Chris Swarbrick, a fire captain in Sacramento, has an intimate understanding of the fire service. He understands the “needs of both the public and the fire service,” he said. That, he said, is why the local union approached him about running for El Dorado County’s Fire Board. It also helped that he had headed up […]
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. […]
After seeing the what he believes to the the mismanagement of the El Dorado County Fire Protection Board, Mark Brunton, a chief officer for Cal Fire, decided to run for the director position for Division 1. Brunton, who has been in the fire industry for 25 years and a resident of the county, currently living […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
DefenseShot.com in Shingle Springs provides training in everything you need to learn to become proficient and comfortable using a gun. Defense shot offers two-day courses on everything needed to safely and effectively carry a concealed firearm in California. Those new to buying a gun will find the Beginner Handguns class particularly useful as it provides an in-depth introduction to handgun essentials that prepares people to safely and […]
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 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 […]
DEALING WITH STRESS: 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 […]
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, […]
Invasive weeds pose many problems throughout the foothills. They deplete the limited water in soils thus out-competing native grasses and other plantings that support biological diversity. Forage for wildlife as well as domestic animals is reduced and they can increase wildfire and flood danger. Yellow starthistle is an invasive weed high on the California Invasive […]
EDITOR: After reading page one of the Oct. 7 Mountain Democrat, “Fire restrictions lifted,” I am writing to voice my opinion and concern regarding U.S. Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree’s casual lifting of fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest. He not only lifted fire restrictions before we are completely over the threat of an active fire […]
El Dorado County is developing its three-year strategic plan. As part of this process, the county is conducting a citizen engagement survey, local town hall meetings and focus groups. The county’s engagement process gives citizens an opportunity to provide the county with their thoughts about why they live in El Dorado County and what would improve their […]
Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia, accused of allegedly killing his family appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Buchanan’s appearance in front of Judge Nelson Brooks was short-lived, as his public defender William Dittmann requested his arraignment be postponed to Nov. 2. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, representing the people, did […]
Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia was arrested Oct. 1 on charges of the alleged murder in connection with the missing Buchanan family. On Sept 13, Cal Fire requested the assistance of Sheriff’s officials after they located possible remains of two human bodies located at a residence that burned to the ground in Greenwood, later confirmed […]
The Forest Service will begin its fall prescribed burn program in the Eldorado National Forest as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Approximately 4,660 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring. According to Fire Management Officer Jay Kurth, prescribed fires are an important way to maintain forest […]
A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. This month’s meeting will not be held at the usual location. The meeting will be at the Cameron Park Fire […]
The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors moved forward on two fee schedule updates at its Sept. 16 meeting. Approved on a 5-0 vote was an updated fire impact fee program following a presentation and public hearing. The program is expected to fund the expansion of fire protection and emergency response facilities, apparatus and equipment as the […]
The trial for the man suspected of starting 2014’s devastating King Fire will likely start next summer.
Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Friday. In Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom, new dates for upcoming hearings were set due to a change in representation. Huntsman’s previous attorney retired and Public Defender Terry Monterosa has taken over the case.
Monterosa said she’s “starting from scratch.”
“It’s a huge case with thousands of pages to go over,” she explained.
GREENWOOD — A possible third set of remains has been found in the burned cabin belonging to a missing Benicia family, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials have confirmed. Adam Buchanan, 37, his son Gavin Buchanan, 7, and Gavin’s mother Molly McAfee, 36, have been missing for more than a week. On Sept. 13, the cabin where […]
An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday.
Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School, graduated from Ponderosa High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is currently ineligible for bail.
“It is believed that Brown and the victim had no pre-existing relationship, but rather ended up together at the apartment as a result of mutual acquaintances who were also there,” sheriff’s officials reported. “Brown is believed to have been negligently handling a firearm in his possession, at which time he accidentally discharged it, mortally wounding the victim.”
GREENWOOD — Human remains were found inside a burned cabin last week, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed. “The El Dorado County Coroner’s section has confirmed that the remains of at least two persons were inside,” sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch said. “The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the El […]
A residence and wildland burned near the 4600 block of Highway 193 in Greenwood mid-morning Sunday and the Mountain Democrat has received unconfirmed reports that at least one person died.
Neither El Dorado County sheriff’s officials or fire officials have made statements regarding the possible fatality (or fatalities).
Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch did confirm that deputies were called in to assist the Garden Valley Fire Department for a wildland fire at about 11 a.m. Sunday.
With California in its fourth consecutive year of record drought, PG&E is partnering with Cal Fire and local fire safe councils to help prevent wildfires across Northern and Central California. The utility is providing almost $2 million in funding to local councils, including $80,000 to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. The money is […]
Merrily Melson today remains amazed at the number of local individuals and organizations that came to her aid in the wake of her baby boy’s death at the hands of his father. She is a firm supporter of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, which was formed as the El Dorado County Women’s Center in 1979. […]
Remember a little over seven years ago when that little 2 1/2-year-old boy was taken by his homicidal father from the family home in Shingle Springs and the community held its breath waiting for the outcome? Think back on the collective heartbreak when we all learned that Andrew Bailey was dead, murdered by his father […]
Friday will mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by airplane hijackers in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the then-little-known radical Islamic group, al Qaeda based in Afghanistan, the Sept. 11 death toll surpassed that of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to recent calculations of 9/11-related […]
What: Craft Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission or parking fee Information: (530) 672-3436 or visit placervilledowntown.com His tan face could be carved from the very oak he lovingly crafts into beauty, with life’s worries and cares set deeply in the lines […]
Since the 2008 economic collapse the El Dorado County Fire Protection District has struggled to get back on a sound financial footing. Last month district officials took another step toward recovery but it means a hit for retirees. “It’s no secret that we were in financial trouble three years ago and had a $1.6 million deficit,” said Fire Chief […]
Sample the Sierra has announced an impressive schedule of celebrity chefs for a series of farm-to-fork events Labor Day weekend in Lake Tahoe. Up and comers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering have been added to this year’s lineup, as well as cookbook author Joanne Neft. Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day […]
GARDEN VALLEY — Three mobile homes, one occupied and two empty, two sheds and 10 vehicles were destroyed in a 3-acre fire that broke out at 11:45 a.m. Monday on Mt. Murphy Road.
Resources included 15 engines, four water tenders, two fire crews, one bulldozer, two helicopters and and air tankers. Fire crews and emergency officials from Georgetown, Garden Valley, El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills, Rescue, Diamond Springs, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the blaze.
Trying to reconcile what some argued are incompatible land uses occupied most of the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s meeting on Aug. 13 with one of the most contentious issues the siting of a new Verizon cell tower in Mosquito. Deemed a “terrorist” structure by one property owner who claimed it would cause “immense distress among the members of […]