GDRD reconsidering site for rec facility

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District has reopened consideration of developing a recreational gym with a small water feature at the Regional Park site in Greenwood, and is entertaining applications for one board position. The scope of the proposed swimming pool/recreation facility has been reduced considerably and moved from the proposed Golden Sierra High School location. […]

Mo Flat offramp switcheroo due

The westbound loop offramp from Highway 50 to Missouri Flat Road will close Aug. 4 — permanently. In its place will be a new offramp that will be a straight shot to Missouri Flat Road. Concurrently with that westbound onramp to Highway 50 used by vehicles northbound on Missouri Flat Road and currently turning left […]

UNR scientists to shake 5-story building in Japan

RENO, Nev. — Landmark earthquake engineering tests this summer in Japan by the University of Nevada, Reno could open the door for earthquake-proofing technology applied to hospitals, nuclear power plants and emergency-response facilities to be more common in the United States, and confirm the capabilities for the technology used in Japan and the rest of […]

Dates set for ‘illegal’ market operation trial

Vincent Cal, operator of Cal’s Market in Greenwood, was back in court Monday with Judge James Wagoner. Although Cal’s attorney, Rachel Miller, asked for a continuance, the proprietor “would not stand for it,” said Jamisa Fletcher, store partner with Cal. “He wanted a trial date set,” said Fletcher, adding that a pre-trial and settlement date […]

Challenge issued for Tools for Schools drive

On a warm Friday afternoon, Nancy Hooper was a woman on a mission. With her car full of several hundred dollars worth of school supplies, Hooper drove up to the Placerville area California Highway Patrol office. And as officers worked to unload bag after bag after bag, Hooper issued a challenge to all of El […]

Many small steps lead to a giant leap

Norma Braden is not particularly athletic. If anything she’s more of an artist, a quilter and embroiderer and maybe even kind of a homebody. She works with computer programs at the county’s Information Technologies Department. But Norma Braden has developed a passion for walking, with focus and purpose and a goal that’s greater than just […]

No plans to reopen Camino mill, SPI says

Although Sierra Pacific Industries recently announced its intention to increase operations at two of its Northern California sawmills, the Camino lumber mill will remain dormant for the foreseeable future, the Mountain Democrat has learned. Two weeks ago, the Sacramento Bee reported that Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) would both resume production at its Sonora sawmill in Tuolumne […]

Deep divers find body

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s dive team members recovered a body from the water off of Rubicon Point about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The team was able to recover the body after it was discovered by another set of divers on a deep dive, according to a sheriff’s media log. The […]

Rubicon Trail repairs under way

Knowing that the Rubicon Trail is an important feature of El Dorado County for both nature and Jeep enthusiasts alike, members of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation and other county officials have been doing everything they can to maintain and improve this trail for everyone. The latest project on the trail involves transferring […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your bag o’ books at Cameron Park Library

 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement:
”The Constitution
* * * * *
for the articles.” • • • MIGHTY LOW PRICE:
 How about an entire grocery bag of books for a mere 5 bucks? The Cameron Park Library will present its monthly used books sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. […]

8-8-11 Navy and Marine Corps shipmates’ reunion in Arlington, VA

VETERANS REUNION: Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA 74/CE-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762), past and present, are invited to a shipmates reunion. The reunion will be from Sept. 21 through Sept. 24 at the Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA. If you would like to […]

Marshall Medical in Cameron Park welcomes new doc

CAMERON PARK — Marshall Medical Center, headquartered in Placerville, recently announced the addition of Steven Uzelac, M.D, to its family and internal medicine office in Cameron Park. Uzelac is a board certified family medicine physician whose scope includes caring for patients of all ages. He joins Marshall after most recently serving as a staff physician […]

Sheriff’s boat patrol keeps waterways safe

On a warm Friday afternoon at Folsom Lake with nary a cloud in the sky, it was nothing but smooth sailing for the El Dorado County sheriff’s boat patrol. Some days, extra help deputies Rich Hutton, 68, and Steven Brown, 63, travel the waterways looking for — but never finding — boaters in need. But […]

Psych facility to stay open

El Dorado County’s Psychiatric Health Facility, locally known as the PHF, will not be closing anytime soon. However, confusion, concern and controversy have recently boiled up after a notification from the Placerville Police  Department. Effective June 30, the Police Department stopped providing services to PHF staff that have ranged from supervising movement of patients from […]

Supes spit in state’s eye over fire fees

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors just said no to the state of California Tuesday. No to giving the state’s fire fighting arm Cal Fire county money for services unlikely ever to be rendered. California Assembly Bill 129 authorizes the state to collect fees of up to $150 per “habitable structure” per parcel that is […]

Crews contain Cameron Park fire

A 5-acre grass fire in Cameron Park was contained Thursday afternoon amid fears that it would quickly spread to nearby structures. The fire broke out along Highway 50 and Cambridge Drive. Responders initially thought the fire started when a vehicle suffering mechanical problems pulled over along the highway and ignited the dry roughage. Scanner traffic […]

Joyride in sheriff’s vehicle ends in crash

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A 50-year-old South Shore man allegedly crashed into a fence and a neighbor’s car after taking an El Dorado County sheriff’s patrol vehicle for a drunken joyride Sunday. About 3 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a loud party on Arrowhead Drive. When a deputy left a vehicle unattended to check on […]

Tucker optimistic about new role on Cameron board

CAMERON PARK — Scoldings from the public, a firing and a resignation — the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors’ recent past might make someone think twice about joining these headline makers. Sean Tucker didn’t flinch. The 43-year-old husband and father of two happily submitted his résumé to the board after Director Rich Green resigned […]

Tahoe police arrest murder suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police have arrested a 55-year-old man in connection with the killing of his roommate earlier this week. Brad Macewan was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder shortly after midnight Wednesday at the home he shared with Patrick Lee Rego, 52, on the 3700 block of Forest Avenue, said Lt. Dave Stevenson. He […]

8-5-11 Ostomy Association meets at Marshall Cancer Resource Center

The Placerville Ostomy Association meetings are open to pre-surgery and past surgery ostomates, caregivers, family and friends. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center, 3581 Palmer Dr., Suite 202, Cameron Park. For more information, call Sherron West at 530-823-9677 or Barbara […]

Folsom chase turns deadly in ED Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — A high-speed chase early Wednesday morning turned deadly for a man fleeing from Folsom police officers. Shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect, whose name was not released as of press time, was seen by Folsom Police Department officers traveling at a high rate of speed down Iron Point Road in […]

Half price for kitten, cat adoptions

El Dorado County Animal Services is temporarily reducing its adoption fee to half price for kittens and cats due to an unusually late kitten season and a recent surge in the number of felines at its shelters. The fee to adopt a cat or kitten, which is normally $80, will be reduced to $40 beginning […]

Boat patrol deputies rescue sailor

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s boat patrol personnel rescued a man who was knocked out of a sailboat and almost run over by the Tahoe Queen Sunday night, said Lt. Les Lovell. The man, whose age and place of residence were not available Tuesday morning, fell overboard about 9 p.m. after apparently hitting […]

Vote for favorite park during Coca-Cola’s America is Your Park Campaign

Those who would you like to win grant money for their favorite park may participate in Coca-Cola’s second annual America is Your Park Campaign, which encourages people to get out and enjoy parks across America. The campaign asks visitors to vote on their favorite parks for a chance to win recreation grants that benefit the winning parks. […]

Deputy DA suspected of DUI

An El Dorado County deputy district attorney was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Deputy district attorney Gloria Mas, 47, of El Dorado Hills, was booked into the Placerville jail at 2:40 p.m. for an alleged DUI, jail records indicate. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said the CHP […]

2 steps back for city redevelopment

An observant resident halted the progress of redevelopment in Placerville during Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting. The only item on the meeting agenda was the second reading of an ordinance agreeing under protest to comply with the provisions of ABX1 27, the Voluntary Alternative Redevelopment Act, in order for the Placerville Redevelopment Agency to continue […]

CAO puts own salary on the line

Confident that her reorganizing efforts have considerably improved local government functioning, El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly put up a portion of her salary as collateral — in the event it doesn’t pan out. Early in Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Daly recapped a project to review and revamp the county’s infrastructure she […]

8-3-11 Exercise class at EDH Senior Center

OF COURSE YOU CAN EXERCISE: A class titled “Think You Can’t Exercise? Yes You Can” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The classes include safe, moderate stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands, range of motion and […]

EID offers public tours of EDH water plant

The water that the El Dorado Irrigation District treats and distributes to customers starts out as snowpack, high in the Sierra mountain range. As the  snow melts, the water flows into various watersheds and into reservoirs like Jenkinson Lake and Folsom Lake. But before it gets to your tap, that water needs to be treated to […]

Software exec pays it forward

EL DORADO HILLS — Dion Nugent is the founder and CEO of Forté Holdings, a health care technology company located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park. He fulfilled a boyhood dream in 2005 when he became a volunteer firefighter. He said he was surprised to discover that the software programs that firefighters, captains and […]

Neighbors resist big box retail in Town Center West

EL DORADO HILLS — Tony Mansour would like to add large retail to his Town Center West project, the 130 acres west of Latrobe Road and north of White Rock Road. At a meeting last Wednesday residents of the neighboring Stonebriar and Springfield Meadows communities voiced their concerns about “big box blight” — noise, pollution, crime, etc. […]

Girl’s rare condition finally diagnosed

A girl the age of 15 sits in her family room, her sparkling eyes almost as happy and vibrant as the pink tie-dye shirt she is wearing. In her hands, she holds a brand-new iPad 2 and is busy connecting the pieces of a baby cow in an interactive puzzle. She completes the puzzle quickly […]

Catalytic converter thefts plague El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — Three months after the rash of Cameron Park catalytic converter thefts came to an end, El Dorado Hills residents are the latest targets of the auto-centric crime spree. On July 17 and 18, four El Dorado Hills residents were victimized by catalytic converter theft, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

2 local post offices on list of possible closures

Citing a declining need for physical storefronts among consumers, the United States Postal Service released Tuesday morning a list of 3,700 nationwide retail offices that could be closed as part of downsizing efforts. Included on the review list are several dozen offices throughout California, a majority coming from the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. […]

350-pound black bear killed in Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A 350-pound nuisance bear that was wandering outside a crowded Lake Tahoe shopping center Sunday afternoon was captured and subsequently killed, wildlife officials have confirmed. The bruin was walking through the Raley’s Center parking lot off Highway 28, said Carl Lackey, wildlife biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. It was […]

Suspected copper wire burglars busted

Two Sacramento men were arrested Saturday night after a two-hour search for allegedly stealing copper wire from the non-operational Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill in Camino. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to the mill at 4 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of two white male adults removing copper wire and other items from the […]

Heard over the back fence: Plan now for quilt and art auction

 John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement, which reminds me of candidate debates: “Hyperbole is the BEST thing ever!” • • • QUILT AND ART AUCTION: A “Threads of Life” quilt and fine art auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim […]

And don’t call it the dump

Editor’s note — This is part 2 in a two-part series taking a look at El Dorado Disposal. Many people of a certain age can remember when the place we took our house and yard waste was called the dump — or the dumps. Vast, open, smelly spaces where lived a million seagulls. That was […]

Get family set for danger of wildfire

 Editor’s note — This is part 2 of a three-part series from Cal Fire on making certain you survive in the eventuality of a wildland fire. Making sure your family and your home is set for an approaching wildfire and a possible evacuation is the second part of Cal Fire’s Ready-set-go fire safety program. “Right […]

Gas prices jump after early summer slump

Special to the Democrat Despite drops in monthly gas price comparisons, pump prices have started to rise a bit in many parts of California, putting the brakes on an early summer price slump. According to AAA, which tracks gas prices as a service to consumers, all but one Northern California metro area tracked by the […]

City moves to claim ‘island’ properties

The Placerville City Council recently voted to proceed with annexation of 115 “island” properties. Island properties are those that lie adjacent to city limits and within the city’s sphere of influence and yet are not part of the city. The stated intention of annexation is to do away with boundary anomalies to promote more boundary […]

Buckeye school district welcomes new superintendent

SHINGLE SPRINGS — “We need the entire community thinking about how to support the students and prepare them for the world of an ever-changing pace,” said Dr. David Roth, newly hired superintendent of Buckeye Union School District. “We should be constantly renewing that welcoming voice to the community, encouraging more of their input, particularly with […]

Summer programs offered at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The summer evening speaker series at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center continues every Wednesday and Thursday evening through August at the beautiful Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. The Visitor Center also offers an assortment of visitor and kids programs daily as well as a Saturday night international forest film festival. Upcoming film, “A […]

Raley’s, state team to help state parks

SACRAMENTO — When shoppers now use a reusable grocery bag at any Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods or Food Source, they won’t just help the environment, they will also help raise money to eventually preserve a number of California State Parks currently targeted for closure. Through “NickelAid,” every time a shopper uses a reusable grocery […]