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Boeger goes to the dogs

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune For more than a decade, a golden shovel waited for its time to shine. Over the years its intended use shifted. The sparkle from the original tool faded. Last week, some 37 years after Cheryl and Tom Millham began efforts to preserve wildlife at Lake Tahoe, the reconditioned shovel rested […]

Top state official meets with anti-secession group

Keep it California, the organization formed to combat a move to secede from California by proponents of the so-called State of Jefferson, met with the California State Senate’s President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon earlier this month. Local KIC activists were invited to meet privately with de Leon to share concerns and offer recommendations that […]

Mother/daughter group builds lasting bonds

“Do you remember your first job?” “Were you married?” “Do you have any grandkids?” Those were just some of the questions heard while girls and their mothers in the newly formed El Dorado Hills chapter of the National Charity League visited with seniors at the El Dorado Hills Senior Day Care Center last week. The […]

Barrett Trail reconstruction complete, path now open

The Barrett Four-Wheel Drive Trail, a rugged six-mile, off-highway route from Wright’s Lake to Barrett Lake, just west of Desolation Wilderness, was recently re-opened today following the completion of reconstruction on three segments of the trail to protect sensitive meadows. The Barrett 4WD Trail has been used by recreationists since the 1960s and offers one of the […]

Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Senator says drones continue to menace firefighting efforts around the state  SACRAMENTO — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency […]

Two new high school principals on the job

The upcoming school year will bring new leadership to two El Dorado Union High School District schools. Chas Prior and Paul Neville, both previous assistant principals at El Dorado High School, have moved up in ranks to assume their respective positions as principals at El Dorado High School and Union Mine High School. Prior has […]

Marshall Medical Center celebrated for baby care

Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Marshall Medical Center had received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and […]

New vacation home rentals rules OK’d

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — By a 4-0 vote, the City Council approved new regulations governing vacation home rentals during another marathon session July 21. The most recent vacation ordinance drew a lot of debate over the past year as the city attempted to address what it called a balancing act […]

RCRC backs biomass industry revival

The July 2 edition of Rural County Representatives of California’s newsletter, The Barbed Wire, notes that the current chair of the organization, Sierra County Supervisor Lee Adams, recently testified for RCRC in support of Assembly Bill 590, which would tap into state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund monies to help revive California’s biomass industry infrastructure. The […]

Cameron Park home burns

CAMERON PARK — A fire destroyed a home on Oakwood Road on July 11. During the late evening hours Cameron Park Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire Department, Cal Fire and the Rescue Fire Department responded to the blaze, according to Chief Michael Smith with Cameron Park Fire. The crews aggressively attacked the […]

Scholar: Farming at risk if California doesn’t solve water crisis

Editor’s note: With the drought on everyone’s mind, the Mountain Democrat contacted Dr. Victor Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution — a public policy think tank at Stanford University. Hanson writes extensively about California issues. This is part two of his take on California’s water crisis. Droughts in California are not unusual, noted Victor Hanson. In the last 140 years […]

El Dorado Hills man brews liquor industry app

After 17 years working in the beer industry, including six as general manager for MillerCoors in Northern California and Hawaii, El Dorado Hills entrepreneur Tracy Neal understands the inner workings of the beer, wine and spirits business. In 2013 Neal, 43, founded El Dorado Hills software analytics start-up CPG Data LLC, which has created an […]

Scholar: Bad policies created water crisis

Editor’s note: With the drought on everyone’s mind, the Mountain Democrat contacted Dr. Victor Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution — a public policy think tank at Stanford University. Hanson extensively writes about California issues. This is part one of his take on California’s water crisis. While California’s politicians scramble to deal with a fourth year of drought, commentator Dr. […]

Thieves steal the Democrat’s change

Thieves busted the locks off multiple coin-operated newspaper racks, including those belonging to the Mountain Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, in the early morning hours of July 11. Racks affected include those in front of the Pollock Pines Post Office on Sanders Drive, in front of the Valero gas station on Pony Express Trail […]

Bill would knock drones out of fire zones

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado HIlls, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, recently announced bipartisan plans to introduce urgently needed and important new legislation that will protect forests, property and the lives of citizens and firefighters. Senate Bill 167 will make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire. “California is a […]

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]

South Lake Tahoe building veterans memorial

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune Five years ago, Patty Smith went to Placerville to visit a memorial for veterans and felt inspired to see something similar built in South Lake Tahoe to honor her son, other veterans and public safety workers. On July 1 that idea took its first physical steps forward at Happy Homestead Cemetery […]

EID financial position is positive

The 2014 annual financial audit was presented to the board at its June 8 meeting. An annual independent audit of the EID’s financial records is required by government code. Richardson & Company, the Sacramento-based certified public accounting firm that conducted the audit, issued an unqualified “clean” opinion that district financial statements present fairly, in all […]

Apple Mountain CSA brings fresh produce to the table

Community Supported Agriculture is not new in El Dorado County, but it’s back. Or it will be when Doug Alberts pulls together Apple Mountain CSA, a multi-farmer CSA. Albert’s Green Acres Organic Farm in Camino will be the anchor farm for Apple Mountain CSA. It’s a risky venture that takes advantage of the current trend of farm-to-fork […]

Cars collide head-on on Marshall Road

GEORGETOWN — Four people were taken to the hospital following a July 2 head-on wreck on Marshall Road east of Creek Park Ranch Road. Information shared by the Georgetown Gazette states that the car heading eastbound lost control after hitting a bump in wet conditions — a mild rain was falling at the time —and crossed the double […]

Pierson urges taxpayers to focus what’s really important

It was billed as a talk by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on department functions and budget considerations. Instead the June 29 meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County turned into a discussion about casinos, the Supreme Court, the fall of the Roman Empire, grand juries, the shooting of an unarmed suspect in South Lake […]

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

Gun-owner advocate vows to keep fighting

Gun legislation was the hot topic at the Tea Party in the Hills meeting on June 24. There to talk about the status of current and future gun legislation in the state was Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. Paredes is also a member of the board of directors of Gun Owners of America and treasurer […]

City residents asked to fill out survey

Placerville residents will find in their July sewer and water bill a survey that city officials hope will be completed so the public may weigh in on how to spend future sales tax receipts. A draft survey was presented to the City Council during last week’s regular meeting, with the members in accord that it […]

Water leak spouts up in Placerville

A minor water leak at the Placerville Police Department was discovered and quickly repaired last Friday. According to Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris, he was notified of the leak around 10 a.m. on June 26. “It was nothing major but could have been if there had been a break,” he said, adding that the leak was […]

Goodyear Blimp flies over Sacramento, Senior Open

Fresh from Chambers Bay, Wash., where it covered the biggest golf tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, the soon-to-be-retired Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America stopped in the Sacramento area for aerial coverage of the U.S. Senior Open played at the Del Paso Country Club. When not flying, the 192-foot-long and 50-foot-wide in diameter Spirit of America […]

Lead ammunition ban in place

Starting July 1, non-lead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters who plan to hunt bighorn sheep or at any CDFW wildlife area or ecological reserve where hunting is allowed on or after […]

Widow shares her ‘average G.I. Joe’s’ adventures

Just an average Joe is how Barbara Raines described her husband, Roger, who passed away October 18, 2011. A man who almost made it to the ripe old age of 88, Raines lived through some of the most monumental events of the 20th century, including the Depression, Prohibition, the Union Station massacre, World War II, the assassination of President John […]

Delicious treats, fashion at the fair

DSC_0128e Colorful drinks available at the El Dorado County Fair. Hens cuddle in the livestock area at the El Dorado County Fair. DSC_0440ew DSC_0759w Johnny Reno as Elvis entertains the crowd at the El Dorado County Fair. Kids explore the Fairgrounds. 7 year olds compete in the big wheel races. DSC_0779 e

Summer road work prompts closures

Road construction season has begun and throughout the summer, the  Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will perform work on the county’s road ways. The following closures have been announced: Gold Hill Road Gold Hill Road, between Sullivan Lane and State Route 49, will be closed on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Some senior water rights on the chopping block

With drought conditions continuing, the State Water Board recently announced there is insufficient water available for senior water right holders with a priority date of 1903 or later in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds and the Delta. El Dorado Irrigation District’s Public Information Officer Jesse Saich said the curtailment applies to all pre-1914 water […]

Foothill Ammo supports veterans

Foothill Ammo owner Chris Puehse invites county residents to his Cameron Park business to enjoy music and barbecued hot dogs and show support to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Joining the celebration will be the El Dorado County Committee for the State of Jefferson, which will provide hot dogs, chips […]

New EDH subdivision map approved

A tentative subdivision map for the East Ridge Village project was approved unanimously by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, 2,600 feet east of Valley View Parkway from its intersection with White Rock Road, the project was submitted by East Ridge Holdings, LLC. Made up of 734 acres, […]

Man shot by SLTPD officer was unarmed

A man shot and killed by a South Lake Tahoe Police officer was unarmed, it was announced Wednesday. SLTPD provided an update in the case of 22-year-old Kris Jackson, who was shot and killed by an officer on June 15. A search was conducted the same day of the incident and all responding officers and involved […]

Victim gives thanks to medics after car assault

April 16 was not a good day for Michael Gooley, ending with many broken bones. But, if it weren’t for an El Dorado County Fire paramedic, it could have been deadly. Gooley, 43, was visiting his mother Brenda and was with friends on Broadway in Placerville when his ex-girlfriend, Terrie Crampton, 45, of Pollock Pines, arrived. […]

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