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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, […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

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 […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Forest fire management part of bigger strategy

The sound of buzzsaws broke the silence of the forest off Silver Fork Road as crews from the California Conservation Corp worked to create a fuel break off Highway 50 near Kyburz on Wednesday.

Cutting down small trees and brush, stacks of vegetation were scattered everywhere as two teams cleared one side of the road.

Part of a much larger plan called the Roadrunner Fuel Reduction Project, the goal is to eventually treat both sides of Highway 50 all the way from Pollock Pines to Twin Bridges. “That will take a couple of years to do,” said Will Harris, a battalion chief with the Forest Service. “But there is a plan and there is a vision.”

Hangtown Cranker Classic: Take a ride, wheelers’ style

“Get up! Get out! Get better!” It’s the motto and game plan for Placerville Mobility Support Group, an organization founded in 2007 by Lynn Murray to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with ambulatory impairment. Murray, 69, was a coach for 32 years, a teacher and mountain climber. He also worked in construction. In […]

Community college employee receives state award

Shingle Springs resident Rochelle Franco was recently honored by the California Community College Board of Governors as one of the four 2015 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year. She was selected for recognition out of thousands of community college classified employees from throughout the state. Franco, 43, works at Folsom Lake College and has been […]

Kenneth Barnett O’Farrell

Nov. 28, 1930 — June 4, 2015 Kenneth Barnett O’Farrell passed away at his home in El Dorado Hills, Calif., on June 4, 2015, at the age of 84. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 28, 1930, to Kenneth and Marguerite O’Farrell. Ken spent his early childhood years in Los Angeles, Culver […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on board!

ATTEND OUR COUNTY FAIR!
 The following El Dorado County Fair information was recently received. The El Dorado County Fair is June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Attendees in military uniform get in free. For information visit [email protected] BRIAN’S MAGIC SHOW: 
On June 18 from 10-11 a.m. Brian Scott will put on […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

THE FAIR IS COMING!
 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Long live the Wagon Train

In a county that exudes history, the Highway 50 Wagon Train continued to be a breath of fresh air as it rolled down the mountain this week on its way to Placerville. The annual reminder of where we came from is much appreciated and continually anticipated by much of the area’s residents. Set to arrive […]

Wagon Train itinerary

Saturday, May 30: Rendezvous and Registration and Kickoff BBQ — potluck members only — at Zephyr Cove, Nev. Sunday, May 31: Stateline, Nev. to Amacker Ranch Meyers, Calif. Evening BBQ for participants. Monday, June 1: Amacker Ranch to Tamarack Pines Cutoff — BBQ and entertainment. Tuesday, June 2: Tamarack Pines Cutoff to Kyburz. Private evening […]

Outside with Charlie: Choice options

It is a busy time of year. Schools are either already out or will be soon. Summer is about three weeks away, and the list of things to do around here is extensive. The trails are seeing more use, the lakes are welcoming and in the high country, some patches of snow can still be […]

El Dorado County top spellers

The 35th annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee was hosted by Pollock Pines Elementary School District on Friday, May 15. Thirty-four schools participated with a total of 81 teams. Each team consisted of five members, an alternate and a coach. The results were as follows:   Division I First and second grades First place, Lakeview Elementary School […]

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Outside with Charlie: Placerville stage?

The 2015 version of the Amgen Tour of California has come and gone. The good news is that the start, in Lake Tahoe this year, came off without a weather-related hitch. The two stages that the pro women’s team pedaled in Tahoe were spectacular. One can only hope the Amgen will return to Tahoe in the near […]

Brace yourselves … fire season is coming

Gov. Brown declared May 3-9 as Wildfire Awareness Week, and Cal Fire held a joint press conference on Monday in Pollock Pines to kick off the week and promote fire safety. It was the beginning of a strong message to the public about the severity of the upcoming fire season. It’s obvious everyone is on […]

Cal Fire warns of upcoming fire season

Kicking off Wildfire Awareness Week, a joint conference headed by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service promoted fire safety and how wild land fires will be fought in light of the drought. After a brief welcome by USFS Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree, Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin took the […]

EID pares revenue projections

The El Dorado Irrigation District received an update to this year’s finances at its April 13 meeting. Revenues are estimated to be down from $74.7 million to $71.8 million due to a reduction in water sales/services and lower hydropower revenue. The latter is expected to decline from $5 million to $1.5 million. Offsetting these losses to some extent is […]

Echo Summit bridge to be fixed: Caltrans targets 2019 construction

Motorists may not realize they are traversing a bridge when they wind down the east side of Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans, the state transportation department, alternately refers to it as a viaduct on its Website. A viaduct is a type of bridge that typically has several spans, usually of equal length. The Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct was constructed with three spans in 1939, and while it’s not falling apart, there is significant wear and tear after nearly 80 years of service.

Clark Peri, Caltrans project manager, gave a slide presentation to the Board of Supervisors April 7 outlining the agency’s plan to rehabilitate or replace the old bridge. Following public outreach and extensive environmental …

Douglas Leonard Roberts

Jan. 4, 1923 — April 3, 2015 Douglas Leonard Roberts was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Longmont, Colo., to Clyde Leonard Roberts and Hazel Billings Roberts. He passed away April 3, 2015, in Placerville, Calif., at the age of 92. Doug grew up in Longmont and in 1937 moved to Southern California with his family. […]

Joan Wilkerson Cook

March 17, 1946 — March 18, 2015 Joan Wilkerson Cook passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69, at her home in Placerville, Calif., on March 18, 2015. She was born on March 17, 1946, in Hamilton, Texas, to Danforth and Creola Maurine Wilkerson. She played the piano for the First Presbyterian […]

Heard over the back fence: Hugs are healthy

50 PERCENT OFF BARGAIN: 
Gym Fees Reduced: Cameron Park Community Services District’s Community Gym can be used during off-peak times with up to 50 percent off the regular fee. Available times include weekdays and Sundays before 4 p.m. (when available). Please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231 to book the gym. BEWARE […]

Heard over the back fence: Brining and pickling

EASTER EGG HUNT:
 Mother Lode Lions is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville. Don’t be late, the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. sharp. JOIN THE HIKERS: On April 12, you can join Tim and Angela Jackson from 8 a.m.-noon […]

Roundup: Mar. 31, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 10, Horizon Christian Academy 2 — Owen MacKendrick pitched six innings, struck out nine, gave up five hits, two runs and walked no one as the Cougars opened up the San Diego Lion’s Tournament with Monday’s win at Clairemont High. Offensively, Nick Bonniksen, Matt Smith (two doubles, four RBIs) and Nathaniel Erskine […]

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Wildfires flare up following storms

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Fire destroys EDH home

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EID bills add ‘gallons per day’

By Jesse Saich | From Page: A2

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Press Release | From Page: A3

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

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Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

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Join the sheriff’s citizens academy

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Heard over the back fence: Learn all about wine

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Never patriotic: The real meaning of the Confederate flag

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John Stossel: Heroes, villians

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Silencing the hate

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Forest management gone wrong

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Tourism in Placerville

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Schedule: July 6-12, 2015

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El Dorado High splits first two

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Independence Day racing is ‘Spectacular’

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Roundup: July 6, 2015

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Comeback not in Post 119’s deck

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D’back sports packet reminder

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Foothills softball team wins title

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Prospecting »

Local man can’t wait to duck into annual waterfowl art show

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Affordable health screenings coming to Placerville

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Foothill dining: summer menu

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Good-bye weeds; hello garden at Blue Oak

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Soroptimist club grants awards

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First 5: Is your child ready? Choosing quality child care

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As we were: Winning photograph

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Waste Connections donates $85,000 to Bigs

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Crime Log: July 1-3

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Tundra

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Horoscope, Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Horoscope, Monday, July 6, 2015

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Speed Bump

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