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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Just when everyone in the county had learned that LUPPU stands for Land Use Policy Programatic Update, they went and changed it to LRPU and then contracted that down to LRP. Long-Range Planning Division Assistant Director Dave Defanti brought that news to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ April 15 meeting. Because LUPPU was […]
EDITOR: There was an article in the paper a while back. It said that Superior Court and the group of people claiming to be the real Shingle Springs Miwoks are going to be working together to deal with native families when kids are involved. This group of people have not even proven that they are […]
El Dorado Winery Association members continue the wine journey with a second weekend of Passport on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Passport holders can tour the wine country of El Dorado County enjoying the award-winning wines, visiting with the winemakers, sampling food pairings, listening to music and seeing amazing art. The theme for […]
Eddie T. Keller, a respected local judge who served on the bench for more than 20 years, has endorsed veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. “Since criminal cases account for over 80 percent of the work of our court, it is essential that we have a judge […]
We were impressed to hear that the Superior Court of El Dorado County has worked out a joint court with the tribal judge from the Shingle Springs Rancheria. One judge from each jurisdiction will sit together for child welfare, family court, domestic violence, juvenile matters and substance abuse issues concerning tribal members. The two judges […]
The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on the Shingle Springs Rancheria will collaborate to create a court for juvenile and family court cases. Two judges, Christine Williams of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court and Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury, presiding judge of the El Dorado County Superior […]
The El Dorado County Fair is accepting applications for the honor to be the 2014 El Dorado Rose. Clubs, groups, businesses or individuals are invited to sponsor a candidate to participate in this year’s festivities and to honor her for contributions to the community. Qualifications to be nominated for the 2014 El Dorado Rose are: […]
Food Bank of El Dorado County to Sponsor Spaghetti Feed to Benefit the Chavez Family The Food Bank of El Dorado County is sponsoring Independence High School’s spaghetti feed that serves to benefit one of its students, Rebecca Chavez and her family who were displaced from their home after the Woodridge Court fire that occurred […]
With traffic flow being the driving force, a plan to enhance the communities of El Dorado and Diamond Springs is in the process of being drafted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission.
Called the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan, the document not only addresses options for improving traffic circulation in the area, but also population growth, jobs and cityscape issues such as sidewalks, landscaping, bike paths and crosswalks with an eye for how those communities may look 10 to 20 years from now.
With January being National Stalking Awareness Month, one El Dorado Hills woman is reaching out to the community to raise awareness on cyberstalking and cyberbullying, and to provide support to victims. Alexis Moore gave up everything when her ex-husband starting cyberstalking her. Her home, her dog, even her car. She began writing journals, marking every […]
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance in February 2012 to prohibit “registered sex offenders from entering county parks, schools and other areas where children congregate.” Designed and implemented along “substantially similar” lines as those crafted by many other jurisdictions throughout the state, local ordinances “have been challenged in state and federal […]
More candidates are taking exploratory steps to run for public office this year. But we won’t know if they are serious until the campaign signs and buttons show up. On a state and national level, voters will fill a number of positions including that of U.S. Representative in the 4th Congressional District, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, […]
Editor’s note — This is the first of a two-part series on how the El Dorado County Water Agency and El Dorado Water and Power Authority are reshaping their approach to gaining additional water rights. Seeking to lock in additional water rights for the county while they still can, on Nov. 13 the El Dorado […]
The election season is already underway as a handful of candidates visited the El Dorado County Elections Department on Dec. 27 to pick up paperwork and take the first steps in launching their campaigns.
A large number of national and state positions will be up for grabs in the 2014 election including U.S. Representative in the 4th Congressional District, Governor …
Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 due to Christmas, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed on Dec. 25. For emergency […]
News flash — Winter arrives on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 12:11 p.m. EST. Around El Dorado County most people think winter is already here but the winter solstice is the official day. The solstice has the most hours of darkness because the Sun is at its most southern point in the sky. So for all […]
The Community Development Agency Transportation Division is hosting a public presentation on the El Dorado County Bridge Program. The county has 79 county maintained bridges. Routine maintenance of these bridges is performed by the county’s bridge crew as recommended by Caltrans bridge inspection reports. The county currently has 25 of the 79 county maintained bridges […]
Nov. 5, 1992 — Dec. 4, 2013 Brie Johnson was tragically taken from her family and loved ones on Dec. 4, 2013. She was born at Marshall Hospital to Bruce and Tina, and was a younger sister to Samone. She spent her entire life in the El Dorado County area and was loved by all. She […]
On Nov. 11, Supervisor Ray Nutting sent a press release stating that the state Third District Court accepted his appeal for review. On Nov. 21, the court announced it denied Nutting’s appeal. Nutting’s press release stated that his attorneys ”have received word from the California State Court of Appeals Third Appellate District that his case has been […]
Longtime attorney David Combellack announced he is running for superior court judge in Department 7. The election is June 3 2014. Combellack, 64, is running for the seat currently held by Judge Douglas Phimister. At a fundraiser recently Combellack was introduced by retired Superior Court Judge Pat Riley, for whose law firm Combellack clerked while still a law […]
The Pony Express completed its final delivery on Nov. 20, 1861. This great American idea was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. It was developed to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Mo., and San Francisco and came through Placerville. There are annual rerides to celebrate the tenacity of the riders and […]
A woman accused of killing her husband could have her trial pushed from January to April. Colleen Harris, who appeared with her attorney, David Weiner, in court Friday morning, was told by Judge Daniel B. Proud that Weiner and Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander would be continuing the trial from Jan. 14, 2014 to April […]
EDITOR: Tuesday night was a good night. Two good-government candidates for the EID Board, Dr. Dale Coco and Greg Prada, prevailed over two opponents favored by the good ole boy and big-developer interests. The EID board is the second most-powerful governing body in our county, second only to the Board of Supervisors. And now the […]
In a letter dated Sept. 18, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Randy Peshon received notice of his appointment to the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of California and chair of the Judicial Council. Peshon was nominated for this prestigious position by El Dorado County Superior Court […]
VOTE BY MAIL VOTERS — Please be sure to complete your ballot, sign it, and mail it in the accompanying envelope as soon as possible. If you have not mailed your ballot by the Wednesday before Election Day (Oct. 30), the Elections Department recommends the following alternatives to ensure it arrives in time to be […]
When the Women’s Fund was formed in El Dorado County in 2007, many people assumed that its mission would be to provide financial support only for programs targeted at women and girls. Not so.
In fact, the vision of the trio of women who initiated the local Women’s Fund is much broader. Katie Peek, Madeleine Tammi and Stephanie Kress knew that women are generous with their time as volunteers, and also generous with their money when they see a need. As members of the board of directors of the El Dorado Community Foundation, they also knew the power of organized philanthropic giving to strengthen communities.
The shelves inside the Mother Lode Lions’ Candy Shack at the corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads are freshly stocked with See’s chocolates, inside a building that bears a new coat of paint, as the Lions celebrate the sweet success of 20 years selling the popular candy to support an arm-long list of […]
U.S. troops are disappearing from Iraq, but they are still deployed in more than 150 countries, including Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Bahrain, Cuba and Italy. In fact, about 173,000 U.S. troops are overseas on land or on ships and some of them are from El Dorado County. When Christmas comes this year, those […]
Like most county residents, I am aware we have a Board of Supervisors. Five elected individuals from different county geographic districts and charged with setting policy and appropriating our tax dollars for various county services. I don’t usually attend the weekly meeting but when the board is considering issues that affect property taxes and home […]
The storybook life of local resident Josephine Carroll Moore ended on Sept. 29 when she died at the age of 98.
An actress, model, mother, socialite and El Dorado Rose, Moore had a wonderfully full life that spanned almost a century.
Born Josephine Carroll French on Oct. 16, 1914 in Senatobia, Miss., Moore had family roots in the area that went back several generations. Her grandfather lived there before the Civil War with 400 slaves. A doctor, he fought with the Confederacy. After the war, he turned his plantation house into the French Hotel.
El Dorado County has been at the top of the list for getting a new courthouse. After looking at a number of possible sites, the Administrative Office of the Courts picked the site El Dorado County has wanted all along. That site, on county property, is next to the county jail and would include a […]
EL DORADO — Host Union Mine and El Dorado took opposite sides for Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference opener — three tightly contested sets won by the Lady Cougars 25-22, 25-23, 25-23. El Dorado’s victory was its third straight on the road after its appearance at the Carmichael Invite. In the process, the Cougars have earned a […]
By Wendy David Campaign manager SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Having served as the Superior Court Commissioner for two years, Dylan Sullivan announced at a gathering of supporters that she will seek election as a judge to the El Dorado County Superior Court. Sullivan will run for the open seat of retiring Judge Daniel B. Proud, who […]
It didn’t take long for aspiring Eagle Scout Nathaniel Alexander of Rescue to whip together a much needed project for the Placerville Pregnancy Counseling Services office on Main Street in Placerville. “I saw him come in one day and take some measurements and the next thing I knew we had a counter with shelves below […]
A woman accused of child stealing her own son to Washington state pleaded out on Sept. 6, just days before her trial was to begin. Jennifer Kendall was sentenced to five years felony probation and 64 hours of community service, Deputy District Attorney Jamie Verwayen confirmed. Kendall reportedly fled from California to Spokane, Wash., with […]
The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. Students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to sign up for the Teen Court volunteer training, scheduled for Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court, located at 495 Main […]
A year ago an assemblyman proposed a bill that would have allowed an Internet-only “news entity” to become adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation and thus qualified to publish legal notices. Fortunately that bill is dead. More than that the Internet scheme behind this whole bill is nearly deader than a doornail itself. We […]
EDITOR: Following is an open letter sent to members of the Board of Supervisors: The Board of Supervisors has been requested to consider a camp for homeless people on Perks Court modeled after the existing facility known as Hangtown Haven. The board has twice deferred hearing the matter. I strongly urge you and other board […]
The El Dorado County Planning Commission held a first hearing on a proposed ordinance regulating medical marijuana cultivation at its Aug. 8 meeting. Previously the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors imposed a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries and established interim standards for the outdoor cultivation of marijuana. The new ordinance would replace the existing […]
At the Wellness Sanctuary inside the Cary House Hotel in downtown Placerville, the experience depends on the door you enter. “At the back door inside the hotel, people come in for massage and spa services,” said Wellness owner Joaquin Fioresi, “but the front door in the Fountain Courtyard is a destination.” While Cary House guests […]
25 Years ago July 15, 1988 Placerville man pulls victim to safety SHINGLE SPRINGS — Michael A. diVittorio, 19, of Placerville was pulled from a burning car Tuesday by a passing motorist who saw diVittorio’s car shoot down a steep embankment, CHP officers said. Frank Vega of Placerville saw diVittorio’s car leave Highway 50 near Shingle […]
By Lauren Keene Davis Enterprise Typically, reports of indecent exposure in Davis share a similar set of circumstances: a male suspect, acting alone, targeting teenage or adult women. But Davis police say an out-of-town pair blew that stereotype out of the water Wednesday morning when a woman exposed herself to a pair of young children while […]