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My turn: Tear down the El Dorado County Courthouse

Special to the Democrat If the county of El Dorado would tear down the historical Main Street, Placerville, Courthouse it could sell the building material and build a new trail. Does this sound crazy to you? Well Ñ this is essentially what a few well intended but misdirected individuals have proposed to the Board of […]

My turn: El Dorado County DUI Treatment Court fosters healthier and safer lives

By Salina Villa Drunk driving is the most frequently committed crime in the United States. In 2009, approximately 1.44 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics. It is estimated that alcohol and other drugs are a factor in 31 percent of all fatal automobile accidents. Drinking and driving, […]

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Trees of El Dorado County: Should trees have standing in court?

In 1972 the Sierra Club sued the Disney Corp. to prevent the development of a ski resort in Mineral King Valley next to Sequoia National Park. The Supreme Court ruled that the club as a membership coporation lacked standing and could not bring the suit, thus ruling in favor of Disney. But the ruling opened […]

The Balancing Act: Bizzaro county

Some habits are hard to change, like our county government making a habit of violating the law. One of the most recent transgressions is what appears to be the illegal hiring of interim Chief Administrative Officer Larry T. Combs. Combs is a CalPERS annuitant, meaning he has retired from a government job that has its pension system run […]

Water warning near El Dorado Trail

Stormwater pH tests conducted by El Dorado County Community Development Agency officials in the area of El Dorado Trail near the end of Stage Court in Placerville have indicated high alkaline levels of up to 12.8. Due to these results a warning sign and temporary caution tape have been posted at the site. The county has […]

Wallace appears in court

The man accused of killing his mother and brother on Nov. 11, 2015, appeared briefly in court Monday for a felony in custody arraignment. Milo Wallace, 49, faces two counts of murder for allegedly killing his mother Sandra Wallace, 71, and brother Matthew Wallace, 38, on the family’s Rocky Ridge Road property southeast of Placerville. Prosecutors told […]

Fee fight could reach courts

El Dorado County might sue Auditor-Controller Joe Harn over a delayed payment to the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Dec. 8 the Board of Supervisors directed County Counsel to initiate litigation against Harn, who has hired his own attorney to handle the potential court fight. Both Harn and interim County Counsel Mike Ciccozzi have […]

Grow For It! Creative and sustainable ways to help the landscape be firewise

The last few years have been sobering ones for foothill residents. Between the King Fire in 2014 and the Butte Fire in 2015, it has become increasingly important that people understand what options they have to create a landscape that is attractive, water-saving and firewise. For 15 years, UCCE Master Gardener Robin Stanley and her […]

Teen Court invites new participants

El Dorado County Teen Court in Placerville is recruiting new student participants for the spring program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training on Jan. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. in Placerville. After completing […]

‘Shotgun Weddings’ tells the story of Colleen Batten Harris

Book: “Shotgun Weddings — The Saga of Grandma Cokey, California’s Serial Husband Killer” Author: Lloyd Billingsley Publisher: Centershot Books, published October 2015, paperback and Kindle versions, 228 pages Lloyd Billingsley’s third novel lays out clearly the story of Colleen Batten Harris, the El Dorado County resident who shot and killed two of her husbands. She […]

Court denies EDH apartment project

“The El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments project approval has been overturned by the courts, one year after its approval by the Board of Supervisors.”

So begins a prepared statement from the group known as Citizens for Sensible Growth in El Dorado Hills.

Groups reach out to homeless veterans

As the weather gets colder, supporters of El Dorado County’s homeless veterans ask the public to help those who served this country. “Every now and then we hear that there are no homeless veterans in El Dorado county. This is simply not true ,” said David Zelinsky, service officer of the American Legion Post 119. […]

Oak Ridge pounds El Dorado

EL DORADO HILLS — After playing its first seven games on the road this season — all tournaments — the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team played its first home Saturday that was also the start of the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. Playing intra county rival El Dorado in the opener, Oak Ridge’s […]

Central El Dorado Hills Plan open for review

El Dorado County staff and Parker Development employees hosted an open house last Wednesday at Oak Meadow Elementary School to answer questions about the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan, the Serrano developer’s 341-acre plan that includes the 98-acre former Executive Golf Course. El Dorado Hills resident Donn Nehar spent his career in law enforcement. He […]

The Pickups to play farewell concert

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the Shingle Springs Community Center is hosting the farewell performance of one of El Dorado County’s favorite bands, the Pickups. This will be the monthly second Saturday concert for December at the community center with local favorite Tamra Godey opening the show. The Pickups, were voted best band in past Mountain […]

Workshop focuses on roads, county facilities

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special workshop Monday beginning at 9 a.m. in the board’s meeting chambers in Placerville. The topic is the current and future Capital Improvement Program, which covers major maintenance and construction projects on nearly 1,100 miles of roads, in addition to numerous bridges and county facilities. By […]

County considers revised biological resources policy

El Dorado County’s Long Range Planning Division announced last week that a public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23. Published as a “Revised Notice of Preparation,” the document explains that an environmental impact report will be prepared regarding General Plan policies related to biological resources and the Oak Resources Management Plan (ORMP). The […]

Heard over the back fence: Helping our Vets

 The Sew 4 Vets group will set up a booth at the Airpark Boutique at 3239 Baron Court in the Cameron Airpark on Friday, Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Drive out to Cameron Park and meet some very nice people. GLASS MOSAIC CLASS: […]

El Dorado girls alone at the top

EL DORADO — There won’t be any sharing of the Sierra Valley Conference girl’s banner this year, El Dorado has it all to itself. Behind solid performances up and down the lineup Monday, the Cougars took care of business at the Snake Pit, defeating Union Mine 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 to cap an undefeated league run. Unlike […]

El Dorado girls in the driver’s seat

Maintaining its perfect Sierra Valley Conference record, host El Dorado made quick work of Cordova Monday, defeating the Lancers 25-13, 25-11, 25-11. Prior to the first serve, the Lady Cougars honored seniors Kylie Haverson, Makayla Hoyt, Serena Franz, Samantha Chavez and Rachel Stevenson. El Dorado (24-6, 8-0) has remaining matches at Galt tonight and a big […]

Francis and Joy Carpenter celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Francis and Joy Carpenter of Rescue aren’t planning anything special for their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 28. They’ll just stay home, sitting in their favorite chairs, maybe watch a little TV. It will be comfortable, content and satisfying, because there is nothing they enjoy more than the company of one another. Francis and Joy like […]

Rivalry no problem for El Dorado girls

In a highly-anticipated intra-county and Sierra Valley Conference clash at the L.A. Brown Gym, El Dorado and Union Mine entered Wednesday’s Pink Volleyfest showdown undefeated in conference. On the court, the Cougars took charge in the first two sets and though the Diamondbacks displayed plenty of energy in the third, El Dorado swept its rivals 25-17, […]

Violent predator locked away indefintely

A man convicted of multiple forced rapes is currently being held at the El Dorado County jail, awaiting transfer to a California state hospital facility for violent offenders. Timothy Suddeth, 63, of South Lake Tahoe was sentenced to serve indefinite time at a maximum security state hospital at an Oct. 8 hearing before a jury […]

It’s El Dorado versus Union Mine tonight

What: Volleyball Who: Cougars-D’backs Where: El Dorado High When: 6 p.m. Tonight’s huge intra-county volleyball match pits intra-county rivals Union Mine and El Dorado on the Cougars’ court with first place in the Sierra Valley Conference at stake. Both teams come in undefeated in league and both are defending SVC champions led by senior captains […]

Grow For It! Yellow starthistle

Invasive weeds pose many problems throughout the foothills. They deplete the limited water in soils thus out-competing native grasses and other plantings that support biological diversity. Forage for wildlife as well as domestic animals is reduced and they can increase wildfire and flood danger. Yellow starthistle is an invasive weed high on the California Invasive […]

Vehicles shine at Niello Concours

EL DORADO HILLS — From humble beginnings, the Niello Concours has grown up and features plenty of everything — pre-war classics from Packard, Lincoln and Cadillac, half a dozen or so 1950s and ’60s muscle cars, more than two dozen Ferraris from a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE to a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta and more than a dozen De Tomaso Pantaras. There was even a 1955 Chris Craft Capri wooden speed boat owned by Michael Stafford of Placerville featured this past Sunday.

El Dorado, Ponderosa split contests

EL DORADO — In an intra county non-conference girls water polo match-up, El Dorado dominated Ponderosa that led to a 14-6 win at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Designated as the visitors in this contest, the Lady Cougars (4-3) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and 9-2 at halftime behind the scoring […]

Buchanan arraignment delayed to Nov. 2

Nolan Buchanan, 16, of Benicia, accused of allegedly killing his family appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Buchanan’s appearance in front of Judge Nelson Brooks was short-lived, as his public defender William Dittmann requested his arraignment be postponed to Nov. 2. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, representing the people, did […]

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 […]

Shooting suspect gets new court date

The man accused of shooting a Mosquito resident during an argument this summer appeared in court Monday, waiving time for a speedy trial. David Stetler, 35, appeared with his attorney David Weiner in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom for a pre-preliminary hearing. A preliminary conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 […]

King Fire suspect’s trial delayed

The trial for the man suspected of starting 2014’s devastating King Fire will likely start next summer.

Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Friday. In Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom, new dates for upcoming hearings were set due to a change in representation. Huntsman’s previous attorney retired and Public Defender Terry Monterosa has taken over the case.

Monterosa said she’s “starting from scratch.”

“It’s a huge case with thousands of pages to go over,” she explained.

Fundraiser to support Center for Violence-free Relationships

Merrily Melson today remains amazed at the number of local individuals and organizations that came to her aid in the wake of her baby boy’s death at the hands of his father. She is a firm supporter of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, which was formed as the El Dorado County Women’s Center in 1979. […]

Local woman’s journey through hell part of national movie

Remember a little over seven years ago when that little 2 1/2-year-old boy was taken by his homicidal father from the family home in Shingle Springs and the community held its breath waiting for the outcome? Think back on the collective heartbreak when we all learned that Andrew Bailey was dead, murdered by his father […]

Drugs found; teen in court

Following the arrest of a 17-year-old Union Mine student Monday, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies served several search warrants and reportedly found more Adderall linked to the teen, whose name is not being released as a matter of this newspaper’s policy. “The warrants were to search the student’s gym locker, his backpack and his residence,” […]

Italy on Wheels rolling in Folsom

The fourth annual Italy on Wheels Italian vehicle show takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Murer House Museum grounds, 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. Growing every year, this fine show not only features Italian superstars — Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos — but everyday cars such as […]

New Morning looking brighter with help from car show

What: Automotive Excellence Car Show for New Morning Youth and Family Services Who: Automotive Excellence Where: 4600 Missouri Flat in Placerville When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: (530) 622-2701 or at [email protected]   Growing up, Randi Mitchelson remembers playing with some of the kids from the New Morning shelter in Placerville, simply because her parents lived […]

Thelma Eleanor Carpenter

Feb. 25, 1924 — July 5, 2015 Thelma Eleanor Gilbert Carpenter, born Feb. 25, 1924, in Springfield, Neb., to Frank and Ola Gilbert, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2014 at the age of 91. She is survived by five children, Glenda Johnson, Larry Carpenter, Sandra Cash, Frank Carpenter and […]

Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

The Annunciation Angel has returned to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour on Coloma Street in Placerville. The beautiful stained glass window was set on Aug. 2 after almost a year absence. The church was vandalized on Sept. 8, 2014 and along with a few stolen items, the stained glass window of the angel Gabriel, the […]

The county chamber welcomes public to 100th birthday party

What: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 100th anniversary Where: Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Golden Center Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5885 Keeping the community informed of all the local news, happenings, marriages, divorces, births and funerals, since 1851 the Mountain Democrat has been the glue that has held […]

SOJ opponents: Seceding would leave county ‘cash poor’

Though a majority attending Tuesday evening’s meeting supported the State of Jefferson movement, the event actually began with speakers from the Keep It California group who “advocate for rural California but oppose breaking away.” Citing common cause on “several issues,” and fully acknowledging that rural representation is a real problem, KIC representatives said, “We’d like to work […]

Joseph Hinds hearing delayed

A trial setting conference for the man accused of non-fatally shooting his father-in-law was rescheduled for Sept. 14. Joseph Hinds appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner’s courtroom Monday residing. He’s in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $175,00 bail. The 33-year-old entered a not guilty plea to a charge of […]

County updating General Plan’s biological policies

Public hearings will be set El Dorado County’s 2006 Oak Woodlands Management Plan, newly re-christened as the Oak Resources Management Plan, is once again getting a makeover. Developed by the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency, the biological policy update project’s new resolution of intention was presented by Principal Planner Shawna Purvines at the […]

New court date for Hinds

The man accused of shooting his father-in-law in March will head back to court for a trial setting conference setting on Aug. 10. Joseph Hinds, who’s accused of non-fatally shooting David Klinker following an argument Hinds had with his wife Cindy Hinds (Klinker’s daughter), appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday for a brief hearing. At that […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

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As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

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