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Citizen survey: Library great, governance not

Called “fine work for a very small investment” by District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, the recently completed Citizen Engagement Survey received high marks from El Dorado County supervisors. Sherman Fox, trainer and organizational specialist in the Chief Administrative Office, described the survey as “a way to find out what 187,000 residents want … and to […]

Help wanted

El Dorado County lost something important in November 2014 — a permanent, full-time chief administrative officer. When will we get it back? That’s a question for interim CAO Larry Combs and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, both of which have taken minuscule steps toward filling that post thus far. On Dec. 15, 2015, the […]

Big rewards for Gold Bug Park volunteers

A “wanted” poster is tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine. It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for. They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at the historical park. “We had a tremendous visitor season last […]

CHP explorers wanted

The California Highway Patrol, Placerville area, Explorer Program is a unique and challenging opportunity that allows young men and women (ages 15-21) to be an integral part of the department’s operations and experience what a career in law enforcement would be like. Explorers are trained in many aspects of law enforcement and they work with officers in […]

They’ll be bringing out the big gun at Marshall Gold Discovery park

What: Living History Day and Gold Discovery Day Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Marshall Gold Discovery Park Association Where:  Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma When: Saturday Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: The event is free, parking $8 per car Information: or (530) 622-3470   Well, shoot […]

A good, safe choice

The Mountain Democrat would like to congratulate Ed Manansala, Ed.D., on his new role as El Dorado County’s superintendent of schools. He’s impressed us since he joined the El Dorado County Office of Education in summer 2013. When he first spoke to the Mountain Democrat, Manansala told our reporter, “This little county office is known for […]

6. EDH golf course fight

El Dorado Hills voters frustrated by what some say are “decisions being made up the hill” took a stand against Parker Development’s plans to build 763 homes and create commercial space on the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course at Serrano. Members of the El Dorado Hills Community Services Board of Directors answered these cries by gathering support […]

First and goal: Excellent memories

For the last four and a half, almost five years, many El Dorado County high school athletic teams have been very successful. The 2011 to ’15 Oak Ridge football teams had great runs in the regular season and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The Lady Trojans’ volleyball and basketball teams that won many league titles and had deep […]

Heard over the back fence: Bingo games at CP Community Center

TWO FOR ONE BARGAIN: The Placerville Library Friends of the Library used books sale will be Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the rear parking lot behind the library at 345 Fair Lane. They are having a BOGO Sale, which means if you buy one bag of used books, the second bag will be […]

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

The Balancing Act: More sloppy goverment

El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs, recently (Oct. 8, 2015) wrote a letter to El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts informing Roberts that Board of Supervisors Resolution 064-2014 had “errors of a technical nature that occurred in the adoption of the transfer.” Through this resolution EDH Fire annexed the Latrobe Fire Protection District and […]

The Weekly Daley: And Round 3 goes to…

I was not able to watch Wednesday’s debate live as I had opted to attend a friend’s birthday dinner downtown instead. I did, of course, watch any number of cuts-and-pastes and partial recordings and highlights and lowlights. I was particularly impressed with … Yes, you read that correctly. I like Donald Trump as he is, […]

County wants CEQA review of tribe’s gas station proposal

At least three verbal admonitions reminded the audience at the Oct. 6 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting that agenda item No. 14 was only about hiring a consultant to do “environmental assessments and prepare the necessary CEQA documents.” It was not about approval or denial of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ […]

Wells Fargo continues to help local foster kids

Many more local foster kids will have a Court Appointed Special Advocate to help them find safe, permanent homes thanks to $16,000 from Wells Fargo. This year CASA will be using the majority of Wells Fargo’s contribution to serve the needs of foster kids who are at high-risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking, as […]

Are we going to say the Civil War didn’t happen?

EDITOR: The recent and ongoing controversy over the Confederate flag is a typical problem, reaction and solution drama that politicians, bureaucrats and the media use to control America. Problem: The man in the church shooting was holding a Confederate flag Reaction: Public indignation — something must be done to make everyone feel better and safe […]

City officials chat with public about really big problems

In the week-and-a-half after a flier was circulated welcoming the public to a Town Hall chat in Placerville Tuesday evening, 26 needed water projects with a price tag of $9.6 million became 28 projects at a cost of $10 million — that’s how serious the city’s problems have become, according to City Engineer Rebecca Neves. […]

John Stossel: Government here to help

Government wants you to think it helps you at every turn. Every time you make a decision, a purchase, government wants to be there, looking essential. But it’s a trick. Most government “help” creates new problems. Students once went to private banks to get college loans. Banks, since they had their own money on the […]

Voters want truth from all candidates

A year from now, the presidential campaign will be in full swing, headed down the home stretch toward Election Day. And what will that final approach look like? At this point, most people still don’t expect current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, the flamboyant billionaire and reality TV star, to be the Republican nominee. On the […]

BOE goes nowhere on Meyers’ DUI

A special board meeting by the El Dorado County Board of Education regarding Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers came to naught after the board learned it had no authority to act, even if it wanted to. The Sept. 15 meeting was requested by Trustee Heidi Weiland last month following Meyers’ DUI arrest and conviction. Meyers was arrested on […]

Mark Shields: Pat Moynihan explains the 2016 Republican race

Daniel Patrick Moynihan — four-term U.S. senator from New York, ambassador and White House adviser -— was that rarest of combinations: a gifted public intellectual and a talented, practical politician. He alone, in January 1980, during the depths of the Cold War, dared to say, “The defining event of the decade might well be the breakup […]

Something to Think About: The New Bigotry

Do we always need someone to hate — someone to feel superior to, someone to attack and make a scapegoat for woes? It seems to me that bigotry is always present in some form, but the targets have changed. Jews, blacks, immigrants, the landless poor, gays, Native Americans and women have all been targets for discrimination […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

Sheriff D’Agostini talks budget, staffing needs

At the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed what he calls the three Bs: budget, building and body. “It has been a challenging year to cut the budget,” D’Agostini said. The Sheriff’s Department cut $1.2 million dollars out of services and supplies, an amount the sheriff said “was significant, but […]

Parking lot going to the dogs at Bow Wow Block Party

No matter how much you want to, don’t grab the little white dog with the big ears and peanut-shaped brown spot on his butt. Do your best to resist cuddling him under your shirt so they can’t see him as you dart out the door. Don’t do that — because if you play by the […]

Animal lovers needed: Shelter’s kitty crowd, especially older kitties, wants homes

Even Bullet the one-eyed tabby cat appears pleased as all get-out at El Dorado County Animal Services these days, flipping and flopping on the front counter as he says hello to visitors.

The animal shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs that opened its doors almost a year ago has proved a great fit for critters and caretakers alike. It’s a long way from being the “pound” anymore.

“They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that’s been true for us,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “We’ve had people bringing in the animals, especially kittens right now — but then again, we’ve had more people coming here wanting to adopt.”

Public comment weighted toward State of Jefferson

Two opposing groups — proponents of the State of Jefferson movement and opponents represented by the relatively new organization called Keep It California — presented their platforms and after each presentation it was the public’s turn at the microphone. El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman Brian Veerkamp said the board’s general guidelines, calling for […]

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

They arrived like any other immigrants coming to the New World seeking a better life during the Gold Rush, yet the Chinese faced hardships in the Old West that few other ethnic groups endured. “Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode” — the second book published by historian  tells the story […]

First and goal: Tough turf

All five El Dorado County high school football teams — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — play on artificial turf at their respective campuses. In addition to the Trojans, all of the Sierra Foothill League schools have the turf as well. In the Capital Valley Conference, Ponderosa joins six of the seven schools […]

The Weekly Daley: A GOP debate preview

If you’ve been around this space for a few years, you may have noticed that before almost every big presidential debate, I receive (in a plain brown wrapper) a copy of unofficial transcripts of debate preparations. My working title is: “What you should see but won’t in the next debate.” And while there is an […]

Former supervisor Briggs wants back pay

Former two-term District 4 El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs is contemplating suing El Dorado County if he doesn’t get back pay he says the county owes him. The issue first surfaced in February when Briggs submitted a claim through his legal counsel to the Board of Supervisors. Citing a number of different legal precedents […]

My Turn: Rate your public services

If you are like me, you are inundated with surveys and questionnaires from service providers or product manufacturers. The inevitable question and the one they most value is: “Will you recommend us to your friends?” I was even sent a two-page questionnaire after a recent colonoscopy. I checked the box “recommending our services to your […]

More grand jury gobbledy-gook

While the precursor of the grand jury system dates back beyond the Magna Carta (which just had its 800-year anniversary on June 15), after reading the political claptrap from the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury it appears that its usefulness has passed. One of the 2014-15 reports, “Time to Admit & Correct a Mistake,” […]

Sheriff wants your unused, unwanted prescriptions

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, El Dorado County residents have a great opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department hosts a prescription drug take-back day during which residents can bring unwanted medications in pill or liquid form to […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

We are the government

EDITOR: Dear Disheartened and Thoroughly Confused, we both can agree that the homeless problem will not go away with a simple stroke of the pen. You brought up a lot of issues and then asked me “which is it?” I said, “The buck stops with us, you, me and the people down the street.” We […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

Grow For It! Lawn gone

As my loyal readership (Hi, Mom) may recall, this humble author previously submitted an article about caring for a lawn in a low water year. But, with the fourth year of drought upon us, some friends are muttering imprecations about my “so-called advice” and plan to remove their lawns entirely. Their points are well taken: […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Students sew gowns to mend hearts

It’s the only gown they’ll ever wear, these tiny children who never drew a breath — or only a few — before passing. Placing a softly silken birth gown on their stillborn child is among the final farewell gestures by grieving parents before beginning the long journey to healing. The students in teacher Heather Sabol’s […]

Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

The final days of Saigon

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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EID disaster

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Who’s the real phony?

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Hit in the head

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Opinions and facts

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Alternative treatments

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Clay Street problems?

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Phony claim

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Lincoln’s railroad ties

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EID general manager responds

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Sports »

Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Troy tests Woodcreek

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A6

Oak Ridge girls cruise by Timberwolves

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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

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D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Troy downs Woodcreek

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Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

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Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

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Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

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Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

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Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

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Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

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Prospecting »

Making truffles: Damn the calories, warp speed ahead

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

By El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film And Media Office | From Page: B2

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County | From Page: B2

Students learn about California farming at State Fair

By California Exposition And State Fair

Free After 5 Club meets

By Senior Day

Love inspires Gold Country artists

By Gold Country Artists Gallery | Gallery

Learn how to use social media

By Marshall Foundation For Community Health

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at luncheon

By Divide Women's Club

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

By Gold Trail Union School District

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff


Essentials »

EDSO crime log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

Placerville Police crime log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson


By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

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Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

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EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams


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Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development


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Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

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Obituaries »

Grant Tueller funeral notice

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Dennis “Spike” Wright

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Lloyd Frank Romberger

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Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

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Joseph Richard Erickson

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Philip John Garthe Jr.

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Bell Weaver

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Charlotte Emily Dryden

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Donna Louise Ranger

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June Birtwell

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Barbara Endersby

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James Carroll Coleman

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F. John Adams

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Donna Wunschel

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