Many forest roads, trails closed due to downed trees

Many roads and trails throughout the Eldorado National Forest are blocked by trees last week’s winds blew over. U.S. Forest Service personnel and visitors are reporting that many roads and trails within the Eldorado National Forest are not passable due to trees that fell during the recent high winds. As a result, travelers may find […]

Wind-whipped fires contained

CAMINO –  All the fires that began during last Wednesday’s “wind event” have been contained and controlled but Cal Fire was closely watching a severe wind storm that had been predicted for Tuesday, Dec. 6. “We have prepositioned additional Cal Fire equipment (10 fire engines and four Type 1 handcrews from across the state) in strategic […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Between neighbors

I have a neighbor who has a chocolate Lab. Twice now, their dog has evaded their electric fence and come at me from 20 to 30 yards. Both times I was about to go on a run.  I love dogs and have had dogs all my life, but this one charges toward me while baring […]

Drunken argument leads to shooting

A Mosquito man was taken to an area hospital Saturday after being shot during a drunken argument, authorities said. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting on the 2100 block of Rex Court in Mosquito at 6:20 p.m. Saturday. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found two men suffering from various injuries. […]

Homicide suspect still in hospital

The Placerville man suspected of shooting his step-father remains in the hospital, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials confirmed. Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz told the Mountain Democrat that the suspect in Sunday’s shooting suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and as of Monday morning, was still receiving treatment at an area hospital. He is […]

Vern the guide dog living the good life

Vern, the good natured guide dog who was threatened with eviction when his owner, Randy Cummings, retired him and got a new guide dog, is living the good life — and he’s still in the Cameron Park home where he’s lived for the past three years. When the Mountain Democrat story about Vern’s impending eviction […]

Greenberg trial jury selected

For Anthony Dumont’s friends and family, the wait is just about over. It has been more than three years since Dumont, 26, was shot and killed at the Somerset residence of Morris Greenberg. Greenberg, 40, has since been charged with Dumont’s first-degree murder. After years of delays and ever-changing starting dates, Greenberg’s trial is set […]

Gov. picks local woman for labor post

Brigid Hanson of Cameron Park started her new job last week as the assistant secretary for Labor Relations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A 25-year veteran of the state, most recently serving as the agency’s associate director, Human Resources, director of Administration in the Division of Juvenile Justice, Hanson was appointed to […]

Home brew fever: Double toil and trouble for beer with bubbles

It’s been two months and I’ve made almost 4,000 ounces of beer. It all began when my friends Peter and Ann McQuillen — who happen to be home brewers —  were giving away some of their beer making equipment, a bit of hardware they referred to as a “mash tun.” With no real idea what a mash […]

Sheriff’s Dept. offers holiday safety tips

For many, the holidays are a special time of year. But the season’s hustle and bustle can often open the door to easy pickings for con artists and thieves, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department warns. Officials have issued several safety reminders to help ensure county residents have a safe and happy holiday season. Around […]

Man arrested in Sunday shooting

UPDATE: Under arrest is Richard “Ricky” Petroski, reportedly the stepson of the homicide victim, tentatively identified as 69-year-old John Malia. The fatal shooting occurred at 3875 Deer Canyon Road off Pioneer Hill Road, which runs off Newtown Road. A suspect in a Sunday morning shooting was taken into custody a couple of hours later, and […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 49 Replies

State DOJ releases homicide stats

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Justice Dec. 2 released the annual “Homicide in California 2010″ report showing the rate of homicide crimes per 100,000 in population decreased 7.8 percent from 2009. The total number of homicides declined from 1,970 in 2009 to 1,809 in 2010. The homicide clearance rate, or percentage of reported crimes […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about wildlife phsyiology

 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is available: “Advice from a Firefly: Be full of bright ideas * Pulse with excitement * Have a healthy glow * Delight in summer evenings * Keep a childlike sense of wonder * Set a shining example * Lighten up!” • • • LOCAL WILDLIFE INFORMATION:
 The […]

GDPUD retirement cost reduced for 2nd year

GEORGETOWN — Preparation of an independent audit of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s financial statements has revealed the retirement benefit costs paid by the local utility district have declined two years running. Moss, Levy and Hartzheim, Certified Public Accountants, audited the GDPUD financial statements and the results show that the cost to the district […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Study: Boomers shifting priorities, redefining aging

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fundamental shifts in the nation’s largest demographic group are leading to perceptual changes that will influence the market for Boomer-targeted products and services. That’s the word from Steve French, managing partner at the Natural Marketing Institute, who addressed active-aging professionals at the 10th annual International Council on Active Aging conference here. As […]

EDH man guilty of embezzling

A former El Dorado Hills man was convicted last week of bank and mail fraud by federal jurors. Thomas Tanke, 67, was found guilty of two counts of mail fraud and five counts of bank fraud on Nov. 22. Tanke, while living in El Dorado Hills, was vice president of Rancho Cordova-based Azteca Construction Inc. from […]

Hangman’s buildings likely to stay for now

Late Tuesday, the Mountain Democrat learned that Placervile city officials had met with representatives from the Saunders Co. in an effort to clarify positions on what to do with the buildings at 301 and 305 Main Str. Locally, the structures are known as the Herrick Building and the Hangman’s Tree Building. An article published earlier […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Suspected rapist linked to Staten Island

An El Dorado Hills man who has spent more than a year on El Dorado County’s “wanted list” is thought to be hiding in a New York borough, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Pasquale “Patrick” Senatore, 45, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 14 over a three-month span in 1998, […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Trees fall on Pollock Pines homes

POLLOCK PINES — Several Pollock Pines residences were crushed Thursday morning when strong winds uprooted massive tress. At approximately 8:15 a.m., a 30-foot sequoia tree fell on two dwellings at 2656 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Fire Capt. Paul Dutch told the Mountain Democrat that the sequoia was uprooted, crashed down onto […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Hunter’s Place grows on Grace ranch

Hunter’s Place, the special-needs friendly playground on the Grace Foundation ranch, will get more and better playground equipment over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, thanks to generous donors and a family brave enough to talk about the tragic accident that took their son a year ago. On a stormy Sunday morning in November […]

Suspicious box forces church evacuation

CAMINO — A Camino church was evacuated Tuesday after a suspicious package was found on church grounds. Staff at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road first noticed the suspicious package at around 11 a.m. Tuesday. The box, which featured no markings and was taped up, was found in front of the church’s office. […]

Water issues heard at the Greenwood confab

GREENWOOD — The Auburn Lake Trails Treatment Plant Retrofit, the Geographic Information System and the resolution of a court case were the three topics discussed at the Greenwood Civic Organization meeting Nov. 22. Hank White, general manager of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, was the guest speaker. He covered the history of the water […]

Coho salmon numbers on the rise in Sonoma

SANTA ROSA – Field biologists funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have counted a record number of coho salmon in the downstream portions of the Russian River system in western Sonoma County, offering a glimmer of hope that recovery of the endangered silver salmon is one day possible. Based on surveys led by […]

Heard over the back fence: Have breakfast with Santa Saturday; see him in parade Sunday

 Mr. John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse.” • • • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:
 Tomorrow, Dec. 3, the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, […]

Boy killed by pellet gun

An El Dorado Hills boy was shot Tuesday by a pellet gun and later died at an area hospital. He has been identified as 10-year-old Keegan Swinney. On Wednesday afternoon, El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed reports from earlier in the day that identified Keegan as the pellet gun shooting victim. Sheriff’s deputies […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 37 Replies

Local tree to be lighted up Dec. 7 at State Capitol

STATE CAPITOL — Past and present employees from the U.S. Forest Service’s Institute of Forest Genetics will reminisce about the tiny seedling they watched grow into a 60-foot tree when Gov. Brown lights the 80th annual California State Capitol Christmas Tree on Dec. 7 in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Part of the […]

Carbon monoxide poisoning is real household danger

It was anything but a happy new year in Los Angeles where one woman mourned the loss of her mother and grandmother — both of whom died from carbon monoxide given off by a gas oven door they’d left open to stay warm. A week later, 11 students in Vermont were hospitalized for carbon monoxide […]

Christmas tree safety tips offered by Cal Fire

Christmas trees cause approximately 240 house fires each year in this country, resulting in $16.7 million in direct property loss. Although these types of fires are not common, when they occur they are costly and often deadly, according to Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. “Electrical problems caused one-third of these […]

State AG reports on charitable solicitations

SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Nov. 30 released data showing that commercial fundraisers in California raised $362.9 million in 2010, of which charitable organizations received less than 45 percent. This represents an increase from the 2009 total of less than 43 percent. The data are included in the California Department of Justice’s Annual […]

Boy dies after being shot with pellet gun

EL DORADO HILLS — A boy who was shot with a pellet gun late Tuesday afternoon by a friend while playing at a home on Waterman Court here died as a result, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The ages of the two boys involved were not available, but preliminary information indicated the […]

Learn about anatomy of wildlife

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s December class, “Anatomy and Physiology,” is helpful to those rehabbing wildlife, or planning to rehab, and is also open to the general public.  The class, taught by SWR volunteer Norman Smith, Ph.D, who has had a long career in teaching college-level zoology and biology, will provide fascinating information about the physical make-up […]

Help for problem gambling

The holidays are a time of celebration and joy for many people. However, for those who are struggling with problem gambling, the holidays may be especially challenging. “People with gambling issues may use the season’s demands for extra cash as a reason to increase gambling,” said Christy White,supervising Health Education coordinator with the Public Health […]

City wants to keep hanged man ‘twisting in the wind’

Despite acknowledging concerns that the Hangtown Dummy may be “grotesque and macabre,” Placerville City officials have recommended that the iconic symbol remain in its aerie at 301/305 Main St. A prepared statement issued Monday morning noted that the City Council recognizes the inherent challenge in the issue: “How do we embrace ALL aspects of our […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 10 Replies

PG&E reminds public to stay safe during holidays

As customers decorate homes and trees this holiday season, PG&E encourages them to keep safety and energy efficiency in mind. Holiday lights bring joy to the season, but they can also bring hazards and added costs to your energy bill. PG&E offers the following holiday lighting tips: • Purchase energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights. […]

Angie Lara selected as BLM California associate state director

Bureau of Land Management California State Director Jim Kenna announced the selection of Angie Lara as BLM California’s new associate state director. Lara has served as the district manager for BLM’s Colorado River District in Arizona for almost two years. Previous to that, she served as the associate district manager in the Southern Nevada District in […]

Church evacuated after ‘suspicious’ package found

UPDATE — The package was opened shortly after 1 p.m. and was found to be full of books. CAMINO — People inside a building at Carson Road and Carson Court here were evacuated shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday after a “suspicious” package was found there. The building, thought to be a Seventh-day Adventist Church, was […]

Criminal annals, part 132: An important convention

“MINER’S CONVENTION. “This convention, which assembled at Jamestown, Tuolumne county, on the 18th inst., recommended the holding of a State Convention of miners at Sacramento, on the 10th of November next, to memorialize Congress for the adoption of such measures as will protect native and citizen miners against foreign emigration, and also for a general […]

Outingdale man suffers life-threatening injuries

OUTINGDALE — A Somerset man suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday after he was reportedtly attacked by unknown assailants. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday afternoon to the 6000 block of Outingdale Lane near Somerset after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, said sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz. Deputies arrived and found Ricky Laybourne […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Weekend festivities planned in El Dorado

 John “Appleseed” Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “The hardest thing about riding is the ground.” • • • HOLIDAY FUN IN EL DORADO:
 On Saturday, Dec. 3, in the town of El Dorado, there will be train and stagecoach rides from noon to 4 p.m. Also, you can enjoy tasty soup and bread, […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Predicting puppy

With any new puppy come certain predictable realities. There may not be blood, but there will be challenges: 1. There will be chewing. Puppies, like babies, teethe. It’s a painful process that most of us have zapped from our bank of childhood memories. But in search of relief from the intense pressure of new teeth […]

Machado arraigned, pleads not guilty

Placerville City Council member Dave Machado was arraigned Monday morning in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom — three months after he was first arrested. Machado, 53, was the city’s mayor when he was arrested in August on charges of felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy in connection with properties he owns that fall within […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 10 Replies

United Way gives $163k here

SACRAMENTO — United Way California Capital Region will make grants totaling $163,781 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Dorado County Western Slope and New Morning Youth and Family Services in Placerville over the next year, United Way president and CEO Steve Heath announced Nov. 23. Both organizations are funded partners in United Way’s […]

Dec. 12 is property tax deadline

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County treasurer-tax collector, reminds the public that the first installment of the secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight Dec. 12. This year, because Dec. 10 falls on a weekend, the law allows payments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Tree farms busy on Green Friday

After enjoying a day of turkey and football, El Dorado County residents celebrated Friday with another time-honored tradition: finding the perfect Christmas tree. And many knew exactly where to look. On a crisp and clear Friday morning, Camino’s McGee Christmas Tree Farm had already seen dozens of families complete the annual search. “Today is the […]

Residents enjoy Black Friday shopping

Ryan and Karrie Fieri encountered their first Black Friday together — and why not do it with immediate and extended family members? The Fieri clan were some of many people who shopped at Target inside Town Center in El Dorado Hills. The family left the department store spending more than $200 in gifts for nephews […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply