For search-and-rescue dogs, saving lives is all in a day’s work. But these furry heroes don’t all work the same. Nose to the ground. Nose in the air. Not to oversimplify things, but up or down, it’s all in the position of the nose. Trackers, or tracking dogs, put their nose to the ground and [...]
In the early 1760’s the Royal Governor of Massachusetts began issuing “writs of assistance” as general warrants to search for contraband. They empowered officials to search indiscriminately for evidence of smuggling. These warrants were challenged in February of 1761 by James Otis, who argued forcefully that they violated the natural rights of Englishmen and were [...]
The barn doors fronting the Fairheart give this ranch-style home a fresh face that calls for a second look. These wide doors slide together and can be latched closed to cover the great room’s window wall. Families that love barns will surely resonate with this feature, but the doors also offer an extraordinary level of [...]
It was zoo day on May 31 at Sierra Ridge Elementary school as students in the GATE program set up their own mini zoo and showed off what they had learned. Laid out in a multi-purpose room, the building took on the look of a jungle as animals created out of different materials were placed [...]
It’s been a long road and there are plenty of twists and turns left, but Hangtown Haven, Placerville’s only legal camp for the homeless will soon be relocating. Since last August, the camp has been located on Broadway in Placerville, down the street from the Upper Room Dining Hall and the Community Resource Center, both of which serve the needy and the homeless in the community.
The camp functions successfully on 1 acre owned by the Wilkinson family, with a temporary use permit that is good until November. But, by November, the camp needs to find a new location and according to Hangtown Haven Inc. founder Art Edwards, they might have done so. Even better, they have a plan to make the camp financially self-sustaining.
Sept. 16, 1921 — June 14, 2013 Elizabeth Lynette (Lyn) Mizell passed away June 14, 2013, in Placerville, Calif. She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Whitney, S.C., to Maurice Louis deParlier and Elizabeth Matirko. Her early years were spent in Gulf Stream, Fla., south of Palm Beach, where her father was the golf course superintendent [...]
On a journey that began May 31, a blind Pinto filly named Deli (Delicata for delicate in Spanish) and her best buddy, Macho, an orphaned mule, embarked on an arduous 16-day trip from Loreto, Mexico to HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Greenwood. Their journey began as Patrick McGorky, founder of the animal rescue organization Segunda [...]
Everybody knows an old dilapidated house. You know the kind, where you can’t flush the toilet if someone’s in the shower. Where the fuse box is so old that using the garage door opener while the dishwasher is running blows the fuse and kills half the lights in the whole place. Yes, it keeps the [...]
EDITOR: For many years I’ve enjoyed reading articles written by Wendy Schultz. From feature articles on Jim Estey and George Peabody to writing about learning to drive her new car, she researches her material and writes with clarity and humor. The June 2 tribute to teachers especially touched my heart. Good job, Wendy! CLARE DUSEK Placerville
May 18 5:45 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding information about a possible marijuana grow in Shingle Springs. A search of the area revealed approximately 50 mature plants and a large amount of indicia that indicated a large amount of marijuana plants either exist now or had existed. 9:09 p.m. Two adult males [...]
Each year, there are signs of summer — portents that the warmer weather has brought something new and different into our lives as well as the familiar events like the 12-year war I’ve been waging every summer against the ubiquitous garden trio, Woodruff, Oregano and Common Yarrow. It’s my own fault. Like herbal vampires, I [...]
The 32nd annual Academic Talent Search at California State University, Sacramento offers a challenging summer academic program that makes learning fun for kids. Calculate what it takes to build a bridge. Create a news program. Learn Spanish, French or Japanese. Study strange and savage plants. Hone those acting skills. Draw cartoons and comic book characters. Write [...]
The last day of skiing is always bitter-sweet before fond farewells and the long wait till next season. Sometime in late November or early December, if we’re lucky, it snows enough to head back to the slopes and start skiing all over again. You drive up to Sierra-at-Tahoe and everything is ready. The staff is on [...]
Associated Designs Brick veneer, corner quoins, Craftsman-style windows, and a trio of gables blend harmoniously to create the Bakersfield’s inviting front facade. Decorative corbels draw eyes to the lone wooden post that highlights this ranch-style home’s covered porch. Entering, you step into a vaulted entry with a wide coat closet to the left. Secondary bedrooms [...]
A great question friends and readers ask me is what equipment items should I purchase for the kitchen. The essential equipment for a cooking kitchen are the following items; quality knives, stainless or cast-iron pans, a food processor and a stand mixer. These are the basic tools that I would be hard-pressed to live without [...]
25 Years ago June 8, 1988 ‘Constitution Tree’ finally is selected By GEORGE PEABODY Last summer, a search began for candidate trees. Only one would be selected, one that stands where the public of El Dorado County could rally on June 21 to memorialize the Bicentennial of the ratification of the United States Constitution, the 200th [...]
Last August, the Mountain Democrat published an article searching for an explanation for the booming sounds reported being heard in various parts of El Dorado County. The booms were double in nature and seemed to occur around 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each week day during the summer. People reported having heard the booms for [...]
“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There are currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of [...]
May 14 1:20 a.m. Deputies executed a search warrant at an apartment on Camarc Drive in Cameron Park. An investigation revealed a convicted felon was allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm and drug paraphernalia. The report was forwarded to the DA for a warrant request. 11:13 a.m. A 56-year-male subject reported a lampshade stolen [...]
With rocks to talk about, almost 140 people showed up Saturday night in Coloma to hear the latest about the Sutter’s Mill Meteor (SMM) that fell in the Coloma-Lotus area on April 22 of last year.
Sponsored by the Gold Trail Grange, the event featured Dr. Peter Jenniskens, who is a senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and the NASA Ames Research Center. Jenniskens coordinated the search for fragments of the SMM and was the lead author on a research paper published in December …