Divide construction team helps Navajo woman

GARDEN VALLEY — The ROP construction team at Golden Sierra High School has taken on a new project, with a slightly different twist than the typical projects they’ve tackled in the past. Last summer Ed Kennedy took a group of students on “The Shonto Trip” (for the past 14 years they’ve made this trek) down […]

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

El Dorado Transit announces route changes

El Dorado Transit will implement the following changes to its local fixed route services effective Tuesday, Jan. 3.   The new Diamond Springs route will merge with the Folsom Lake College Shuttle and add service to eastbound Pleasant Valley Road and northbound Missouri Flat Road, including a request stop at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. The Cameron Park route […]

Wherever you go there will be a DUI crackdown

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 statewide DUI Crackdown kicked off Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 2, just as many Californians are expected to hit the roads for the holidays. The effort includes increased enforcement and a new campaign aimed at drinkers in bars, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Receiving a DUI is an awful […]

UNR using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

RENO, Nev. — Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno, is funded by the […]

Heard over the back fence: Great paint job at Cameron Park Library

 The following “Modest” T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “TO SAVE TIME, let’s assume I know everything.” • • • LOCAL PAINTERS SHINE:
 Kathe and Bill Hughes spruced up the Cameron Park Library with uplifting, brightly painted walls in the Quiet Room, the computer wall, and in the Honor’s Book Sale area. Thank you, […]

Democrat starts its 161st year in January

Now beginning its 161st year of publication, the Mountain Democrat is one of 19 newspapers published in El Dorado County before 1858, according to the 1949 reminiscences of former Democrat Publisher Clarence Barker. It is the lone survivor of that remarkable period, and is now the oldest newspaper in California in continuous publication. By its […]

Soles jam to Haiti

What do a cruise ship full of musicians, Labadee,Haiti, and 10,000 pairs of shoes have to do with one another? The cruise ship is the method of transportation, the shoes are the treasure and the residents of Haiti are the recipients. “Seventy percent of the people in Haiti live on less than a dollar a […]

County overhauls mental health facility, programs

Spurred by negative revelations regarding the El Dorado County Psychiatric Health Facility, the county Board of Supervisors ordered “an immediate management audit” back on July 26. Tuesday, the board received an update on that project. Of particular concern at the time was that the facility staff routinely called the Placerville Police Department for assistance with difficult […]

Beating leads to arrests

Three suspects were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly beat up a person who had marijuana in his possession. According to Capt. Mike Scott of the Placerville Police Department, Anthony Stott, 22, of Folsom; James Teahan, 21, of El Dorado Hills; and Dylan Morton, 18, of Pollock Pines were taken into custody on various […]

Sheriff’s CERT teams ready for action

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services sponsors Community Emergency Response Teams in our county. CERT is a group of local residents who have volunteered many hours attending training to learn basic skills to save lives and protect property in the aftermath of a major disaster. The El Dorado County CERT program was developed […]

USFS extends Meyers Landfill closure

MEYERS — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reminds snowmobilers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, off-highway vehicle users and other recreationists that the Meyers Landfill site off Pioneer Trail near South Lake Tahoe remains closed due to safety hazards. Construction at the site will continue next summer. The site has been winterized, […]

Backflow prevention inspection bid OK’d

Inspecting backflow prevention assemblies in areas served by recycled water is being contracted out for the third year. The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Dec. 12 approved a bid of $61,787 for inspection services for the year 2012. The low bidder, AAA Backflow Prevention Services, was one of six bidders. The next highest […]

EID OKs computer upgrade

The Information Technology Division of the El Dorado Irrigation District will get new servers following approval Dec. 12 by the Board of Directors. The $110,400 bid is being piggy-backed onto a competitive bid by the city of Tuscon, Ariz. Another $15,000 was part of the approval to include cabling and software. It replaces a server […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa to visit Welcome Center in EDH

 John Chapman gave me the following doormat statement: “Ring Doorbell and Run. The Dog Needs Exercise.” • • • SANTA SNAPSHOTS:
 The California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, (Town Center), El Dorado Hills, is presenting a “Picture with Santa” event through Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $22.99. Stop by for goody bags, […]

Area employment stats improve

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 10.9 percent in November 2011, down from a revised 11.4 percent in October 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent for California and 8.2 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Five local foster youth receive holiday stockings

SACRAMENTO – United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members and people across the region donated stockings for five El Dorado County foster youth in New Morning Youth and Family Services’ programs through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. The donation was part of the group’s annual gift and stocking drive that this year raised 133 stockings and […]

City Council wraps up 2011 in holiday mood

Tuesday night saw the Placerville City Council closing out a year that included a lawsuit over the roundabout, a referendum that shut down redevelopment, the removal of a mayor indicted by the Grand Jury and Neighborhood Chats. Tuesday’s meeting was a “goodwill to all, peace on earth” type of City Council meeting as 22 city […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Christmas closures vary

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, Dec. 23 or Dec.26, due to Christmas, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed both Dec.23 and Dec.26 as well a Placerville City Hall. The offices of the police and fire […]

Planning panel studies Creekside Plaza 3rd time

The discussion to combine three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northwest corner of the intersection of Forni and Missouri Flat Roads continued during the County of El Dorado Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 and will be back on its agenda next month. When this plan was discussed during the Oct. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Greenberg murder trial reviews Dumont’s autopsy, sees photos

The forensic pathologist who conducted Anthony Dumont’s 2008 autopsy was called to testify Wednesday by prosecutors in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg. Greenberg, 40, is accused shooting Dumont, 26, on July 20, 2008, after finding him helping his estranged wife move out of the couple’s foreclosed Somerset home. Barrie Greenberg, the defendant’s wife, separated […]

Search warrant was much broader than Poor Red’s

The search warrant that brought California Highway Patrol officers and agents from the state’s Board of Equalization to Poor Red’s restaurant last week targeted three additional locations currently or previously owned or leased by Mike and Brenda Adams. The couple evidently moved from Camino to Placerville in August of this year, and both homes were […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 31 Replies

School bus funds halved

Tuesday Gov. Jerry Brown ordered $1 billion in mid-year budget cuts and $248 million in home-to-school transportation cuts, which will reduce the pupil transportation budget in El Dorado County schools by 50 percent. “This is a very significant reduction on top of the $20 million cuts in our budget that we’ve already suffered,” said El […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Huber foregoes third term

El Dorado Hills Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, 39, placed what previously appeared to be a promising political career on indefinite hold Tuesday, announcing that she will not seek a third term in the Assembly. Facing a self-described “nasty, ugly” divorce, foreclosure of a home in Serrano and the prospect of moving to a more politically moderate […]

Criminal Annals, Part 133: Capt. Taylor plays William Tell, gets scalp groove

Continuing with the Oct. 2, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we again find the most interesting of the articles listed under the doings in the Recorder’s Court, where minor criminals, many of whom seem to be there most of the time for various and continuing incidents, face Judge McGrew. “RECORDER’S COURT. – Before […]

G’town water district loses key employees

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District will start the new year without two of its management employees. Planner and Operations Manager for Water Distribution Steven Gau and Operations Manager for Water Quality Rebecca Siren each submitted their resignations to General Manager Hank White effective Dec. 30. White read their letters to the board at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading going to the dogs

 The following T-shirt statement was provided by John Chapman: “Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?” • • • PATIENT CANINE LISTENERS:
 Canine listeners are available at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Kids can learn how to read out loud to the […]

Greenberg trial: No gun found in Romanko truck

Morris Greenberg, according to his defense attorney, shot Anthony Dumont three times in 2008 in self-defense. During his opening statement last week, Erik Schlueter told jurors that Greenberg, a retired Bay Area police officer, thought Dumont, 26, was reaching for a gun inside of his sister’s truck. But on Wednesday, jurors learned that the vehicle […]

PG&E urges customers to beware of carbon monoxide

As temperatures begin to drop, PG&E urges customers to be mindful of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide. Several tragic cases of carbon monoxide poisoning take place each year during the winter months as people try to stay warm. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is created by the incomplete combustion […]

Dealing with holidays and heartache

Grief experts offer tips for getting through the holidays after suffering the loss of a loved one. Instead of looking toward this time with a heavy heart, try to find some semblance of joy at this special time of year. It’s OK to cry. Work through your grief and then try to let it go. […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Friends for Survival is here to help

Friends for Survival was founded in February 1983 by Marilyn Koenig of Sacramento, after she suffered the loss of her son to suicide in 1977. Co-founder was Chris Moon of Lincoln, who also lost a son. Local volunteer Susan Salluce, 44, of Shingle Springs helped establish the Cameron Park meetings, which have been held for […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Couple shares pain — and hope — of holidays in shadow of son’s suicide

POLLOCK PINES — The pain that etches the faces of Kevin and Karen Carlson likely will shape their countenances for a lifetime. It’s the pain that shattered their lives two-and-a-half years ago with the gunshot that left their son, Kelly, dead — a suicide committed in a room of the house where they’ve lived for […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Final moments of Dumont’s life recounted

Testimony in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg continued Tuesday, one week after opening statements were delivered. Greenberg, 40, is charged with the 2008 murder of 26-year-old Anthony Dumont. At the time of his death, Dumont was dating Greenberg’s estranged wife, Barrie, and was helping her move out of the Somerset home she once shared […]

Rape suspect captured in New Jersey

Pasquale Patrick Senatore has evaded the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department since 2002. He is now in custody. Senatore was under investigation for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1998. Investigators attempted to question him about allegations he raped the girl many times during a three-month span. But Senatore fled before investigators could reach […]

Day finds chair squeaky

New Division 5 Director Alan Day found his chair a little squeaky after he was sworn in Dec. 12 along with Directors George Osborne and Bill George. At the public forum at the start of Monday’s meeting El Dorado Hills resident Paul Raveling criticized Day for having an “anti-EID Website”  and said his “campaign arguments […]

Kane retires; Heinzer promoted

Liz Kane, 70, retired Dec. 13 after 11 years as the Mountain Democrat’s fourth sports editor. Working with Kane for the past 11 years is sports writer Jerry Heinzer, who takes over as sports editor Dec. 14, announced Editor Michael Raffety. Liz Kane began as a sports correspondent in January 1994 and five years later was […]

New courthouse on track despite cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO — The Judicial Council Dec. 12 endorsed several cost-cutting measures for court construction while affirming its commitment to much-needed improvements in the judicial branch’s statewide infrastructure. The council approved recommendations from the Court Facilities Working Group to cancel two construction projects in small counties and to seek cost-savings on others. The two dropped […]

EID board adjusts Conflict of Interest Code reflecting smaller management ranks

The El Dorado Irrigation District board approved revisions of the district’s conflict of interest code to reflect the significant downsizing of district personnel in the last three years, particularly among management and supervisory level employees, and to expand the scope of economic interests that the board and top management are required to disclose. EID maintains a conflict […]

Waste Connections headquarters moving to Texas

Waste Connections, the company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services for El Dorado County and over 2 million customers across the country, announced on Monday the move of their company headquarters from Folsom to the Woodlands, Texas. The relocation was spurred due to the company’s distaste with the current business climate […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Bill George given gavel at EID

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors selected Bill George as president and George Osborne as vice president for 2012. The new officers began their duties immediately. Alan Day, newly elected board member from El Dorado Hills representing Division 5, also began his term at the meeting. Director Day received welcome messages from his […]

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

Heard over the back fence: Be a weekly winner at Snowline stores

 Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “If you need anything. . . don’t hesitate to ask somebody else.” • • • WIN A GIFT CARD:
 From now until Jan 5, you can enter to win a $25 gift card at the Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores. There will be weekly winners at each […]

Guinn pleads to manslaughter

The driver who was responsible for a car wreck that killed an El Dorado High School student earlier this year accepted a plea deal Monday morning. Victoria Elizabeth Guinn, 19, was behind the wheel of a Nissan 350z on March 27 when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into oak trees along Newtown […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged

Women’s Fund to sponsor forum

The Women’s Fund El Dorado invites the public to attend a community needs forum 6 .m. Jan. 19, 2012, at the Cameron Park Community Services District auditorium.  The purpose of the forum is to update the entire community on the most current needs of local programs and projects, especially in the nonprofit arena, in order […]

Don’t drink and drive: No holiday festivities in jail

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that South Lake Tahoe police, Placerville police, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol will be out in force from Dec. 16, to Jan. 2 to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel. “RUOK?” is the text […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Forest Service seeks volunteers for 2012 Ski with a Ranger program

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for ski and snowboard volunteers to lead guided interpretive tours at Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort one day a week from January through April 2012. These interpretive tours are intended to educate resort visitors about the natural and cultural history of […]

Grace Foundation volunteers help heal wounds

EL DORADO HILLS — On a gusty and bright fall afternoon on the Grace Foundation ranch dozens of volunteers feed, socialize and exercise horses, many of which suffered starvation and abuse at Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Intel Project Manager Jean Acosta works with her “project horse,” a spirited and affectionate 2-year-old gelding mustang named […]