Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov’t center renovation project stems from 2008 lawsuit

The Mountain Democrat interviewed project manager Brent Collins after his Nov. 13 presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Collins is in charge of a multi-million dollar repair and renovation of the county’s government center Buildings A and B. He elaborated on some of the reasons for the renovation besides the “crumbling walls,” as Supervisor Brian […]

EDUHSD offers limited open 9th grade enrollment at UMHS

The El Dorado Union High School District announce limited open enrollment at Union Mine High School for the 2015-16 school year will be offered to incoming 9th grade students who reside within the El Dorado Union High School District attendance boundaries. The enrollment projection for the school’s permanent capacity will allow for 35 transfers. Applicants may […]

$45k ready to be distributed to King Fire victims

In a great showing of unified community spirit, a total of almost $45,000 was raised from donors throughout the community whose generosity was supplemented by a county-ide “Fill the Boot” campaign and Raindance, a music festival fundraiser held in Camino to aid victims of September’s King Fire. “El Dorado County stood tall and came together […]

Bear survives collision with car

A Placerville woman hit a bear while driving near Pilot Hill on Nov. 17. Alisha Cleve, 38, of Placerville, was driving a 2014 white Chevy Malibu northbound on Highway 49 south of Pedro Hill Road within the speed limit at about 2:15 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said, when a bear entered the roadway from the […]

Patriotic pickup

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City sales tax slips by

Almost eclipsed by Measure K, Measure I, the initiative that adds a one half cent general sales tax with 75 percent of the revenue going to city road improvements and 25 percent directed to the improvements of roads or to other public facilities, may have passed by a whisker, garnering 50.94 percent of the vote. […]

Ethics violation charges hurled at Supervisor Ron Briggs

Members of the audience excoriated District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs during the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting with charges of ethics violations and possibly even corruption. Generally in support of trying to get supervisors to reconsider their July 29 decision not to approve the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” for the November ballot, speakers demanded […]

Is the grass really greener on the other side?

The grass in the five city parks is green, maybe greener than your lawn. While this has prompted some residents to express concern about possible conservation violations, Community Services Director Steve Youell said the city is adhering to the statewide Stage 2 Water Alert guidelines as well as watering restrictions by the El Dorado Irrigation District […]

Flume work OK’d after dangerous deterioration

The El Dorado Irrigation District board authorized repair work on several key flumes after a specific structural inspection and physical testing of Flumes 42/43, 44 and 45 revealed them to be in what was described as an alarming state of degradation. Looking as though giant termites had come for dinner, on Monday EID staff showed […]

Employment up locally, regionally

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.7 percent in May 2014, down from a revised 7.1 percent in April 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.3 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for California and 6.1 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

PHS student water savvy

As the drought progresses, it’s important to get everyone on board to conserve water. In the interests of getting the word about water conservation out, almost 80 high school students from the Sacramento region participated in the 2014 Water Spots Video Contest, put on by the Regional Water Authority. Paul Melville, a 16-year-old junior from […]

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

A county multi-disciplinary task force is putting the lie to the notion that, “It can’t happen here.” Law enforcement, social services, mental health and public health staff have joined in a campaign to reduce and prevent human trafficking of local youth for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation. Although many of the 20 victims identified […]