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No. 9: Legal purgatory for Dante’s

As owner of Dante’s on the River, Kevin Cairns was more comfortable in a kitchen than a courtroom. But with his ongoing legal battles, Cairns found himself spending more time getting better acquainted with the justice system than he would have liked. The 51-year-old restaurateur, who purchased Dante’s in 2004, is facing a slew of […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Reply

Dante’s owner posts bail

After three weeks in an El Dorado County jail cell, Kevin Cairns is a free man. Cairns, owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant east of Pollock Pines, posted bail Friday afternoon, hours after an El Dorado County judge lowered his bail amount, which was initially set at a quarter-million dollars when he was remanded […]

In defense of Dante’s

EDITOR: I have been dining at Dante’s on the River since they opened. Kevin and Nancy Cairns have always been courteous, caring people and wonderful hosts.  Besides providing an outstanding dining experience, they also generate tax revenue and good-will for our county. It is sad that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department cannot at least […]

Dismayed at what’s happening with Dante’s owner

EDITOR: We are dismayed at the way law enforcement and the media have treated Kevin Cairns. No one in his right mind would do the things Kevin has been accused of without provocation. There seems to be some sort of organized attempt to destroy his business. Nowhere in the media do we read of the atrocities […]

If people weren’t rude, Dante’s owner wouldn’t be in jail

EDITOR: We have been following the articles in the Mountain Democrat regarding the owner of the Dante’s restaurant and the fact that he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. If we interpreted the articles correctly, the owner became involved in altercations with people who defecate, urinate and vomit in the parking lot of […]

There’s a simple solution to Dante’s difficulties

EDITOR: Why doesn’t the owner of Dante’s restaurant realize that he could rent a “honey bucket” and put it in his parking lot to satisfy travelers who need relief along Highway 50? He could then put a sign on it, “Travelers Welcome,” and most people who need that service would be satisfied instead of infuriated. […]

Charges filed against Dante’s owner

The owner of the Riverton area fine-dining restaurant Dante’s on the River was formally charged last week for his roles in two separate altercations with car-sick travelers in the parking lot of his eatery. Kevin Cairns, 50, faces two felony assault counts, one count of felony vandalism, one misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon and […]

Dante’s on DA’s plate again

The owner of fine dining establishment, Dante’s on the River, was arrested Friday night by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies after yet another motorist allegedly used his eatery’s parking lot as a bathroom. Kevin Cairns, 50, was booked last week on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. That much is certain. But in the […]

I’m sorry Dante’s is for sale

EDITOR: In response to the article in the Jan. 21 Mountain Democrat, I wish to state that I am a supporter of Mr. Kevin Cairns, the chef and owner of Dante’s. If someone was using my property as a toilet I would be very upset also. Having raised four children I know that kids can […]

Dante’s for sale

Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of Dante’s on the River restaurant, is sticking a fork in his most recent business venture. Cairns, 50, has placed his Whitehall-area establishment on the market, the Mountain Democrat learned. According to David Bolster of ERA Realty, Cairns placed the fine-dining restaurant up for sale in mid-December. This past weekend, […]

Dante’s owner in hot water with the law again

The owner of Dante’s on the River, a restaurant east of Pollock Pines on Highway 50, was arrested this past weekend for his role in an altercation with a motorist in the eatery’s parking lot. Kevin Cairns, 50, was booked by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Sunday night on suspicion of vandalism and brandishing a […]

Fiat 500: Fabulous fun at 45 mpg

It has been a long time since Fiats were sold in the United States. Being Italian, they were certainly stylish, but they had plenty of teething problems and the brand faded into U.S. oblivion some 25 years ago. Fast forward to the recent U.S. auto meltdown; Fiat saved Chrysler (whose sales are now chart toppers […]

The mission is to find and reunite

This is the first part of a veteran’s efforts to find and recognize a special group. If you’re a friend of Tom Dohnke and you find yourself lost or separated, don’t worry. You won’t be forgotten or written off, even if you’re a cat. Dohnke arrives early for a meeting. At a distance you see […]

Adele Marjorie Peirce

Aug. 28, 1922 — Aug. 22, 2013 Adele Marjorie Peirce was born to Dante and Amelia Bacoccini on Aug. 28, 1922, in Smithflat, Calif. She spent her entire life in the Placerville-Camino area and graduated from El Dorado High School. She was married to Curtis Peirce from Camino for 52 years until his passing. She […]

Richard “Dick” Dichiara

1942 — 2013 Richard W. “Dick” Dichiara passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2013, after a tragic accident. He was the beloved husband of Ramona (Frostie) Dichiara for 49 years; loving father of Duane (Valerie) Dichiara and Lisa (Bob) Kramer; and adored grandfather of Ella and Wills Dichiara of Sacramento and Carlee Ray Kramer of […]

Crime Log: May 17-18

May 17 6:07 p.m. Deputies attempted a felony warrant service on a subject on Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville. 
Benjamin Patterson, 30, and Lindsey Patterson, 31, were arrested for the outstanding warrant and for various on view violations. 7:29 p.m. A male subject was contacted during an alleged active battery in progress on Mother Lode […]

Classical concert features string quartet sampler

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization presenting classical music concerts, opens the new year with a concert of chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 27 starting at 2 the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The program offers a “sampler” of string quartets by some of […]

Crime log: Nov. 30

Nov. 30 12:12 a.m. A female subject had been advised not to return to a business on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. The female was allegedly located at the business and the responsible party signed a citizen’s arrest. Deborah Oliver, 46, was subsequently arrested for alleged trespassing. 1:31 a.m. 
Unknown suspect(s) popped the lock […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 13, 2012

Have you ever, while driving in traffic, noticed another car tailing you too close and then speeding around you only to be right next to you again at the next red light? Trying to push ahead is often futile. The void-of-course Virgo moon is a similar reminder, and she insists we take it easy this […]

Concert to support school music programs

Mind’s Body is working together with local schools to draw attention to the future of  youth in the community and on Sept.29, Mind’s Body with Ra Danté Keys will perform at the Cozmic Cafe with local artist and high school student, Lainey Moon. Moon joined Mind’s Body in May 2012 and has been working on […]

Reggae/Latin sound comes to Cozmic

Lainey Moon will be debuting with the band Mind’s Body with RaDanté Keyson Saturday, June 2 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mind’s Body is a reggae/Latin band with a rock edge. The recent addition of Moon to the group has further solidified the group’s stance […]

County Sports League Track and Field Championships

Optimist Club of El Dorado Hills Country Sports League Track and Field Championships Union Mine, May 9, 11  Girls — 65 hurdles: Girls A, 1-HGR-Elizabeth Vaccaro, 11.42, Girls B, 1-PV-Breanne Gloia, 11.44, Girls C-1-GHI-Julia Lathrop, 11:47; Mile: Girls B-1-MAR-Danny Destefano, 8:39.83, Girls C-NOR-Madisyn Schmitz, 6:17.56; 400: Girls A, 1-HGR-Allison Babbage, 1:07.75, Girls B, 1-MAR-Madelyn Davis, 1:19.56, Girls […]

Cairns gets probation, anger management

Kevin Cairns, the restauranteur convicted on misdemeanor counts of vandalism, assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace, walked into the courtroom with a smile and a Hawaiian shirt on. After his sentencing hearing, he still wore a smile, just not quite as wide and not quite as happy. Deputy district attorney Dale Gomes […]

DUI Log: March 22 to April 10

TROY R. GIER, 46, of South Lake Tahoe by South Lake Tahoe Police Department on March 22, bail listed as $2,500. MARK MCDONALD, 52, by CHP on March 22, bail listed as $5,000. SHEILA Y. FRAZIER, 41, by South Lake Tahoe Police Department on March 23, bail listed as $2,500. HEATHER D. RYLAND, 33, of […]

A visit from a gentle giant

There’s nothing like a visit from a big friendly St. Bernard to cheer people up. Especially when you’re confined to a hospital bed and the dog visiting you is Dante. A 170-pound, 3 1/2-year-old certified therapy dog, Dante sauntered down the hallway of the transitional care center of Marshall Hospital with his owner, Vearl LaBerge. The […]

Horoscope, Thursday, April 12, 2012

It’s the last day of the current Mars retrograde in Virgo. If you’ve been struggling with practical matters, including budgetary restraints, logistical issues and challenges with the administration and scheduling of your life, things are about to get better. Tomorrow may bring Friday the 13th, but it also brings a direct course for the warrior […]

Therapy dog helps reading program

EDITOR: In regards to the article published on March 12, my St. Bernard, Dante, and I thank the photographer Shelly Thorene so much for visiting the Literary Dog reading program at the Pollock Pines library last week. Therapy dog work is increasing here in El Dorado County and all across the country as researchers prove it […]

Closing arguments paint Cairns as either liar or just rude

The closing arguments of deputy district attorney Dale Gomes and defense attorney Steve Tapson for Kevin Cairns backed up to the jury’s deliberation and lunch break in the trial that saw Cairns charged with five counts, including assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace. One side sees him as a liar and manipulator, […]

Cairns testifies in assault and vandalism trial

The penultimate day of the Kevin Cairns trial concluded after seeing Deputy Simon Brown, Joyce Alderete and finally Cairns himself take to the stand. Deputy Brown, in his second appearance as a witness in the trial, explained that he had investigated the “Cone Incident,” also referred to as the “Taco Bell Barf Bag Incident.” He […]

Character witnesses defend restaurateur Cairns

The trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of now-closed restaurant Dante’s On the River, continued Tuesday morning with William Terry being called as a witness. Terry, a former police officer, police chief and investigator for a district attorney, frequented Dante’s with his wife and other guests. He explained that Cairns and his wife, Nancy, would come […]

Defense witnesses testify for Cairns

After a break for lunch, Kevin Cairns returned to his jury trial Thursday. Cairns’ attorney, Steve Tapson, stood before the jury and explained who he would be calling for witnesses. He told them about Cairns’ restaurant, Dante’s On the River, and how it had become more like “Dante’s Inferno” and suffered from “barbarians of the […]

One incident witness, 2 deputies testify against Cairns

The jury trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of Dante’s On the River, continued Thursday with witnesses being brought forth by the people. The first witness of the day was Joseph Goodrich, a contractor, who had been snowboarding with friends at Heavenly Ski Resort on Nov. 28, 2010. While on their way back home, one of […]

‘Cult of Beauty’ is showing at the Legion of Honor

“”The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900″ is showing at the Legion of Honor. It is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact […]

2011 Sierra Delta League All League

Girls volleyball Most Valuable Player: Katie Christner, Golden Sierra Co-coaches of the Year: Justin Cox, Golden Sierra; Melisssa Bowers, Bradshaw Christian First team: Golden Sierra: Caitlin Hess; Tiffany Grey. Bradshaw Christian: Janai Johnson; Rachael Byerly. Vacaville Christian: Brittany Simmers; Lauren Johnson; Lauren Grabowski. San Juan: Brandie Abercrombie. Encina: Victoria Lose. Rio Vista: Katja Zaugg. Highlands: […]

More myth busting

EDITOR: Regarding “My turn: Myth busting of the necromancers” Nov. 30, I disagree with the writer’s avocation of more oversight legislation. The primary means that citizens employ to enforce Wall Street regulation is the private audit process and government agencies such as the Security and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve. During the period 1981 to […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 40 Replies


FOO stands for Friends of Obama. FOOeys get special deals like Energy Department “loans” and subsidies. But the biggest FOOey is Warren Buffet. The Securities and Exchange Commission let the billionaire secretly acquire a 5.4 percent share of IBM. They didn’t just let him buy stock in secret once, but they let him do it […]

Roundup: County Sports League cross country results

Girls Grade 3: Large school: 1-Golden Valley, 40; 2-William Brooks, 73; 3-Sierra Ridge, 78. Small school: Jackson, 8; Pioneer, 18; 3-Holy Trinity, 27 Top 20 individuals: Ally Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Megan Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Lucy Murray, GH, 5:09; Shae Steiner, GV, 5:11; Dario Sciutto, SV, 5:12; Izabella Rodreguez, GV, 5;17; Courtney Baker, S, 5:17; Ella […]

Something to think about: McDonald’s — the traveler’s friend

As we shoot like an arrow down I-5, the spinal column of California, with rest stops closed to the right and left of us, I see the golden arches beckoning me like a friendly beacon. Knowing that I won’t have to pee by the side of the road or risk being tazed or chased a […]

Cairns trial delayed again

Kevin Cairns, the former owner of restaurant Dante’s on the River, was set to begin his felony assault trial Tuesday morning, July 12. As it turns out, Cairns will wait yet again for his day in court. During a brief hearing Friday morning, deputy district attorney Dale Gomes informed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge […]

Geoffrey Allan Boyd

March 4, 1935 — June 15, 2011 Geoffrey Allan Boyd died peacefully on June 15, 2011, surrounded by his devoted family. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Anna; his eight children, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Brenda, Carl, Joseph, Hart, Annie and Adam; brothers, Bruce and Robert; and five grandchildren, Carissa, Robert, Dante, Maya […]

KVIE to air expert viewpoints on the future of the Delta

SACRAMENTO — On Debating the Delta, debuting on KVIE Public Television (ch. 6) on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the station’s local series ViewFinder, experts will discuss the many challenges facing this critical resource, and offer informative, educational and important viewpoints on the future of the delta. The Sacramento-San […]

Cairns trial is delayed

The former owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant will wait several more weeks before standing trial on felony assault charges. Kevin Cairns, the restaurateur accused of attacking carsick motorists in his parking lot, had been set to go to trial May 3 on criminal charges, including felony assault and vandalism. Friday morning […]

Bail amounts make no sense

EDITOR: I find it interesting that when the owner of Dante’s was arrested for defending his property, his bail was set at $250,000. Then I read today that a man named Vue who was arrested for a crime spree (allegedly)  stealing catylic converters and entering the country illegally had his bail set at $42,500. Who […]

Cairns pleads not guilty

Before a courtroom packed with friends and supporters, Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of the restaurant east of Riverton, Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty Friday to several criminal charges, including two counts of felony assault. The 50-year-old Cairns, who has been in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail since last month, appeared in […]

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