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 […]

Fire damages Forest Service warehouse

A fire did major damage to and destroyed the contents of a U.S. Forest Service warehouse near 8 Mile Road in Camino on Thursday. Duane Nelson, a district ranger for the Forest Service, said the fire was noticed by an employee arriving to work early. He noticed smoke coming from the building and called the […]

Pickleball growing as active sport for all ages

“Pickleball is here to stay, you betcha!” said Minnesota native Cheri Carruth about her new favorite hobby. On a trip to her hometown, Virginia, Minn., she and her husband Lee were introduced to the sport that changed their lives. “We just kinda heard about it and were visiting her hometown. And they had (tennis) courts, […]

Woman arrested after 10-hour standoff at motel

A reportedly suicidal woman was arrested early Thursday morning after a 10-hour standoff with police at the Pine Cone Acre Motel in South Lake Tahoe. Auburn police received a report of a distraught and possibly armed woman, Jennifer Lynn Trezona, 49, of Sacramento, leaving an Auburn home after a family disturbance about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Help is needed to support the troops

POLLOCK PINES — Joshua Hansen has always watched over his younger brother, Trevor Gregorvich and continues to do so — even though Gregorvich is now in Afghanistan. Hansen, a Pollock Pines resident, and his wife, Mary, have been sending non-perishable items to Gregorvich during his tour in Afghanistan. Gregorvich works as a combat engineer for […]

Luebbers gets 50-to-life

John Harold Luebbers, 45, the man found guilty of the slaying of Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara, was sentenced to 50-years-to-life in prison Friday afternoon.

Luebbers was met with a packed courtroom, many wearing a white shirt emblazoned with “Schnell School Spring Walk-a-thon 2011.”

LaCara’s widow, Lisa, was first to come to the podium to read a victim impact statement.

“It’s pointless to put into words … the nightmare I and my daughters have lived,” she said …

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El Dorado Rose 2012 enjoys the limelight

As the limelight shimmered off her vivid green satin gown, Sharon McDavid became the 2012 El Dorado Rose. Since the judges had a tough decision to make, it was an exciting moment. McDavid, 75, is a “walking résumé” of volunteer service, one of the major judging points. A longtime Placerville resident, McDavid was nominated by […]

Heard over the back fence: Gardening advice for June

GARDEN HINTS FOR JUNE: The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following garden advice for June: “• Rebuild watering basins around trees and shrubs for deep watering. • Protect ripening fruit with bird netting or scare tactics such as reflective tape, plastic owls, old CDs, plastic snakes, old neckties or wind chimes. Put up just as […]

Delta Stewardship Council to remain an independent agency

Resources Agency Secretary John Laird said this morning that the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) will not be folded into the Natural Resources Agency as was proposed in Governor Brown’s Reorganization Plan submitted to the Little Hoover Commission in March 2012. Secretary Laird announced the change during a meeting of the Assembly Special Committee on the […]

Couch potatoes sought for UC Davis exercise study

A UC Davis research team is seeking participants for a study that will help determine if a personalized or standard exercise plan works better for improving exercise capacity. “Exercise has well-known benefits, but it’s not clear that a one-size-fits-all approach is best for everyone,” said Ivan Anderson, a research fellow in cardiovascular medicine and co-principal […]

Hydroelectric project proposed at GDPUD meeting

A proposal to install a new hydroelectric generator on Walton Lake was discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. A presentation on the project was given by Rick Lind who is president of EN2 Resources, Inc., an environmental consulting firm in Placerville. Lind and his firm were hired by the […]

Budget approved for GDPUD

A new budget for the next fiscal year was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board meeting. Staff project revenues of a little over $4 million and expenses of $4.2 million, leaving a deficit of $147,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year. However the district expects to receive a payment of […]

Business reopens after roof collapse

After having suffered a partially collapsed roof, the Pollock Pines True Value hardware store is set to have its grand re-opening this weekend. It was March 26 of last year when the “wet, heavy snows” caused the building’s roof to partially collapse, said owner Dave Campbell. They closed for a few days, but Campbell and […]

Testimony reveals details of bail bondsman’s charges

A Sacramento bail bondsman was in hot water in the El Dorado County Superior Court Wednesday. After conferring with visiting Judge John C. Quinlen and trailing the matter to take care of a few short cases, the preliminary hearing for Kenneth Waters began. Waters is charged with an illegal bail transaction and soliciting prostitution. Prosecutor […]

Nurse takes to sky in cross-country race

With Cindy Ashmead’s five children all “getting bigger,” the former stay-at-home mom decided to become a nurse. She went back to school, and five years ago, became a nurse at Marshall Hospital in Placerville. But her dream was to become a pilot. On June 19, she will embark as a co-pilot on the nationwide Air Race Classic.

Ashmead, a registered nurse who works in telemetry and cardiac monitoring, got her pilot’s license in August of 2009 from the Placerville Airport, her instrument rating in February of 2010 and her commercial rating in May of 2012. “I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was 11 years old,” Ashmead said. “But then you have a family, and things change.”

With her children older — all of them have flown with her and her oldest has gone through ground training with her — she decided the time was ripe to start realizing her dream.

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File wars divide Georgetown PUD

The war over access to files erupted once again at the monthly board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Supplying fresh ammunition was board member Kathy Otermat who asked the board to approve a request that staff at the agency comply with the California Public Records Act. Otermat said she had previously sent out two […]

Fahy receives two new court dates

Joseph Fahy appeared in court on Wednesday to set two hearing dates. Fahy, who appeared with his attorney, James Clark, had originally appeared in court on Monday, but due to a visiting judge and a packed court calendar, ran out of time and appeared again on Wednesday to set the dates. A pre-preliminary hearing was […]

Wish granted, in grand style, for El Dorado Hills girl

In September 2011 the Warford family of El Dorado Hills sat in freezing weather in New York City’s Central Park, anticipating a free concert given by Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Kaliana Warford, a 9-year-old with the congenital form of myotonic muscular dystrophy, submitted a wish to the Make-A-Wish foundation two-and-a-half years earlier in hopes […]

Placerville CHP to take over patrol of EDH

As a result of a jurisdictional change that started June 1, the Placerville CHP has taken over patrolling El Dorado Hills. About three years ago, when the Rancho Cordova office of the CHP was being built, the Placerville office gave El Dorado Hills to the fledgling branch as part of “normal procedure,” said Placerville CHP […]

Demand for domestic violence services up in down economy

A recent survey released by the Mary Kay Foundation shows that the persistent economic downturn has had a serious impact on domestic violence shelters. The “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey” reveals that not only have shelters seen an increase in the number of domestic violence survivors seeking help nationwide, but the abuse is more […]

Placerville Weight Watchers offers pep talks and weight loss

Weight Watchers celebrated the grand opening of their new location in Placerville on June 9 with free seminars, prizes and a lot of pumped up energy. Carol Steinbrecher, who is a leader at the center, is a good example of someone who has used the Weight Watcher program to take off and keep off extra […]

Rubicon Trail projects OK’d

The red tape has finally caught up with reality on the Rubicon Trail. Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy updated the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday on her agency’s efforts over the past two years to authorize the county to do maintenance on selected portions of the trail. She and her staff presented […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Senior of the Year’ award goes to…

A VERY SPECIAL AWARD: The 2012 “Senior of the Year” award goes to Iva Heuser. The Senior Times Newsletter noted the following: “Iva is a dedicated volunteer and an exceptional asset to the Placerville Senior Center and the county’s many senior support services and activities. Iva has a willingness to help out in any way she […]


In the article “Ewing set for readiness hearing,” attorney Michael Atwell was erroneously referred to as Richard Atwell.

Banners brighten Main Street

What: Banners on Parade Who: Placerville Art on Parade Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 9 through Saturday, Oct. 20 Information: Call 530-672-3436 or visit and click on “See 2012 Banners Pix Here” Placerville’s Main Street is the backdrop for the latest Art on Parade. Bill Robinson, president of Banners on Parade, beams […]

County praises ‘coordination’ with forest service; looks for clout with Feds

El Dorado County officials want to be “ahead of rather than behind the curve” when it deals with the federal government. Toward that end, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday considered formalizing a relationship with the El Dorado County Citizens Coordination Committee and to urge creation of an advisory committee within its […]

El Dorado Hills man wins $88k 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 an $88,182 jackpot for Kurt from […]

Rose candidate McDavid reflects a prism of multi-facted beauty

Members of the Placerville Shakespeare Club probably think it’s about time that Sharon McDavid of Placerville accepted their nomination for El Dorado Rose. They’ve wanted to sponsor her candidacy for years, but other priorities intervened. “They’d been asking me for years to run for Rose. I’m in good health still and I think the Rose […]

BLM announces fire restrictions

Effective June 11, the Bureau of Land Management implemented fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands within the Mother Lode Field Office boundary. This includes BLM-managed public lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Mariposa counties — a total of about 230,000 acres. The fire restrictions will remain […]

Otermat recall efforts proceed

A petition to place on the ballot the recall of Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board member Kathy Otermat continues to pick up signatures. According to Bob Villalobos, who is one of the leaders of the recall movement, they have now collected between 1,300 and 1,600 signatures which, according to him, “gives us 65 to […]