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Crossing guard all smiles while serving the community

Whether El Dorado Hills commuters are dodging the rain or suffering a heat wave, Jackson Elementary crossing guard (just one of her many titles) Coco Parkhurst braves it all with a smile each weekday morning and afternoon while she’s at the Francisco Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard intersection. Parkhurst has been a Jackson employee for […]

Vet recalls operation that saved 37,000 Haitians

In honor of Memorial Day, a veteran recounted an operation that saved some 37,000 Haitians. Retired Coast Guard Captain Brian Sonner, 72, of Placerville, was in the service for 30 years — “from Vietnam to the drug war in the Caribbean,” or 1966 to ’96. While Sonner was part of the strategic planning for said […]

Suspected drug-related explosion in SLT

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A suspected small honey oil lab, a substance made from marijuana plants, caused a minor explosion that blew out the windows of an apartment in a small complex Tuesday night on Larch Avenue near Pioneer Trail. “I see the windows start inflating like balloons and then before you […]

Three arrested in CVS alcohol theft

Three people were arrested in connection to a theft of alcohol at the Cameron Park CVS store on May 15. At about 2:30 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy John Gray was flagged down by a CVS employee, a press release stated. The employee indicated that a white male adult, standing next to a red […]

Ag dinner features water talk

“Got water?” That was the main topic at the 19th annual Agricultural Roundtable Dinner held April 17 in Placerville. With the drought, water conservation and securing additional water rights on many people’s minds, three speakers addressed the subject, including Doug Leisz, who is a member of El Dorado County Citizens for Water; Dr. Dale Coco, who is on […]

When the hot rodder met the Jeep guy

It must have been Kismet. Hot rod expert Norm Sappenfield, 87, was thinking of retiring once he hit 90. Meanwhile Jimmy Strauss, 51, was looking for a shop where he could restore Jeeps. And before you could say zoom zoom, kaboom, a match was made. Strauss is well-known in the county for restoring military Jeeps as […]

Illegal roadside vendor cited

A roadside vendor in Cameron Park was cited for allegedly lacking a business license on May 10. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 4:20 p.m. to a report of a roadside vendor illegally doing business on the corner of Cambridge Road and County Club Drive, a press release stated. A deputy contacted […]

Foothill Ammo owner: ‘We needed a good ammo shop’

There aren’t too many ammo stores where you can pull up a chair, munch a cookie and watch a slideshow or peruse a magazine while you wait for your partner to buy a box of 9mm Fiocchi target rounds or some Tannerite exploding targets. Foothill Ammo, at 3293 Saratoga Lane in Cameron Park, may be the only place in El Dorado County to offer that amenity.

The shop, which opened on May 8, is the dream of Chris Puehse, a former propane truck driver, miniature motorcycle builder and high-tech salesman. It …

USFS truck in head-on collision

A U.S. Forest Service vehicle was involved in a head-on collision Friday morning. Lester Campella, 28, of Placerville, was driving a white 2013 Ford F-150 USFS service vehicle northbound on Highway 49 south of Sand Ridge Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson told the Mountain Democrat. David Thorup, 35, of Plymouth, was a passenger. Meanwhile, Steven […]

Frentzen hosting town hall meeting

On Thursday, May 14, El Doardo County District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will host a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Fire Station 38 at 7061 Mt. Aukum Road in Somerset. For more information call 530-620-4444.

Community leaders attend foster youth symposium

Over 40 community leaders came together on Monday, May 4, to identify ways to improve the lives of foster children in the area. The Foster Awareness Network hosts this annual symposium at the El Dorado County Office of Education, bringing together professionals and agencies who work with foster children to exchange ideas and work proactively […]

Give Where You Live campaign raises $86K

El Dorado County residents once again stepped up to the plate, donating $86,000 to 71 county nonprofit organizations in this year’s Give Where You Live campaign. In its second year, the one day fundraiser held on April 23 was coordinated jointly by the El Dorado Community Foundation and the El Dorado Office of Education. The 71 nonprofits […]

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Undersheriff talks budget, culture shift

El Dorado County Undersheriff Randy Peshon fielded questions from the county Taxpayer’s Association on March 23, mostly related to the budget and the shifts in the training and culture of the department. In the two months since being promoted — following former Undersheriff Rich Williams retiring in the wake of his wife retiring — Peshon […]

Conviction for ’97 sex crimes

A man was convicted on April 30 of multiple counts of sexual misconduct dating from 1997. Benjamin Jerry Burmley, 72, was convicted on three counts of lewd acts with minors with allegations of substantial sexual conduct for each count, according to prosecutor Jamie Verwayen. There were also multiple victim enhancements for each count. He was […]

PHS students learn tough lesson with Every 15 Minutes

As Daniel Brennan was being questioned by CHP Officer Ian Hoey for probable DUI on April 29, Nathan Uhlmeyer sat slumped against Brennan’s silver Toyota Prius — or what was left of it — while firefighters administered aid to Uhlmeyer’s collapsed lung. Both the Prius and Uhlmeyer’s green Toyota Camry were mangled messes, the front ends […]

Parker Development, CSD agree on new sports park in EDH

The Area Planning Advisory Committee will vote on whether to approve or deny plans for a public 11.5-acre sports park in Village J5 at its next meeting May 13. This should be welcome news to El Dorado Hills recreational sports enthusiasts who have pleaded for more fields as the population has grown. An agreement with […]

Pure Life arraignment hearing continued

Owners and operators of the Pure Life Collective were to be arraigned on April 27, but instead had their hearing continued to the folllowing week. Kelly Chiusano and Summer Bradley, owners of the Pure Life Collective marijuana dispensary, appeared with fellow defendants Whitney Marchand and Christopher Brown for what was scheduled as their arraignment on […]

Snowline settles confusion over hospice donations

A donor walked in to a Snowline Hospice location recently and seemed to be the victim of confusion, thanks to a solicitation call and mailer seeking donations for hospice care. The donor — Chuck Bormann of Shingle Springs — made out a check to Hospice Support Care, in the belief that the money would go […]

Wally’s Pizza Bar has a lot to offer Cameron Park

Wally’s Pizza Bar is not a pizza/arcade/beer joint — it’s a sports bar with 70-inch HD TVs, 20 beers on tap, wine and handmade specialty cocktails; a restaurant with gourmet pizza, pasta, four different salads and a kids’ menu, and an outdoor, covered and heated patio that is toasty and comfortable even on the coldest nights. […]

Full closure of Hwy. 50 for interchange construction

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 […]

King Fire field tour with Forest Forum

POLLOCK PINES — The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum will be leading a field tour of the 2014 King Fire on Saturday, May 16. The tour will highlight the south end of the King Fire, including the White Meadows Road and Peavine Ridge areas. The tour will focus on all aspects of post-fire effects to both […]

Community participation, water and marijuana topics of RCC meeting

By Meg Anderson Democrat correspondent Representing three local governmental entities, the guest speakers at the recent meeting of the Rural Communities Coalition included Supervisor Michael Ranalli, Sheriff John D’Agostini and Wendell Wall and Darrell Creeks representing the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. The RCC looks at issues that impact the economy of the Divide and […]

Small fire burns out in Golden Sierra bathroom

A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]

Purse snatched on Newtown Road

On April 20 at about 11:57 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. A female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 1960s to early 1970s, two-door […]

Sharing stories with music

In 2005, Sarah Vienna Berchtold, from Placerville, walked into the Children’s Hospital in Brasov, Romania. The abandoned children she saw had been lying in cribs unattended for many hours with seven layers of urine-soaked rags covering them. There were no diapers; there wasn’t enough staff to attend to the hundreds of children under the age […]

Updated sign ordinance perused by planners

Members of the El Dorado County Planning Commission took more than five hours to review and take testimony on a sign ordinance at their March 26 meeting. An updated version of an ordinance that hasn’t been changed since 1980, the new version covers general sign requirements, permanent signs, temporary signs, community sign programs, sign development and design standards, permit […]

Wildfire fought overnight on Sand Ridge Road

Cal Fire fought a fire in the Sand Ridge Road area Thursday afternoon into Friday evening, reaching 100 percent containment at 14 acres burned by 5 p.m. April 17. Crews were dispatched at about 2 p.m. April 16, Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett told the Mountain Democrat. The fire, dubbed the Gold Fire, was initially reported […]

Structure fire burns deck, attic

A small structure fire was quickly extinguished Thursday in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Fire responded to 5272 Gilmore Road at 2:38 p.m., Division Chief Paul Lohan said, to a report of a structure fire. Responding units found the deck of a house on fire, with an elderly man inside, Lohan said. The fire extended […]

Grand Jury asks CSD to amend parcel tax

A $10 annual tax on each of the 15,500 parcels in El Dorado Hills adds up to a lot of money. Since 1983, when the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors placed the voter initiative Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Enforcement (Measure B) on the general district election ballot and it passed, Measure B […]

Hoey Placerville CHP’s Officer of the Year

California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey was awarded CHP Officer of the Year for El Dorado County, in part due to his push into social media, to the point were children act as him while playing Cops and Robbers. Hoey’s involvement in social media — particularly Facebook — played a significant role in the award. […]

EID board urged to continue water rights fight

Residents urged the El Dorado Irrigation District board to “stay the course” in pursuing additional water rights for the county at its March 23 meeting. At issue is a project being undertaken by the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority to gain the right to an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water currently stored in SMUD’s reservoirs. Recently, certain members of […]

Placerville Ducks Unlimited chapter recognized nationally

PLACERVILLE — The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Placerville chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. “These fundraising events are […]

Carrow’s Family Restaurant closes abruptly

Carrow’s Family Restaurant at 209 Main Street in Placerville was one of the casualties of a change in ownership of the Catalina Restaurant Group. Last month, the San Antonio-based Food Management Partners acquired Catalina Restaurant Group’s 149 restaurants and promptly closed 75 of them on April 1, the first official day of ownership. Catalina, which owned both […]

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