Missing couple found

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies have confirmed that a missing man and woman have been found. Mark Schroeder, 55, went missing from his residence in the 2900 block of Glen Morse Lane in Sacramento sometime during the day of Monday, Feb. 13, according to a press release. His last known contact with family was Sunday, Feb. […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

2-20-12 Webinar assists students in middle school

PREPARING FOR HIGH SCHOOL: A webinar has been created to offer pointers to assist and motivate middle school and high school students to begin thinking about what activities they can engage in on their journey to succeed in high school, as well as in college. You can reserve your webinar seat at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/553228406. This webinar […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab feed in Pleasant Valley

Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, I found the following interesting statement: “There is something magical that happens to the human spirit, a sense of calm that comes over you, when you cease needing all the attention directed toward yourself and instead allow others to have the glory.” • • • […]

Suspect booked after firefight, assault in Galt

A man is in custody after exchanging gunfire with his sister Tuesday morning. Lonnie Ray Orman, 41, was taken into custody without incident and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide, according to a press release from the Galt Police Department. At approximately 6:35 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers responded to […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County expands board with new directors, advisors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County announced today it has expanded its board of directors for 2012, increasing the number of directors from 10 to 13 and is adding two additional advisors. Joining the board as directors are Jill Christianson with Amdocs, Brooke Sobol with Sobol Communications, and Sam Smith, Apple (retired). Debbie […]

Dance class offered

If dance is something you’ve always wanted to try, or something you’ve been doing for years the Cameron Park CSD has dance classes for you. Youth dance classes include Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater and more. While our adult classes offer Ballroom Dance, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha-Cha and much more. There is a little […]

CPCSD offers gymnastics

The Cameron Park CSD is teaming with ‘Tumble Time Gymnastics’ and ‘All Star Gymnastics and Cheer’ to offer programs for kids ages 0 -14 years. Preschool Gymnastics, Gymnastics for Home School Students, Friday Night Parents Night Out, Baby Crawl and more, all with new classes starting in March. For more information contact the Cameron Park […]

Folsom garden tour time

The Folsom Garden Cub will be holding it’s 12th annual,” Springtime in the Garden” tour on 11 am.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Cost is $12 per person. A map and directions will be included in the ticket.. This is the club’s annual fundraiser for college scholarships and community projects. To buy tickets go […]

Madera County supervisor runs for Assembly

Frank Bigelow has held many positions in his life: Volunteer firefighter, rancher, vice president of a telephone company, and county supervisor. Now, as a Republican candidate, he hopes to add assemblyman to his resume. Bigelow, who paints a portrait of a rancher with his signature cowboy hat and mustache, has been on Madera’s Board of […]

DIY school: Shenandoah, Oak Ridge set to launch Virtual Academy

Pick your classes, make up your own schedule and go as fast as you want, either online or with face-to-face instruction, with the support of certified instructors and the help of a small group of peers El Dorado Union High School District’s Virtual Academy is like a DIY version of high school. The district’s alternative high […]

EDHCSD board recall effort under way

Bob Sacco wants to recall four of five El Dorado Hills Community Services District board members in response to the suspension and eventual termination of former General Manager John Skeel. The recall targets are Directors Noelle Mattock, Guy Gertsch, Wayne Lowery and Tony Rogozinski. Director Bill Vandegrift gets a pass for breaking ranks with his […]

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

Suspects reported to have cash from the church poor box, Twinkies and pot

Two suspects were arrested Feb. 6 after entering the office at the Georgetown Community Methodist Church and walking off with the cash box, money used to feed the hungry. Sheriff’s deputy T. Cissna, who patrols in Georgetown, said she walked up behind Tarah Jones, 24, and Joshua Anderson, 31, at the local gas station and […]

Popular G’town Mexican eatery to reopen soon

Local eatery to reopen soon “I just want to go back to work,” said Clara Parra, owner of Parra’s Mexican Restaurant. A fire at the eatery closed the doors, temporarily, on Jan. 5 after a passerby saw flames through a window coming from the kitchen’s stove. “The clean-up is going OK,” she said. “We’re getting […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

New decks donated to family in need

Neil Hannifin built the decks on both front and back sides of his house when he and his wife moved into their Rescue home 30 years ago. White mold has eaten away those decks, rotting them from within, and Hannifin’s back is no longer what it used to be. Thanks to Straight Line Roofing and […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Puppy presents

Every year, I caution people against giving the gift of a puppy for Christmas. There are many reasons for this, from the chaos of the season to the coldness of the climate to the fact that it is such a personal decision — essentially the only time you get to choose a family member. Who […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Galt shooting suspect caught in El Dorado Hills

The discovery of a disabled vehicle on Highway 50 led to a wanted man’s arrest Tuesday morning. Lon Ray Orman, 41, was taken into custody without incident by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies after a California Highway Patrol officer responding to a disabled vehicle call on eastbound Highway 50 at Bass Lake Road discovered the Galt […]

Heard over the back fence: Cameron Newcomers Club is 33

 “You will notice how much more relaxed you feel when you stop interrupting others. Your heart and pulse rates will slow down, and you’ll begin to enjoy your conversations rather than rush through them. This is an easy way to become a more relaxed, loving person.” • • • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LADIES!
 Cameron […]

Red Hawk poker room pays out $38k ‘bad beat’ jackpot

Red Hawk Casino’s poker room awarded a Bad Beat Jackpot to eight lucky poker room guests on Sunday, Feb. 12. The table shared a $38,406 payout. A loyal poker room player from Placerville had four threes and thought he had a winning hand, but then another Rewards Club member from Stockton drew a straight flush […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

DFG offers youth archery

The Department of Fish and Game  will offer a spring youth archery clinic to individuals who want to learn basic archery skills and spend time outdoors.The class will include fundamental archery instruction, use of various types of equipment and supervised shooting time at a selection of stationary bull’s-eye targets. A brief outdoor stewardship presentation will […]

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

 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; […]