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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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Gone fishing at Wakamatsu

HOW TO MEET JESUS: My pal John Chapman sent me a photo of the following church sign: “Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” FAMILY FISHING EVENT: On Saturday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., the American River Conservancy has scheduled a family fishing event in the Gold Hill. […]

Church to host human trafficking conference

Women in the community are invited to participate in the Courage Worldwide Conference on human trafficking on Saturday, May 3, at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. The conference is from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. Founder and CEO, Jenny Williamson and her daughter Liz […]

Authors to share their stories

What: Authors Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Sunday, April 27, noon Cost: $10 Information: Rose at 530-626-5103, Nora at 916-941-7156 or e-mail at ackley@jps.net   Any one of the authors scheduled Sunday, April 27 to talk about their works would be enough to fascinate a crowd but […]

Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

HOSPITAL BLOOPER: Sarah St. John sent the following “Hospital Chart Bloopers” quotation: “The patient refused autopsy.” “CREMAINS” LAW: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “California Penal Code bans the scattering of ‘Cremains’ from the Golden Gate Bridge.” WRITING YOUR INNER VOICE: Would you like to find your inner voice to be a successful writer? Writer […]

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job growth

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 8.1 percent in March 2014, down from a revised 8.2 percent in February 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4 percent for California and 6.8 percent for the nation during the same period. […]

Draft EIR prepared for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

The County of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The DEIR is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA guidelines. This DEIR is available for public and agency review […]

State officials detail drought grants

Key state officials appeared in Placerville on April 4 to give area water purveyors the keys to the drought grant kingdom. The event was sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and took place in the large downstairs meeting room of the El Dorado Irrigation District headquarters on Mosquito Road. After the morning meeting […]

Heard over the back fence: Carnival planned at EDH Library

SOLAR SYSTEM ADVICE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt solar-system-advice statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!” SPRING CARNIVAL TIME: A Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 1 to […]

Additional animals test positive for rabies

El Dorado County Animal Services has identified several more rabid skunks over the past few weeks, bringing the total number to seven for 2014. “We want to provide education and public awareness regarding the presence of rabies in our community,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While it isn’t unusual to find […]

Area unemployment declines; local rate ticks up

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.2 percent in February 2014, down from a revised 8.3 percent in January 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Tarbet to demonstrate at Sierra Pastel Society

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills for a special art occasion. After a brief business meeting, there will be a pastel demonstration and lecture by Urania Christy Tarbet on the joy of painting and teaching art workshops […]

Women’s Fund addresses mental health

Mental health or more precisely, mental disease, is one of the most difficult issues to talk about, much less do anything about. Mental illness has such a strong social stigma that people who experience it are reluctant to seek help. The members of Women’s Fund El Dorado, all 300 and some, noted the seriousness of […]

Fire ‘Fee’ lawsuit

EDITOR: Rural California homeowners are now facing the third round of illegal Fire Prevention taxes since the July 7, 2011, passage of Assembly Bill X1 29. A lawsuit, filed Oct. 4, 2012 by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, joined by El Dorado County, challenges the validity of this “fee.” The state has taken steps to […]

At a glance: Paint a banner

Remember all the wonderful banners that decorated Placerville’s Main Street last summer? Well the downtown groups that sponsor the public art project are inviting creative people to submit ideas for this year’s banners. The Banners on Parade hang on the light poles from May to October and then are auctioned off on Oct. 18 at […]

Retail cutbacks led month-over job decline

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.3 percent in January 2014, up from a revised 7.5 percent in December 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 10 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

EDHCSD hires three new directors

Recently, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District filled three new director positions. Jill Ritzman is the CSD’s new director of recreation. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and holds a degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico. Ritzman spent most of her career as […]

On the road again: Cyclist raising funds

A man who previously rode a bicycle from Canada to Mexico is now riding from California to Florida in a fundraiser for the Firefighters Burn Institute. John Beaver, a retired fire captain-paramedic from Shingle Springs, will begin his journey, dubbed the Hopes and Dreams Benefit Ride, in San Diego on March 9 by dipping the […]

Rabid skunk alert

El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]

Contract awarded for Sly Park Undercrossing Bridge Replacement Project

POLLOCK PINES — Viking Construction of Rancho Cordova has been awarded the contract to construct a new bridge on U.S. Highway 50 at the Sly Park Road undercrossing in Pollock Pines, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced Wednesday. Viking submitted the lowest bid at $5.2 million. The total cost of the project is estimated […]

Looking for answers for weak home sales

January home sales were pretty slow in comparison to the last three years and February sales appear to be about half of what they were last year. You can’t blame the weather. Most of January and February has been sunny and unusually warm. How about faulting interest rates? Mortgage rates are slightly higher. A year […]

Charles George Nollenberger

June 9, 1920 — Feb. 12, 2014 Charles George Nollenberger, went to rest in Placerville, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2014. He was the husband of the late Maxine (2007); loving father of Patti Smith of Reno, Nev., and the late Larry Nollenberger; and beloved grandfather of Collin (Kristie) Smith. A native of Lankerson, Calif., Charles […]

Four initiatives aim to halt development

It’s getting to the point that voters may need a scorecard to keep track of all the initiatives planned for the November ballot. As of Feb. 5, the El Dorado County Elections Department said four different ones had been filed with them. The earliest initiative, one called “Fix Highway 50 Traffic First/Keep Us Rural” was […]

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Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

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Big marijuana find in EDH

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Jury: Sanford guilty of murder

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Initiative seeks roundabout vote

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Sheriff cracking down on Tahoe pot grows

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Burn permits required May 1

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County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

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Income inequality

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What happened to ‘fair and balanced?’

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Brown leads Golden Sierra

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Cougars capitalize against Union Mine

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Troy unpends Davis

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El Dorado wins tri-meet

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D’backs drop the ‘Hammer’

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El Dorado spikers blank D’backs

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Roundup: April 23, 2014

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Amazing production brings the curtain down for Pete Miller

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Things to do: April 25, 2014

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Cool Beerwerks is very cool

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Placerville celebrates Earth Day

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Handcar Derby to get pumping

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IT presents a Reader’s Theater of ‘Our Town’

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Art and brew are a perfect pair

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Spring cleaning is good

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Pinewood Derby rolls at Kniesel’s

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Oak Ridge Boys come to TJ’s Corral

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Folsom hosts Spring Antique Fair

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Viviana Guzman performs at Petroglyphe Gallery

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Pioneer Jews of the Gold rush

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Time to join the El Dorado Community Concert Association

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Spring statistics suggest slower sales

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Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

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Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

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