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 […]

Horoscope, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Lunar Forecast for the Last Day of 2015 The last day of 2015 features a rather conservative Virgo moon, indicating responsible choices will also happen to be appealing ones. A harmonious lunar trine with chatty Mercury in confident Capricorn suggests that party talk may get competitive and status-oriented. The late night is ruled by an […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Venus Changes It Up People in the same room together at mealtime often eat the same thing. Who decides? Later they may watch a television program. Whose choice? All of these small decisions and compromises speak to the balance of power in relationships, which, considering the recent Venus change, is slightly different than it was […]

Juan Michael Corner

April 4, 1940 — Dec. 20, 2015 Juan Michael “Mike” Corner, of Placerville, born April 4, 1940, died Dec. 20, 2015. A visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, from 1 to 9 p.m., at Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Placerville, Calif. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

William Gary Seaton

Aug. 6, 1945 — Dec. 22, 2015 William Gary Seaton, formerly of Lotus, Calif., born Aug. 6, 1945, died Dec. 22, 2015. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Mobil Country Club in Gold River, Calif.

Dorothy May Sanders

Oct. 11, 1923 — Dec. 23, 2015 Dorothy May Sanders passed away at home in Shingle Springs, Calif., at the age of 92. She was born in Idaho but lived in El Dorado County since 1935. She is survived by her children, Mick (Sue) Sanders, Janice (Gary) Herrell, Marilyn (Jeff) Moore and Carolyn Garland; and […]

Mark Shields: Democrats’ third-term blues

History tends to make Democrats nervous about the 2016 White House election. They know that since 1951 and the ratification of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — which limits a president to just two four-year terms — there have been seven elections in which the party that has held the presidency for eight […]

Rare tornado

IMG_1185 IMG_4207 ec A tornado touched down at 670 Hillview Court in El Dorado Hills Dec. 24 uprooting a tree and sending it into a house and a vehicle. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the scene. There were no injuries. Photo courtesy El Dorado Hills Fire Department IMG_1192 ec Photo sent in by a […]

Lake levels

Lake Aloha, as of Dec. 23 Water elevation 11.59 feet Storage level 1,032 acre-feet Percent full 21% Inflow 84.14 cfs Outflow 6.00 cfs Echo Lake, as of Dec. 23 Water elevation 0.69 feet Storage level 218 acre-feet Percent full 11% Inflow 19.4 cfs Outflow 30.4 cfs Caples Lake, as of Dec. 23 Water elevation 47.85 […]

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends […]

Horoscope, Sunday, December 27, 2015

Leo Moon Surprises Are you ready for drama and fascination? Uranus, that rascally planetary pop-up toy, recently changed direction, and the surprises keep coming. If we promise to bring the “oohs,” “aahs” and applause, the fiery Leo moon will add pyrotechnics and color filters for theatrical effect. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Never end a conversation […]

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