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Sheriff taking back unwanted prescription drugs

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give residents of El Dorado County another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring […]

Gold Bug volunteers: Characters need apply

Have a hankering to relive the history of the gold rush with thousands of visitors from all over the world?

Then become a volunteer at the Gold Bug Park and join such notables as Black Bart, John Studebaker and Duffy the crazy Irishman.

Part of a crew of 25 volunteers, they are more than just history buffs. Some must have show biz in their blood as they have adopted a character of their own from the past — real or imagined — that they play when conducting tours complete with clothing, props and …

Go native

For 20 years, one thing has been certain come April in El Dorado County and we don’t mean taxes. We’re referring to the annual Spring Native Plant Sale by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS). This year’s sale marks the 20th year since the chapter was founded in 1994 […]

Supes, public not always clear on meeting rules

What should be talked about? What should be approved or denied without discussion, and who should make the determination? Five related items were pulled from the “consent calendar” at the March 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after several members of the public complained the items were too important to be […]

EDH survey results: Need for public transit rising

The need for public transportation for El Dorado County’s western slope residents will continue to rise, particularly for El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park where housing forecasts are up and the senior population is growing, county transit officials concluded at a public meeting held at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last week. El Dorado County Transportation Commission and El Dorado […]

Victor goes for victory in Russia

Editor’s note: When the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games get underway in Sochi, Russia on Friday, March 7, Stephani Victor will be a part of the United States team. Victor, a member of the alpine ski team, will be thinking of her support team in the United States, including her friends in El Dorado County and […]

Constituents want answers at meeting

At Congressman Tom McClintock’s town hall meeting on Feb. 19, many constituents came with a list of questions for him with the top question being why President Obama hadn’t been impeached yet. One man described a long list of complaints against Obama including “lack of execution of the law, legalization of drugs, legalization of money […]

Is McClintock a Republican or a Libertarian?

EDITOR: Is Congressman McClintock a Libertarian, as John McCoy posits in a recent letter? Libertarianism claims that the very existence of a government is anathema to personal liberties and invariably leads to the loss of freedoms. Strangely enough, McClintock’s working life has been spent entirely as a government bureaucrat, either elected or appointed. If he […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: The Goldilocks solution

Following a recent editorial in this paper, “Another stab in the back,” numerous readers commented about the role of government. Thus I decided to talk with you today about this. Hold on, don’t get up and leave, I am not going to go on about Hobbs and Locke, Adam Smith or Rousseau. OK, I will, […]

Day wants delay, CIP ranking

At his second meeting, Jan. 13, El Dorado Irrigation District board president Director Alan Day asked that the staff rank Capital Improvement Projects in order of priority and asked that voting on any action item be put off to the next meeting “to think about and consider alternatives prior to actually voting.” “When CIP projects […]

The weekly Daley: Baby steps are good

It’s a new year, so let’s talk about something new. It seems that there’s a fairly significant disparity between the haves and the have nots, the rich and the poor, the 1 percent and the 99 percent, thems as got it and thems what ain’t. I know this because suddenly, the Alpha dogs in both […]

Goff appointed to Apprenticeship Council

On Dec. 10, Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Swansboro resident Carl Goff, to the California Apprenticeship Council. This is not Goff’s first rodeo — he served an interim position on the Council in 1993 and then was appointed to a four-year term by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before his current appointment. Goff, 54, has […]

Hangtown Kennel Club devoted to public service

They love puttin’ on the dogs, and the Hangtown Kennel Club has kept in active service since 1980 without a “paws.” The reason for the success of the club, which not only focuses on dog shows, training and knowledge of man’s best friend, is that it also is positively philanthropic, sponsoring scholarships and committing to […]

A holiday letter from Sheriff D’Agostini

EDITOR: The holiday season is upon us. This is a time of year to reflect on the year that was and the year that soon will be. From a personal standpoint, it’s a time to reflect on the priorities in life; faith, family, friendship, health and happiness. From a professional standpoint, it’s a time to […]

Black-tie gala to support Fregoso Foundation

In this season of thanks-giving, what better way to show military veterans that their friends and neighbors honor them for their service than by attending the Roaring ’20s-themed Warriors in Black Tie Inaugural Ball, a fundraiser set for Saturday, Nov. 23 in Sacramento presented by the El Dorado Hills-based Fregoso Foundation. Max and Kelly Fregoso […]

Raucous good times promised at ‘Hotel Paradiso’

What: ”Hotel Paradiso” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Department Where: Black Box Theater, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Nov. 14, 15 and 16 and Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students Information: or The Bookery, Main Street in Placerville   A married man and a married woman — not […]

Heard over the back fence: Bob for apples at Gold Oak

John Chapman delivered the following T-shirt statement: “Sometimes life just sucks the jelly right out of your doughnut.” WILDLIFE IN YOUR BACKYARD:
A class titled “Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard” will be held on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd. in Placerville. To reserve […]

How the Teahadist Party ate the GOP

EDITOR: If anyone needed more proof that the Teahadist/GOP Party is undemocratic, then the government shutdown ought to convince even the most skeptical. The bomb throwers preferred destroying the government and the world economy than accept the will of the majority. The Teahadists do not like the constitutional process by which each chamber passes legislation. […]

Golden pumpkins turn to green

What: Giant Pumpkin Festival Who: Constantly Growing Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free with a parking fee Information: or call 530-263-0109. Money may not grow on trees but it does pop up on […]

Why they want to kill Obamacare now

EDITOR: A small but significant minority of Republicans in Congress is insistent that defunding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) be included in any last-minute agreement over the budget and the national debt. A common theme we hear from those supporting this risky tactic is that now is their last best chance to kill Obamacare. And […]

Senior volunteers wanted by CHP

The California Highway Patrol’s Placerville Area Office is looking for motivated citizens who want to give something back to their community as senior volunteers. Senior volunteers are CHP employees who assist in both administrative and field capacities. The objectives of the CHP Senior Volunteer Program are: to assist the CHP in providing enhanced public service […]

My turn: ‘Good news’ is bad news on mountain lions

The California Department of Fish and Wildllfe has sent out a news release touting the “success” of DFW Director Charlton Bonham’s new policy to be kindler and gentler to mountain lions threatening people, pets and livestock. What would you expect? They say that they have seen “a significant reduction” in mountain lions killed as a result […]

Pro-growth, no-growth, slow-growth: BOS listens to public points

A standing-room-only crowd of about 200 packed the Board of Supervisors chambers in Placerville on Aug. 26 to hear about and to discuss growth in the county. Former District 4 Supervisor Bill Center and Camino resident Jim Moore, known as the “Measure Y guys,” delivered a presentation generally showing how growth, as currently planned, will clog local roads and choke transportation, especially in the western parts of the county.

Measure Y was enacted by a significant majority of the county’s voters in 1998 and re-authorized for another 10 years in the 2008 election. In its simplest terms, the law requires developers of residential properties to “fully fund road improvements that keep traffic levels below Level of Service F (F as in Failing).” Furthermore, if traffic problems resulting …

Another government ripoff

Last we heard from the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the mortgage giants were in government rehab sucking up $187 billion of taxpayer funds. On their way into receivership in 2008 they had pulled in $33 billion in private capital. The proper term, agreed to by the government, was conservatorship, rather than the […]

State government

EDITOR: If Brown, Steinberg, Leno and all the other Nazis under the dome in Sacramento have their way, this will be a news item in the future in the Mountain Democrat. I can see it now, late at night I go to the kitchen to get some water when I hear the glass break in […]

Good things happen at the farmers market

In these times of stress and uncertainty, there is still one place where it is relaxing and pleasurable to tend to the basics of living, and that is at the farmers market. This time-honored tradition of buying food directly from the grower has been repeated countless times through the centuries and gives both the buyer […]

Belltower: Chicago — an architectural marvel

Visiting Chicago in late May we figured it would be pretty warm, but not too warm. It was warm for our side trip to Rockport and our visit to Oak Park, and it was warm in New York City. But when we returned to Chicago to explore downtown, the weather turned cool. No problem. I […]

Good luck, Foresthill PUD

EDITOR: I am writing in reference to the Mountain Democrat’s “Good Luck, Hank” editorial. Ignorance is bliss, until the price of ignorance hits home and the gravy train crashes at GDPUD. Unsustainable salaries, benefits and over-spending without adequate reserves during Hank White’s reign as GM has GDPUD headed for a financial catastrophe. The good ol’ […]

Gold Country Artists Gallery celebrates 21st anniversary

What: 21st anniversary Who: Gold Country Artists Gallery Where: 379 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, July 20, Third Saturday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Information:, or 530-642-2944-530 This year marks Gold Country Artists Gallery’s 21st year as a thriving art gallery — a place for flourishing creativity. The gallery, at 379 Main […]

The Weekly Daley: How low can you go?

Of course it’s not new, but it was news the other day when it was reported that 15 people had been arrested in and around Moore, Okla. for looting the neighborhoods that were demolished by several recent tornadoes. Sure there are always those who take advantage of other people’s misery. Scammy contractors prey on folks […]

County wants federal frog hearing here

El Dorado County supervisors rushed to meet a June 10 deadline for requesting a public hearing regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and a portion of the population of mountain yellow-legged frogs as endangered species. The Yosemite toad is also under consideration as a threatened species […]

Gregg takes Civil War; denies Golobic dual wins

Before a capacity crowd in the grandstands at Speedway Saturday, Placerville’s Andy Gregg drove his way to victory in the Civil War Sprint Car Series event. Gregg shared victory lane with Shane Golobic, winner of the USAC/BCRA Western Midget feature event. Saturday’s event was the fifth round of the traveling Civil War Sprint Car Series […]

Meet the Wagon Train at Fresh Pond

For those who want to get a headstart on meeting up with the 64th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train, the public is invited to a barbecue and campfire activities on Thursday, June 6 when the train camps at Fresh Pond. Located at 7720 Highway 50, below Kyburz and above Pollock Pines, Fresh Pond was one […]

AFP presents how donors want to be treated

The El Dorado County Extension of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will feature “Development from the Donors Perspective” at its next quarterly luncheon on Tuesday, May 14 coordinated by Marshall Foundation for Community Health and hosted by Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville. “In spite of our best planning, our donors don’t […]

Things are going swimmingly

  Sometimes the best instructors are volunteers. Bernie Powell teaches water aerobics at the Ponte Palmero Retirement Village in Cameron Park. For this 88-year-old former competitive swimmer, the program is a win-win situation. “Seniors sometimes feel they’re not up to rigorous exercises with weights and such. But when they work out with water aerobics they […]

GDPUD board wants salaries, jobs justified

Renewed charges of micromanaging by the board surfaced during the April 9 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. That accusation came up throughout the night as the board discussed putting together a budget for next year and what role the newly formed finance committee would assume in the process. Board member Maria Capraun […]

Go native

What: Spring Native Plant Sale Who: El Dorado County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Where: El Dorado County Government Center, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: The El Dorado County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) hosts the annual Spring Native […]

Good neighbors wanted

National Association of Realtors Realtors are leaders in their communities. They help people achieve the dream of homeownership, while also volunteering their time and support to improve the lives of those less fortunate. The National Association of Realtors recognizes Realtors who dedicate themselves to volunteer service through Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards, which is currently […]

New superintendent going the distance

On June 29, El Dorado County Deputy Superintendent Jeremy Meyers will be running the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. On July 1, he’ll need all the endurance he didn’t use in the run as he steps into the superintendency. Dr. Vicki Barber retires after 19 years as El Dorado County School Superintendent on June 30 and Meyers has been appointed to fill the final year of her term of office.

Economist says government-issued statistics misleading

This is part one of a two-part article featuring an interview with consulting economist John Williams, who believes that many of the statistics issued by the government misrepresent the true state of the economy. On Feb. 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest national unemployment figures, saying that unemployment in January was […]

Albert is cooking up good things

Betty Albert grew up in her father’s restaurant kitchen and she’s a foodie. Her interest in food — fresh, natural whole food — led her to become a naturopathic doctor and now she wants to share her knowledge about nutrition with the people who could benefit from it the most — children. “The biggest causes […]

Grow for it! Pocket gophers: How to control the furry little root eaters

You’ll see evidence of a garden invasion first. A half-dozen horseshoe shaped mounds of loose dirt with a plugged hole to one side. Then the healthy plants begin to die — or suddenly disappear altogether. And the irrigation lines may spring multiple leaks. If you recognize these symptoms, you likely have a pocket gopher that’s […]

D’Agostini takes on Biden

EDITOR: I do not underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs with facts. It would be useless for me to cite the reams of research, here and abroad, indicating that the single most reliable predictor of someone being shot is the ready availability of guns. This refusal to accept scientific evidence is part and parcel […]

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