Amy Lynn Helms, 44, of El Dorado Hills has died from injuries sustained in a Oct. 27 collision involving a big rig. Helms was driving her Audi Quattro eastbound on Highway 50 when she crossed the center divide into oncoming traffic and collided with a Jeep Patriot before being struck by a big rig, according to […]
As counterintuitive as it may seem, driving over the speed limit may be a good way to avoid getting a ticket. That’s part of the logic that governs how speed limits on state highways get increased by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation. In short, if a Caltrans traffic analysis concludes that at least 85 […]
Three juveniles were involved in a traffic accident Sunday evening, leaving two with major injuries and one with unknown injuries. The three juveniles, all between 16 and 18 years old, were traveling westbound on North Shingle Road towards Ponderosa Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. They were going “too fast” Cuthbertson said, and lost control […]
The traffic study for the proposed 209-home high-density Dixon Ranch project predicts that it won’t bump any of 21 intersections studied to another Level of Service grade by 2016. The 6,892 daily trips anticipated at buildout in 2025 don’t fare much worse. With no mitigation, the report predicts that only two intersections would fall a […]
EDITOR: Kudos to Darrel Carslon of Garden Valley who questioned the negative comments made recently in the Democrat about the road work in progress on North Shingle and Green Valley Roads. I, too, was very perplexed with the negativity of the letter writer (a retired female law enforcement officer) as I feel these improvements are […]
EDITOR: The letter “Unnecessary Traffic Light” needs a rebuttal. The narrow bridge claimed at least two lives. I know, I was there with the Rescue Fire Department. Speed was most likely the problem. This intersection has been the scene of many accidents, most were fender benders so they don’t make the newspaper. I was the […]
EDITOR: The tree leaning over the fence at Lions Park in Placerville is still obstructing the view on the curve, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic, making it hard to exit from Butterfly Lane and to those entering or exiting Lions Park. The traffic here is fast. We appreciate the help in the past, […]
Deomcrat columnist The Thanksgiving weekend accident that got the most local coverage was devastating but Òtypical,Ó the kind of thing you read about too often. What made it different for me was that it took place on a road I have driven at least 100 times. Salmon Falls Road, northeast of Folsom Lake, is a […]
After a four-hour hearing the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the Dixon Ranch residential development at its Jan. 14 meeting.
Located in El Dorado Hills, the development proposes 604 new single-family homes on 280 acres on the south side of Green Valley Road near Malcolm Dixon Road. A 5-acre lot is carved out to accommodate an existing residence in the area.
As part of approving the project, the commissioners changed the property’s zoning with some of it zoned high-density residential and other parts medium-density residential. The commission also expanded the amount of zoned open space from 1.28 acres to approximately 68 acres.
EDITOR: Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork — yet another deadly weapon — is within our own control. […]
An alleged DUI crash led to a chase on April 16 in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Peterson was flagged down by a motorist at about 6 p.m., a press release stated. The motorist reported a female was driving a white SUV the wrong way on Missouri Flat Road. Peterson found the SUV […]
SACRAMENTO — After a dry period, California experienced heavy rainfall over the weekend, which prompted Cal Fire to urge drivers to be safe on the road. Each year between 450,000 and 500,000 traffic accidents are reported in California alone. One person is killed every two and a half hours, and one person is injured every […]
Even 70 years later, the death of Gen. George S. Patton remains controversial.
A person connected to the Mountain Democrat offers a different, insider’s perspective on the traffic accident that led to Patton’s death, disputing the controversy.
A brilliant and audacious warrior who was often called “old blood and guts,” Patton’s untimely death at the end of World War II resulted in speculation that he died at an assassin’s hand rather than because of an automobile accident.
It was the subject of several books. One published in 2008 was called “Target Patton,” by journalist Robert Wilcox.
For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]
The last two days of testimony of a trial, concerning a man who is charged with killing a woman in a head-on collision while drunk, focused on science before the final witness — the defendant — took the stand. Christopher Port continued his testimony Tuesday from the previous Thursday. He testified that defendant Joshua McCavitt’s […]
A woman died from injuries sustained in an April 26 night traffic accident in Pollock Pines. Michelle Erickson, 30, allegedly hit Crystal Wood, 28, with her 1997 Silver Toyota 4Runner on Pony Express Trail just west of Pony Bob Drive at 10 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Wood was on a bicycle, […]
From where the dog sits, there’s not much that beats the thrill of the chase. It’s in their blood — the prey drive, the chase instinct. It’s an urge once based on survival, one passed on from the dog’s early brethren: the wolf. But times have changed. For the African spotted dog, also known as […]
I was in an audience in Sacramento, listening to Alan D. Wolfelt, a man whose speech topics are not cheerful. Wolfelt is a psychologist, workshop leader, and author whose 57 books are about death, divorce, suicide and other topics that involve loss and grief. It can be difficult to listen to him, but I enjoyed […]
In a report released on Feb. 26, the Placerville Police Department revealed that crime in the city has continued on a downward trend. According to the report, prepared by Chief George Nielson — who recently announced plans to retire — the crime rate for 2012 was 24.88 per 1,000 population, down from the most-recent high […]
EDITOR: The majority of times I’ve seen the El Dorado Irrigation District have to cut into public roadways to repair or install water or sewer lines, upon completion of their work, those affected areas have either turned into speed bumps, sunken holes or both, depending on how much roadway they and their sub-contractors have defaced. […]
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic accident in Cool on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Highway 193 in Cool, three miles west of Lou Allen Lane, just before noon on Sept. 14, a press release stated. […]
EDITOR: It seems to be the new practice to put pictures of traffic accident scenes on the front page of your papers. While I’m sure it gets people’s attention, I really wish you would consider how it makes the families of the victims feel. I lost my daughter in an accident not long ago and I am so […]
Thirteen young men and women graduated from the Placerville CHP Explorers Academy on March 11. The academy, which ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both March 10 and 11, put the Explorers to the test. Day one, Saturday, saw the Explorers learning about the California Vehicle Code and gave an introduction to criminal […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services sponsors Community Emergency Response Teams in our county. CERT is a group of local residents who have volunteered many hours attending training to learn basic skills to save lives and protect property in the aftermath of a major disaster. The El Dorado County CERT program was developed […]
Aug. 30, 1926 — Sept. 7, 2011 On Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, Jerry O. Evans passed away and for the hundreds of people whose lives he’d touched in his 85 years, the world got a little bit less fun. Jerry was born in Waukesha, Wis., enlisted in the U.S. Marines when he was 17 and […]
EDITOR: For the last week or so discussion has centered around the cell phone tower being proposed for the parking lot of Sierra School and has been discussed both pro and con, mostly con. There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of fear-generated conjecture. The article in the May 30 issue covers a lot of […]
An intoxicated Ponderosa High School student was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle, which rolled over, authorities said. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said 18-year-old Brandon Pitetti, of Shingle Springs, was traveling westbound on Meder Road in Shingle Springs at 1:55 p.m. Monday when his Toyota […]
Local motorists traveling to South Lake Tahoe next month will have to go the long way around. The state Department of Transportation will close Highway 50 for approximately two weeks while construction crews work to replace the old stone barriers that have kept eastbound vehicles on the road for seven decades. Weather permitting, the project […]
“NBC Nightly News” called a few weeks ago, and I stopped breathing. Environmental reporter Anne Thompson was on the line confirming my dim view of compact fluorescent light bulbs. She’d read a column I’d written back in May, where I complained that while I was trying to love CFLs, and had plugged them in all […]
EDITOR: I am Takashi Matsumoto, Japanese student, traveling cross country United States with bamboo bike. I met (Mountain Democrat staff writer) Jim Ratajczak at Placerville, and article about bamboo bike trip was posted on your newspaper on Sep 17. I was glad to receive that newspaper from my friend lives in Placerville, yesterday. Hello, Jim […]
A late night traffic accident claimed the life of 33 year-old Traves John Wilhoyte of Diamond Springs Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Wilhoyte was the sole occupant of a 1988 Ford F-100 pickup truck that veered off the pavement on North Canyon Road east of Dogwood Lane in Camino at approximately 11 p.m. […]
California Highway Patrol officers generally have a reputation for being cool, calm and collected, whether making routine traffic stops or responding to severe traffic accidents. Those characteristics seemed to come through in their union, which struck a deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week that gives up their previously contracted raises. Instead of bigger paychecks […]
Placerville CHP Office There are certain things in life you can count on. One of those things is this: No one wants or likes to get a traffic ticket. As an officer with the California Highway Patrol I issued my first traffic citation almost 18 years ago. Since then I have heard almost every excuse […]
WEST SACRAMENTO — Oscar Jose Rodriguez of Placerville has successfully completed the 27-week cadet-training course at the California Highway Patrol Academy. He is assigned to duty at the CHP’s Garberville office. Officer Rodriguez is a 2012 graduate of Union Mine High School in El Dorado. He also studied criminal justice at Folsom Lake College in […]
EDITOR: On Thursday, Jan. 14, the El Dorado County Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the proposed Dixon Ranch development off Green Valley Road. The developers will ask that our voter-approved General Plan be amended to allow them to convert 280 acres of oak studded land, currently zoned for low-density housing, into a 605 […]
Placerville City Engineer Rebecca Neves cringes whenever she spies a woman pushing her baby in a stroller across Clay Street, in the crosswalk that flanks Main. She fears the mother and child may be struck by a vehicle at the dangerous intersection. “I’m a mother too,” Neves told a crowd of about 60 at a […]
Two teenagers were killed in a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 49, two miles South of China Hill, Tuesday morning. At about 6:05 a.m. the driver of a blue Ford Focus, 18-year-old Gabriella Briceno of El Dorado, apparently lost control on northbound Highway 49, crossed into the southbound lane and side-swiped a Toyota Camry, according to […]
The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has obtained a $361,506 grant from the California Office of Training Safety to prosecute felony DUI (both alcohol and drug-impaired driving) and related fatal or injury cases. The grant money funds a “vertical prosecution” team that works with cases from time of arrest through sentencing of the accused. Prosecution team […]
May 24 1:42 p.m. Deputes arrested two adults on Busselton Way in El Dorado Hills during a probation search for possession of controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia. 4:32 p.m. An adult female reported her boyfriend, Tomas Silva, 26, allegedly struck her during an argument on Valley View Parkway in El Dorado Hills. 5:58 p.m. […]
Speedway opened its championship points racing season Saturday night with four divisions, hearty car counts and inflated winnings to kick off the 50th Anniversary Season. In the Sprint Car Division, Colby Wiesz of Colfax took command of the feature event to take home the $2000 win; Ryan McDaniel drove to victory in the Late Model […]
Three development projects in El Dorado County have been named projects of the year. The American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section’s 2014 Small Project of the Year went to the Green Valley Road at Tennessee Creek Bridge Replacement project. It was subsequently nominated for and awarded the Region 9 Small Project of the Year […]
When you research the teachings of American Indians, you keep running across the idea that it’s a good idea to avoid negative statements when you communicate with others. When you are tempted to say something negative, don’t complete the sentence. • In a marriage, both parties are tempted to fire back a negative statement, especially […]
Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month this month with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, […]
Let’s get something straight right from the start, Minivans may be the most practical vehicles ever designed and with the new Toyota Sienna it gives away very little to other kinds of vehicles in performance and handling as you will see. But it has more utility than any other kind of vehicle. Yeah, sure, you’re […]
EDITOR: The intersections of Lotus Road and crossroads of Gold Hill Road and Luneman Road are dangerous because of the sight view to the north. A new school is located on the northwest corner, which is Sutter Mill Elementary School. Traffic here is three or four times more and much faster than Gold Hill and […]