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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 […]

Smoked in: Butte Fire leaves El Dorado County in a haze

Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.

And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.

Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.

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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From hammock hijinks to happiness, couple celebrates 70 years

Paul Watson dumped the neighbor girl out of a hammock one afternoon and told her, “I’m going to marry you someday.” The infuriated girl replied, “Not if you were the last man on Earth!” Viola and Paul Watson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 25, as it seems Vi had changed her mind. “Well, look […]

El Dorado Hills Fire contracts for outside review

It took a couple meetings to come to agreement, but the El Dorado Hills Fire Board of Directors approved a contract for a three-part comprehensive review of the district. The contested issue was the selection of a contractor to prepare the district’s community risk assessment, standards of cover and a facilities master plan. On Sept. 15, 2015, […]

Heard over the back fence: Jewel Show

MOVIE DAY: Enjoy popcorn and a movie at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, every Friday. Movies start after lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room. All-you-can-eat complimentary popcorn is provided. “A Walk in the Woods” is about Bill Bryson, returning home after two decades in England, where he decides to connect with […]

Prepared … should terrorists strike: County has resources to keep people safe

Terrorism — a looming dark shadow over the United States. A terrorist can strike anywhere — an office Christmas party, a college campus, a community event … even El Dorado County. Though the county has been spared a tragedy thus far, the Mountain Democrat asked local law enforcement, fire agencies and school officials “what if?” […]

Grow For It! Creative and sustainable ways to help the landscape be firewise

The last few years have been sobering ones for foothill residents. Between the King Fire in 2014 and the Butte Fire in 2015, it has become increasingly important that people understand what options they have to create a landscape that is attractive, water-saving and firewise. For 15 years, UCCE Master Gardener Robin Stanley and her […]

Fire engines making personal calls

EDITOR: As a subscriber of your paper for more than 27 years I have been impressed with your attempt to provide the residents of El Dorado County with a professional product with small-town America flavor. I have agreed with 99.9 percent of your personal opinions/articles but as a retired 30-plus year career firefighter I must correct, inform and educate you […]

Lake County’s Valley Fire aftermath topic at forum

CalFire Forester Kevin Conway is the speaker at January’s Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Ponderado Road in Camino. He will be speaking about the aftermath of the Valley Fire at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest is an approximately 3,500 acre forest in […]

The Balancing Act: From frying pan into the fire

About or shortly after the time Larry Combs was dismissed from his two-year stint as Merced County’s chief administrative officer he was asked by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors to help find a new CAO. It was a paid consultancy. Combs recommended a man named Jim Arkens, who at the time was Mono County’s CAO. […]

The ‘bamboozlement’ of El Dorado County

EDITOR: Our Founding Fathers warned that uneducated people can never be free. People who ignore their government should not be surprised when their land is gone, their chickens have disappeared and they find themselves in an “Agenda 21” apartment. When you do nothing, plenty of people will step in and make your decisions, based on […]

Frentzen ready for re-election

Shiva Frentzen has announced her intention to run for re-election as El Dorado County District 2 supervisor, according to a prepared statement received by the Mountain Democrat. The next local election takes place Tuesday, June 7,  and coincides with the general election and the presidential primaries. Frentzen won the District 2 seat in a special […]

Grow For It: Painful gardening mistakes: Master Gardeners tell all

We were recently able to wheedle/cajole/bribe some of our most experienced Master Gardeners into admitting their mistakes. Really boneheaded mistakes. Rookie errors. Under the condition of anonymity, these Master Gardeners recount some of their gardening bloopers.   1. Right place/wrong plant errors “We built our house next to three young douglas firs. From 8 feet, […]

Celebrate and donate on New Year’s Eve

What: Benefit fundraiser for the Sierra Nevada House staff Who: The Coloma Lotus community, the Gold Trail Grange and the Random Strangers Band Where: Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma When: Thursday, Dec. 31, doors open at 8 p.m. and music from 9 p.m.-midnight Cost: $10 donation Information: or (530) 622-4914   […]

Garden Valley fire chief resigns

The Garden Valley Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors accepted Fire Chief William Dekker’s resignation Tuesday morning, four days after the fire chief was arrested. “The board’s unanimous 5-0 vote was made and we accepted his resignation. We moved so quickly on this because there have been some internal and personal issues,” said Garden Valley […]

EDH Fire getting overdue money; other funding source threatened

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department will receive the promised $513,302 from El Dorado County. Last Tuesday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors made a “finding of public benefit” and directed county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn to transfer the funds, which are a portion of property taxes collected over the last two years  — the time frame […]

Rain, snow and travel woes

Stormy weather stranded drivers for several hours at Meyers Grade and Echo Summit on Highway 50 and caused a host of other travel and nature-related problems Minor flooding and rock/ice/mudslides were reported, according to information provided by the California Highway Patrol. A Flash Flood Watch was in effect through Tuesday afternoon in the King Fire area. El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

My Turn: A heartfelt thank you

How does one thank the benefactor, philanthropist, working parent, youthful donor, sponsor or supporter properly? When grateful hearts search for the proper expression of thankfulness, words escape or seem inadequate. Such is the quandary of the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Association. Through numerous and very generous donations, the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Association, a 501(c)3 entity, […]

Garden Valley fire chief arrested

Garden Valley Fire Chief William Dekker was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday afternoon. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies made contact with Dekker, 60, on Hoboken Creek Road in Greenwood at 1:49 p.m., according to sheriff’s reports. His arrest comes four years after the Garden Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors paid $3,400 for […]

Sugarloaf Winter Campfire event

The Sugarloaf Station Foundation is excited to announce its third annual Winter Campfire. Enjoy an evening of music, dance and drama featuring camp alumni, staff, campers, friends and special guests at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 in the Theatre at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. Tickets […]

Central El Dorado Hills Plan open for review

El Dorado County staff and Parker Development employees hosted an open house last Wednesday at Oak Meadow Elementary School to answer questions about the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan, the Serrano developer’s 341-acre plan that includes the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course. El Dorado Hills resident Donn Nehar spent his career in law enforcement. He […]

The Pickups to play farewell concert

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the Shingle Springs Community Center is hosting the farewell performance of one of El Dorado County’s favorite bands, the Pickups. This will be the monthly second Saturday concert for December at the community center with local favorite Tamra Godey opening the show. The Pickups, were voted best band in past Mountain […]

County considers revised biological resources policy

El Dorado County’s Long Range Planning Division announced last week that a public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23. Published as a “Revised Notice of Preparation,” the document explains that an environmental impact report will be prepared regarding General Plan policies related to biological resources and the Oak Resources Management Plan (ORMP). The […]

Plenty of tree lighting fun in El Dorado County

Placerville’s Festival of Lights kicks off the official tree lighting season. Check out other upcoming community events. El Dorado Hills El Dorado Hills Town Center, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Community Services District, will host its Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa will be pulling double […]

CPCSD board raises fees on development, lowers fees for swimmers

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors approved new park impact fees at the Nov. 18 meeting. The fees charged to new development go toward developing park and recreational facilities and other improvements in Cameron Park. Currently the fees are $4,984 for a single-family detached home; $3,690 for a single-family attached home; $3,816 […]

El Dorado Hills housing development growing by 50 lots

Parker Development received the go ahead to add residential lots to its Serrano development at the Nov. 12 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. Located near the intersection of Village Green Drive and Russi Ranch Drive in El Dorado Hills, the 122-acre site will be divided into 50 residential lots plus four open space lots. Making up Phase II […]

Auditor-controller ‘ordered’ to reimburse fire district

Auditor-Controller Joe Harn faced off against the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 17 meeting on Tuesday. The immediate issue was whether or not he has a “duty” to transfer $169,859 from the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s Development Impact Fee account to partially reimburse the district for purchase of a […]

EDH Fire fights for promised revenue

El Dorado County owes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department more than $500,000 — funds guaranteed to the fire department after it annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the department expected to receive a little more than $256,000 each fiscal year as outlined in an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors resolution guaranteeing that […]

Fire department woes

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman’s article about the financial situation involving El Dorado Hills Fire and Latrobe Fire departments scares me. Rescue Fire Department is in the same position that Latrobe Fire was. El Dorado County would not allocate any money from the Aid to Fire account until they agreed to consider a study involving consolidation. Now […]

My Turn: Annexing Rescue Fire

Last month the El Dorado Hills Fire Department presented information on why we should annex the Rescue Fire Department. The EDHFD recently annexed the Latrobe Fire Department, claiming better support for EDH fire needs. EDHFD had already contracted to support LFD. However, that annexation will now cost El Dorado Hills taxpayers an unanticipated $600,000 annually to install […]

Cal Fire lifts burn ban, again

CAMINO — Effective Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. the burn permit suspension in Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and Sacramento counties will be lifted. Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado acting Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture […]

As we were: Fire hydrants for the landfill

25 Years ago Nov. 9, 1990 Landfill to get water hookup The lack of a water supply at Union Mine Landfill, where fires break out occasionally due to careless dumping of smoldering debris, will soon be remedied. Both the El Dorado Irrigation District and the Board of Supervisors agreed to run an 8-inch water line to […]

Sanders says good-bye to EDH Fire’s front desk

When you have a job you love, with people you enjoy, leaving is bittersweet. And so it was for Sandy Sanders, who served as administrative assistant for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the past 11 years. “I have had a unique perspective on just how much our community appreciates their fire department,” Sanders […]

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Grizzly Flats getting cell tower

A new Verizon cell tower was approved by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its Oct. 22 meeting. To be located on the west side of Eagle Hill Road in the Grizzly Flats area, the cell tower will be in the form of a 120-foot-tall monopine tower with eight antennas, equipment shelter and related […]

Francis and Joy Carpenter celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Francis and Joy Carpenter of Rescue aren’t planning anything special for their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 28. They’ll just stay home, sitting in their favorite chairs, maybe watch a little TV. It will be comfortable, content and satisfying, because there is nothing they enjoy more than the company of one another. Francis and Joy like […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Out Bingo!

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is presenting a free workshop titled Stress and the Over-Stressed Family on Nov. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the church. Joanna Jillian will be the workshop leader. CONTROLLING YOUR DIABETES:
 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled Gaining Better Control on […]

EDH Fire eyes another big change

A year after Latrobe annexation, EDH Fire looks at aiding Rescue A joint meeting of the El Dorado Hills and Rescue fire boards on Oct. 6 gave El Dorado Hills residents a detailed overview of the potential annexation of Rescue Fire Protection District. It was an informal meeting, with 30 or 40 people in attendance, […]

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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EID disaster

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Who’s the real phony?

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Hit in the head

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Alternative treatments

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Clay Street problems?

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Phony claim

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Lincoln’s railroad ties

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EID general manager responds

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Sports »

Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

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Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

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Troy tests Woodcreek

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Oak Ridge girls cruise by Timberwolves

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Oak Ridge athletes sign

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Costa breaks through for first win

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Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

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Six lady wrestlers advance

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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

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Bruins clinch CVC

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UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

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D’backs fall to Cordova

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Troy downs Woodcreek

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Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

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Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

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Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

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Prospecting »

Making truffles: Damn the calories, warp speed ahead

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‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

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As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

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Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

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Black History Month continues at Sac State

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Students learn about California farming at State Fair

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After 5 Club meets

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Love inspires Gold Country artists

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Learn how to utilize social media

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Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

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Essentials »

EDSO crime log

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Placerville Police crime log

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Lake levels

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On the agenda: EID

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Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

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News Bites 2/3

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Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

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Rainfall totals: January 2016

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Lake levels

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News Bites: 1/27

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EDSO Crime Log

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Placerville Police Crime Log

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Lake levels

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News Bites: 1/20

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Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

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Lake levels

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Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

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Grant Tueller funeral notice

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Dennis “Spike” Wright

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Lloyd Frank Romberger

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Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

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Joseph Richard Erickson

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Philip John Garthe Jr.

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Bell Weaver

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Charlotte Emily Dryden

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Donna Louise Ranger

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June Birtwell

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James Carroll Coleman

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