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Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

When Jim Buell was a youngster growing up in Vallejo, he never really dreamed of one day becoming the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But here he is, at age 71, carrying that illustrious title on his capable shoulders, deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of Placerville Elks Lodge 1712. […]

Rails to trails path still unclear

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors kicked the proverbial can down the proverbial track at the end of its Aug. 25 meeting. Writ large, the can is the Rails to Trails program and the track at issue is a 2.5-mile stretch of rails between Missouri Flat Road and El Dorado Road along what is formally […]

Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

Footballs, dolls and other toys filled Toys for Tots boxes at a “Stuff The Truck” event held Sunday at Placerville’s Walmart. Sue Henderson, a local high school teacher who works with at-risk students, and her husband Hollis were on scene to coordinate the event, which included a visit from Safety Pup and hot dogs provided by […]

StemExpress counters CMP video and court ruling

StemExpress responded to last Friday’s ruling denying the firm’s request for a court order preventing the distribution of another surreptitious video by the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress. Judge Joanne O’Donnell with the Los Angeles District Superior Court ruled that CMP’s right to distribute trumped StemExpress’s contention that the video was obtained illegally and […]

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis and the CSD Board of Directors collectively responded to, and largely disagreed with, the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations that asked the CSD to reexamine a 32-year-old $10 annual tax on each home collected to enforce Covenants, Codes and Restrictions. The […]

Man charged with child sex abuse

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police officers arrested a city resident Wednesday, Aug. 19, on charges of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 years old. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Allan Delisle, 69, allegedly committed the sexual abuse against a child with disabilities, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child, oral copulation […]

EID’s flume work continues

With repairing and replacing its flumes a top priority, at its Aug. 24 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation Board of Directors approved spending $406,568 for additional assessment work on Flume 44. Actual construction will take place later. Located above Highway 50 between Bridal Veil Falls and Ice House Road, the approved work on Flume 44 will include performing geotechnical […]

Cameron Park woman calls cousin’s train heroics ‘awesome’

Carmichael native Alek Skarlatos was traveling in Europe with childhood friend Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler when they became instant heroes to the world. While traveling from Amsterdam to Paris by train the trio’s instincts kicked in when they reportedly heard a gunman loading ammunition in the restroom. Once the man exited, Skarlatos, 22, propelled […]

DUI arrest: Superintendent Jeremy Meyers pleads guilty

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Matthew Meyers was booked into the El Dorado County jail over the weekend on a driving under the influence charge stemming from a June incident. Meyers pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of DUI. According to the District Attorney’s Office, he is sentenced to four years probation […]

Stadium Club destroyed

The Stadium Club bar, a favorite dive among locals, fell victim to a devastating fire that started around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. The crew at El Dorado County Fire Station 26 responded to the fire.

Its cause is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.

“It was a good bar; it was always full. Our customers were wonderful,” said Jackie Pottage, owner of the Stadium Club, told the Mountain Democrat over the phone. “We have been open for 11 years and I couldn’t have been happier with the people of Placerville.”

Search leads to three arrests

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies took three people to jail last Sunday following a confrontation in Cameron Park. At 3 a.m. on Aug. 16 deputies went to a residence in the 3400 block of Montero Road to look for Ryan Walker, 38, who was wanted for vehicle theft and an armored robbery on July 3. […]

23-year project takes flight

Aerospace engineer John McPherson recently got his hand-built airplane certified by the FAA. July 29 was the first time he landed it at the Placerville Airport to back it into the hangar that had previously housed his and Donna McPherson’s Cessna 182 since 1996.

The bright yellow-and-green wood-and-fabric airplane is based on a 1928 design by Bernard H. Pietenpol that was first published in Mechanics Illustrated in about 1930.

StemExpress video released; more details emerge

Friday Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell lifted a temporary restraining order blocking anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress from releasing another video, this time featuring StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, ruling that free speech prevails over the fact that the footage was illegally recorded at an El Dorado Hills restaurant. In excerpts released by CMP the same day, […]

EDH sewer line break stinks up neighborhood

El Dorado Irrigation District crews had a mess on their hands Friday afternoon after a sewer line broke in the middle of Green Valley Road, sending stinking water down the road and into storm drains. Crews closed a westbound lane of Green Valley Road, which caused traffic back-ups, while they surveyed the situation and made their repairs. Several […]

GDPUD Prop 218 hearing set

A hearing on the intention of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District to assess a charge to pay for the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant was announced at the board’s Aug. 11 meeting. The district has mailed notices to all its ratepayers informing them of the Prop 218 hearing which will be held at 6 […]

Bodacious Biking Babes riding strong after 15 years

EL DORADO HILLS — Bodacious Biking Babes has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years the women’s cycling group’s members have been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance […]

Transient suspected of arson

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a transient who allegedly started a grass fire in Camino last week. At about 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 14 deputies contacted Justin Tullos, 30, who was sitting on a burned hillside along Highway 50 by Still Meadows Road. Tullos admitted to setting the small fire, which was extinguished by Cal Fire […]

K-9 deputies get new gear

Eros and Barkus, the two K-9 German shepherds assigned to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, got slick, custom, K-9 ballistic (or protective) vests that are both bulletproof and stab-proof thanks to generous donations from the Saint Bernard Club of Greater San Jose and the Hangtown Kennel Club.

Made by Project Paws Alive, both vests came in “Ranger” green and have their names and Hangtown logo embroidered into the fabric. Each vest costs $1,400.

Fire district cuts retiree health benefits

Since the 2008 economic collapse the El Dorado County Fire Protection District has struggled to get back on a sound financial footing. Last month district officials took another step toward recovery but it means a hit for retirees. “It’s no secret that we were in financial trouble three years ago and had a $1.6 million deficit,” said Fire Chief […]

StemExpress cuts cord to Planned Parenthood

StemExpress, the Placerville biomedical supply firm, announced Saturday it is disassociating itself from Planned Parenthood, the nationwide women’s health organization. Under increasing scrutiny due to graphic undercover videos made by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood and tangentially StemExpress have recently faced a tide of both public and official opposition. The videos by […]

SMUD’s Iowa Hill project still in assessment phase

Like a slow-moving glacier, work continues on the Iowa Hill hydroelectric project but at a deliberate pace that will ultimately be reckoned in decades. Called a pumped-storage system, the project, when built, will add to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s electrical generation and storage capacity. Located a few miles northwest of Camino, the project got its start in 2001 […]

Fatal wrecks claim 3 lives

Three vehicle-related incidents in El Dorado County ended tragically this past week. Pedestrian killed EL DORADO — An 81-year-old woman died two days after she was hit by a car on Aug. 10. At approximately 10:02 a.m. that day Barbara Bunch of Camino was walking across Pleasant Valley Road, just east of Church Street, when she was […]

Wildfire destroys homes, vehicles

GARDEN VALLEY — Three mobile homes, one occupied and two empty, two sheds and 10 vehicles were destroyed in a 3-acre fire that broke out at 11:45 a.m. Monday on Mt. Murphy Road.

Resources included 15 engines, four water tenders, two fire crews, one bulldozer, two helicopters and and air tankers. Fire crews and emergency officials from Georgetown, Garden Valley, El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills, Rescue, Diamond Springs, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the blaze.

Missing Tahoe paddle boarder found alive

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The previously unidentified man who went missing on Lake Tahoe on Aug. 12 has been located alive and currently visiting the state of Missouri. Zbigniew “Zibi” Moryn has been in contact with South Lake Tahoe police officials, reporting he is safe. Investigators received numerous tips from the public who had been following the […]

Festival fun

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Police find hash oil lab

A suspicious pedestrian reportedly led Placerville police officers to a hash oil lab Wednesday evening. Officers conducting a routine pedestrian stop at 1296 Broadway on Aug. 12 found Nicholas Adams, 32, with a case of new butane bottles on his person, according to police officials. Adams had allegedly lied to the police about his identity when contacted. The […]

Judge pulled from duty

El Dorado County District Attorney officials have excluded El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan from proceedings until further notice. DA officials cite California Civil Code 170.6 to back up their action. The code states, “A judge, court commissioner or referee of a superior court of the state of California shall not try a civil […]

‘Terrorizing’ cell tower put on hold

Trying to reconcile what some argued are incompatible land uses occupied most of the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s meeting on Aug. 13 with one of the most contentious issues the siting of a new Verizon cell tower in Mosquito. Deemed a “terrorist” structure by one property owner who claimed it would cause “immense distress among the members of […]

Mosquito shooting: Stetler enters plea

Shooting suspect David Stetler pleaded not guilty in court late last week. The 35-year-old man is accused of shooting another man, identified in court as Mr. West, 46, in Mosquito on July 27. Stetler told authorities Mr. West approached him with a club like object, or “branch,” and assaulted him. Fearing for his safety, Stetler allegedly shot […]

Animal lovers needed: Shelter’s kitty crowd, especially older kitties, wants homes

Even Bullet the one-eyed tabby cat appears pleased as all get-out at El Dorado County Animal Services these days, flipping and flopping on the front counter as he says hello to visitors.

The animal shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs that opened its doors almost a year ago has proved a great fit for critters and caretakers alike. It’s a long way from being the “pound” anymore.

“They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that’s been true for us,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “We’ve had people bringing in the animals, especially kittens right now — but then again, we’ve had more people coming here wanting to adopt.”

‘Jeffersons’ explain why they want their own state

Sheriff John D’Agostini as the first speaker on behalf of, if not directly for, the State of Jefferson.

“It is only an issue of representation,” D’Agostini began. “Our representatives have no voice in (state government). We have two representatives, and Los Angeles County has 22. How do we fix the issue of rural representation? We need to ask to be at the table.”

Later, citing a familiar maxim introduced to supervisors years ago by former District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago, he got a laugh noting, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

SOJ opponents: Seceding would leave county ‘cash poor’

Though a majority attending Tuesday evening’s meeting supported the State of Jefferson movement, the event actually began with speakers from the Keep It California group who “advocate for rural California but oppose breaking away.” Citing common cause on “several issues,” and fully acknowledging that rural representation is a real problem, KIC representatives said, “We’d like to work […]

Report: Kidnapping victim goes for wild ride

A 32-year-old man from Placerville told El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies that three men took his 2007 gold Hyundai for a wild ride while he was in the back seat coming down from a heroin high, officials said. The victim made the report last Saturday morning, reportedly telling deputies that he and his friends took a joy ride […]

Paddle board found; man missing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Aug. 12 at around 10:15 p.m. officers responded to a suspicious circumstance call associated with a missing person.  An unoccupied stand up paddle board, equipped with a GoPro camera, a selfie stick and a life jacket had been found by a boater on Lake Tahoe between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The board was […]

Falling tree kills firefighter

U.S. Forest Service firefighter Michael Hallenbeck, 21, of Shingle Springs died Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a falling tree while fighting a wildfire just south of Echo Summit.

Hallenbeck was a member of the Organized Crew 36 on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Split decision to sell reservoir

After an earlier attempt to close the deal failed, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted 3-2 at its Aug. 10 meeting to approve the sale of the Blakeley Reservoir, deciding that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. At previous meetings in June and July, staff recommended selling the 36-acre property for $51,000. Seemingly priced […]

Mom killed in rollover

A 33-year-old Georgetown woman died in an apparent DUI crash Sunday night. Rachelle Piparo was killed after her husband Joseph Piparo, 33, allegedly driving while intoxicated, crashed the 1998 silver Dodge pickup he was driving westbound on Wentworth Springs Road at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Aug. 9, according to California Highway Patrol officials. The pickup was pulling a flat-bed […]

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