Machado’s allocution statement

Former Mayor of Placerville David Machado pleaded guilty to three counts on Friday. He was placed on three years formal probation, ordered to serve 120 days in a county jail (which he may serve through alternative sentencing or community service), ordered to pay a fine of $5,000, and resign from any public office, commission or […]

Dept. 8 courthouse opened under Juvenile Hall

El Dorado County celebrated the opening of a new courthouse Thursday afternoon. After El Dorado County Superior Court Judges Steven C. Bailey, Warren “Curt” Stracener, James R. Wagoner and Douglas C. Phimister cut the ribbon on the new Department 8 courthouse, the 30 or so audience members were ushered into the new courtroom. Presiding Judge […]

Reserve Deputy Program revamped under sheriff’s direction

The Reserve Deputy Program of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has been “restructured, reorganized and rejuvenated” under Sheriff John D’Agostini’s direction. The program, which has been in existence for 20 years but has “dwindled” recently, has more than doubled in size thanks to D’Agostini, a press release stated. A patrol lieutenant manages the non-paid reserve […]

Transplant survivor a Donate Life ambassador

This year, Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles celebrate a six-year partnership, which has resulted in more than 9 million Californians registering as organ and tissue donors through the state’s Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Georgetown resident and recipient Janet Bales is a miracle story she would like […]

Final dates for county scoping this week

El Dorado County has scheduled a series of meetings to collect public comment on the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The environmental scoping meetings were announced following the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approval of the Notice of Preparation for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance update on May […]

EID OK’s $16M in bonds

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors gave the OK on June 11 to staff to refinance $16 million in bonds that in the long run could save ratepayers quite a bit of money. According to EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie, in 2010, the board invested over $300 million on infrastructure to fix treatment […]

Crime Log – June 21

June 21 12:02 a.m. A mutual combat battery occurred on Woodland Drive in Placerville in which both parties desired no prosecution. 1:18 a.m. Deputies observed a vehicle traveling in the closed/posted sand pit area near Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Following a traffic stop, the driver, Gabriel Strong, 18, was arrested for allegedly […]

Upper Room celebrates 10 years

Placerville’s community kitchen, the Upper Room Dining Hall, is celebrating 10 years at its Broadway home. Moving to its present kitchen and dining room in June 2002, the organization has provided more than 390,000 meals over the past decade. The Upper Room began its mission to the hungry in 1995 at St. Patrick’s Church in […]

Machado pleads guilty to three counts

Former Placerville mayor and councilman David Machado appeared in court Friday afternoon after reaching a plea deal with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office, in which he plead guilty to three counts.

The first of the five original counts, perjury, was dismissed.

Machado plead guilty to count two, a felony count of conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health, to public morals or to pervert or obstruct justice, or the due administration of laws, which was what Machado later called a “wobbler,” meaning …

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Bosnian family hopes Burke Junction is the last stop

Cameron Park’s new creperia, Crepe Town Café, perched behind the gazebo in Burke Junction is quickly gaining a reputation for delicious European café fare. Owner Alma Zildzo and her daughter Mirha Maslic can also serve up some abject lessons in recent European history. They fled from their native Bosnia at the onset of the Bosnian […]

Heard over the back fence: Committing to the cause

VOTING CAN BE PAINFUL: Bonnie Chapman, voting inspector at Precinct 318, sent me a memo describing a young man and his mother who showed up to vote. The mother was using a pair of crutches and appeared to be experiencing a lot of pain. She had fallen out of her truck and was going to the […]

Crime Log – June 19-20

June 19 1:34 a.m. A female subject, Tamra Tomasini, 49, was arrested on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs for an outstanding arrest warrant and for allegedly being in possession of a controlled substance. 3:00 a.m. Three subjects, Royshan Kamiloy, 30, Vitaliy Andreyev, 30, and Rayshan Rayshanov, 30, were arrested for allged public intoxication in […]

CPCSD approves budget

The board of the Cameron Park Community Services District adopted a budget for the next fiscal year at its meeting Wednesday night. After three budget workshops, including one on Monday, and endless complaints from the public about deficit spending, the board voted 4 to 1 to accept a budget that has a projected deficit of […]

Community Resource Center a place to call home

Most people would drive right past the Community Resource Center (CRC) and never notice it because it’s in such a plain, nondescript building. But for many homeless men, women and children, it is the closest thing they have to a home. Run by Rene Evans, the Director of CRC, along with volunteers, many of whom […]

Tent city cleaned up along Broadway

It was cleanup Wednesday as volunteers from the Community Resource Center cleared out abandoned homesites and trash left on the hillside between Broadway and Hwy. 50. Amanda Weaver, a volunteer with CRC and one of those coordinating the cleanup said, “All this was left by earlier homeless people who have been living up here for 20 […]

Birds test positive for West Nile virus in El Dorado County

El Dorado County Environmental Management and Health Services Departments received confirmation on June 13, 2012 that West Nile virus has been detected in two birds found in the South Lake Tahoe area; the first confirmed positive results for 2012. The birds, two American Robins, were found on June 6, 2012 in the Tahoe Keys area […]

Spectacular things are happening in Cameron Park

What: 13th annual Summer Spectacular Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park When: Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Fireworks are at dusk Cost: Advanced wristbands are $3 and $5 the day of the spectacular Information: Call the Cameron Park Community Services District office at 530-677-2231 or visit By […]

Pollock Pines ready for National Night Out

Having won a national award in 2011 for the inspirational event sponsored by the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines, this year CEDAPP, in partnership with the Pollock Pines Elementary School District, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, fire agencies and many more, will hold its third annual festival of safety and health awareness, […]

Heard over the back fence: Programs that can help

DUAL RECOVERY PROGRAM: The mission of the DRA (Dual Recovery Anonymous) program is to help one another to achieve dual recovery and to prevent relapse. A dual disorder occurs when a person is affected by both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness. DRA is a peer-driven, non-professional self-help program and is not affiliated with […]

Veerkamp and Barb not slowing down

After the June 5 election results were tallied, the race for El Dorado County District 3 supervisor ended in a runoff between Brian Veerkamp and Richard Barb. The race may have cooled off in the two weeks since the results came in, but both men are still active. “We’re ready and willing” to keep campaigning, […]

Don’t leave pets in cars in warm weather

El Dorado County Animal Services is advising pet owners to not leave dogs, cats or other pets unattended in vehicles during warm weather. According to Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services, if the outside temperature is 80 degrees or higher, temperatures inside vehicles can climb to 120 degrees or more within 10 to 20 minutes, […]

Burn permits suspended on July 2

All burn permits within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County will be suspended at 8 a.m. on July 2. Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire has signed a proclamation suspending burn permits (LE-62a’s, LE-5’s). Keenan said, “Time is […]

Travel Demand Model workshop June 28

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation is inviting the public to attend a workshop on the Travel Demand Model Update. “If you have ever wondered how the county plans improvements to our transportation infrastructure, this workshop would be a good place to start,” said Claudia Wade, senior civil engineer. The Travel Demand Model is […]

Placerville City Councilman Machado resigns

Placerville City Councilman Dave Machado’s term of office has ended sooner than expected. On Tuesday, June 19, City Manager Cleve Morris received a letter of resignation from Machado. Machado’s term of office terminates at the end of this year, but the resignation is effective immediately.

In August, 2011, the former mayor was arrested for his actions regarding rental property owned on Broadway in Placerville. The property in question was partially burned …

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$5M available to assist ranchers and farmers

Approximately $5 million in conservation grants is now available to organizations working with ranchers and farmers in the Sierra Nevada region, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) announced recently. The grants, funded by Proposition 84, are for projects on “working landscapes” and must provide a public benefit. “Ranching and farming has a rich and important place […]

Finding cherries in El Dorado County

It’s cherry season again — bright red,  burgundy or yellow-cheeked, luscious cherries. Since cherry season is always brief, it’s important to know where you can find that wonderful fruit in El Dorado County. Buckskin disease, late frosts and rains, and spotted fruit flies have caused many former cherry orchards to choose other fruit to grow and the […]

No loose screws in Team NOVA’s ‘junk drawer’

Teens from El Dorado County and Folsom high schools are making a name for themselves. To be more precise, they have a name already, and their reputation is catching up fast. It’s Team NOVA 4963, and they make robots. Then they enter their robots in regional, state and world competitions. And then they win awards […]

McClintock to ‘birther': ‘Knock it off’

A woman at the June meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills jumped at the chance to ask Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) why no congressional investigation had been launched into the president’s “fraudulent” birth certificate. McClintock didn’t mince words, pointing out that the State of Hawaii has authenticated the Obama birth […]

McClintock disses solar power

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) had harsh words for the solar industry in comments to the county chamber on June 14. “Solar power is not new, not promising and certainly not cheap,” he said. The costs of a heavily subsidized solar industry are buried in taxes, and are an example of free-market meddling that drives […]

McClintock sticks to his script

Two-term Republican Congressman Tom McClintock spent June 13 in El Dorado County in what might have been a victory lap, since he’d just defeated challenger Jack Uppal handily in round one of a two round bout for California’s 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two local appearances last Wednesday provided plenty […]

Goldstein appointed to Respiratory Care Board

Gov. Brown has appointed Mark Goldstein, 66, of El Dorado Hills to the Respiratory Care Board of California. According to Goldstein, “the board oversees the licensing and continuing education of respiratory care practitioners, protects consumers and enforces regulations as it pertains to respiratory care, and is instrumental in outreach efforts to students to get them involved […]

Going, going, gone

It was a lively Saturday afternoon as 4-H and FFA youths offered their animals for sale at the Junior Livestock Auction. As the auctioneers chattered away at lightening speed, youths showed off their animals to an enthusiastic audience of buyers. In total, buyers spent $236,743 to purchase 18 steers, 118 hogs, 48 lambs, 20 goats, […]

Ex-DSA president changes plea

Donald Philip Atkinson, the retired El Dorado County Sheriff’s sergeant and ex-president of El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Association who was charged with 44 counts embezzlement, fraud, forgery, perjury, grand theft and theft from an elder or dependent adult, pleaded no contest to three charges and accompanying special allegations Monday morning. Atkinson, 50, appeared in court with […]

Emergency communications demo June 23-24

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiberoptic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, […]

Hangtown Cranker Classic this weekend

On Saturday, June 23, the first ever Hangtown Cranker Classic will be held in Placerville. A handcycle and bicycle charity ride for the disabled and able-bodied, the event is expected to attract 200 bicyclists and 100 hand cyclists along with thousands of spectators. Starting at 9 a.m., participants will follow a scenic and challenging 10-mile course that […]

Judge Proud endorses Hoffman

El Dorado Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud has decided to join the endorsement list of judicial candidate Joseph Hoffman during the runoff between Hoffman and incumbent Judge Warren “Curt” Stracener. “When the race started, I spoke with Stracener, Valentine and Joe,” Proud said. He decided he would not be endorsing any candidate in the […]

Downed aircraft report unfounded

A CHP helicopter was called in Monday afternoon to assist the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation into a possible downed glider or small aircraft. A report was made around 2 p.m. from the Apple Cafe in the Camino area by a witness who claimed they saw a glider or small aircraft either […]

Fire burns land, two buildings in Rescue

A fire consumed 14.2 acres and damaged two outbuildings in Rescue on Saturday. The fire began around 2:39 p.m. near Luneman Road and Pimlico Lane, said Teri Mizuhara of Cal Fire. Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Rescue Fire, Cameron Park Fire and Garden Valley Fire all responded. It was fully contained at 4:07 p.m. […]

New courthouse to open next to juvenile hall

A new courthouse will be officially opened and dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 21. The courthouse, located at 295 Fair Lane, Placerville, next to the current Juvenile Hall, will handle all traffic, juvenile dependency and delinquency cases on the West Slope, a press release stated. “I am excited about the opening of the […]

Rollover results in fatality

A solo vehicle rollover resulted in a single fatality on Bucks Bar Road in Placerville on June 4. The accident, which happened around 4:10 p.m. just south of Palace Lane, resulted in the death of Jerome Gallup, who had been driving his SUV at an “unsafe speed for the wet road,” said CHP Officer Phillip […]

Where the heck is Coloma, Part II

Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part story on the origination of Coloma. Part I ran in the May 30 issue of the Mountain Democrat. There are obviously many tales that can be told about early Coloma and its citizens. After all, as a former publisher of the Mountain Democrat aptly put it, […]

Agri-Culture is growing in El Dorado County

The focus of the 48th annual Agricultural Tour presented by the Agricultural Council of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce was water — not just for drinking but for irrigating. The first stop on the tour covered both drinking and irrigation — the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Reservoir 1 Water Treatment Plant. The Pollock […]

UPDATE: No crime in Town Center death, officials determine

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies converged on El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 12 after a construction worker found a woman’s body hanging in an enclosed trash area. Though originally deemed suspicious — 911 calls made to the Sheriff’s Department the night before the body was discovered reported a woman screaming for help in […]

Heard over the back fence: Free concerts in El Dorado Hills

THURSDAY EVENINGS CONCERTS: Free concerts are presented on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Town Center. On June 21, the “Unauthorized Rolling Stones” band will be performing. On June 28, the “Steelin’ Dan” group will perform. FREE FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: Friday night free concerts are presented at 7 p.m. at the El […]

Coordination: More than just a 12-letter word

Deep within a forest of acronyms and departmental jargon, there is a set of regulations that mandates protocols under which the United States Forest Service and other federal agencies must deal with local governments. Known as “Coordination,” the laws outline under what circumstances and in what manner the forest service, for example, must consider local […]