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 […]

James Carroll Coleman

June 18, 1923 — Jan. 19, 2016 James Carroll Coleman, 92, of Diamond Springs, Calif., passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, 2016, in Concord, Calif., after a long battle with dementia, Alzheimer’s and heart failure. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in June of 1923 to Chuck and Pearl Coleman. He enlisted in the […]

Mark Shields: Campaigns do matter, but so do candidates

If you’ve heard this story, please don’t stop me. A major pet food company, after years of secret laboratory research by an expert crew of canine scientists, had actually formulated a new and manifestly better dog food. To introduce its creation, the company recruited an all-star marketing, packaging and advertising team. The label for the […]

F. John Adams

July 21, 1926 — Jan. 2, 2016 Freeman “John” Adams of Diamond Springs, Calif., passed away peacefully at his home Jan. 2, 2016, at the age of 89. He was born to Edith and Freeman B. Adams on July 26, 1926, in San Diego, Calif. John graduated from San Diego Union Academy in 1944. Following […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Jan. 19 Water elevation 6,384.2 feet Storage level 37,750 acre-feet Percent full 54% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Jan. 19 Water elevation 5,426 feet Storage level 28,790 acre-feet Percent full 66% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Union Valley, as of Jan. 19 Water elevation 4,820.4 feet Storage level 147,110 […]

Donna Wunschel

Feb. 2, 1949 — Jan. 15, 2016 Donna Wunschel was born in Whittier, Calif., on Feb. 2, 1949, and passed away in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Jim; children, Tiffani and Robbie De May; grandchildren, Aaron, Makenzie, Ashlie, Bayleigh and Aidin; step-children, Mike and Eric […]

Frances Rosa King

Jan. 3, 1920 — Jan. 14, 2016 Frances was born in Monterey, Calif. She and her family moved to the Placerville area in 1962. She worked for the Placerville Fruit Growers Association for more than 30 years as a floor supervisor and retired in her mid-80s. At one time she was an active member of […]

Cynthia Elaine Dowse

July 16, 1950 — Jan. 5, 2016 Cindy (Ahlstrom) Dowse, a lifelong resident of Pollock Pines, Calif., passed away on Jan. 5, 2016. She was born to Coolidge and Harriet Ahlstrom on July 16, 1950. She followed in her parents’ footsteps and attended Pollock Pines School, Pinewood Elementary School and El Dorado High School, where […]

Liam Arann Auville

Nov. 11, 2008 — Jan. 10, 2016 On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, Liam Arann Auville passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his parents and in the comfort of his home and friends. He is greeted in heaven by grandparents, Rick and Judy Auville and is mourned on Earth by parents, Luke and Kelly Auville. […]

Charles Krauthammer: The state of the presidency: spent

President Obama’s Tuesday night address to Congress was less about the state of the union than the state of the presidency. And the state of this presidency is spent. The signs of intellectual exhaustion were everywhere. Consider just three. After taking credit for success in Syria, raising American stature abroad and prevailing against the Islamic […]

My Turn: Reinventing our business districts

A new police substation has been approved at Carriage Trade Center (where Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree are core tenants) to help curb the spike in criminal activity. This last year alone, the Placerville Police Department responded to 543 calls for service — vandalism, public intoxication, burglary, theft and assault. In a creative attempt to get […]

Neil H. Nelson funeral notice

Nov. 10, 1941 — Dec. 19, 2015 Neil H. Nelson, of Cameron Park, Calif., born Nov. 10, 1941 died Dec. 19, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., at Green Valley Mortuary in Rescue. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Northern California Parkinson’s Association […]

Vernon “Mickey” James McMicken

March 25, 1946 — Jan. 13, 2016 Verne “Mickey” was born in San Pedro, Calif., the youngest child of Grant “Mac” McMicken and Betty Doll Sarazin McMicken of Rescue, Calif. He is survived by his sister, Betty Jean McMicken Price (Greg); brother, Grant M. McMicken (Jennifer); six nieces and nephews, Danny, Leigh, Nancy, Lance, Timothy […]

Pauline Diane Young

Nov. 4, 1924 — Jan. 17, 2016 Pauline Diane Young, 91, of Placerville, Calif., died Jan. 17, 2016, of natural causes, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Tooele, Utah, to Rose and John Angotti. She married Richard E. Young on Jan. 28, 1950. Pauline is survived by her four […]

John Stossel: Optimism and Obama

In the commercial that President Obama released prior to his final State of the Union address, Obama said he would tell Congress how “optimistic” he is about America’s future. Good. Politicians and the media are at their most dangerous when they try to scare us, telling us disaster is on the way unless we follow, […]

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