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 […]

Fall back: Change clocks, change smoke alarm batteries

This weekend marks the end of daylight saving time and the beginning of standard time, with residents setting their clocks back one hour. The time change occurs offically at 2 a.m. Sunday. “It’s that time of year again, time to change your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke alarms,” said Chief Kelly Keenan […]

Sex offender pleads to possession of child porn

A Placerville sex offender pleaded no contest Wednesday in El Dorado County Superior Court to possession of child pornography. Anthony Michael Storey, 23, admitted to Judge Douglas C. Phimister that he was in possession of child pornography while on probation for a previous sexual offense. Court documents indicate Storey was found guilty of committing lewd […]

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

El Dorado Trail closure continues to mid-month

The closure of the El Dorado Trail 200 feet east of Schnell School eastward continues through Nov. 15, much to the dismay of trail users. Cimarron Construction from Oakland has been constructing culverts for drainage along part of the trail. A 40-foot gash and mounds of dirt piled along the trail have kept hikers, bikers […]

Veterans’ Day Closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, Nov. 11, due to Veterans’ Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. For non-emergency […]

Community Foundation helps fund critical local senior services

The El Dorado Community Foundation is breaking new ground by picking up the pieces of the fallout of federal and state funding through grants to fund critical senior services in El Dorado County. A total of $49,000 to fill the gap in funding left behind in the wake of state and federal budget cuts is being […]

Heard over the back fence: Group plans scholarships for women over 30

 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is submitted: “There is absolutely no excuse for the way I’m about to behave.” • • • NEWS FOR 30-YEAR-OLD WOMEN:
 The Philanthropic Education Organization is sponsoring a local scholarship program for women over 30 years of age, attending El Dorado Center. To raise […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Delta Stewardship Council schedule slips

In spite of their best efforts, and Chairman Phil Isenberg’s determination to meet the legislative mandate to adopt a Delta Plan by Dec. 31, the Delta Stewardship Council had to face reality at its Oct. 27 meeting. Everyone involved knew that meeting the deadline would be a rush job, and the smart money was on […]

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

Drug take back day called a success

Nearly 200 pounds of prescription drugs were taken in locally during National Prescription Drug Take Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The event occurred Oct. 29, with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office partnered with El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition and Drug Free Divide to offer three locations where residents could bring old and […]

Nationwide test to take place Nov. 9

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. and may last up to three and a half minutes. The […]

Cal Fire reducing staffing for winter

On Monday, Nov. 7, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will transition into its “winter preparedness” level of staffing. This will mean most seasonal fire fighting personnel will be laid off and some fire stations will be closed (in Amador County: Dew Drop Fire Station, River Pines Station and Sutter Hill Station and in […]

Mittelman sentencing continued

The sentencing of convicted killer Steven Howard Mittelman was continued last week. Mittelman, 56, of El Dorado Hills, was found guilty in September of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, in their apartment on the evening of June 17, 2010. Mittelman, who is facing 50 years to life in prison, had been set for […]

Ponderosa honors ‘Fallen Warriors’

A single, solemn plaque placed in a quiet nook next to Ponderosa’s football field will remind all who walk by that a life was lost. And the honor to Spc. Mathew Taylor, a 2004 Ponderosa graduate who died in September 2007 after suffering severe injuries in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan, is the only […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Tahoe murder suspect arraigned

The South Lake Tahoe man accused of killing his roommate was indicted by El Dorado County grand jurors and arraigned Monday morning. Brad James MacEwan, 55, is accused of killing 52-year-old Patrick Lee Rego. Tahoe police officers on July 27 found Rego dead inside the South Lake Tahoe residence he and MacEwan shared. Rego reportedly […]