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Performance Chiropractic and Sports Center certified for accident victims

Physician, heal thyself … and that’s just what Dr. Yong Kim did, after a fashion. When Kim, owner of Performance Chiropractic and Sports Center in Cameron Park, was a teenager he suffered chronic back pain following numerous vehicle accidents and sports injuries. Add poor posture to the mix, and soon Kim was the victim of […]

Storm brings rain, wind and snow to county

A series of storms feeding off of tropical moisture from the Pacific were expected to continue to impact northern California and the Pacific Northwest throughout much of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The storm was forecast to bring rainfall totals of between 10 and 20 inches along with several feet of snow […]

Girl loses leg in bus stop accident

A 15-year-old girl waiting for her El Dorado High School bus lost her leg after a car lost control in the snow and pinned her to a power pole. Karly Bray was hit on Pony Express Trail near Mace Road at 7:15 a.m. March 1 after Kassandra Hoelscher, 18, lost control her of 1992 Chevy […]

Gaines measure to protect snow removal signed

Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, has announced that Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed his legislation protecting snow removal funding in the South Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas, helping keep those communities safe during the winter months. Assembly Bill 2704 protects snow removal funding if any allocation to local governments for road maintenance is suspended or rejected. ÒI […]

Georgetown woman killed in accident

Democrat staff writer A Georgetown woman was killed early Thursday morning in a solo vehicle accident. Shortly after 5 a.m., 53-year-old Andrea McDevitt was crushed by her 2008 Toyota 4Runner at a private residence at 2 Gates Road and Snowy Way in Georgetown. ÒWhat appeared to happen was she exited the vehicle to either open […]

My carÕs not drivable … and nothing can be done

Pollock Pines EDITOR: This letter is written as a cautionary tale; this could happen to anyone reading it. So without the many expletives that have been shouted out since this happened, I offer the following for your consideration. I was sitting at a stop sign, at Pony Express and Gilmore, in Pollock Pines, between the […]

William “Bill” F. Rebholtz Jr.

Feb. 11, 1938 — March 18, 2014 William F. Rebholtz Jr. was born Feb. 11, 1938, in Lodi, Calif., to William and Opal, and passed away March 18, 2014, following a single car accident in Georgetown, Calif. Bill retired from AT&T, though never actually truly retiring since he continued working at home for his wife, […]

Sanford murder trial: Victim’s father testifies 1st day

“He is a thief, he is a taker…and on Aug. 14, 1980, he stole money from a Shell station and, more importantly, stole Richard Swanson’s life.”

Thus ended prosecutor Trish Kelliher’s opening statement Monday morning in the trial of Andrew Sanford.

A 33-year-old homicide case from South Lake Tahoe, Kelliher said the case is about “one of the oldest evils in the world: money. Andrew Sanford wanted money and he took money that didn’t belong to him.” In doing so at the South Y Shell station, he took the life of 16-year-old gas station attendant Swanson.

This would be proved over the course of trial, she said, focusing on DNA evidence …

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 […]

Vukovich Insurance about to turn 60

For Troy and Aimee Vukovich, insurance has always been a family business. Their father’s brother, freshly graduated from University of Southern California, was Farmers Insurance Co.’s youngest district manager. He was 21. The first thing he did was to recruit his older brother, Mel. Mel established the first Farmers Insurance Agency in El Dorado County […]

Facebook group aims to help community

A complaint of being tailgated turned to receiving new tires for a Placerville woman thanks to a Facebook group that aims to keep county residents informed of crime, lost dogs and missing people. An exasperated post by Tiffany Parks of Placerville on Dec. 13 posed a simple question to the El Dorado County Watch Facebook […]

As we were: Kinkade paintings still at Mountain Democrat

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, Dec. 2, 1988 Kinkade to present slide show One thousand prints of Thomas Kinkade’s new painting “Placerville in the Snow” have been purchased through the Mountain Democrat. Reaching that goal means the original painting will stay in Placerville. The painting is on display in the lobby of the Mountain Democrat. […]

EID Q&A: Ensuring that safety is No. 1

In this Q&A, EID Director of Communications and Community Relations Mary Lynn Carlton discusses the topic of safety with Safety-Security Officer Ron Kilburg and Hydroelectric Division Manager Dan Gibson. Questions in bold are by Carlton, answers by Kilburg and Gibson. I understand EID recently won an award for safety. Can you tell me about the […]

The weekly Daley: Things I’ve never done on Halloween but might have liked to

Despite never having tipped over an outhouse on Halloween or on any other occasion, life’s been pretty good. Call it a reverse Bucket List. My father used to regale us kids with derring do that he and his brother and pals such as the mythical Johnny Carpenter, Dutch Somebody, Swede Somebody-else and Red Somebody-or-other, used […]

Something to think about: Bugging out

The Mountain Democrat is moving — actually, we already have moved. We talked about it for almost a year, but we began bugging out in earnest a month ago. Partitions and cabinets began disappearing, allowing a full view of people we’d always known were somewhere in the office. Ancient equipment, long hoarded in the depths […]

Consequences of DUI

EDITOR: Recently a woman wrote about her accident on Sly Park Road because of ice. She discussed the dangers of the road and later Mrs. Schultz also wrote about the hazardous conditions of the road. Unfortunately, if the road could be improved it might not reduce the number of accidents. In comparison, the 3-mile section […]

Woman seeks lower speed limit on Sly Park Rd.

On Jan. 7, Marlene Ruth was traveling slower than the speed limit on Sly Park Road. She was being careful, as it was threatening to  snow. An hour earlier she had picked up her her car after having it fixed at Thompson’s Toyota, and was bringing her dogs home. A large black bird, possibly a […]

Learn responsibility, abide by the rules on slopes

Considering the large crowds that will visit Lake Tahoe ski resorts this season, it might be wise to review what is deemed safe and what is considered dangerous behavior on the slopes. This isn’t new information. Ever heard of the Responsibility Code? Every resort, large or small, follows the same seven safety guidelines, which are […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cosmic Christmas Forecast “Peace on Earth, good will toward men” may be a Christmas ideal, but it’s an attainable one. The harmony you create inside yourself will count toward the effort and spread to loved ones and out into the world. Mars enters Aquarius, driving philanthropic efforts and encouraging us to take personal responsibility for […]

Girl Scout receives special recognition

Christy Bray, 14, was awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor in a short ceremony on the evening of Oct. 8. The award, given at an El Dorado County Girl Scout troop leader meeting at the El Dorado County Office of Education board room, is given to Girl Scouts “who have saved a human life […]

Take health to new heights with Barton Health

Whether it is summer or winter, the Lake Tahoe region is a sports lover’s paradise. The region offers some of the world’s most beautiful settings for mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, trail running, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and much more. With so much activity going on, accidents are bound to happen from to time. […]

Lost flight of 1942: Retired teacher to bring history alive

By Peter Stekel John Daniels, a retired high school teacher, has found a way to bring World War II history alive and into the lives of students. He plans on taking four juniors and seniors from Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley into the high Sierra of Kings Canyon National Park this fall so […]

Schilling Robotics makes subsea systems in Shingle Springs

At first glance, Shingle Springs seems an unlikely location for a company that manufactures undersea robotic systems. Shingle Springs is at least two hours away from the Pacific Ocean. The products manufactured by Schilling Robotics operate 6,000 meters, or 19,685 feet, undersea, said Schilling Senior Vice President of Operations Paul Whalen in an interview at […]

Brothers recall surviving 1951 slide

The Jan. 2, 1952, Mountain Democrat carried a dramatic  story about a fatal snow slide on Echo Summit Dec. 30, 1951. Now, over 60 years later, the two survivors, John Krek, 87, and Frank Krek, 88, are alive to tell their story. It was a cold winter evening in December 1951. John Krek, who was […]

Weekly Daley — Blythe, Calif. to Lordsburg, N.M.

On a nearly 7,000-mile road trip from here to Florida and back, my brother (the conservative) and I passed many hours punctuated by “aha” moments, long stretches of quiet reflection and thumbing through various guide books to see what was coming up on Interstate 10. More times than not, the latter activity related to determining […]

Local trauma survivor trying to save kids

Pollock Pines resident Michael Misch is talking to kids about distracted driving. The fact that he is talking at all is a miracle of sorts because Misch was involved in a horrific car crash in 2007 that left one person dead and himself confined to a wheelchair with brain and motor function injuries. The accident […]

Saving student who lost leg was a group effort

Tom Braithwaite was driving his son to school on March 1 when his wife Karen pointed to a car on the side of the road that appeared to have someone underneath it. Tom ran from his car and found Carly Bray, 17, bleeding from where one of her legs used to be. He realized he was going […]

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Dave Barry’s Year in Review: a year of sleaze and insane federal spending

By Dave Barry McClatchy Newspapers It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the […]

Cameron Park Physical Therapy feels like a fitness club

When physical therapist Steve Harrity wanted to build a physical therapy center in Cameron Park for his clients, he found the perfect spot on a hill overlooking the Cameron Park Airport. The large windows facing west in the main treatment room help create a relaxing and social atmosphere as patients go through their different routines. […]

Chairman of the Board — down and dirty

Ray Nutting is the 2011 chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He spends 80 to 90 percent of his work week on county business. Mountain Democrat photographer Pat Dollins remarked on the way back from a visit to Nutting’s South County ranch, “That guy needs about a 72 hour day — and […]

Janice Mae Patrick-Taber

Aug. 16, 1927 — July 28, 2011 Janice Patrick-Taber was born Aug. 16, 1927, in a logging camp near Scotia, Calif., to John and Maxine Patrick. She greeted this world in the company of her much-loved twin brother, John Lewis Patrick. Janice’s family eventually moved to San Francisco. John and Maxine were divorced in 1932. […]

In wake of sudden death … we thank you

EDITOR: On Monday, Aug. 8, a wonderful husband and father was taken from us in a tragic log truck accident on Highway 50 near Kyburza. Not more than minutes after his spirit left this Earth the outpouring of support for our family was felt. I would have never in a million years thought that so […]

U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors to enjoy recreation safely

The national forests in California offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities and beauty.  With the wonders of adventure, however, come certain hazards. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to […]

Grow For It! Threatening Our Pines: White Pine Blister Rust

Imagining our foothills and mountains — your own backyard — with no pines, is unthinkable. Pine trees are icons of the Sierra Nevada range, descending from ancient tree families dating as far back as 290 million years. These evergreens were revered by Native Americans as symbols of life and beneficent persons in the form of […]

A lifetime of experiences

Duplicate greeting cards, but varied life herald Bob Miller’s 100th birthday By the time Robert Miller of Placerville celebrated his 100th birthday recently, he had received many cards, filling up several shelves. There were at least five that were identical, expressing best wishes on reaching the century mark. The greetings were sent with good wishes to […]

Come on and take a free (almost) ride

With gas prices hitting $4.13 for a gallon of unleaded regular Sunday in Placerville, the smart money is on taking the bus — El Dorado Transit offers myriad routes, packages and options for those tired of emptying their wallets at the pumps. On a recent morning, with gray clouds scudding across the sky as they […]

Larry B. Cramer

Jan. 18, 1942 — Feb. 5, 2011 Larry Cramer 2 Larry Cramer Larry Cramer was born in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, on Jan. 18, 1942, and passed away peacefully at Marshall Hospital on Feb. 5, 2011. He was the ninth of 10 children born to Carlson and Juanita Cramer from Nebraska. He moved to California and […]

Heinz-sight: Fiestas and siestas

Brrrrr! Lately, the Democrat, especially sports, has been filled with scenic pictures of snow-covered hills, columns on the local winter snowparks and weekly coverage of the prep alpine ski and snowboard races. So with that in mind, here’s something to warm up to … The buffet line at the Barcelo Los Cabos Deluxe Hotel in […]

Basel Murl Oliver

March 11, 1921 — Dec. 27, 2010 Basel Oliver2 Basel Oliver1 This is Basel Oliver’s second obituary, 71 years apart. Base was born March 11, 1921, in Rapid City, S.D. He passed away on Dec. 27, 2010, at his home in Placerville with his loved ones at his side. He was indeed a tenacious character; […]

Dave Barry’s Year in Review

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) Let’s put things into perspective: 2010 was not the worst year ever. There have been much worse years. For example, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period, the Earth was struck by an asteroid that wiped out 75 percent of all the species on the planet. Can we honestly say that we had […]

Bamboo bike trip completion

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Key to your heart?

Someone accidentally dropped a key in a Salvation Army Christmas bell ringer’s pot. For more information please call Bernie Dowse at 530-622-1564. I agree with the following T-shirt statement received from John Chapman of Folsom: “If you aren’t dizzy, it isn’t polka.” I am sure renowned dance instructor Joanie Rogers Stouffer would agree with this […]

Living well, dying well lifes crucial transition

Special to the Mountain Democrat ÒIÕm going to be the first one.Ó ÒThe first one to do what, Dad?Ó My father has AlzheimerÕs and weÕve had this conversation before. I know how it goes. ÒYou know. IÕve thought about it and IÕve decided I donÕt want to do it.Ó He means die. A word he […]

The weekly Daley: Random acts of brain activity

Democrat columnist IÕve driven down to San Mateo County twice in the last three weeks to visit my mother in the hospital and then in the Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing Facility Ð thatÕs what they call nursing homes now, I guess. On both trips, once on Highway 80 and then again on Interstate 5 IÕve seen […]

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EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

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Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

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Greenwood School being restored

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Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

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EID restricts watering days

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Lover’s Leap fall injures man

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Tea Party meeting April 17

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Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

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Floating body not a body

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Old mill a goner

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My turn: A fair California flat income tax

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DA Pierson has been outstanding

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A great big thanks

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Murder? Suicide?

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Middle class getting poorer?

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Real estate lies

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Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

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Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

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Aussie team makes visit

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Griz have challenging day

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Roundup: April 15, 2014

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At a glance: Take aim on fun

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Men to walk a mile in her shoes

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Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

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Team works to fight disease

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COOL School is accepting applications

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Band of Miwoks fund mission

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