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Armed suspect shot by SWAT after 20-hour standoff

A 37-year-old Cameron Park man shot in the abdomen by a SWAT team member on Nov. 18, concluding an armed standoff that began nearly 20 hours earlier, remains in the El Dorado County Jail. Dylan Robert Johnson was shot by an as yet unnamed Special Weapons and Tactics officer, one of many who responded to […]

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My Turn: Academics are stunned by Trump’s win … and that’s a bad thing

A friend of mine recently told me about a troubling experience his daughter had at a California community college. She had to endure a political rant from one of her professors, who compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and claimed Trump’s election was worse than 9/11. I wasn’t a diehard Trump supporter. For me, the […]

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Holidays at home — Be inspired on Assistance League’s holiday home tour

It’s always a win-win to get holiday decoration inspiration while supporting a good cause. The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills hosts its seventh annual Homes for the Holidays tour this weekend, Saturday Dec. 3 and Sunday Dec. 4, as seven El Dorado Hills homes will be opened to showcase their decked halls and plenty of holiday dazzle for […]

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 Green Valley presents ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’

Kelsey Harmon has been performing in Green Valley Church’s Christmas plays since she was 8 years old and now, at 25, the effervescent and enthusiastic young woman is portraying her favorite character yet in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” running Dec. 2-18. It’s a part that requires a wig in the weirdest shade of red, […]

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EID fiscal irresponsibility

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District rates have more than doubled in the last seven years yet EID management wants board approval to continue gouging its ratepayers and increase 2017-18 rates fully 30 times the 0.3 percent increase in 2016-17 Social Security payments. EID management’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget includes median $131,000 per employee compensation with benefits […]

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Christmas tree farms see green on Black Friday

El Dorado County’s Christmas tree farms and area shops bustled Friday as families traveled from near and far, searching for that perfect, fragrant tree. Hillside Tree Farm in Camino opened the day after Thanksgiving. Hillside’s staff greeted customers bright and early with a fire to warm the soul (and chilled hands) and cookies. In addition to trees, visitors also […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: I miss all my pals

Even before I wrote my last “Heard Over the Back Fence” column I knew I would miss all of my co-workers at the Mountain Democrat office. It felt like I was leaving family. The entire Mountain Democrat crew works as a very productive, intelligent and friendly group of very nice people. It was a great […]

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