Rotary Park getting major face-lift

A concrete mixer truck, operated remotely by Mike Bush, roared as six men prepared the concrete pad for a new set of bleachers for the Clyde F. Curtis Placerville Rotary Park on Clark Street in Placerville. Pouring “mud” was John “Topshelf” McCarthy, as John Sutterland raked it out into the mold. The “rod” guys, Ty […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fewer marten detections in California forest linked to decline in habitat

 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST—The reclusive American marten is getting even harder to find in the Sierra Nevada, according to a study by a team of researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University. A new study at the Sagehen Experimental Forest found that marten detections have dropped 60 percent since the 1980s — a […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a singing group

SLOW BOAT: Because Johnn Chapman likes to share, we have the following T-shirt message: “I’m always late. My ancestors arrived on the Juneflower!” • • • DO YOU ENJOY SINGING?
 The Gold Rush Community Men’s Chorus invites males from teenagers through senior citizens to join holiday rehearsals during the month of November. Rehearsals are every Tuesday night […]

3-year trial delay annoys prosecutor

It has been more than three years since Anthony Dumont was shot dead in Somerset and family members aren’t the only ones tired of waiting for his accused killer to stand trial. On Monday El Dorado County deputy district attorney Vicki Ashworth expressed her frustrations with the pace of Morris Greenberg’s murder trial during a […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job losses

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 11.5 percent in September 2011, down from a revised 11.9 percent in August 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.4 percent for California and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Cal Fire to show support for cancer research

Firefighting has long been a profession known for providing help to those in need. That’s why it wasn’t difficult for Cal Fire firefighters, dispatchers and employees to decide to show their support for the battle against breast cancer by wearing modified Cal Fire T-shirts with pink logos on them.   Oct. 24- 28 Cal Fire […]

UNR: Lao fishermen report capture of world’s largest freshwater fish

RENO, Nev. – Late last month, fishermen from a remote village in southern Laos captured a 683-pound giant freshwater stingray. If the reports of the weight are accurate, the stingray may claim the title of world’s largest freshwater fish. The giant freshwater stingray, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and least understood fish, is the focus […]

Machado arraignment continued again

For the first time since his much-publicized arrest, Placerville’s deposed mayor appeared in an El Dorado County courtroom Monday morning. Placerville’s former mayor, 53-year-old Dave Machado, was present for his arraignment in Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner’s courtroom with attorneys Jim Clark and John Olson. Machado was arrested in August on suspicion of felony perjury […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Movie Lovers Map to El Dorado County needs public’s help

The El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office and the El Dorado County Visitors Authority are seeking the public’s help in putting together the first ever “Movie Lovers Map of El Dorado County.” The full color glossy brochure will detail 30 movie locations from South Lake Tahoe to El Dorado Hills, Georgetown to Pleasant […]

High school district welcomes public comment on student calendars

The El Dorado Union High School District is in the process of developing its student calendars for 2012–13 and 2013–14 school years, in cooperation with input from district management, district principals, district bargaining groups and elementary and middle school superintendents. A number of critical assumptions have been used as the basis for developing the school calendar: […]

Tahoe man rearrested on murder charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Brad Macewan, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but then released earlier this year, is back in custody and will face charges, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe. Macewan was arrested on a warrant by police in San Diego and transported to the El Dorado County jail […]

Manslaughter hearing pushed back to December

The Pleasant Valley woman accused of killing an El Dorado High School student in a high-speed car crash earlier this year had her latest hearing Friday continued to December. Victoria Elizabeth Guinn, 18, was behind the wheel of a Nissan sports car that crashed in Placerville in March. Killed in the wreck was passenger and […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Essentials | Tagged ,

George Osborne wants 4th term

Citing his deep understanding of its systems and its operational needs, George Osborne said he’s the best qualified candidate to direct the El Dorado Irrigation Distirct’s Division 1. Currently representing Camino, Pollock Pines and their surrounding areas in his third term, Osborne told the Mountain Democrat’s editorial board he stands confident on his record. “How […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Ray Van Asten running for EID Div. 1

Ray Van Asten blames the El Dorado Irrigation District’s current Board of Directors for the district’s $390 million debt, the result of years of “waste” and “frivolous spending,” he said. Van Asten spent nearly two hours Thursday with the Mountain Democrat editorial board discussing his candidacy for director of Division 1 of the El Dorado […]

Rob Carey eyes EID Div. 1

Camino general contractor Rob Carey said the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors has “not put the best interests of the district’s ratepayers at the forefront.” Visiting the Mountain Democrat Thursday afternoon with his daughter Abby, Carey voiced the perception that “the people don’t own their own water; it feels like EID owns it.” […]

Skeel, CSD put down weapons

The most recent of several closed-session El Dorado Hills Community Services District board meetings to discuss terms of a “remediation plan” to reinstate General Manager John Skeel was held Oct. 18. On Wednesday both Skeel and board President Guy Gertsch characterized recent meetings as positive and productive. Neither would divulge the terms of the proposed remediation, […]

Divide chamber elects Ken Calhoon president

Ken Calhoon, a local Realtor and weekly columnist for the Mountain Democrat, was recently elected president of the Divide Chamber of Commerce. Ken and his wife Vicki have lived in Pilot Hill since 1996. Calhoon maintains a small real estate practice and Vicki is a local potter and member of the El Dorado Arts Council. […]

10-28-11 “Blues and Brews” festival to honor veterans

HONORING OUR VETERANS: On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is presenting their second annual “Blues and Brews” festival. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the CSD gym auditorium at 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. General admission price is $25. There is a $5 cost for micro brews, wines and […]

CHP emphasizes safe teen driving

For officers with the Placerville area California Highway Patrol, stressing the importance of safe driving is the name of the game. But with National Teen Driver and National School Bus Safety weeks scheduled for this coming week, officers are hoping El Dorado County motorists will show a renewed focus on driver’s safety. The National Teen […]

Racist headstones finally replaced

EL DORADO HILLS — Truth and a measure of justice were served Wednesday when the last of three dozen new gravestones were installed at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery. The project helps close a controversial chapter in race relations, government insensitivity and ignorant foul play. In 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dug up the remains […]

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

Grand Jury indicts Machado

A Grand Jury indictment moved former Placerville mayor Dave Machado’s arraignment on criminal charges to Monday, Oct. 24. On Aug. 18 Machado was arrested on criminal charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime with regard to real estate he owned on Broadway in Placerville. Bail was set at $30,000, which Machado posted the […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 11 Replies

Pedestrian fatality on Green Valley road

EL DORADO HILLS — Greg Benson, 52, died after being struck on Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills Sunday morning, Oct. 16. Benson was crossing Green Valley Road on foot, from south to north, at approximately 9:55 a.m., east of World Famous Barber Jon’s Barbershop, according to a press release from officer Jasper Begay […]

Supes say ‘workplace bullying’ a health, safety risk

El Dorado County supervisors passed a proclamation during this week’s board meeting establishing this week as “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.” Recommended by Chairman Ray Nutting, the proclamation states the board’s “interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its employees and citizens.” It does not specify “bullying” in the body of the proclamation […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 20 Replies

New executive coordinator named to fire safe council

The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council has named Cari DeWolf as its executive coordinator. DeWolf brings extensive experience in business and program administration from the non-profit, public and private sectors that will be an asset to the fire safe council and its efforts to increase defensible space against wildfire within the county. This year, […]

Bay Area shooting suspect arrested here

A Bay Area man accused of shooting his supervisor late Wednesday night was apprehended by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning. Doran Long, a 50-year-old security guard from Concord, allegedly engaged his supervisor in a firefight Wednesday evening at a Richmond apartment complex. Long is accused of shooting his supervisor twice and then opening […]

Cal gets new attorney

Greenwood store owner Vincent Cal appeared in court on Monday for his pretrial conference, where he requested new representation due to the conflict of interest between his public defender, Rachael Miller, and his business, Cal’s Market Miller’s parents — Jim and Ruth — own the Gas N’ Go in Georgetown, and Judge James Wagoner agreed […]

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

El Dorado Hills haunted house now open

EL DORADO HILLS — When Nathan Ravenblood lost his beloved he made a chilling deal with the Angel of Death. Collect souls and he will be reunited with those who have passed on. Desperate, Nathan agreed and turned the Ravenblood Mortuary into a house of bloody horror. George Frey with America Screams brings this story […]

County annual tax sale set

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer and tax collector reports that the county’s auction of tax defaulted property is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Board Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. Prominent on the list of properties up for bid this year are approximately […]

Report to JPA: Projects mostly on track

FOLSOM — The El Dorado County-Folsom Joint Powers Authority held its quarterly meeting Oct. 19 at Folsom City Hall to update the two jurisdictions on the status of projects of mutual interest, primarily the Highway 50-Highway 99 connector and Folsom’s developement plans for south of Highway 50. Folsom Mayor Andy Morin, who serves as chairman […]

10-24-11 Gold Rush Chorus presents “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop”

THREE VARIATIONS OF MUSIC: A music program titled “Blues, Beatles and Barbershop” will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills, at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Gold Rush Chorus is sponsoring this musical program, offering a wide range of music. For more information, […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up now for El Dorado craft booth

Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following John Wayne quote: “Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you are stupid.” • • • EL DORADO CRAFT FAIR: The El Dorado Community Hall members are sponsoring a two-day Craft and Gift Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your pumpkin pancakes in Rescue Saturday

AGE HINT: Several people have asked me, “How Old is Davey ‘Doc’ Wiser, the stagecoach guy?” To protect Davey’s privacy I will not reveal his age but will provide the following clue as to his age. Davey Doc’s Social Security number is 7! • • • PUMPKIN PANCAKES: The Rescue Volunteer Fire Association will be serving pumpkin […]

GDPUD chief eyes CIP delay

Budget discussions for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District came to the forefront during a recent meeting of the Board of Directors when General Manager Hank White created controversy over a proposal to scale back on long-term investments. “To refresh your memory the board in July said bring these six options and have it done […]

Kids Helping the Needy

Our Food Bank of El Dorado County and KCRA, Channel 3 TV Station have officially kicked off the 24th Annual “Kids Can Food Drive”, in fourteen schools in our county. This can drive will continue until Nov 13th. Kids bring extra cans from their homes to school. The cans are donated to the Food Bank […]

10-26-11 “Turkey Trot” walk/races at Cameron Park Lake

TURKEY TROT RACE DAY: On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Cameron Park Recreation is holding its annual “Turkey Trot” walk/races at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park. The youth division races start at 9 a.m. sharp. Junior and adult divisions begin at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $23 if you pre-register before race […]

10-26-11 “Let’s Uke” class at EDH Sr. Center

UNDERSTANDING “UKE”: A class titled “Let’s Uke” is being offered on Mondays, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 5, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. No ukulele experience is necessary. Bring a ukulele if you have one. You can pick up an information sheet […]

10-24-11 Old Fashion Christmas Arts and Craft Fair in Cameron Park

OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS: The Cameron Park Recreation Dept. is presenting an “Old Fashion Christmas Arts and Craft Fair” on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park. Admission is free. You can do a little early Christmas shopping. Tasty goodies will also […]

GDPUD union makes concessions

GEORGETOWN – The employees of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District have agreed on terms and conditions of employment and ratified a tentative agreement with the district on Oct. 10. The announcement was made Oct. 19 by General Manager Hank White. The deal includes a pay freeze and lower retirement calculations for new employees. The previous […]

Camino mill parts heading for Quincy, other mills

The Camino sawmill, closed since 2009, is now enjoying its second life. Well, parts of the mill anyway. In recent months, observant residents might have noticed that  the dormant mill has also become a shrinking one. Pieces and equipment from the mill have been relocated to operational ones, including a recently reopened sawmill in Quincy, […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Busted and banned at Red Hawk

A Citrus Heights man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attempting to pass a fake check at Red Hawk Casino. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the casino shortly after midnight Saturday after receiving a report of a forgery in progress, said sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Chovanec. Deputies arrived on the scene and found […]

Candidates meet at early morning forum

With the November election nearing, about 30 El Dorado County residents got the opportunity to learn about water issues during an early morning candidates forum in Placerville. On Monday, during its weekly meeting, the Taxpayers Association of  El Dorado County met at Denny’s in Placerville to attend a forum featuring candidates vying for El Dorado […]

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

Local student making plans for Mars

October has been a good month for Luke Pettit. He’s one of the exhibitors in the Disability Awareness Art Show at Folsom Lake College and he’s preparing for the trip of a lifetime to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Pettit, 25, is among 48 students selected from […]

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

Local transportation exec retiring

Kathryn Matthews is following another curve in her road. After almost a decade as executive director of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, Matthews is  heading to Ashland, Ore., for the next stretch of her journey as a grandma, perhaps a teacher, or maybe something else entirely. In her EDCTC office, filled with plaques of […]