Heard over the back fence: Christmas in Coloma

Christmas in Coloma with the Historic Holiday Tour takes place on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., both days. Historic buildings will be open to the public. There will also be refreshments, caroling, music, wreath making and more. Come on out to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic […]

Frentzen, Veerkamp respond to recall effort; Mikulaco receives notice

District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen and District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp recently submitted formal responses to the group known as El Dorado County Total Recall. In accordance with California State Elections Code, both supervisors answered vague charges of “corruption and cronyism” and emphasized their achievements while in office. Within seven days after the filing of the […]

EDH Fire fights for promised revenue

El Dorado County owes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department more than $500,000 — funds guaranteed to the fire department after it annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the department expected to receive a little more than $256,000 each fiscal year as outlined in an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors resolution guaranteeing that […]

Superintendent of Schools Meyers resigns

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers stepped down from his position, it was announced at a special El Dorado County Board of Education meeting Monday morning. The board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation, which came less than two weeks after he crashed his truck into a utility box in Placerville and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the […]

Bank robbery suspect sought

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives need the public’s help to identify a man who robbed an El Dorado Savings Bank Friday evening

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. According to sheriff’s officials, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot. He was last seen running east on Pleasant Valley Road.

TRPA, backcountry skiers addressing access

LAKE TAHOE – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, El Dorado County, and members of Tahoe Backcountry Alliance recently announced they are partnering to create a coalition of stakeholders to maintain and enhance public access for winter backcountry skiing and snowboarding. “We’re optimistic about this opportunity to work together to get back some of the access that […]

Hail, icy roads blamed for multiple crashes

CHP urges drivers to use caution A 16 passenger white van rolled over, causing multiple injuries, early Monday morning. The van was traveling southbound on Sly Park Road near Onyx Trail when it veered out of control off the west shoulder into a dirt embankment and flipped onto its left side. One passenger suffered major injuries and was […]

Heard over the back fence: Lights on Main Street

On Friday, Nov. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. you can celebrate the holidays on Main Street, Placerville. The festivities will include music, entertainment, visits with Santa and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. across from the courthouse. For more information call (530) 672-3436. MARCIA ROSE BOOK SIGNING:
 Marcia Rose, author of the […]

Dangers of drugs discussed

School faculty, parents and students got an unsettling education during a special drug awareness and prevention meeting hosted by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office last Thursday. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were also on hand for prescription medication take-back. John Scherbenske with the Drug Enforcement Administration talked to the crowd about prescription, synthetic and designer drugs. […]

Supervisors update planning documents

After two-and-a-half days deep in the weeds, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 voted tentatively to adopt a range of recommendations that will lead to General Plan amendments and a change in the county’s Zoning Ordinance. The project titled the Targeted General Plan Amendments and  Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) required an extensive […]

Trustees meet about Meyers

The El Dorado County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting today to discuss issues surrounding El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ recent arrest. The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. in the Office of Education’s conference room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Public comments will be heard prior to the board convening in […]

Remains found in Folsom Lake

A mother and son found a human skull in the Browns Ravine/Hobie Cove area of Folsom Lake Thursday evening.

El Dorado County sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene.

“(Investigators) are thinking that the body could be 10 to 15 years old (in the water, not the person’s age). The victim could have drowned from a boat accident … suicide, a missing person. It could be a number of things,” El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch told the Mountain Democrat.

Murder victims identified

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of three murder victims killed in two separate incidents – The man allegedly killed by suspect Dennis Renk on Nov. 6 in Camino has been identified as 56-year-old Langley Pratt of Camino. Renk and Pratt were reportedly involved in an altercation on Elmer Street. When authorities arrived […]

Out-of-date studies put millions at risk

The lack of a legal opinion could delay and/or stop a $169,859 payment to the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Sept. 1 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer from the district’s development impact fee account to partially reimburse it for the purchase of a new fire engine. A follow-up item on the Nov. 17 […]

Most wanted suspect caught

One of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office’s most wanted fugitives is behind bars. Steven Haas, 55, was arrested on Nov. 9 on a felony warrant for alleged lewd and lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14. He had an outstanding warrant since February of this year. Few other details have been released as the victim […]

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

‘Eyes in the skies’ help detect fires

SAN FRANCISCO — As part of its enhanced response to this year’s wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has completed daily air patrols to help detect fires in four regions in Northern and Central California and along the Central Coast. During the four months PG&E operated the flights as part of its drought emergency […]

Funding in place for State Route 89 work

TAHOE CITY — The Tahoe Transportation District recently announced that it has secured the remaining $4.9 million in funding required for the $33 million State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project and Meeks Bay Trail Project. The Tahoe City plan at the intersection of state Routes 89 and 28 at the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe will […]

EID customers’ water use almost meets reduction goal

For the month of October El Dorado Irrigation District customers reduced their water use by 26 percent compared to October 2013, falling just short of the state-mandated 28 percent reduction target. EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under […]

Comment sought on agritourism traffic woes

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a public workshop for the Sustainable Agritourism Mobility Study on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the upper gym of the Camino Elementary School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino. The study analyzes the traffic conditions associated with agritourism activity in El Dorado County, such as wineries, […]

Sac State to digitize World War II internment documents

Sacramento State’s Japanese American Archival Collection is the largest holding of its kind in the California State University system. For that reason Sac State will receive $40,000 — the largest share of a $321,000 National Park Service grant awarded to a consortium of 13 CSU campuses — to digitize original documents related to the World […]

GDPUD preps for King Fire impacts

With sludge, trees and other debris from the King Fire still a concern, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors voted to use some of its reserves to mitigate any impact on Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the district’s water supply at its Nov. 10 meeting. Operations Manager Darrell Creeks said 3,500 to 4,000 […]

Vet helps keep PT boats afloat, during and after war

“Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones

At 93 and still full of spunk, Rolf Bruckner sipped his whiskey seven and recalled a life that has included serving in both World War II and Korea, helping Navy servicemen earn college degrees and participating in the restoration of a PT boat to mint condition — an accomplishment he still relishes to this day.

One of those selected to be honored at local Veterans Day events this past Wednesday, Bruckner was born in Hamburg, Germany. Still a toddler, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1924 where they settled in New Jersey.

Mother, son shot dead

A 49-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning after he allegedly killed his mother and brother Wednesday in the Oak Hill area southeast of Placerville. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 11 after a woman told authorities she and her brother-in law, Milo Wallace, had an argument after […]

Heard over the back fence: Listen to our Sheriff

Officials at Biola University in La Mirada have informed us that students Bailey Borello of Garden Valley and Madeline Koble of Placerville have been placed on the dean’s list, which honors those with a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative grade-point […]

Heard over the back fence: Stagecoach is back

The El Dorado County libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. FREE MOVIES!
 Movies at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., are free every Friday after lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room. Today’s movie is “Space Cowboys,” starring Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones. The Nov. […]

Bring your pet home

El Dorado County Animal Services offers the following advice if you have lost your pet: Visit El Dorado County shelters at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs, (530) 621-7631, and 1120 Shakori Drive in South Lake Tahoe (530) 573-7925 or check online at edcgov.us/AnimalServices. Check other area shelters: petharbor.com Check shelters every two to three days. Some shelters only hold stray animals for […]

EID rate increase in customers’ hands

On a split vote the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved proposed rate increases over the next five years subject to the outcome of a Proposition 218 process. At the same time the board approved a two-year operating budget, a proposed revised rate structure for small farm and agricultural properties with a residence […]

Protect your pooch: Dognapper scam apparently making the rounds

Dognapping — Tt’s a dog parent’s nightmare and one that Tisha Holy and her family lived through last month when their Pomeranian was snatched from their Placerville home. “Jackson was on the back porch of our 5-acre, fenced property when my husband heard a man trying to quiet Jackson; then the dog let out a loud yelp,” […]

Veterans get fishing, hunting license deals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses to both resident and nonresident disabled veterans. CDFW also offers several special hunting opportunities for eligible veterans. Any honorably discharged, disabled veteran with a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability who wants to fish or hunt in California is eligible. Disabled veterans […]

Special drivers’ licenses offered to vets

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will require the California Department of Motor Vehicles to offer special driver’s licenses to veterans.  The license will have a “veteran” marking indicating service in the United States Armed Forces. This new program is set to go into effect on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In order to receive a veteran […]

Veteran of the Year: Joe Whiten gives back to vets on the green

El Dorado Hills resident and U.S. Army Reserve veteran Joe Whiten combined his passions for golf and helping veterans to create the Serrano Salute to Valor Golf Tournament that in the past two years has raised nearly $52,000 for military veterans.

For what he has done to help veterans, Whiten will be named El Dorado County Veteran of the Year today at Veterans Day ceremonies held at 11 a.m. at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Heard over the back fence: Bunco Brunch

The Gold Nugget Quilters meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. New and seasoned quilters are always welcome. BLUES AND BREWS FOR VETS: 
The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club is presenting the Blues and Brews for Vets event on Saturday, Nov. 14 […]

Free parks admission for veterans

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks honors the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission at 143 participating state parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. “Free admission on Veterans Day is a small token of gratitude California State Parks can bestow upon all active military personnel and veterans for their […]

Man killed in Camino

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Camino man on suspicion of murder Friday. Sheriff’s officials report that Dennis Renk, 38, and an unidentified adult man were involved in a physical altercation outside a home in the 2800 block of Elmer Street in Camino shortly after 1 a.m. When authorities arrived they found the man unconscious in the […]

Dispensary reopening after sheriff’s raid

The Highlands Health and Wellness Collective in Shingle Springs will reopen its doors Monday, Nov. 9. “This opening will occur despite unfounded allegations by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. We reject those allegations, as they are not truthful,” dispensary CEO Jeremey Mills states in an announcement. “We must serve our community and allow safe access for […]

Cal Fire lifts burn ban, again

CAMINO — Effective Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and Sacramento counties will be lifted. Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado acting Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture […]

Mountain Democrat debuts Stars and Stripes

The newspaper that has given American service members around the world the news and information they needed since World War II has arrived in El Dorado County. Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Stars and Stripes will be published through the Mountain Democrat. The publication will then be included with the newspaper every other Monday, starting Nov. 23. “Readers will be getting […]

Meyers arrested again

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Thursday afternoon, his second DUI arrest in five months.

California Highway Patrol officials report that at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 5 Meyers was driving a white 2013 Dodge Ram westbound on Green Valley Road at Mortara Circle when the vehicle drifted off the roadway and crashed into a large utility box. No injuries were reported.

EID officials: Financial plan offers sustainable path to infrastructure replacement

To meet its commitment to providing the highest quality services in a fiscally responsible manner for its customers, the El Dorado Irrigation District develops long-term financial plans designed to ensure adequate funds to make the necessary infrastructure investments to maintain safe and reliable service. This is done by striking a balance between funding infrastructure through current cash […]

General Plan update dominates board agendas

It’s all alphabet hash at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ chambers next week. Following a truncated regular meeting on Tuesday morning, supervisors will begin a two-day examination of the county’s proposed Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update, familiarly known as the TGPA/ZOU. Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division staff will present […]

The future is in the driveway

Straight out of the space program and soon to be parked in your driveway is the latest in passenger vehicles — an electric car that runs on hydrogen. Manufactured by Toyota and called the Mirai, which in Japanese means future, the sleek-looking vehicle combines oxygen with hydrogen in a fuel cell to produce electricity. That then powers an electric motor, […]

El Dorado County annual tax sale today

The Auction of Tax Defaulted Properties is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville, according to the El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. The list of properties up for sale includes approximately 82 properties located in El Dorado County and 233 […]

Landslide season is here

SACRAMENTO – Entering what could be a significant rainy season due to El Niño conditions, Californians need to be aware of the dangers of landslides and how to best prepare for them. “A day or two of steady rainfall clearly can do the trick,” said California’s State Geologist Dr. John Parrish. “And that’s particularly true […]

Apple juice tests positive for E. coli

El Dorado County Environmental Health confirmed Wednesday that High Hill Ranch’s apple juice tested positive for E. coli. The results from the testing of two other samples of juice have not yet been released. Seven people from the Sacramento area became ill after visiting the ranch earlier this fall. Jerry Visman, who with his wife owns High Hill […]