The Mosquito Fire Protection District rescued a dog on the American River at the Mosquito Bridge Wednesday afternoon.
Chief Tom Stuart said that the original call was for an injured dog, but once on scene it became apparent that the dog was simply having trouble getting back up the steep 40-foot embankment back to the road.
Judy Raymond said her Austrian Bernese mountain dog, Kona, had used the backseat of her car as a bathroom and needed to be cleaned. Having played in the area when she was a teenager, she decided to park and take her dog to the river beneath the Mosquito Bridge. Once there, they swam and played for about two hours. When she tried to get Kona up the steep trail back to the road, Kona instead jumped back into the river. She called the fire department for help.
Two firefighters managed to get the dog up the trail, under the dog’s own power. Stuart …
Bogey has found a “forever” home, but it was a long process and he had plenty of help. For more than two weeks, Bogey, a small, white fluffy dog of unknown origin, lived on the Cameron Park Golf Course, evading golf balls and coyotes and surviving as best he could. Numerous golfers saw the little […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s patrol boat responded to a call of multiple kayakers possibly in distress near Camp Richardson on Oct. 4 at 6:11 p.m. Two deputies and two search and rescue volunteers responded, a press release stated. A lake wind advisory had been issued for Lake Tahoe and the weather was clear and […]
The wildfire in Diamond Springs the afternoon of Aug. 16, which devastated the Patterson Ranch, also forced many residents to evacuate their homes in the nearby Lake Oaks Mobile Home Park. Friends and family members rallied round to help evacuate those in danger, including Charlene White, of Camino, who traveled to Diamond Springs to assist […]
America’s railroads have been called one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the country, which is probably why they continue to have such wide appeal.
Doing their bit to preserve that part of American history in El Dorado County (EDC) is a group of local volunteers who are restoring an old caboose that was parked at the county museum for 20 years.
Built in the 1920s, the caboose was originally used to haul lumber, freight and workers for the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad, which was a subsidiary of the Michigan-California Lumber Company. The railroad connected a lumber mill in Camino with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Placerville. Later it was acquired by a family who used it as a playhouse for their children. When the owners sold their home in Shingle Springs, the new owner, Sandra Koop, donated the caboose to the museum where it sat in a state of disrepair.
Coming to its rescue last May was Placerville resident Ron Sexton, 73, who for many years owned High Country Woodcraft before retiring.
He wrote a proposal to restore the old caboose and presented it to the EDC Museum Commission and the El Dorado Museums Foundation.
If you missed Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s April Baby Bird Nursery for prospective new Baby Bird Nursery volunteers classes, you can still be trained to feed the baby birds on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the SWR Center. The nursery will be open to feed rescued orphaned and injured nestlings and fledglings through July, and we […]
A family was rescued after its car plunged into the South Fork of the American River on April 4.
El Dorado County Fire Engine 21 responded within three minutes to a report at 2:58 p.m. that a GMC Acadia was in the river, on its side, near Highway 50 at Whitehall, said Battalion Chief Mike Pott. The car had hit a mile marker, tree and boulder before ending up in the river. The unit was returning from another vehicle accident in Kyburz …
The South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 regarding an injured skier in Echo Peak. The skier, identified as Peter Brumis, 36, of South Lake Tahoe, had been skiing with his dog when he injured his knee, Lt. Pete VanArnum said. […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to South Lake Tahoe at 12:05 p.m. on Dec. 8 on a report of an injured hiker on Mt. Tallac. At the time, Mt. Tallac, a 9,375-foot mountain just south of Emerald Bay, was covered in ice and snow, a press release stated. The injured […]
El Dorado County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a fawn trapped in an above-ground pool in Pleasant Valley Saturday morning. Firefighters responded to a report at 10:55 a.m. that a fawn was trapped at 4264 Shangri La Lane, the residence of Joan Hoheisel, a press release stated. Hoheisel had discovered the fawn […]
By Kevin MacMillan TAHOE CITY — Regional emergency crews Aug. 14 rescued a man who had been floating for nearly two hours in Lake Tahoe after his friend dropped him off in the water to swim and eventually lost sight of him, an official said. Two men in their early 20s rented a personal watercraft […]
Kristi Deann Merrill, who disappeared from Carmichael on March 23, has safely been recovered from a human trafficking ring. Merrill’s mother, Bryn Barton, confirmed that her daughter had been the victim of a sex trafficking ring and was safely extracted in the early hours of Monday, July 30 with the help of Run 2 Rescue, […]
A fast-moving weather front March 31 caused blizzard-like conditions in Tahoe, catching multiple people by surprise. Robert Barber of San Diego went for a walk in the woods off Kiowa Street in South Lake Tahoe, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office stated. Heavy snowfall caused nearly zero visibility, and by 2 p.m., Barber was […]
A woman who reportedly took off all her clothing, along with that of her young daughter, and ran toward the South Fork of the American River off Rock Creek Road Sunday ended up being taken to a mental health facility. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a suspicious circumstance report on Rock Creek […]
GREENWOOD — Jim and Kathy Hart of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary recently obtained a new addition to their fauna in Greenwood. “Clipper,” a retired racehorse, arrived at HartSong on Friday, Aug. 12. He was found by accident at a ranch in Kelsey nearly starved to death when the Thomas family of Georgetown went to purchase […]
A Placerville woman who fell into the Cosumnes River was rescued Tuesday afternoon. Morgan Schiffner, 21, of Placerville, was drinking alcohol with friends by the river, near the Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge, when she went into the water and stayed submerged for approximately one minute, said El Dorado County Fire Protection District Capt. Mike […]
Four river rafters were rescued from the high waters of the American River Thursday night with the help of the California Highway Patrol’s H-20 helicopter. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from a kayaker concerned over a group of rafters who entered the Maya rapids on the […]
Part 2 of Rising from the Ashes– On April 5, 1991, 15-year-old Israel Jaure was trapped in his family’s burning second floor apartment in Eureka. Jim Christian, a 39-year-old Eureka firefighter, dove into the flames and smoke to rescue him and, with the help of another firefighter, pulled the burned boy out of the building […]
I have so been there. Too bad “Rescue Renovation” wasn’t. The DIY Network TV show that pulls over-zealous remodelers out of their pickles was nowhere in sight during any of my umpteen demolition disasters. Where was show host Kayleen McCabe and her hunky handsome crew when I was up to my eyeballs in rubble, broken […]
A woman in her 20s was rescued Monday night after her vehicle fell down a 100-foot embankment near Highway 50 and Bass Lake Road. KCRA reported that the woman who was a nurse called the California Highway Patrol shortly before 7 p.m. when she saw headlights from a car that left the highway. The nurse, […]
By Matt Renda Tahoe Tribune INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One little creature has an extra reason to give thanks this year. A group of dedicated and compassionate human beings took time out of their holidays on Thanksgiving morning to rescue an orphaned bear cub from what officials say was certain death. Ann Bryant, executive director […]
Democrat staff writer A return trip to the Eldorado National Forest nearly took a tragic turn Monday for one Roseville man. The 61-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was returning Monday afternoon to the Silver Fork Campground, just south of Kyburz, to mourn the loss of a pet who fell into the American […]
Special to Village Life This past year I have had the incredible experience of working to help shelter animals through my Girl Scout Silver Award project. Starting back in September 2008 I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for my project. I knew I wanted to help shelter animals because our English […]
STRAWBERRY — A 20-year-old man was rescued and flown to the hospital for medical care Friday after falling 50 to 60 feet off the east side of Lover’s Leap, a popular climbing spot in Eldorado National Forest. The man’s hiking partner reported the incident to authorities at about 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire Protection District, […]
California has been suffering from a major drought. Calendar year 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and no change is predicted for 2014. In addition to disastrous effects on agriculture and difficulties for the general public, wildlife has experienced severe suffering due to drought conditions. The drought has […]
Book: “Vietnam to Western Airlines — An Oral History of the Air War” Edited by: Bruce Cowee Publisher: Alive Book Publishing, Nov. 11, 2013, hardcover, 536 pages, collector’s deluxe full color first edition and black and white editions Three pilots are involved in a rescue mission: one has been shot down and parachuted out of his […]
Horse blankets were on the Christmas list for HartSong Ranch this year but when Santa arrived at the ranch in a truck and trailer on Christmas Eve, he brought a whole lot more. Last Christmas Tamara Diederichs, a Pilot Hill ranch owner, donated $2,000 to a dog rescue facility in Sacramento but couldn’t find any […]
The online Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin reported that our Sacramento metropolitan region is the 16th speediest in home sales among 23 major metropolitan markets. During October, 28 percent of area homes were under contract within two weeks or less. San Jose led the October list with about half of the new listings going pending […]
Ten years ago El Dorado High Schooler Shane Douglas was barely keeping his nose above the water line. His grades were mediocre, his friends questionable. The teen’s internal compass was, by his own account, AWOL. These days he can be found way under water as one of the elite U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmers. His continuing […]
This is the first part of a veteran’s efforts to find and recognize a special group. If you’re a friend of Tom Dohnke and you find yourself lost or separated, don’t worry. You won’t be forgotten or written off, even if you’re a cat. Dohnke arrives early for a meeting. At a distance you see […]
In early October, members of the Mosquito Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Georgetown and El Dorado Resource Conservation districts put the finishing touch to a two-year-long project. Finnon Lake, south of Georgetown, was restocked with fish after seismic studies by the California State Division of Safety deemed that the embankment for the lake and dam […]
EL DORADO HILLS — One half was seconds too long and the other almost too short for host Oak Ridge in its Delta River League opener with Folsom Tuesday. The match between neighboring programs ended in a 1-1 tie. Persistence and increased intensity in the final 40 minutes paid off for the Trojans who got […]
Artist, rancher and community volunteer Anne Gladwill died unexpectedly at her home on Sept. 24. The Garden Valley resident taught Thomas Kinkade, made the seasons of El Dorado County famous, raised three children and contributed to the well-being of her community in a wide variety of ways.
Gladwill was born in Dayton, Ohio. From her earliest days she knew she wanted to be an artist and she attended art school to learn to draw. She became a greeting card designer for the Gebson Greeting Card Company, an unusual job for a woman at the time.
She met her husband, Charles, in Hawaii where her father, an Air Force colonel, was stationed. Charles Gladwill was a captain and one of only two bachelor officers under her father’s command. In an oft-told family story, Anne’s father ordered his two officers to draw straws to determine which of them would escort his daughter to a social function. Charles lost and later said it was the best loss he ever had. They were married in 1952.
Charles Gladwill purchased 800 acres in Garden Valley before he met Anne, when he was stationed at Travis Air Force …
EDITOR: My name is Janis Carney. My husband and I have had the privilege of volunteering with the homeless for the past four years, working at the Upper Room, Community Resource Center, the food and clothing giveaway at Green Valley Community Church and for the past year, Hangtown Haven. The experiences we have had and […]
Little girls often dream of a knight in shining armor who will ride up on a big, white horse to sweep them off to a fairytale life. But sometimes, as the years pass, the silver armor becomes tarnished with unthinkable abuse as the true colors of their once-beloved come through — and all that’s left […]
Elder Options Inc., a care management company connecting elders and their families in El Dorado County and the greater Sacramento area with needed services for the past 25 years, is introducing the Gatekeeper Program to the Western Slope. The Gatekeeper Program, which was conceived of by Ray Raschko, MSW, at Spokane Mental Health’s Elder Services, […]
Explosions rocked the neighborhood around El Dorado High School as a gun battle ensued on the campus the morning of July 15, lasting all day. Shots rang out as students ran for cover or were locked down. El Dorado County deputies, detectives, probation officers, Fish & Game officers, El Dorado County Fire Protection District personnel […]
A fire Wednesday morning burned two structures to the ground in Garden Valley and caused injuries to two people. The two structures, a mobile home and a “rustic” home on Johntown Creek Road, were burned along with between 4 and 6 acres of wildland, Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker said. “It was burning so […]
Sierra Wildlife Rescue and other wildlife rescue and rehabbing organizations exist because the caring and compassionate public responds to an animal in distress, rescues it and calls us for help. We could not do what we do without the general public’s concern for the welfare of the animals, and we are eternally grateful to our […]
EDITOR: “The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld Once again it seems that our county officials are jumping the gun in attempting to locate the Western Slope Animal Shelter in the midst of an already existing small business and […]