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 […]
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 […]
As El Dorado Irrigation District Director George Osborne noted at the April 14 board meeting an El Niño could go south on us. Osborne, retired as a local commander of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, had a professional interest in the weather. Predictions that we might have an El Niño year in […]
The El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annexation of the Latrobe Fire Protection District continues to progress, with the process now in the hands of El Dorado County’s Local Agency Formation Commission. Earlier this year, the El Dorado Hills and Latrobe fire boards voted to proceed with annexation. If all goes as planned, El Dorado Hills would […]
El Dorado Winery Association members continue the wine journey with a second weekend of Passport on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Passport holders can tour the wine country of El Dorado County enjoying the award-winning wines, visiting with the winemakers, sampling food pairings, listening to music and seeing amazing art. The theme for […]
It is a fascinating phenomenon how often elected leaders can openly profess their commitment for one thing and do the complete opposite. Three recent examples are: State Sen. Leland Yee, a long-time gun control advocate, recently indicted on illegal arms trafficking; Sen. Ron Caldera, now under federal indictment for bribery who supported increased ethics legislation […]
The 29th annual Kids’ Expo is on Saturday, April 12, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Kids’ Expo is a fun-filled event where families can enjoy hands-on activities, children’s performances and the Swan Bros Circus while learning about community services, education programs, businesses and extracurricular activities. The best part is it’s free because of generous […]
There will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all […]
Recently the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the allocation of funds to six rural fire districts in desperate need of additional staff and updated equipment. The decision was not easy. The truth is that county government has no legal requirement to financially partner with local fire districts. In addition, the same funds […]
More than 1.2 million people brew beer at home in the United States. That’s 2 million barrels of beer fermenting and bubbling in closets and cellars nationwide each year according to the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewer and co-owner of one of Park West’s newest businesses, home brew and winemaking supplier The Brewer’s Barn, Tim Daniel […]
Providing fire protection services to its residents is neither a function nor obligation of El Dorado County government. Those services are the responsibility of 15 separate fire protection districts on the western slope and in the Tahoe basin. “The county is not in the fire protection business,” more than one supervisor has declaimed on more […]
Despite some complaints from nearby residents about traffic, wetland setbacks and other issues, the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved a special use permit for the Green Valley Nursery and Landscape business at its March 27 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills at the corner of Green Valley Road and Shadowfax Lane, the property is […]
It is time to think about this year’s El Dorado County Fair, set for Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. The fairgrounds are located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, north of Highway 50. Ample parking is available. The Master Gardeners are managing the flowers and plants department and have lots of exciting things […]
EDITOR: On Saturday, March 8, over 60 residents of Logtown attended a fire incident and evacuation discussion at Station 44 in Logtown. Battalion Chief Mike Webb from Cal Fire researched the fire history in our area and developed likely wildfire scenarios for the community. He was the “Incident Commander” and displayed maps of the ignition […]
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors bowed to public opposition to development agreements during the March 18 board meeting. Development agreements typically are contracts between the county and larger development companies that lock in a quid pro quo of mutual benefit to both parties for a specified length of time, commonly up to 20 […]
By Joe Harn, CPA El Dorado County Auditor-Controller The Cal Fire Fee bills are scheduled to be mailed to El Dorado County property owners March 11-18. This bill should be addressed to the owner of record as of July 1, 2013. Below is pertinent information for those who receive a bill. • The bill must […]
EDITOR: Rural California homeowners are now facing the third round of illegal Fire Prevention taxes since the July 7, 2011, passage of Assembly Bill X1 29. A lawsuit, filed Oct. 4, 2012 by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, joined by El Dorado County, challenges the validity of this “fee.” The state has taken steps to […]
A fire destroyed a garage and did moderate damage to a house March 10. The fire was reported at 8 p.m. at 2365 Drake Court in Placerville, El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero said. Upon arrival, crews found the garage of the residence “well involved.” The fire was contained in about 15 minutes, […]
A small fire in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon was quickly contained. The fire was reported at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday as a fire to a multi-family residence on 3180 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park at the Country View Apartments. Cameron Park Fire Battalion Chief Justin Sanders described it as a “chimney fire” that was contained […]
The Friends of El Dorado County Seniors is having its third annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser on Sunday, March 16 between 1-5 p.m. at the Diamond Springs El Dorado Volunteer Fire Fighters Memorial Hall, 501 Main St. in Diamond Springs. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 10. A no host bar will […]
A house fire near Placerville claimed the lives of two women Friday morning.
Camino dispatch received a report of a house fire at 1680 Rose Lane, near Mosquito Road, at 5:46 a.m., El Dorado County Fire Chief Mike Hardy said. The report noted there could be two victims.
An engine from Placerville arrived five minutes later to find the house about 80 percent involved. A caretaker, who lived on the property — the 54-acre Ass-Pen donkey ranch — noted that the two people who lived …
Retired Marysville police chief and former L.A. County sheriff’s lieutenant Wallace Fullerton has seen riots, natural disasters, contentious politics and more paperwork than one dares imagine. Now settled in El Dorado Hills, the 56-year-old retiree’s ready to roll up his sleeves for another round of public service — this time as the newest El Dorado […]
A house near Highways 193 and 49 was a total loss in a fire Monday morning.
The fire was reported at 10:27 a.m. and the first responding engine noted heavy fire in a boarded-up house, said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The house was vacant, with no occupants or victims.
Cordero noted that due to the fire’s vertical movement, it became unsafe for firefighters to be in the structure and they were pulled out, going on the defensive.
Highway 49 was closed due to a needed fire hydrant being across the street from the house.
EDITOR: Like a knave yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, those opposing the “Fix Highway 50 — Keep Us Rural” Initiative have hired telemarketers to sell county residents on the notion that the initiative “takes planning away from the county and gives it to the state.” It’s a cynical scare tactic. Don’t believe it. Those […]
BE ON TIME FOR DINNER: John Chapman provided this T-shirt quotation: “A tardy cannibal gets the cold shoulder.” NEW LOCATION FOR FUNDRAISER: Because of structural work being done on the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Friends of El Dorado County Seniors will move their 1 p.m.-5 p.m. March 16 spaghetti feed fundraiser to the […]
EDITOR: Having owned our own business since 1979, I find it interesting that the Chamber of Commerce should take out full page ads in this paper to tell El Dorado County residents not to sign the four initiatives that could potentially stop developers from adding thousands more homes. Developers seem to be focusing only on […]
YOUNG HEART – OLD ELSEWHERE: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Young at Heart, slightly older in other places! FIREFIGHTERS’ CRAB FEED: The Cameron Park Firefighters’ “Crab Feed” is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m., at the Church of the Foothills, 2380 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park. Tickets are $45 and are available at Station […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released crime statistics for 2013 showing that while most class 1 crimes are down, rape and car thefts increased from 2012. Homicide in the area of the county covered by EDSO was down 60 percent, from five murders in 2012 to two in 2013. There were 17 robberies as […]
Food Bank of El Dorado County to Sponsor Spaghetti Feed to Benefit the Chavez Family The Food Bank of El Dorado County is sponsoring Independence High School’s spaghetti feed that serves to benefit one of its students, Rebecca Chavez and her family who were displaced from their home after the Woodridge Court fire that occurred […]
The Feb. 4 Board of Supervisors afternoon agenda focused on the “bridges of El Dorado County” — specifically Mt. Murphy and Bucks Bar bridges. Both are elements of the county’s Capital Improvement Program, and both need a lot of improvement. Matt Smeltzer, deputy director for engineering at the Department of Transportation, laid out the case […]
On Feb. 12, 1879 there was a gala carnival at the first United States skating rink at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hopefully it was just as fun as the opening of the skating rink in El Dorado County last year. Again, a big thank you to the organizers for bringing an ice […]
It’s been touch and go for the El Dorado County Fire Protection District over the past two years as a result of budget problems. But Fire Chief Mike Hardy says they are back on track as they have done what’s needed to ensure the district’s long-term health. With salaries and benefits making up almost 89 […]
EDITOR: I have been studying the candidates for the Board of Supervisors in the Fourth District. I was looking at Scott McNeil’s campaign Website and on it, it says, “Scott McNeil is a decorated USAF veteran.” This is confusing to me. Is Mr. McNeil claiming to be a decorated combat veteran of foreign wars or […]
A fire in Placerville displaced multiple families Tuesday morning.
El Dorado County Fire received a report at 4:59 a.m. that an apartment on Woodridge Road was on fire, El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Paul Lohan said.
They arrived to find the fire “blowing out of the roof” of the middle upstairs apartment at 2661 Woodridge Road, Lohan said. It was fully involved.
Two patients were burned, he said, with one transported to Placerville Airport to be taken to UC Davis Medical Center, and the other taken by ground to the same facility. All other occupants had safely gotten out of the five apartments in the building. In total, nine …
SACRAMENTO — With unseasonably high temperatures, limited rainfall and moisture levels resembling the state’s peak fire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) announced today that it has hired 125 supplemental firefighters in Northern California and extended seasonal firefighting forces in Southern California due to dry winter conditions. Today’s announcement follows […]
Facing a likely cash flow shortfall in April, the El Dorado County Fire Protection District has decided to head it off by browning out a station and applying for a line of credit. Making that decision at a special board meeting held Jan. 22, Board President Dennis Thomas opened the meeting by saying the district […]
At his second meeting, Jan. 13, El Dorado Irrigation District board president Director Alan Day asked that the staff rank Capital Improvement Projects in order of priority and asked that voting on any action item be put off to the next meeting “to think about and consider alternatives prior to actually voting.” “When CIP projects […]
Jan. 7, 1939, saw the introduction of a new service club in Placerville. Unlike the other service clubs of the times, this club accepted women. In fact, it was all about women. Soroptimist International of Placerville held its first meeting at the Raffles Hotel on Main Street, now the Historic Cary House Hotel. Members of […]
The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, “Green Fire” highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career will screen at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3-5 p.m. The film traces how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. “Green Fire” provocatively examines Leopold’s […]
CAMINO — “With record breaking high temperatures in our area coupled with the lack of precipitation, this winter has created a problem for California residents. The California Department of Water Resources has indicated that the snow pack which provides the state with about a third of its water is at 20 percent of normal. Last […]
A county supervisor ran in to many fire-related problems over the past year, including losing control of burn piles and a subsequent court case. After charges from the District Attorney’s Office, a Grand Jury indicted Ray Nutting on counts of filing a false document, perjury by declaration, another filing of a false document and failure […]
“Having not said anything the first time, it was somehow even more difficult to broach the subject the second time around.” ― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Sometimes being chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will go to a person’s head. A person gets control of the gavel and […]