FBI seeks armed, dangerous ‘AK-47 Bandit’ in Northern California

SACRAMENTO – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asks the public to help identify an armed bank robber suspected in a bank robbery in Vacaville, California and attempt to access a bank for the purpose of robbery in Sacramento, California. The individual is also believed to be connected to a robbery in Chino, California in […]

Cal Fire reminds public to protect your family from house fires

Every year in California firefighters respond to residential structure fires that take lives and inflict millions of dollars in damage. Cal Fire points out simple steps they can take to help protect their family from fires. “Too many lives are lost in home fires in California,” said Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott.. “Everyone should take steps to help prevent […]

Character witnesses defend restaurateur Cairns

The trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of now-closed restaurant Dante’s On the River, continued Tuesday morning with William Terry being called as a witness. Terry, a former police officer, police chief and investigator for a district attorney, frequented Dante’s with his wife and other guests. He explained that Cairns and his wife, Nancy, would come […]

Rare plant hunter to speak

Rare plant hunter Danny Slakey will be the featured speaker at the March meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), to be held Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Slakey is the project coordinator for the statewide CNPS Rare […]

EDC GOP Central Comm. backs Bigelow

California rancher Frank Bigelow earned a valuable pre-primary endorsement March 12 from the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee. Bigelow is running for California’s 5th State Assembly District. “I am grateful to have the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee put their trust and support behind my conservative record,” Bigelow said. “I am humbled to […]

Sclar meeting April 21

Sclar — Large Animal Emergency Evacuation of El Dorado County — invites the public to attend its general meeting at the Hangtown Grange Hall, located at 2020 Smith Flat Rd., Placerville, on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. Operating under the authority of Animal Services, Sclar is called upon to evacuate and relocate large animals […]

ARCO comes to Placerville

In these times of astronomical gas prices, everyone is on the lookout for the lowest price they can find. While prices fluctuate between stations like crashing waves on a beach, ARCO gas stations are often known for being on the low end. Placerville acquired an ARCO on Forni Road at Highway 50 when two brothers, Marc and Matt Strauch, rebranded the former Chevron Station in August.

The new ARCO comes complete with an AM/PM Quick Stop, a coffee bar, room for a fast food tenant and a car wash.

CDPH cautions Californians about ticks and tick-borne diseases

SACRAMENTO — Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, warned individuals who work or play outdoors in the winter months to be on the alert for ticks that may carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. “Although most people associate ticks with […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Date set to start Ewing trial

Jennifer Christine Ewing, whose son Sebastian died in a fire that consumed their manufactured home, appeared in a brief hearing in court Monday morning. El Dorado Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud set the start date of Ewing’s trial, which could last up to 20 days, for Aug. 7 at 8:30 a.m. A readiness conference […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Retired sgt. pleads not guilty

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 was arraigned Monday afternoon. Donald Philip Atkinson, 50, of El Dorado Hills, pled not guilty to all charges. El Dorado […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Barrera re-sentencing rescheduled

Mark Barrera was in court for a handful of minutes Monday morning only to have his re-sentencing hearing pushed back again. Barrera, who was found guilty of three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after slamming into a tree while street racing, appeared in court after having missed his past two re-sentencing hearings, one […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Calling all Gold Trail District families

Registration information and forms for Gold Trail Union School District schools for the 2012-13 school year were available in school offices as of Feb. 21. For families new to the area, the District is nestled in the Lotus/Coloma foothills stretching from Lilyama Road (on Highway 49 between Coloma and Cool) to the north; Greenstone Country, […]

Options, help available for business owners

One of the most important tools for a business owner is knowledge. ADA regulations and help are available at  www.ada.gov or by calling 800-514-0301 toll-free 24 hours a day to ask questions of an ADA specialist. There are even tax credits  and tax deductions available to business owners for architectural or transportation adaptations. “Readily achievable” is […]

Cookie-cutter ADA complaints leave some business owners baffled

In December, Placerville property owner John Mosbacher received a letter from Johnson suing Century 21 for non-compliance with ADA regulations. Mosbacher, who owns the Lower Main Street property where the Century 21 is located as well as the Whistle Stop Yogurt Shop and Placerville Coffee Depot next door said he was working under a building […]

ADA attorney sweeps area

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act was a good idea — making sure that all people, including those with disabilities have access to services and businesses — but the interpretation of the regulations in states like California that award monetary damages for ADA violations has created an abundant income for some and economic crisis for […]

GDPUD OKs stream gauge monitoring deal

On Nov. 14, 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act. This comprehensive legislation requires a Delta Plan that has the two co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. One question that relates to a more reliable water supply is, “How […]

Ibarra named managing editor

Patrick Ibarra has been appointed managing editor of the Mountain Democrat, announced editor Michael Raffety Tuesday. Ibarra, 31, previously worked as news editor for the Mountain Democrat on a temporary basis in 2009. He had been a sports reporter for Folsom Life in 2003 after graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a BA […]

PLF files lawsuit to stop feds’ ‘foot-dragging’ on elderberry beetle de-listing

SACRAMENTO — Pacific Legal Foundation, after years of delay by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in delisting valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, filed a lawsuit March 12 to “stop the federal bureaucrats’ foot-dragging.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a coalition of California […]

SEDCorp receives regional Broadband grant

The Sierra Economic Development Corp. (SEDCorp) is proud to announce receipt of a new grant award intended to help Northern California counties move closer to the goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to rural areas. SEDCorp was awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in […]

Community-based organizations to meet again

The follow-up meeting for community-based organizations has been scheduled for March 29, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville, conference room B2. Last fall, several community based organizations met to discuss how they might be able to reduce duplication of efforts regarding donations to […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Mixed results on 2010 median income

SACRAMENTO —  The statewide median income for all 2010 personal tax returns was $33,933, a decrease of 0.4 percent over 2009’s median income amount. For joint returns, the statewide median income was $65,772, an increase of 1.1 percent over 2009, according to information provided by the Franchise Tax Board. “Median income” is the point where […]

Watershed expert to address Board of Supervisors

Dr. Richard Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced will present new research on the beneficial impacts to water resources from sound forest management March 20 at the El Drodo County Board of Supervisors meeting. In a recently published paper Bales makes the case that the Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement […]

McClintock speech explains water vote

(Feb. 29) Mr. Speaker: In 2009 and 2010, hundreds of billions of gallons of contracted water were diverted away from California farms and instead dumped into the Pacific Ocean in the name of the Delta Smelt. This tragic policy fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of some of the most fertile and productive farmland in America. […]

United Way to hold reading event

SACRAMENTO – Local residents can help kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s STAR Readers Book Drive March 5-23. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project that is helping children read at grade level by fourth grade, a key indicator of high school graduation rates. “Through third grade, […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Jackpot pays $161k at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino had another big win with a $161,154 Fortune King ® penny slot progressive jackpot. Liza from Sacramento came to Red Hawk Casino early on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to relax with friends on their day off from work.  Liza works two jobs and enjoys spending time at Red Hawk Casino because the team […]

Heard over the back fence: Free health expo Saturday

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following observation: “As we look back on our lives, it’s easy to see that all things come and go: winter, spring, summer, and fall; joy, sorrow, praise and blame; hardship, ease, rest, and exhaustion; accomplishments, mess-ups, and all the rest. Genuine freedom […]

Woman jailed

A woman was arrested on March 5 on a suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly hitting her significant other. Tara Wilson, 28, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. on Hazel Valley Road in Pollock Pines. She allegedly caused minor injury to her significant other’s face. No medical assistance was necessary. Wilson was booked into county jail […]

Sheriff’s Academy invites participants for March 27 start

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. This Academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Defense witnesses testify for Cairns

After a break for lunch, Kevin Cairns returned to his jury trial Thursday. Cairns’ attorney, Steve Tapson, stood before the jury and explained who he would be calling for witnesses. He told them about Cairns’ restaurant, Dante’s On the River, and how it had become more like “Dante’s Inferno” and suffered from “barbarians of the […]

Guv taps Pilot Hill woman

Lisa Silverman, 45, of Pilot Hill, was appointed executive officer for the Office of Public School Construction at the California Department of General Services. The appointment was made by Gov. Brown on March 2. Silverman has been the acting executive director for the agency for the past two years. Previously she worked as the senior management […]

Stancil Enterprises to pay max fine, forfeit all illegal earnings

Stancil Enterprises Inc., a Placerville corporation that sells airplanes, was sentenced Thursday to pay the maximum fine for accepting apparent drug proceeds, and to forfeit all illegal earnings. The business must forfeit $428,000 and pay $500,000 in fines for conspiring to aid and abet the structuring of financial transactions, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Undaunted: Girl arrives home after losing leg

Balloons and signs lined the roads from the highway to Carly Bray’s house, welcoming the El Dorado High School student home after being in the hospital for four days on Wednesday afternoon. Bray, who lost her right leg below the knee and four pints of blood after being hit by a car while waiting for […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Heard over the back fence: St. Pat’s Day dinner and dance planned

 Mike Raffety, editor of the Mountain Democrat, provided the following quote from the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book: “Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.” — Democritus • • • IRISH DAY DINNER AND DANCE: The Knights of […]

New state director of BLM tours county

Making a special trip to El Dorado County on March 8 was Jim Kenna, the new director of the Bureau of Land Management in California. He did it as part of a tour he is making throughout the state to become better acquainted with all the lands managed by the BLM. Kenna started his new […]

InAlliance adds senior service

InAlliance, a local nonprofit organization which to provides independent living and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities is now extending their services to seniors. The new program is called InAlliance Elder Care and will offer in home support services to seniors such as personal care, companionship, and homemaking assistance. InAlliance provides in home care […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cal unemployment drops; Sacto rate rises

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.3 percent in January 2012, up from a revised 10.9 percent in December 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.3 percent for California and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate […]

Wrong-way driver sentencing delayed

The sentencing of the wrong-way driver who pleaded no contest to her role in 2010 death of an Orangevale motorist has been delayed a week. El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner said that in reviewing Penal Code related to the charges of Theresa Lee Ghersanich, he discovered a mistake concerning an enhancement. At […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

3-19-12 “Let’s Talk” group meets at EDH Sr. Center

CONVERSATION AND CAMARADERIE: The “Let’s Talk” group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. This is an opportunity to engage in informal conversation on an assortment of senior-related subjects. The next session will be on April 5, and the topic is […]

Over-60 computer open time starts

March 1 began open time at the Placerville Senior Comuper Center, 937 Spring Street. At Open Time anyone over the age of 60 who wants to use the computer is welcome. Look up information, check social networks, write portry, send email, and read news online. The Placerville Senior Computer Center offers low or no cost […]

March 12, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Searching for democracy coming to library, with books and authors

Looking to debate the American form of democracy and how it has changed? Then the library is the place for you. The recent recipient of a $7,400 grant that is part of a statewide project called “Searching for Democracy”, the El Dorado County Library will be hosting books and speakers on that subject come this fall. […]

Ex-DSA prexy charged in embezzling scheme

Retired El Dorado County deputy sheriff Donald Philip Atkinson, 50, of El Dorado Hills was arrested in Nevada Thursday morning on 44 counts embezzlement, fraud, forgery, perjury, grand theft and theft from an “elder or dependent adult.” Bail was set by Judge Daniel B. Proud at $1 milion, according to the arrest warrant. The charges […]

High School district looking at new developer fees

El Dorado Union High School District is looking at possibly raising developer fees but they might actually receive less money. The maximum amount for developer fees that school districts can levy on new development is set by the State Allocation Board, based on the Class B cost of construction index. Every two years an inflationary […]

Conservancy hosts workshop on building and sustaining school gardens

As part of a new outreach effort to bring hands-on environmental education into the classroom, the American River Conservancy and the Innovations in Environmental Education Fund are hosting a series of teacher workshops throughout 2012. With the growing popularity of school gardens, the first workshop focuses on building and sustaining a school garden project. The […]

Board of Sups nix affordable housing project

On a split vote, the Board of Supervisors turned down an affordable housing development in Shingle Springs. The project was proposed by Mercy Housing California. The project would have built 40 affordable units at the corner of Sunset Lane and Becken Lane using a combination of private loans and CalHFA HELP, HOME, AND CDBG construction […]

Mandatory recycling for businesses gets head start

Assembly Bill 341, Solid Waste Diversion, aims to cut the amount of solid waste going to landfills by 75 percent by 2020. That goal got a head start with a  kick-off event March 2 March 2 at the White Rock Village Apartments in El Dorado Hills. The bill, authored by California Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro with […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply