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News Release

Safe summer pet travels

By American Veterinary Medical Association Special to the Democrat As you get ready to hit the road, it’s important to make sure your pet has everything they need to feel comfortable during the trip. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has great tips for safe pet travel, so you and your pet can kick back, […]

Show Ponies ride into Davis

On Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m., the Davis Bike Collective, 1221 4th St. in Davis, presents the Show Ponies, a west coast Indie-folk group. The Show Ponies are a high-energy quintet with bluegrass, old-time country and rock influences. The groups third release, “Run For Your Life,” which features two collaborations with Punch Brothers banjoist […]

El Dorado Disposal offers recycle for unwanted textiles

El Dorado Disposal Material Recovery Facility has partnered with USAGAIN to recycle all unwanted textiles to help reduce the carbon footprint. The average American trashes 68 pounds of clothing every year. This adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste. When recycling textiles, people are keeping valuable resources in use and limiting […]

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers perform new CD

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, touring in support of the latest Alligator Records album, “The Devil You Know,” will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday, May 30. Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. […]

Memorial Day at Freedom’s Field

On Monday, May 25, at 9 a.m., Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery is hosting its annual Memorial Day Commemoration. The ceremony will include patriotic music by Cantare Chorale, a brief message by The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, Commander Chaplain Corps U.S. Navy, and a tribute by the Beale Air Force Base Honor Guard. For questions […]

47th Hangtown Classic: Tomac dominates 450 Class; Martin defends 250 title

450 Class (Moto Finish) Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1) Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2) Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (3-7) Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (8-3) Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-6) Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-8) Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (7-9) Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (5-12) Fredrik Noren, Sweden, […]

Murphy scores first career win

The fifth championship points race of the 50th Anniversary  racing season brought three repeat winners to victory lane at Placerville Speedway Saturday night and one local competitor to his first career victory. Placerville’s own Russell Murphy drove to victory in the Pure Stock division Saturday night for the first time in his racing career. Murphy […]

Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day Saturday

You are cleared for take off for the Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day, to be held on Saturday, May 16 at The Aerospace Museum of California 3200 Freedom Park Drive, in McClellan. Honor those who serve in our Armed Forces with free admission at the at the Museum’s Open Cockpit Day. There will be lots […]

Bicyclist traffic safety Fair and Rodeo May 17

Whether walking, bicycling or operating a motor vehicle, the California Highway Patrol wants the public to be safe on the roadways. In order to promote “May is Bike Month,” the CHP Valley Division Placerville Area will be conducting a bicyclist traffic safety Fair and Rodeo to educate the public in the right-of-way laws for bicyclists […]

Third points race

Racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring for the third championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks.The visiting Midget Lites will also be in action. In the Sprint Car division, […]

Karmere Winery supports music and art

Saturday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Karmere Winery joins Drytown Cellars, Feist Wines and BellaGrace Vineyards to support art and music in the Sutter Creek Elementary Schools. The winery will share its award-winning wines al fresco at BellaGrace’s tasting room in Sutter Creek to the sounds of the Jack Tone Riordan Jazz Band. Karmère Vineyards […]

Common Core speaker on Divide May 19

In the last year, the new Common Core teaching standards have been a subject of controversy, across the United States. In El Dorado County, Common Core has been a point of discussion at school board meetings and other public forums. Georgetown Divide residents and those in other areas of the county, have the opportunity to […]

Exhibit features wild things

“Art Where Wild Things Are” is the sixth open juried art show at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center benefiting the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Regional artists will show paintings, sculpture and textile art of the American River Parkway and the wild things that live there. Judge is David Lobenberg. There is a special preview reception on […]

Carmichael festival features 15 bands

The Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association presents the annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival, Carmichael Park Amphitheater. With 15 concert bands, this is one of the largest community band festivals in California for more than 20 years. There will be music from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 , and 11 a.m. to 7 […]

Jimmy Trulli, Tim Mack score 1st wins

The fourth Championship Points Race brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in the Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night. Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Sprint Car Division, celebrating the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned […]

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Speedway: DeCaires new sprint division leader entering Saturday’s race

Tomorrow the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th anniversary Championship Series. Four divisions are expected to pack the evening roster at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Saturday’s event will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf […]

Forest Service project aims to eliminate invasive plants at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will continue a project to eradicate, control and contain known infestations of invasive plants in the Lake Tahoe Basin using chemical treatment.  Work will occur at approximately 70 infestation sites beginning May 15 and continuing through September 2015. Current project areas include […]

Three from area win Lacky awards

Book, Neves, Spencer LODI — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced $33,800 in scholarships were awarded to 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Among the athletes awarded $600 were Oak Ridge’s Nolan Book, El Dorado’s Dane Neves and […]

World-renowned leaders to be featured

Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills on Friday, May 8 from 8 a.m-3:30 p.m. The Leadercast event is broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including El Dorado Hills. Leadercast exists […]

DeCaires gets win; Tilford 20th to 1st

After a week off for Mother Nature, racing returned to Placerville Speedway Saturday Night, welcoming two. three-time winners of the season to victory lane and one driver who remains undefeated at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter mile bullring. In the winged Sprint Car division, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove his […]

Senior of the Year nominees

The Senior of the Year award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 12 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, hosted by the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging. The Senior of the Year award […]

Racing resumes with 4 divisions

Tomorrow night is a night marks the return of the championship points season at Placerville Speedway with four divisions ready to go after a week off due to weather conditions last Saturday. On the race card is the Winged Sprint Car Division, the Late Models, the Pure Stocks and the visiting Midget Lites. After one event, […]

CDFW urges natural control methods for pesky rodent populations

Rats, mice and voles are commonly sighted around homes and businesses this time of year. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages Californians to let nature control rodent populations by actively protecting their natural predators – owls, hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures — rather than using poisons to eliminate pests. Environmentally friendly tactics (such […]

Mother Lode USD celebrates California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

Tuesday, April 28, is California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day, officially recognizing all school bus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the State and El Dorado County. These drivers are deserving of special public recognition and the highest commendations. This day is promoted by the California Association of School Transportation […]

Placerville Certified Farmers’ Market starts May 2

This year starting, May 2, marks the 24th year for the landmark Saturday morning Certified Farmers’ Market at the Ivy House parking lot on Main Street at Cedar Ravine Road. “The response from the growers this year is unprecedented,” said Jim Coalwell, the El Dorado County Certified Farmers’ Market founder and manager. “And we have […]

Four divisions for 2nd Posse Challenge

Four divisions will converge tomorrow at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for inflated winnings in the second segment of the competitive Placerville Posse Challenge. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for two of the […]

Motherlode Century Spring Classic

The fourth annual Motherlode Century Bike Ride, held in the scenic foothills of the Gold Country, is Saturday May 9. Rolling through ranch, forest, farms and vineyards, the Motherlode Century guides you through Northern California’s most beautiful landscapes — offering five route options from 34 leisurely to 97 challenging miles. It’s mission is to provide […]

A day for the Earth

The 10th annual Placerville Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the green at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. The will be an art and crafts fair, activities for children, displays, face painting and an all day music festival. Performers will include Linda Michelle Hardy […]

Tiner, McDaniel, Zoller post race victories

Another solid roster of entries packed Placerville Speedway for Saturday’s championship points race. Steven Tiner drove to victory in the Sprint Car division and shared in celebration with Rich Zoller of Cameron Park, a first-time winner in the Pure Stock division. Ryan McDaniel drove to his second Late Model victory while Shawn Jones won the […]

Operation Care presents Celebrate Spring

Operation Care presents Celebrate Spring on Saturday, May 30 at Sierra Ridge Winery. Festivities include food, raffle and live music by The Box Music Family. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and music last until 10 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes $10 in free raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Operation Care’s new Fresh […]

Grace Patriot Wines 2013 Grenache named Best of Show

The oldest wine competition focusing on winemakers of Northern California, Sonoma-Marin Fair’s North of the Gate Wine Competition, has announced its Sweepstakes and medal winners. The annual wine competition is held in conjunction with the Sonoma-Marin Fair, June 24-28, when fair visitors will be able to taste the award-winning wines. Judging was held March 19 […]

Tom Paxton promoting new CD

Tom Paxton, legendary singer/songwriter is going out on the road one last time to promote his new CD “Redemption Road” on Pax Records. This final tour brings him to Grass Valley on Friday, April 24 at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. Like countless young adults who fell in love with Woody […]

Dwarf cars join tomorrow’s action

The action resumes at Placerville Speedway tomorrow with four divisions at the second event of the 50th Anniversary Championship Season. Saturday’s race will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Pure Stocks, joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. While the Sprint Cars will make […]

Conference scholarship for young writers

Five young writers (ages 16-25) will be able to attend the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference Aug. 6-8 on full scholarship. The “5-Under 25” scholarships are merit-based; no entry fee is required. Applicants, please submit an application form, writing sample and brief cover letter between now and May 15. The three-day conference takes place at the […]

Art Studio 360 celebrates opening

The public is invited to join the artists at Art Studio 360 on Saturday, April 18 from  6-9 p.m. for the grand opening of the studio at 360 Main St. in Placerville. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and appetizers. When entering the newest art gallery and studio located in the heart of Main Street […]

Connecting the nature of humans through dance

“Human Nature,” showcases contemporary dance at its deepest level, demonstrating the connections that humans have to each other as humans and the response to the beauty of nature. Every element of this concert, from the lobby, to the auditorium has been designed to draw the audience in to be a part of something greater. Award-winning […]

West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 19-25

The week of April 19-25 is West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week. West Nile Virus is primarily a disease of birds that can be transmitted to people and animals by mosquitoes. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease that can result in debilitating cases of meningitis and encephalitis and death to humans, horses, […]

Campground’s special weekend to raise funds for children with cancer

The Placerville KOA Campground will be offering camping on Saturday, May 9 for just $10 as part of Kampgrounds of America’s annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. Campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 8 will receive a night of camping on May 9 […]

Placerville Ducks Unlimited chapter recognized nationally

PLACERVILLE — The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Placerville chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. “These fundraising events are […]

Iowa Hill-Gerle Meadow Land Exchange open house April 15

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. This project is known as the Iowa Hill/Gerle Meadow Land Exchange, and public comments are invited on the proposed action. A public open house to discuss the proposed […]

Under secretary highlights forest restoration effort in testimony before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 — In testimony earlier today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and management on public forest lands, but the shift of funds […]

Tip-A-Cop today

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will again be raising money for the Special Olympics at Applebee’s on Wednesday, April 8 as part of the Tip-A-Cop program. The mission of Tip-A-Cop is to raise money for Special Olympics in support of Special Olympic Athletes. Law enforcement personnel trade-in their badges for aprons and partner with […]

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