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Western Slope Health Center offers intensive medical care

The Western Slope Medical Center is a skilled nursing facility located in the wooded hills of Placerville. This 5-star (Medicare rated), 99-bed campus features dementia care, diabetes management, a restorative nursing program and nutritional care and a widely respected physical therapy department, all ably administered by Doug Hawkins, RN, and a staff of 17 managers. […]

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 […]

California Rambling: Vitamin S

There’s a healing property in the Sierra Nevada that John Rice, general manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe, calls “Vitamin S.” “I believe in Vitamin S,” he said. “Whatever ails you, Vitamin S helps in so many ways.” Rice is speaking about the therapeutic effect that skiing and snowboarding has on people. He said it’s more than just […]

Odorless gas a killer

With colder temperatures and increased use of heating devices, Cal Fire is warning of the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. Now is the time to make sure all homes have a working […]

Common sense safety tips on the slopes

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, […]

An adventurous journey of learning

She had blisters on top of blisters, tore through four pairs of shoes, walked two days and 20 miles on a sprained ankle and endured rain, snow, 100 mph winds and 110 degree temperatures. But if you ask Vicki Clift of Somerset whether she would hike 2,400 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail again, she’s […]

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of large and loving family; Tom Vano considers himself to be a lucky man.

Vano, 88, of Cameron Park, gave his Silver Star to a family member, but he really didn’t want it to begin with. It was a symbol of things he wanted to forget and reminder of brave men who died.

He grew up in Astoria, Long Island, and was friends, classmates and bandmates with the singer Tony Bennett, whose family had come from the same part of Italy, Calabria, as Vano’s parents.

Marshall Medical celebrates 55 years

The beginning Marshall Medical Center’s 55-year history is a story of dedicated local people who periodically faced a cliffhanger and came through. When Marshall Hospital opened its doors in 1959, it was the culmination of three years of organizing and fundraising by El Dorado County residents and business people to provide quality health care locally. […]

Hollywood comes to the hills

If you think you saw Mike Tyson and David Chappelle running around Red Hawk Casino or thought you recognized two gorgeous women at the Placerville Wal-Mart during the past three or four weeks … you probably did. Tyson, Chappelle, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, George Lopez, Paul Mooney and Mike Epps, among others, converged on Placerville […]

The balancing act: What to do when global warming fizzles

First it was global warming, it caught people’s attention, but concern soon waned especially when people realized it was going to cost them freedom and money. More important, when it stopped warming in the mid-1990s, it soon ranked at the bottom of world problems in most polls. So what did the activists and marketers of […]

Robert Ted Douillard

Sept. 5, 1941 – July 31, 2014 Robert Ted Douillard, 72, passed away July 31, 2014, at his Placerville home with his family by his side. Bob, or “Butch,” was born September 5, 1941 in Inglewood, Calif. to the late Theodore E. and Minnie C. Douillard. He graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood in […]

Belltower: A tale of two Monroes

Reading John Poimiroo’s column about Yosemite’s Wawona Hotel brought back memories. Having gone on some writers trips sponsored by the Nevada Tourism Department and written a three-part series about the first trip, I must have wound up on a list of writers invited to the Wawona. It was a winter trip — about 20 years […]

Music in the Park to benefit Kris Bingham

Join the community in Garden Valley Park on Sunday, June 1, from 1-6 p.m., for a benefit for Kris Bingham. Bingham’s life changed forever on the evening of April 4 when he was involved in a tragic car accident after a tree had fallen across both lanes of Marshall Road. His car crashed through 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. […]


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