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Schedule: Dec. 28 – Jan. 2

Monday, Dec. 28 Boys Basketball Toss Up @ ORHS -OR vs Shasta, 6:30 UM @ Kendal Arnett Tourney -UM vs Del Campo, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Placer Tourney PHS @ MaxPreps Holiday Tourney -PHS vs Bradshaw Christian, 1:30 Girls basketball Jan Vitell @ EDHS -UM vs Bella Vista, 5 p.m. -ED vs Summerville, 6:30 p.m. […]

Celebrate and donate on New Year’s Eve

What: Benefit fundraiser for the Sierra Nevada House staff Who: The Coloma Lotus community, the Gold Trail Grange and the Random Strangers Band Where: Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma When: Thursday, Dec. 31, doors open at 8 p.m. and music from 9 p.m.-midnight Cost: $10 donation Information: or (530) 622-4914   […]

Roundup: Dec. 23, 2015

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Hoops Classic Oak Ridge 61, Granite Bay 66 — The Trojans dropped Tuesday’s game to their Sierra Foothill League rivals. Yesterday, Oak Ridge took on Newark Memorial for seventh place of the Platinum Division. Ponderosa 53, McClatchy 58 — The Bruins played Valley yesterday for 11th place in the Gold […]

Youth football: Jr. Trojans at Shrine Bowls

Four Oak Ridge Junior Trojan Midget football players: Sean Gatson, Avant Jacobs, Evan Robinson and Nicholas Scalise participated at last month’s 20th Youth Shrine Bowl at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. All four ORJT Midget football players were selected to represent the California team in Orlando, FL at the California-Florida Youth […]

Cougar awards

Team MVP · Carter Meyers Defensive Player of the Year · Carter Meyers Bleeding Blue Award · Carter Meyers The “BIG CAT” · Zach Brazell VARSITY CORE (Team captians) · Carter Meyers · Britton Stark · Chris Volek · Aaron Golmitz · Steve Fox Football Scholar-Athletes (3.15 as a team) Criteria: 3.5 GPA or above, played […]

News Bites 12/23

Take part in HERO El Dorado County recently began accepting applications for property owners looking to save water and energy through the HERO Program. HERO enables homeowners to finance water- and energy-efficiency projects and to pay for the improvements through their property taxes for up to 20 years. For more information visit Herbert C. Green Day […]

Happy Holly days

The residents on Holly Hills Drive in Cameron Park get into the Holly days with a commitment to dazzle and amaze visitors to the street and with a commitment to make the season brighter in more than one way. Not only do the lights and decorations bring joy to the community, the food drive conducted […]

Priest shines as Optimist All Star

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge senior Megan Priest was named the North’s Outstanding Player of the Game at last Saturday’s Annual Optimist All Star Volleyball Game at El Camino High School. Priest’s North squad prevailed in four sets 25-15, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15. Priest’s Trojan teammate Elizabeth Cameron was also on the North roster.

Five champs at Manges Invite

ORANGEVALE — All five county varsity teams competed at last weekend’s Marty Manges Invitational at Casa Roble High School. Four fielded champions, including Ponderosa which saw two wrestlers win their bracket. Bruin Kyle Jennings won the 220-pound weight class, his second tournament win on the young season after taking last week’s Curt Mettler Invite in […]

The lights are brightly shining

Christmas lights seem to have magical powers. They not only light up a dark winter night but put smiles on faces and prompt positive comments. A drive around El Dorado County to see the creativity of Christmas light aficionados is a fun outing. There are simple elegant displays, some with multiple styles of lights, others […]

Foothills Dance Studio wows the judges

Dancers from Foothills Dance Studio attended Starbound National Talent Competition at the MontBleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The team is called Foothills Dance Competition Troupe. The competition was a week-long event and more than 1,500 routines were presented. The Foothills Dance Competition Troupe entered three solo routines, two duos (jazz and tap), two trios (jazz), two […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 21, 2015

Former Oak Ridge basketball player Bryce Scott scored his 1,oooth career point last week in Lafayette College men’s basketball team’s overtime loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. The Leopold senior rallied his team in overtime with a clutch lay-up and three-pointer to get Lafayette within a point with 25 seconds left. Scott surpassed the milestone within his […]

Schedule: Dec. 21-26, 2015

Monday, Dec. 21 Boys basketball OR, PHS @ St. Hope’s Classic, Sac High/Hiram Johnson High UM @ Mesa Verde Tournament Girls basketball OR, PHS, ED @ Trojan Toss Up, ORHS -Winner’s bracket: 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m. -Loser’s bracket: 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. UM @ Foothill, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Boys basketball OR, PHS @ […]

On Tap: Lady Trojan Toss Up Tournament

Tomorrow Girls basketball Trojan Toss Up, ORHS -PHS vs Inderkum, 5 p.m. -OR vs El Dorado, 6:45 Monday, Dec. 21 Girls basketball OR, PHS, ED @ Trojan Toss Up, ORHS Winner’s bracket: 6:45, 8:15 Loser’s bracket: 3:30, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Girls basketball OR, PHS, ED @ Trojan Toss Up, ORHS Finals: 8:15 3rd/4th […]

Anniversary: Standifords share a deep love and respect for 60 years

Ralph and Helen Standiford will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Cameron Park Community Services Center. Helen is a California native born in Sacramento and raised in a family of three brothers and one sister. Ralph was born in Springfield, Ore., the seventh son and 13th child in a […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason A. Galbraith

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason A. Galbraith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn […]

Divorces, October & November 2015

Crystal Corbett and Sean Corbett, Nov. 24 Mary M. Beaver and David L. Beaver, Nov. 24 Antoinette Marie Holmes and Scott Alan Holmes, Nov. 24 Duane S. Adams and Sandra L. Adams, Nov. 24 Michelle Keifer Cartledge and Matthew Cartledge, Nov. 24 Patrick David Pettibone and Patricia Pettibone, Nov. 24 Keith R. Pawloski and Aleksandra […]

Roundup: Dec. 13, 2015

Girls basketball ABC Tournament Oak Ridge 54, Berkeley 48 Oak Ridge 63, James Logan 38 Claude Brock Tournament El Dorado 58, San Juan 40 El Dorado 27, Antelope 83 — Myranda Bezak scored 9 points. El Dorado 22, Capital Christian 55 Boys basketball Bret Harte Tournament Union Mine 82, Sierra Ridge 31 Union Mine 72, […]

Schedule: Dec. 14-19, 2015

Monday, Dec. 14 Boys basketball Dixon @ ED, 7 p.m. South Lake Tahoe @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Boys basketball Argonaut @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball Mesa Verde @ GS, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 Wrestling PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 6 p.m. GS @ Marysville, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 Boys basketball […]


Regarding the story “DA also on recall list” published in the Friday, Dec. 11, Mountain Democrat. District Attorney Vern Pierson was re-elected to his seat in 2014 and will be up for re-election in 2018.

Duty: U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Arielle A. Hulsing

U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Arielle A. Hulsing has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, […]

Mother Teresa Home very grateful

EDITOR: We often call the time between Halloween and New Year’s the “giving season.” We concentrate on finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Often we look beyond ourselves to give to the “less fortunate.” We try to give back. However, looking at the giving season from a different perspective, we would like to […]

McNaughton Newspapers names Esposito COO

Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito has been named chief operations officer for McNaughton Newspapers Inc., the Placerville newspaper’s parent company announced. The appointment was announced Tuesday by CEO Foy S. McNaughton and was effective immediately. Esposito will oversee daily operations for all company operations, which include the Mountain Democrat, the Daily Republic, The Davis Enterprise, among […]

Santa comes to town

Mrs.-Santa Austin Mullens, 2, of Shingle Springs poses for a photo with Mrs. Claus near Engine 85 at the Town Center Tree Lighting Dec. 5. Photo by Lisa Couper boy-with-Santa Santa leans in to hear what Vincent Wheeldon wants for Christmas at Cookies with Santa at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym on […]

Roundup: Dec. 9, 2015

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 58, Vacaville 39 Ponderosa 65, Inderkum 59 El Dorado 33, Lincoln 59 Girls basketball Oak Ridge 58, Deer Valley 32 — Hailey McCoy, 14; Bri Gross, 9; Kassidy DeLapp, 8; Laura Soper, 8; Siera Rasmussen, 7; Brianna Dulgar, 6; Brittany Belanger, 4; S. Lamy, 2. Golden Sierra 32, Amador 36 Wrestling […]

Things to do: Dec. 11, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1211 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 3 presents “Christmas Around the World,” a special exhibit of the season inspired by traditions from many foreign countries. Valerie Bye’s beautiful snowy watercolor scene “Winter in Zermatt” expresses the warm cozy feeling of Christmas time in the Swiss […]

Wedding: Jessica Barber and Seth Fuentes

Jessica Barber and Seth Fuentes, both of South Lake Tahoe, were married on Dec. 1 in South Lake Tahoe. The bride is the daughter of the late Rory Barber and Cynthia Wolfe of South Lake Tahoe. The groom is the son of Gerritt Fuentes of Mesa, Ariz., and the late Louise Griffin. The couple will […]

The Pickups to play farewell concert

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the Shingle Springs Community Center is hosting the farewell performance of one of El Dorado County’s favorite bands, the Pickups. This will be the monthly second Saturday concert for December at the community center with local favorite Tamra Godey opening the show. The Pickups, were voted best band in past Mountain […]

Duty: U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Claire L. McGill

U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Claire L. McGill has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, […]

News Bites 12/9

Gov. Brown honored California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. received a 2015 Public Officials of the Year award from GOVERNING, which provides independent, nonpartisan coverage of state and local government. The group noted, “When Brown returned for a third tour of duty as governor in 2011, California was a budgetary mess with a $26 billion deficit, […]

Artist holds holiday open studio show

Charles Muench will be opening his studio, 1876 Arabian Lane in Gardnerville, Nev., to the public for his Holiday Studio Show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. New paintings, prints and even postcards of his Nevada paintings will be on display. Muench is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. He […]

Help make the holidays a happy time

Cal Fire released the following events to celebrate Christmas and to help those in need: Cameron Park Santa Parade Dec. 11, 12 and 13 starting 5 p.m. each night. Santa and his crew of firefighters and explorers will make their way through the community. For route information and photo stops, check the Community Services District […]

Schedule: Dec. 7-12, 2015

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Boys basketball San Juan @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln @ ED, 7 p.m. Buckingham @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Inderkum, 7 p.m. OR @ Vacaville, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ GS, 4:30 p.m. OR @ Amador Valley Tourney Wednesday, Dec. 9 Girls basketball Amador @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling Antelope […]

Duty: U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Kyle Winston Pingrey

U. S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Kyle Winston Pingrey graduated from the three-month United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School on Nov. 24 at Quantico, Va. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. United States Marine Corps. Pingrey was born in Riverside, the son of Winston and Gloria Pingrey. His family moved to Cameron Park when […]

Roundup: Dec. 1, 2015

Boys basketball Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games El Dorado 69, Florin 57 Oak Ridge 52, Christian Brothers 58 Girls basketball Foundation Games El Dorado 45, Argonaut 23 Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 10 Team Standings 1. Bowlin Baggs 26-14 2. Hillbilliettes 25-15 3. Sometimers 23-17 4. Pin Pals 23-17 5. […]

El Dorado boys take 18th

FRESNO — Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Woodward Park closed the season for section qualifiers who took their season to the very end. Locally, the area saw one team and five individuals compete. Racing against the best-of-the-best, the El Dorado boys, led by Dalton Douglas Hilley, finished 18th in Division III. Oak Ridge sent two […]

Students present an evening of dance

What: 16 annual Winter Dance Concert Who: Union Mine High School Dance Department Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Dec. 3, 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for students, $5 for children under 7 or who can present an ASB card Information: (530) 621-4003 ext. 4328   Dance will […]

News Bites 12/2

Road workshop set El Dorado County officials will hold a workshop to discuss the major update to the West Slope Transportation Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the El Dorado County Planning Commission hearing room, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to comment […]

Roundup: Nov. 29, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 9 Team Standings 1. Pin Pals 23-13 2. Sometimers 22-14 3. Bowlin Baggs 22-14 4. Hillbilliettes 22-14 5. Knotty Girls 19-17 6. Alley Oops! 15-21 7. Fun Gals 15-21 High games: 216 — Jeanne Valentine; 187 — Jeanene Santerelli; 181 — Terese Clusiau. Brunch […]

Schedule: Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2015

Monday, Nov. 30 Boys basketball Foundation Games Vista del Lago @ PHS, 8 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 8 p.m. OR @ Christian Bros., 7:30 p.m. ED @ Florin, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Foundation Games Vista del Lago @ PHS, 6 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 6 p.m. OR @ Christian Bros., 6 p.m. ED @ Argonaut, […]

Trojans sign LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Ten Oak Ridge athletes signed Letter of Intent forms at a recent on-campus signing ceremony to play collegate sports next year. Committing were: Patty Gill, Equestrian, Texas Christian University; Shelby Johnson, Rowing, University of Oklahoma; Delani Carlson, Lacrosse, Montevallo; Megan Priest, Volleyball, University of San Diego; Reagan Jacobs, Softball, University of […]

Fall 2015 All League

Sierra Foothill League Soccer Most Valuable Player Nico Carpignano, Oak Ridge Clayton Smith, Oak Ridge Julian Garcia, Oak Ridge Alec Hester, Oak Ridge Capital Valley Conference Soccer Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Ian Pierce, Ponderosa Andoni Oaks, Ponderosa Ricardo Miranda, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Savanah Schroeder, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Cora Nuttall, Ponderosa Football Clayton […]

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