Monday, September 29, 2014

El Dorado boys blanked 6-0

Fleet-footed, quick to the ball and explosive, Rosemont pinned a 6-0 Sierra Valley Conference defeat on host El Dorado Monday night. With speed to spare and a touch of flare, the Wolverines’ Andrew Brown scored a hat trick on the Cougars and was involved in two other Rosemont goals. Despite the conference-opening setback, El Dorado played hard […]

Trojans, D’backs at Stanford run

PALO ALTO — The Oak Ridge and Union Mine varsity boys and girls cross country teams competed at last weekend’s prestigious 41st Stanford Invitational at the university golf course. Teams from throughout California and non-California teams were in attendance that featured many of the top high school and collegiate cross country athletes in the nation. […]

Outside with Charlie: Autumn is here

With help from a good storm front that passed through, coupled with the massive effort by fire crews, the King Fire has been damped down. While it isn’t out, it isn’t the monster that it was over the last two weeks. We even had the first snow of the season last Friday night. Impressive. There […]

County budget OK’d by 3-2 vote; auditor issues dire warning

As prescribed by state law, the county budget was adopted on time, at the Sept. 23 board of supervisors meeting. A week ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline, the 3-2 vote satisfied the minimum requirement for adoption as Supervisor Ron Mikulaco and new District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen voted no. Projecting massive deficits in the […]

Cougars split with McClatchy

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum in its key Metro Conference matches at McClatchy Monday — the boys squeezing out an exhilarating 13-12 victory but the girls dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker. “The boys were so pumped,” said Cougars’ coach David Pimentel in an email to the Democrat. “We were up […]

Roundup: Sept. 30, 2014

Volleyball CIVT Tournament El Dorado def. Bear Creek 25-10, 25-16 El Dorado def. Cloverdale 25-12, 25-20 El Dorado def. San Domenico 25-8, 25-4 El Dorado def. by West Valley 23-25, 21-25 Total stats: Kills: Kylie Haverson, 28; Abby Bennett, 18; MacKenzie Niemann, 6; Rachel Rus, 6; Faith Wilson, 4; Rachel Stevenson, 3. Blocks: Niemann, 7; […]

Winkler trial eyes autopsy, death of prior wife

Sept. 25, the third day of the Todd Winkler murder trial, opened with the autopsy of Rachel Winkler. Forensic pathologist Stephany Fyore, then-chief pathologist of the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office, performed the autopsy. There were numerous abrasions, incisions and stab wounds to her face and neck. Bruising around her left eye and nose led Fyore […]

At a glance: Game on

With baseball’s post season underway and the World Series still down the road, it is interesting to note the first World Series started on Oct. 1 in 1903. The National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates ace Deacon Phillippe beat Cy Young of the American League’s Boston Pilgrims. The first World’s Championship Series was a best-of-nine format. Cy Young came […]

King Fire containment expected by Saturday

The King Fire is finally winding down with containment at 92 percent as of Tuesday morning. Personnel brought in to fight the fire have also been reduced by more than half with the number currently at 3,153. At its peak last week, the number was over 8,000. According to the Website, the expected containment […]

30 months for counterfeit money maker

A man who pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit money received 30 months in federal prison. Mathieu Miller was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Sept. 25, IRS Special Agent and Public Information Officer Arlette Lee told the Mountain Democrat. It was recommended he be imprisoned […]

Foundation offering assistance

Fire Family Foundation is offering assistance to those affected by the King Fire in the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California. “No words can describe the loss felt by those affected by this fire,” says Mike Mastro, Fire Family Foundation chair. “The fire is affecting both victims and firefighters. Those in harm’s way and those […]

Movie disruption

EDITOR: Much is missing in Ms. Fatooh’s letter, (Mountain Democrat, July 25) “The good, the not so good.” She alleges that a person in the movie audience was rude to her group for being a “tad” late. Her group being a “tad” late was not the problem. Her group entered the theater after the movie […]

Hold elected accountable

EDITOR: According to the Federal Constitution there should be a separation of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our system of government. Over time the lines have blurred and in some cases, the lines have been eliminated. You need to look no further than the Environmental Protection Agency, which has passed laws only a […]

Better late than never for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Roseville’s last-minute attempt for a clear off its line caromed off Chris Rudfelt back into the goal — giving host Ponderosa a dramatic 3-2 win Monday afternoon. Andrew Doe’s side throw-in to the box and ensuing melee for the tie-breaker improved the Bruins to 3-1-1 in the Capital Valley Conference. Rudfelt’s winner was his first […]

‘The End of the Line’ screens at Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the award-winning documentary “The End of the Line — Where Have All the Fish Gone?” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. This is the second film in the second year of the film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change. Based on the […]


In the Sept. 29 article —  “Where are the homeless now?” — the Theory of Change facilitator’s name was listed as Janet Pringle. Her correct name is Jana Pingle.

Food Bank distribution

EDITOR: Just read the article on “Light of the Hills teams up with Food Bank.” My husband and I drive each Friday for the Food Bank and deliver to Pioneer Bible Church in Somerset. Sometimes we stay and help distribute food if needed. Just a suggestion, but why not feature all the Food Bank distribution […]

Master Food Preservers: Easy apple jelly

Are you pining for apple jelly, but you don’t want to go through the time that it takes to make it completely from scratch? Use apple juice — fresh from El Dorado County’s orchards, store-bought or from concentrate. Here’s a recipe for apple jelly from Sure Jell brand pectin. The order of combining ingredients depends […]

Grow For It! Check the roots first

Roots are the first place to look when diagnosing a plant or tree problem. Roots are very important to plants. They uptake nutrients, oxygen and water and transport those to the rest of the plant. They produce essential compounds and store food. Roots support the structure, so give them plenty of room to develop and […]

Psychiatric Health Facility

EDITOR: The message from Chris Daley’s article in the Friday, Aug. 29 Mountain Democrat regarding “operations of the Psychiatric Health Facility” was excellent. He said, “The entire Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to contract out the operations of the Psychiatric Health Facility to a private company.” This would not be a good decision or vote and […]

Ronald James Carlon funeral notice

Jan. 16, 1933 — Sept. 25, 2014 Ronald James Carlon, born Jan. 16, 1933, died Sept. 25, 2014, in Placerville, Calif. Graveside services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m., at Westwood Hills Memorial Park, 2720 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines in Placerville.

Susan Diane Harasek funeral notice

May 2, 1950 — Sept. 21, 2014 Susan Diane Harasek, of Placerville, born May 2, 1950, died Sept. 21, 2014. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Avenue in Placerville.

Tamara “Tammy” Arlyne Morgan Sullivan

April 12, 1942 — Sept. 25, 2014 Tamara “Tammy” Arlyne Morgan Sullivan, 72, a third generation Galt, Calif., resident, passed away quietly, surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., of complications from heart failure. Tammy, the granddaughter of Lucille Cox of Galt and daughter of […]

John Susoeff

Nov. 30, 1920 — Sept. 25, 2014 John Susoeff was born on Nov. 30, 1920, in Southern California. He is the last of a family of eight. He was a resident of Pollock Pines, a small community he loved for 36 years. John will join his loving wife, Hope, who passed away in 1999. He leaves […]


EDITOR: I notice that the category “Favorite Attorney” was omitted in this year’s Readers Choice contest. Are you implying that everybody hates attorneys? STEPHEN A. TAPSON Placerville

Golden Sierra picks up first victory

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-minute span was all Golden Sierra needed Monday for the Sierra Delta River League soccer win against Vacaville Christian — the Grizzlies’ first of the season. Scoring twice toward the end of the second half to break open a 1-all tie, the Griz posted a 3-1 win. In the 73rd minute, Riley […]

Chili and cars bring out big crowd

The chili was delicious, the vehicles were spectacular, the music was rocking and everyone had a fantastic time at the 2014 Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show presented by Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. The annual benefit for adults with disabilities took place at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center on Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. […]

September 2014 weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

No on Measure N

Measure N was promoted by a group called Region Builders. After getting it on the ballot, the group disassociated itself with its own ballot initiative. We find that to be a peculiar combination of events. While there are some attractive pieces of this initiative after a cursory look and it seems more carefully drafted than […]

My turn: At the crossroads

When for the first time you happen upon the intersection of Cedar Ravine Road and Main Street, you are quickly struck by the feeling that you have entered a place of special significance, a place like no other found ordinarily, a location on the map of historical worth, a section of a small town rich […]

Farmers market to operate year round

A place to buy fresh local produce and locally crafted items is becoming a reality. Wednesday, Oct. 1 marks the opening of Green Acres Farmers Market, 3400 Carson Court in Camino with local resident Doug Alberts at the helm. The market is intended to be a year round endeavor, with space for local growers and other […]

Crime Log: Sept. 18-20

Sept. 18 12:02 a.m. Samantha Fox, 30, had been advised several times not be on a property on Lynx Ridge Road in Garden Valley. The female victim wanted Fox arrested for trespassing
. 3:03 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of an audible alarm at a residence on Champagne Lane in Placerville. The residence was found […]

Good jokes for a good cause

What: “An Evening of Laughter with Jack Gallagher” Who: Partners in Care Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $40, at the door $45 Information: 530-344-0700   Partners in Care strives to help those with serious illness, but when it’s your funny bone that needs […]

Heard over the back fence: Octoberfest in EDH

STRANGE PRIORITIES? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me!” quote: “How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?”  OKTOBERFEST TIME! Families are invited to join “good ol’ German” entertainment, dinner and contests. Tickets are $10 for adults and […]


The headline for the page one top story of the Mountain Democrat on Sept. 29 should have read, “Winkler interview recounts grisly details of wife’s death.”

Vote no on disastrous Measure M

Measure M gives Caltrans absolute control over the El Dorado County General Plan. Before proceeding to detailed discussion of this ill-conceived measure, it is important to remind our readers that El Dorado County is one of the few if not only counties in California that collects development impact fees for Highway 50, an interstate highway […]

South Tahoe wildfire reduced to 20 acres

A wildfire that was reported above Cascade Lake on the South Shore late Wednesday afternoon continued to burn into Thursday, consuming about 30 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The blaze, named the Cascade Fire, grew since Wednesday evening, when it was reported to be about 0.25-to-0.5 acres, according to a U.S. Forest Service […]

Oak Ridge sticks it to T’Wolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Forget trick plays. Oak Ridge’s first Sierra Foothill League victory swung on a trick-question play, an instance that defied logic in its 38-20 victory over Woodcreek Friday night. The host Trojans nursed a 10-7 lead and faced a fourth-and-9 at the Timberwolves’ 31. Instead of letting quarterback Ian Book determine the […]

Roundup: Sept. 26, 2014

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-21, 25-4, 25-9 Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-8, 25-9, 25-15 Ponderosa def. Del Campo 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 Union Mine def. by Casa Roble 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25. Kills: Kylie Russell, 13; Gabrielle Fredericks, 7. Aces: Savannah Scott, 5; Fredericks, 2; Jordyn Trulli, 2; Karly Dales, 2. Blocks: Fredericks, 5. […]

Winkler interview recounts grisly details of wife’s death

A murder suspect admitted in a police interview hours after his wife’s death that he hit her before she attacked him with scissors.

Back on the witness stand at the start of the second day of the Todd Winkler trial on Wednesday was Sgt. Mike Lensing, a detective that responded to the incident.

Grizzlies crush San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — It was thunder in the sky and thunder on the field Friday as Golden Sierra steamrolled visiting San Juan 64-6 in Sierra Delta League action. Coming off a tough loss to Colfax, the Grizzlies surged forward with a chip on the shoulder en route to a 28-0 rout in the first quarter. […]

Where are the homeless now?

It’s been almost a year since Placerville’s first legal encampment for the homeless, Hangtown Haven, closed. Supporters and camp residents fought to keep the camp open, but the permit for the year-long experiment expired on Nov. 15, 2013, and was not renewed. By many accounts, the experiment to see if a temporary legal encampment could […]

Tennis: Bruin tennis defeated by Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The rain let up, the sun came out and Ponderosa played it’s Capital Valley Conference match with visiting Roseville Thursday. Unfortunately for the Lady Bruins, the Tigers prevailed 8-1. The visitors won five of six singles matches and swept doubles play. Ponderosa’s Grace Guimont, at No. 6 singles, used a strong forehand […]

Belting out a hit: SlideBelts business growing in EDH

On the fast track to success is a small, but quickly growing, business in El Dorado Hills. Called SlideBelts, the company designs, manufactures and sells high-end belt buckles and belts with a long-range goal of selling wearable technology. Founded by Michelle and Brig Taylor, Michelle said the idea dates back to 2004 when Brig was teaching in […]