1 2 3 43

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

Report: Cross-dressing burglar caught in the act

Lo-Hi Court residents nabbed an apparent burglar as he exited their home last Wednesday night, reportedly wearing one of the female victim’s pants. Tryston Alvarez-Ross, 19, of Placerville was released from the El Dorado County Jail just hours before he was re-arrested on suspicion of burglary after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway […]

Senior Nutrition Program hungry for volunteers

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is currently looking for dedicated, caring volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. “Volunteers are a vital asset to the Senior Nutrition Program,” said Ruth Green, program coordinator for the Senior Nutrition Program. “Without this valuable community support, many of the county’s senior services would simply not […]

Cumpston reviews water issues with taxpayer group

El Dorado Irrigation District General Counsel Tom Cumpston covered everything from the drought to the “blob” at a recent Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting. Cumpston noted that this year the state has seen it all — conservation mandates, curtailment of water rights, litigation and enforcement actions. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown mandated cutting water use by 25 […]

Burglars busy in Pollock Pines area

Home burglaries in the Pollock Pines, Sly Park and Pony Express Trail areas are on the rise this month, with many homes broken into during daylight hours while the owners are not home, according to El Dorado County sheriff officials. Deputies Schlag and Peterson from the Patrol Division have been assigned to these burglaries, and […]

Beware the woodland creatures who carry a dangerous disease

El Dorado County health officials remind residents and visitors that chipmunks, squirrels and other wild rodents can carry plague, and that a few simple precautions can prevent the spread of the disease. “While human cases of plague are fairly rare, there are many areas in California, including higher elevation areas of El Dorado County, where […]

Broadband workshop this Tuesday

As part of an effort to begin a countywide strategic planning initiative to formulate a long-term, sustainable broadband strategy, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is planning a workshop to examine the state of broadband service in the county and its impacts on businesses and residents. The workshop will take place at 5 p.m. on […]

Promoted chief overseeing Cal Fire firefighting arsenal

Cal Fire Capt. Robert Wheatley became Battalion Chief Wheatley in front of his colleagues and family at McClellan Park earlier this month. Born in Walnut Creek and raised in Camino, Wheatley accepted the badge of honor from Cal Fire Amador/El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin while standing in front of the fire engine he used to captain […]

Jeffrey White case moves forward

A motion to dismiss one or more counts of the criminal complaint against Jeffrey White was denied by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Melikian on foundational reasons during an Aug. 24 hearing. White is accused of killing Rick Kriewitz on Sept. 3, 2014, at the Lazy B Ranch on Bucks Bar Road south of […]

Accused shooter’s bail unchanged

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Melikian denied the request to have David Stetler’s bail amount reduced. During an Aug. 21 hearing, Melikian chose to keep Stetler’s bail set at $350,000. Stetler’s attorney David Weiner had requested lowering the bail to $150,000. Stetler, currently in custody at the El Dorado County Jail, is accused of shooting a 46-year-old […]

EDH embezzler faces prison

Jeffrey Lamson, 51, of El Dorado Hills, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Aug. 18 before Judge John A. Mendez. Lamson was charged in connection with a scheme to misappropriate funds from his former employer, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, from 2009-11 Lamson embezzled upwards of $400,000 from a business […]

Sheriff’s robot inspects suspicious item in EDH

EL DORADO HILLS — A suspicious container found in the Bank of America parking lot off Park Drive prompted business closures and a call to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s Explosive Ordinance Detail last week. “The item was a clear, 5-gallon plastic container containing a yellowish liquid with grey streaks, capped by a rubber glove that […]

Returning after 90 years: Wolf pups spotted in NorCal

Like kids at Christmas, staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were delighted to announce on Aug. 21 the discovery that California has its very own wolf pack. Located in Siskiyou County, the family grouping dubbed the “Shasta Pack” consists of two adult gray wolves and five pups estimated […]

Upper Richardson Lake Road now open

The upper part of the Richardson Lake Road (14N39) on the Pacific Ranger District in the Eldorado National Forest is now open for motorized vehicle use, completing the final phase of corrective work on this route. Richardson Lake Road is on the far northeastern end of the forest and must be accessed through roads leading […]

Tahoe Summit will bring leaders together

LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is hosting the 19th annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Monday, Aug. 24, at the Round Hill Pines Beach Resort in Zephyr Cove. The theme of this year’s Lake Tahoe Summit is “Connecting Lake Tahoe’s Environment and Economy through Innovation and Transportation.” The keynote speaker is Chris Bently, chief […]

Forest road meetings planned

The Eldorado National Forest announces that three public meetings to share the draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) are planned for: • Aug. 24: 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive • Aug. 25: 4 to 7 p.m., at the U.S. Forest Service’s Georgetown Ranger Station, 7600 Wentworth Springs Road • […]

Sheriff D’Agostini talks budget, staffing needs

At the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed what he calls the three Bs: budget, building and body. “It has been a challenging year to cut the budget,” D’Agostini said. The Sheriff’s Department cut $1.2 million dollars out of services and supplies, an amount the sheriff said “was significant, but […]

Sierra forest acquisition aims at fewer wildfires, more water

In the wake of massive wildfires across drought-stricken California, the American River Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership have announced the acquisition of 10,115 acres of forest in the fire-endangered Sierra Nevada. Now protected, this massive watershed — referred to as the American River Headwaters — will serve as a living laboratory for scientists to […]

EID’s water supply updated; directors get legislative update

An updated water supply report was received by the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting. Prepared annually, staff said the district can count on 63,500 acre-feet of water supplies 95 percent of the time. Sources of the 63,500 acre-feet include 15,080 from Forebay; 21,000 from Jenkinson Lake; 7,550 from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation […]

Sewer blockage causes spill

A blockage the size of a hand-towel apparently caused Placerville city sewer lines to block up for a little more than a half-hour Sunday, causing the spillage of some 950 gallons of raw sewage into Cedar Ravine Creek. City Public Works Operations Manager Rick Ferriera said the blockage was reported at 10:45 a.m. from a […]

Oak Ridge High School ready for student surge

EL DORADO HILLS — A chorus of greeters could be heard from blocks away Monday morning as Oak Ridge students returned to school. Principal Paul Burke and student Link Crew members clad in matching blue shirts welcomed each student who walked into the school’s main entrance with rousing cheers and high fives. “It’s always fun,” Burke said […]

Veterans groups come together

About 70 people packed Placerville Town Hall last Wednesday to learn more about veterans’ services. Congressman Tom McClintock hosted the event and encouraged everyone there who’s having issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs to call his office, saying his staff can help them “bird dog” their claims and help them fill out the paperwork to file an […]

Intersection work begins

Beginning today motorists should expect delays at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Oak Hill Road in Pleasant Valley as crews complete intersection improvements. The construction work will require lane closures with one-way reversing traffic control. The closures are necessary to ensure motorist and worker. Motorists are advised to slow down through the work zone and […]

SLT City Council finalizes vacation rental ordinance

Jack Barnwell SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Despite some objections from real estate interests and residents, the City Council approved its updated regulations for new vacation home rentals Tuesday. The council amended the ordinance at its Aug. 5 meeting to address some concerns council members had received since the first reading in July. Amendments included setting Oct. […]

Whooping cough still a threat in California

Public Health urges prenatal immunization SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith warns parents about the continued dangers of pertussis (whooping cough). The disease has already caused one infant death and at least 126 infant hospitalizations in California this year. In El Dorado County 19 cases have […]

T-house open in Tahoe to aid mental health clients

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County Mental Health has just opened a new transitional housing unit to better meet local mental health needs. The transitional housing site (also known as a T-house) provides a supportive living environment and services for mental health clients who need help transitioning to stable, independent living. “We are so […]

Boeger goes to the dogs

Olive, the 10 year old rescue, takes a dip in the pool at Boeger Winery. DSC_3536e DSC_3555e DSC_3557 DSC_3564 DSC_3545 w DSC_3520 c DSC_3533 c

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. […]

1 2 3 43