The El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors got a first look at its Department of Transportation’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2013 during Tuesday’s afternoon board session. Under the county’s General Plan, the board is required to update the CIP at least every year and coordinate each update with the “five-year major review of the [...]
Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, several 911 calls reported an incident involving a shooting in the area of Brockway Avenue near the intersection of Rubicon Trail in South Lake Tahoe. Once on scene, South Lake Tahoe Police officers had at least one report that a male adult shot at a second male adult during an [...]
With the changing weather the use of the Rubicon Trail will also change. The Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) season is winding down, but Sheriff John D’Agostini will continue to provide winter patrols on the trail as needs demand. “There will be limited and sporadic patrols through the winter,” said the Sheriff’s Office OHV Program supervisor, [...]
Within the space of a few hours on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Mountain Democrat had received well over 100 e-mails — copies of letters sent to each of the five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Most in a similar format, the writers pleaded, asked politely, urged, cajoled and begged supervisors not to move ahead with planned maintenance on the Rubicon Trail scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28.
Many of the letters came from off-roading clubs and residents of Northern California, but a significant number were sent by folks from Utah, Georgia and parts in between.
“It’s not about a job or impressing anyone or stroking my ego. I’ve always been community-minded,” thus Brian Veerkamp answered the first question from the Mountain Democrat editorial board last week. Veerkamp is campaigning for the post of county supervisor for District 3. He added that he “likes being involved in and serving our local [...]
Jack Kerouac made this area famous with his book Desolation Angels, written in the early 1950s during a summer as a fire lookout (published 1965). Desolation Wilderness is 63,900 acres of alpine and subalpine forest, myriad lakes and Sierra granite. Several rivers empty into the Tahoe Basin at Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake [...]
Despite a horrific accident July 28 that ultimately claimed the leg of a young woman and more than 75 percent of her skin to burns, the 60th anniversary of the Jeepers Jamboree was an adventure worth experiencing. The accident itself was responded to by sheriff’s deputies from main camp; rock rollers of the Jamboree; numerous [...]
Rachel Gray, the El Dorado Hills woman who suffered major burns after her vehicle rolled over and caught fire on the Rubicon Trail’s Cadillac Hill during the Jeepers Jamboree event, required her left leg below the knee to be amputated at UC Davis Burn Unit Wednesday morning and is in critical but stable condition. In [...]
RE/MAX Gold agent Rachel Gray suffered major burns after an accident on the Rubicon Trail during the Jeepers Jamboree on July 28. Following the fiery wreck in which Gray’s vehicle rolled multiple times, ejecting Gray and a passenger, the 21-year-old woman from El Dorado Hills was flown to UC Davis Medical Center. She has since [...]
An accident during the 60th annual Jeepers Jamboree saw two victims being transported by air ambulance Saturday to UC Davis Medical Center.
Rachel Anne Gray, 21, of El Dorado Hills, was traveling on the Rubicon Trail in Placer County, “heading northbound on the trail, near the middle of Cadillac Hill” when she veered off the side of the Road, said Officer Dan Stark of the CHP. The vehicle rolled over multiple times, ejecting Gray and her unidentified male passenger, 34, of Pilot Hill.
By the time this issue hits the stands, I’m sure that most of the questions regarding the Saturday accident on Cadillac Hill, the subsequent fire and Sunday’s trail closure will have been answered, but tonight I have to admit that I’m an uneasy mother with a daughter still in Rubicon Springs. She is “only” one [...]
The Jeepers Jamboree has a rich history, the event developing from humble beginnings to an occasion attracting four-wheel drive vehicles and riders from all over the world. How it got started From the Mountain Democrat, July 24, 1962: “GEORGETOWN — Jeepers from Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and all parts of California will rendezvous here tomorrow night — [...]
The Jeepers Jamboree popularized the historic Rubicon Trail as a world-class off-road ride. The 22-mile trail is an El Dorado County non-maintained road that goes through the Eldorado National Forest. Going over the Rubicon Trail is an enjoyable and challenging adventure for off-roaders, but it also has brought attention from others. The Center for Sierra [...]
June 29 1:37 a.m. Eugene Rodriguez, 23, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on Suncast Lane in El Dorado Hills. 3:49 a.m. A subject was contacted in the backyard of an uninvolved party on Uplands Drive in El Dorado Hills. The subject, Justin Martelli, 18, was allegedly intoxicated, and subsequently arrested. [...]
Discounts, two-for-ones, and bargains are not words most people associate with luxury home estates.” Over-the-top” and “wishful thinking” are more often used. But, this year, on the Chase International Estates Tour, one might actually use the word discount when referring to a beautiful brand new property on Fallen Leaf lake, reduced by a million dollars. [...]
The Belltower is decorated as a giant beer mug signaling it is time for the 12th annual Belltower Brewfest. This year more than 35 craft breweries will be pouring their best on Saturday, June 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival will close Main Street from Sacramento to Clay streets for the tasting. Participating [...]
Sierra Community Access Television celebrated its second anniversary of being back on “the air” at the Iron Willow Gallery at the Third Saturday, Placerville Art Walk, on April 21. The celebration also warranted the release of Channel 2’s Prime Time Wine: Placerville Zinfandel, Coloma Cabernet, and El Dorado Hills Divinity. Proceeds from the wine sale [...]
El Dorado County native and longtime resident Al Hamilton has thrown his hat in the ring with five other candidates for District 3 Supervisor. Gearing up for June’s election, Hamilton visited the Mountain Democrat offices recently to share his concerns and visions for the county. With the exception of two years in the Army and [...]
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 [...]