Monday, April 21, 2014
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New top 10 fugitive could be in area

On April 10, the FBI’s Baltimore Division announced the latest addition to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, William Bradford Bishop. Bishop is wanted in connection with the cold case homicide of his five family members in March 1976, all of whom he allegedly bludgeoned to death before burning and burying their bodies […]

Draft EIR prepared for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

The County of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The DEIR is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA guidelines. This DEIR is available for public and agency review […]

Tea Party meeting April 17

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will be holding a special meeting on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. The meeting will feature special guests: El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini; Aaron Palm, principal from Virtual Academy; and Joshua Woods, who will […]

Tick prevention reminder issued

As warmer weather approaches and individuals venture outdoors, El Dorado County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and tick bites. “Ticks can carry and transmit diseases to people and pets,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While not all ticks carry disease, […]

Cal Fire and National Guard train for fire season

SACRAMENTO — As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, Cal Fire and the California National Guard held their annual fire aviation training. The joint helicopter training was scheduled for several days from April 4-6 at the Cal Fire Academy in Ione and Lake Pardee in Amador County. “Fire activity is already well […]

Man barricaded in apartment arrested

A Shingle Springs neighborhood was partly evacuated as a man barricaded himself inside a residence Wednesday afternoon before ultimately being taken into custody. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment at 4050 Sunset Lane at about 11:20 a.m. for a report of felony domestic violence, Sgt. Dan Thomas told the Mountain Democrat. The […]

Community Action Council seeks new member

The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County, with special attention given to housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. The El Dorado County Community Action Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council within the Low-Income Sector […]

Smith Flat Road closed for bridge work in Placerville

PLACERVILLE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists of a long-term detour for access to Smith Flat Road in Placerville due to bridge work on U.S. Highway 50 at the undercrossing. Beginning April 10 at 7 a.m., Smith Flat Road will be closed to through traffic at the Highway 50 Overcrossing for […]

Mather airport expansion moves forward

Now is the time to comment on Sacramento County’s Mather Airport 20-year-development plan — a proposal to turn the former Air Force base-turn-private airport into a premier cargo hub facility for the entire Pacific Rim region. The plan’s revised Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for public review. The Mather Review Subcommittee, acting under the […]

Restorative Policing clean-up efforts continue

On Sunday, April 6, the clean-up of trash and waste left behind from illegal homeless camps continued in Placerville. A volunteer effort coordinated by the El Dorado County Watch and city of Placerville brought over 30 citizen volunteers, council members and support from local businesses and community based organizations. The event was the continuation of […]

Kiwanis One Day

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EDH Senior Day Care now open

It was standing room only at the El Dorado Hills’ Senior Day Care’s grand opening last Thursday afternoon, the event marking a win-win not only for El Dorado Hills’ seniors and caregivers, but for the whole county. District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco opened the ribbon cutting ceremony by acknowledging key players, including El Dorado Hills […]

PLINK clean-up

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Goose on the roof sitting pretty

It sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, but the Canada goose setting on her clutch of eggs atop Harold Warren’s shed roof is very serious about her job. Like Horton the Elephant, the goose has been faithfully on duty through the recent rain and wind, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms. “It’s the second year she’s done […]

Property tax deadline April 10

According to C. L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector, the second installment of secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before midnight April 10, 2014. The mailing address for property tax payments is P.O. Box 678002, Placerville, CA 95667-8002. Besides writing a check, online payment for secured property taxes […]

Wet snow

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FreedomWorks PAC endorses McClintock

FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed Congressman Tom McClintock’s re-election in a strongly worded letter. FreedomWorks PAC is a grassroots service center to millions of activists who are dedicated to fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom in every Congressional district in America. Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks PAC, said, “Tom McClintock believes that the […]

RUSD still in negotiations to buy Bass Lake

The non-partisan group Bass Lake Action Committee’s claim the county could thwart El Dorado Irrigation District’s plan to sell surplus land, including Bass Lake, to Rescue Union School District has been clarified. The county currently owns 41 acres of land near Bass Lake. A move to buy more from EID would be a consolidation move, […]

Tahoe Ready Mix served with warrant

The City of South Lake Tahoe announced Thursday that Tahoe Ready Mix Inc. is currently under investigation for possibly issuing false contracts. After Public Works Engineers learned of the possibly false or fraudulent documents related to government construction contacts, they notified the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, a press release from the city stated. Chief […]

Bad Beard Bandit bagged

The bank robber known as the “Bad Beard Bandit” was captured by the FBI on March 27. The FBI arrested Gerardo Orozco Lopez, 28, of Half Moon Bay, a press release stated. Lopez is suspected of being the Bad Beard Bandit, known for wearing a “dark, poor quality costume beard” to hide his identity during […]

Shingle Springs school expanding

A Shingle Springs school will hold a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow in anticipation of expanding after having received funding nine years ago. The California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs, at 4645 Buckeye Road, will hold the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on a 10-acre parcel to the east of the school, an area Principal Kim Zawilski called […]

Attorney from EDH sentenced to 46 months

SACRAMENTO — Donald M. Wanland, 56, a resident of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced March 25 by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 46 months in prison for convictions on 28 criminal counts, including tax evasion, failing to file tax returns, and removing, depositing and concealing assets from the IRS in defiance of […]

Wild Things live animal presentation Saturday

On Saturday, March 29, the Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School is hosting a Science Day “Wild Things.” This event will feature the “Animals of North America” show, presented by WildThingsInc, a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue nonprofit organization. Participants will be enthralled by the live bald eagle, alligator and raccoon. The open house and […]

Waters remanded

A bail bondsman accused of violating probation was remanded into custody after a short hearing Friday afternoon. Kenneth Waters, 51, was quickly shuffled away in handcuffs after a quick hearing to remand him to the custody of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged violation was solicitation of prostitution in Sacramento. Waters was convicted in […]

Maintenance Mania hits county

Maintenance Mania hit Placerville in March as fair employees from throughout the state visited Placerville for a three-day safety and training event. Held at the El Dorado El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the annual event offers classroom and hands-on instruction for maintenance and service workers who help keep fairs running smoothly throughout the year. John Marino, […]

Biting dog sought

El Dorado County Animal Services is looking for a dog that bit a South Lake Tahoe man on Sunday, March 16. The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. in the area of Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Washington Avenue in South Lake Tahoe when the man encountered a dog roaming in the neighborhood and attempted to […]

Additional animals test positive for rabies

El Dorado County Animal Services has identified several more rabid skunks over the past few weeks, bringing the total number to seven for 2014. “We want to provide education and public awareness regarding the presence of rabies in our community,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While it isn’t unusual to find […]

Man arrested after threatening to kill teen

A man is in custody after threatening to shoot a teenager and holding a gun to the teen’s head. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2900 block of Spruce Street in Pollock Pines the evening of March 19 after receiving a report of suspicious shots fired and an argument about a gun, a […]

Area unemployment declines; local rate ticks up

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.2 percent in February 2014, down from a revised 8.3 percent in January 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Grayson Kleinknight learning how to battle ALL

He’s been a Wild Thing and a ghost from Beetlejuice, a Renaissance peasant child and he’s learning to sword fight. Grayson Kleinknight, 7, is also learning, along with his family, how to battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “I learned the most important move in winning,” said Grayson, referring to sword fighting. “It’s to never make the […]

I Love Film

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Newspapers in Education gives students new learning opportunities

The value of reading as a predictor of success is well-documented, especially for children. Real-life reading, from newspapers and periodicals, broadens a child’s view of the world and the depth of their literacy. To support teachers and students in literacy and learning, the Mountain Democrat has participated in the Newspapers in Education program since 2002. […]

PPD investigating thefts from vehicles

The Placerville Police Department is currently investigating a series of thefts from unlocked cars from last week. The thefts occurred overnight between March 12 and 13, a press release stated. They mainly occurred in the Cold Springs Road, Canal Street and Spring Street neighborhoods. Loose change, cash, wallets, gift cards, jewelry and small electronics were […]

Evidence sealed in Winkler case

A motion to suppress evidence was granted Friday morning in a case involving a man accused of murdering his wife. Judge Daniel B. Proud told prosecutor Lisette Suder and defense attorney David Weiner that his understanding, based on an in-chambers meeting, was the defense was requesting police reports regarding a witness in the Todd Winkler […]

Cal Fire fee bills due to arrive

By Joe Harn, CPA El Dorado County Auditor-Controller The Cal Fire Fee bills are scheduled to be mailed to El Dorado County property owners March 11-18. This bill should be addressed to the owner of record as of July 1, 2013. Below is pertinent information for those who receive a bill. • The bill must […]

EDH survey results: Need for public transit rising

The need for public transportation for El Dorado County’s western slope residents will continue to rise, particularly for El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park where housing forecasts are up and the senior population is growing, county transit officials concluded at a public meeting held at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last week. El Dorado County Transportation Commission and El Dorado […]

Garage destroyed in fire

A fire destroyed a garage and did moderate damage to a house March 10. The fire was reported at 8 p.m. at 2365 Drake Court in Placerville, El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero said. Upon arrival, crews found the garage of the residence “well involved.” The fire was contained in about 15 minutes, […]

Chimney fire quickly contained

A small fire in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon was quickly contained. The fire was reported at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday as a fire to a multi-family residence on 3180 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park at the Country View Apartments. Cameron Park Fire Battalion Chief Justin Sanders described it as a “chimney fire” that was contained […]