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 […]
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 […]
A trial setting conference for the man accused of non-fatally shooting his father-in-law was rescheduled for Sept. 14. Joseph Hinds appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner’s courtroom Monday residing. He’s in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $175,00 bail. The 33-year-old entered a not guilty plea to a charge of […]
Cal Fire incidents Lowell Fire, Nevada County in the You Bet area west of Alta, has burned approximately 2,233 acres and is 30 percent contained. Evacuations are in effect as about 1,800 structures are threatened. Full containment expected on Aug. 1. Wragg Fire, Napa & Solano counties off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa, has burned approximately 6,591 acres and is 80 percent […]
WHITEHALL — The Kyburz Fire threatened residents, campers and drivers as flames tore through the wooded landscape on both sides of Highway 50.
The wildfire broke out at about 2 p.m. Thursday with fire crews on the ground and in the air, including the recently featured Super Scooper based out of Lake Tahoe, quickly taking action.
Seventy-five residences/vacation homes were evacuated along with 15 camp sites from the Sand Flat Campground, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. The Pollock Pines Community Center served as an evacuation center for those displaced. By Friday all mandatory evacuations had been lifted but some voluntary evacuations were still in place. The Sand Flat campground remained closed as of Sunday.
With the official arrival of summer, El Dorado County health officials remind residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District air pollution control officer, said wildfires in the county and region can produce smoke that causes health […]
CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit Offices of Cal Fire recently removed two trees killed by the western pine bark beetle on its property and warn that more of El Dorado County’s drought-suffering trees could fall victim. A bark beetle is a small (about one-fourth of an inch) beetle that bores into the protective outer layer of a tree […]
COLOMA — A vegetation fire broke out near Highway 49 north of Marshall Grade, prompting the road’s closure Thursday afternoon. The Adventure Fire scorched 100 acres in the community north of Placerville. It was declared 100 percent contained on Friday, July 17, after firefighters worked through the night, according to the Cal Fire incident page. Crews used […]
California Fire Safe Council recently announced it will provide $3.3 million in federal grant funds for 25 wildfire risk reduction projects to be conducted by at-risk communities in 22 California counties. El Dorado County Fire Safe Council’s 2015 EDCFSC Residential Defensible Space Program will receive $142,500 with a match amount of $165,842, according to the CFSC chart. Funding for the […]
EL DORADO HILLS — A man suspected of using illegal fireworks reportedly spat on and threatened a deputy and his family following the suspect’s arrest on July 4. At 11 p.m. that night a deputy heard what sounded like fireworks near the El Dorado Hills Library, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. […]
On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]
Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.
Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.
Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]
A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]
EDITOR: I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the fireman who took time out of his day off to come and talk to the preschool aged children at the library. A friend and I took our young children to the firefighter story time at the Placerville library Friday. I had pictured the usual […]
A delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited El Dorado County in late June to understand what the county has to offer by way of manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the hopes of building relationships and potential business opportunities. The visit marked the first international delegation to El Dorado County. Visitors included Arnoldo Delgado Anchondo, the treasurer […]
For independent senior citizens and the disabled in El Dorado County, injuries from a single fall can trigger a downward spiral that often includes ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehab centers. Many require skilled nursing for the rest of their lives. The less fortunate can lie injured on the floor until someone finds them. They […]
The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look. Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]