$350k air quality grants; what’s a county to do?

El Dorado County’s newly appointed air pollution control officer, Dave Johnston, asked the Board of Supervisors earlier this month for direction on how to spend about $350,000 in grant funds from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The grant program was created by Assembly Bill 2766 in 1991. A primary goal of AB 2766  is […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Vacancy on Camino board

Scott Robbins of the Camino Union School Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective Dec. 28, 2011, due to a move out of state. The Camino Union School District would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To […]

SMUD to add small hydro plant to Slab Creek

MOSQUITO — Fire and safety concerns took center stage as about 45 Mosquito residents met with Sacramento Municipal Utility District officials during a meeting about the proposed Slab Creek Powerhouse and increased water flows that will bring rafters and kayakers literally into their own backyards. SMUD officials, with PowerPoint presentation in hand, explained that the […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Sacto region payrolls down in Dec.; El Dorado County’s unchanged

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 10.9 percent in December 2011, unchanged from a revised 10.9 percent in November 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.6 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for California and 8.3 percent for the nation during the same period. […]

Black Oak Mine 7th, 8th graders to move

GEORGETOWN — Parents, students and staff in attendance at the Black Oak Mine Unified School Board meeting Jan. 12 witnessed that moving nearly 200 students to another location was no easy decision. Up to the last minute of the vote, taken at 10:30 p.m., it was plain to see that the final vote was not […]

DA trying to link accused killer Naso with cold cases

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — An El Dorado County law enforcement task force is working to connect the area’s cold case murders with suspected killer Joseph Naso. The task force works continuously on a list of 30 or so unsolved homicides, balancing time towards the crimes they believe have a higher likelihood of […]

Cedar Ravine sewer line to move

Due to a lack of funding to pay for construction improvements to the trunk sewer system on Hangtown Creek, an existing trunk sewer system in Cedar Ravine Creek will be relocated out of the creek and into the adjacent roadway on Cedar Ravine Street instead. This change was approved at the Jan. 11  meeting of […]

Skier dies after collision with sign post

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A 34-year-old man was killed at Heavenly Mountain Resort Tuesday after suffering chest injuries sustained in a skiing accident, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Michael Perring, a resident of Great Britain, was pronounced dead about 3:40 p.m. in the Sky Meadows area of the resort, […]

Patty Gill rides into champions’ circle

“Dedicated.” Trainer Pam Cross with Cantera Farms at Sundance Springs in Shingle Springs quickly came up with the word to describe her student Patty Gill. “She’s committed,” Cross explained. “She does this four to five days a week.” For the last seven years Patty has dedicated her time to pony equitation. This past season the […]

Body found on Wiltse Ct.

Placerville police officers responded Friday afternoon to reports of a body found in Placerville. At around 3 p.m., Placerville man Everett Farris entered the Mountain Democrat office on Broadway and told Mountain Democrat publisher Richard Esposito that he discovered the body of a naked male inside of a ditch near Wiltse Court. Esposito immediately contacted […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 18 Replies

Hearing continued for mother of boy killed in fire

The Pleasant Valley woman whose son died in a September manufactured home fire appeared in court during a brief hearing Friday morning. Jennifer Christine Ewing, 27, is charged with a single felony count of child endangerment stemming from the Sept. 7 death of her 4-year-old son Sebastian. Prosecutors contend Ewing, an unemployed single mother, locked […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Sheriff names SAR Volunteer of the Year

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has announced its pick for Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year. Cameron Park resident David McCracken was recently honored by the Sheriff’s Department for his contributions to the county. McCracken joined the search and rescue ground team in 1993. Through additional training, he became certified as a swift […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Bucket of ashes cause of Pollock fire

A Pollock Pines residence caught fire Wednesday evening after week-old fireplace ashes melted through a plastic bucket. El Dorado County Fire District battalion chief Mike Pott said crews were called to the dwelling at 2964 School St. in Pollock Pines at around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night after the resident, Jonathan Lakey, came home and found […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Harry Dunlop — a legend in the water world

“I’ve been wet my whole life,” says Harry Dunlop with a twinkle in his eye. Water works its magic quietly, carving out a path that leaves behind an indelible impression. Harry Dunlop is like water. He comes on quietly but his lifetime of work in the water  business has permanently shaped life in El Dorado […]

Quilters needle Cameron board over contract

CAMERON PARK — It was a raucous meeting Wednesday night at the meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors. One resident after another complained about the lack of transparency in district business while also directing personal barbs at certain board members and the general manager. “You work for us,” said one […]

How low will it go? School funding still in limbo

The El Dorado County Office of Education is still waiting to hear from the state regarding what cuts to expect in education funding for the next fiscal year. The Department of Finance has predicted General Fund revenues of about $2.2 billion below the figures adopted in the state budget. That means that a total of […]

IRS taps EDH man for advice

What do you do once you retire? Why become a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) of course. Or at least that what Sam Sorich did. The president of the Association of California Insurance Companies for the past 25 years, Sorich retired in 2010 and started looking around for interesting things to do. Then […]

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with ‘Emily Maple’

Love for the outdoors must run in families because why else would Emily Gilbert decide to hike the Appalachian Trail? Emily, the daughter of Placerville resident Jim Gilbert, took up the challenge a year and a half ago. Both her parents worked for the National Park Service and for Emily the trip may have been, […]

Missing these?

While working on several burglary cases, El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives have come into possession of several pieces of stolen property. Detectives have identified most of the stolen items but have not yet been able to identify the owner of the pictured items, which were recovered from a pawn shop in November 2010. Residents who […]

EDH burglary suspects busted

A Sacramento man and two teenage boys were recently arrested for their alleged roles in an El Dorado Hills burglary. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies were called to El Dorado Hills’ Bridlewood subdivision at around 4:40 p.m. on Jan. 11 after residents reported seeing several suspicious subject jumping over neighborhood fences. Residents, according to Sheriff’s […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

State’s recoups $100M from tax debtors

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization announced recently that collective efforts from the Internet posting of California’s 250 largest unpaid state tax debtors has raised more than $100 million since the program’s inception. “Collecting these large unpaid tax debts is absolutely crucial, because every dollar collected helps spare schools, public safety, […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vallejo man nabbed after high-speed chase

A Vallejo man was booked late Tuesday after leading officers on a high-speed chase through El Dorado County. At around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, Placerville police officers were alerted to reports of a stolen vehicle that was spotted leaving the Camino area. Officers noticed the vehicle on westbound Highway 50 and Canal Street in Placerville […]

Missing hunter found dead

Search and rescue volunteers located the body of a missing hunter Wednesday morning in the Eldorado National Forest, less than 24 hours after he was first reported missing. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said the hunter, whose identity was not immediately known, was said to be missing in the Grizzly Flat area at […]

1-25-12 Genealogical Society seeking family roots

SEEKING FAMILY ROOTS: On Tuesday, Feb 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society will meet in the children’s section of the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. This will be a casual gathering of members to share information and to help guests do their family […]

Heard over the back fence: Author to speak at grange

Cameron Park Rotarian Irina Green told her fellow Rotarians that she has enough money to last her for the rest of her life, provided she dies at 3 p.m.  • • •  GUY NIXON TO SPEAK:
 Guy Nixon has written several books, including “Slavery of the West.” He will be speaking at the […]

1-23-12 Front Yard Nursery gardening advice

FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS: The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offered the following gardening advice for February: “- Apply third and final dormant spray on fruit trees (just before bud break) – this is the most important of the three sprays. – Fertilize annuals and perennials with a low nitrogen starter fertilizer or rose & flower food. […]

State requesting tax returns from nonfilers

SACRAMENTO – While most people are working on their 2011 state tax returns, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced that it is contacting more than 900,000 people who did not file a 2010 state income tax return. FTB finds nonfilers by using more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fire and oxygen therapy equal deadly mix

CAMINO — “Those individuals on oxygen therapy should avoid smoking and using other sources of “open flame” such as gas stovetops, lighters, matches, candles and wood stoves. The oxygen molecules from an oxygen tank literally cling to clothing, hair, bedding, furniture etc. and  can  cause a fire to burn faster, hotter and at lower temperatures” cautions Unit […]

Greenberg probation report to be compiled out-of-county

Days after he was convicted of Anthony Dumont’s first-degree murder, Morris Greenberg learned Friday that his probation report would not be completed in El Dorado County. During a brief hearing Friday morning, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner announced that Placer County would be handling the creation of Greenberg’s probation report. Last […]

Tahoe summer rentals continue through January

Rob Sabo Nimble operators of firms that rent recreational equipment around Lake Tahoe are doing just fine despite a nearly snow-free winter, operating as if summer never came to an end. Instead of renting winter gear such as skis, snowboards, snowshoes or snowmobiles, Lake Tahoe rental businesses say they are still renting summer equipment — […]

Backroads to gratitude, part 1: A “gawdawful” 2011

In part one of this three-part series, Backroads columnist Mike Roberts shares his frustration over trying to manage his 87-year-old mother’s declining health from afar, and how an assortment of people helped out along the way. My family has a versatile expression that describes the last half of 2011 for both my mother and I: […]

What’s new at the county Historical Museum?

If you haven’t visited the El Dorado County Historical Museum lately, it’s time for another look see. On display Jan. 18 will be a new exhibit featuring a variety of scales, including a 1915 scale from the Fulton Market and a scale used to weigh gold. The latter came from the Georgetown area and was […]

No charges filed against former EID candidate Carey

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against the former El Dorado Irrigation District board candidate who suspended his campaign following his November arrest. Rob Carey, 36, was arrested Nov. 6 on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. On the morning after his arrest, Carey told the Mountain Democrat that he had withdrawn from the race for EID board […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

SEC sues EDH man, brother

The brother of an El Dorado Hills man who allegedly orchestrated a massive Ponzi scheme has been hit with a civil fraud suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Eric Nelson, of Provo, Utah, was recently named in an SEC civil fraud suit for his purported role in a $16 million Ponzi scheme thought to have […]

Hard times for the American dream; bailouts for banks

Like a lot of Americans, Ken and Rhonda Hildebrand didn’t think it could happen to them. “I worked like a dog to buy this home, “said Rhonda fighting back the tears. “I brought my son home to this house. I gave him his first bath in the kitchen sink. It’s been a good girl.” For […]

Folsom Lake College spring classes start soon

Folsom Lake College’s spring 2012 semester is almost here, with most classes starting Jan. 17-23. While many spring classes are full — state budget cuts have led to reduced offerings — a limited number of courses remain open for registration. Several of these classes are ideal for someone seeking a new career path or looking […]

Cold weather pet tips offered

As temperatures continue to drop, El Dorado County Animal Services has issued a reminder urging residents to make appropriate plans for their pets. “Every year around this time, and especially when snow, hail or rain arrive, we begin receiving calls from people who are concerned about dogs or cats that are without shelter from the […]

Heard over the back fence: Book signing, art and wine show Saturday

 The MORE El Dorado Art and Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Mark D. Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Music will be provided by Ray Brown Pro Sound D. J. Services. There will be a live and silent auction, art from the MORE […]

Southeast Connector JPA revises EIR, expands financing study

At a recent meeting of the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority, held at Rancho Cordova City Hall, the directors formally rescinded certification of the Program Environmental Impact Report, prepared to recertify an amended report, and approved a financial study to fund construction of the project, including consideration of using tolls. Chairman John Knight, from […]

1-20-12 “Beginning Cribbage Lessons” class at EDH Sr. Center

LEARN TO PLAY CRIBBAGE: A new class titled “Beginning Cribbage Lessons” is scheduled on Wednesdays, from Feb. 1 to March 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. The instructors are Jack Throne and Ross Walter. Drop-ins are always welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575. The fun takes place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

Assemblywoman Gaines gets given pro-jobs rating by NFIB

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R- Roseville, announced Jan. 12 that she has received an “A” grade from the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s top advocate for small businesses and job creation, for her strong, pro-business voting record. “As a small businesswoman, I am honored to have earned a high score on the […]

1-20-12 “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” class

SNAPSHOT EDUCATION: Did Christmas create a new camera for you? A class titled “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Bring your camera to class. No experience is necessary. The class fee […]

Local help and funding available for job training

Unemployed, underemployed or dislocated workers and youth in El Dorado County could potentially receive free tuition, on-the-job training and other supportive services through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). “Many people don’t realize that these resources are available,” said Sarah Schmudlach, employment and training supervisor with the El Dorado County Connections One Stop Resource Center. […]

Housing, zoning, General Plan fixup on tap

El Dorado County is in the start-up phase of a complex and comprehensive process to prepare for its future. The basis of the effort is to create and adopt a “Targeted General Plan Amendment” and “Zoning Code Update EIR.” As directed by the Board of Supervisors Nov. 14, staff from county agencies, including Planning Services, […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

City reorganizes

The city of Placerville will be recruiting for a director of community development and engineering as a result of department reorganization and the loss of two retired annuitants. At Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting, City Manager Cleve Morris proposed a reorganization of the Public Works Department, Community Development and Community Services For fiscal year 2011-2012 […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies