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Christmas closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed. For emergency calls […]

Heard over the back fence: Antique Street Fair

SMART STUDENT GRADUATES:
 Ted Gaydon Marsh of Shingle Springs graduated with a masters degree in business administration from Clark University in Worchester, Mass. Congratulations, Ted! You are a success story, heading for a bright future. SMART, SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS:
 Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., has informed us that Chelsea G. Lee of El Dorado Hills, majoring in […]

4th of July closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed Friday, July 3, due to Independence Day falling on Saturday this year. The 4th of July is a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: The offices of the police and fire departments will be closed Friday. For emergency calls, […]

Chamber board and Joint Chambers Commission support EID election cycle change

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors adopted a resolution on Feb. 9 proposing to change the district’s election cycle from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, so that the board elections would coincide with statewide general elections. The first election that this proposed change would affect, currently scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015, would instead […]

King Fire contained

After a month of burning, the King Fire was 100 percent contained at 97,717 acres as of Oct. 9. “Thank you to our partners and the local community for their support during the King Fire,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree in a press release announcing the containment. “This unprecedented event has tested our […]

King Fire nearing 19,000 acres burned, only 5% contained

The acreage burned by the King Fire has climbed to 18,544 acres as of Wednesday. It remains at 5 percent containment. Two injuries have been reported, and 2,448 structures (1,632 residences) have been threatened, according to an Inciweb update.

The California Highway Patrol Facebook page originally stated the fire had crossed over Highway 50 near Sly Park, but scanner reports and the CHP Facebook page later reported the fire “burns up to north side of U.S. 50 east of Sly Park,” but not across it Tuesday night.

As we were: Vets honored

25 Years ago Sept. 1, 1989 World War 1 vet to be honored in parade By JOHN SAMMON The First World War is difficult to perceive for most of us, separated from the actual events by so many years. For Bert Young, the conflict is a vivid, personal memory. Young is a World War 1 […]

Heard over the back fence: Save water!

DEFINITION OF FRUSTRATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Deep Thoughts” quote: “Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.” SAVE WATER IN YOUR HOUSE: Complimentary water-efficiency devices and services are available to EID and city of Placerville customers. To save water inside your house or office, the following devices and services are available: “Request low-flow bathroom […]

El Dorado Trout Unlimited monofilament recycling

EDITOR: I love to be outdoors. The enjoyment of watching wildlife, being on the water in my boat, or just sitting along the banks of a stream is what life is about. But, my passion is fishing and it doesn’t matter which stream, river or lake. The anticipation of the next strike on the end […]

2 retiring EID directors hear encomiums

The first hour of the Nov. 12 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation was a praise session for the two retiring directors, George Wheeldon and John Fraser, both of whom served 12 years and each served as board president two times. Duirng the time he was board president, George Wheeldon oversaw completion of the repair […]

Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council

EDITOR: The Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council began as a concept acted upon by the Pleasant Valley Grange #675 to unite with the California Fire Safe Council and other Californians to speak with one voice about fire safety. In June, the council organized to become the very first Fire Safe Council established by a […]

County chamber endorses Coco, Englefield

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee announced its endorsement for El Dorado Irrigation District candidates Dr. Dale Coco, Division 4, and Rich Englefield, Division 2. The criteria for endorsing a candidate starts with who is most closely aligned with the Chamber of Commerce mission statement. The county chamber is a leading […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a tour of downtown Saturday

MARRY A GARBAGE MAN: 
Paul and Wendy Chafer forwarded the following quotation: “I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.” — Zsa Zsa Gabor. STROLLING MEMORY LANE:
 Every third Saturday of the month, through October, the El Dorado County Historical Society will conduct guided tours of historical […]

New historical markers planned for Carson Trail

New historical markers on the Carson River Emigrant Trail will be dedicated July 9 at Caples Lake. On April 22, 2005, $8,000 was appropriated by the board of California-Nevada (CA-NV) Chapter of the Oregon California Trails Association (OCTA) to install six interpretive markers at important locations in the Carson Pass and Hope Valley areas, along […]

Proposals needed for historical properties

The American River Conservancy (ARC), a non-profit conservation organization, seeks one or more partners to develop portions of a historical farm into a destination, agricultural tourism enterprise. Selected partner(s) would lease farm acreage and/or buildings, make capital improvements, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources. The selected partner(s) […]

Leadership program going strong in 7th year

Some of the best and brightest are joining a popular program in its seventh year in El Dorado County. Many experts in their respective fields are being given an opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn something new, whether it be all the products and services El Dorado County offers, or introductions to the people […]

Mountain counties protecting source water

In view of recent and potential changes in water laws and regulations, water leaders in the Sierra Nevada mountain counties are concerned that the historic rights to the use of their waters are in jeopardy. At the quarterly joint meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) […]

Sierra Nevada watersheds to benefit from $2.2M in grants

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s (SNC) Governing Board recently approved $2.2 million in “Healthy Forest” grants for 24 projects designed to reduce the risk of forest fires and protect California’s watersheds in 14 Sierra counties. With the award, the SNC has now awarded $45 million for similar projects in the Sierra in the past four years, […]

Belltower: EID more transparent

As many of you know, the Mountain Democrat will be moving to new digs on Placerville Drive, possibly near the end of this year. Or maybe early next year. In preparation for the move I’m slowly cleaning my desk. And there is nothing messier than an editor’s desk. Everybody likes to send me stuff to […]

Operation seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows

U.S. Attorneys from multiple states have announced Operation Mountain Sweep, an eight-week project targeting large-scale marijuana grows on public lands. The operation will involve multiple agencies and multiple states. The operation, which began in July and will run through August, will take place on public lands in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, […]

Research expert talks about water-forest link

At their March 20 meeting, all five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Dr. Roger Bales, Ph.D., who is the Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. Bales organized the Mountain Hydrology Research Group, which is using new research instrumentation at several Sierra Nevada sites, […]

Camino residents bring concerns to El Dorado Water and Power Authority

In 1957 the Federal Power Commission, now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), granted the Sacramento Municipal Utility District a 50-year license to operate a hydroelectric system called the Upper American River Project (UARP). It is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, mostly on federal lands in the Eldorado National […]

Old camping facility near Georgetown getting a new and improved look

Driving along Wentworth Springs Road above Camp Virner, things have changed just a bit. Five years ago, Camp Chiquita Campgrounds was sold to Zia Shariat and he has been doing some renovating. With a variety of on-site managers like Don Bagwell, Larry Saunders and Cindy Hayden, Shariat is the man behind many improvements in Georgetown […]

EID to replace Camp 2 bridge

When the El Dorado Irrigation District acquired Project 184 in 1999 from PG&E, it gained ownership of a water delivery system from four alpine lakes high in the Sierra that drop water nearly 4,000 feet into the American River. At Kyburz a dam captures some of the water that then flows along steep slopes for […]

Students learn about environmental impacts on local ecosystem

For the past 11 years, El Dorado County high school students have participated in field research at the Watershed Education Summit, an outdoor educational collaboration of students and teachers and professionals from county, state and federal agencies. This year’s project was located in the Crystal Basin of the American River Watershed, within the Eldorado National […]

New Caples boat ramp gets applause

With Caples Lake so full that waves splashed over the edge of the spillway and the temperature a comfortable 75 degrees, three agencies gathered to pat themselves on the back for a job well done on the new boat ramp. Most remarked on what a wonderful day it was to spend a morning by an […]

Back Fence 1101

Let’s do our patriotic duty Don’t forget to vote tomorrow! John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following uplifting T-shirt statement: “Just call me butter ’cause I’m on a roll.” Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following misplaced definition: “Tycoon: Something butterflies come out of.” My “Insight From the Dalai Lama” calendar stated the […]

Leadership El Dorado at Sly Park focus on water connections

Class 4 of the Leadership El Dorado program gathered at El Dorado Irrigation DistrictÕs Sly Park Event Center on the edge of Jenkinson Lake July 7 for a lively discussion about leadership, water and natural resources in El Dorado County. The group also participated in a surprise ÒemergencyÓ that gave them a chance to put […]

Group forms to manage So. Fork American River

The South Fork American River Watershed Group represents a collaboration of a broad group of local stakeholders, including local, state and federal agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-profit/non-governmental organizations; and private residents. The SFARWG participants come together to identify key issues within the South Fork of the American River watershed and to promote collaboration between stakeholders. […]

Discover Your Watershed tours set for this summer

Area residents have a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful world of water and learn about how water resources connect the environment, economy and people Ñ from the high Sierra to the western end of El Dorado County. ÒJune tours will center on the lower reaches of our watershed and topics involving water quality,Ó said […]

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News »

2015 stats: Violent crime up

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Never give up on a dream

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

EID directors trade insults over compensation

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Report: Man sets girl on fire

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

ORHS principal still out

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1

Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

By Los Rios Community College District | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Eldorado National Forest hosts OHV grants open house

By Usda Forest Service | From Page: A9

Mik running for Assembly

By Democrat Staff

Camino district proposes bond

By Dawn Hodson | Gallery

Have a game plan for Super Bowl 50

By Placerville Police

Free state tax assistance online

By Franchise Tax Board

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

By Special to the Democrat | Gallery

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Letters »

Use your intelligence, Gene

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Board majority sell-out

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Hit in the head

By Letters to the Editor

Who’s the real phony?

By Letters to the Editor

EID disaster

By Letters to the Editor

Tahoe seniors delighted

By Letters to the Editor

Are you hornswoggled?

By Letters to the Editor

Teacher shortage

By Letters to the Editor

Denial

By Letters to the Editor

Hands up, don’t shoot?

By Letters to the Editor

Disdain and disgrace

By Letters to the Editor

Opinions and facts

By Letters to the Editor

Altshuler’s insults

By Letters to the Editor

Respect other drivers

By Letters to the Editor

Helping the homeless

By Letters to the Editor

Herd immunity doesn’t work either

By Letters to the Editor

Alternative treatments

By Letters to the Editor

Clay Street problems?

By Letters to the Editor

Phony claim

By Letters to the Editor

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Sports »

Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Oak Ridge athletes sign

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Echo Lake trek

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Costa breaks through for first win

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Six lady wrestlers advance

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Troy tests Woodcreek

By Brandon Anicich

Cougars win rematch, eye title

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Troy downs Woodcreek

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

By Democrat Staff

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Prospecting »

Learn how to utilize social media

By Marshall Foundation For Community Health | From Page: B1

Golden Memories Photo Contest invites entries

By Apple Hill Growers | From Page: B1

Cutting edge outdoor education where the Gold Rush started

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B1 | Gallery

At a glance: Let’s do something

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

By Gold Trail Union School District | From Page: B2

Eskaton residents honor Placerville employee

By Eskaton Village Placerville | From Page: B2

Discover Gold Rush emigrant trails into county

By Sierra Renaissance Society | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at Divide club luncheon

By Divide Women's Club | From Page: B2

After 5 Club meets

By Senior Day | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Got chickens?

By Heidi Napier | From Page: B3

Master Food Preservers: Yes you can, can

By Earlene Eisley-Freeman | From Page: B4

Sacramento State offers vibrant Black History Month events

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B6

Black History Month continues at Sac State

By California State Unversity, Sacramento

Students learn about California farming at State Fair

By California Exposition And State Fair

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Essentials »

Building permits issued Feb. 1-5

By El Dorado County Community Development | From Page: A2

News Bites 2/10

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A2

Divorces: December 2015

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A2

Placerville Police crime log

By Amanda Williams

EDSO crime log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development

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Obituaries »

Michael “Mike” Edward Wurm

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Dennis “Spike” Wright

By Contributor

Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

By Contributor

Joseph Richard Erickson

By Contributor

Philip John Garthe Jr.

By Contributor

Bell Weaver

By Contributor

Charlotte Emily Dryden

By Contributor

Donna Louise Ranger

By Contributor

June Birtwell

By Contributor

Barbara Endersby

By Contributor

James Carroll Coleman

By Contributor

F. John Adams

By Contributor

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