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California Rambling: Ghost Stories

If you’re in search of ghosts, October is a good month to join a ghost tour and meet them, or at least their stories. Each October, ghost tours abound. Among California’s best are Haunted Haight, the Vampire Tour and Ghost Hunt in San Francisco, Dearly Departed in Hollywood, Ghost Tours of Catalina, the Whaley House […]

Ken Calhoon:Horse whisperers, ghost whisperers and house whisperers

Houses are like people. Each one has an individual history and takes on a personality of its own. Some have good structure, are well maintained, have a pleasant personality and are surrounded by other happy homes. Others are sad houses, having endured years of neglect. Some houses are obese with clutter and some devoid of […]

Wingding in EDH ghost town

Mother Lode News El Dorado HillsÕ history came to life Saturday at the fourth annual Clarksville Day celebration. The hard working volunteers of the Clarksville Region Historical Society spent days mowing, stringing fences and scattering bales of hay around the old townsite behind Town Center, generally trying to make the old ghost town safe for […]

M.C. “Buck” Kohlstedt

March 1, 1944 — Dec. 12, 2014 M.C. “Buck” Kohlstedt was born March 1, 1944, and went peacefully home on Dec. 12, 2014. He is survived by his mother, Carmen; wife, Jane; and sons, Robert and James and their loving families. He waged a brave six-year battle with kidney cancer and walked through the valley […]

Hangtown’s Musical Roots

Larry Park comes home This is the eighth part in a series about music in the Foothills. Larry Park is back in town. He was just 4 years old when his father, west-coast bluegrass pioneer Ray Park, put a guitar in his hands. The boy was strumming chord changes to popular country songs the following […]

Craig William Pittman

Nov. 29, 1964 — Sept. 29, 2012 Craig William Pittman was born Nov. 29, 1964. He went peacefully to our Lord on Sept. 29, 2012, at the age of 47. Our family moved to El Dorado County 30 years ago. Craig attended El Dorado High School in Placerville, Calif. He also completed Criminal Justice Program. […]

Lost man makes it to safety

A man missing overnight from a Pollock Pines campground was the subject of a brief search and rescue operation Sunday, but he ended up finding his way to a Cedar Grove grocery store and use a pay phone to get help. Jason Jacobs, 37, was sought after the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received a […]

Replica stage up and rolling

Mother Lode News GEORGETOWN DIVIDE Ñ Dennis and Betsy Aufdenkamp of Georgetown recently completed their replica of the Rubicon Flyer, a famous stagecoach owned by businessman Mark Smith, also of Georgetown. The two wagons were posed side-by-side for a comparison shot revealing the intricate work done by the Aufdenkamps and local blacksmith, John Barron. ÒAll […]

GDPUD debates customer refunds

The ghost of the Garden Valley assessment district was back on the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors’ recent agenda. The subject of debate at last month’s meeting as well, the special assessment district was originally established to pay for water related improvements in Garden Valley. A resolution to that effect was adopted by […]

Flames destroy Sierra Nevada House

COLOMA — The Sierra Nevada House caught fire Monday afternoon with flames destroying much of the historical landmark.

This is the third time the building, which served as a way station for miners and tradesmen during the Gold Rush, has burned, according to owners Keith Merson and Kristi Warren. Fire destroyed the original building in 1902 and the Sierra Nevada House burned again in 1925, the popular restaurant and bar’s website states.

SnowGlobe fest announces artists

SnowGlobe Music Festival has announced additional artists to the heavy-hitting fifth anniversary New Year’s Eve celebration in Lake Tahoe on Dec. 29-31. Hosted in the heart of California’s breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains, the unique outdoor winter festival offers more than 50 world-class artists performing on multiple stages over three nights and culminating in an impressive […]

Something to think about: Halloween eve

It’s All Hallow’s Eve eve. No one cares about All Hallow’s Day on Nov. 1. Too holy. Holy is out; wicked is in. No, what millions of quivering little minds will take to bed with them tonight is that tomorrow is Halloween — the candy-filled, costume draped, pumpkin glowing culmination of a month-long celebration of […]

Things to do: Oct. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 1 is showing the elegant photography of Kelly Morris, a native Californian and a world traveler. His sweeping landscapes, filled with atmosphere and light, are printed on canvas. Also the colorful, harmonious oil paintings of Barbie Smith are being showcased. Her subjects are […]

Something to think about: More than love

October is one of my favorite months and this year it’s a little more special since my friend Noel is getting married today. The dress is fitted and the flowers prepared. The sheepdog, Finn, is groomed and his tux as Best Dog is waiting for him. Guests have made it into town. Tonight is the […]

Former movie reviewer for Mt. Demo releasing own feature film

Mike Restaino at the age of 10 would sit in a darkened theater, notebook in hand, and write really witty movie reviews for the Mountain Democrat, an assignment he filled for seven years back in the late 1980s and early ’90s until college called. “It was one of the best jobs I ever had,” reminisced […]

3 wrongs don’t make a right

EDITOR: There’s a place very close to my heart in the Warner Mountains by Alturas that I call my ranch. Actually, it used to be a ranch settled in 1868 by a family whose last son’s ashes were spread there last summer on the homestead. It also used to be a lumber mill and had […]

‘A Christian nation?’ by Gene Altshuler

EDITOR: I seldom respond to unlearned leftist-progressives. However, since the Mountain Democrat deemed Altshuler’s misguided piece of misinformation worthy of dissemination to an unsuspecting public I will set the record straight. Neither nations or cars can be “Christian.” Only people can be Christians. At the time the Constitution was written, religion was under each individual […]

McAvoy Lane spins ‘Tales of Tahoe’

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the “Tahoe Tales” of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel for a one-night only performance, Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trouble starting at 7 p.m. Seating for this exclusive presentation is limited to 50. Call 530-543-2113 or visit […]

UCCE Master Gardener plant selection

The UCCE Master Gardeners Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2 at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will have a wide variety of plants available. Payment is cash or check only. For more information call 530-621-5512, e-mail [email protected] or go online at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/. Arrive early for the best selection. Take out […]

Characters, dreams and story come together

Book: “In the Pockets of Dreams” Author: Wendy Schultz Publisher: Wendy Schultz, 2014 Available: Paperback at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, in print at amazon.com and in ebook format on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and iBooks. A young man, an “ordinary Joe,” according to author Wendy Schultz, finds he can “read objects.” Through […]

Coloma Post Office still delivering mail after 165 years

The tiny post office in Coloma may be 165 years old and counting, but old age and rumors that it’s haunted haven’t dampened its spirits.

Indeed, while over 100 post offices are said to have existed in El Dorado County at one time or another, it’s the Coloma Post Office that is still here while most of the rest have closed or been combined with others.

It’s also a meet up spot for the community as there’s no other mail delivery in the area. Instead residents stop by regularly to collect mail from their boxes while catching up on the local gossip.

Coloma is more than just a …

Interest lags on future of courthouse

What to do with the historic county courthouse on Main Street in Placerville has been a hot and cold topic among locals for years. The Superior Court, a division of the state’s judicial system, has used the building since it was built in 1913. Now, however, due to the facility’s many antiquated features and amenities, […]

The balancing act: Misplaced priorities

After at least a dozen Balancing Act columns describing the mismanagement of El Dorado County business by the county Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly, the CAO resigned under pressure from the Board of Supervisors, who finally recognized that an immediate change was necessary. The light bulbs finally went off when the BOS recognized that because […]

Cool artist earns special recognition

Around Christmas of last year Gloria Bilotta’s daughter called to tell her she had found her mom listed as “deceased” on the Internet roster of members of the national Women Artists of the West. It was a mistake, obviously and when Gloria traveled to San Diego for the group’s annual show in May the other […]

My turn: Speaking on adaptation

Imagine, for every living specie there has to be a story of adaptation for each one. How else have they persisted through millions of years, eons of climate change, vegetative succession, loss of habitat, ten times the CO2 we have today and other environmental shifts? Yet somehow we have allowed our legislators and regulators, like […]

Belltower: Voyaging through Southeast Alaska

My father was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, during the war. In 1941 my mother traveled to Alaska to visit him there. I always knew that from the home movies of Alaska, including a photo of my mom in a parka with a fur-lined hood. What I didn’t know was that she traveled by boat, […]

Robert “Bob” Eugene Newman

May 5, 1942 – Dec. 25, 2013 Bob Newman passed away on Christmas morning after a short battle with cancer. Bob served his country in the US Army and was known for his strong patriotism. Bob had a passion for many things; driving race cars, restoring classic cars, 50’s music, racquet ball and weight lifting […]

Winter wine adventures are a perfect getaway

Heading to the slopes this winter? Although a glass of California wine by the fire is blissful after a day of skiing or snowboarding, why not also experience the places where that wine is made? Many winter resort enthusiasts in California add to their adventures by pairing a wine country day trip with their getaway. […]

Heard over the back fence: Merry Christmas!

CHIPMUNK ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Chipmunk” T-shirt statement: “Be playful * Hit the ground running * It’s OK to be a little cheeky * Earn your stripes * Plan ahead * Be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed * Stay chipper!” DECEMBER GARDENING TIPS:
 The Front Yard Nursery’s newsletter offers the following garden tips […]

Horoscope, Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monster Mash of Mars and Pluto Cosmic harmony rules this Halloween as Mars and Pluto sing “Monster Mash.” A lucky trine involving these planets combines with the cooperative vibration of the Libra moon to help people join together in fun and mutual benefit. It’s an excellent night for young love, too. Ask good questions to […]

‘The Hobbit’ comes to life

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, will be transformed into Middle Earth for this year’s Safe and Super Halloween event at the storybook park. The magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will come to life for three nights of family fun on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25, 26 and 27 from 5 […]

Getting to know the authors

Saturday, Oct. 12 Helen Bonner Helen Bonner grew up in the foothills above Placerville, where her father had a roadside store and cabins, and where she rode her horse and swam in the rivers and lakes. She remembers writing her first story at a one-room school. As a young adult, she was a reporter for […]

Something to think about: Change of pace

Recently I had to replace my 11-year-old PT Cruiser with a new car. It caused some grief to relinquish my little red friend, but she had barfed up her power steering fluid on the garage floor and given up the ghost. I decided to purchase a hybrid because a Tesla is right out of my […]

Heard over the back fence: Elks offer Sunday breakfast

SPOUSAL BOSS REIGNS: 
John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Retired: Under New Management – See Spouse for details.” BISCUITS AND GRAVY TIME:
 The Placerville Elks Club is offering breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at their clubhouse, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs. Adults pay $7.50, and children over 3 years […]

Ground zero: The estate sale

I’m writing this from ground zero: My childhood home in Orange, Calif. To get through my job here I need smelling salts and a bulldozer. Eight months ago my elderly parents moved out of the single-story ranch they tended for years into a home that tends to them, I hope as well. I have parachuted […]

Belltower: History that’s news to me

I recently attended the 90th birthday party for Gloria Smith, the widow of Tom Smith. Tom, of course, was known as the man who owned half of Placerville. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration but it is not far from the truth. Attorney Mike Petersen, who was Tom’s nephew, told some good stories about working for Tom […]

Railtown holds ‘Singing Rails’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring an upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. Known for iconic songs such as “Way Out West,” “Last Cannonball” and “Ghost Train” to name a few, the […]

Heard over the back fence: Lomax fundraiser Sunday

TARDINESS IS TEDIOUS: 
Review the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will find the following suggestion: “If you’re constantly running five minutes late, or 30 minutes late, and this is creating stress in your life and stress for other people, you need to make a real effort to start five minutes earlier, or […]

Oregon-California Trail Assoc. maps the past

“Came … up to the forks of the road, one goes to Placerville and one to Weaver Town (Weberville), Took our right hand road to Placerville or Hang Town, and came to what is called Johnson’s Ranch” — Journal entry of Milo Stannard Baker, Aug. 13, 1850. Such was the journal entry of Milo Baker, one […]

Serrano residents question high school boundaries

One of the ways that long-shot candidate Ron Mikulaco won the District 1 supervisor seat last month was his tireless canvassing of neighborhoods. Between dog bites, bee stings, sun burns and blisters he heard some recurring complaints, including several over school boundaries.

The easterly Oak Ridge High School boundary has drawn the ire of some Serrano parents who bought homes assuming their kids would attend the local high school, but later learned that their neighborhood is outside the school’s boundaries. Their freshman attend Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, eight miles east, rather than Oak Ridge …

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Catching up with the talented Jackie Greene

It’s been three years since Oak Ridge High School graduate Jackie Greene brought his unflappable cool to El Dorado County. The uber-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bluesman and hipster anchors the Coloma Blues Live! lineup on Saturday, June 9 at Henningsen-Lotus Park. Greene and his band play at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the door […]

California Rambling: California’s overlooked heroine

If ever California had a heroine that history overlooked, it was Jessie Benton Frémont. You won’t find her name memorialized on peaks, streams or towns. Yet, if not for Jessie Benton Frémont, the west may not have been settled as it was, slaves may not have been freed as they were or Yosemite preserved as […]

Clarksville Day attracts 4,000, including descendants

Clarksville Day 2012 attracted an estimated 4,000 people on May 5 to the ghost town that predates El Dorado Hills, including a record number of ranch family descendants. Serrano’s original ranch residents, the Walker clan, were out in force to celebrate the 85th birthday of Mazie Carnell, who attended Clarksville’s one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s, […]

Heard over the back fence: Bowling for scholarships

YOU WILL SURVIVE:
A glance at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar reveals the following thought: “The best and most effective way to maintain a grateful spirit and to keep yourself from being overwhelmed is to remember that all things — even the hard things — will pass.” • • • BOWLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE :
The […]

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CAO contract details questioned

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Have a game plan for Super Bowl 50

By Placerville Police | From Page: A1

El Niño delivers but state says keep conserving

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Take the county biz survey

By News Release | From Page: A3

Free state tax assistance online

By Franchise Tax Board | From Page: A3

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A8

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

By Julie Samrick | Gallery

Legal services available for seniors

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency

One dead after Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tribes fight over name, land

By Amanda Williams

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Letters »

Hands up, don’t shoot?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Denial

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Teacher shortage

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Are you hornswoggled?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Disdain and disgrace

By Letters to the Editor

Opinions and facts

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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

Lincoln’s railroad ties

By Letters to the Editor

EID general manager responds

By Letters to the Editor

Empty Bowls left our hearts full

By Letters to the Editor

New sheriff’s complex

By Letters to the Editor

Save the turtles

By Letters to the Editor

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Sports »

Troy downs Woodcreek

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A10 | 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

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

By Democrat Staff | Gallery

Cougars upend Lady D’backs

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’back give-and-take leads to win

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Sports scene: Jan. 28, 2016

By Democrat Staff

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Prospecting »

Reds, Whites and Jewels is the perfect place to shop

By Sherri Bergmann | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Love inspires Gold Country artists

By Gold Country Artists Gallery | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

‘Citizenfour’ shows at Cozmic Café

By Coalition For Change | From Page: B3

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B3

Arts Council presents author reading

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B4

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B4

My Time group to meet in Placerville

By Senior Day | From Page: B4

From hammock hijinks to happiness, couple celebrates 70 years

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B5 | Gallery

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

By Capital Stage | From Page: B6

St. Elias Orthodox Church presents special programs

By St. Elias Orthodox Church | From Page: B6

Exhibit brings a new dimension to familiar portraits

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B6

Gold Rush for preschoolers

By Angels Camp | From Page: B8

Send a singing Valentine

By Sierra Gold Chorus | From Page: B8

History museum debuts new exhibit

By The Sacramento History Museum | From Page: B9

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

Poets to speak out

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B13

Learn how to use social media

By Marshall Foundation For Community Health

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Essentials »

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

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

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

News bites: 1/6

By Democrat Staff

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Obituaries »

Barbara Endersby

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Michael Corner funeral notice

By Contributor | From Page: A2

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

James Carroll Coleman

By Contributor

F. John Adams

By Contributor

Donna Wunschel

By Contributor

Frances Rosa King

By Contributor

Cynthia Elaine Dowse

By Contributor

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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Shoe

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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New York Times Crossword

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Long Story Short

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TV Listings

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Tundra

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Home Source

Home sales rebound in December after November setback

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM8

Sellers checked out of current market

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM4

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