates

At its Jan. 23 meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to direct staff to use the lower of the last two years — either 2011 or 2012 — of winter water usage billing cycles to establish a customer’s 2012 sewer commodity rate. This one-time exception to the district’s regulations, initiated by Director […]

Wiltse Court dead man ID’d

Authorities have identified the body of a man found on a small road near a Placerville park earlier this month. Anthony Coltra, 29, was found dead on a fire access road near Placerville’s Lumsden Park on Jan. 20. Placerville Police Capt. Mike Scott told the Mountain Democrat that Coltra was a transient living in the […]

Supes eye ‘food rights’

Copied from Website “Civil eats” A herdshare is a private business arrangement whereby consumers purchase a piece, or share, of a cow, goat, or herd of the animals and contract with a farmer who is compensated for feeding, caring, and milking the animals, and bottling, storing, and distributing the milk. The details of the relationship […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Tahoe bank robber sought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police are looking for a man involved in a Monday morning robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside of the Raley’s Supermarket near Stateline. Dispatchers were alerted to several robbery alarms at the bank at about 11:25 a.m. A man walked up to the counter and demanded money, according to South […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

4 suspects nabbed after Pollock burglary

Two men and two women were recently arrested after allegedly robbing a Pollock Pines home. On Jan. 8, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6100 block of Pine St. in Pollock Pines on reports of a residential burglary. Missing from the house were items including old coins, musical instruments, historical photographs and silverware, […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Sheriff targets resources at EDH burglaries

This is the second part of the Mountain Democrat’s review of the 2011 El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department year-end report. By Sheriff John D’Agostini I strongly believe that we have a moral responsibility to provide high quality patrol and investigative services to all of our communities. Last year, at the request of our patrol staff, […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

As gold hits $1,700/oz. dredgers lament lost income

Rick Eddy and Steve Tyler are gold bugs who think they are being robbed. Their problem is that they are suction dredgers. They ply the rivers in their raft-sized crafts in search of gold. Until recently they were able to make a good living at it. Department of Fish and Game regulations allowed any California resident […]

Prof. Ken Deibert — What a guy! What an award!

A new adjunct or part-time faculty award at American River College has been named for Georgetown Gazette and Mountain Democrat columnist and retired Associate Professor Ken Deibert of Garden Valley. The award’s full name is the Ken Deibert Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. ARC President David Viar said, “Because of his tireless efforts, the […]

Ham station commemorates gold discovery

By Charlie Basham   “CQ-CQ-CQ. This is alfa-golf-six-alfa-uniform. Calling CQ-CQ.  Q-R-Zed?” This strange string of words actually makes sense – at least to an amateur (ham) radio operator. It was repeated hundreds of times last weekend at the hill-top site of the James W. Marshall Monument in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in […]

Smiths a majority on Garden Valley fire board

Wendell Smith of Garden Valley is the newly appointed member to the Garden Valley Fire Protection District board. He was sworn in at the December meeting, and fills the spot left vacant by 2010 elected former Director Rick Nelson. Nelson, who served as chairman of the board for two years, left to pursue his own […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Econ development panel members sought

The Placerville City Council is looking for city residents to appy to its newly formed Economic Development Advisory Committee. The committee will be comprised of one representative from each of the three primary business districts and one representative from the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, plus three city residents. The seven-member committee is charged […]

Pratt gets the planning gavel

Dave Pratt was elected the new chairman of the El Dorado County Planning Commission. He will take over from Tom Heflin at the next meeting. Elected as first vice chairman was Walter Mathews. Second vice chairman will be Alan Tolhurst.

Smile Center has new owner

Dr. Robert McClurg founder of Dr. McClurg’s Smile Center has recently sold his practice to Dr. Christian Hoybjerg. Dr. McClurg has been practicing orthodontics since 1978 and has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and enjoy his hobbies. He is very pleased to introduce Dr. Christian Hoybjerg to his practice and […]

Buckeye district signing up kindergarteners

Buckeye Union School District announced that beginning Feb. 7 kindergarten and junior kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools — Buckeye in Shingle Springs, Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park, William Brooks, Silva Valley and Oak Meadow in El Dorado Hills. School websites can […]