Friday, January 23, 2015

Sen. Gaines gets new committee assignment

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R–Roseville, announced he has been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization for the 2015-16 legislative session. The Committee on Governmental Organization reviews legislation relating to state government organization, horseracing, public gaming, the National Guard, alcoholic beverages, management of public safety emergencies and disaster response, and […]

Strategic plan for Placerville PD

Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller rolled out a new two-year conceptual strategic plan for the Police Department at the Jan.13 Placerville City Council meeting. The 2015-2017 plan, designed to provide better service to city residents, has four focus areas: community service; professional development; internal operations and capital improvement. Targeted areas for community service includes developing […]

Dog license renewal by cards now

It will soon be easier for El Dorado County residents to renew their dog’s license and conduct other business, thanks to steps being taken by the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to expand payment options. Residents can now make payments to El Dorado County Animal Services online and via credit or […]

No. 8: Poor Red’s owners convicted, business sold

People all over the world know Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in El Dorado and most of them have been there. In October, the iconic restaurant and bar was sold to a pair of brothers after being on the market for a year. Previous owners, Michael and Brenda Adams, were convicted of insurance fraud, and failure to […]

No. 9: Sanford found guilty of 1980 murder, requests new trial

A man found guilty of murder in April has yet to be sentenced and has requested a new trial. It took a jury two days to convict Andrew Sanford of murdering Richard Swanson while robbing the South Y Shell gas station in South Lake Tahoe in 1983. “Richard’s murder was as needless as it was […]

No. 10: Roundabouts and roads hot topic in Placerville

The contentious roundabout issue was killed twice, once by Placerville City Council in July and for the second time by the voters in November, as Measure K made sure roundabouts were truly dead, not just mostly dead. In July, City Council removed a roundabout from the list of options for the intersection of Clay Street, […]

No. 4: Deputy Oliver killed in the line of duty

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, of El Dorado Hills, was killed in the line of duty while investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle on Oct. 24. Oliver and another deputy approached a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a motel in the 2000 block of Arden Way. A male occupant of the vehicle […]

California ranks 17th in health in the United States

In the 25th anniversary America’s Health Rankings, California ranks No. 17 among all U.S. states in overall health. Some highlights from the report include: • California improves health, rises four spots in the 2014 rankings from previous year. • Nationwide, reduction in smoking, and improvements in adolescent immunization and infant mortality offset by rising rates […]

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 […]