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Affordable health screenings in Pollock Pines

Residents living in and around Pollock Pines can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, will host this community event on Jan. 23. Screenings can check for: • The level of […]

California’s over-valued real estate

Our local real estate market seems to be in full recovery mode. In a recent press release senior analyst Andrew Le Page with Core Logic said, “From a sales volume standpoint, it was the best June in seven years. We’re getting back to the tail-end-of–the-boom, beginning-of-the-bust levels.” According to Core Logic’s numbers, June sales in […]

Solving California’s problems

EDITOR: There’s a pothole on Sly Park Road large enough to swallow a Prius. I know because I fell into it on my mountain bike one beautiful drought ridden winter afternoon. At the bottom of that pothole is soil that carbon dates back to another time period, a time where road taxes and fees were […]

California Rambling: Iron butt

Eleven thousand miles in 11 days. That’s the length and duration of the Iron Butt, the world’s toughest motorcycle rally. The 16th Iron Butt Rally (IBR) passed through El Dorado County this month in search of Pony Express-related bonus points, as its 96 bikes followed a transportation-themed route laid out by the long-distance rally’s route […]

Car kills Pollock bicyclist

A woman died from injuries sustained in an April 26 night traffic accident in Pollock Pines. Michelle Erickson, 30, allegedly hit Crystal Wood, 28, with her 1997 Silver Toyota 4Runner on Pony Express Trail just west of Pony Bob Drive at 10 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Wood was on a bicycle, […]

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California rambling: Sailing

At 86 years old, George Koch of Carmichael would  seem to be an unlikely athlete. Yet, this month he defeated 43 younger sailors on Folsom Lake to become the 47th Camellia Cup champion. Following the grueling two-day regatta, Koch reminisced about his achievement, saying he didn’t imagine he would win against so many other great […]

Pollock Pines Community meeting postponed

El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago had to cancel the previously scheduled March 25 Pollock Pines Community Meeting when several events occurred that would have affected the best possible results for those participating, according to a statement from the supervisor’s office. “I am not willing to compromise the process or the product that the […]

Pollock Pines aims for an upgrade

Of late, residents of Pollock Pines have been gathering in Town Hall meetings, learning how to beat the odds in the uncertain business of community improvement. Campaigns for municipal betterment often fall to political or funding exhaustion, particularly if the public is absent from the narrative. Not any more, according to District 5 Supervisor Norma […]

Pollock Pines woman gets telescopic eye

What had previously only been imagined in science fiction became reality for a Pollock Pines woman earlier this year as she became the first recipient in northern California of a telescopic eye. Surgically implanted by UC Davis cornea specialists, a telescope smaller than a pea was placed in the left eye of 89-year-old Virginia Bane […]

Pollock duo bicycle to Atlantic

Wanting one really big adventure before having to grow up, Peter and Karen Wolfe decided that bicycling across the United States would fill the bill. Twenty-eight hundred miles, 77 days, 10 flat tires and a vast amount of roadkill later, the two are now back home in Pollock Pines. The Mountain Democrat caught up with them by phone as they rolled into Kansas City.

“America looks very different at 8 mph,” said Peter. “People asked us why we were doing this and the answer is because we could. The freedom of it was amazing. No permits, no permission — you just get on the bike and ride.”

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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 […]

Big Wagon Train welcome in Pollock Pines and Camino

The 63rd annual Highway 50 Association Wagon Train will roll out from Zephyr Cove, Nev. on Sunday, June 3 and roll into Placerville on Saturday, June 9. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to ride along with the train or to celebrate its arrival, but the areas of Pollock Pines and Camino are […]

California Rambling: Jump right in, the water’s fine!

A year ago, water agencies were reporting lake and reservoir levels at a five-year high. What a difference a year makes. This year, several water agencies are forecasting significantly reduced water levels. Though, lower water doesn’t mean an early end to water recreation in 2012. El Dorado County has 121 lakes and numerous reservoirs and […]

ADA attorney forces out small business Pollock

It’s not the first time a small business has closed due to pending litigation. In small communities all over California businesses, mostly in older buildings built before the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disability Act, are closing because they aren’t able to completely comply with it. Pony Espresso at 6401 Pony Express Trail in […]

Pollock man named to forestry board

Gov. Jerry Brown reached up into El Dorado County to find two new members of the state’s Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Susan Britting of Coloma and Rich Wade of Pollock Pines got the nod and attended their first board meeting this month. Wade visited the Mountain Democrat offices a couple of weeks ago […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID workshop draws dozen in Pollock

It hasn’t always been the case with public meetings, but El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie faced a mostly friendly audience at the Pollock Pines Community Center Wednesday night, Oct. 26. The turnout of a dozen people matched that at the Cameron Park meeting two days before, Oct. 24. Explaining Cost of Service […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Pollock Pines shows it has heart

EDITOR: Recently there was a fundraiser for a Pollock Pines resident who has cancer and needs help with the costs of his treatment. For a lot of people in California, Pollock Pines is a place where Caltrans makes Bay Area residents stop on their way to Tahoe to put on chains so they don’t slide […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Community clipper: Pollock hair salon owner ‘pays it forward’

POLLOCK PINES — “Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” This quote from a poem by Sam Walter Foss is Patty Becker’s way of life. But it’s not a house by the side of the road. Instead, it’s a hair salon called Patty’s Place. […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Pollock motorcyclist killed

A Pollock Pines motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon. Daniel Dawson, 47, of Pollock Pines, was riding his 1997 Honda 750 southbound on Sly Park Road Saturday at 2:28 p.m. when he crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Jeep Cherokee, driven by 21-year-old Alan Conca, also of Pollock Pines, […]

Come on up to Pollock Pines

EDITOR: Ken and I came to this historically and geologically stunning county almost nine years ago.  It wasn’t an accident; we had researched several other counties in this area for months before making our final decision. We were looking for a retirement home, the place where we could live, love and play with others who, like […]

Publisher’s ink: Pollock Pines ‘bears’ all

Imagine driving along Highway 50 and seeing a 20-foot statue of two dancing bears in the vicinity of Pollock Pines. The roadside sculpture is the vision of CEDAPP (Community Economic Development Association Pollock Pines) as a means of drawing attention to Pollock Pines and what it has to offer visitors. Jeanne Harper, executive director, and […]

Pollock pavement a puzzler

Just about everyone could use a million dollars. The Pollock Pines Union School District was awarded an Emergency Hardship Grant for that amount, which is good news. The bad news is the precariousness of the state budget and the continued cuts in base revenue for school districts. Will the money allocated for repaving almost a […]

Pollock Pines man killed in solo vehicle crash

Democrat staff writer A Pollock Pines man was killed early Friday morning in a solo vehicle collision on Sly Park Road, north of Homestead. Keith Alan Young, 35, was driving his Toyota truck when it smashed into an oak tree shortly after 5 a.m., officer with the California Highway Patrol said. Although airbags properly deployed, […]

Pollock Pines True Value opens expanded new store

Democrat correspondent ÒIÕm living the manÕs American dream, owning a hardware store in a small town,Ó said Don Costa from his newly remodeled store at 6416 Pony Express Drive in Pollock Pines. The former firefighter from San Lorenzo moved to Pollock Pines with his family in 1978 because it was Òa better place to live.Ó […]

Pollock Pines man delves into dads scrapbooks 1923-1942

Democrat staff writer John Putnam, 77, of Pollock Pines recently opened a collection of scrapbooks put together by his father and found himself captivated by what he found. JohnÕs father, the late Joseph William Putnam, was in the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific from 1923 to 1942. He recorded what he […]

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 8, 1991 Sacramento Autorama By JOY HAESSLER The 41st annual Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review is currently under way at Cal Expo. The largest rod and custom car show in the western United States will run through Sunday. The 300 entries are valued at nearly $5 million, and include custom […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Claire Baco California Montessori Project, my school, requires all seventh- and eighth-graders to go to a three-day internship at the end of January each year. I’m in seventh grade this year and was a bit worried about where to go when my teacher, Natasha Raffety, suggested the Mountain Democrat. I wasn’t really sure, but my […]

Heard over the back fence: Nice work

GOOD DEED: Lyle Raty is a steady customer at the Greenwood Senior Nutrition Lunch. He has lived on the Georgetown Divide for more than 85 years. While dining he observed one of the doors was sticking so he fixed it. Now the door operates nicely which is a benefit to all who enter or exit the dining room. […]

Beth Chalaire with Pony Express Tax Service delivers the digits

There must be something to the idea that the choice of a career is partly determined by one’s genes. Beth Chalaire, owner of Pony Express Tax Service in Pollock Pines, decided to follow her father’s footsteps into the numbers biz. An enrolled agent for almost 20 years, which means she can represent clients before the […]

Winter Funtastic: 2015-16 Calendar

Winter Funtastic 2015-16 Calendar December PHOTOS WITH SANTA Santa Claus will be spreading cheer while spending time in El Dorado Hills Town Center to Dec. 24. Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take purchased photos. Meet Santa at the California Welcome Center on Post Street next to Cold […]

A destination for education

We are very fortunate to have outstanding schools throughout El Dorado County that consistently deliver high-quality education to students. El Dorado County is home to 15 school districts, two community colleges and a variety of county-wide programs that generate jobs for more than 6,000 employees. Our schools annually have more than a $213 million payroll and […]

Something to Think About: Can’t get no satisfaction

What happens when you get what you want? When what you’ve hoped for, wished for and worked for happens are you in a state of euphoria, thrilled that the world appears to be turning your way at last? Of course you are … for about 90 seconds, maybe an entire day. Then you notice that there […]

As we were: New undersheriff

25 Years ago Jan. 16, 1991 Jim Roth is new undersheriff By PATTY SULLIVAN The suspense within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department subsided yesterday when Sheriff Don McDonald appointed Jim Roth as the new undersheriff. Roth, formerly a captain, is a 22-year law enforcement veteran. The 43-year-old Pollock Pines resident has served 15 years […]

Heard over the back fence: Calling Bunco Players

HOLIDAY: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated today. Many businesses and services will be closed. Call first to see what’s open before planing a trip. WISDOM: “No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens CALLING BUNCO PLAYERS: A bunco night fundraiser will take place at the Shingle […]

Heard over the back fence: Random Acts of Kindness

JANUARY LUNCHEON PROGRAM: Placerville Fellowship and Newcomer’s Club’s January lunch program is an important and informational presentation. Attorney Al Hamilton, legal advisor for the Placerville Senior Center, will talk about the latest scams and fraudulent schemes being perpetuated against senior citizens. He’ll share how to avoid these problems and offer help in senior estate planning. All this information will […]

Heard over the back fence: Poetry Sunday

POETRY READING: Live poetry comes to the Nello Olivo Tasting Room, located at 643 Bee St., Placerville, on Jan. 17 from 2-4 p.m. This is a free event (not including wine). Monthly poetry Sunday Live is presented every third Sunday by Nello Olivo Wines with production help from Lara Gularte. At this month’s open mic, poets are […]

Free tax service is available

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 through April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and […]

Heard over the back fence: Be happy

TWICE THE HAPPINESS: “When someone does something good applaud. You will make two people happy.” — Samuel Goldwyn HONOR ROLL STUDENTS: Oregon State University announced the following local students made the honor roll for the fall term with a GPA of 3.5 or better. From Cameron Park: Holly A. Clauson, junior, digital communications arts; Hannah G. […]

Halk Equipment Rental and Repair all in the family

Fifty-five years is a long time in the business world but Halk Equipment Rental and Repair has built its longevity on being around when customers need them. Started in 1960 by Mac and Laura Halk, the family owned business’ secret to success is having the equipment people need and making sure it works for them, according to […]

Trekking in a winter wonderland

It is once again that time of the year to think about favorite winter recreational activities in the snow. For many, winter recreation means snowshoeing. It is a favorite way to venture into the winter wonderland and enjoy nature’s pleasures as the earth rests before wakening anew for the high country hiking season next spring. Last […]

Dorothy McHenry Tribbett

Sept. 1, 1923 — Nov. 30, 2015 Dorothy McHenry Tribbett died in Placerville, Calif., at age 92. She was the only daughter of Glenn and Ruby McHenry and sister to Roy, Wallace and Morris McHenry. Following graduation from Santa Monica High School, Dorothy studied nursing. She met Bob Tribbett at her Santa Monica church, where they […]

Car wreck kills one in Camino

A Pollock Pines man died after his vehicle hit a tree early Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Dec. 11 at approximately 5:15 a.m., Logan Terpening, 28, was driving his white Honda Civic westbound on Highway 50 near 8 Mile Road when, for unknown reasons, he lost control and his vehicle veered off the right shoulder […]

Pearl Harbor remembered

The 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service, presented by the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 275 and assisted by VFW Posts 2680 and 10165 and the Marine Corps League, featured tradition —flag folding, gun salute and taps — at the Veterans Memorial Building Monday morning. “A day that will live in infamy” were the famous words President […]

Motorcyclist injured

A motorcycle collided with a van at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening on Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. Geary Greason, 25, was driving his 1999 Suzuki motorcycle, possibly eastbound, when he crossed over the double yellow lines and into on coming traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcycle crashed into a 1993 Toyota […]

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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EID disaster

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Who’s the real phony?

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Hit in the head

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Denial

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Alternative treatments

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Clay Street problems?

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Lincoln’s railroad ties

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Sports »

Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

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Troy tests Woodcreek

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Oak Ridge girls cruise by Timberwolves

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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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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

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Bruins clinch CVC

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UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

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D’backs fall to Cordova

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Troy downs Woodcreek

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Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

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Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

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Prospecting »

Making truffles: Damn the calories, warp speed ahead

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‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

By El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film And Media Office | From Page: B2

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County | From Page: B2

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

After 5 Club meets

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Love inspires Gold Country artists

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Learn how to utilize social media

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Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

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Essentials »

EDSO crime log

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Placerville Police crime log

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Lake levels

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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

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Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

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Lake levels

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News Bites: 1/27

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EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

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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

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Obituaries »

Grant Tueller funeral notice

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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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Barbara Endersby

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James Carroll Coleman

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F. John Adams

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