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El Dorado County Fire Protection District — Division 2: Thomas vs. Dennis

Dennis Thomas, owner of Robinson’s Pharmacy, has lived in El Dorado County his entire life. When he learned his good friend Bruce Lacher was retiring as chief of the El Dorado County Fire District, Thomas decided to further serve his community by running for the director position of Division 2 of the county Fire Board. […]

What really happened with the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council?

EDITOR: I am concerned about the Mountain Democrat’s limited reporting about the suspended funding to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council for fire safety activities for the Western Slope portion of our county. The March 14 Democrat article didn’t indicate that the reporter had independently read and analyzed the federal audit report that prompted […]

El Dorado County services available for Sand Fire

In response to the Sand Fire, the County of El Dorado has set up a hotline and Webpage for information regarding county services available to those affected by the natural disaster. The phone number is 530-642-7263 (SAND). The hotline will be available from 7 a.m. to  7 p.m., Monday through Friday E-mail messages may be […]

Fireworks illegal for individuals in El Dorado County

On July 3 stop by the El Dorado Hills Town Center or Cameron Park Lake and see a jubilee of fireworks or plan on attending the fireworks show on July 4 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville Ñ because fireworks in the possession of individuals are illegal. ÒThese venues are a great place […]

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Heard over the back fence: Yell Bingo

GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: 
The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]

Retired colonel helps vets get benefits

A retired colonel is using his old rank to help other veterans get the benefits they are entitled to — even if it means directly ordering the vets to get help.

Col. Ed Swanson, 76, of Cool, retired from the Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He worked briefly at the Pentagon for the Guard, but applied for a four-year tour. He was sent to Camp Zama, Japan, as …

Suspected drug-related explosion in SLT

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A suspected small honey oil lab, a substance made from marijuana plants, caused a minor explosion that blew out the windows of an apartment in a small complex Tuesday night on Larch Avenue near Pioneer Trail. “I see the windows start inflating like balloons and then before you […]

General Plan amendment process draws fire from public and two supes

Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]

Reported kidnapping leads to firearm arrest

A suspect allegedly armed with a gun was involved in a reported kidnapping by force on May 8, but later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm instead, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:18 p.m. on May 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairplay Road, Mount Aukum area […]

Structure fire contained to second floor

A structure fire in Pollock Pines was contained to the second floor of the residence Tuesday morning. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched at 5:26 a.m. to 5340 Pony Express Trail, Division Chief Paul McVay said. There was “heavy fire on the second floor,” McVay said, with exposure to the main residence on the first […]

$3.1M related to drugs seized

In a busy year, the Western Slope El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than $3.1 million in drug-related currency in 2014, with the South Lake team seizing an additional $90,000. Seizures were not limited to cash, with WENET taking in more than 5,200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of more than […]

King Fire: Watershed focus of Rubicon tour

An arsonist may be to blame for the scar the King Fire left behind, but the government also played an important role in the fuels that allowed the fire to become the catastrophic event that it was.

Driving into the Rubicon Watershed area, an area that used to harbor 1,000-year-old forest growth, is a devastating experience for those who never knew its beauty before the destruction. It’s especially hard to comprehend for those who have recreated in this area for years.

While 97,000 acres were impacted, the residual effects of the King Fire will be felt for thousands of acres, miles even, throughout the entire state of California. It is difficult to assess the statewide impact of the King Fire, which involves a myriad of agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service …

BOS renews fire funding ‘patch’ for one year

As approved a year ago, the current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors continued its agreement to supplement five rural fire protection districts in the amount of $815,000. The county gave a similar amount last year to six districts, which at the time, included the Georgetown FPD in addition to the five others. Fallen Leaf […]

Brace yourselves … fire season is coming

Gov. Brown declared May 3-9 as Wildfire Awareness Week, and Cal Fire held a joint press conference on Monday in Pollock Pines to kick off the week and promote fire safety. It was the beginning of a strong message to the public about the severity of the upcoming fire season. It’s obvious everyone is on […]

PG&E funds local fire safe councils

EDITOR: It only takes a spark. As California continues to weather one of the most severe droughts on record, the risk of wildfire is a very real and present danger. Cal Fire has already responded to more than 1,000 wildfires scorching more than 4,100 acres this year, which they say is well above average. That’s […]

Hangtown Kennel Club wins AKC award

The American Kennel Club’s Public Education and Government Relations Divisions grants a special award for community achievement four times per year to honor exemplary public education and government relations efforts. Honorees receive a certificate of recognition and their club receives $1,000 to further public education and strengthen government relations efforts within their community. Nominations are […]

EDH Fire Board director arrested

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Doug Hus was arrested on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury Tuesday night. Hus, 54, reportedly hit a 51-year-old man multiple times in the face during an argument on Mariposa Springs Drive. The victim has not been identified. Hus is currently in the El Dorado County Jail. […]

Get help paying for heat, air conditioning

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

King Fire field tour with Forest Forum

POLLOCK PINES — The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum will be leading a field tour of the 2014 King Fire on Saturday, May 16. The tour will highlight the south end of the King Fire, including the White Meadows Road and Peavine Ridge areas. The tour will focus on all aspects of post-fire effects to both […]

Small fire burns out in Golden Sierra bathroom

A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]

El Dorado girls blank Warriors

One of the three shots on goal that Kaycee Richards had led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to Thursday’s 2-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt at Harvey E. West Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game was 0-0 until the 72nd minute when Richards, whose previous shots on goal were in […]

Cal Fire offers debris burning advice

Debris burning is a common tool used to dispose of vegetation when creating and maintaining defensible space. Since January, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire (AEU), the U.S. Forest Service and local government cooperators have responded to over 25 escaped debris burns. “Don’t let recent rains give you a false sense of security while […]

County’s Home Energy Assistance Program expands

The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]

Leave a cloud of dust behind with Idle Wheels

This time of year you’ll see a lot of people hitting the road, heading out in some kind of recreational vehicle, bound for places unknown. One of those RVs is ours, an older unit, looking similar to a 747 without the wings. This is one of those instances where bigger isn’t always better. But George […]

2 Kids + 6 dogs = 2 belt buckles

El Dorado County 4-H offers a county-wide project for Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the regular club meeting of El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind, two outstanding puppy raisers were recognized for their exceptional services to the Guide Dog Program. Gina Phillipsen and Ali Bayard have each raised at least three guide […]

Structure fire burns deck, attic

A small structure fire was quickly extinguished Thursday in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Fire responded to 5272 Gilmore Road at 2:38 p.m., Division Chief Paul Lohan said, to a report of a structure fire. Responding units found the deck of a house on fire, with an elderly man inside, Lohan said. The fire extended […]

October trial set for alleged King Fire arsonist

A trial for the man who allegedly started the King Fire was scheduled in a short Friday hearing. Wayne Huntsman, 37, appeared briefly in court, hiding his face behind court papers, with his attorney, Bob Banning, to set a schedule for trial. Banning, prosecutor James Clinchard and Judge Kenneth J. Melikian met in chambers prior […]

Art Studio 360 celebrates opening

The public is invited to join the artists at Art Studio 360 on Saturday, April 18 from  6-9 p.m. for the grand opening of the studio at 360 Main St. in Placerville. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and appetizers. When entering the newest art gallery and studio located in the heart of Main Street […]

Fair board squeals with delight

EDITOR: Our fairgrounds are in safe hands with Jody Gray and her amazing staff. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is now more than just a site to hold the annual El Dorado County Fair. In recent years it has evolved into a year-round event center sought out by many local and out of town organizations. […]

Supervisors OK review of county committees

In its roll as the “supreme” local authority, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to evaluate all existing committees, commissions and JPAs.  The latter is the acronym for Joint Powers Authority, of which the county is a partner in six separate entities. Clerk of the Board Jim Mitrisin put on a […]

Residential fire quickly contained

A residential fire in Placerville was quickly contained Wednesday morning. El Dorado County Fire responded to Bakers Mountain Road at 11:15 a.m., Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a residential fire call. On arrival, crews found a fire at the rear of the structure, mostly affecting the porch cover but extending inside the residence, Cordero […]

Veteran received well-deserved EDCAR scholarship

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors recently awarded a scholarship to local veteran Tyler Jones, who is pursuing a business management degree at California State University, Sacramento. Jones received the scholarship at a special event earlier this month. His wife Renee, daughter Isabella, 4, and son Bryce, 1 1/2, also attended. The funds come from EDCAR’s Honor […]

Crowd previews King Fire restoration plan

Interest was high as more than 50 El Dorado County residents showed up March 25 to get a preview of what’s planned in the way of restoring parts of the Eldorado National Forest destroyed by last year’s King Fire. The fire burned almost 98,000 acres, 63,000 of it in the Eldorado National Forest. The remainder occurred on privately owned […]

My turn: Yes, you can help make local government better

The annual opportunity for citizens to take part in the El Dorado County Grand Jury process is here. The Grand Jury is an excellent vehicle for committed men and women to keep government accountable to all of our county’s citizens. Applicants must be United States citizens, at least 18 years of age, have resided in […]

Why El Dorado County shouldn’t be ‘All for the gun range’

EDITOR: I respectfully disagree with Mr. Brown’s statements in his April 1, letter to the editor “All for the rifle range.” Regarding his statement, “the next door neighbor will not know they are using the range,” I would wait to make a statement like that until the professional acoustical engineering firm responds with its sound […]

Fear of firearms

EDITOR: I still cannot find myself agreeing with Chris Daley. In a recent article he expounded his fear of firearms. Although Arizona has been carrying exposed firearms for some time now, he is afraid Texas will allow their citizens to do the same. Chris imagined himself at a Cowboys football game wearing a 49er shirt […]

Small fires sparked off Highway 50

Fifteen small brush fires were sparked on the south side of Highway 50 Wednesday evening. Called in at 5:51 p.m., crews from El Dorado County Fire and Cal Fire put out the fires by 6:22 p.m. No other damage was reported. The fires caused traffic to back up between Placerville Drive and Forni Road as the far right […]

Fire Fee returns inadequate

As we reported Wednesday, Cal Fire awarded about $1.05 million worth of grants from the State Responsibility Area fees to El Dorado County organizations for projects aimed at reducing wildfire threats. While that’s great news, it’s just not good enough. Pat Dwyer, chair of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council, pointed out that amounts […]

Cal Fire awards EDC $1 million in grants

Cal Fire awarded more than $1 million in grants to El Dorado County organizations for projects aimed at reducing wildfire threats. Of the 83 grants awarded throughout the state accounting for $9.5 million, organizations in El Dorado County accounted for six grants and about $1.05 million of grants funded by the State Responsibility Area fee. About […]

Supervisors move forward on Economic Development

Citing both the General Plan and a “work-in-progress” Strategic Plan, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors launched a project to spur economic development at its March 17 meeting. Tuesday’s morning session at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s Station 85 drew an audience of about 100, including county staff. “There is no magic bullet […]

Shootout leads to house fire

A man shot at deputies responding to a domestic argument call in Cameron Park early Monday morning, spurring a shootout that ended with a house fire, but caused no injuries.

Deputies responded to the call on the 3100 block of Oakwood Road at about 2:30 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. As they were speaking to a female outside the residence, a man inside — later identified by an EDSO press release as Michael Hoffer, 44 — opened fire with a rifle. One deputy was able to return fire. The shootout lasted between …

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