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Draft EIR prepared for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

The County of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The DEIR is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA guidelines. This DEIR is available for public and agency review […]

The balancing act: Admitting the truth

Some people are so upset with countervailing opinions that they feel the only solution is to silence them. That was written by a Harvard Crimson biweekly columnist named Sandra Y.L. Korn, who said exactly that in her recent column “The Thin Red Line.” Korn wrote, “No academic question is ever ‘free’ from political realities. If […]

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Wooden posts, handrails and shutters give a traditional look to the Redmond, a midsize home designed to meet the needs of a contemporary family. All on one level, this plan could easily be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. Sidelights brighten a fairly wide entry, open to the living room on the left. Another side of the […]

‘No Hands Bridge’ becomes landmark

The historic Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, known locally as “No Hands Bridge,” has been saved from destruction by many hands, including the hand of fate. On March 23, its 102nd birthday, the bridge became an official California historical landmark.

The bridge, located at the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the American River, with footings in both El Dorado and Placer County, was completed in 1912 at a cost of $300,000. Part of a 7-mile standard gauge railroad built by Pacific Portland Cement …

Second Amendment

EDITOR: All of you anti-gun zealots do yourself a favor and do a Google search on Athens, Tenn., 1946. The incidents of those couple of days in Athens are a perfect example as to why private citizens need to be able to arm themselves against a tyrannical government. All of us who believe in gun […]

EDMT to present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

El Dorado Musical Theatre recently cast 37 local performers, ages 12 to 20, in its upcoming production, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The show features Julia Adams as Millie Dillmount, Zack Collins as Jimmy Smith, Kelly Maur as Miss Dorothy Brown, Andrew Wilson as Trevor Graydon and 33 talented, tapping performers. This is an Encore production cast […]

Jean “Jeanie” Knutson Helms Redmond

April 6, 1933 — Nov 18, 2013 On Friday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., we are celebrating the life of Jeanie Knutson Helms Redmond. The celebration will take place at the Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, Calif. (95667). Call 530-622-3231 for details. There will be a light brunch served after […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Be like Grandma

The Buddhists recommend that we have a “grandmother mind.” They describe this mind as patient, loving and filled with passion. I like this recommendation. • The grandmother I knew was very protective, always encouraging and quick to forgive my mistakes. When everyone else was quick to condemn or criticize, my grandmother would teach me life […]

First Amendment

EDITOR: I am responding to Katie Meyer’s letter in the Dec. 13 edition. She states the obvious, that Christians are a majority in the U.S., and asks me, “…what would make you think we are a secular nation?” Well, Katie, it’s not what I think, it’s what I know. With the First Amendment to the […]

EDC Fire to reorganize admin office

An administrative reorganization of the district office was approved by the board of El Dorado County Fire Protection District at its Nov. 21 meeting. Recommended by Chief Mike Hardy, the chief prefaced his remarks by noting that in the face of spiraling costs and declining revenue, the district had taken a number of measures to […]

Jean (Jeanie) Knutson-Helms-Redmond

April 6, 1933 — Nov. 18, 2013 Unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, surrounded by her family and loved ones, Jeanie was called home to the Lord. She was a vibrant, kind, compassionate lady who lived each day to the fullest. She was born in Patterson, Calif., but after moving to Placerville 60 years ago, […]

EDMT announces auditions

El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT) will hold auditions for its Encore production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Monday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 pm. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. This is an Encore production for performers ages […]

Sac museums to offer free admission

Six Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to ticket holders all day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Participating local museums include: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California State Military Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site and The California Museum. […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Don’t dress your wolf in Grandma’s clothing

There seems to be some general confusion about what constitutes aggression. What are the signs? What does dog aggression look like? I spoke with a woman who said her dog is angry. How do you know he’s angry, I asked. “He growls and barks at other people and dogs,” she said. “Sounds aggressive to me.” […]

Edmund Albert Grosch

July 15, 1926 — July 4, 2013 After a long, happy life full of outdoor adventures Ed “the Grouch” Grosch succumbed to melanoma surrounded by his family. Born at home in Fairfax, Calif., to Edmund and Margaret Grosch, he was a survivor of childhood polio. He had vivid recollections of watching the Golden Gate Bridge […]

Engagement: Jory Christine Pearce-John Nelson Hindmarch

Jory Christine Pearce of Issaquah, Wash. and John Nelson Hindmarch of Carnation, Wash. have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Steven and Lisa Pearce of North Bend, Wash. She is employed as a financial solutions representative for First Tech Federal Credit Union. The groom is the son of John C. Hindmarch of Stanwood, Wash. and Debbie Hindmarch […]

EDUHSD fills two admin spots

The El Dorado Union High School District office announced the appointment of Paul Burke as principal of Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, and Pamela Bartlett as director of special education. Paul Burke has spent his educational career in the Elk Grove Unified School District — a district with 64 schools housing more than 62,000 […]

EDMT succeeds in ‘How to Succeed without Really Trying’

What: “How to Succeed in Business with Really Trying” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, May 5 Cost: $18 to $36 Information: or or call 916-608-6888 By today’s standards, mid-1950s Americans were living in fairytale land. It was a time when […]


EDITOR: In your March 15 paper tucked within an article “Divers find tangled cable” this reader found a larger story. El Dorado Irrigation District’s General Manager Abercrombie supposedly will be announcing a huge water transmission, treatment and distribution project. This project, if built, will bring to fruition the farsighted plans of SMUD and El Dorado […]

As we were: Placerville hires new administrator

25 Years ago March 4, 1988 City chief named By TIM WILLIS The Placerville City Council has hired Robert Semple, an assistant city manager of Coalinga, as its new city administrator, with a base salary of $43,800 annually. Semple starts his new job April 4 and succeeds Lee Yarborough, who retired late last year. Mike […]

Second Amendment intent

EDITOR: In relationship to the Second Amendment, a gun fired in 1776 required that you put powder in the pan, stuff a ball down the barrel, use a piece of flint to ignite the powder, then shoot. This procedure took from 30 to 60 seconds. Also, the country depended on the militia to support and […]

The forgotten amendment

EDITOR: Wah, wah, wah. First Amendment this … Second Amendment that … Fourth, Fifth Amendment the other. But how many of you give even the slightest thought to our coolest-of-all amendments — the Third Amendment? None, I’ll wager. ‘Third Amendment, you say. Which one is that?” And yet, our forefathers fought and died just as […]

Different amendment

EDITOR: A letter titled, “Worried about different amendment” that appeared in the Feb. 1 edition of the Democrat piqued my interest. I am not sure what the point was other than to castigate Sheriff D’Agostini for his stand on our gun rights, but all I can say is, wouldn’t any violation of the Second Amendment, […]

Second Amendment

EDITOR: In response to Chris Daley’s Dec. 28 Opinion page column: You quoted the Second Amendment correctly. However, like all good liberals you took part of the Second Amendment out of context and added your own interpretation to the statement, “A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state…” To you, […]

Worried about different amendment

EDITOR: I would suggest that Sheriff D’Agostini and his officers be more concerned with their violations of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution as opposed to their perceived potential violations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. STEVE TAPSON Placerville

14th Amendment

EDITOR: Given the convoluted reasoning the Mountain Democrat editorial board has used to justify its interpretation of certain portions of the Constitution in the past, we should probably not be surprised by its latest venture into tortured logic as demonstrated in Monday’s issue. My eighth grade English teacher would certainly take the editor to task […]

D’Agostini writes to veep: Sheriff defends Second Amendment

Vice President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20501 Dear Mr. Vice President, I am the elected Sheriff of El Dorado County, California, and as such am sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I […]

Ask a caregiver: Out loud admissions and trust

It can be very difficult to get to a point in your life when you recognize that you can’t do it all yourself. It may be as simple as getting down on your hands and knees to look under the table or as complex as solving an automotive problem that in prior years you were […]

Fairytale Town offers free admission day

SACRAMENTO — Fairytale Town gives thanks to the Sacramento community by offering two free admission days during the holiday season. On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services […]

Obama administration cautiously optimistic about housing market

HUD WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the September edition of the Obama administration’s Housing Scorecard — a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show signs that the housing market is strengthening; home equity has increased by $860 billion since the […]

National administrator begins foreclosure refund process

SACRAMENTO — Claim forms will be sent to approximately 432,584 California borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, and may be eligible for a settlement payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Borrowers receiving the claim forms had mortgages serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, […]

Obama administration sees signs of real estate recovery

HUD WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the August edition of the Obama administration’s Housing Scorecard — a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continues to show signs that the housing market is strengthening — as home price improvements […]

Admission Day

While Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of 9/11, 2001, Gov. Brown reminded us that Sunday, Sept. 9, was Admission Day. That is the day in 1850 that California was admitted to the Union as a free state as part of the Compromise of 1850. That compromise included setting the boundaries of Texas and passage of […]

Obama administration: Housing recovery has some momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the July edition of the Obama administration’s Housing Scorecard — a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data in the Housing Scorecard show continued signs of recovery as foreclosure starts and completions declined in […]

EDMT to hold auditions

El Dorado Musical Theater will hold auditions for “Seussical the Musical” on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. Online registration for auditions will take place online at beginning Tuesday, Aug. 14 […]

DMT lab, Ecstacy found in SLT

By Adam Jensen South Shore narcotics agents arrested three people Thursday afternoon in connection with the discovery of a suspected DMT laboratory on Tata Lane. South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested South Lake Tahoe residents Roberto Medlicott, 23, Casey Lind, 22, and Matthew Fitzgerald, 22, during a traffic stop on the 1900 block […]

Obama administration releases June housing scorecard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the June edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data in the June Housing Scorecard show some promising signs of stability, though the overall outlook remains […]

The personal touch wins admiration

POLLOCK PINES — Most of the customers who walk through the doors at El Dorado Savings Bank at 6462 Pony Express Trail are known by their first names to Noreen Wilson and Diana Flambard. The two women are customer service representatives at the branch. The women work hard to make bank customers their No. 1 priority […]

Split admin

Congratulations to the boards of Camino and Placerville union school districts for having the creativeness to share superintendents. Camino Superintendent Erik Bonniksen, who has proven himself as a creative and award-winning superintendent of Camino School will now be devoting 60 percent of his time to the larger Placerville district and its two elementary schools and […]

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