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Bass Lake accident victim identifed

The victim of a solo vehicle fatal accident early Friday morning on Bass Lake Road has been identified. Ashley Culver, 22, of Shingle Springs, was the victim of the accident, CHP Officer Ron Davenport said. Culver’s 1997 Pontiac was heading eastbound on Highway 50 at the Bass Lake Road undercrossing at 2:05 a.m. when the […]

Shingle Springs WWII vet fixed, improved subs

“We were so lucky,” said 88-year-old Walter Larsen. He’s speaking of the crew of the USS Sperry, a Fulton-class submarine tender that Larsen served on from 1942 to 1944 in the South Pacific.

Larsen, who has lived in El Dorado County for 57 years, was a young shipyard worker at Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco when the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into WWII.

“I wanted to enlist and do my duty, but the shipyard said no, I was needed,” he said.

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The accidental dentist

Dr. Robert Catron, of Sierra Dental Group in Shingle Springs, might not be going on another vacation for a while — not if his wife Yami has anything to say about it. Five years after  birth of the couple’s twins, Catron was finally able to talk his wife into a second honeymoon — their first […]

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 […]

Accident on South Shingle leads to fatality

A fatal accident occurred Aug. 3 on South Shingle Drive in Shingle Springs. At 11:05 p.m., a 1990 Toyota pickup truck was heading southbound on South Shingle Road north of El Camino at an “unknown high rate of speed,” said CHP Officer Dan Stark. While trying to go around a curve, the driver lost control […]

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As we were: Light-pane accident

25 Years ago July 17, 1987 ‘Pilot misjudgment’ caused recent crash “Pilot misjudgment” is being cited as the cause of the light-plane accident last week in Cameron Park, according to Debbie Eckrote, air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Eckrote said the final report has not been prepared, but she said it appears […]

Striking it rich by accident

The Coloma-Lotus area seems to be a very lucky place for all kinds of treasure hunters. For Mitch Carey of Shingle Springs, it came by accident when he was thinning out the poison oak on his property in Lotus last Saturday. He looked down and noticed what looked like a piece of charcoal. After checking it […]

Shingle Springs engineer responded to 9/11

Neil Moore, 79, sits on a stool in his home office, his face somber and reflective as he looks back on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “We got a call from our daughter to turn on the TV… that was it. We turn on the TV. They talk about the first plane going in, […]

Pickett receives Spirit Award

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Zach Pickett, a Ponderosa High water polo player in Shingle Springs has been selected the 2014 national recipient of the “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who […]

Take the test

EDITOR: Our citizens need to know the facts about El Dorado County. Take the test and see how you do. The correct answers are at the bottom. 1. The General Plan must be updated with the state every: a. Three years b. Five years c. 10 years d. The General Plan is a one-time presentation […]

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas dinner Saturday in Pollock Pines

 John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.” — Christian Furchtegott Gellert (1715-1769) German Poet and Moralist FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER:
 The Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines, is hosting their annual, free Christmas […]

Jim O’Camb: From farmboy to firefighter

“You don’t know how many people you touch,” El Dorado Hills Deputy Chief Jim O’Camb said recently as he sat back in his office chair and reflected on his nearly 35-year fire service career.

He recalled a man stopping him in the grocery store once to thank O’Camb for saving the man’s daughter. He smiled as he remembered the little boy who managed to get himself trapped in a closet. O’Camb and a fellow firefighter dismantled the door, got the shaken youngster out and then put the door back together.

The friendships — O’Camb said he will always be grateful for the people he has met throughout the years. And even though retirement looms (a month away) he won’t forget what …

Crime Log: Sept. 19-25

Sept. 19 9:33 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to a report of an accidental shooting on Kingsbury Drive in Placerville. It was determined the shooting was accidental and the deputies generated a report for information purposes. Sept. 20 1:18 a.m. Sara Jarvis, 32, was contacted while sitting on the side of Highway 50 in Placerville. She […]

Green Valley project forwarded to BOS

A convenience center on Green Valley Road was approved at the Sept. 26 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting after a lengthy hearing. An unpopular development with some residents of El Dorado Hills, the 2.12-acre site at the intersection of Green Valley Road and Sophia Parkway is planned to include a gas station, convenience store, […]

Not on my street, please

In 1984, Frank Kopita helped build the second home on Mineshaft Lane in Shingle Springs and he has a house on Elf Wood Lane that intersects with Mineshaft. They are both quiet residential streets with custom homes — but the entrance to Mineshaft Lane is directly across the street from the entrance to the student […]

Mark Freeman Adams

Aug. 17, 1953 — Sept. 1, 2013 Mark Freeman Adams was born in South Gate, Calif., on Aug. 17, 1953, and grew up in Lake Tahoe. He was taken suddenly in a vehicular accident in Shingle Springs on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mark was the loving husband of Wendy Adams. Together they shared a very caring family, […]

Horses come to the rescue

Little girls often dream of a knight in shining armor who will ride up on a big, white horse to sweep them off to a fairytale life. But sometimes, as the years pass, the silver armor becomes tarnished with unthinkable abuse as the true colors of their once-beloved come through — and all that’s left […]

Dangerous intersection

EDITOR: I am sending this letter to the El Dorado County DOT also. If need be I will be setting up a petition to make this intersection a priority: I’m writing in concern of the dangerous intersection of Green Valley Road and Ponderosa Road in the Shingle Springs road area. I have lived in this […]

Forsberg breaks Decaires’ win streak

Greg DeCaires was poised to make a record fourth consecutive win Saturday at Placerville Speedway before defending track champion Andy Forsberg put an end to his win streak, scoring a long overdue victory on the track he calls home. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been here,” said Forsberg, who last won at Placerville on June […]

Things to do: July 5, 2013

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 4, is featuring Isabella Jeanette Ryder, whose work in acrylic, ink tense watercolor pencils and oil explores abstract and textural forms by weaving two paintings together to express a unique and original concept in art. Also featured is pastelist, Judy Perry whose beautiful […]

Things to do: May 3, 2013

ONGOING put rincon 503 here Rinconart Studio and Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is celebrating Girls Night Out Friday, May 3 featuring piano player Marty Jones and hors d’oeuvres and showcasing the talents of more than 25 local and regional artists. Discover and explore the exceptional two-dimensional and three-dimensional art pieces. For more information […]

Rollover kills passenger

A man is dead after a single-car accident near Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs on Friday morning. Laura Duggins, 25, was driving her 1996 white Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 50 just east of Red Hawk Casino at 11:05 a.m. when she began drifting into the center median, said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn […]

Something to think about: Elasticity of perception

The world is full of paradoxes: Time flies; time drags. It’s a small world; the world is a big place. It’s all because of the elasticity of perception. When you’re fully engaged in something you find interesting or fun, the 3 ½ hours you spend doing it feel like 10 minutes. Conversely, a 45-minute meeting […]

Laughter is good for everything

What: “Stand Up For Kids” Who: Leadership El Dorado Class 6, El Dorado County’s Chamber of Commerce Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville When: Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $35 tickets can be purchased at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce in Placerville, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce in Cameron Park […]

Supes get look-see at road plans

The El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors got a first look at its Department of Transportation’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2013 during Tuesday’s afternoon board session. Under the county’s General Plan, the board is required to update the CIP at least every year and coordinate each update with the “five-year major review of the […]

Heard over the back fence: Bowl-a-thon fundraiser Saturday

 John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Faith is a journey not a destination.” BOWL-A-THON FOR HIGHTOWERS:
 Mark and Amanda Hightower were recently in a very serious car accident on Highway 50 in Camino. Because of multiple surgeries and other medical expenses, their medical bills are out of sight. The Knotty […]

Heard over the back fence: Coat giveaway Saturday

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Boldly Going Nowhere.” KOATS FOR KIDS AVAILABLE:
 Gold Rush No. 1034 will hold a Koats for Kids giveaway Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Masonic Lodge from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The lodge is located at 2820 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville. You must bring proof […]

NRA grant advances gun program for youths

A program to help local youths improve their gun shooting skills got a boost after it was awarded a $7,900 grant from the Northern California chapter of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Run by members of the American Legion Post 119 in Shingle Springs, the shooting program is in its third year.

Chuck Brasiel said he started the program two years ago when he was commander of Post 119. “I decided I wanted to teach kids to shoot,” he said.

A local businessman and former competitive shooter himself, Brasiel said he and three others then went about getting certified by the NRA as instructors. The board of directors of Post 119 gave…

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Things to do: Sept. 21, 2012

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 30, is featuring the award-winning pastels and oil paintings and art of Blanche Kawahara. Also featured is painter Joyce Bahnsen. For more information call 530-642-2944. Upstairs Gallery, 420 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting the power of art in the healing process through […]

Crime Log — Sept. 4-6

Sept. 4 2:00 a.m. 
A male subject, Steven Ferroni, 47, was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. 8:40 a.m.
 Deputies received a crime report regarding felony vandalism to residential exterior lighting on Brown Drive in El Dorado Hills. 9:22 a.m. A […]

Fluke mishap injures Ponderosa swimmer

CAMERON PARK — Ponderosa High swimmer Zachary Pickett suffered a serious injury days before the start of the 2012-13 school year, leaving a void on the Shingle Springs’ campus as classes got underway. Lifeguarding at Cameron Park Lake, the junior class president, according to his dad Tod, simply ran into the water and dove in […]

Crime Log — Aug. 4-8

Aug. 4 3:10 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered Ace Hardware on Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park by breaking the front door glass. Power tools were taken. 3:22 p.m. A complaint was made by a Garden Valley resident who was receiving harassing phone calls from her ex-husband. The male, Kevin Mode, 36, was arrested for an […]

Fast and Furious championship coming to Placerville

The Fast and Furious Championship Racing Season presented by Red Hawk Casino and Hoosier Racing Tires is beginning to enter its final weeks continuing Saturday night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. While two of the weekly divisions are seeing the point standings begin to spread out, the winged sprint car championship […]

Traffic light response

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: What a great volunteer

Editor Mike Raffety provided the following quote from the “Springs of Greek Wisdom” book: “One is rich not through one’s possessions, but through that which one can with dignity do without.” — Picurus • • • EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER: 
Shell Benesch has been selected as the featured volunteer for the Placerville Library. The “Between […]

Dancing through 60 years together

Lillian E. (Bellamy) and George E. Stephenson of Shingle Springs have been dancing together for 60 years and it all started in a drugstore. A 16 year old Lillian was working in Kinsell’s Drugstore in Dearborn, Mich. when 20 year old George came in. “She didn’t want to have anything to do with me, but […]

Heard over the back fence: Patsy Cline tribute Saturday

The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar noted the following financial advice:
”A hidden benefit of the “buy something new, let something go” strategy can be a greatly reduced cost of living. This strategy encourages you to think twice about buying new things because you know you have to get rid of something […]

Reader’s Digest considering local author’s story

Carolyn Johnson of Shingle Springs is one of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. El Dorado County residents can show support by voting for Johnson’s story or any others they like at The story “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Carolyn Johnson “There’s been an […]

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. […]

Married by proxy — local woman, soldier exchange vows

It was 9:15 a.m. in Placerville on July 25 when Shingle Springs resident Sarah Brown, 24, and fiance, Army Specialist Randal Blake of Cameron Park, 22, exchanged wedding vows before El Dorado County Recorder William Schultz. For Sarah, it was 9:15 in the morning, but for Blake, deployed thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, it […]

Criminal annals, part 125: Wayward husband returns

Jumping to the Sept. 23, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a number of interesting stories, including one that solves a disappearance that was reported just a few days before. “THE LOST FOUND.— Mr. Patrick Venable, whose wife was in the city last Monday in search of him, we are happy 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 […]

Gladiator Challenge ‘High Octane’ warms the crowd on a cold, rainy day

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Diehard fans turned out in full force Saturday afternoon in spite of the cold and rain for Gladiator Challenge’s “High Octane,” Mixed Martial Arts fights at the Shingle Springs Rancheria. Enduring near freezing tremperatures and rain, the fans proved to be as hardy as the fighters they came to cheer. The first […]

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 […]

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