Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City boosts Boys & Girls Club’s new facility

The holding pattern that the Western Slope Boys & Girls Club had been in since October regarding the new 14,567-square-foot facility it is planning to build was finally resolved at the Jan. 13 Placerville City Council meeting. The project stalled out over three conditions of approval adopted by the Placerville Planning Commission in September. One […]

Big rig catches fire

A big rig caught on fire Monday morning after going down an embankment just east of Twin Bridges. South Lake Tahoe CHP was dispatched shortly after 5 a.m., a spokesperson said, to a report of a big rig at the bottom of an embankment off of Highway 50. Reports also indicated the vehicle was on […]

Motorcycle fuel leak causes fire

A motorcycle fuel leak caused a garage fire in El Dorado Hills Sunday evening. Residents of 5060 Screech Owl Creek Road were “working on a project” on a motorcycle in their garage at about 5 p.m., El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts said, when fuel began leaking and caught on fire. “Crews did a […]

Crime family? SLT father, son arrested: Drugs and guns found

A father and son were arrested the evening of Jan. 22 on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms and drug-related charges after a multi-month investigation in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe detectives and SWAT were joined by the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team in a high-risk warrant service in the 800 block […]

Marshall seeks baby-friendly imprimatur

Looking to add to their credentials, Marshall Medical Center hopes to add the designation of being a Baby-Friendly Hospital next month.

Part of a global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, the designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.

In particular, the initiative focuses on providing new mothers with the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully breastfeed their babies and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

In charge of the program at Marshall is Christine Miguelgorry, who is a …

Two fires contained in National Forest; third fire reported

Two fires were contained over the weekend in the Eldorado National Forest, with a third fire reported. The U.S. Forest Service announced via Twitter on Saturday evening that Cal Fire was assisting with two fires, dubbed the Tanner and McOullah fires, in the national forest. The Cal Fire Twitter feed reported that the Tanner Fire […]

Ranalli picks Pratt as planning commissioner

In a prepared statement Thursday, new District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli announced his selection of Dave Pratt to represent the district on the county’s Planning Commission. While more typically the planning commissioner is a resident of the district being represented, Ranalli noted in the statement and in a phone conversation with the Mountain Democrat that […]

New ruling gives hope to dredgers

A new ruling issued on Jan. 12 of this year is giving hope to suction dredgers that they will once again be able to ply their trade on California’s waterways.

Issued by San Bernardino County Judge Gilbert Ochoa, the decision builds on a previous ruling by a state appellate court in the case of People v. Rinehart.

In that case, Brandon Rinehart successfully appealed his conviction for suction dredging without a permit when the Third Court of Appeals for California ruled the trial …

From war to parades: Vet owns ambulance he drove in Vietnam

Not many people have a 1967 Kaiser K275 ambulance in their front yard, but Rob Hughes of Lotus has a history with this particular vehicle. In 1968, a 23-year-old Hughes drove this ambulance from Qui Nhon, Vietnam to pick up post-operation wounded out in the field and bring them back to the 67th Evacuation Hospital […]

Suspect in stolen car arrested in EDH

The pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended in an arrest early Friday morning. According to the Placerville Police Department, the incident began at 1:23 a.m. Friday morning in the 300 block of Placerville Drive. An officer identified a 1998 Subaru Forester as one stolen from Pollock Pines and began a pursuit. The suspect fled to El Dorado Hills […]

School choice wins in boundary fight

Oak Ridge High School’s multipurpose room was filled during a special board meeting of the El Dorado Union High School district Tuesday night. During the four-hour public workshop, school attendance boundaries in the Blackstone region and an eastern Serrano neighborhood nicknamed “the finger” were discussed and different scenarios proposed. Though no formal action could be […]

Water savings continue as expenses mount

El Dorado Irrigation District customers continue to save water, aided by nearly 3 inches of rain in November and nearly 9 inches in December. General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported at the Jan. 12 meeting that district customers had reduced potable water consumption 24 percent between Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; 17 percent between Jan. 1, […]

Reward for shooter info

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward of $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a man accused of shooting at a deputy on Oct. 17, 2014. At about 8 a.m. that morning, a deputy on patrol investigated a truck in a turnout near Cable Road and White Mountain Ranch […]

Fair seeks to ‘de-organ-ize': Rare pipe organ 1 of 2 in CA

She was the first pipe organ in El Dorado County; she might be one of the only two Bergstrom Pipe Organs left in California; she might be the largest surviving Bergstrom and now, this vintage lady of El Dorado County history needs a home as the county fair is asking the Historical Society to move it.

Built by John Eric Bergstrom, a Swedish immigrant who learned the science of organ building in Sweden before coming to the United States in 1850, the Bergstrom pipe organ is the only occupant of the Organ Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Usually the background for exhibits during the county fair, the organ hasn’t been played for many years.

According to “History of El Dorado County Federated Church,” by Malcom E. Wright, the organ was purchased by the Placerville …

Controversy continues over death of Gen. George S. Patton

Even 70 years later, the death of Gen. George S. Patton remains controversial.

A person connected to the Mountain Democrat offers a different, insider’s perspective on the traffic accident that led to Patton’s death, disputing the controversy.

A brilliant and audacious warrior who was often called “old blood and guts,” Patton’s untimely death at the end of World War II resulted in speculation that he died at an assassin’s hand rather than because of an automobile accident.

It was the subject of several books. One published in 2008 was called “Target Patton,” by journalist Robert Wilcox.

Murder arrests stem from cold case; suspects arraigned

Two of the three men arrested last week in connection with a cold case murder from 2006 were arraigned the afternoon of Jan. 20.

Eric Mehlmauer, accused of murder, was assigned no bail after pleading not guilty; Ronald Garcia was accused of aiding Mehlmauer after the alleged murder was committed and was assigned $50,000 bail.

Garcia, 53, of Sacramento, was arraigned first and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of accessory after the fact, or willfully concealing, harboring or aiding the suspect after a felony — in this case, the alleged murder of Tobias Kaiser on or about Nov. 11, 2006.

Salmon expert eyes Cosumnes River

The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited got some good news about fish restoration efforts at its Jan. 15 meeting. There to talk about efforts to improve the passage of fish up the Cosumnes River so they can spawn was Donnie Ratcliff, who is the assistant program manager of the anadromous fish restoration program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife […]

90 horses: Hearing officer backs seizure

A hearing officer has decided there was reasonable cause for El Dorado County Animal Services to believe 90 horses and other livestock at the former Grace Foundation facility were abandoned and that it was necessary to retrieve the animals to provide for their care and feeding.  Citing Penal Code section 597.1 and Civil Code 1815(d), the […]

White Meadows continues King Fire recovery

Despite the devastating effects of the King Fire, clean up and recovery efforts continue in White Meadows.

That area suffered the most in terms of property damage with 12 homes and at least 57 buildings destroyed.

One of those families whose home burned was Michele and Doug Mudgett, whose ranch, Pacific House Farms, was in the path of the fire.

Their home, barn and much of the timber on their property was lost. They are now living in a small travel trailer on their property along with their …

Mother Lode parents open conversation

The Jan. 14 Mother Lode Union School District Board meeting was well attended. Approximately 75 people, most of them wearing purple, sat at tables in the Herbert Green cafeteria, waiting for a chance to share their concerns, listening to the concerns of parents and teachers and wanting to start a conversation about what is going […]

The rainbow activist returns

A little over two years after completing his walk across America in support of equal civil rights for all Americans regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, activist Richard Noble was back in Placerville — this time arriving by car. He started his long trek across the nation at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco […]

Supervisors OK schedule for General Plan update

While not as dramatic as establishing a committee, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a recommended schedule for staff and consultant work on a General Plan Biological Resource Policy Update. Based on ensuring consistency of the General Plan with state law, the first element of the project is to re-design the county’s Oak […]

Three arrested for murder

Three men were arrested for murder, but details remain scarce. Eric Mehlmauer, 57, was arrested on Jan. 15, while Ronald Garcia, 53, and Brian Daly, 31, were arrested on Jan. 16. When asked for information on the arrests, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said that, as it was a District Attorney’s Office case, inquiries should […]

Sen. Gaines talks regulatory reform: Highlights value of small businesses to chamber lunch

Touting the theme that “the private sector will lift us into prosperity,” state Sen. Ted Gaines touched on that subject and others when he spoke before the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. A small business owner himself, Gaines said he started out working in his father’s insurance agency right out of college. He still owns Gaines […]

Marshall employee retires at 87

It was cake and kisses for Gloria Baldwin, 87, as staff at Marshall Medical Center held a retirement party for her on Monday. The well-loved octogenarian is retiring after 37 years in the admissions department with her last work day being Jan. 17. A resident of El Dorado, Baldwin said she came to work for the hospital when she was […]

Mohr named to CPCSD

Margaret Mohr was selected to fill the vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District on Wednesday night. The opening was created after Vicky Neibauer resigned in December. Mohr is the chief marketing officer for e.Republic. Her current duties with the company include company branding, external marketing efforts, public relation campaigns, developing advertising […]

Stick-up in Cameron Park: Employee’s wallet also taken

A man armed with a pistol robbed a check-cashing store in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and the assistant manager’s wallet, according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators.

The man, who reportedly was unmasked when he went into the Check Into Cash store at 3440 Palmer Drive, fled northbound following the 3:50 p.m. robbery. He had masked himself later, as he brandished a gun and demanded money, according to sheriff’s detective Jon Densmore, who was …

Candlelight vigil honors Khrista Ibarolle

AMY CONLAN of South Lake Tahoe places a photograph at a memorial in front of 36 Handles for her friend, Khrista Ibarolle. ORGANIZED by Rolling Hills Church of El Dorado Hills, the candlelight vigil brought a good sized crowd to honor the memory of Khrista Ibarolle. AMONG THE participants lighting their candles are members of […]

Candlelight vigil honors Khrista Ibarolle

A vigil was held on Jan. 11 for a woman killed during an alleged carjacking.

The vigil was held at 6 p.m. at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, the bar Khrista Ibarolle was leaving when she was allegedly murdered by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, while trying to carjack Ibarolle and her friend Kesha Patrice.

The well-attended candlelight vigil was organized by nearby Rolling Hills Church. Member Crystal Wilson read a message from Ibarolle’s family off of her phone. Lori, Khrista’s mother, wrote, “No one will miss her more than her family, who now have a Khrista-shaped hole in our hearts.”

Eco-terrorist convict out early

A man serving 19 years for plotting to destroy various targets, including the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, has been released from prison early. Eric McDavid was convicted on Sept. 17, 2007, on conspiracy to destroy the targets by fire or explosives, a press release from U.S. District Court Judge Morrison […]

EID finds the ‘unicorn’

By a 5-0 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District concluded a 10-year quest to get a contract for additional water delivery from Folsom Lake. “I’m amazed,” said Director Alan Day. “I thought it was a unicorn.” The water delivery contract is for half of the 17,000 acre-feet of water EID gained the rights to when […]

County takes over herd of horses

Since the Grace Foundation’s land lease was terminated Nov. 20, El Dorado County Animal Services has taken custody of 90 horses and other livestock, including several goats, pigs and chicken, that made their home at the 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. While a county is responsible for animals […]

EDH resident named Registrar

El Dorado Hills resident Cindi Christenson, 57, is the newly promoted Registrar of Contractors of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The Contractors State License Board is one of 40 bureaus, boards or commissions under the Department of Consumer Affairs. It is responsible for the licensing and regulating of 285,000 licensed contractors statewide, 2,540 of […]

Mosquito arranges coverage as chief leaves

A loud and, at times, argumentative audience confronted the board of the Mosquito Fire Prevention District on Thursday night as a third chief in less than three years announced he was leaving the district. This following the letter from Battalion Chief Chris Johns, who announced his retirement as of Jan. 10. Johns had served as […]

Shopping center owner reacts to homicide

The owner of the Montano de El Dorado shopping center, where a woman was shot and killed Wednesday, denounced the incident as tragic happenstance. “It was a random act of violence by a felon” who carjacked his way from the Bay Area to El Dorado Hills, owner Vinal Perkins said. “It’s a tragedy. Not only […]

Friends remember Khrista Ibarolle

Khrista Ibarolle was a people person.

“She was the kindest person, she would do anything for others,” said Marina Texeira, owner of the Torch Club in Sacramento, where Ibarolle frequented. “That’s the irony.”

Ibarolle was allegedly killed during a carjacking just after midnight on Jan. 7 in the parking lot of the 36 Handles Pub in El Dorado Hills by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland. Texeira said the act was “disgusting, quite honestly.”

The 31-year-old El Dorado …

Swift arraigned on murder charge

A man accused of murdering a woman during a carjacking in El Dorado Hills was arraigned Friday afternoon. Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, was arraigned in Department 7 by Judge Dylan Sullivan on seven counts. After being appointed the Public Defender’s Office as counsel, attorney Mark Ralphs entered a not guilty plea to all counts […]