Forest fire management part of bigger strategy

The sound of buzzsaws broke the silence of the forest off Silver Fork Road as crews from the California Conservation Corp worked to create a fuel break off Highway 50 near Kyburz on Wednesday.

Cutting down small trees and brush, stacks of vegetation were scattered everywhere as two teams cleared one side of the road.

Part of a much larger plan called the Roadrunner Fuel Reduction Project, the goal is to eventually treat both sides of Highway 50 all the way from Pollock Pines to Twin Bridges. “That will take a couple of years to do,” said Will Harris, a battalion chief with the Forest Service. “But there is a plan and there is a vision.”

Fire threatens homes near Latrobe

A fire made residents in the northeastern Latrobe area nervous as flames surged through dry vegetation Wednesday afternoon. “There were homes threatened at one point,” said Cal Fire public information officer Brice Bennett. “The fire moved really fast. So we ordered a lot.” Crews from Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park responded to […]

Tahoe evaluates health concerns

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The community has undergone a complete physical and the results are in. Based on the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, mental health and substance abuse remain top health concerns in the area. Barton Health conducted its second Community Health Needs Assessment to identify unmet needs within the community. After identifying these needs, […]

Water management plan revised to protect salmon

In a press release issued on June 16, state and federal officials announced the outlines of a revised plan for managing water flows in the Sacramento River for cities and farms while keeping enough cold water in Shasta Reservoir to avoid high temperatures in the river that could be catastrophic for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. […]

El Dorado County fee structure debate begins

El Dorado County supervisors got a first look at the county’s fee structure and policies study at their June 23 meeting. Prepared and presented by staff from the Community Development Agency, the fee study draft recommends a number of changes and perhaps consolidations of current fees for services. Cost for service lies at the heart […]

Sex offender registers, gets arrested

Placerville Police officers arrested a convicted sex offender 25 minutes after he completed his sex offender registration. Esteban Rocha, 51, allegedly exposed himself to a woman on Broadway in Placerville just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, shortly after he left the police station where he registered as a sex offender as part of his […]

Class of ’95 reunion set

EDHS Class of 1995 will hold a 20th reunion on Saturday, July 25. Celebrate with classmates at Manzanita Kitchen & Events, 4232 Fowler Lane,  Suite 101, Diamond Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each (two per alumni maximum) and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 1. Pick up tickets at the door. For more information visit […]

Heard over the back fence: Tasty Sushi

 Marion West forwarded the following good news. PEO Chapter XA in Cameron Park is delighted to announce the winners of its 2015 Rachel Champion Scholarships. El Dorado High School graduate Brooke Yates and Oak Ridge High School graduate Emma Olds received a $500 renewable scholarship. Brooke Yates will be attending University of Nevada, […]

Aiming for a safer community

It was a sunny, clear day but my vision was marred by gun smoke. A dozen people lined up, shooting revolvers before moving on to semi-automatics. I was the only one at the range who had never fired a gun.

Geof Peabody was ecstatic to get me to the gun range not far from Placerville. After a morning filled with gun safety lessons and dry firing practice (using inert bullets that don’t actually shoot), it was time for four hours at the private gun range at Big Cut Mine.

This class was an introduction to handguns, one of six of Peabody’s NRA-certified classes, which have become very popular. In March he had 55 ministers sign up for a special minister-only class, requiring a split into two classes, he said.

Lazy B murder: Arraignment continued

The arraignment for a man suspected of murdering another man who lived on the same Bucks Bar ranch last September was continued Monday for two weeks. Jeff White stands accused of murdering Rick Kriewitz in a case that apparently revolves around alcohol and money. It is alleged that White owed money to several people who […]

Summer road work prompts closures

Road construction season has begun and throughout the summer, the  Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will perform work on the county’s road ways. The following closures have been announced: Gold Hill Road Gold Hill Road, between Sullivan Lane and State Route 49, will be closed on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Ditch, dam upgrades approved

The El Dorado Irrigation District moved forward on two capital improvement projects at its June 22 meeting despite some differing opinions among the board members. First up was approving the spending of $160,291 for the Upper Main Ditch piping project. The piping will replace three miles of open ditch that extends from the Forebay Reservoir to […]

Pony Express riding through the county

The California Division of the National Pony Express Association, in celebration of living history and keeping the spirit of the pony rider alive, will enter El Dorado County at South Lake Tahoe at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The horse and rider will head west, making it out of the Sierra and at Fresh Pond […]

Heard over the back fence: Great Book Prices

We recently received the following reminder: “Join us and take advantage of some great deals on gently used books sponsored by the Friends of the Library, El Dorado Hills Branch. Our books are now sold by the pound and there are books in every category. The early bird sale starts Friday, June […]

Hangtown Cranker Classic: Take a ride, wheelers’ style

“Get up! Get out! Get better!” It’s the motto and game plan for Placerville Mobility Support Group, an organization founded in 2007 by Lynn Murray to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with ambulatory impairment. Murray, 69, was a coach for 32 years, a teacher and mountain climber. He also worked in construction. In […]

Some senior water rights on the chopping block

With drought conditions continuing, the State Water Board recently announced there is insufficient water available for senior water right holders with a priority date of 1903 or later in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds and the Delta. El Dorado Irrigation District’s Public Information Officer Jesse Saich said the curtailment applies to all pre-1914 water […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Foothill Ammo supports veterans

Foothill Ammo owner Chris Puehse invites county residents to his Cameron Park business to enjoy music and barbecued hot dogs and show support to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Joining the celebration will be the El Dorado County Committee for the State of Jefferson, which will provide hot dogs, chips […]

Deputies make drug arrest

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Placerville after reportedly finding the suspect in possession of heroin. At about 10:42 a.m. on June 17, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Forty Niner Trail for a report of a person allegedly using narcotics. On-scene, they contacted Joseph Richard, 20. They also allegedly found […]

Local educator grading AP exams

NEW YORK — Terry Patten Armbrust of Placerville was recently selected for the fourth year to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in psychology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 […]

Community college employee receives state award

Shingle Springs resident Rochelle Franco was recently honored by the California Community College Board of Governors as one of the four 2015 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year. She was selected for recognition out of thousands of community college classified employees from throughout the state. Franco, 43, works at Folsom Lake College and has been […]

Fire fears prompt Cal Fire to suspend residential burn permits

CAMINO — As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties. This suspension takes effect 8 a.m. on Monday, June 22, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris […]

Grand Jury calls for familiar charter reforms

The El Dorado County Charter should be scrapped at best or substantially amended, according to the Grand Jury report issued June 16. Tacking on to Grand Jury recommendations from 2008-09 and 2013-14 reports, the latest report recommends in even stronger language the repeal or heavy amending of the charter. “The Grand Jury found that the structure of government […]

Mikulaco calls Grand Jury report a ‘hit piece’

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco vehemently fought back against the Grand Jury’s recently released “A Sign of the Times” report and its findings, which state he “lacks comprehensive awareness of his position as a county supervisor and fails to follow basic and generally accepted principles of good governance.” “Equally alarming,” the report continues, “he (Mikulaco) […]

Base activity generating booms?

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department officials put possible blame of the mysterious “booms” and explosions heard in Mosquito and Swansboro on Nevada Navy and Army bases. Officials contacted the Naval Air Station Fallon and Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, exploring “possible contributing factors” to the sounds of explosions and shockwaves El Dorado County residents reported the past […]

Supervisor Novasel responds to conflict questions

El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel responded to allegations contained in a letter to the editor in the June 12 Mountain Democrat. Following a truncated Board of Supervisors meeting June 16, Novasel said that at the beginning of her term, she gave County Counsel Robyn Drivon an extensive list of items that could […]

Heard over the back fence: Cooking Advice

Drive out to Cameron Park Lake and enjoy the Summer Spectacular on Saturday, June 27. Gates open at 2 p.m. There is live music all day and fireworks at dark. Organizers say this is the best fireworks in El Dorado County. Enjoy the kids’ carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft […]

Placerville Senior Center spruced up

The El Dorado County Senior Center in Placerville recently completed a series of much-needed improvements to its facility to enhance functionality and create a more comfortable and inviting environment. According to Star Walker, program coordinator for El Dorado County Senior Services, the improvements were made possible due to the generosity of a community member who […]

New EDH subdivision map approved

A tentative subdivision map for the East Ridge Village project was approved unanimously by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, 2,600 feet east of Valley View Parkway from its intersection with White Rock Road, the project was submitted by East Ridge Holdings, LLC. Made up of 734 acres, […]

Man shot by SLTPD officer was unarmed

A man shot and killed by a South Lake Tahoe Police officer was unarmed, it was announced Wednesday. SLTPD provided an update in the case of 22-year-old Kris Jackson, who was shot and killed by an officer on June 15. A search was conducted the same day of the incident and all responding officers and involved […]

Victim gives thanks to medics after car assault

April 16 was not a good day for Michael Gooley, ending with many broken bones. But, if it weren’t for an El Dorado County Fire paramedic, it could have been deadly. Gooley, 43, was visiting his mother Brenda and was with friends on Broadway in Placerville when his ex-girlfriend, Terrie Crampton, 45, of Pollock Pines, arrived. […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a stamp collector

FREE COUNSELING FOR SENIORS: Senior Peer Counseling is available to adults, 55 years or older. A wide range of counseling is available. For more information or to make an appointment call (530) 621-6304. RIVER CATS GAME TRIP:
 The El Dorado County Seniors Activities Program has a trip scheduled to a Sacramento River Cats game on Wednesday, July […]

Financial assistance to replant red blotch-affected grapevines available

The California State Farm Service Agency  has approved Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus (GRBaV) as an eligible plant disease for financial assistance through the 2014 Farm Bill, Tree Assistance Program. Grapevine red blotch-associated virus can cause a significant reduction in sugar accumulation in the fruit. The symptoms start appearing in late summer as irregular red blotches […]

McClintock holding Placerville Town Hall

Congressman Tom McClintock will host a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

New editor at Mountain Democrat

It’s been a year of changes at the Mountain Democrat with the latest one being the selection of a new editor. Noel Stack, 36, currently the editor of Village Life and Cameron Park Life, will assume the editor role of all three publications effective June 22. With a degree in journalism, Stack began her newspaper […]

Knorr out as CAO

Interim El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Knorr will no longer hold the  CAO title, effective June 29, and will return to her original appointment as the county’s full-time Human Resources director. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to move Knorr back to her HR position and announced the appointment of Larry T. Combs […]

EID customer survey shows improvement

El Dorado Irrigation District got some good news in the form of a recent customer satisfaction survey as well as feedback from customers using the Sly Park Recreation Area. In the case of Sly Park, it was recently named the Best Camp Ground by KCRA 3 A-List voters. According to EID staff, the KCRA A-List compiles businesses, services […]

Funding plan sparks controversy at GDPUD meeting

Rhetoric went fiery at the June 9 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. At issue was how to repay a $10 million loan to retrofit the Auburn Lake Trails water treatment plant. While everyone on the GDPUD Board of Directors and most of the audience agreed that retrofitting the plant had to be done, there […]

Fire near Sand Ridge Road contained

A fire on June 15 burned 6.7 acres at Highway 49 near the area of last year’s Sand Fire.

At around 2:10 p.m., a fire was reported near at 7541 Highway 49, Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett said. Reports put it near Sand Ridge Road and Crystal Boulevard. Originally estimated between 2 and 3 acres, the fire slowly grew to about 4 acres over the course about 30 minutes. Air attack — a spotter aircraft — from Cal Fire reported that, despite some spotting ahead of the main burn, the fire was advancing slowly.

Two air tankers were dispatched; a house, it was later reported, was partially painted orange in fire retardant. One residence was threatened.

Conservation target for GDPUD lowered

Customers of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District got some good news at the June 9 board meeting when General Manager Wendell Wall reported that the State Water Board changed how much local residents have to conserve from 36 percent to 32 percent over water used in 2013. Wall noted the change helps revenue and is a major difference […]

Comment sought on mental health services

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health division invites the public to review and provide comment on the 2015-16 Mental Health Services Act plan update. The draft plan update provides information on current and new MHSA programs and budgets for three fiscal years (FY 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). MHSA components in […]

Man dies in officer-involved shooting

A man died as a result of an officer-involved shooting in South Lake Tahoe early Monday morning. Two SLTPD officers were dispatched to the Tahoe Hacienda Inn at 3280 Lake Tahoe Boulevard at about 2:40 a.m. on June 15 for a woman screaming and crying, a press release stated. At about 2:50 p.m., the officers […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Fair Time!

 Today is June 17 and tomorrow the El Dorado County Fair opens and runs through June 21. Bring the kids and friends! $3 SENIOR LUNCH:
 Adults 60 years and older can receive a lunch for a $3 donation at one of six locations in the county. Lunch is served from noon-12:30 p.m. The […]

Barton volunteer donates estate to Barton Health

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — When Dan Kerr passed away last June, he left behind a legacy with the Barton Health Auxiliary. He coordinated the Barton Auxiliary Blood Drive held every other month, donated more than 26 gallons of blood since 1981, and served as Auxiliary President for six terms. Now Dan Kerr has left a […]

Deer rescued in 4-acre fire

A fire in Cameron Park was quickly contained on Friday afternoon. Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett said units were dispatched at about 2:28 p.m. to a report of a wild fire near Flying C Road — dubbed the “Flying Fire.” Though scanner traffic initially reported a 10-acre fire and structures threatened, the blaze only charred 3 […]