1. Jeremy Meyers resigns after two DUIs

Two DUIs in five months sealed the fate of former El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers. It started when Meyers was booked into the El Dorado County Jail in August for a driving under the influence charge, stemming from a June incident. His blood-alcohol content was reportedly .15 percent at the time of arrest, nearly twice the […]

Mishaps keep Search and Rescue busy

El Dorado County Search and Rescue volunteers were busy in December, most recently rescuing three people trapped in a vehicle in the snowy Iron Mountain area and earlier last month rescuing a stray and lost snowboarder at Heavenly Valley. In the more recent incident, sheriff’s deputies responded Dec. 20 to the Iron Mountain area south […]

2016 declared the Year of Foster Youth in El Dorado County

Both the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the Placerville City Council issued and presented proclamations proclaiming 2016 as the Year of Foster Youth. South Lake Tahoe is anticipated to do so as well. After a number of years of planning and preparing by Foster Awareness Network, in collaboration with a group of foster youth service providers […]

Water rate protest letters trickle in

Despite vociferous complaints from ratepayers at the last El Dorado Irrigation District meeting, so far the district has received only a handful of letters protesting rate increases proposed to go into effect this year. According to Jesse Saich, EID’s public information officer, as of Dec. 23 the district received 226 letters protesting the proposed water rate increases; 34 letters protesting the proposed recycled water […]

Heard over the back fence: Be happy

TWICE THE HAPPINESS: “When someone does something good applaud. You will make two people happy.” — Samuel Goldwyn HONOR ROLL STUDENTS: Oregon State University announced the following local students made the honor roll for the fall term with a GPA of 3.5 or better. From Cameron Park: Holly A. Clauson, junior, digital communications arts; Hannah G. […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance the night away

DANCE NIGHT: The Shingle Springs Community Center will be hosting its monthly dance night on Jan. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Music is by DJ Jamie Faw and light refreshments will be provided. Join the fun at 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs. A $5 donation is welcome. Call Maria Brugger at (530) 306-4614 for […]

DUI suspected in afternoon crash

A 21-year-old Placerville woman suffered major injuries after the sedan she was driving westbound on Highway 50 west of Placerville Drive rolled over at 3:52 p.m. Monday. California Highway Patrol officers suspect Brittany Dillard was driving under the influence when she lost control of her silver Toyota Prius, which was totaled as a result. Dillard […]

7. Total recall

District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel and District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli were served with a notice of intention to circulate recall petition during the Oct. 27 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors open forum. Citing the “tyranny of our elected officials … who have failed to effectively and efficiently operate county government,” proponents under the […]

10. Placerville’s aging infrastructure

As the streets crumbled below Placerville residents’ tires and as it became more and more apparent that the city’s Public Works crews were almost constantly working on sewer and water line repairs, the bitter truth became all too immediate in 2015: The city’s infrastructure is woefully in need of fixing. The year would not end […]

Suspected robber nabbed

An 18-year-old Cameron Park man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly told employees at the Walgreen’s in the Plaza Goldorado that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded drugs. Brandon Paul Purcell allegedly walked into Walgreen’s at about 11:40 a.m. and “went straight to the pharmacy,” according to El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. […]

Marijuana dispensary ruling expected next month

An emotional afternoon for defendants ended the lengthy preliminary hearing in the People v. Pure Life Dispensary case. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian did not make a ruling on the last day in mid-December, instead suggesting defendants waive time so he could “get it right.” “It’s been complicated and complex,” Melikian said. […]

Connector gets $7.5 million

The Capital SouthEast Connector expressway recently received a financial boost when the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Board of Directors approved an allocation of $7.5 million to the project. The funding will help pay for construction of the 5.5-mile Connector segment on White Rock Road from Prairie City Road in Folsom to Latrobe Road in […]

Another bone found in ‘skull mystery’ at Folsom Lake

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel scoured the shores of Folsom Lake Dec. 20 in the vicinity of where a human skull was found in mid-November, looking for any possible clues as to the origin of the remains.

A bone with the ball joint attached was found as a result of the effort by some 35 SAR members, remains that could be either human or animal, according to sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch.

“It was a rather thick piece, maybe 3 to 4 inches down from the ball joint at the top,” said Murdoch. “Because of the possibility that it could be human it was turned over to detectives.”

6. EDH golf course fight

El Dorado Hills voters frustrated by what some say are “decisions being made up the hill” took a stand against Parker Development’s plans to build 763 homes and create commercial space on the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course at Serrano. Members of the El Dorado Hills Community Services Board of Directors answered these cries by gathering support […]

9. TGPA/ZOU adopted

After years of meeting, planning and countless staff hours the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted most of the project known as the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update on Dec. 15. Prepared by the Community Development Agency’s Long Range Planning Division, the multi-year project had considerable support from the Community Economic Development […]

8. The drought continues

The drought got real in 2015 as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency following an April snow survey at Echo Summit where there was nothing to measure. The first time California has ever put in place mandatory water restrictions, the governor went on to announce a mandatory 25 percent cut in water use across the state. […]

New Gazette editor named

Michaela Johnson, 36, will be taking the reins next week as editor of the Georgetown Gazette. Johnson is a mother, wife and writer, as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Johnson graduated from Golden Sierra High School in 1997, studying under the tutelage of journalism instructor Mark Hendrix. She was features editor of the Bear […]

Heard over the back fence: Boxing for Women

BOXING FOR WOMEN: Boxing for Women classes are offered at 2222 Francisco Drive, El Dorado Hills, from Jan. 7 to 28 or from Feb. 4 to 25 from 5:30-6:55 p.m. These classes are for ages 16 and up. Boxing is a complete workout for the cardiovascular and endurance systems as well as training upper body, lower body […]

Thieves spoil a sweet holiday treat

Its been almost week since the See’s Candy Shack in front of the Mother Lode Lions Club on Missouri Flat Road was broken into, hindering holiday sales and the spirits of the Mother Lode Lions Club members. The See’s Candy Shack is a major fundraiser for the club. “This is our 23rd year operating the […]

CHP delivers gifts

‘Tis the season for giving. Bringing people joy on Christmas was just what the California Highway Patrol, along with many other generous people in the community, did for five lucky families. “Over the last few years I have been doing a toy drive along with Chips for Kids and Toys for Tots. This year I had […]

EID approves new spending

The El Dorado Irrigation District board was in a spending mood as it authorized various projects at its Dec. 14 meeting — the final for the year. Among the big-ticket items were a long list of FERC related projects including those for water temperature monitoring, water quality and noxious weed monitoring coming in at $461,000. They also approved $65,000 to design and […]

Court denies EDH apartment project

“The El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments project approval has been overturned by the courts, one year after its approval by the Board of Supervisors.”

So begins a prepared statement from the group known as Citizens for Sensible Growth in El Dorado Hills.

Heard over the back fence: Paint a Masterpiece

LEARN HEALTHY EATING:
 A series of classes is offered at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, for those who simply want to learn a new way of healthy, clean eating without dieting, depriving yourself or counting calories and losing weight along the way. The first class in this series will be Tuesday, […]

Be on the lookout for the ‘grandparent scam’

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued a consumer alert urging older Californians to be on the lookout for the “grandparent scam” and other scams targeting seniors that have been reported to the California Department of Justice. According to estimates from the AARP, fraud costs American seniors billions of dollars a year. “The […]

Groups reach out to homeless veterans

As the weather gets colder, supporters of El Dorado County’s homeless veterans ask the public to help those who served this country. “Every now and then we hear that there are no homeless veterans in El Dorado county. This is simply not true ,” said David Zelinsky, service officer of the American Legion Post 119. […]

Another water line break on Pleasant Valley Road

A water line break in the main south of Pleasant Valley Road affected service to approximately 500 El Dorado Irrigation District customers Tuesday morning. According to Jesse Saich, EID’s public information officer, the break occurred around 4:30 a.m. between Bodega Way and Savage Road and was in the same line where repairs had to be made on Oct. 26. However this […]

Flume replacement increases system’s reliability, resilience

The El Dorado Hydroelectric Project is owned and operated under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License 184. The El Dorado Irrigation District acquired Project 184 in 1999. It consists of four alpine reservoirs located in three different counties, a diversion dam on the South Fork American River near Kyburz and 22 miles of canals, flumes and […]

Stay vigilant and protect yourself from theft

Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, consumers shouldn’t let their guard down. Hackers, identity thieves, burglars and others with ill intentions work 365 days a year. Alexis Moore, founder of the non-profit crime victim advocacy organization Survivors in Action and the author of “Cyber Self-Defense: Expert to Avoid Online Predators, Identity Theft and Cyber […]

Dixon Ranch/Dollar Store projects delayed

Weather and recusals factored into the El Dorado Planning Commission putting off decisions regarding two controversial planning projects at a recent meeting. Approval of the design for a Dollar Store in Georgetown was delayed due to the lack of a tie-breaking majority. To be located on 1.2 acres on Main Street between Orleans and Harkness Streets, the proposed 9,000-square-foot […]

A merry Christmas for the Brown family

Nick Brown has returned home, nearly four months after the Union Mine High School JV football player suffered major head trauma at the Diamondbacks’ home opener on Aug. 28. Brown had been recovering at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute in Roseville since Nov. 10. He was previously receiving treatment at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital in Orange following his stay at […]

‘We don’t need supervisors,’ State of Jefferson Committee declares

Local State of Jefferson representative Mike Thomas addressed the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting. As supervisors adopted a proclamation recognizing the date as Bill of Rights Day in El Dorado County, Thomas announced that “El Dorado County has enough support to join the State of Jefferson.” Citing the […]

Heard over the back fence: Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today is the perfect day to hug, kiss or telephone those you love. Monika and I appreciate the great love given to us from friends, relatives, neighbors and the Mountain Democrat readers. We wish you a Christmas filled with great joy and lots of family and friends. Love is always the best present! CHRISTMAS […]

Christmas closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls […]

Placerville’s longtime city clerk reflects on career

If the city of Placerville had placed a “personals” ad in the newspaper to find a new city clerk, it would have looked like this: “Desperately seeking someone like Susan.”

Actually, the city has a new city clerk, hired just this month, a clerk who has had the priceless benefit of training under Susan Zito herself for the past few days.

Kelly Witt probably doesn’t fully understand just how valuable Zito’s words will be as she eases into the post Zito filled for the past 26 years. But that’s because few truly have a grasp on how important Zito has been to the city of Placerville.

Latrobe wreck claims one

A Shingle Springs man died following a three-car wreck in Latrobe Sunday morning, according to California Highway Patrol officials. At approximately 10:55 a.m. on Dec. 20 James Kuehn, 58, was driving his 2001 Toyota MR2 northbound on Latrobe Road, just south of Cothrin Ranch Road. As Kuehn approached the peak of an ascending slope, the Toyota […]

Garden Valley fire chief resigns

The Garden Valley Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors accepted Fire Chief William Dekker’s resignation Tuesday morning, four days after the fire chief was arrested. “The board’s unanimous 5-0 vote was made and we accepted his resignation. We moved so quickly on this because there have been some internal and personal issues,” said Garden Valley […]

Prevent holiday illnesses

Holidays bring families and friends together for celebration. Unfortunately, the holidays can also result in transporting illnesses to travelers and loved ones. Don’t let the holidays be dampened by illness. The Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency recommends taking time now to get vaccinated against influenza. Those who […]

EDH Fire getting overdue money; other funding source threatened

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department will receive the promised $513,302 from El Dorado County. Last Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors made a “finding of public benefit” and directed county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn to transfer the funds, which are a portion of property taxes collected over the last two years  — the time frame […]

Rain, snow and travel woes

Stormy weather stranded drivers for several hours at Meyers Grade and Echo Summit on Highway 50 and caused a host of other travel and nature-related problems Minor flooding and rock/ice/mudslides were reported, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol. A Flash Flood Watch was in effect through Tuesday afternoon in the King Fire area. El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Drunk and drugged driving ruins the holidays

If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk driving related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers. As part of the national Drive […]

Stanton new CPCSD president

The end of the year board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District came with few surprises. New officers were elected on Dec. 16 with Greg Stanton taking over as president and Margaret Mohr as vice president. Board members also received an update on the redesign of the district’s website. The company designing the […]

Heard over the back fence: Senior Help Numbers

LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:
 The Placerville Library needs volunteers to help stack and sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. If interested in volunteering, call Barbara Parmenter at (530) 621-2439. SENIOR HELP NUMBERS:
 The following area code 530 information numbers are helpful: -
Information & Assistance, 621-6369 -
Legal Assistance, 621-6154 -Long Term Care Ombudsman, […]

Planning update officially done … for now

El Dorado County supervisors adopted most of the project known as the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update on Dec. 15. Prepared with help and support from the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee, chambers of commerce, business and agriculture interests, and despite robust opposition from a number of organizations and individuals, the action […]

Brown makes bail

The man accused in the accidental fatal shooting of Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski at a September party has made his $100,000 bail and was recently released from the Sacramento County Jail. Kenyatta Brown, 22, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with 18-year-old Sovenski’s death. According to Sacramento County sheriff’s officials, the El Dorado Hills teen was shot […]

GDPUD board wraps up the year but not water rate discussions

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District’s Board of Directors closed out 2015 with another discussion about water rate increases at is December meeting. General Manager Wendell Wall said the district plans to contract out a cost of service study next summer. The study could be partially funded by a grant from the El Dorado County Water Agency, Wall […]