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Statewide fire summary

Cal Fire incidents Rocky Fire — Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties, east of Lower Lake — has burned approximately 46,000 acres and is 5 percent contained., Evacuations are in effect as nearly 6,300 structures are threatened. Highways 20 and 16 are closed in the fire area. Mendocino lightning fires — Mendocino County is battling six fires that have charred more than 50 […]

Thorne L. Barrager

Jan. 29, 1948 — July 22, 2015 Thorne Leigh Barrager, 67, of Placerville, Calif., passed away suddenly on July 22, 2015, while backpacking the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe. He was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Owatonna, Minn. He retired to Placerville from a 30-year career with Exxon Mobil. During his career in the oil […]

Crime Log

July 20 5:55 a.m. A suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a 45-year-old victim on William Way in Camino. 11:13 a.m. A party reported a man on their property with a firearm. When the deputies searched and found no one, the reporting party was found to be under the influence of […]

News bites: July 31

Fire Station 49 gets a new look Construction has begun at Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District’s Station 49 at 501 Main St. in Diamond Springs. The scope of work includes repairing dry rot caused by water intrusion and replacement of windows that were leaking. During the course of repairs the building will undergo some architectural […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of July 28 Water elevation 6,381.8 feet Storage level 35,240 acre-feet Percent full 51% Inflow 0 cfs Outflow 16 cfs Ice House, as of July 28 Water elevation 5,434 feet Storage level 33,360 acre-feet Percent full 77% Inflow 0 cfs Outflow 97 cfs Union Valley, as of July 28 Water elevation 4,838.4 […]

Muriel Steinwall Humenick

March 28, 1926 — July 15, 2015 Muriel Esther (Steinwall) Humenick was born in Summit, Ill., on March 28, 1926, and passed away in her beloved garden on July 15, 2015. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago and went to college at the University of Minnesota, where she met her husband, William Humenick, […]

Joanne Handshy

Oct. 16, 1946 – June 29, 2015 Joanne passed away unexpectedly from cardiogenic shock in Sacramento. She was born in San Jose, Calif. and moved to El Dorado County in 1993 with her husband Ron. They were married in Pacific Grove, Calif. in 1982 and would have celebrated 33 years of marriage this November. In addition to Ron […]

Building permits, issued July 20-24

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $99,646.3 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – OFFICE $83,108.24 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $10,000 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $38,481.78 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $31,775 1 BUILDG – REMODL – RSTRNT $17,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $13,200 1 ELCTRC – […]

Statewide fire summary

Cal Fire incidents Lowell Fire, Nevada County in the You Bet area west of Alta, has burned approximately 2,233 acres and is 30 percent contained. Evacuations are in  effect as about 1,800 structures are threatened. Full containment expected on Aug. 1. Wragg Fire, Napa & Solano counties off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa, has burned approximately 6,591 acres and is 80 percent […]

Lois G. Pratt

Feb. 23, 1931 — July 25, 2015 Lois G. Pratt died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family as she requested. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Lori Edison Aldridge. She leaves behind her children, Joni Edison, Linda Edison Garrett, John Edison and Sissy (Orianna) Phillips; grandchildren, Lisa Aldridge Ford, Jason Aldridge, […]

Loretta Hudelson

May 16, 1943 — July 11, 2015 The angels whispered, “Come join us,” and she was gone. Loretta Hudelson, an active resident of the Mt. Aukum area, passed peacefully while at home with family members by her side on the morning of Saturday, July 11, 2015. She was born in Martinez, Calif., to Clovis and […]

Crime Log

July 13 8:23 a.m. A suspect broke into a coin operated vacuum machine and stole some change on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. 9:50 a.m. A 69-year-old man reported vandalism on Clear Creek Road in Placerville. 10:06 a.m. A 58-year-old woman experienced theft from her vehicle on La Crescenta Road in Placerville. 10:06 a.m. […]

News Bites

Georgetown Town Hall Meeting Congressman Tom McClintock will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Georgetown Community Center, 6329 Lower Main St. County, Tahoe team up El Dorado County and the City of South Lake Tahoe are exploring creation of an “ad hoc” committee to begin looking at […]


A man who identified himself as Shane Douglas called the Mountain Democrat to say he is not engaged and is not getting married this July contrary to the announcement that ran in the Friday, July 3. Mountain Democrat.

Richard Gonzalez

June 6, 1938 – June 12, 2015 Richard Gonzalez, born on June 6, 1938 in Oxnard, Calif., passed away in Diamond Springs on June 12, 2015. In early adulthood, Richard traveled the country with a religious order until settling in El Dorado County in 1978. He was a painting contractor until he retired, but his […]


Monday’s article about the county’s new “early separation incentive” failed to include one department’s roster of early retirees. The Board of Supervisors approved one of its own staff members among the 16 who will receive the incentive.


Donald Garrett, 22, of El Dorado Hills, booked on July 17 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000 Frank Marilou, 49, of Oroville, booked on July 18 by El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, bail listed $10,000. Eric Hewitt, 26, of Placerville, booked on July 18 by Placerville Police Department, bail listed $5,000. Erin Thomas, 40, of […]


The person in the front page mugshot under the headline “Bringing criminals to justice,” published July 22, should have been identified as David Donahue, not Wayne Donohue.

Lake levels

  Stumpy Meadows, as of July 22 Water elevation 4,224 feet 9 inches Storage level 9,688 acre-feet Percent full 48% Inflow 3.08 cfs Outflow 33 cfs Loon Lake, as of July 21 Water elevation 6,302 feet Storage level 35,500 acre-feet Percent full 51% Inflow 13 cfs Outflow 28 cfs Ice House, as of July 21 […]

Jennie Bernice Bumbaca

March 20, 1936 – July 12, 2015 Jennie was born to John Sr. and Dorothy Williams in Palo Alto, Calif. She was married to the late Robert Frank Bumbaca on March 22, 1952 for over 50 years. Jennie was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her brother John […]

Keith Caldwell

May 30, 1928  –  July 16, 2015 Keith Caldwell passed away peacefully in Folsom on July 16. He was the loving husband of 41 years to Carol Caldwell who passed away in February of this year. Keith is the beloved father of Chris Andersen of Pollock Pines, Bill Caldwell of Elk Grove, Dennis (Michele) Andersen […]

Joan I. Robbins

May 10, 1939 – July 17, 2015 Cameron Park resident Joan I. Robbins, born May 10, 1939 in San Francisco passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, on Friday July 17.  She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many, many friends.  Joan thoroughly enjoyed art and music. As a painter, she […]

Richard Walter Hunn

Oct. 23, 1943 – July 17, 2015 Richard Walter Hunn, 71, died on July 17, after a two-year fight with lung cancer. Richard grew up in South Bend, Ind. After two years at Purdue University, he threw his snow shovel onto the driveway, packed up and drove to Los Angeles. He got a job with […]

Building permits issued July 13-17

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 2 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $39,774.24 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $354,606.77 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $6,740.64 8 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $3,621,363.1 1 BUILDG – NEW – TEMP-C $40,227 1 BUILDG – REACT – 1-FMLY $1,192,862 1 BUILDG – REACT – ROOF $39,000 1 BUILDG – […]

Sherrill Janice (Colwell) Bennett

Jan. 26, 1936 – July 17, 2015  Sherrill Janice (Colwell) Bennett (Janice), 79, of Placerville, Calif. died on July 17, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born January 26, 1936, in Woodland, California, Janice is the daughter of Orlene and Herbert Colwell. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerald W. Bennett, parents and […]

James W. Varozza

Sept. 4, 1924 – June 18, 2015 James W. Varozza, born September 4, 1924, in Tuolumne, Calif. to Bill and Marie Varozza; went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2015, at the age of 90. In 1926 his family moved to a ranch in Latrobe, Calif. where he grew up. He worked on […]

Crime Log

July 9 5:15 a.m. Suspects forced entry into a residence and stole property on Mother Lode Drive in Placerville. 8:15 a.m. An attempted vehicle burglary occurred on Sophia Parkway in El Dorado Hills. 1 p.m. A 77-year-old woman reported stolen registration from her vehicle on Wilson Boulevard in El Dorado Hills. 1:15 p.m. A 19-year-old […]

Richard Michael Martin

Oct. 7, 1944 – July 13, 2015 Richard Michael Martin, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Diamond Springs, California, on July 13, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Richard was born on October 7, 1944, on his family’s farm in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Michael “Mike” Dominic Martin and […]

Marian Edna Robertson

Marian Edna Robertson April 21, 1924 – July 13, 2015 Marian Edna Robertson was born in Oakland, California and joyfully celebrated her 91st birthday this past April. She passed away in Placerville, California July 13, 2015. Marian is survived by her daughters Kathleen Donovan of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Vickie Baskins of Placerville, Calif.; grandchildren […]

Reginald Rimack

Sept. 7, 1928 – June 27, 2015 On June 27, 2015, Reginald (aka: Bob) joined his Lord Jesus Christ and his two eldest children, Gregory and Kathleen Rimack. He was 86 years old. Reg was born in Walsenburg, Colo., on September 7, 1928. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and afterward, his […]

James Harold Robinett

Feb. 26, 1932-July 13, 2015 Jim went home to be with the Lord peacefully with his family at his side. Jim was born and grew up in Murchison, Texas to Jesse and Ruby. He later joined the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War as a medic. Jim spent most his life in […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of July 15 Water elevation 4,226 feet 5 inches Storage level 10,076 acre-feet Percent full 50% Inflow 3 cfs Outflow 25 cfs Loon Lake, as of July 14 Water elevation 6,382.3 Storage level 35,790 acre-feet Percent full 52% Inflow 4 cfs Outflow 17 cfs Ice House, as of July 14 Water elevation […]


Jason Mount, 37, of El Dorado Hills, booked July 4 by CHP, bail listed at $15,000. Gordon Olsen, 76, of Pollock Pines, booked July 4 by CHP, bail listed at $15,000. Larry Nunez, 37, of Placerville, booked July 5 by CHP, bail listed at $5,000. Cidronio Perez, 34, of Diamond Springs, booked July 5 by […]

Fred J. West

March 7, 1966 – July 13, 2015 Fred J. West, of Placerville, Calif., born March 7, 1966, died July 13, 2015. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m., with a viewing at 1 p.m. at Green Valley Mortuary in Rescue.

Wayne T. Howard

Nov. 14, 1948 – March 9, 2015 Wayne is survived by his wife Carlene, daughter Jamie Lynn, son Andrew, son-in-law Greg, daughter-in-law April, mother Dawn Howard, sister Marlane Howard, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Buck and brother Les. A celebration of life will be held […]

Michel “Mike” Dana Munger

Dec. 20, 1947 – July 6, 2015 Michel “Mike” Dana Munger, 67 of Shingle Springs, Calif., born Dec. 20, 1947 in Oakland, Calif., passed away peacefully with his family by his side Monday, July 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif. Mike was a loving and devoted father and husband. He was preceded in death by his […]

Myra Budd

June 17, 1921 – July 8, 2015 Myra Budd was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, passed away in Placerville, Calif., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Myra was 94. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Jack) and daughter Barbara. She is survived by her son John; daughter-in-law Kristin; her 5 grandchildren: […]

Kathleen G. Aposhian

Nov. 30, 1945 – July 13, 2015 Kathleen G. Aposhian passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2015.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she left behind her beloved husband of 24 years, Donald Aposhian.  They were looking forward to their 25th anniversary this coming December.  She was preceded in death by her dear daughter, Danielle and father, […]

Dennis Milton Lee

March 30, 1953 – July 13 2015 Dennis Milton Lee, 62, of Placerville passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in Placerville on Monday, July 13, 2015. Dennis was born in Phoenix, Ariz. on March, 30, 1953 to Peggy and Eldred Monk Lee. He attended North High School in Phoenix, Phoenix College and […]

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