Interstate pot sales arrest made

A man was arrested and money and marijuana plants were seized in connection with a drug trafficking organization that extends  from California to North Carolina, Florida and Virginia. On May 4, the Western El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team began an investigation into the organization, a press release stated. WENET detectives found their suspect in […]

Equine therapy helps horses inside and out

Can you rescue a horse from the inside out? Horses, as horse lovers and owners know, are acutely sensitive animals with long memories and they get the same twisted necks and muscle pains as humans.

At Cedar Springs Arena and Livery at the corner of Mother Lode and El Dorado roads, an equine therapy session took place with 7-year-old part quarter horse, Takela. Two years ago, she and her newborn colt were rescued by All About Equine from a feed lot in Nevada, changing her fate and that of her colt from malnourishment and slaughter in Canada to well-nourished companions.

Jessica Bridges, 17, acquired Takela in December.

“Sometimes she shakes. She’s really sweet, but still shy of people,” said Bridges

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Missing skier found at 10,000-foot level

Searchers located and are in the process of retrieving the body of a skier, who has been missing in Mono County for nearly two weeks. Boris Avdeev, 31, of Ann Arbor, Mich., an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19. His body […]

New ag commissioner on the job

Charlene Carveth wants you to look for bugs. Carveth, who became the El Dorado County Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures in March, says people don’t realize how easily invasive pests can be spread in the fruits, vegetables and plants they bring across state lines. “New pests are always coming in,” said Carveth. “Right now, […]

‘Wagons in the Pines’ relocates

Now in its 63rd year, the Highway 50 Association is again saddling up to bring in the wagons. Years ago, the Wagon Train stopped at historical Sportsman’s Hall on Pony Express Trail. CEDAPP has made the decision to move the Pollock Pines venue to the more authentic location. The wagons will stop in front of […]

Heard over the back fence: Art, wine and Mothers Day breakfast in two venues

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following suggestion: “When you make a shift from predicting behavior to responding to it, you’ll find yourself being annoyed far less often.” • • • ART AND WINE AFFAIR: 
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Rare rodent caught in Camino

A Camino man trapped a rare albino gopher near his garden on May 3. Eugene Wells noticed that gophers had been been digging holes near his garden, where he parks his boat trailer. As he has done many times before, he set traps to kill the gophers and stop their destruction of his property. When […]

A man and his machines bring history to life

At the top of the hill where Dave Traver lives, is a 1923 Model T. It may be rusty and up on concrete blocks, but it says a lot about the man who put it there and where his interests lie. “It’s my tribute to Henry Ford,” Traver said. An habitual collector since he was 8 […]

Transportation commission approves money for Placerville projects

The city of Placerville is awaiting word about whether or not they will be awarded grant funding for two projects that would extend sidewalks as part of the city’s Pedestrian Circulation Plan. If the grant funding is awarded, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission has already agreed to provide the funds for the required local […]

Planning Commission approves zoning changes

At Tuesday’s Placerville Planning Commission meeting, Commissioners spent a lot of time exploring amendments to the text of the Placerville Municipal Code before recommending them for approval to City Council. Internal inconsistencies between the city’s Housing Element program and existing city code and lack of compliance between state mandates and city code necessitated the amendments, […]

Supes wrestle with Diamond-El Dorado traffic patterns

El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday accepted a “forecast” of future traffic circulation in the Diamond Springs-El Dorado area based on known development proposals and on projects that may reasonably be anticipated. Steve Kooyman, engineer and assistant director of the county’s department of transportation introduced the item to the board with the conclusion that “current (traffic) […]

Cairns gets probation, anger management

Kevin Cairns, the restauranteur convicted on misdemeanor counts of vandalism, assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace, walked into the courtroom with a smile and a Hawaiian shirt on. After his sentencing hearing, he still wore a smile, just not quite as wide and not quite as happy. Deputy district attorney Dale Gomes […]

Meteor prospectors mine hills looking for remains

It’s been a little over two weeks since a meteor fell in the Coloma-Lotus area, but that hasn’t diminished interest in collecting whatever is left of what is now officially known as the Sutter’s Mill Meteor. If anything, it has led to a new kind of gold rush as “meteor prospectors” flock to the area hoping to find something rarer and more valuable than gold.

Locals have also caught the bug. Residents are looking down at their feet a lot more often. You can buy a t-shirt commemorating the event at nearby stores. And at the Argonaut Restaurant, you can buy some asphalt “look-alike meteor fragments” for $5,000 or best offer.

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Run It Forward – Runners tag team Route 66

Think cheerleaders are airheads, or soccer moms don’t think outside the universe of their school district? You haven’t met former Oakland Raiderette Erika Small, who envisioned Run It Forward, a grand “pay it forward” to benefit underprivileged kids in the nation’s heartland. “People talk … they complain about the economy, their school systems, lost opportunities […]

Supes break lockstep with state organization over taxes

Supervisor Norma Santiago asked her colleagues for assistance in extricating the county from the space “between a rock and a hard place” at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 14. As the county’s representative to the California State Association of Counties, Santiago pitched the CSAC line to fellow supervisors. The statewide organization […]

National Research Council reports on Delta water management

On March 29 the National Research Council released its third report on Delta water issues since the Delta Stewardship Council held its first meeting on April 1, 2010. The latest report is called, “Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.” Seventeen nationally-known scientists, including five from California, formed a committee to prepare the […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Farmers Market back in action

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar provided the following tidbit: “The way to fight back against the pressure to look different is to make the decision to like yourself just the way you are. And, as simplistic as this sounds, once you make this decision, you will feel better about yourself […]

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association grows in stature

The Mountain Counties Water Resources Association is exactly what the name describes. It is an association of 57 districts, agencies, cities, counties, professional consultants and regional agricultural interests that are dedicated to the management of water resources in California’s mountain counties. The Mountain Counties include the foothills and mountains of the western slope of the […]

Farm Bureau endorses John Knight

After reviewing the qualifications of both candidates as well as their responses to questions concerning issues of interest to agriculture, the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors decided to endorse John Knight in the Board of Supervisors District 1 race. “John Knight is knowledgeable about the issues in the county, including those that […]

Farm Bureau backs Nutting in District 2 race

After reviewing the qualifications of both candidates as well as their responses to questions concerning issues of interest to agriculture, the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors decided to endorse Ray Nutting in the Board of Supervisors District 2 race. “Ray Nutting is unquestionably the best candidate to represent farmers and help protect […]

El Dorado Disposal talks trash to BOS

California’s success at recycling is reported to be in the neighborhood of 54 percent these days. That’s a few points above what was called for back in 1989 when the legislature passed AB 939 — a law designed to reduce the inflow of solid waste to the state’s landfills. Within the next eight years, the […]

Farm Bureau backs Bigelow

Recognizing his lifelong commitment to farming and ranching as well as his consistent focus on responsible fiscal management, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed Frank Bigelow for state Assembly. Bigelow, a Republican, seeks election in Assembly District 5, serving Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono and Tuolumne counties. During his tenure as […]

Fund created for vets memorial

More seating, a kiosk and another structure for troop listings are just part of the vision that continues to form in the minds of the Friends of the Veterans Monument at the County Governement Center. After sharing this vision with Hayden Cooksy, a young Eagle Scout hopeful, Cooksy made the decision that his Eagle Scout […]

Auditor Joe Harn endorses Joseph Hoffman for judge

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn announced April 18 he is endorsing local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman for judge. Harn joins Superior Court judges including Douglas Phimister, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies, local attorneys and citizens who support Hoffman. “Today’s fiscal burdens on our congested courts require the style of judicial leadership […]

Building bug houses for Earth Day

Five-year-old Olivia Meyer used the two-handed hammer technique while Madalyn Crist, 6, and Rylie Brown, 5, searched for captives. The girls were part of a partnership between Indian Creek kindergarteners and Home Depot to celebrate Earth Day by building bug boxes. The kindergarten team of Valerie McDaniel, Nancy O’Ney, Wayne Jones, Valerie Lauritzen, Leeann Lytie, […]

May Day demonstration for Cal’s Market

On Tuesday, May 1, major cities and businesses across the nation were disrupted and experienced violent occupiers in support of what they celebrate as International Workers Day, known as Labor Day in many countries around the world. Greenwood occupiers at Cal’s Market, however, stood their ground peacefully in support of local businessman Vincent Cal.

Carrying signs with slogans that read “Permit It,” “Occupy Everything,” “Support Cal’s” and “Less Regulations More Ice Cream,” occupiers greeted each other with hugs, handshakes and familiarity. The local businessman goes to trial July 10 in El Dorado County Superior Court for operating his business without a license much to the disapproval of the 40-50 people present. Cars passing by honked their horns in support of the “unrest,” which was far from disobedient (as no public or private property was damaged), but still carried an air of rebellion.

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Valentine: trial experience

Judicial candidate Stephen W. Valentine liked things the way they were when he was a court commissioner, saying that, as of late, court dealings have “moved away from public service.” Valentine had originally intended to run for judge in two or three years, he said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat, after a superior court […]

Hoffman: experience, consistency

Joseph Hoffman, 44, is young for a judicial candidate, but it’s a role he’s always wanted. “Going in to law school, I always wanted to be a judge,” he said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat. “It ebbed and flowed over the years. But the community involvement — I like it.” Hoffman, a career […]

Hwy 50 wildlife tunnel under way

Local animals will soon be able to cross the road — for important animal business or simply to “get to the other side.” The California State Department of Transportation has contracted with Doug Veerkamp General Engineering to construct a “wildlife crossing” under Highway 50 between El Dorado and Greenstone Roads a couple of miles west […]

Stracener: positive impact

Warren “Curt” Stracener thought he would retire in the world of education. The former auto-shop teacher at El Camino High School took night classes to obtain his master’s degree in education and administration, where he took a law class and fell in love, he said in an interview with the Mountain Democrat. After getting his […]

Final snow survey a dry hole

There was nothing to measure on Tuesday as Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the Department of Water Resources, did his final snow survey for the season at Phillips station near Echo Summit. Behind him, flapping in the wind, was a banner on the Sierra at Tahoe sign announcing that the ski […]

High school district board declines to increase developer fees

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees decided not to approve an inflationary increase in developer fees. “The Board of Trustees didn’t think  it was a good idea to raise the  fees, with the economy being the way it is,” Associate Superintendent of Business Services for EDUHSD Baldev Johal said. Every two years the […]

DeLuz to speak with EDH Tea Party

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will hold a presentation at the Holiday Inn Town Center on 4360 Town Center Boulevard in El Dorado Hills on May 16 at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker Craig DeLuz will address issues of education and immigration in his speech to the group. DeLuz is a longtime community and […]

May the month of recognition at BOS meeting

El Dorado County Supervisors got May off to a resolute start Tuesday with a proclamation recognizing it as National Mental Health Month. Later, the board recessed at noon to observe National Bike Month. Many county workers and local residents joined board members on a ride from government center, down El Dorado Trail to Missouri Flat […]

Heard over the back fence: Enjoy Clarksville Day and then hunt birds

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following warning: “If you keep adding things to your list — when you’re already maxed out — at some point you’ll go nuts; your circuits will burst. It’s a wonder we do as well as we do.” • • • RIDE THE WAGON: 
The […]

More than $30k in table jackpots at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino offers players Northern California’s lowest side bet for a chance to win a table progressive. The $1 side bet is available on Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’ em. The small side bet resulted in three lucky progressive jackpot winners April […]

QuickBooks class offered in Placerville again

Back by popular demand is QuickBooks instruction. The two QuickBooks classes are geared to small business owners and will be offered by the Sierra Economic Development Corp. (SEDCorp) on May 24 in Placerville. The morning class, 9 a.m.-noon, will cover Setup and the afternoon class, 1-4 p.m., will cover Data Entry. Cost is $65 each […]

District Attorney Vern Pierson endorses Joseph Hoffman for judge

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced May 1 he is endorsing Joseph Hoffman for Superior Court judge. Joining El Dorado County’s top prosecutor are the chief assistant district attorney, eight deputy district attorneys and two District Attorney’s Office investigators. “Public safety is my top priority,” said Pierson, now in his second elected term […]

‘Other Miwok’ Caballero returns to jail

Cesar Caballero, the man who claims he is the chief of the real Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, is heading back to jail after having recently been released. Caballero, 42, was sentenced to 90 days in prison by United States Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan after being found guilty of obstructing mail, a press […]

Older American’s Day lunch May 16

In appreciation for the many valuable contributions our older adults make to our communities each and every day, there be a celebration luncheon Wednesday, May 16 at each of the senior nutrition sites in El Dorado County. A delicious meal will be served at noon at each site with a fun, spirited atmosphere. Meals are […]

Retired sheriff Barker endorses Hoffman for judge

Retired El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker announced he is endorsing Joseph Hoffman for judge. Barker joins Superior Court judges, including Douglas Phimister, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and local attorneys who support Hoffman. “I watched Joe start his legal career, and have always been impressed with his abilities, diligence and professionalism,” said Barker, who […]

UM coach appears in court

David Robert Freeman, the Union Mine teacher and coach accused of statutory rape, appeared briefly in court Monday morning. Freeman, 38, was in court for little more than a minute, only long enough to discuss the date of his next hearing. It is set for June 25 at 8 a.m. The issue of bail was […]

Save water

You can earn your Blue Thumb by using water efficiently in your landscape and taking the “Blue Thumb Pledge.” It is fast and simple and by taking the pledge you can earn a free pair of “Blue Thumb” garden gloves. The measures include pledging to: Quickly repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads; water your landscape early […]

Man charged with murder in pedestrian’s death

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Thursday afternoon for allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine in September. Larry Lee Halverson, 60, was arrested between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 3300 block of Sandy Way in connection with […]