AmeriCorps helping at Sly Park science camp

POLLOCK PINES —An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team upholds a tradition and returns to Sly Park Environmental Science Camp for eight weeks during the snowy months of January through March to help fifth and sixth graders of the El Dorado and Yolo County school systems increase their in-classroom science grades through hands-on experience with nature. Sly Park is […]

Sac State Construction Management team succeeds in national competition

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State’s prolific Construction Management team has made the coveted final four in another national competition. Now it’s on to Florida to vie for top honors. “Our CM students made the top four for the Mechanical Contractors of America Association’s (MCAA) national student competition,” said Professor Mikael Anderson, coordinator of the Construction Management Program. […]

Seabed adds Schilling Robotics HD Systems

DAVIS —Schilling Robotics, experts in subsea systems, announced Jan. 31 the delivery of a new HD ROV system to underwater technology firm Seabed. The order was for HD 23, which is a 150hp, 4,000m-rated ROV system and was delivered in December 2011. “We are very proud to have added Seabed AS to our expanding customer […]

Grazing fees set

The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s. An AUM or HM — treated as equivalent […]

EID relaxes winter home sewer rates

At its Jan. 23 meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to direct staff to use the lower of the last two years — either 2011 or 2012 — of winter water usage billing cycles to establish a customer’s 2012 sewer commodity rate. This one-time exception to the district’s regulations, initiated by Director […]

Wiltse Court dead man ID’d

Authorities have identified the body of a man found on a small road near a Placerville park earlier this month. Anthony Coltra, 29, was found dead on a fire access road near Placerville’s Lumsden Park on Jan. 20. Placerville Police Capt. Mike Scott told the Mountain Democrat that Coltra was a transient living in the […]

Supes eye ‘food rights’

Copied from Website “Civil eats” A herdshare is a private business arrangement whereby consumers purchase a piece, or share, of a cow, goat, or herd of the animals and contract with a farmer who is compensated for feeding, caring, and milking the animals, and bottling, storing, and distributing the milk. The details of the relationship […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Tahoe bank robber sought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police are looking for a man involved in a Monday morning robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside of the Raley’s Supermarket near Stateline. Dispatchers were alerted to several robbery alarms at the bank at about 11:25 a.m. A man walked up to the counter and demanded money, according to South […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

4 suspects nabbed after Pollock burglary

Two men and two women were recently arrested after allegedly robbing a Pollock Pines home. On Jan. 8, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6100 block of Pine St. in Pollock Pines on reports of a residential burglary. Missing from the house were items including old coins, musical instruments, historical photographs and silverware, […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Sheriff targets resources at EDH burglaries

This is the second part of the Mountain Democrat’s review of the 2011 El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department year-end report. By Sheriff John D’Agostini I strongly believe that we have a moral responsibility to provide high quality patrol and investigative services to all of our communities. Last year, at the request of our patrol staff, […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

As gold hits $1,700/oz. dredgers lament lost income

Rick Eddy and Steve Tyler are gold bugs who think they are being robbed. Their problem is that they are suction dredgers. They ply the rivers in their raft-sized crafts in search of gold. Until recently they were able to make a good living at it. Department of Fish and Game regulations allowed any California resident […]

Prof. Ken Deibert — What a guy! What an award!

A new adjunct or part-time faculty award at American River College has been named for Georgetown Gazette and Mountain Democrat columnist and retired Associate Professor Ken Deibert of Garden Valley. The award’s full name is the Ken Deibert Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. ARC President David Viar said, “Because of his tireless efforts, the […]

Ham station commemorates gold discovery

By Charlie Basham   “CQ-CQ-CQ. This is alfa-golf-six-alfa-uniform. Calling CQ-CQ.  Q-R-Zed?” This strange string of words actually makes sense – at least to an amateur (ham) radio operator. It was repeated hundreds of times last weekend at the hill-top site of the James W. Marshall Monument in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in […]

Smiths a majority on Garden Valley fire board

Wendell Smith of Garden Valley is the newly appointed member to the Garden Valley Fire Protection District board. He was sworn in at the December meeting, and fills the spot left vacant by 2010 elected former Director Rick Nelson. Nelson, who served as chairman of the board for two years, left to pursue his own […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Econ development panel members sought

The Placerville City Council is looking for city residents to appy to its newly formed Economic Development Advisory Committee. The committee will be comprised of one representative from each of the three primary business districts and one representative from the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, plus three city residents. The seven-member committee is charged […]

Pratt gets the planning gavel

Dave Pratt was elected the new chairman of the El Dorado County Planning Commission. He will take over from Tom Heflin at the next meeting. Elected as first vice chairman was Walter Mathews. Second vice chairman will be Alan Tolhurst.

Smile Center has new owner

Dr. Robert McClurg founder of Dr. McClurg’s Smile Center has recently sold his practice to Dr. Christian Hoybjerg. Dr. McClurg has been practicing orthodontics since 1978 and has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and enjoy his hobbies. He is very pleased to introduce Dr. Christian Hoybjerg to his practice and […]

Buckeye district signing up kindergarteners

Buckeye Union School District announced that beginning Feb. 7 kindergarten and junior kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools — Buckeye in Shingle Springs, Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park, William Brooks, Silva Valley and Oak Meadow in El Dorado Hills. School websites can […]

Hwy 50 billboards proposed

A hearing to approve special use permits for three new signs on Highway 50 is scheduled for Feb. 9 before the El Dorado County of El Dorado Planning Commission. The lit signs, each 14 by 48 feet, would be visible from Highway 50 and are being proposed by John D. Pereira. Two are slated for […]

Fatal fire in EDH

A 57-year-old El Dorado Hills man died Saturday morning when his apartment caught fire. One truck and four engines, which included one from Cameron Park, arrived at the Lake Forest Apartments on Apple Grove Circle at 7:30 a.m. and had the fire knocked down in a minute and a half to two minutes, according to […]

Man who died at Heavenly was snowboarding

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Christopher Michael Perring, 34, of Great Britain, was killed in a snowboard accident on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Heavenly Mountain Resort, officials have confirmed. According to updated information from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Perring was snowboarding on the resort’s Tamarack run about 3 p.m. when he attempted to avoid […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Creekside Plaza OK’d by county panel

After a lengthy and, at times, contentious hearing, the Creekside Plaza plan was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission on a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Lou Rain absent. The plan now goes to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. Opposition from the public and frustration on the part of the developers was […]

Calif.’s 2nd oldest person dies in P’ville at age 111

Avice Nelson Clarke, age 111, of Placerville died from pneumonia on Jan. 17 at the Gold Country Retirement Center. Prior to death, she was the second oldest person in California. Born in Nelson, Lancashire, England, on May 17, 1900, she was educated to grade 6 and then went to work in the cotton mills at age 12. […]

Marilyn Goff — a vision of being the best

Being the best has always been the motivation behind the career of Marilyn Goff, senior executive associate at Lyon Real Estate. “From the beginning I had a dream of what I wanted my real estate career to look like,” she said. “My vision was to always be the leader, to always be on the cutting […]

Stancil Jr. charged by feds over plane sales

A Placerville car-turned-airplane dealer was charged Thursday for his alleged role in selling aircraft to Mexican buyers as part of what the feds describe as an under-the-table money grab. Joseph Stancil Jr., founder and owner of Stancil Enterprises Inc., is accused of selling six planes south of the border between September 2008 and August 2009 […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 9 Replies

Sheriff cites year of change

This is the Mountain Democrat’s first installment on the 2011 El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s year end report. The rest of this story will be featured in future Democrat editions.  In his 2011 year-end report, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini reflects on the triumphs of his first year in office while looking ahead to […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 18 Replies

Lease option: Old City Hall sold

On Jan. 26, the city of Placerville finalized a lease with an option to purchase agreement with A.M. Pacific Engineering, a local engineering company, for the old city hall buildings at 487 Main St. for the listed price of $625,000. “After two to three years of attempting to sell the buildings, we have reached an […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 13 Replies

2-8-12 Free caregiver group at EDH Sr. Center

FREE CAREGIVER GROUP: Caring for a loved one with dementia or other illnesses can be exhausting. A monthly support group is available at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The support group provides care-giving strategies, education, resources, […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a Marshall volunteer

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar offers the following happy thought: “Happy people know that regardless of what happened yesterday, last month, years ago — or what might happen later today, tomorrow, or next year — now is the only place where happiness can actually be found and experienced.” • • • […]

Where the heck is Bucks Bar?

Bucks Bar is not, as some suppose, named after a tavern or saloon located on Bucks Bar Road. The name refers to a specific gravel bar in the North Fork of the Cosumnes River, east of Diamond Springs, which allowed for a relatively easy river crossing for traffic heading to and from Somerset, Fair Play, […]

Rails and trails once again on county’s front burner

The Mountain Democrat’s No. 10 story of 2011 came roaring back with renewed vigor at Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Two agenda items dealing with rails and trails pushed the board discussion and public testimony to nearly 8 p.m. A license agreement to authorize an excursion train project for five years on […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 32 Replies

Appeals court drops the ax on county oak woodland plan

In a unanimous decision, the Third District Court of Appeal overruled El Dorado Superior County Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury, and rejected the County’s Oak Woodland Protection Plan. The decision, which was released Jan. 20, means the case will now be remanded back to Kingsbury. The Court of Appeal also set aside the negative declaration and […]

Feds end Fedora Bandit’s spree

A Nevada man was charged Wednesday for allegedly robbing eight banks during an 18-month span, including one in South Lake Tahoe. David Griffith Osborne, 74, of Carson City, Nev., now faces seven counts of armed bank robbery, according to U.S. attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. Dubbed the “Fedora Bandit” for his unique choice of headgear, Osborne […]

Arrest made in death of Pollock man

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives Tuesday arrested the man suspected of gunning down a Pollock Pines resident in a Rancho Cordova park. Dubree Barber, 47, was booked into a Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of murdering 59-year-old Steven Ebert of Pollock Pines. Early Monday morning, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a gunshot victim at Rancho […]

El Dorado Hills Bowmen popular club

On any day of the week, one can see people of all ages target practicing at the El Dorado Bowmen Range just past the fire station on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. If curiosity gets the best of you and you think you may want to join in on the fun, the range is open to the public seven days […]

School kids talk to International Space Station

El Dorado County students had a chance to have a live conversation with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station Tuesday. Arranged through the El Dorado County Office of Education, the El dorado Center of Folsom Lake College and the Community Observatory, a radio link-up was set up between 250 students and adults in the […]

AFP presents the ‘Power of Renew’ at the Sequoia

The El Dorado County Extension of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will feature the “Power of Renew” at its next quarterly luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, coordinated by Marshall Foundation for Community Health and hosted by the Sequoia Restaurant, 643 Bee St., Placerville. What can “renew” do for you? Every donor should […]

Heard over the back fence: Patsy Cline tribute Saturday

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar noted the following financial advice:
”A hidden benefit of the “buy something new, let something go” strategy can be a greatly reduced cost of living. This strategy encourages you to think twice about buying new things because you know you have to get rid of something […]

AG announces end to backlog that slowed DNA analysis

SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Jan. 25 that the California Department of Justice has cleared a backlog that slowed the analysis of DNA crime scene evidence and will now be able to perform routine analysis within 30 days, down from an average of 90 to 120 days. “DNA testing is a […]

1-30-12 Celiac support group meets at Federated Church

GLUTEN-FREE INFORMATION: The El Dorado County Celiac support group will meet on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville. Percy McManus, herbalist and nutritional counselor for 35 years, will be the featured speaker. She is a great believer in the gluten-free diet as a path to […]

Placerville man searches for runaway daughter

Sean Mark misses his daughter whether she wants him to or not. Mark’s 16-year-old daughter, Bayleigh, walked out of her first-period class at Placerville’s El Dorado Adventist School on Jan. 5 and hasn’t been seen by her father since. Mark has contacted the authorities but is hoping that the community can help him locate Bayleigh. […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Pair create motorized bicycles

One doesn’t know whether to ride a BigBoyCycle or put it under glass and admire it. For they are sculpted, they are shiny, and they are beautiful. Called “Bomba” which is Italian for bomb, these sleek vehicles truly are “da bomb.” Like a lot of startups, BigBoyCycles got its start in a garage. Owners Roland […]

MORE seeks return of purloined picnic table

Organizers with Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. are hoping for the community’s help with finding its missing picnic table and benches. Susie Davies, MORE’s executive director, said that she first noticed Monday morning that the non-profit’s custom-made wooden picnic table and attached benches were nowhere to be found, a discovery that came on the heel’s […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Corrections realignment stats eyed locally

Assembly Bill 109 took effect Oct. 1, 2011. The bill was signed into law by the governor last April as a way to significantly reduce the cost of the state’s criminal justice system and reduce the state’s prison population. Known as “public safety realignment,” the law created a structure whereby counties would serve as the […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies