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 […]

8-1-11 Used book sale at P.V. library

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT FOR FIVE BUCKS: The El Dorado County Main Library’s Friends of the Library, Placerville, continue to sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. You can buy a grocery bag full of used books, games, puzzles, etc., for $5. If you bring your own reusable cloth bag, you pay only $4. […]

8-1-11 Veterans breakfast at Veterans Memorial Bldg.

BISCUITS AND GRAVY FUN! Our veterans continue to offer a tasty breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, on the first, second and third Sunday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, off Placerville Drive next to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adults pay $5 and kids pay $2. All proceeds […]

Guv sues enviros

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. July 22 announced that he has filed a brief asking a federal court to deny the latest in a series of litigious maneuvers intended to prevent the completion of a key solar energy project in the Mojave desert, which is expected to create up to 1,000 construction jobs […]

Heard over the back fence: Help make helmet coolers

Mr. John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “I huffed and puffed and I got up out of my chair.” • • • SUPPORT OUR TROOPS:
 On Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr., you can support our El Dorado County […]

Sen. Gaines seeks to repeal $150 fire tax

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, announced earlier this week that he is seeking a referendum to repeal ABx29, the bill recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that places a $150 annual wildfire protection tax on property owners in rural areas of California. Gaines filed paperwork on Wednesday that would ask voters to overturn the […]

Activists lobby for two ‘more urban’ supervisorial districts

El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park activists turned out in force at the July 19 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting to ask the supervisors to hold off accepting a tentative redistricting map, and to argue for the creation of a pair of western, “more urban” supervisorial districts. Many left feeling that they’d won […]

Smelt in abundance

Young Delta smelt abundance this year roughly doubled when compared to last year but is a small fraction of their historical abundance, state biologists say. The improvement is likely due in large part to higher than usual flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers this year which resulted in better habitat conditions and water […]

Leisure and hospitality lead month-over area job gains

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 12.3 percent in June 2011, up from a revised 11.7 percent in May 2011, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 12.1 percent for California and 9.3 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Folsom city manager announces retirement

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller, 60, announced July 21 that he will retire on Oct.15 after five years in Folsom’s top administrative post and 30 additional years in municipal management. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family, including his 13 grandchildren. “The City Council will meet in closed session next week […]

Heard over the back fence: Free spay/neuter clinic is the cat’s meow

 The Animal Outreach organization in Diamond Springs is hosting a free spay/neuter clinic for feral (wild) cats on Saturday, Aug. 6. Cats must be true ferals and in traps. For location time and to reserve your spay/neuter appointment, call 530-642-CATS (2287). Space is limited. Optional vaccines/testing are available for regular low cost. […]

Dusty Dividers display 4H poise and winning ways

In a fantastic show this year at the Junior Livestock Auction, members of the Dusty Dividers 4H Club walked away with Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the sheep division and Grand Champion meat pen in the poultry division. What really made this year’s win outstanding is that both champion sheep were bred and […]

Comment sought for Upper Echo Lakes project

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking public input on the Upper Echo Lakes Hazardous Fuels Reduction project. The proposed action includes tree thinning and surface fuels reduction that is intended to reduce the risk of wildfire and improve firefighting effectiveness. The project area is located on […]

Go ahead and mug us

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Placerville’s colorful mayor dies

Jackson James Bailey, the longtime Placerville resident and former mayor who became famous for both his colorful outfits and cheerful demeanor, died last week at the age of 86. Bailey, born in October 1924 in Rio Vista. Even as a youth, he displayed the leadership skills that would one day serve him in his political […]

Winners, buyers listed for 2011 Junior Livestock Auction

2011 EL DORADO COUNTY JR. LIVESTOCK AUCTION TOTAL GROSS SALES: $235,931 19 Steers (Average Sale Price $2.73 / LB.) 120 Hogs (Average Sale Price $3.40 / LB.) 59 Lambs (Average Sale Price $4.57 / LB.) 10 Goats (Average Sale Price $6.07 / LB.) 13 Rabbit Meat Pens (Average Sale Price $363/ Pen) 9 Poultry Meat […]

Junior Livestock Auction brings community together

It was another memorable year for the El Dorado County Fair’s 2011 Junior Livestock Auction, as the county’s 4-H, Future Farmers of America, local Granges and youngsters from plenty of organizations put their best foot forward and put up their prized animals for sale — to be bid on by residents and business owners living […]

Hard work, planning key to having fun, friendships for 4-H champ

Some girls collect dolls. Others collect stuffed animals. Emily Piland collects metal. And what a collection this 14-year-old has: in the form of silver and gold belt buckles (over 20), medals (too many to count), trophies, plaques and even a silver tea service. But Emily is really a metal “collector by default,” because her focus […]

7-29-11 Class “Baby Basics” scheduled in P.V.

INDULGE THAT BABY! A class titled “Baby Basics” is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Placerville. There will be a discussion of basic newborn care for the first few weeks of life. Class topics will include newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, and health and safety skills. […]

Supervisors put off new, final district map

The decennial challenge of drawing new political boundaries is almost complete and needs to be done by Aug. 16. However, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to squeeze another three weeks of talking and tweaking into the process Tuesday. Visit El Dorado County Website for high-res printable versions of these maps Moments after […]

National Park Service proposes allowing Indians to remove plants, minerals

WASHINGTOWN, D.C. — In a major about-face, the National Park Service is finalizing a proposed rule change that would allow Indians to remove plants, plant parts and minerals from national parks, according to documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The rule change will have broad impacts, affecting nearly all natural and many cultural […]

Narcotics team seizes quarter-pound of heroin

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Agents seized a quarter-pound of heroin and arrested two people last week.Undercover agents bought heroin from Jose Ruben Gomez Gonzalez, 25, before arresting him in a vehicle stop, said South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team spokesman Jeff Catchings. While serving a search warrant on Gonzalez’ Paradise Avenue home, agents found […]