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Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation, says Texas A&M team

COLLEGE STATION,Texas – A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean’s subsurface provides clues as to why the Earth’s climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns, according to climate scientists at Texas A&M University. Geological oceanographer Matthew Schmidt and two of his graduate students teamed up with Ping Chang, a physical oceanographer and […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in News | 1 Reply

County seeks public input on road project, development fee updates

El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency has requested public input and comment by means of a document officially titled “Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Western Slope Roadway Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program.” The Mountain Democrat received the six-page NOP in the mail Wednesday morning from the […]

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: Senior Help Numbers

 The Placerville Library needs volunteers to help stack and sell used books on the first Saturday of each month. If interested in volunteering, call Barbara Parmenter at (530) 621-2439. SENIOR HELP NUMBERS:
 The following area code 530 information numbers are helpful: -
Information & Assistance, 621-6369 -
Legal Assistance, 621-6154 -Long Term Care Ombudsman, […]

Heard over the back fence: Deal the Cards

Play bridge Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the social room of the Cameron Park Community Center at 2502 Country Club Drive. For more information call (530) 677-2231 or visit TENNIS PLAYERS UNITE:
 Recently 32 tennis players united for a holiday Toys for Tots tournament organized by Bill […]

Slash inflation

EDITOR: The Federal Reserve has been issuing America’s currency since 1913. Since then the Fed has been increasing the amount of currency in circulation. This is called inflation and results in the cost of everything going up. For example, what used to cost 5 cents in 1913 now costs $1. (Think of an ice cream cone.) […]

Grow For It! Grow up

Isn’t it about time, after all? Consider expanding your horticultural horizons. Elevate your gardening game. Exploit verticality in the vegetable kingdom … Growing up, in other words, is a good thing. There are lots of reasons for finally growing up. It can maximize your garden space. It can add interest, variety and texture to your […]

Heard over the back fence: Winter Arts Festival

On Dec. 6 the Veterans and Sew 4 Vets are teaming up. Enjoy a hot breakfast for only $6, which includes eggs cooked to your liking, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. After breakfast shop for last-minute Christmas gifts. The event is at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville […]

Comment sought on agritourism traffic woes

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission will host a public workshop for the Sustainable Agritourism Mobility Study on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the upper gym of the Camino Elementary School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino. The study analyzes the traffic conditions associated with agritourism activity in El Dorado County, such as wineries, […]

Two supes served notices of recall

District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel and District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli were served with a notice of intention to circulate recall petition during yesterday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors open forum. Citing the “tyranny of our elected officials … who have failed to effectively and efficiently operate county government,” recall proponents handed in 10 […]

Heard over the back fence: Paint and a Splash

On Saturday, Oct. 24, there will be a Harvest Festival at El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 at Evelyn’s Closet in El Dorado or call (530) 622-8868 or (530) 622-3657. Dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, corn medley, cole slaw […]

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’ […]

At a glance: Making money

The Department of the Treasury was established by an Act of Congress on Sept. 2, 1789. The department takes care of the revenue, prints and mints all the paper currency and coins in circulation and collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and manages U.S. government debt instruments. The first Secretary of the […]

Belltower: The China Syndrome

The 1979 Michael Douglas movie of the same name about a nuclear plant meltdown featured the fanciful notion that it could melt all the way through the earth to China. Now we are left to ponder if a Chinese stock market meltdown could go all the way to the United States. By Aug. 29, 1929, […]

Master Food Preservers: Dehydrating food

The UCCE El Dorado County Master Food Preservers are having a free class on dehydration and freezing on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds board room, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. It will be a real treat for those attending the class. So many people are curious about drying […]

Close your eyes & relax

Make time for a massage; your body and mind will thank you Brooks Rollins Massage Envy Benefits to getting regular massage Massage can help with the physical and the mental/emotional, from the everyday to the life-long: improved posture, range of motion in joints, circulation and enhanced immune system; reduced pain and headaches, lower blood pressure, […]

County roads budget a wrong turn

EDITOR: Readers who read my letter about forming a Transportation Commission will understand my reasoning after a review of the Transportation Department proposed 2015-16 budgets available at budget information FY 2015-16. In the department overview section, the magic number is $87,686,012 in expenditures vs. revenue of $87,134,790 thus leaving net cost to the county of $551,222 […]

Thieves steal the Democrat’s change

Thieves busted the locks off multiple coin-operated newspaper racks, including those belonging to the Mountain Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, in the early morning hours of July 11. Racks affected include those in front of the Pollock Pines Post Office on Sanders Drive, in front of the Valero gas station on Pony Express Trail […]

Carson Creek plans moving forward

Two Carson Creek planned development housing projects were reviewed by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its July 9 meeting. Part of the 1997 Carson Creek Specific Plan, 140 residential lots in Unit 3 of the plan gained approval from the commission. Consisting of a little more than 19 acres, the El Dorado Hills property is located south of Golden Foothill […]

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,” […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago July 13, 1990 Road fees passed by supervisors By URSULA ROSE The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved of road improvement fees for Bassi Road in Lotus, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills at its meeting on Tuesday. All fees will be charged this fall, said Scott Chadd, transportation director. The Department […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

Feeling sorry for Chris Daley

EDITOR: After reading a negative letter to the editor regarding Chris Daley’s column on May 20, and yet another on May 25, I had to offer a different point of view. Chris takes current topics and with much humor and common sense and puts out an entertaining piece. I personally look forward to reading his […]

Heard over the back fence: Find a friend

ROOKIE COMPUTER LESSONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering, by appointment, free beginning computer lessons for seniors. These three 1-hour lessons are offered to seniors, age 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers, including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. […]

Not so small impact of ‘not so big house’

Sixteen years ago this month, while covering real estate for the Los Angeles Times, I interviewed a little-known architect on the verge of becoming a household name. Seven months earlier, in October 1998, Sarah Susanka’s first book, “The Not So Big House” (Taunton Press), hit store shelves. By May 1999, “The Not So Big House” […]

Another drought year ahead? Survey says: Most likely

California may be looking at a fourth year of drought based on the latest snow survey conducted Jan. 29 at Phillips Station.

With sunny weather and not much snow on the ground to measure, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, stuck a pole into the ground and came up largely empty.

The survey found a snow depth of 7.1 inches and a water equivalent of 2.3 inches, which is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course.

These results are down from measurements done Dec. 30 when there was 21.5 inches of snow on the ground with a water content of 4 percent.

“In a normal year we’d have about five feet of snow depth at this location this time of year,” said Gehrke.

Statewide, the snow water equivalent as measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches, or 25 percent of the historical average. That’s down from …


EDITOR: During the early 1930s, 25 states revised their laws to authorize the issuance of script to remedy their shortage of currency. In addition to script issued by states, many business concerns and even individuals also issued script. Script was issued because there were not enough federal reserve notes in circulation to facilitate trade during […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a little poetry

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.” SECRETS OF SUCCESS: […]

Grow For It! Citrus Basics

Citrus plants are evergreen trees and shrubs that offer attractive form and glossy deep green foliage year round; they flower with a wonderful fragrance and produce delicious fruit. Citrus require full sun and require protection from frost. They are not cold hardy and need special care during the winter months. Some varieties are much more […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade Sunday

MODESTY IS BETTER: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Unless you’re an owl, stop tooting your own horn.” DON’T FORGET THE PARADE: The annual Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, on Broadway and Main Street, Placerville. Come early and get a good spot. Don’t forget your lawn chair! HOLLY FAIR: Episcopal Church […]

Resort openings and tips for skiing attire

Opening days • Boreal Mountain: Nov. 18 • Northstar California: Nov. 21 • Heavenly Montain Resort: Nov. 21 • Mt. Rose: Nov. 21 • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 22 • Squaw Valley: Today • Sugar Bowl: Today *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly earlier this month Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left […]

Consumer alert: California newspaper subscription scam

SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding a scam involving fake newspaper subscription mailings. Individuals throughout California have recently received deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions. The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a local newspaper, […]

Best Plumbing: Conforti Plumbing

Voted the best plumbing business for 12 years in a row is Conforti Plumbing. Locally owned and operated for 36 years, the company can be found at 6080 Pleasant Valley Road, #C, in El Dorado. Offering comprehensive plumbing services, Conforti can do faucet replacements, fix leaks, install recirculation pumps, do bathroom and kitchen remodels, do new construction […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Clay Street Project

EDITOR: I’m writing this in response to two recent letters regarding the proposed Clay Street realignment project. Moving Clay Street across the Ivy House parking lot would create a four-way stop at Cedar Ravine and Main Street. The project is designed to improve traffic circulation and address increased traffic on each of these roads. It […]

Library in Cameron Park has a fresh look

The makeover may have taken several weeks, but the El Dorado County Library in Cameron Park has reopened looking ready to take on at least the next two decades. “The library got a 20-year face lift,” Cameron Park Library branch manager Nancy Owen-Hazard said. “We were on the (county) Capital Improvement Project list for 10 years and […]

Approval of Green Valley project rescinded

As a result of successful litigation against the county, at its Sept. 16 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors was required to rescind its prior approval of the Green Valley Convenience Center. The development, which would include a convenience store, gas station, fast food outlet and car wash, was unpopular with many El Dorado Hills […]

Expo to showcase everything healthy

What: Healthy Universe Expo Who: Healthcare practitioners Where: Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, June 28, 10 a..-7 p.m. Cost: Adults $5, 18 and under free, $5 parking fee Information: [email protected]   If you haven’t got your health, what have you got? Before you can make the best choice for your health […]

Heard over the back fence: Book publishing tips offered

FIRE IS NOT LOGICAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following quote: “How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?” HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK: Author Erin Dealey will offer tips and tricks regarding “Navigating the Wild World of Publishing” on Saturday, June […]

Not worth mentioning

EDITOR: Many important topics are deemed unworthy of consideration by major mainstream media (MMM): 1) Fukushima: Considered perhaps 50 times more devastating than Chernobyl, the Fukushima atomic power plant continues to spew enormous amounts of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean each day. This potent radioactive material kills all life in its path, which is […]

Mountain Democrat wins five statewide newspaper awards

The Mountain Democrat brought home five major awards from the 2013 Better Newspapers Contest Awards Show and Banquet held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose. The contest is sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. California’s oldest newspaper earned three first place and two second place awards in the category of weekly publications […]

Diamond, El Dorado plans adopted

The final draft of the Diamond and El Dorado Area Mobility and Sustainable Community Plan was adopted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission at its March 6 meeting. A report three years in the making, the plan is designed to address transportation circulation and other transportation improvements in the El Dorado-Diamond Springs area. Dan Bolster, […]

Newspapers in Education gives students new learning opportunities

The value of reading as a predictor of success is well-documented, especially for children. Real-life reading, from newspapers and periodicals, broadens a child’s view of the world and the depth of their literacy. To support teachers and students in literacy and learning, the Mountain Democrat has participated in the Newspapers in Education program since 2002. […]

Heard over the back fence: St. Patrick’s Day March 17

MATH IS NOT EASY: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “There are 3 kinds of people in this world: Those that are good at math, and those that aren’t.” GET OUT THE GREEN! Today is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear green. When I was young, we had permission to pinch anyone who was not […]

Have an Affair of the Heart

Have a heart and treat that vital organ to the best possible care for a happy, healthy life. The importance of heart health is the focus of the annual Affair of the Heart, Marshall Medical Center’s popular event that includes guest speakers, health club vendors, health screenings, healthy food sampling, wine tasting and other treats. […]

County OKs underground utilities for Diamond Parkway

A 4-1 majority of county supervisors created the Diamond Springs Parkway Underground Utility District Feb. 4. More precisely, the board passed a resolution that allows for formation of the district. The California Public Utilities Commission established tariff programs in 1967 whereby private companies such as PG&E and AT&T set aside funds exclusively for the purpose […]

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SMUD axes Iowa Hill

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Placerville crime stats: Property crimes are up

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Home burns; firefighters injured

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Heard over the back fence: Have faith

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ORHS principal still out

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Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

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Report: Man sets girl on fire

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2015 stats: Violent crime up

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Never give up on a dream

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Mik running for Assembly

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Board majority sell-out

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Hit in the head

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EID disaster

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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Sports scene: Feb. 12, 2016

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Roundup: Feb. 9-10, 2016

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“Fresh Tracks” 5k Snowshoe Walk and Race

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GS boys downed 60-47

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Lady Griz fall to Rio Vista

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Lady Bruins oust Oakmont, eye Roseville

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Roundup: Feb. 13, 2016

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Lady Cougars share league title

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D’back boys win big over El Dorado

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Bruins on roll

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Ponderosa varsity advances

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Schedule: Feb. 15-20, 2016

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Oak Ridge athletes sign

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Costa breaks through for first win

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Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

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Six lady wrestlers advance

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Troy tests Woodcreek

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ hits a high note

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The future looks sweet

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Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

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Hear Lolligaggers and Beyond a Dream at fundraiser

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Second Saturday concert features local favorites

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Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

By Feist Wines | From Page: B4

Folsom Lake Symphony plays the language of love

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

Pomp and pageantry coming to Folsom

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Food trucks drive to Union Mine High School

By El Dorado Union High School District

Career fair showcases opportunities

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‘Ancestral Voices’ inspire dancers in spring concert

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Scarlata, Kalish top New Millennium Concert schedule

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Lake levels

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Divorces: December 2015

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Building permits issued Feb. 1-5

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Placerville Police crime log

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EDSO crime log

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Lake levels

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On the agenda: EID

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Lake levels

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Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes

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Linda Marie (Gray) Suddarth

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Etta “Louise” Beals

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Odie Ray Prettyman funeral notice

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Michael David Wendt

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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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Ten reasons your house isn’t selling

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