A fire in Cameron Park was quickly contained on Friday afternoon. Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett said units were dispatched at about 2:28 p.m. to a report of a wild fire near Flying C Road — dubbed the “Flying Fire.” Though scanner traffic initially reported a 10-acre fire and structures threatened, the blaze only charred 3 […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s South Lake Tahoe Search and Rescue Team responded to two separate incidents of backwoods hikers with injuries on June 8. The S&R team was dispatched at 12:43 p.m. after an adult male hiker fell from Cascade Falls, suffering traumatic injuries, a press released states. A hoist-capable helicopter was requested due […]
Three abandoned foals were safely transported to All About Equine Animal Rescue on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25. Discovered by a Nevada rancher, the foals were found near their mothers, who had passed away under circumstances questioning foul play. With no interest in the foals, the rancher reached out. All About Equine was contacted […]
A couple hiking in Pilot Hill became lost Sunday, spending the night in the wilderness before being escorted out by Search and Rescue volunteers. The couple, a man in his 40s, from Roseville, and a woman in her 50s, from Folsom, were day hiking the American River area near Salmon Falls Bridge when they became […]
A 70-year-old hiker was rescued after falling and hitting his head near the North Fork of the Cosumnes River on Jan. 29. At 4:01 p.m., Engine 38 and Squad 35 were dispatched to the river near Bucks Bar Road for a medical rescue, Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels said. The 70-year-old man had been hiking […]
A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning. Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near the Forebay Road area on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep […]
A couple stranded near Horsetail Falls was rescued on Nov. 16. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 3:30 p.m. that the couple had lost their trail, Deputy Greg Almos with Search and Rescue said. The couple, in their 50s, had lost the trail in steep terrain near the lower falls, he said. […]
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 […]
“What do you mean you picked out your own chair fabric?” I’m on the phone with my oldest daughter, Paige, who is 22. I had just spent the weekend with her in Houston, helping her move into her first apartment. Kids anymore. Just because she is starting grad school, landed a full-time job, rescued her […]
Mom always said you don’t just marry the man; you marry his whole family. In the case of DC, that meant he and Peapod were a package deal. DC rescued Peapod from a shelter five years ago. A Heinz 57 mix with a healthy dollop of rat terrier, Peapod had just had six puppies, which […]
How does a 15-year-old boy from Greece survive the Holocaust then earn five American military medals including the Purple Heart? Albert Rosa will honor the region by sharing his amazing story of survival, resilience and hope on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, from 2-4 p.m. This event is […]
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 […]
What is it about feeding time at a zoo that is irresistible? The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens lists a couple of dozen keeper talks on a busy day; many include a feeding. Fascinated zoo goers line enclosures to watch keepers measure mackerel to penguins at Penguin Island, toss apples to bears at Hearst Grizzly […]
OMAHA, Neb. — Jerrod Bravo is living the dream playing baseball for Cal State Fullerton at the College World Series, knows it and understands the moment. As a kid growing up in Cameron Park, Bravo recalled watching the Titans on TV, vocalized his desire to become a team member and then went out and made it […]
June 8 is the 48th anniversary of the attack by Israel on the USS Liberty. In the process, the Israelis murdered 34 Americans and wounded another 171. However, their real intent was to sink the ship and kill all of its crew. While the Israelis later claimed the attack was a mistake, survivors of the […]
After a whirlwind career that has included stints in human resources, customer service, management consulting, community relations and more fields than you can shake a stick at, Mary Lynn Carlton, 59, El Dorado Irrigation District’s Communications/Community Relations director, is retiring. While still officially on the job until July 14, Carlton said she’ll be gone before […]
Despite using my GPS, finding rural properties can be challenging. My appointment was tucked far back from the road, accessed only by a narrow dirt drive, blocked by a field livestock gate and obscured by trees and brush. I had to stop and exit my car in order to read the faded numbers on the […]