USPS: No Democrat delay

With the closure of several post offices and plans to shut down over 200 mail-distribution centers across the country in the near future, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has seen much better times in terms of financial and economic stability. This loss has inevitably brought about a decrease in mail services and delivery methods. […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Knotty Pine Lanes all patched up, ready to roll

Knotty Pine Lanes is back in business after a roof collapse devastated the bowling alley last winter. Part owner Judy Dayton said if someone had been injured she probably wouldn’t have reopened at all. “The best blessing we had is that no one got hurt. There were people in the pool room when it happened, […]

County HR changing

County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly asked for and received approval to restructure her own department while, in a sense, destructuring several other departments. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the nod for her to reorganize the Human Resources Department by creating two new positions, that of HR manager and risk manager. The […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Red Hawk’s tribe loses $30M case

Jurors awarded more than $30 million last week to the former business partner of Red Hawk Casino’s governing tribe. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians was ordered to pay $30.4 million to Sharp Image Gaming Inc. Thursday after jurors determined the tribe improperly canceled its contract with the gaming machine supplier. In 1999 the […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Channel 2 lists highlights

Channel 2 is lighting up its local holiday program schedule with Monday Night Football featuring Oak Ridge High School season highlights, Holiday Flower arranging with Angie Zimmerman and a new Dee Owens presentation of Immigrant Trail, featuring archaeology on the Johnson Pass. The Gary Campbell production of Once A Marine, featuring American Hero Nick “Gunny” […]

No mail, no money Monday

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan. 2 due to New Year’s Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. Placerville Police Department offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30 and on Monday, Jan. 2. The […]

AT&T upgrades in Shingle

AT&T today announced Dec. 21 network upgrades in Shingle Springs designed to provide its customers faster speeds, increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service. AT&T’s network enhancements include adding a new cell site designed to improve coverage and capacity along Highway 50 between North Shingle Road and Greenstone Road. In addition, this year AT&T has added […]

Fire destroys mobile home in Pollock Pines

A mobile home was destroyed by fire Monday morning at the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park located at 6008 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. The structure was fully engulfed at the time El Dorado County firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 10 minutes. Neighbors confirmed that the persons inside the home […]

Heard over the back fence: 50 bikes! Great job, Rotarians

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “On Your Mark, GET SET . . . GO AWAY!” • • • BIKES FOR THE KIDS:
 The Cameron Park Rotary Club’s newsletter, “Gear Up,” notes that 50 bicycles, renovated by Folsom State Prison inmates, were distributed to Sierra School and Schnell School. The bikes were given to […]

CHP toy drive helps county families

For one Friday afternoon in late December, the Placerville area California Highway Patrol office was transformed into Santa’s workshop. After several weeks of collecting new and unused toys from donors across El Dorado County, local CHP officers welcomed more than 100 families to the Placerville station on LoHi Way Friday for some holiday cheer. Starting […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Charlie’s Closet Christmas Day on Channel 2

Spencer Reed of Cameron Park’s “Sandline Entertainment” has given SCA-TV2 the exclusive rights to cable-cast the award-winning locally made movie musical “Charlie’s Closet.” Tune in on Christmas Day at 7 p.m. and then again at 10 p.m. There will also be showings during the week prior to New Year’s. Check out the movie trailer. Remember, […]

Delta Stewardship Council stresses over ‘stressors’ in draft EIR

At a recent meeting the members of the Delta Stewardship Council grappled with the issue of “stressors” in the Delta as they move toward formulating a Delta Plan. Keeping in mind their co-equal goals of restoring the ecosystem and providing for a more reliable water supply for the state, and recognizing that the Delta will […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Greenberg murder trial: Crime scene reconstruction expert testifies

The Anthony Dumont and Morris Greenberg case resumed with a testimony from Accident and crime scene reconstructionist Daniel Schumaker Thursday morning  followed by accounts from witness Kenneth Camera, Deputy Todd Crawford, and Barrie Greenberg’s friend Cassidy Thomason in the afternoon. From the trial happenings so far, prosecutors have determined that Morris Greenberg, 40, shot Anthony […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Local author to be featured on Investigation Discovery

Auburn native Joan Merriam, whose nonfiction book “Little Girl Lost: A True Story of Shattered Innocence and Murder,” chronicled the 1983 Auburn murder of Anna Brackett by two young teenage girls, will be featured on a Jan. 1, 2012, segment of “Deadly Women” on the Investigation Discovery channel (part of the Discovery network). In the […]

Celebrity chef to open Market-Cafe in EDH

The latest chapter in the food history of El Dorado Hills is Sacramento celebrity chef Randall Selland’s Market-Café, opening in early January. The upscale deli takes over part of the first floor of Town Center’s long underutilized New Orleans Building, and will seat 100 indoors with another 40 outside. Selland also owns and operates the […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Phone scam alert

A South Lake Tahoe woman is out $5,000 after succumbing to a new type of phone scam, according to Hans Ute, assistant district attorney with the South Lake Tahoe office. The callers identify themselves as being with the local police department, a sheriff’s department, or federal agencies such as the ATF and FBI or even […]

Heard over the back fence: New Year’s party hosted for kids

PROTECT YOUR HEART: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “FACING YOUR FEARS BUILDS STRENGTH. But Running From Them Makes For A Great Cardio Workout.” • • • CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY:
 All Star Gymnastics and Cheer is sponsoring a dance party and sleepover for youngsters, ages 5 through 14, on Saturday, Dec. 31. Check-in time is […]

Homer’s hobby: He’s really good at bad writing

Placerville resident Greg Homer writes bad fiction for a hobby — on purpose. He said he also writes bad non-fiction as well in his career as a health-care curriculum writer for Kaiser-Permanente, but it’s that bad fiction that may bring him fame. Homer, 59, is the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner in the Science Fiction […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Photographers volunteered at free portrait day

A nice family portrait seems like such an easy thing, but for many people struggling with just making ends meet, it is an impossibility. However, thanks to Matt Molinari, and the efforts of seven local photographers, volunteers and the non-profit, Help-Portrait, 235 persons had their portraits done, many for the very first time, free of charge. Matt […]

Pinewood’s disappearing phone booth

In this day of rampant cell phone use, pay phones may be going the way of the dodo bird. When was the last time you used one? Do you carry around the requisite 50 cents in your pocket to make a call? What is the purpose of a pay phone? Are they still necessary? These […]

Golf bag stolen

A golf bag being sold at Partners In Care on Cold Springs Road was stolen Monday afternoon. According to Tony Moran, store manager of the thrift shop located at 2883 Cold Springs Road, a man who appeared to be in his mid-30s to early 40s walked into the store and asked Moran questions about merchandise […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Registered mail theft reported

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is currently looking for more information regarding the theft of Registered Mail that occurred between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Up to $10,000 is being offered as a reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of responsible suspects. The Friday evening […]

Placerville woman part of historic kiss

Placerville resident Marissa Gaeta made history with a kiss seen around the country and probably around the world Wednesday when she and Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles kissed in Virginia Beach, Va., upon the return of Petty Officer 2nd Class Gaeta’s ship from 80 days at sea. Though dressed in civies, Snell is a petty […]

GDPUD general manager gives year-end review, turns down raise

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District General Manager Hank White reported on the status of the 2011 goals approved by the board of directors on March 8 at the Dec. 13 board meeting. All members of the board were present: President Norm Krizl, Bonnie McLane, Bonnie Neeley, Ray Griffiths and Kathy Otermat. In addition to the […]

Supervisors extend, amend pot moratoria

El Dorado County Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend the county moratorium prohibiting new medical marijuana dispensaries, cooperatives and collectives. The extension runs from Dec. 20 until Nov. 15, 2012 — that is 10 months and 15 days, as provided under state law. Supervisor John Knight opposed the action, which included a variation on the […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 36 Replies

Skeel to sue

Dismissed El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel recently confirmed his intent to move forward with a lawsuit against his former employer. In a telephone interview with Mother Lode News Tuesday Skeel said he feels “forced to sue the district,” and lamented that “countless hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars” will be […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Testimony in murder case rivets courtroom

Morris Greenberg wants a jury to believe that 26-year-old Anthony Dumont had a gun in his hand when Greenberg, 40, shot him to death July 20, 2008. But under relentless cross-examination by El Dorado County deputy district attorney Vicki Ashworth Wednesday, it became apparent that no gun in possession of the slain Dumont was found […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Two days until Christmas

 John Chapman delivered the following T-shirt statement: “I’m the reason Santa has a naughty list.” • • • CHRISTMAS IS NEAR:
 Two more days! Monika and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, filled with good friends, good health and good memories. We are very grateful for our many blessings and appreciate our great friends, […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Greenberg takes the stand

Accused murderer Morris Greenberg took the stand in Judge James Wagoner’s’ court Wednesday, with riveting testimony from a seasoned cop who apparently knows how to play to a jury. Greenberg, 40, who shot himself after fatally shooting 26-year-old Anthony Dumont on Greengberg’s  property on Nutmeg Lane in Somerset July 20, 2008, spoke through a flawed […]

EDH woman tapped as transportation executive

Placerville City Councilwoman Patty Borelli, chairman of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, announced Dec. 20 that the commission has selected Sharon Scherzinger as their new executive director. “We are especially excited that Sharon has been with California Department of Transportation, which gives her great knowledge about the processes for local agencies to work successfully with the state to obtain funding for local roads and the state highway system” said Borelli. Scherzinger, 51, has 23 years of transportation planning experience.  She was head of the California Department of Transportation’s Planning and Mass Transit Divisions. Prior to her work at the Caltrans, she managed a $2 billion bond program for the California Transportation Commission. Scherzinger has degrees in geography and architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  A resident of El Dorado Hills, she has lived in El Dorado County with her husband and two sons for 22 years. “I am honored to be selected as the new executive director.  I look forward to working with the commission to plan and implement the transportation program for the benefit of the residents, businesses, and visitors of El Dorado County,” she said. Scherzinger will replace Kathryn Mathews who retired after 30 years of public service and 10 years as executive director of the commission. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission is a state‐authorized agency with a governing commission that includes four members of the Board of Supervisors and three members of the Placerville City Council. It is responsible for the transportation planning, funding, and program management in the western portion of El Dorado County (not including the Lake Tahoe region).

New chief fiscal officer for BOMUSD hits the ground running

Peter Rosenberry, 30, hit the ground running when he accepted the Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s position of chief fiscal officer. He grew up in Pollock Pines and is a 1999 graduate of El Dorado High School. He then attended Concordia University in Irvine and graduated in 2003 with a communications major. “I got […]

Divide schools face $800k deficit

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District board is facing a deficit, it learned at its Dec. 8 meeting. The shortfall was highlighted in a PowerPoint presentation by newly hired Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry. For the 2010-11 fiscal year, actual expenses exceeded the district’s actual revenues by nearly $800,000 and, if left unchecked, that […]

Detective retraces Greenberg’s steps

The case involving Morris Greenberg and Anthony Dumont  included a testimony from detective Nolan Tracy during the trial’s morning continuation on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Morris Greenberg, 40, is accused of murdering Anthony Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after he discovered Dumont assisting his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed home in Somerset. […]

Ponderosa HS student joins Cameron Park’s skate committee

Cameron Park has added a high school student to its Skate Park Committee. At the meeting of the Skate Park Committee of the Board of Directors for the Cameron Park Community Services District, held Oct. 27, Alec Johnson was nominated and unanimously elected as the first committee member who is a skateboarder. The Skate Park […]

Christmas food baskets see increased demand

Hundreds of  families braved the long line Saturday, some waiting over an hour to receive food from the Food Bank of El Dorado County’s Christmas Food Basket Project at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Approximately 400 volunteers were on hand to help the estimated 1,000 to 1,200 families requesting the baskets that included […]

Evening of positive vibes powers El Dorado County Chamber dinner

The 88th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce was filled with optimism. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County superintendent of schools, welcomed the full house at Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House in Placerville announcing the theme for the evening was “Powering Prosperity.” “We are here to recognize those […]

Discounts available for some traffic tickets

The Superior Court of El Dorado County is offering a 50 percent discount on some old, unpaid traffic tickets. It is a limited-time “amnesty program” for certain outstanding court debt. The discount would apply to the total amount due, including the base fine and any assessments, late charges and other fees. The program will run […]

Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

C.J. Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

TIM fee cuts due

Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees could drop 14.7 percent overall, according to figures discussed Monday by El Dorado County Director of Transportation Jim Ware. That won endorsement from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The total reduction would be $138.6 million compared to the 2008 total traffic improvement program of $942.8 million. The 2010 adopted […]

Divide construction team helps Navajo woman

GARDEN VALLEY — The ROP construction team at Golden Sierra High School has taken on a new project, with a slightly different twist than the typical projects they’ve tackled in the past. Last summer Ed Kennedy took a group of students on “The Shonto Trip” (for the past 14 years they’ve made this trek) down […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

El Dorado Transit announces route changes

El Dorado Transit will implement the following changes to its local fixed route services effective Tuesday, Jan. 3.   The new Diamond Springs route will merge with the Folsom Lake College Shuttle and add service to eastbound Pleasant Valley Road and northbound Missouri Flat Road, including a request stop at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. The Cameron Park route […]

Wherever you go there will be a DUI crackdown

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 statewide DUI Crackdown kicked off Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 2, just as many Californians are expected to hit the roads for the holidays. The effort includes increased enforcement and a new campaign aimed at drinkers in bars, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Receiving a DUI is an awful […]

UNR using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

RENO, Nev. — Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno, is funded by the […]

Heard over the back fence: Great paint job at Cameron Park Library

 The following “Modest” T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “TO SAVE TIME, let’s assume I know everything.” • • • LOCAL PAINTERS SHINE:
 Kathe and Bill Hughes spruced up the Cameron Park Library with uplifting, brightly painted walls in the Quiet Room, the computer wall, and in the Honor’s Book Sale area. Thank you, […]

Democrat starts its 161st year in January

Now beginning its 161st year of publication, the Mountain Democrat is one of 19 newspapers published in El Dorado County before 1858, according to the 1949 reminiscences of former Democrat Publisher Clarence Barker. It is the lone survivor of that remarkable period, and is now the oldest newspaper in California in continuous publication. By its […]