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Dennis “Spike” Wright

Aug. 7, 1975 — Jan. 30, 2016 Dennis “Spike” Wright was taken Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was born Aug. 7, 1975, in Placerville, Calif., to Dennis and Janet (Miller) Wright. Spike had a license in consulting and construction. Cement was his specialty. He was a lifelong resident of Amador […]

Grant Tueller funeral notice

Oct. 18, 1952 — Feb. 2, 2016 Grant Tueller, of Diamond Springs, Calif., born Oct. 18, 1952, died Feb. 2, 2016. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m., at the Town Hall, 549 Main Street in Placerville, Calif. For more details go to Grant Tueller’s Facebook page.

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Feb. 2 Water elevation 6,390.2 feet Storage level 44,240 acre-feet Percent full 64% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Feb. 2 Water elevation 5,428 feet Storage level 29,870 acre-feet Percent full 69% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Union Valley, as of Feb. 2 Water elevation 4,830.7 feet Storage level 167,890 […]

Michael Corner funeral notice

April 4, 1940 — Dec. 20, 2015 Juan Michael “Mike” Corner, of Placerville, Calif., born April 4, 1940, died Dec. 20, 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., at New Wine Christian Fellowship, 680 Bee Street in Placerville.

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

Jan. 4, 1944 — Nov. 11, 2015 In remembrance of Sandra Anne Wallace, private family services have been held. The family would like to thank everyone for their condolences, cards and flowers along with their kind thoughts and sharing of stories. “Like falling leaves the years slip by But Love and memories never die, A […]

Lloyd Frank Romberger

Dec. 25, 1921 — Jan. 30, 2016 U.S.A.F. Retired Master Sergeant Lloyd Frank Romberger, of Placerville, Calif., left this world on Jan. 30, 2016. He was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Orwin, Pa. Lloyd spent his working life in service to his country and as a loving family man. He entered the U.S. Army in […]

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

Nov. 22, 1980 — Jan. 15, 2016 Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill, 35, of Pollock Pines, Calif., peacefully passed away and into the arms of her sweet Jesus on Jan. 15, 2016. She was also greeted there by her Grammas Rosemary Hesse and Doris Gill, her uncle Mark Hesse, aunt Linda Hesse, and Monte Montillier; Angel the […]

The three-cornered fight for the soul of the GOP

It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie Sanders, whatever his current momentum, winning the Democratic nomination remains […]

Joseph Richard Erickson

July 6, 1932 — Jan. 16, 2016 Joseph Richard Erickson of Pollock Pines, Calif., passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, of an undiagnosed terminal illness and complications of an accident, at the age of 83 years old. He was born on Monday, July 6, 1932, in Kingsburg, Calif., to Frank Erickson and Evelyn Erickson. Joe […]

John Stossel: Running on empty

Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they’ll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol, a fuel made from corn that Iowa farmers grow. They support ethanol because Iowa is the first state to vote on presidential candidates. Candidates want to look strong at […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Jan. 26 Water elevation 6,385.3 feet Storage level 38,870 acre-feet Percent full 56% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Jan. 26 Water elevation 5,425.5 feet Storage level 28,420 acre-feet Percent full 65% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Union Valley, as of Jan. 26 Water elevation 4,822.6 feet Storage level 151,300 […]

Philip John Garthe Jr.

March 31, 1951 — Jan. 27, 2016 Philip “Phil” Garthe Jr. passed away peacefully at home in Rescue, Calif., on Jan. 27, 2016. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kym. He was the loving father of Andy (Mandy) Garthe and Tyra (Matt) Dickinson; brother of David and Sue Garthe and Debbie Cautard; and devoted grandfather […]

Mary Margaret Mendenhall (Zenier)

1927 — 2016 Mary passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2016, in Elk Grove, Calif. She was born in Spokane, Wash., to Ted and Gladys Zenier and moved around in the Pacific Northwest with her family during the depression. She attended University of Washington and her family relocated to Brookings, Ore., where her father owned […]

Bell Weaver

March 8, 1941 — Jan. 19, 2016 Bell Weaver was born in Roswell, N.M., where she grew up on a beautiful ranch and raised horses with her father. In her early years, she worked for General Dynamics and in 1969 became a full-time Mom when her daughter was born. In her retirement years, she worked […]

Charlotte Emily Dryden

Nov. 22, 1920 — Jan. 23, 2016 Charlotte Emily Dryden passed away peacefully of natural causes Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. She lived a long, healthy life. She was born in Healdton, Okla., on Nov. 22, 1920, to Raleigh and Jewell Knight Brooks. Charlotte spent her early years in Healdton before the family moved to Lindsey, […]

Staying true to our anthem

Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Do we really live up to those words from our national anthem? For a few years now, columnist George Will has been writing about how rulemaking-obsessed governments at all levels are creating an infantilized citizenry. In a recent column, he provides […]

Barbara “Bobby” Ellen Champion Veirs

Oct. 20, 1920 — Jan. 6, 2016 Barbara “Bobby” Ellen Champion Veirs died Jan. 6, 2016, at the age of 95 in Mesa, Ariz. She was born in Hermon, Calif., on Oct. 20, 1920, to Lillian and John Champion. At age four Bobby and her family moved to Phoenix, Ariz. She attended Kenilworth Elementary School […]

Donna Louise Ranger

May 31, 1947 — Jan. 26, 2016 Donna Louise Ranger passed away in Pollock Pines, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2016, at the age of 68. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Gerald “Jerry” Ranger; sons, Dennis (Darla) and Chet (Bertie); daughter, Andrea (Brett) Fox; mother, Ruth Bailey; 10 grandchildren; and sister, […]

June Birtwell

April 18, 1933 — Jan. 22, 2016 June Birtwell, of Shingle Springs, Calif., passed to heaven on Jan. 22, 2016, after a brief illness. Born on April 18, 1933, in Coretta, W.V., she was the daughter of Frank and Fannie Hicks. She was the loving wife of Dan Birtwell, who proceeded her in death in […]

Harriet Erickson Stangland

May 23, 1924 — Jan. 16, 2016 Harriet Erickson Stangland, 91, died at home on Jan. 16, 2016. She was born in Portland, Ore., the first child of Swedish immigrants. She attended Oregon State College, where she met Gordon Stangland after the war. They were married in 1948 and partnered with Vic West to build […]

Barbara Endersby

Oct. 13, 1933 — Jan. 21, 2016 Barbara, a longtime resident of Rescue, Calif., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Folsom Care Center in Folsom, Calif., with her beloved grandson Michael by her side. Born in 1933 in Phoenix, Ariz., Barbara moved to Downey, Calif., as a teenager, where she met her now deceased husband […]

Charles Krauthammer: The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost all their fire on the swap sideshow. And in denouncing the swap, they were wrong. […]

William Howard Netto Sr. funeral notice

April 3, 1939 — Jan. 20, 2016 William Howard Netto Sr., formerly of Placerville, Calif., born April 3, 1939, died Jan. 20, 2016. A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 20 Relihan Drive in Ione, Calif. A graveside service will follow at […]

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