Directors OK fire fee increases

CAMERON PARK — To increase fire prevention fees or not by the Cameron Park Fire Department was the question asked Wednesday night during the Cameron Park Community Service District’s Board of Directors meeting. The answer was a unanimous 5-0 vote in favor of increases in 50 categories. The meeting was the second hearing to allow […]

September is Wine and Wine Grape Month

September 2011 in El Dorado County shall forever be known as “Wine and Wine Grape Month.” Honoring the county’s recent coup in the world of winemaking, the El Dorado  County Board of Supervisors recently bestowed that appellation on the county. Supervisor John Knight had recommended that the board make such a proclamation and arranged for local […]

Supes order new air conditioning for computers

Operating at 4G speed, El Dorado County supervisors declared a state of emergency and authorized purchase of three new air conditioning systems for the county’s Information Technology department. The emergency classification allows the county “to dispense with competitive bidding in order to replace the HVAC system, the Uninterruptible Power Supply and Power Distribution Unit along […]

Criminal annals, part 129: Clampers emerge

Moving to the Sept. 28, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a note regarding a new, but curious, organization in town, one that exists to this day. “‘E. CLAMPUS VITUS.’ — Some of the San Francisco editors are puzzling their heads, to know what can be the objects or aim of a […]

Supes, sheriff may both be right, per Gov’t Code

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the county sheriff may well be able to share the victor’s spoils after the great battle of the helicopter. But, as it does so often, it may come down to the lawyers. County Counsel Louis B. Green responded via e-mail to a request from the Mountain Democrat […]

Marshall Medical not affected by nursing strikes

  Marshall Medical Center, headquartered in Placerville, is not and will not be affected by the current nursing strike affecting at least 34 Kaiser and Sutter locations state-wide. Marshall officials said they would like to recognize the exceptional nursing and clinical staff working at Marshall, who they said provide patients compassionate care day and night. […]

Heard over the back fence: Renee Bernard to sign book Saturday

 My pal John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “I didn’t do it! (I thought about it though).” • • • MEET THE AUTHOR: 
Author Renee Bernard of Placerville will be at her first book signing of her newest release, “Ecstasy Wears Emeralds.” The book signing will be on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 3 […]

Mittelman trial: Jury sees squad car videotape

While handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol car parked outside of his El Dorado Hills apartment, Steven Howard Mittelman watched El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies investigate the reported suicide of his ex-wife on the evening of June 17, 2010. It was earlier that night when Mittelman dialed 911 and frantically told an […]

If you love home-grown tomatoes, come to Promise Land

CAMINO — Three months ago, an acre of land stood idle on Observatory Drive off Hassler Road and was a haven for gophers. Hundreds of pine trees surround this property owned by Judy Flannery, as she hoped for planting vegetables that would yield a harvest. Then last spring Lynn Hoag, who along with Flannery is […]

Details released in crash of police car

The California Highway Patrol’s Placerville office has completed an investigation into the Sept. 4 crash of a city Police Department patrol car that left the driver injured and the vehicle badly damaged. Driving the Ford Crown Victoria was officer Michael Elledge, who had the lights and siren activated as he drove northbound on Ray Lawyer […]

Helicopter at center of budget dust-up

There was no shootout, but there was a standoff between the El Dorado County sheriff and the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Undersheriff Rich Williams, standing in for Sheriff John D’Agostini, told the board that his boss has the authority, by policy, to order his new helicopter into the air on sheriff’s business. Supervisor […]

Thousands of volunteers clean up Sierra rivers

AUBURN, Placer Co.  — About 2,000 volunteers collected approximately 36,000 pounds of trash, appliances, car parts and other debris during the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup Sept. 17. The event, which was sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, includes a growing list of 50 partner organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada.  (A full listing can […]

9-23-11 Ladies pictured at the “Walk for the Cure”

The ladies pictured above recently walked in the Susan Komen “Walk for the Cure” (Cancer). The stalwart ladies pictured in the photo are (left to right) Jeanine Hitt of Placerville, Pam Bechtold of Rescue, Alexa Donovan-Bowers of Rancho Cordova, Tara Larson of Orangevale, and Robyn Beaber of Roseville. Kneeling are Kim Peth of Roseville, Norma […]

EID board visits capital project sites; staff to propose $55 million CIP reduction

During a recent special public meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation Board of Directors had the opportunity to visit two planned Capital Improvement Program project sites, as well as one already in progress. The directors walked a portion of the Project 184 canal system leading to Spillway 47C (SW47C) in Pollock Pines. The 58-year-old structure is riddled with wood […]

Volunteer AARP tax counselors sought

Volunteer Tax-Aide counselors are needed for the 2011 tax season to provide free personal income tax assistance in El Dorado County, for the elderly and low-income residents, under the AARP Tax-Aide program. The program will operate Feb. 1 through April 15, 2012. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of four hours per week. Self-study […]

Dead man identified

A man who died of unknown causes and who was the subject of a photograph in Monday’s Mountain Democrat has been identified as 60-year-old Greg Wheale of El Dorado. El Dorado County sheriff’s officers are saying the death does not appear suspicious, with no outward signs of trauma. Wheale was found lying in a dry […]

Cal’s Market trial postponed

Vincent Cal of Greenwood appeared in court before Judge James Wagoner on Friday, Sept. 16, to continue his ongoing fight with El Dorado County to keep Cal’s Market from being shut down. He previously was in court before Judge Thomas A. Smith on Sept. 2, when he was arraigned and released by Judge Smith on […]

Trial begins for El Dorado Hills man in ex-wife’s death

Steven Howard Mittelman, according to prosecutors, had too many women in his life. In addition to sharing a small El Dorado Hills apartment with his wife, Gale Mittelman, 56, also lived with his ex-wife, 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman. But Mittelman also had a blossoming relationship with a third woman — one prosecutors say he kept […]

Kokanee salmon volunteers still needed at Taylor Creek

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to assist Forest Service staff during the annual kokanee salmon activities in October. Prospective volunteers can submit a resume and learn more at an informative session on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in […]

Forest Service, other agencies respond to Taylor Creek spill

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U. S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and other local agencies are continuing investigation and clean-up of a small spill of an unknown substance into Taylor Creek near the Forest Service Visitor Center on Highway 89.  The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board obtained water samples from the area this […]

Group seeks parcel fee for Pioneer Fire Protection District

Most people shiver to the core of their bones when they read or hear the following two words — tax increases. But those words could be music to the ears to some 3,600 residents looking to save the Pioneer Fire Protection District. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, residents in the southern end of El Dorado County will […]

State wants Gold Trail school district to cough up $300,000

Gold Trail Union School District Superintendent Joe Murchison informed the Board of Trustees recently on the status of a class size reduction appeal that has the state of California seeking $300,000 — and Gold Trail officials don’t think the district needs to give it up. “Under the Class Size Reduction Act, the state pays an […]

Oprah to show safe opening

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A hidden safe that was discovered during the renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino building last month has been opened, but the Oprah Winfrey Network has the right to release what was found. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigator was present at the opening of the safe […]

ID pending for boy killed in house fire

The 4-year-old child who was killed when a Pleasant Valley manufactured home caught fire earlier this month has not yet been positively identified, officials confirmed. El Dorado County Fire Protection District Capt. Mike Pott told the Mountain Democrat Monday that county officials are still waiting on DNA evidence from the state Department of Justice before confirming the […]

Machado arraignment continued 1 month

The arraignment of deposed mayor Dave Machado was continued Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to appear in an El Dorado County Superior Court for the first time since his arrest. Placerville’s former mayor, Machado, 53, was arrested last month on suspicion of felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy in connection […]

DST Mailing Services extends presort services to Sacramento area businesses

EL DORADO HILLS — DST Mailing Services recently extended its comprehensive suite of presort services to businesses in the greater Sacramento Region as well as other nearby counties. Each year DST Mailing Services (an affiliate of DST Output) presorts more than 300 million pieces of mail for some of the nation’s most prominent companies at its facilities in the […]

McClintock gives opening statement for field hearing

Opening Statement, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Sacramento, Sept. 19: Gifford Pinchot, the founder of the U.S. Forest Service, gave a series of lectures at the Yale School of Forestry from 1910 to 1915, in which he propounded maxims for the (quote) “Behavior of Foresters in Public Office.” Among them: • A public official […]

Heard over the back fence: Check out the Saturday farmers market

 John Chapman sent me the following T-shirt statement: “Bad Decisions Make Good Stories.” There are a lot of bad-decisions stories in newspapers. • • • PLACERVILLE FRESH:
The Farmer’s Market continues to operate on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon on Main Street at the Ivy House parking lot, Placerville. Items available include fresh […]

National forests in California provide benefit to local economies

Outdoor recreation activities in California’s national forests contributed $2 billion dollars to local economies and helped sustain an estimated 38,000 jobs in 2010. The U.S. Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring report released last month shows that national forests attracted 170.8 million recreational visitors nationwide and sustained approximately 223,000 jobs in rural communities across the […]

Community health center serves all

If you’re sick and you only speak (Farsi) or (Hmong) or (Other), help is just a phone call away. In fact, if you don’t speak English, the El Dorado County Community Health Center can help you with telephonic interpreting services in 17 languages. Many of the center’s staff are bilingual as well — from Spanish […]

County API scores: Mostly good

It’s mostly good news with regard to El Dorado County schools’ 2011 Academic Performance Index  scores. While 10 schools did not meet their academic growth target, the majority did, despite some of them showing a drop in scores from the previous year. API scores are calculated using the spring STAR testing. Schools are compared to schools […]

Hunting instructor named Californian of the Year

Bill Adams estimates he has taught hunter education to more than 2,500 people since 1972. Out of that number, one student feels that the 70-year-old Adams should be awarded for the countless volunteer hours in and out of the classroom. That honor has now been bestowed on Adams. Adams is this year’s winner of the Outdoor […]

Supes study development agreement for retail center

El Dorado County supervisors voted unanimously last week to “consider” entering into a development agreement with Granite Grado Ventures, developer of the proposed Diamond Dorado Retail Center. Technically known as GGV Missouri Flat LLC, the development company has requested a Development Agreement with the county in order to enhance its efforts to attract investors and […]

Flu clinics announced

The El Dorado County Health Services Department, Public Health Division, will begin its annual series of low-cost community flu clinics on Sept. 27, with additional clinics offered through the beginning of November. The vaccine to protect against seasonal influenza will be available in both nasal mist and flu shot forms at the flu clinics. “It […]

9-23-11 “Train Your Brain” class at EDH Sr. Center

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN: A new class titled “Train our Brain” is being offered on the 3rd Friday of each month at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The drop-in fee is $5. Judy Bakke is the facilitator. You will learn the latest research in […]

9-21-11 Knit and Crochet group meets at EDH Sr. Center

HAPPY NEEDLES: The Knit and Crochet group meets on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. It doesn’t matter if you are a brand new knitter or a seasoned veteran. Stop by and meet some very nice people. Instructors are on hand to […]

Heard over the back fence: Vision van coming to Lions Hall

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” Above this statement was a picture of the U.S. Capitol Building.  • • • RESCUE YOUR EYES!
 The annual Vision Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mother Lode […]

Firefighters ball returns

A wonderful fire service tradition, especially in small cities and towns, was the Firefighter’s Ball. This year the ball will take place on 7-11 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Organ Building at the El Droado County Fairgrounds he price of the tickets is $15 per person, $25 per couple, or $20 per person at the […]

Folsom promotes assistant city manager

Folsom Mayor Andy Morin announced Sept. 13 that the City Council has selected Evert Palmer, 51, to serve as city manager. Palmer has been Folsom’s assistant city manager for the past five years. He will assume his new position on Oct. 14, following the retirement of Kerry Miller. “The City Council unanimously concluded that a […]

Local government education led month-over job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.9 percent in August, down from a revised 12.5 percent in July, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.6 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.9 percent for California and 9.1 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was […]

Sen. Gaines lists ‘worst 11′ bills

SACRAMENTO – With the legislative session concluding last Friday, state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Sept. 16 revealed the “Worst 11 Bills of 2011.” “Unfortunately, this list is far from comprehensive,” said Gaines. “But it’s representative of today’s twisted, trivial, irrational and harmful legislative agenda. These bills attack our economy, our budget and our families. I […]

9-21-11 Class “Staying Healthy after 50″ at EDH Sr. Center

PERCY PRESENTS SOLUTIONS: A new class titled “Staying Healthy after 50″ is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The presenter will be nutritional coach Percy McManus. Percy reminds us that it’s never too late to start improving your health. She […]

9-21-11 AFP-CCC-EDC Educational Luncheon in P.V.

WRITE A WINNING GRANT: The AFP-CCC-EDC Educational Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sequoia Restaurant, 643 B Street, Placerville. The lunch cost is $35. Miriam Houghton will offer a presentation titled, “Grant Writing, Consulting and Training.” She has provided training workshops at the non-profit Resource Center in Sacramento, and […]

Machado returns to council meeting — then slips away

Sept. 13th’s Placerville City Council meeting began with all five council members present — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Acuna, Councilwoman Patty Borelli, Councilman Carl Hagen, Councilwoman Wendy Mattson — and deposed mayor David Machado, but the full complement was missing long before the end of the meeting. Machado slipped quietly into a seat at the […]