Snowline Hospice shindig highlights organization’s founders

Highlighting the three remaining founding directors of Snowline Hospice was a 30-year celebration held Sunday at the Thompson Hill home of Tom and Judith Dillon. The three still living founders are Dr. Doug Tustin, attorney George Applebaum and Jim Upshaw, retired reverend of the Federated Church. Tustin, inspired by a hospice organization that formed in […]

Thanksgiving closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, due to Thanksgiving, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed both Thursday and Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The offices of the Placerville Police Department […]

The last window show: Longtime holiday painter has deadly affliction

Paula Morgan couldn’t help but wipe a tear from her eye last week as she watched her husband of 46 years, Bruce, swipe a small paintbrush with white over the picture window at the Cascada Restaurante on Main Street in Placerville. After all, this is probably the last season Bruce Morgan will be performing the […]

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

GDPUD wins Kaiser Siphon case

A Jan. 11, 2010 lawsuit seeking damages against the Georgetown Public Utility District over a pipeline right of way went against the plaintiff in a decision filed Nov. 16 by Superior Court Judge Nelson Keith Brooks. The court decision was announced Nov. 21 by GDPUD General Manager Hank White in an email sent to the […]

A Thanksgiving pop quiz

On our day of national Thanksgiving we gathered, family and friends, to express our thanks for our peaceful and abundant lives. We honored all those who came before us who made personal sacrifices and contributions, great and small. Now that Thanksgiving is over and the excitement wanes, you may find it entertaining and educational to […]

State wants to return undelivered tax refunds

SACRAMENTO —  The Franchise Tax Board announced it is holding more than $17 million in returned state income tax refunds. This year more than 52,000 refunds, ranging from $1 to $39,000, have been returned. Typically, refunds are returned because the taxpayer changed residences after filing a tax return. Taxpayers expecting a state refund, or unsure if […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Rain could start forest road closures

Upcoming storms may start the seasonal closure of Eldorado National Forest dirt roads and trails. “It’s time to begin planning for the Eldorado National Forest seasonal dirt road closure,” said Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy. “It looks like we’re getting into a wet weather pattern.” The Forest Service closes dirt roads during the wet weather months to […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Local author to sign books at Caffe Santoro

 Thanks to my friend John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is offered:
 “The difficult age is when you are too TIRED to work and too POOR to quit!” • • • LOCAL AUTHOR SIGNING:
 Susan Salluce has a new book out, titled “Out of Breath.” You can meet Susan at her book signing, […]

Ex-nurse practitioner pleads no contest

Greg Dales appeared in court on a recent Tuesday with his attorney Thomas Johnson and Judge Daniel B. Proud presiding. Dales was accused in May 2010 of “touching a patient while in the exam room.” Dales said he decided he had already put his family through enough. Through the advisement of his attorney, Dales pleaded […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Deputy kills Tahoe bear in apparent accidental shooting

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot a black bear with a live round rather than a rubber bullet during a recent incident that resulted in the death of a mother of two cubs. About 10 p.m. on a recent Friday, deputies responded to the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park in […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Living with pulmonary hypertension

Shortness of breath, fatigue and weakness, heart palpitations, dizziness and chest pain — these are the symptoms of many different diseases or one rare disease — pulmonary hypertension. PH is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, making the right side of the heart work harder than normal and often leading to […]

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

Tea Party Patriots hear about county, national issues

El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly told a packed lecture hall at Oak Ridge High School that she has “a deep dark secret.” Speaking at a Tea Party Patriots forum Tuesday night, Daly admitted, “I’m not your typical government administrator. I’ve only been in government about 10 years.” Prior to that she said […]

CHP launches Explorer post

The California Highway Patrol is looking for a few good teens. On Nov. 30, the Placerville area CHP office will host the inaugural meeting of its first Explorer post. Designed for youths interested in a career in law enforcement, the CHP’s Explorer post provides its members with the opportunity to work side-by-side with officers. “A […]

Chain of knowledge helps local moms

A long, slow hug marked a turning point in two mothers’ lives — a hug that had been 15 years in the making. While their daughters, 15-year-old Hailey Huntington and almost-15-year-old Marissa Hunt, curled up on the Hunts’ couch with an iPad, Alex Fila, 44, and Ginny Hunt, 48, talked about medications, seizures and the […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged

‘Souper’ group brings friendship and support to caregivers

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. It’s not “old-timers” or “all-timers” disease and it doesn’t just affect the elderly. People in their 30s, 40s and 50s have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. It’s the most common form of dementia, robbing its victim of cognitive and social abilities, […]

Woman’s death still a mystery

The skeletal remains found in a Washington state campground have been positively identified as a missing South Lake Tahoe woman. Marie Colello Hanson, 54, was first reported missing by family members in July. On a whim, Hanson left her South Lake Tahoe home to attend the National Rainbow Gathering near Stevenson, Wash. She was last […]

Sheriff’s Department restructures patrol shifts

The latest move by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is giving county residents more bang for their buck. On Thursday, the department announced its overhaul of patrol deputy shifts, which officially began last month. By going from three patrol shifts per day to two, the department was able to expand its Special Enforcement Detail […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Leisure, hospitality led month-over job losses

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 11.4 percent in October, unchanged from a revised 11.4 percent in September, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.2 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.2 percent for California and 8.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Tax board compliance initiative brings results

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board announced results from the state’s second tax Voluntary Compliance Initiative (VCI2) and the news is good. According to preliminary numbers, VCI 2 raised $350 million with $293 million received in cash and an added $57 million expected by June 15, 2012, from installment payments. This initiative was estimated to […]

Heard over the back fence: Marshall ER Clothes Cupboard needs replenishing

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I Shook My Family Tree – and a Bunch of Nuts Fell Out.” • • • CLEAN CLOTHES NEEDED:
 The Marshall ER Clothes Cupboard needs clean pants (elastic waist band if possible) and long sleeved tops to assist those who might have to leave the hospital […]

Not too late to get flu vaccine

The Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency has wrapped up its community flu clinics for the season, and is now offering low-cost flu vaccine by appointment. The seasonal influenza vaccine is available in both the shot and nasal mist forms through Public Health for $10 per vaccination. No […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

EID chief, lawyer contracts extended; no raises

Following a closed session it was announced that the contracts for El Dorado Irrigation District’s general manager and district counsel were extended three years. Both had requested 1 percent cost-0f-living adjustments, but the board declined to grant that. Both contracts did not expire until 2013, but were extended without changes to 2016. The terms are […]

Pollock man named to forestry board

Gov. Jerry Brown reached up into El Dorado County to find two new members of the state’s Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Susan Britting of Coloma and Rich Wade of Pollock Pines got the nod and attended their first board meeting this month. Wade visited the Mountain Democrat offices a couple of weeks ago […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Deadly infection attacks former deputy sheriff

“I went to sleep looking at the face of my beautiful wife and thinking I had bursitis,” said Rob Downey, 47, “and woke up 30 days later with a doctor bending over me saying, ‘I’m sorry Mr. Downey, we had to take your arms and legs.’ Then he left.” It was a traumatic awakening for […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 9 Replies

State of Tahoe ski industry: ‘This is our time’

By Matthew Renda and Jason Shueh LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe has always been entangled in a wrestling match between ski industry growth and local community interests — now more than ever, as millions in resort upgrades are under way heading into the 2011-’12 ski season.Vail Resorts is nearing completion of $30 million in resort […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

45-day halt in medical pot gardens, new sellers

Despite three hours of emotional testimony by medical marijuana patients, El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on new dispensaries and all outdoor gardens. Effective immediately, the moratoria will remain for 45 days or until the county crafts a set of ordinances governing the growing and distribution of medical cannabis. Under […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 36 Replies

Perseverance, faith, hope saved Holocaust survivor

Marian Blumenthal Lazan came to Placerville on Monday, Nov. 14 and stole its heart. “Mine is the story that Anne Frank might have told if she had survived,” began Lazan. “It’s a story of perseverance, determination, faith and above all, hope.” Speaking to a mixed audience of more than 400 adults and children at the […]

Cal Fire offers Thanksgiving fire safety tips

Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire asks everyone to put fire safety at the top of their checklist as the holiday season begins. “Taking a few minutes to review this article on preventing a fire, what to do in case of a fire and how to extinguish a small […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Ecological restoration is key priority for Northern California forests

California’s landscapes are under siege from a host of threats. Catastrophic wildfire, climate change, invasive species and increasing human population put these delicate ecosystems at risk. The U.S. Forest Service has recognized and battled these threats for decades, but recently the agency recognized the need for a more focused approach on ecological restoration as the […]

Hanging dummy reappears

The original Hangman’s Tree dummy has returned to his noose hanging in front of the Herrick building at 305 Main St. in Placerville as if he had never been gone. Placerville City Clerk Susan Zito said the city had nothing to do with returning the dummy to his perch. “We were as surprised as everyone […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 28 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Rob Downy fundraiser Saturday

T-shirt philosopher John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Life is tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.” • • • ROB DOWNEY FUNDRAISER:
 We just received information that there will be a fundraiser for Rob Downey tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m., at Mother Lode Lions Hall, corner of Missouri Flat […]

EID offices to close Nov. 18 for furlough

El Dorado Irrigatin District offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 18 for the fifth and final planned furlough closure of  2011. Field staff furlough time will be scheduled so that operations continue uninterrupted and so that staff can still respond in an emergency situation. Customers who experience a service emergency should call 530-622-4513.

Greenberg trial nears

After several years of delays and setbacks, jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of Morris Greenberg is set to begin this month. A former Bay Area police officer, Greenberg, 40, is accused of shooting to death 26-year-old Anthony Dumont in 2008. Prosecutors contend Greenberg shot Dumont before turning the gun on himself in an […]

Rubes cartoonist to speak here

Rubes cartoonist Leigh Rubin will appear at the Mountain Democrat 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. This is Rubin’s second appearance at the Mountain Democrat. He proved a popular and entertaining speaker last year for an audience of more than 100. Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes Publications. […]

Dead boy’s mom: ‘I need to breathe’

Jennifer Ewing felt trapped. As an unemployed single mother, Ewing’s days and nights revolved around caring for her 4-year-old son, Sebastian. But Ewing, according to her recently unsealed grand jury testimony, was struggling to find the right balance of caring for her child and maintaining her personal life. “Every parent needs a break, OK,” she […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 35 Replies

Nominate EDH youth

The annual Youth Star Awards, sponsored by of El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will take place 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills Nominations are currently being requested from Vision Coalition partners as well as the community at large. Nominees should be between 12 and 18 years […]

Veterans share stories of luck, horror of wars

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosted a number of veterans and their families Thursday morning to honor Veterans Day. Vets from World War II, Korea and Vietnam shared their wartime and service memories. Bill Klein, 92, of El Dorado Hills wore his “Pearl Harbor Survivor” cap and described being stationed […]

Heard over the back fence: Bring in your coats for kids

 John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the way I’m about to behave.” • • • KEEPING THE KIDS WARM:
 The Coats for Kids Foundation and Steve Stymeist Auto Body and Frame Shop are organizing the “Coats for Kids” drive from now through Nov. 30. The coats […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Emotional farewell for Harry Norris

In a special meeting before the regular meeting Nov. 14 the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution praising outgoing Director Harry Norris. “I find that you have been the most frugal member of this board,’ said Director Bill George. “This board has been criticized. We’re not perfect. We’re as perfect […]

Schnell suspect in court

John Harold Luebbers, the El Dorado man charged with the first-degree murder of Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara, appeared in court Monday afternoon for a brief pre-trial hearing. During the hearing, which lasted no more than two minutes, Luebbers’ public defender, David Cramer, told El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that […]

Local tree heads for state Capitol

CAMINO — The buzzing of a chain saw was punctuated by the shouts and laughter of a small crowd of U.S. Forest Service workers and state employees Monday morning as a 60-foot-tall Douglas fir was plucked from the forest here and made ready for its trip Tuesday to grace the state Capitol. Tom Anderson, 55, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Decoding canine behaviors

We have a 7-month-old baby who is learning to crawl. When she starts moving, our 10-year-old Ridgeback/pit bull mix gets anxious and starts circling her. Every once in a while when she is moving, he will charge at her and nudge her with his nose. Sometimes he will growl when he does that. Mind you, […]

New face, new energy at Town Center

EL DORADO HILLS — Tony Mansour is getting a little help from a friend. Envision Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Kevin Nagle will join Town Center management as partnerships that funded the retail project that defines “downtown” El Dorado Hills expire at year’s end. Nagle will assume a “consultative” role. The last time Nagle graced the […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Volunteer to ring a bell

SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Our local Salvation Army Unit needs volunteers to be bell ringers for a two-hour shift from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. If you would like to help, please call Jeff Hammett at 530-903-7121. BOO THE VILLAIN! When is the last time you threw popcorn at the villain during the Old Coloma […]

Veterans Day marked locally

The more than 17,000 veterans living in El Dorado County were honored Friday morning during the seventh annual Veterans Tribute. Hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument Inc., Friday’s tribute was attended by dozens upon dozens of grateful observers who gathered to honor the men and women who have served the cause of freedom. […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies