Clarification

Key facts in the “River rescue saves South County kayaker” story from the Monday, June 26, edition of the Mountain Democrat were not known until after press time. Responders from the Pioneer Fire Protection District — including Chief Bob Gill and volunteer firefighter Phil Dayton — were first on the scene during for the rescue attempt. Also, […]

Another EDH home burned

Flames ripped through a Vista Mar Drive home Monday afternoon, destroying the two-story residence and burning some of the nearby open space and a spot on a neighbor’s lawn. The El Dorado Hills Fire Department got the call at 1:49 p.m. and when firefighters arrived at the home, “It was well involved. (The fire) was […]

Motorcyclist dies on Wentworth Springs Rd.

STUMPY MEADOWS — An Elk Grove man was killed Sunday morning when he lost control of his speeding motorcycle on Wentworth Springs Road, an official with the California Highway Patrol said. Placerville area CHP officer Dan Stark said Christopher Austria, 42, died Sunday at 11:40 a.m. when he was thrown from his Kawasaki ZX-250 while […]

Youth Explore the Outdoors at Nature Camps in Coloma and El Dorado Hills

Calling all campers: Youth ages 6-11 are invited to explore the outdoors at Nature Camp in Coloma or El Dorado Hills. For over 20 years, the American River Conservancy’s Nature Camps have provided youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning about science and nature. In Coloma, this summer’s theme Energized by Nature addresses […]

State health official offers tips for staying cool in summer’s heat

SACRAMENTO – With the arrival of summer and hot weather, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, is encouraging California residents to follow these top-10 helpful tips to stay safe this summer: 1. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, and keep […]

Forest Service urges 4th of July safety

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With the busy 4th of July holiday approaching, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit asks residents and visitors to help protect public safety and the environment. Forest Service officials ask that the public keep wildfire prevention in mind during 4th of July celebrations. Despite the fact that snow remains […]

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, July 2

The California Department of Fish and Game invites anglers to celebrate Independence Day by fishing in California’s spectacular waters. Saturday, July 2, is the first of California’s two 2011 Free Fishing Days (the other will be Sept. 3), when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. All […]

Sheriff’s Office hours change

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office lobby and records window hours have been increased to better assist the public with their needs. The former, curtailed hours were imposed due to budget restraints, which severely limited the public access to vital services. The new Sheriff’s Department lobby and records window hours are: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 […]

’Bye to the badge: CHP Officer of Year retires

Nearly 29 years ago, Denise Foster began her career with the California Highway Patrol. Now, in a matter of days, the woman who was the 2010 recipient of the Placerville area CHP’s “Officer of the Year” award will be hanging up her badge. Foster, 59, is creeping up on the mandatory retirement age of 60. […]

Criminal annals, part 122: Chilean drama, burned towns and tragic mishaps

Moving on to the Sept. 20, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under “Calaveras Correspondence” an altercation between some Chileans and a young American. “Calaveras Correspondence. “Jackson, Sept. 18, 1852 “Messrs. Editors: –  To-day being the anniversary of Chilean Independence, a large number of that nation congregated in our village, for the […]

River rescue saves South County kayaker

FAIR PLAY — A kayaker was rescued early Friday morning after becoming separated from his friends the night before. El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said a German-born kayaker, whose name was not available as of press time, was injured Thursday night while kayaking down the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River. The California […]

EDH Fire board president responds to grand jury

El Dorado Hills Fire Board President Greg Durante issued the following statement in response to the 2010-11 El Dorado County Grand Jury Report: “I have assigned the report to a committee and will provide a detailed response to their findings and recommendations in the next 60 days. That is our opportunity to correct misstatements and clarify district […]

7-8-11 Childbirth education classes in PV

THE STORK IS COMING: A class titled “Childbirth Education” is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Placerville. This class is a condensed, fast- paced childbirth class that will focus on the stages of labor, medical options, and pain management. The class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. […]

7-8-11 New officers for Shakespeare Club

NEW LEADERS – FUTURISTIC GOALS: The Placerville Shakespeare Club recently installed the following officers for 2011-1012: President – Joan Geel; 1st Vice President – Janice Masterton; 2nd Vice President – Joyce Francies; 3rd Vice President – Raelene Nunn; Secreary – Merrilee Heffernan; General Fund Treasurer – Edna Knutsen; Renovation Fund Treasurer – Kathy Walter; Mollie […]

Grand Jury scorches EDH Fire Dept.

El Dorado County’s 2010-11 Grand Jury delivered a scathing review of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, calling it “top-heavy,” “over compensated,” “inflexible” and out of step with the realities of what its firefighters do on a daily basis. The June 10 report accuses the district of “overspending … despite receiving a disproportionate amount of […]

Group cares for soldiers’ pets

EL DORADO — There are a lot of things to take care of when a soldier is deployed, a lot of things to worry about. One of the biggest concerns is what to do with their pets. Sometimes a friend can be found to pet-sit, sometimes the only options are an expensive boarding kennel or […]

County not in market for mitigation lands

El Dorado County supervisors backed each other up Tuesday afternoon to reject any notion that the county should acquire more land in order to mitigate environmental losses due to future development. The issue was raised during a presentation by Development Services Director Roger Trout. On the agenda to ask the board to approve a request […]

Forest chief leaving

Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo was selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to be the regional director of public services headquartered in Vallejo. He began his new position on June 20. “These five years as forest supervisor have been the most challenging and rewarding of my 30-year career,” said […]

County employee’s meds use attracts scrutiny

Over the course of at least four years, an employee of the county of El Dorado received “an alarming amount of highly addictive prescription medication totaling roughly  $50,000 per month.” Thus states the El Dorado County Grand Jury in its 2011 report. The bill topped out at $2.4 million; however, the county’s prescription insurance provider, […]

4th of July closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, July 4, for Independence Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed . All Placerville city offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday and the previous Friday, […]

Historical Advisory Committee members sought

The Placerville City Council invites individuals who are interested in preservation of historical resources, including buildings, structures, objects, monuments and markers as a legacy to future generations, to apply for membership on the Historical Advisory Committee by June 30. The Historical Advisory Committee was originally established by the City Council in 1980 and one of […]

Heard over the back fence: Hike to Camino with ARC

HOW TO BECOME RICH: Maryellen Ware of Diamond Springs provided the following T-shirt statement: “There are 2 ways to be rich – Make More or desire less.” • • • HIKING IS FOR THE DOGS, TOO: American River Conservancy officials report that an El Dorado Trail hike is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, from 8:30 a.m. to […]

Redevelopment in suspended animation

On June 15 California state legislators approved a budget with two trailering bills — one that eliminated redevelopment agencies throughout the state, and the other which allowed redevelopment agencies to remain as long as they contribute their share of $1.7 billion for schools, fire districts, law enforcement and other local services. Gov. Jerry Brown promptly […]

Grand jury: Leadership needed for mental health crises

Although El Dorado County has taken steps forward since the March 2010 shooting death of escaped mental patient Linda Clark, an overall lack of leadership structure threatens to undo the county’s progress, according to the latest grand jury report. On March 28, 2010, Folsom woman Linda Clark was shot dead by authorities after escaping from […]

Criminal Annals 121: Lynching in Ione Valley, big nugget found on Middle Fork

Moving on to the Sept. 18, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under “Calaveras Correspondence “ the lynching of two horse thieves. Following that is a report of a huge piece of gold found in northern El Dorado county. “Calaveras Correspondence. “Lynching in the Mines – Two Mexican Horse thieves Hung at […]

Old documents come back home

In February, Adam Clark received an email from a man named Stephen Gregg asking whether the Judge George H. Thompson House was still standing at 32 Cedar Ravine. Clark, a criminal defense lawyer who has an office in the Judge Thompson Professional Building at 3062 Cedar Ravine had never heard of Stephen Gregg. “I wasn’t […]

Camino woman a newspaper reader since 1949

Nana Federici likes to stay current. Born in 1931, Helen Federici, who goes by Nana (pronounced “Nonna”) and her late husband, John Federici Sr., enjoyed keeping up with local news by reading the Mountain Democrat since they married in 1949. “Our family has been reading the Mountain Democrat for 90 years,” she said. John’s parents […]

3-way stop due at intersection

RESCUE — The El Dorado County Department of Transportation will be placing temporary stop signs at the corner of North Shingle Road and Green Valley Road in Rescue during this week. The temporary stop signs will create an all-way stop configuration at the intersection, which is anticipated to remain in place until traffic signals are […]

7-4-11 “Joy of Painting” class offered at PV Sr. Center

PAINTING DELIGHT: A class titled the “Joy of Painting” is being offered on July 16, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Participants will experience the Bob Ross wet-on-wet method of painting and will complete their own master piece in just one session. The cost for this class […]

Cameron Park Newcomers plan garage sale

Cameron Park Newcomers will have a garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25  at 3226 Perlett Drive across from Rasmussen Park. The event will benefit the Reach Out Program, which was established to give help immediately and short-term to anyone who can show need in our area.

7-1-11 Free supplies at Marshall Community Health Library

FREE SUPPLIES: Disposable bed pads, small pillows for comfort seating, crocheted lap blankets, washable bibs, and caps to keep your head warm are available at the Marshall Community Health Library, 681 Main St., Suite 103. For more information, call 530-622-2778.

7-1-11 Free Health Insurance Counseling Program

FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING: The Health Insurance Counseling Program (HICAP) provides free counseling services in Placerville and El Dorado Hills. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 530-621-6369. HICAP will answer your Medicare questions.

Fashion industry veteran opens shop

EL DORADO HILLS — Fashion industry veteran Rose Suman, owner of Rose’s Tailoring, is the latest addition to Town Center’s merchant line-up. Suman, a 30-year veteran in tailoring, has vast experience working for many high-fashion labels. Suman’s background working for designer labels like Feiss has made her one of the most renowned tailors in the area. […]

County to bail out Pioneer fire district

El Dorado County will be treading somewhat unusual ground when it becomes a temporary financial backer for the Pioneer Fire Protection District. Due to plummeting revenues and soaring expenses, the fire board asked that District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting support its request for financial relief as early as this month. Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution […]

County district shuffle nearing end

Tuesday Aug. 2 is the scheduled date on which the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will conclude the redistricting process to redraw the county’s supervisorial districts. However, Monday June 27, the board will conduct a public hearing which may represent one of the final opportunities for residents to express their concerns or offer suggestions […]

Nerwinski to open Dist. 3 campaign office

As the new El Dorado County supervisorial district map adoption draws nears, Cathy Nerwinski, candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 3, announced the opening of her campaign headquarters June 24. The office is at 680 Placerville Drive, Placerville. The public is invited to the campaign office opening party, which will include local wines, […]

New superintendent for Gold Oak Union School District

The Gold Oak Union School District announced that Wendy LaDue has been selected as their new superintendent-principal. LaDue replaces Dick Williams, who has served as both superintendent of Gold Oak and Pioneer union school districts for the past six years. The Gold Oak school board has been engaged in the search for this position since Mr. Williams […]

Garden Valley man arrested on suspicion of elder abuse

A Garden Valley man who deputies say swindled his elderly grandfather out of $100,000 was arrested Sunday morning after being recognized for his alleged role in a road rage incident days earlier. At 11:15 a.m. Sunday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible verbal dispute at a residence on Chrysler Circle in Garden […]

Sheriff’s Department resumes internal investigations

Several days after the contents of the 2010-2011 El Dorado County Grand Jury report were made public, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged Tuesday it is again investigating its own. “Some of the issues addressed in the Grand Jury report are currently back under internal investigation, now that related criminal investigations by the District […]

UNR researcher named to prestigious National Geographic Fellows Program

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada, Reno, researcher Zeb Hogan, who travels the globe to find, study and protect monster freshwater fish, has been named a National Geographic Fellow – one of only 15 men and women worldwide. “It’s a great honor,” Hogan said. “At its most basic, the fellow position makes it easier for […]

United Way exceeds TP goal

SACRAMENTO – In 12 hours, Cal Expo was filled with 77,227 rolls of toilet paper donated by local residents and companies for United Way’s third annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive June 16. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply donated one roll for every two collected, resulting in 115,840 rolls of toilet paper to help local nonprofits spend […]

7-1-11 Senior Shuttle available to seniors

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO THE STORE? The Senior Shuttle, a volunteer-driven van, is available to drive seniors to the grocery store. The van services Placerville, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, and Georgetown for a suggested donation of $2. For more information, call 530-621-6369.

CMA Foundation launches Tdap awareness campaign

The California Medical Association Foundation has launched a campaign that promotes awareness about California’s new whooping cough vaccine requirement for seventh through 12th graders. California is facing a whooping cough epidemic. In 2010, more than 8,000 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of whooping cough were reported to the California Department of Public Health — the […]

State redistricting carves El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors weighed in on the congressional, state Assembly, state Senate and Board of Equalization redistricting maps even before the first round of draft maps were released for public review on June 10. With some intimation of what the California Citizens Redistricting Commission was getting ready to propose, Supervisor Ron […]

Heard over the back fence: Airport pancake breakfast Saturday

ADVICE FROM THE FOREST: Mr. John Chapman of Folsom handed me the following “Advice from a Woodland” T-shirt statement: “Find your path. Start from the ground up. Stretch your limbs. Branch out. Root for others. Make room for new growth. Recycle, recycle, recycle!” • • • AIRPLANES AND PANCAKES: The Experimental Aircraft Association is sponsoring a pancake […]