Horoscope, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Lunar Oppositional Challenge People who are strong outside and inside have the potential to be great partners, teammates and friends to you. But if you can’t find both inner and outer strength in the same person, choose inner strength. It’s far more rare. Muscles are a dime a dozen. This message was brought to you […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sun-Mercury Conjunction There’s exciting potential today for weaving magical, mutually helpful connections. An alignment of the sun and Mercury in Libra suggests we take communication to the next level. Why settle for superficial information when you can peer into a person’s soul? Imagining that this is possible is the portal that will lead some to […]

Eugene P. Speck death notice

July 2, 1922 — Sept. 7, 2015 Eugene P. Speck, of Pollock Pines, Calif., born July 2, 1922, died Sept. 7, 2015. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Joyce “Joan” Ekdahl

May 16, 1932 — Sept. 24, 2015 Joyce Joan Ekdahl was born May 16, 1932, in Gonzales, Texas, and passed away Sept. 24, 2015, in Placerville, Calif., where she was a resident for 37 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles Ekdahl; four children; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister; and three brothers. Chuck […]

John Stossel: Government here to help

Government wants you to think it helps you at every turn. Every time you make a decision, a purchase, government wants to be there, looking essential. But it’s a trick. Most government “help” creates new problems. Students once went to private banks to get college loans. Banks, since they had their own money on the […]

Rock-n-rollin’ on the river

David-Luning-Band-drummer Music lovers gathered along the South Fork of the American River earlier this month to enjoy great live performances at the American River Music Festival, Sept. 18-21. Drummer Linden Reed with Americana artist David Luning’s band wows the crowd during the band’s set. Photos by Randy Bullard Song-of-the-Fall-band-aud2 Songs of the Fall performs for […]

Janice Ellen (Turlington) Wadsworth

Aug. 7, 1934 — Sept. 22, 2015 Janice Ellen (Turlington) Wadsworth passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 22, 2015. Born on Aug. 7, 1934, in Willows, Calif., she was the youngest of Grace and Willis Turlington’s three children. Always a California girl, she also lived in Oakland, Concord, Martinez, Bodega Bay and finally, in […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hungry Moon Challenge As the moon moves into Taurus, the sign of appetites, realize the gift inside this state of being called “satisfied.” If you’re content, count yourself among the world’s most fortunate. No amount of wealth or power can get you a ticket into that club. “My crown is called content, a crown it […]

Horoscope, Monday, September 28, 2015

“I Am” Moon Is the ability to mystify oneself strictly a human thing? It’s hard to tell how much the apes and dolphins ruminate over the baffling choices of the past, but it’s a safe bet that the humans are doing more of that under this Aries moon cry of, “I think, therefore I am.” […]

What is PACE?

Property Assessed Clean Energy is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, insulation and more for almost any property — homes, commercial, industrial, non-profit and agricultural. Property owners across the U.S. are […]

Voters want truth from all candidates

A year from now, the presidential campaign will be in full swing, headed down the home stretch toward Election Day. And what will that final approach look like? At this point, most people still don’t expect current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, the flamboyant billionaire and reality TV star, to be the Republican nominee. On the […]

Trends turn to cozy and comfortable fall entertaining

As the glorious days of summer slip into crisp evenings, the changing colors trigger a transition in seasonal décor. “There’s an exciting mix of texture and color in fall fashion that’s extending into home decorating,” said designer Julie Robbins. “As for tabletop, a big trend this season is blending patterns you wouldn’t ordinarily put on the […]

Fear of frost? Tips to keep your garden growing through fall’s chill

As summer winds down and frost threatens, even avid gardeners may be tempted to pack up their trowels and call it a season. You may think it’s better to leave the victory garden gracefully, than risk the disappointment of watching crops wither in chilly temperatures. But fear of frost and failure don’t have to stop […]

Solar myths busted

Myth No. 1: Solar systems must receive constant sunshine to power a home. Many people mistakenly assume that solar systems only operate when the sky is clear and the sun is out. However, ultraviolet (UV) rays that power solar systems can peak through even on the cloudiest days. Whether you live in a cool, cloudy […]

Horoscope, Sunday, September 27, 2015

Total Super-Lunar Eclipse The supermoon and the much-anticipated total eclipse is a celestial disappearing act more magnificent than any orchestrated by Houdini. This moon represents an overwhelming feeling that cycles through your life periodically. Maybe you’re both better and worse for the turmoil of it. If you could make it disappear, would you? ARIES (March […]

Horoscope, Saturday, September 26, 2015

Countdown to Eclipse In a Banksy art exhibit, a sign reads, “It’s not art unless it has the potential to be a disaster.” You could swap “art” for “love,” and the sign would be just as true. Tomorrow brings the full moon and one of the most exciting lunar eclipses we’ll see for years. This […]

Horoscope, Friday, September 25, 2015

Anticipation Moon We’re headed for one of the most interesting and immediate astral phenomena for months to come. The upcoming total lunar eclipse will be spectacular. In ancient times, it would have caused mass confusion and cries of “Who took the moon?!” The imaginative Pisces moon is giddy with anticipation. Can you feel your creativity […]

Michael Dean Specht funeral notice

March 17, 1953 — Aug. 7, 2015 Michael Dean Specht, of Omo Ranch, Calif., born March 17, 1953 died Aug. 7, 2015. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m., at Fanchers Tree Farm, 6581 Omo Ranch Road in Omo Ranch.

Ethel Cabral Hammero funeral notice

Oct. 1, 1934 — Sept. 17, 2015 Ethel Cabral Hammero, born Oct. 10, 1934, in Hawaii, passed away Sep. 17, 2015, in El Dorado Hills, Calif. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 12 p.m., at Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, Calif.

Lori Rochele (Williams) Patterson

Sept. 30, 1967 — Sept. 17, 2015 Lori Patterson, known to her friends and family as Lori Lou, was born Sept. 30, 1967, and passed away at her home in Placerville, Calif., on Sept. 17, 2015. She was born in Fresno to Rhonda (Giggy) and Charles “Chuck” Williams, who died in a tragic plane crash […]

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