Tilden Park hearing continued

Rather than hold a hearing on the Tilden Park Planned Development, the El Dorado County Planning Commission granted a request from the developer for a continuance. The developer said they needed time to address questions raised about the project, to redo the plan in light of the recent court decision regarding the county’s Oak Woodland […]

Sex offender ordinance addresses ‘public emergency’

Tuesday, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a “second reading” of a proposed ordinance that would specify when and under what circumstances a registered sex offender may be restricted from being in a park, playground or on school grounds. A first reading, as required by law, was included in the […]

Mine owner turns in self, makes bail

Big Cut Mine owner, Joseph Leonard Hardesty, was released on bail from the El Dorado County Jail early Thursday evening. He had surrended earlier that day. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 13, 2012, according to District Attorney Vern Pierson. Mountain Democrat staff met with Pierson, deputy DA Mike Pizzuti and deputy DA Jim […]

Library now has eBooks and Audiobooks

For all you technophiles out there, there is something new and exciting at the County Library and it’s absolutely free of charge. We’re talking about eBooks and Audiobooks of course. Now you can download your favorite science fiction thriller, mystery novel, tech manual, or cookbook to your phone, computer, or reading device. The new “e” […]

Preschool teacher sues over Tahoe stun gun incident

 By Dyland Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former preschool teacher at Under the Magic Pine Tree is suing the city of South Lake Tahoe, numerous police and fire officials and ambulance operators in federal court over an incident last year that his attorney said quite literally forced him into the hospital. The lawsuit alleges […]

P’ville registering transitional kindergarten

Placerville Union School District Is currently enrolling students for the 2012—2013 Transitional Kindergarten program. Emphasis will be on providing a developmental program that promotes physical, intellectual and social-emotional growth. Children who turn “5” between Nov. 2 and Dec. 2 will be enrolled in the Transitional Kindergarten program or if your child turns 5 on or before […]

Shingle billboards shot down

After a lengthy hearing on three new billboard signs proposed along Highway 50, the El Dorado County Planning Commission voted two of them down and will bring back the third for another hearing. The two signs voted down were proposed for Shingle Springs. Consideration of the third sign, proposed for Cameron Park, will be taken […]

Renowned Victorian home reconverted from B&B, changing hands

After living in the classically beautiful Chichester-McKee home for the past five and a half years, its current owners — Ty and Sonja Taylor and their four cats — are moving on. The home has been sold and the Taylors have until the end of the month to pack up and move to their new […]

Burglary suspects sought

El Dorado County authorities have turned to the public for help in finding two men for their alleged roles in a recent burglary. On the evening of Jan. 27, sheriff’s deputies in El Dorado Hills stopped a suspicious black Mercedes sedan after noticing it was driving slowly through the Mormon Island and Lake Ridge Oaks […]

Fugitive mine owner turns self in, remains in custody

Joseph Leonard Hardesty turned himself in to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Undersheriff Rich Williams confirmed that to the Mountain Democrat after press time Thursday afternoon. Williams said that as of 4:30 p.m. Hardesty remained in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail. Williams explained that a felony arrest […]

USGS California Volcano Observatory opens in Menlo Park

“More than 500 volcanic vents have been identified in the State of California. At least 76 of these vents have erupted, some repeatedly, during the last 10,000 years. … Sooner or later, volcanoes in California will erupt again, and they could have serious impacts on the health and safety of the State’s citizens as well […]

Heard over the back fence: Look who’s in American Artist magazine

LISTEN PATIENTLY:
 In the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, you discover the following recommendation: “Don’t interrupt others or finish their sentences. This habit is destructive not only to the respect and love you receive from others but also for the tremendous amount of energy it takes to try to be in two heads at […]

BOMUSD parents anxious about 7th-8th grade move

The need for communication with the parents of middle-schoolers became evident at the special meeting of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees at Northside School Jan. 30. Although there have been three special meetings as well as regular board meetings that have addressed the issue of the seventh and eighth grade […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Redevelopment lingers with debt payback hope

Placerville City Council took a cautious approach to a decision about an ordinance and referendum about redevelopment and how to recoup money already spent on redevelopment. At a recent meeting the City Council took a look at two options and discovered a third. On May 10,2011, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1641, adopting a Redevelopment […]

Healthy hearts make good Valentines

You want to live a long time with your sweetie, right? Maybe the best thing you can give your loved ones for Valentine’s Day is a healthy life and plenty of time to say, ” I love you.” February is Heart Healthy Month and a good time to give your New Year’s resolutions a second […]

Thyroid awareness month: Are you 1 of 30 million?

The thyroid gland may be shaped like a gooey pink butterfly, but waving off symptoms of a malfunctioning thyroid can lead to long-term health problems and reduce one’s quality of life. According to the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), some 30 million Americans have thyroid disorders, yet more than half remain undiagnosed and untreated. Thyroid disease […]

Explosive items found

While responding to reports of a dead body, authorities discovered a cache of explosives on an El Dorado property. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2300 block of Sandridge Road last Saturday morning after receiving reports of a deceased male found lying in his driveway. Deputies located Donald Smith, 69, who is thought […]

Big Cut Mine owner on the lam after charges filed

El Dorado County prosecutors have filed charges against the owner of Placerville’s Big Cut Mine, alleging he conducted illegal mining operations dating back to last year. Joseph Leonard Hardesty, owner of the nearly 150-acre parcel, faces 14 counts— including four felonies— accusing him of mining without the necessary special-use permits at various points from January […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 58 Replies

Holiday closures vary

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, on Monday, Feb.20, due to President’s Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday,a state and federal holiday. A few organizations will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 13 ,for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, which is not a  federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: […]

Coffee roasting biz adds cafe, continues charity work

How does one combine a hot “cup of joe” and charitable fund-raising? With a lot of gusto, if you’re Renee Planje. A high energy entrepreneur, Renee and her husband Dennis started a roasting company last May called the El Dorado Coffee & Tea Co. The only roasting company in the county, the family business includes […]

Report: G’town-Garden Valley fire merger prospects dim

On Jan. 18, at the Georgetown Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting, a “final draft report” from the joint consolidation committee of Georgetown and Garden Valley Fire was presented. The report began by providing some background information on why the report was being made in the first place. “In the early part of 2010, the […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

2-17-12 AARP Tax-Aide Program

AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM: The AARP Tax-Aide Program is a free, volunteer-run tax preparation service. This program pays special attention to those age 60 and over. Tax aide is available through April 12. To make your appointment, call 916-740-7746.

2-17-12 Senior Nutrition lunches available

LET’S TALK TURKEY: The Senior Nutrition lunches are available for adults, 60 years or older, for a suggested donation of $3. For location information of the nutrition sites, call 530-621-6160. The menu for today includes roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, baked squash, half banana, juice and milk.

2-17-12 Sierra Wildlife Rescue classes

ANIMAL RESCUE CLASSES: Sierra Wildlife Rescue has scheduled a class titled “Introduction to Local Wildlife” for March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. This class is for the general public. In the afternoon, on March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., a class for prospective rehabbers, titled “Rehabbing Rabbits”, will be offered. All classes are […]

2-17-12 Gold Country Woodcrafters meet

WOODCRAFTERS UNITE! Gold Country Woodcrafters have installed Gail Cone of Shingle Springs as their new president. This club is open to all levels of craftsmanship. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the recreational hall of the Shepherd of the Hills Covenant Church, 4050 Durock Rd., Shingle Springs. For more information, call […]

2-17-12 Blood Drive in Georgetown

COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE: The Divide Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall, Main St., Georgetown. Walk-ins are welcome, and donors will receive a T-shirt! To be a donor, you must be in generally good health, free from cold symptoms for at least 48 hours; […]

2-15-12 Cake Auction at Shenandoah School

CAKE AUCTION! Shenandoah School’s 5th annual cake competition and auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, Shenandoah’s HS Commons Building, 6540 Koki Lane, El Dorado. Judging starts at 12:45 p.m. Awards and auction start at 1 p.m. This year’s theme for cake decorations is “Movies.” Shenandoah students, alumni and families will compete to create the […]

Where the heck is Caldor?

Caldor was a small, but very important, town near Grizzly Flat that was built by the California Door Co. Located on Dogtown Creek (also known as Dog Creek), a tributary of the Cosumnes River, it was the center for the lumbering operations of this company and ultimately, the eastern end of a narrow gauge railroad […]

Quickbooks class

Amaze yourself by breezing through your bookkeeping like an expert. Learn step by step how to set up your accounts and how to print out reports. You won’t believe how easy and stress free learning and using QuickBooks can be. Classes take place in Auburn on Feb. 11 and Placerville on Feb. 25. You can […]

Shrinking staff limits GDPUD 2012 goals

Looking ahead at this year’s goals for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District directors decided to hold off on making any decisions until all could be present to do so, however because of staff cutbacks some goals may have to be put on the back burner. At its Jan. 31 meeting at the district office, […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Delta Stewardship Council tabs Idaho prof as new lead scientist

Dr. Peter Goodwin, PhD, will serve as lead scientist for the Delta Stewardship Council starting March 1. Goodwin is the second lead scientist to serve the council since its inception Feb. 3, 2010, as an independent agency. Goodwin is no stranger to California or the Delta. He earned his MS degree in Hydraulic and Coastal […]

Heard over the back fence: Chocolate Affair Saturday

F’GETABOUTIT:
A glance at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar reveals the following reflection: “All of us have unlimited potential and a clean slate in this moment — now. What prevents us from tapping into this great potential is our own mental ties to the past.” • • • TASTY AFFAIR:
 Don’t forget the “Chocolate Affair,” scheduled […]

Business workshop offered on government contracting

For any small business, declining revenue calls for bold remedies. Why not make one of those remedies tapping into the government procurement pipeline? To assist with the introductory basics of contracting with the government, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Getting Started with Government Contracting 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 14. It will […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

County to approve sex-offender ordinance

El Dorado County’s sheriff, district attorney and superintendent of schools have united to push for an ordinance restricting registered sex offenders from loitering or congregating at certain public places. A first reading of the proposed ordinance was posted at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting and introduced by DA Vern Pierson. “Basically, this is a tool […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

It doesn’t take a fire to burn a child

SAC RAMENTO — Across California thousands of people are burned every year in fires and countless lives are lost, including young children. During the week of Feb. 5-11 Cal Fire is teaming up with fire departments across the country to highlight the fire risks and burn injury prevention during the winter months for National Burn […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Back roads: Local angels step up

In the third and final episode of Backroads columnist Mike Roberts’ reflection on gratitude, he recaps local friends and professionals who were instrumental in getting his 87-year old mother Martha, who suffers advanced COPD, moved across country and settled in Placerville. Anyone within earshot of me from August through December of 2011  soon became aware of […]

Wrong-way driver accepts guilt

The wrong-way driver who crashed into an oncoming motorist has pleaded no contest for her role in the 2010 death of an Orangevale newlywed. On Jan. 27, Theresa Lee Ghersanich entered no contest pleas to charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury and DUI causing injuring with a blood-alcohol level above the […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Aimee Palmer — a ministry with horses

Aimee Palmer is a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. As the administrator of a nonprofit organization called A Ranch of Light, she spends her days ministering and rehabilitating people and horses. The ranch, which is currently located in Shingle Springs, got its start in 2005 as an outgrowth of a lifelong passion Palmer has always […]

Wakamatsu farm and park take shape

Imagine a 200-acre historical farm and park in El Dorado County. Imagine that this park is a place to picnic, to hike, to learn about the rich history of the county and to learn first-hand how some of the many agricultural products that grow well here are planted, maintained and harvested. Imagine that the park […]

Biz park sewer lift to be replaced

T&S Construction Co. will build a new sewer lift station at the El Dorado Hills Business Park after it was the low bidder at $1,285,900. Including El Dorado Irrigation District construction management, consultants and testing, PG&E electricl service relocation and a contingency fund bring the total project costs to $1.6 million. The lift station, one […]

Heard over the back fence: Health and nutrition advice to be offered

TODAY IS NEW START:
 Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar resulted in finding the following life lesson: “Remind yourself that your life begins now. One of the most severely limiting beliefs that many of us have is that the person we were yesterday is the person we have to be today. This belief […]

Independence HS gets grant

Independence High School is a small continuation school that serves at-risk youth. With this grant, students will create a team focused on combating obesity and its contributing factors (poor nutrition, lack of exercise, etc.) and participate in fitness run/walk events. Students will meet regularly after school to discuss health issues and to train for local […]

Independent seeks 5th Assembly seat

Railrod Flat resident Mark Belden, 55, likes to point out the difference between being a political “Independent” and being politically independent. In a wide-ranging conversation at the Mountain Democrat offices recently the Calaveras County candidate for the state’s 5th Assembly District showed himself to be a bit of a maverick. Formerly a lifelong Republican, Belden’s […]

Boutique lingerie store newest downtown biz

Have a hankering for something lacy and naughty? Then stop by “Dirty Birdy’s.” Owned by 21-year old Brittney Graves, the boutique lingerie store offers an assortment of ruffled and lacy underwear and bras, fish net stockings, corsets, cinchers, tutus, thongs, hand painted silk scarves, nighties, feathered hair extensions, draw bag purses, and vintage romance novels. […]

Smiles for Kids treats 30

Dr. Dean Sands and his staff opened their office on Cold Springs Road Saturday  to host the annual “Smile for Kids” day, some kids seeing a dentist for the very first time. Opening their doors at 8 a.m. Saturday  to approximately  30 kids, Dr. Sands and his staff had every chair filled, all volunteering their […]