Heard over the back fence: Goose on the loose

 On Fridays at 1:15 p.m., the Placerville Senior Center is showing free movies in the new Resource Room. Complimentary popcorn is served. The July 24 movie is “The Rewrite,” described as follows: “An Oscar winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, […]

Vets invited to Auburn

Military veterans in and around the Yuba/Sutter and Gold Country areas are invited to a special service session at Richard H. Townsend American Legion Post 84 at the Auburn Memorial Hall, 100 E. St. National and state teams from The American Legion will be in town to discuss veteran’s benefits and service to the community. Membership and veteran information […]

Heard over the back fence: Musical Joy Ride

 Paul Schrader provided the following information: The monthly meeting of the Senior Stampers will be held on Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The meeting is open to anyone interested in stamp collecting. At this meeting members are asked to bring something from […]

RCRC backs biomass industry revival

The July 2 edition of Rural County Representatives of California’s newsletter, The Barbed Wire, notes that the current chair of the organization, Sierra County Supervisor Lee Adams, recently testified for RCRC in support of Assembly Bill 590, which would tap into state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund monies to help revive California’s biomass industry infrastructure. The […]

Local searchers help in Shasta County case

El Dorado County Search and Rescue volunteers recently assisted in the search for 6-month-old Ember Skye Graham in Redding. On July 10 El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services was contacted by Cal OES to assists in the search for the missing baby, whose father was shot and killed by officers on July 13. Matthew Graham, 23, was […]

City Council backs school district bond

More than half the students in the Placerville Union School District qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. Fully one-third of them go home to a household where no computer access exists. Those sobering statistics delivered Tuesday evening to the Placerville City Council helped to convince the four members present to vote unanimously to endorse bond Measure […]

Jeepers Jamboree: Generations keep tradition alive

Rock music blared as cases of soda, water and beer were placed on ice. High Hill Ranch in Camino was abuzz with activity on June 28 as Jeepers Jamboree set up for the Jeepers Jamboree Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.

Three generations of Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts have carried the Jeepers Jamboree — the first, biggest and the toughest of U.S. off-road events — into the new millennium and a fourth generation is already learning the ropes. The current seven directors all have long-time ties with Jeepers, either as family members of the founding directors or as participants, or both.

“All of our Board of Directors were Rock Rollers, mechanics and work party crew for years before becoming directors,” said Mike Gerondakis, 61, who has been a Jeepers board member for three years and a participant in the jamboree since 1979. He is in charge of the work party crews who set up the camp for participants.

Fire burns 100 acres near Coloma

COLOMA — A vegetation fire broke out near Highway 49 north of Marshall Grade, prompting the road’s closure Thursday afternoon. The Adventure Fire scorched 100 acres in the community north of Placerville. It was declared 100 percent contained on Friday, July 17, after firefighters worked through the night, according to the Cal Fire incident page. Crews used […]

16 county employees retire early

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal that allows 16 employees to take an “early separation incentive” to leave county service earlier than they might have otherwise. The early separation program, similar to those in other jurisdictions, was devised by the Chief Administrative Office, Risk Management Division, and County Counsel as a […]

Sidebar for Jeepers Jamboree

Jeepers Jamboree events July 22: Jeepers Jamboree Outdoor Expo (free to the public) will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Georgetown. July 23-26: Jeepers Jamboree four-day event July 24-26: Jeepers Jamboree three-day event July 31 through Aug. 2: Jeep Jamboree event plus Camp Rubicon activities

Cameron Park home burns

CAMERON PARK — A fire destroyed a home on Oakwood Road on July 11. During the late evening hours Cameron Park Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire Department, Cal Fire and the Rescue Fire Department responded to the blaze, according to Chief Michael Smith with Cameron Park Fire. The crews aggressively attacked the […]

TRPA, partners urge Congress to adopt restoration legislation

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials have voiced their strong support for legislation to reauthorize the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act that was recently introduced in Congress by Tahoe’s Senate delegation. Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) along with Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Barbara Boxer (D-California), the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act would authorize up […]

Scholar: Farming at risk if California doesn’t solve water crisis

Editor’s note: With the drought on everyone’s mind, the Mountain Democrat contacted Dr. Victor Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution — a public policy think tank at Stanford University. Hanson writes extensively about California issues. This is part two of his take on California’s water crisis. Droughts in California are not unusual, noted Victor Hanson. In the last 140 years […]

More golden days lie ahead

With an eye on reminding the world of El Dorado County’s prominent place in Gold Rush history, organizers of next year’s World Gold Panning Championship in Placerville will head to Spain next month …

El Dorado Hills man brews liquor industry app

After 17 years working in the beer industry, including six as general manager for MillerCoors in Northern California and Hawaii, El Dorado Hills entrepreneur Tracy Neal understands the inner workings of the beer, wine and spirits business. In 2013 Neal, 43, founded El Dorado Hills software analytics start-up CPG Data LLC, which has created an […]

EDH Taz celebrates 50 years

For 50 years El Dorado Hills youth have competed on the Taz swim team. What began as an immigrant’s dream with only 20 swimmers on its roster is a powerhouse today, boasting nearly 500 swimmers strong. Any local kid from any generation will say the same thing: The friendships and memories made kept them coming […]

Man suspected of peeping

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Andrew Lee on suspicion of annoying children and peeping following an investigation, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. Lee was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 14, at around 11:40 a.m. at a residence in the 800 block of Royal Troon Drive in El […]

Sheriff’s warning: Watch out for shoulder surfers

Suspected “shoulder surfers” were spotted lurking near the Bank of America on Missouri Flat Road earlier this month, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. At around 12:45 p.m. on July 6 deputies responded to a report that two African-American adults, one man and one woman, were “shoulder surfing” ATM customers. “Shoulder […]

StemExpress takes heat from video

Local biotech firm StemExpress based in Placerville is at the center of a firestorm since the release of allegations that it and similar research companies have been buying aborted fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood affiliates. The charges were publicized by an undercover video allegedly showing a luncheon conversation between Planned Parenthood Head of Medical […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to stock up

Linfield College has informed us that Kyle Belcher and Connor Sende of El Dorado Hills have been named to its Dean’s List for the spring semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits with at least a 3.65 grade point average. Congratulations, Kyle and […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading to Ruby

 On Wednesdays, children can practice reading out loud with Ruby, the therapy dog, from noon-2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information call (916) 358-3500. BINGO TIME!
 On Mondays and Thursdays play bingo at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Senior Nutrition lunch at the El […]

Scholar: Bad policies created water crisis

Editor’s note: With the drought on everyone’s mind, the Mountain Democrat contacted Dr. Victor Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution — a public policy think tank at Stanford University. Hanson extensively writes about California issues. This is part one of his take on California’s water crisis. While California’s politicians scramble to deal with a fourth year of drought, commentator Dr. […]

Children removed from suspected drug house

EL DORADO — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested five people after reportedly finding narcotics and drug paraphernalia in a home where children lived.

Mid-morning on July 5 deputies conducted a probation search at a residence on the 5300 block of Union Mine Road in El Dorado, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release states. Outside the residence, they met Holly Moore, 47, of Fair Oaks and Benjamin Patterson, 32, and, the release states, it appeared Patterson was in possession of heroin, a hypodermic needle and syringe.

Ponds get a reprieve

Some El Dorado County ponds won’t go dry just yet, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors decided at its July 13 meeting. As the board has sought to meet state regulations that call for a 28 percent reduction in water use, in May the directors approved revisions to EID’s Drought Action Plan that included suspending potable water […]

Swift case moves along

Accused murderer Anderson Swift was back in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday morning. Swift and his attorney Mark Ralphs appeared in Judge James Wagoner’s courtroom. The Oakland man is accused of murdering Khrista Ibarolle, 31, during an apparent carjacking in front of an El Dorado Hills restaurant on Jan. 7. Swift faces murder, carjacking, vehicle theft and felony possession […]

Thieves steal the Democrat’s change

Thieves busted the locks off multiple coin-operated newspaper racks, including those belonging to the Mountain Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, in the early morning hours of July 11. Racks affected include those in front of the Pollock Pines Post Office on Sanders Drive, in front of the Valero gas station on Pony Express Trail […]

EDHCSD director Priest discusses goals, golf course

Allan Priest, the newest addition to the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, talked with Village Life about why he ran for the seat last fall and what influence he hopes to have during his four-year term. The married father of two teenagers has lived in El Dorado Hills since 2000. When […]

Living cake celebrates CSD

To continue the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s 25th birthday celebration, a live birthday cake made out of succulent plants is on display next to the pavilion. Approximately 1,500 cuttings were used to create the cake, according to creator and parks staff member Aimee Nunez. “The majority of the succulents are a species called […]

Sheriff’s OHV to the rescue

Dangerous weather made a Rubicon rescue a bigger than normal challenge last week. On July 8 at around 11:50 a.m. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies received a call about an injured man in Rubicon Springs in a secluded part of the Rubicon Trail. The injuries seemed significant and it was determined a Medevac was needed; however, helicopters could […]

Heard over the back fence: Free concert and food

Jerry Didlot, as this year’s president of the Mother Lode Lions Club, announced that Kristi Couchee was selected as Mother Lode Lion of the Year, stating, “With so many hard working, deserving people to select from for Lion of the Year, it was hard to choose, but Lion Kristi Couchee stood […]

Recycling water all the rage

With the drought forcing water districts to find ever more creative ways to conserve, recycling programs have turned out to be fortuitous long-term investments.

Currently the El Dorado Irrigation District is the only water district in the county operating such a program. Those operations are carried out at two of its four wastewater treatment plants: one at Deer Creek in Cameron Park and the other in El Dorado Hills.

An outgrowth of development plans to ensure a reliable water supply for homes to be built in El Dorado Hills, identifying the need for recycled water goes back more than 20 years according to Kirk Bone, the director of Government Relations for Parker Development Company.

Carson Creek plans moving forward

Two Carson Creek planned development housing projects were reviewed by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its July 9 meeting. Part of the 1997 Carson Creek Specific Plan, 140 residential lots in Unit 3 of the plan gained approval from the commission. Consisting of a little more than 19 acres, the El Dorado Hills property is located south of Golden Foothill […]

Courthouse ditching water-wasting grass

The Main Street Courthouse front lawn will undergo a water-saving renovation project. Assistant court executive officer Jackie Davenport said the renovation includes replacing the lawn with low-maintenance plants and ground cover that doesn’t require a lot of water. The grass there must completely die off before the new plants and ground cover will replace it. The State […]

Bill would knock drones out of fire zones

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado HIlls, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, recently announced bipartisan plans to introduce urgently needed and important new legislation that will protect forests, property and the lives of citizens and firefighters. Senate Bill 167 will make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire. “California is a […]

PPD arrest: Suspect tosses unlit Molotov cocktail

Placerville police officers arrested 26-year-old Ryan Garnett on suspicion of concealing an improvised explosive device last Wednesday after they reportedly spotted the suspect holding a Molotov cocktail. Officers received a disturbance call on Washington Street and upon arrival encountered Garnett holding a bottle containing fluid and a make shift “wick” protruding out of the top, according […]

Looks like Gaines in District 1 race

California Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, currently representing District 6 has not officially announced that she will seek the District 1 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors; however, a marquee announcement in downtown Placerville and the fact that Gaines has changed her address strongly indicate Supervisor Ron Mikulaco will have some competition next year. Her Assembly Chief […]

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]

Heard over the back fence: Give Dad a Hug

 An Emigrant Lake hike is scheduled for July 18. The following information was provided. This hike, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., goes along Caples Lake for the first 2.5 miles, then continues on switchbacks up to Emigrant Creek with views of Round Top along the way. When Emigrant Creek is crossed, hikers reach the […]

South Lake Tahoe building veterans memorial

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune Five years ago, Patty Smith went to Placerville to visit a memorial for veterans and felt inspired to see something similar built in South Lake Tahoe to honor her son, other veterans and public safety workers. On July 1 that idea took its first physical steps forward at Happy Homestead Cemetery […]

Granite Bay woman eyes Assembly

Granite Bay resident Suzanne Jones has filed with the California Secretary of State to be a candidate for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Beth Gaines. Jones, a sitting Placer County Board of Education Trustee and chairperson of the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council, said taking this step is a logical progression for […]

Finally, a hero has his Bronze Star

It was a long time coming, but after 70 years Placerville resident Wayne Queen has received the Bronze Star he earned during his World War II service.

A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, Queen, 89, still has strong memories of what some historians consider the greatest single battle ever fought by the American Army. Some consider it, in terms of participation and losses, arguably the greatest battle in American military history.

Born and raised in Heavener, Okla., Queen said he is Native American, being half Cherokee and half Choctaw. He said Heavener itself is notable for having some large stones covered with writing that some believe were inscribed by Vikings back in 1012 AD.

EID financial position is positive

The 2014 annual financial audit was presented to the board at its June 8 meeting. An annual independent audit of the EID’s financial records is required by government code. Richardson & Company, the Sacramento-based certified public accounting firm that conducted the audit, issued an unqualified “clean” opinion that district financial statements present fairly, in all […]

Trio of mail, identity theft suspects caught

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested three people suspected of using stolen credit cards and stealing mail after responding to a theft call at Target last month. At about 12:55 p.m. on June 29 deputies responded to the call at the El Dorado Hills Town Center business. In the parking lot, they approached 38-year-old Heston […]

49er building speedily demolished

A neat pile of rubble was all that remained after a demolition crew did its work at the old 49er Credit Union building in Placerville Wednesday. A crew brought the building down in less than a day and will take the next week or two to sort through the material and recycle the wood, metal and […]

New grand jury sworn in

The Honorable Dylan Sullivan presided over the swearing in of El Dorado County’s 2015-16 Grand Jury and filed the formal notice June 25. This year’s jury includes the following, plus several alternate members: Kenneth Cater, Richard Coffin, Hal Erpenbeck, Dan Kelly, James Kern, Peter Marty, Thomas Orth, Jeanne Ott, Roger Pickler, Rodney Pimental, Debbie Rice, Julie Ryan, Jan Sawyer, Thomas Simpson, George Turnboo, Richard White, Gatha Willyard, Laura Anne Winston and Colleen […]