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Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and White […]

Tails wagging over dog park approval

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the much-anticipated El Dorado Hills dog park on July 24. The park will be the second dog park on the western slope; the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the opening of its first park, the Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park, late last year. The dog park […]

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

A brush fire near Sierra Pines Mobile Manor in Kelsey burned approximately one quarter of an acre last Thursday, July 24. Residents fairly far away said they heard two large explosions. One person with second-degree burns was transported by Medic 61; it is not known whether the victim went to a hospital or burn center. […]

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures issued its annual Crop Report on July 22. It announced that the gross crop value of agricultural production in El Dorado County for 2013 was up 20 percent over the 2012 value. The $56.8 million yield in gross returns (not net profit) was up from […]

35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

A fire that broke out at the Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe destroyed or severely damaged at least six rooms and five vehicles and displaced 35 people late Wednesday night. Nearly a third of the hotel was heavily damaged by the fire, and was charred black and still dripping water Thursday morning while investigators […]

Help available for breastfeeding mothers

August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. During the month of August, health professionals in El Dorado County are raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and sharing information about local resources and supports for breastfeeding mothers. “Breast milk is the best food you can give your baby,” said El Dorado County health officer, Dr. Alicia […]

New Ross Dress for Less store opens in Placerville

The new Ross Dress for Less store opened in Placerville this past Saturday, July 19. According to its corporate office, the Placerville location is one of three new stores the company opened in Northern California last Saturday, bringing the total to 264 stores in the state. The new stores are part of the retailer’s 2014 expansion […]

Volunteers clean up national forest

Volunteers from PLINK (Please Leave It NRA Klean) spent a Saturday recently cleaning up trash located down a steep embankment on the Eldorado National Forest near Pollock Pines. People have used this area for dumping a variety of trash, including household garbage, construction material, large appliances, car parts, tires and a hot tub. This is […]

County gets partial refund on promotional event

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be the recipient of a refund check of $2,160, according to Debbie Manning, who is the president/CEO of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce. The refund is what was left after the county donated $5,000 in economic development funds to a promotional event in El Dorado Hills that over 200 Sacramento-based […]

Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

Georgetown is the place to be this Wednesday, July 23, as the Jeepers Jamboree Vendor Show & Outdoor Expo transforms Main Street into an outdoor and off-roaders paradise. A return of a popular expo that hasn’t been seen in the area for 15 years, visitors will be treated to the jaw-dropping sight of 250 to 265 Jeeps lined up as […]

Leisure and hospitality led month-over job growth, up 3,800 jobs

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.9 percent in June 2014, up from a revised 6.7 percent in May 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.3 percent for California and 6.3 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Bridge survives simulated earthquakes

RENO, Nev. — A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic engineering facility. “It was a complete success. The bridge withstood the design standard very well and today went over […]

American Constitution Class

On Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., former educator Douglas Roscoe will teach a class about the Constitution of the United States of America. The class will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, in Shingle Springs. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Books will be provided. Cost […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy starts July 22

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office offers the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in the community. The Sheriff’s Office has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. The goal of the COPPS program […]

Epic Sierra trips teach teens respect for the environment

Epic Sierra Adventures is looking for participants for its summer trip, taking place July 20-Aug. 2. A program of the American River Conservancy, Epic Sierra Adventures (Epic Sierra) was established to provide an affordable adventure travel and service learning program for young adults. Geared towards high school youth, ages 14-18, Epic Sierra integrates environmental education […]

School board workshop July 14

Elections to fill open vacancies on school boards throughout the county will be held on Election Day in November, and there is still time to register for the Prospective School Board Member Workshop on Monday, July 14, at the El Dorado County Office of Education. The El Dorado County School Boards Association and EDCOE host […]

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SWAT responds to barricaded EDH man

A man threatening suicide shut down El Dorado Hills Boulevard in El Dorado Hills after SWAT responded to his threats of shooting anyone who approached his apartment. Deputies were following up on a child molestation investigation involving Eric Hatfield Jr., 37, who was accused of molesting an underage female acquaintance, a press release from the […]

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Local offers ‘America’ tickets

Herb Stone has a gift for high school graduates — a movie ticket. It’s for the movie “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” now playing at the Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 theater in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Any El Dorado County high school graduate can bring a diploma and student ID to the box […]

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Gene Chappie recommended for honor by BOS

Eugene “Gene” Chappie was given special recognition by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on June 24 with the recommendation that a section of State Highway 193 be named in his honor. Put forward by Supervisor Ron Briggs, Briggs described Chappie as dedicating his life to serving his county, his country and the American people. […]

Alton M. Perrin was Press-Enterprise editor

Placerville resident Alton M. Perrin died on Thursday, June 26, after a brief illness. He was 94. Perrin and his wife Patty moved to Placerville in 2007 to be near their daughter Nancy Menzie and her husband Norm. Perrin had a distinguished career in journalism at the Los Angeles Times and the Riverside Press-Enterprise before […]

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New stuff for food stuff at EDHS

The El Dorado High School cafeteria will be getting a new lease on life this summer, both figuratively and literally.

Beginning on June 2, the EDHS cafeteria remodel will include modernizing the current food prep area, converting part of the lunchroom into a food serving area and adding 5,000 square feet for a new multipurpose room.

The long, narrow rectangle of the current cafeteria will sprout two new parts — the new multipurpose room that will extend east of the cafeteria and a large, covered outdoor …

Cameron Park CSD adopts preliminary budget

A preliminary budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year was unanimously approved at a special board meeting on June 27 of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Revenues for the next fiscal year are projected to be $4.97 million with expenses at $5.39 million. Property taxes supply almost 65 percent of all revenues. Services and supplies make up almost […]

EID Q&A: Recycled water during the drought

El Dorado Irrigation District Director of Communications and Customer Services Mary Lynn Carlton talks with EID Environmental Manager Dan Corcoran and Environmental Compliance Analyst Marty Johnson about the effect of the drought on recycled water production, use and conservation.  Now that we’re in a drought, the usage of recycled water is all the more important […]

Fourth of July closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Friday, July 4 due to Independence Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The Placerville Police Department office will be closed Thursday, July 3 for furlough and on Friday, […]

Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained and dry

LAKE TAHOE — The July 4th holiday and fireworks celebrations always bring a welcomed influx of boaters to the Lake Tahoe Basin. With sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted for the 4th of July holiday week, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid […]

Highway 50 closures

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. Highway 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and […]

Mosquito Bridge to close

The El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Transportation Division has scheduled its annual daytime closure of the Mosquito Bridge over the South Fork of the American River for required maintenance activities. The bridge will be closed for traffic from Monday, July 7, to Thursday, July 24. The hours of closure will be 7 a.m. to […]

City Council candidates filing period opens July 14

Registered voters of the city of Placerville, who have resided within the city limits for one year preceding the election, and are interested in running for City Council, may contact the City Clerk at 530-642-5531 to make an appointment to obtain the required candidacy forms. The filing period for the Nov. 4 election, opens on […]

City adopts 2014-2015 budget

Sales tax revenues are up, unemployment is down slightly and the economic environment is improving according to Placerville Financial Director Dave Warren. The city’s 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget includes the replacement of old or out of compliance city vehicles, a restoration of the 10 percent city employee pay cut and a community promotions set-aside […]

Three injured in drunk driving incident

Drunk driving led to injuries for three people on June 23. Casey J. Henle, 22, of Camino, was driving his recently purchased 1995 Honda Prelude westbound on Ridgeway Drive west of York Court in Pollock Pines at a high rate of speed, estimated to be more than 60 mph, at about 6:15 p.m., a CHP […]

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EDH retirement facility approved

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved plans for a new residential senior care facility in El Dorado Hills at its June 12 meeting. To be located on a 20.3-acre site on the south side of Town Center Boulevard near the intersection of Latrobe Road, the proposed facility includes a 114,000-square-foot, three-story building consisting of 130 […]

Commenting system to change on mtdemocrat.com

How users of mtdemocrat.com comment on online articles is about to change. After several attempts at a free-and-open platform, the Mountain Democrat has decided to tighten up the way readers participate on the site, for several reasons, according to Publisher Richard Esposito. “We received several complaints over the last few months about inappropriate behavior of […]

Open house highlights Town Center apartments

On June 11, a community open house was held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station to highlight a proposed 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center. Representatives from the developer, Stockton-based A.G. Spanos Companies, and county employees were on hand to answer questions during the public comment phase of the project, which concludes June […]

Rise in whooping cough cases

Health officials in El Dorado County and across the state of California are seeing an increase in cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough), including severe illness in babies with pertussis, and emphasize it is important for both children and adults to be up to date on their immunizations. Since the beginning of 2014, […]

USFS sets seasonal fire prohibitions

PLACERVILLE — Fire restrictions took effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, stated a prepared statement from U.S. Forest Service Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. “Drought conditions have resulted […]

Georgetown Hardware adds outdoor store

Kristin and Tug Keller of Georgetown announced the opening of another 1,500 square feet of Georgetown Hardware. Georgetown Hardware Outdoor Sports is just that — all outdoors. The facility, which housed Georgetown Clothing Co. and Curves is the new location, just a few quick steps from the main store in the Buffalo Hill Center. The […]