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County seeks public input on road project, development fee updates

El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency has requested public input and comment by means of a document officially titled “Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Western Slope Roadway Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program.” The Mountain Democrat received the six-page NOP in the mail Wednesday morning from the […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: I want my health back

Medical progress report: Doctors have informed me that my hand infection has healed — no more infection in my system. Several methods were utilized to combat the infection, including antibiotic pills and daily intravenous applications of antibiotics. The infection continued to spread and it eventually required surgery. I remained in the hospital for six days (over Christmas). I feel grateful and […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of Feb. 10 Water elevation 4,257 feet Storage level 18,553 acre-feet Percent full 93% Inflow 31.80 cfs Outflow  2.00 cfs Loon Lake, as of Feb. 10 Water elevation 6,387.7 feet Storage level 41,460 acre-feet Percent full 60% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Feb. 10 Water elevation 5,429.6 feet Storage […]

Second Saturday concert features local favorites

The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, features two local favorites, Hickory Wind and The Whiskey Beggars at its Second Saturday concert series on Feb. 13. Hickory Wind is as free spirited and deeply rooted as its name suggests. Lead singer Cheryll Kent is a local Camino girl with a […]

Life is an adventure, couple agrees after 65 years of marriage

If they could magically live one day over again, Dorothy and Ray Cherney of Somerset picked the same answer: the day they were married. After 65 years, that’s saying quite a lot. It’s doubly remarkable when one considers the way they met, Dorothy was smacking a stranger on top of the head at a high […]

Heard over the back fence: Have faith

INTERFAITH BREAKFAST: Baha’i Center, 484 Main St., Suite 6, Diamond Springs, offers an interfaith breakfast prayer service, Feb. 20 from 8-10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information please call Dana Epstein at (530) 306-4699. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Register now for the Mental Health First aid training which provides for those over 18 years […]

Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 29 is featuring an all gallery show “Love is in the Air,” that showcases the jewelry makers in the gallery. Lorrene Baum-Davis is one of those extraordinary jewelers. Using silver and polymer clays and her own techniques she creates textures and shapes within […]

Federal budget deficit, national debt to soar

The omnibus budget deal and accompanying tax breaks for businesses and individuals that congress agreed to in December will put a greater strain on the national debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest budget and economic outlook for 2016-2026. Under the CBO’s forecast, the annual budget deficit will increase, as a share of the […]

City Council bites into affordable housing pickle

A listing prepared by Placerville city staff showing 10 properties that potentially could be rezoned for high-density dwellings was the focal point of emotional outbursts and heated discussion during the Tuesday City Council meeting. And the rezoning wasn’t even under consideration for council action. City Community Development Director Pierre Rivas made it clear several times […]

Home burns; firefighters injured

A two-story home burned to the ground on Victory Mine Road in Pleasant Valley Tuesday night. At 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday Diamond Springs Fire Protection District firefighters responded, along with Pioneer Fire, Rescue Fire and Cal Fire, to the scene of a residential home ablaze at 4821 Victory Mine Road in Pleasant Valley. Water tenders […]

Looking like rainy days ahead for economy

It’s time to cut and save at all levels of government. The reason: The economy may be slowing. A Feb. 3 report by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found “December and January income tax collections came in modestly short of projections.” And for fiscal year 2015-16, which ends June 30, “to date, based on […]

Trending numbers

EDITOR: El Dorado County voter registration lists the following numbers: No party preference, 22,644; Democrat, 29,894; Republican, 44,545. Total registered voters in — 104,798. The fastest growing category of registered voters in our county is no party preference. In my opinion this growth is due to general disgust at increasing red-tape regulations in all levels of government and the inability of […]

Presidential executive orders

EDITOR: I frequently hear and read negative commentary about the executive orders issued by President Obama during his term. It is as if he is the first and only president who has used this power to effectuate change. Mr. Roscoe, in a recent letter to the editor (“Disdain and Disgrace, Feb. 3), called the president’s issuing […]

The future looks sweet

Goodies to be featured at A Chocolate Affair What: A Chocolate Affair Who: Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 13 from 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door Information: (530) 344-1476   She doesn’t even have a store yet but folks are […]

Placerville crime stats: Property crimes are up

Tuesday evening’s Placerville City Council meeting included a wrap-up of the city’s 2015 crime statistics. “Placerville’s … crime statistics showed an overall increase of 9 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014,” the released report states. “The state of California realignment of prisoners (AB 109), implementation of Proposition 47 and habitual transient offender challenges are all believed to […]

Former drug agent admits to trafficking

Kurt Hildebrand The Record-Courier A drug agent who stole methamphetamine and cocaine from the El Dorado County evidence locker faces a minimum of 10 years in prison after he admitted to one count of trafficking more than 28 grams of a controlled substance. Mark Alexander Zlendick, 48, may be sentenced to a maximum of 10 […]

The Weekly Daley: Torture anyone? Everyone?

I watched the Saturday night GOP debate last week. I don’t mind admitting that I was shocked that several candidates agreed that torturing our enemies or alleged enemies is not only OK, but apparently a preferred and necessary technique in today’s evil world. Donald Trump said he’d waterboard anyone who might need it in an effort to […]

SMUD axes Iowa Hill

Many Camino residents heaved a sigh of relief last week as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) announced it is canceling the Iowa Hill project due to its costs and financial risk. In a press release dated Feb. 5 SMUD states its engineering contractor estimated the project cost at $1.45 billion — an investment that “would significantly limit the choices SMUD […]

What are we thinking?

EDITOR: We now have had two states hold their primaries and hundreds of thousands of people have voted and for the first time in our history a self-proclaimed Democrat Socialist, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is leading one of the two major party’s primaries. He is now in a statistical tie with his only other opponent for the […]

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ hits a high note

What: “Lend Me a Tenor” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Feb. 12 through March 6,  7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the play’s run, with 2 p.m. matinées on Sundays Cost: $17 Information: imaginationtheater.net What promises to be a laugh-out-loud evening of mistaken identities — and mistaken death — along with hilarity stemming from […]


Martin Canales, 29, from Placerville, booked on Feb. 2 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $10,000. Cody Biddlecomb, 20, from Diamond Springs, booked on Feb. 3 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Cory Bays, 35, from Pilot Hill, booked on Feb. 5 by State Parks, bail listed $5,000. Reggis Greer, 25, from Sacramento, booked on Feb. […]

Lady Griz fall to Rio Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High varsity girls coach Darik Belton’s methods have preached three main pillars for the program: have fun, work hard and be competitive. All three were on display Wednesday night at home, as the Lady Griz lost 58-41 during Senior Night. The score may have stretched out towards the end, after […]

GS boys downed 60-47

GARDEN VALLEY — Struggling through a four-point first quarter, Golden Sierra High’s varsity boys fell 60-47 to visiting Rio Vista Wednesday night, enduring a tough loss on Senior Night. Free throws and turnovers were the Achilles heel putting the Grizzlies away, as an 8-for-24 performance from the line helped the Rams maintain leads varying between 10 […]

Lady Bruins oust Oakmont, eye Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — And the plot thickens. With just two games remaining in Capital Valley Conference regular season action, Ponderosa High’s varsity girls are peaking at the right time; extending their win streak to three games at home Tuesday night with a commanding 70-46 victory over Oakmont. Bruin leader Madison Clayton was suited up and […]

“Fresh Tracks” 5k Snowshoe Walk and Race

The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club is hosting its Eric Nageotte Memorial “Fresh Tracks” 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. at beautiful Historic Camp Richardson Resort. Beneficiaries are Girls On The Run-Sierras and Metastatic Breast Cancer in honor of club member, Rene Gorevin. If you have never experienced […]

Roundup: Feb. 9-10, 2016

Boys basketball Union Mine 68, Rosemont 34 — The Diamondbacks doubled up the host Warriors Tuesday to improve to 5-4 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Union Mine led 32-18 after two quarters and outscored Galt 36-16 in the second half. Andrew Vaughn led the D’backs with 14 points and eight rebounds; Bradley Brittain added 13; Albert […]

Odie Ray Prettyman funeral notice

Jan. 19, 1946 — Jan. 24, 2016 Odie Ray Prettyman, a 50-year resident of El Dorado County, born Jan. 19, 1946, died Jan. 24, 2016. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 18, at 1 p.m., at Green Valley Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, Calif. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines […]

Etta “Louise” Beals

March 27, 1921 — Feb. 7, 2016 Etta “Louise” Beals, born March 27, 1921, in Pasadena, Calif., passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 7, 2016. Louise was a longtime resident of Placerville, Calif. She and her husband, Frank, moved to Placerville in the 1940s, following the war. Beals Road was named after the […]

Linda Marie (Gray) Suddarth

July 13, 1950 — Feb. 4, 2016 Linda Suddarth was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., to King and Marie Gray and passed away after a short battle with cancer in Placerville, Calif. She is survived by her sisters, Suzanne Mann and Kathy Gray; nieces, Julie (Paul) Parsons and Lisa Hamner; nephews, Riley Wills and Andy […]

Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes

June 22, 1929 — Jan. 27, 2016 Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, leaving behind his wife, Lynne Dawes and a legacy from a life of learning and exploration not only for his five children, four step-children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, but also for extended family and hundreds of […]

Folsom Lake Symphony plays the language of love

For a perfect prelude to Valentine’s Day hear the language of love in classical music at the Folsom Lake Symphony’s next performance “Romance & Destiny” on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. The orchestra will play four exceptional pieces led by music director […]

Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

Feist Wines is throwing its last event in Amador City, 14173 Old Highway 49, Amador County, on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Susan and Anthony Feist have hosted a series of sold-out Americana concerts and farm-to-fork food and wine pairings over the last four years in their tasting room that was once a western saloon. […]

Claire Lynch Band performs award-winning bluegrass in Sutter Creek

The Claire Lynch Band is playing award-winning bluegrass on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter, Amador County, at 8 p.m. With two Grammy nominations, three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist Awards and a United States Artists Walker Fellowship, Lynch has earned her keep in the tower of […]

Hear Lolligaggers and Beyond a Dream at fundraiser

The American River Folk Society presents a KFOK Community Radio fundraising event — a special Valentine’s Dance with two bands in Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 13 in the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and opening the show at 7 p.m. are David Blonski, Andy Lagomarsino and Joe Hougnon in Beyond […]

EID directors trade insults over compensation

El Dorado Irrigation District directors’ compensation resurfaced Monday, prompting some harsh words between EID board members. The exchange began after Director Dale Coco brought up the topic first discussed at a board meeting last December and again in January. Coco maintained if the board was going to negotiate with staff regarding sacrifices to their salaries and benefits, it was prudent […]

My Turn: A $5.5 million training center for EDH Fire?

A presentation of the final draft of a training facility plan was made to the El Dorado Hills Fire Department Board of Directors on Jan. 21 for a training facility to be built on property the department owns in the El Dorado Hills Business Park for a cost of at least $5.5 million.  The question […]

Open house at Camino Science and Natural Resource Charter School

The Camino Science and Natural Resource Charter School is having an open house on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Camino School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino. It will be from 9 a.m.-noon in the charter classrooms (rooms 24 to 28). Wild Things, a wildlife education program, will be bringing some live animals to present and teach […]

ORHS principal still out

One person was noticeably absent at the Oak Ridge High School eighth-grade orientation last week. Principal Paul Burke wasn’t there to welcome the incoming freshmen class despite many families believing he would be back on the job by now. Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, 2015 for undisclosed personnel reasons. At […]

Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

SACRAMENTO – All four Los Rios colleges have had their accreditation reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which said its action for each college “indicates that the institution is in substantial compliance with the commission’s standards.” Accreditation is a process of external quality review that higher education utilizes to evaluate colleges, […]

Grow For It! Got chickens?

Do you have chickens in your back yard? Do you want chickens in your back yard? We can help. The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County are putting on a workshop on back yard chickens on Feb. 27 at the gym at the Shingle Springs Rancheria, 5168 Honpie Road, Placerville, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. […]

Report: Man sets girl on fire

A Cameron Park man was arrested late Thursday evening for allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials reported receiving several 911 calls on the night of Feb. 4 with callers reporting that they heard a woman screaming on La Crescenta Drive in Cameron Park. Responding deputies found a 28-year-old woman had suffered “serious burns […]

At a glance: Let’s do something

The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on Feb. 10, 1967. Minnesota and Nevada were the 37th and 38th states to ratify the amendment, respectively. On Feb. 23, 1967, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, General Services Administrator Lawson Knott certified the amendment’s adoption. The amendment was […]

Divorces: December 2015

Brenda D. Ingraham and Scott M. Ingraham, Dec. 11 Kevin M. Cordes and Megan L. Cordes, Dec. 11 Renee M. McCuddy and William L. McCuddy, Dec. 11 Walter Andrew Watt and Jacqueline Elise Godwin Watt, Dec. 11 Jason Shira and Jennifer Shira, Dec. 11 Denise Pane and Frank Ward, Dec. 11 Shelly Meredith Johnson and […]

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