Alfred G. J. “Al” Boissevain

Feb. 7, 1923 — Jan. 5, 2016 Al Boissevain was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Robert W. and Anne (Deterling) Boissevain. He was raised on the Adirondack Poultry Farm, now the Meadowmount School of Music, in upstate New York. He attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1945, where he met his wife Hedvig […]

Mark Shields: When Americans really were exceptional

David Brooks, a New York Times columnist and my valued colleague on PBS’ “NewsHour,” has told of having heard a rebroadcast of “Command Performance,” a radio show that went out to U.S. troops everywhere during World War II. This particular show was aired on V-J Day — when the Japanese surrendered, ending the war. David […]

Gloria Bishop death notice

Sept. 23, 1929 — Dec. 3, 2015 Gloria Bishop, formerly of Garden Valley, Calif., born Sept 23, 1929, died Dec. 3, 2015. Private services have been held.

Harvey Dale Seal

Jan. 18, 1934 — Jan. 4, 2016 Harvey “Dale” Seal, age 81, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, surrounded by his loving family, at Kaiser hospital in Roseville, Calif. He was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Roswell, N.M., to Tyler and Enza Seal. Dale joined the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Korean war […]

Marylou “Lou” Hickey

June 15, 1929 — Dec. 12, 2015 Marylou Hickey, 86, died from a stroke on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, Ore. She was born June 15, 1929, in Woodland, Calif., to Edmund and Lillian McBride of Davis, Calif., the youngest of five children. In 1951, Lou married her […]

Thalia Urbanski

July 27, 1931 — Dec. 11, 2015. Thalia Urbanski (née Thalia Callas) was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Callas. She was the youngest daughter and is survived by her sister, Mrs. M. Bitisianes; her brother, Mr. M. Callas; and her sister, Mrs. C. Kustas. Her late sister, Miss Maria Callas […]

Laura L. Lino (funeral notice)

Aug. 12, 1965 — Dec. 11, 2015 Laura L. Lino, of Placerville, Calif., born Aug. 12, 1965, died Dec. 11, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 832, 1550 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento, Calif.

Barbara Halsing Duncan

Aug. 9, 1923 — Jan. 5, 2016 Barbara Halsing Duncan, 92, of El Dorado Hills, passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, after a long illness. She is survived by her children, Chris Maston of El Dorado County, Calif., Laurie Halsing of Carmichael, Calif., and Grant Halsing Jr. of San Rafael, Calif.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; […]

Jack Failor

April 24, 1930 — Dec. 28, 2015 Jack Leroy Failor, 85, of Placerville, Calif., passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2015. He was born on April 24, 1930. He graduated from McClatchy High School in 1947 and then served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Saint Paul for six years, including service in the […]

Gloria Loyd

Nov. 25, 1927 — Nov. 7, 2015 Gloria Dorothy Loyd, 87, passed away Nov. 7, 2015, in Folsom, Calif. She was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Long Beach, Calif., to Harley E. and Ruby V. Mattox. She was preceded in death by her husband, H.O. “Jack” Loyd (1993); son Mark W Loyd (2006); and daughter, […]

Robert W. Frierson, Jr.

July 2, 1946 — Nov. 18, 2015 After a valiant fight with cancer, Robert William Frierson Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, with family by his side. Fondly known as Bob, he was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 2, 1946, to the late Robert and Betty Frierson, and grew up […]

Mary Caroline Hendrickson

Oct. 24, 1930 — Dec. 4, 2015 Mary Caroline (Reideman) Hendrickson passed away peacefully at her home in Alameda, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2015. She was born to Arthur and Bernice Reideman in Watertown, Wis., on Oct. 24, 1930. She lived in Lake Mills, Wis., for the first 20 years of her life, attending Lake […]

Lt. Col. Joe Sheldon Montgomery

May 18, 1922 — Dec. 25, 2015 After a long and accomplished life, Lt. Col. Joe Sheldon Montgomery (USAF ret.) went to his heavenly home on the morning of Dec. 25, 2015, joining his wife Helen and son Mark. He was a 5-year resident of Ponte Palmero in Cameron Park, Calif. Sheldon Montgomery was born […]

Maureen Claudette (Larrigan) Hogan

July 15, 1935 — Dec. 31, 2015 Maureen Claudette (Larrigan) Hogan passed away on Dec. 31, 2015, in Placerville, Calif. She was born on July 15, 1935, to William and Ermenia (Carollo) Larrigan in Cle Elum, Wash. As a child, Maureen’s family moved from Cle Elum to Omo Ranch, Calif., where her parents worked in […]

Sandra Ann Wallace

Jan. 4, 1944 — Nov. 11, 2015 Sandra Ann Wallace was a loving wife to Leonard Wallace; mother to Milo, D’Et and Matthew Wallace; and grandmother to nine granddaughters, Vanessa, Meagan, Katelyn, Aly, Marlena, Emma, McKenna, Andrea and Jolene. Originally from Montana, Sandra moved to San Francisco, Calif., after college. She met and married Leonard […]

Betty Alice Ewing Hazelton

Nov. 21, 1928 — Nov. 26, 2015 Betty Alice Ewing Hazelton, of Camino, Calif., went home to be with our Lord on Nov. 26, 2015. Born on Nov. 21, 1928, in Wilmar, Calif., she was the daughter of Joseph and Lillian Ewing. She was the loving wife of Irving Graham Hazelton, who preceded her in […]

Charles Krauthammer: Space — The visionaries take over

Fractured and divided as we are, on one thing we can agree: 2015 was a miserable year. The only cheer was provided by Lincoln Chafee and the Pluto flyby (two separate phenomena), as well as one seminal aeronautical breakthrough. On Dec. 21, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, after launching 11 satellites into orbit, returned its 15-story booster […]

My Turn: EID raises salaries and your rates

On Dec. 14 the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 3-2 to raise General Manager Jim Abercrombie’s salary by 10 percent ($18,000) and Chief Counsel Tom Cumpston’s by 8.7 percent ($15,000). Including pension and other benefits, Abercrombie’s new total compensation is about $298,000 per year and Cumpston’s is about $277,000. Abercrombie’s subordinate, HR manager […]

Morten A. Lind

June 15, 1916 — Dec. 14, 2015 Morten A. Lind, 99-and-a-half years old, 67-year resident of Placerville, Calif., passed away on Dec. 14, 2015. Born in Alameda, Calif., he was married to Dorothy, who passed in 2007. They were married 67 years. He is survived by daughters, Karen Burke and Barbara Crail; son-in-law Jack Burke; […]

Dave Barry’s 2015 Year in Review

This is the second half of Dave Barry’s column summing up events of 2015. The first half appeared ion the Jan. 1 Mountain Democrat. Speaking of excitement, in … JULY … the New Horizons interplanetary probe, having traveled more than three billion miles over nearly 10 years, finally reaches Pluto and transmits back data proving […]

John Stossel: 2015

Terrorism! Crime! Deadly storms! Hillary Clinton! We reporters focus on bad news, but at year’s end, let’s remember what went right. 2015 was a better time to be alive than most any prior point in history. The rich got richer. Some people think that’s a problem, but why? Do rich people sit on their piles […]

Dave Barry’s 2015 Year in Review

Sometimes we are accused — believe it or not — of being overly negative in our annual Year in Review. Critics say we ignore the many positive events in a given year and focus instead on the stupid, the tragic, the evil, the disgusting, the Kardashians. OK, critics: We have heard you. This year, instead […]

More gun laws wrong response to massacre

Almost all mass murders committed with guns prompt calls for tougher gun laws. The problem is, in pretty much every recent mass shooting in America, any newly proposed gun control law would not have stopped the crime, even if perfectly enforced. In this month’s horrific attack in San Bernardino, the guns were legally purchased, then […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Dec. 29 Water elevation 6,383 feet Storage level 36,470 acre-feet Percent full 53% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Ice House, as of Dec. 29 Water elevation 5,427.3 feet Storage level 29,500 acre-feet Percent full 68% Inflow N/A Outflow N/A Union Valley, as of Dec. 29 Water elevation 4,821.5 feet Storage level 149,220 […]

Loella Jane Gaylord funeral notice

Sept. 10, 1916 — Dec. 12, 2015 Loella Jane Gaylord, of Placerville, Calif., born Sept. 10, 1916, died Dec. 12, 2015. A memorial will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m., at El Dorado Community Church in El Dorado, Calif.

Juan Michael Corner full obit

April 4, 1940 — Dec. 20, 2015 Born Juan Michael, the youngest of three sons to Clayton Lee and Opal Lorreene Durflinger Corner in Oakland, Calif., on April 4, 1940, Michael was named after his aunt Juanita Daugherty. Raised in Eureka, Calif., he moved to Redwood City to graduate from the first graduating class of […]

Charles Krauthammer: Food fads: Make mine gluten-full

When the federal government’s 1980 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” warned about the baleful effects of saturated fats, public interest activists joined the fight and managed to persuade major food companies to switch to the shiny new alternative: trans fats. Thirty-five years later, the Food and Drug Administration finally determined that trans fats are not just […]

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