Monte Cassino vet to honor grandson

During the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 John Pass, 90, of Placerville will present his grandson, Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Jacob Parsons with the Veteran of the Year award. Pass will stand valiantly in patriotic and familial pride on feet that once stood on Monte Cassino in Italy, where he fought in the 3rd Infantry […]

Machado recusal questioned

A question from a city resident at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting led to an interesting answer from City Attorney John Driscoll. Resident Kathleen Newell questioned why Councilman David Machado had recused himself from a discussion and vote on a resolution for a grant application for the El Dorado County Government and Justice Center Multi-Modal […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Investigators: Bank robber repeat offender

The suspect in Monday morning’s Cameron Park bank robbery is thought to be the same suspect from a bank robbery earlier this year, the Mountain Democrat has learned. El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed for the Democrat that investigators are currently working under the belief that the man who held up the Cameron […]

Retired general has local connection

A dynamic woman who had a stellar career in the United States Air Force will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane, Placerville on Veterans Day, Friday Nov. 11. USAF Maj. Gen. (Retired) Kathy E. Thomas’ inspired words will highlight the annual uplifting and patriotic program planned by […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Veterans Day ceremony

A Veterans Day commemoration will take place 11 a.m today at the Veterans Memorial on the east side of the County Government Center. Highlights of this year’s tribute include: • A flight of T-6 aircraft will do a fly-by salute in the missing man formation in honor of those who have given their lives to […]

Heard over the back fence: Free breakfast for vets

 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.” • • • FREE VETERANS BREAKFAST:
 A free “In Honor of Our Veterans” breakfast is scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 12, at Bayside Church, 4602 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. Doors open at 8 a.m. For more information, […]

Supes may halt pot farms

El Dorado County supervisors are expected to vote on an ordinance banning the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana for 45 days at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Recommended by county counsel, a three-part draft ordinance would not only set a moratorium on growing but also on the establishment of any new medical […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

City to ban pot shops

The Placerville City Council took another step toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits with the introduction of an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. The audience at Tuesday’s meeting was sparse, in stark contrast to the packed houses that helped to promote the ordinance to allow the marijuana dispensaries in 2006. The city has had […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 15 Replies

Details emerge in boy’s death

The last night of 4-year-old Sebastian Malachi Ewing’s life played out like so many others. After watching several episodes of Family Guy, dancing around his family’s living room and enjoying a bowl of ice cream, Sebastian was tucked into his favorite Toy Story sleeping bag for the evening. Unbeknownst to his mother, though, was the […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 46 Replies

South County fire fee passes in Tuesday’s election

Measure F, which calls for an $85 tax increase on each developed parcel in the Pioneer Fire Protection District to fund fighting fires and medical responses in south El Dorado County, passed with flying colors election night on Tuesday. According to the election summary on the county’s Website, with all three precincts reporting, the measure […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

GDPUD down to 1 treatment plant operator

GEORGETOWN — The lure of higher pay has whittled the number of water treatment plant operators at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District from three to one, General Manager Hank White reported to the Board of Directors Nov. 8. Besides technical education, it requires two years full-time on the job to become certified as a […]

Placerville’s own ‘sugar shack’ ready for the holidays

“There’s a crazy little shack beyond the tracks, and everybody calls it the sugar shack.” — Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” The tracks are gone these days, but the sugar shack is there, just waiting for local folks to drop by and pick up their See’s Candy. And the 80-year-old woman who is the […]

Rock and mineral auction at Sac State

The Sac State Geology Club is shaking things up on 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the CSUS Alumni Center by auctioning off hundreds of rocks, minerals, fossils and more at the eighth annual Rock Auction. This celebration of the natural world will include live and silent auctions, catered food and beverages, and children’s activities. You […]

Day cruises to win in EID Division 5; Osborne returned

Alan Day, whom some opponents criticized as overly “rate-centric,” connected with approximately 3,200 other El Dorado Irrigation District voters in Tuesday’s election to win the post of director of EID Division 5. Incumbent Harry Norris received about 39 percent of the vote with 2,122. El Dorado County Elections Department Director Bill Schultz said the tally […]

Commission on Aging seeks new member

There is currently one vacancy on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging.   Preference will be given to those 60 years and older. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2012. For additional information and to obtain a membership application form, contact Yasmin Hichborn, El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging, 3057A Briw […]

Advisory group hears about Cool bike trail

At its meeting on Nov. 3, the Cool-Pilot Hill Advisory Committee heard an update on the bike path planned from Auburn Lake Trails to Northside School. Jennifer Maxwell from the El Dorado County Department of Transportation told the small group of attendees that the design of the trail was 95 percent completed. The process of […]

Don’t let winter burn you up

Cal Fire wants to help the public stay safe this winter. In rural areas, heating fires account for 36 percent of all house fires. “Heating your home safely is key to having a worry free winter,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado unit of Cal Fire. “We are always here to respond if […]

USFS welcomes more California jobs under new ski legislation

California is expected to see a boost in its local mountain economies as a result of new legislation that now permits year-long recreation opportunities on U.S. Forest Service ski areas. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually […]

New Pacific District ranger announced

The Pacific Ranger District in the Eldorado National Forest has a new ranger. Richard Thornburgh was selected to direct the day-to-day operations on the Pacific Ranger District, headquartered in Fresh Pond, three miles east of Pollock Pines. Thornburgh’s new district includes the Crystal Basin, a portion of Desolation Wilderness, and part of the Rubicon Trail. […]

Supes combine Health, Human Services departments

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a significant shake-up in the county’s structure at its most recent meeting. Following the recommendations of Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly, the board took action to combine two of the county’s largest departments, Human Services and Health Services, under one directorship and management team. Including fractions of […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cool man a Carnegie hero

A resident of Cool, Cameron Gilbert, recently was awarded the Carnegie medal for extreme heroism. On March 24, 2009, Gilbert, then a 19-year-old student at Sierra College, was walking on campus when he witnessed another student assaulting Alex R. Abrahamian. Abrahamian, 21, was visiting a girlfriend at  Sierra College when a male student  jumped on […]

Veterans Day tribute set

El Dorado County’s annual Veterans Day tribute has been scheduled for Friday morning. Hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument, the 7th annual Veterans Day tribute will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. This year’s tribute is expected to include several highlights including […]

Oasis of beauty awaits the discerning client

Tucked into a corner of a Broadway shopping center in Placerville is an oasis of delightful products and services that will leave lucky customers feeling youthfully rejuvenated after spending time there. Cassandra’s Esthetics Salon at 1353 Broadway opened in June, celebrating its grand opening in mid-October, and the bookings just keep coming in. Cassandra — […]

Small Business Workshop is free to public

As part of the government procurement workshop series for small businesses, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Responding to an Invitation for Bid (IFB) on Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the County Administration Building at 330 Fair Lane, Building A, OES Conference Room in Placerville. […]

Presentation on bees set

A free presentation exploring the relationship between the native bees and the flowers of the Eldorado National Forest will be given at the November meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 100 Forni […]

Heard over the back fence: Breakfast deal Saturday

 John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Life is like a doughnut. You’re either in the dough or in the hole.” • • • BREAKFAST IN THE PINES:
 The Interact Club is sponsoring a community breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, from 8:30 to […]

Chlorine gas gone from Camino water plant

CAMINO — The chlorine gas cylinders were removed from Water Treatment Plant No. 1 Oct. 13. That coincided with the shutdown of the El Dorado Canal as Flumes 39 and 40 are reconstructed. Replacing the chlorine gas that was used to kill off germs in the water will be a chlorine bleach called sodium hypochlorite. […]

Cameron Park bank robbed; suspect at large

CAMERON PARK — Authorities have turned to the public for help in apprehending the suspect in a Monday morning Cameron Park bank robbery. The Umpqua bank at 4011 Plaza Goldorado was robbed at gunpoint Monday at 9:43 a.m. According to bank staff, the suspect approached the merchant teller with a small sign and demanded money. […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 9 Replies

Cameron Park bank robbed

CAMERON PARK — The Umpqua Bank near the Goldorado Shopping Center was robbed by an armed man who took an undisclosed amount of money Monday morning at about 9:45 a.m. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were racing to the scene shortly afterward, and a call had been put out for a California Highway Patrol helicopter […]

EID candidate Carey withdraws from race following arrest

El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors candidate Rob Carey has withdrawn from the race for a second time, the Mountain Democrat has learned. Carey, 36, said he made the decision to quit the race Sunday after he was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. “I think you can say I’m not going to win […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 13 Replies

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Fear tinkling

It’s happening every day in homes all over the world: fear tinkling. The dog is so submissive and fearful that he piddles in an instant when triggered by something. What turns on the tinkle? Several things can cause this unwanted behavior, including a loud noise, a visitor reaching out toward the dog, or the dog’s […]

Foreign Service couple to talk for college scholarships

What do America’s foreign embassies do anyway? That and many other such questions should get answered Thursday night, Nov. 10, at the Federated Church in Placerville. John and Patricia Garon, veterans of the U.S. State Department’s overseas efforts, will be discussing, “What is the Function of a U.S. Embassy and How does it Work?” The […]

Snowline Hospice: It is never too late to say thanks to veterans

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. In El Dorado County, it is 33 percent. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Snowline Hospice has become a national partner of “We […]

Group home OK’d by city commission

A miniscule Planning Commission quorum approved a conditional use permit for a 10-bed vocational group home at 497 Canal St. at last Tuesday’s meeting. The residential facility, next door to El Dorado High School, will house up to 10 male youths, 13-18 years of age, and will be operated by the Tahoe Turning Point Group […]

Greenberg trial: Jury questionnaire reviewed

Attorneys in the first-degree murder case of Morris Greenberg took one step closer Friday to the start of the long-delayed trial. Greenberg, 40, is accused of killing 26-year-old Anthony Dumont at a Somerset residence in 2008. On Friday afternoon attorneys were able to finalize the jury questionnaire, ironing out its specific questions and language before […]

Manslaughter trial suspended

Dozens of grieving family members and friends packed an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday afternoon expecting to see Mark Steven Barrera sentenced for three counts of felony manslaughter. Instead they left not yet knowing what would happen to the man responsible for killing three young adults. Barrera, 22, pleaded no contest last month to […]

Dugard’s foundation releases first PSA

The foundation formed by kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard has released its first public service announcement. The 20-second clip, available on the JAYC Foundation Inc.’s Website, features a voiceover from Dugard imploring viewers to “Just ask yourself to care.” “If you see something that looks wrong or amiss, speak out,” she says. “You might be […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Air Park Holiday Boutique this week

 My pal John Chapman sent me the following sign language statement: “I’d Turn Back If I Were You.” • • • AIRPORT HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE:
 The Friends of Cameron Park Airport have scheduled their annual Air Park Holiday Boutique for Friday Nov. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 3239 Baron Ct., Cameron Park Air Park. […]

Council releases Delta Plan draft EIR

The Delta Stewardship Council has released the Delta Plan draft environmental impact report for public review and comment. The draft may be downloaded from The document is 2,200 pages with one proposed project alternative and five additional alternatives. The alternatives include the Ag-Urban Coalition’s Alternate Plan and the Environmental Water Caucus’ plan. It covers […]

County recorder-clerk-registrar leads coalition to help overseas military personnel vote

Thursday, Nov. 3, the Federal Voting Assistance Program announced an award of $1.8 million to a coalition of 13 California counties, headed by El Dorado County.  The funds are slated to enhance the absentee voting process for military and overseas citizens. The coalition will begin transmitting ballots electronically to up to 20,000 American voters either […]

Economic development slowed by regulatory environment

We have met the enemy, and he is us. — “Pogo” by Walt Kelly, Earth Day, 1971 Attracting business to El Dorado County has become an exercise in frustration for local government and for interested investors. Pogo’s famous dictum applies to the regulatory environment that county supervisors believe is an enormous barrier to economic development. Tuesday’s […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Training for the unthinkable: Local man teaches pros

What if a shooter lets loose in a hospital? What if one of the many toxic chemicals used by a hospital spilled, endangering the lives of patients and medical personnel? What if people contaminated by contact with hazardous materials arrive at the hospital unannounced? These queries aren’t the product of a twisted mind, but the […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

State prison plan could increase Tahoe crime

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A California plan to reduce its prison population by shifting the responsibility for certain inmates to counties is a “huge step backward for victims” and represents a “grave concern” to public safety at the South Shore, according to one local prosecutor. Gov. Jerry Brown launched what has been referred to as the […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Search for sweatshirt leads to stolen truck

The search for a stolen sweatshirt led El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies to a much larger find: a missing truck. On the morning of Oct. 21, deputies responded to a reported strong-armed robbery at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, said sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz. Deputies contacted the victims and were told that a group […]