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Mummified cat case settled after trial

By Ashley Archibald In what has been dubbed Tuolumne County’s “most bizarre custody dispute,” a court battle over a mummified cat was resolved recently for $1 after months of contention and a trial of nearly four hours. In the case of one-time tenant Christine Tuohy vs. former landlord Thomas Renkel, Court Commissioner Kim Knowles ruled […]

Red Molly appearing in the WinterPlay series

Paul Emery’s WinterPlay Performing Arts Series at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City, features acoustic trio Red Molly in concert on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. The series features three weeks of music followed by a three week run of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Red Molly began as a happy […]

Public television to feature Sacramento choral group

KVIE Public Television is showcasing the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra as a nationally unique arts organization. The show premieres Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on Channel 6 and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Among the 12,000 community choruses in the United States, the Sacramento group is the only large […]

Ailey II brings passion and spirit to the Reno stage

The country’s best young dance talent, performing together as the renowned Ailey II, travels to Reno, Nev., Jan. 25, for a performance in Artown’s Encore series. The innovative, not-to-miss performance combines passion, spirit and energy for a staggering, unforgettable performance. The evening’s repertoire includes the renowned Revelations, created by Alvin Ailey in 1960 and an […]

‘A Chorus Line’ kicks off new FLC facility opening

Three Stages to debut with “a singular sensation” What: “A Chorus Line” the national tour Who: Folsom Lake College When: February 11-13 (5 performances) Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Cost: $45-65 Information: or 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and two hours before show time) FOLSOM — Three Stages at […]

Crab-cracking good time in El Dorado Hills

Put on your bib and get ready for some good eating at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 19. The mouth-watering event at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, fresh garden salad, pasta and red plum tomato sauce topped with […]

State to contact those who didn’t file tax return

SACRAMENTO — While most people are working on their 2010 state tax returns, the Franchise Tax Board  recently announced that it is contacting more than 900,000 people who did not file a 2009 state income tax return. FTB finds nonfilers by using more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third parties […]

It’s important to make empty home look occupied

CHICAGO —  Many people looking for unoccupied homeowners insurance ( for an empty residence will find that the process can be difficult. Many companies will not cover such a dwelling or charge high premiums because of the increased risk associated with vacant properties. The chance of burglary and vandalism are higher. The potential of unnoticed damage which can compound problems and costs […]

Tips for recognizing pesky termite infestations

SAN DIEGO — Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes, offices and other structures; early detection is the best weapon against these costly bugs; here are infestation signs for people to recognize whether they need termite control services Business owners and homeowners pay out billions of dollars for damages caused by termites. By noticing signs of an […]

Master Food Preserver: Botulism’s a deadly toxin

By Ora Emmerich UCCE El Dorado County Master Food Preservers For many of us, the word botulism makes us think of wrinkle free foreheads and faces that seem frozen from Botox injections. For others, the word means a deadly toxin that can be found in improperly canned food. How can one organism be responsible for […]

Pruning clinic to take the intimidation out of rose pruning

Elsina M. Dean Master Rosarian Pruning rose bushes is very good for the plants. It is very hard to kill roses with bad pruning but it does take time, patience and a lot of practice to become an accomplished rose pruner. Why prune? To remove the dead wood. It improves air circulation in the bush. It shapes […]

Discover history’s golden nuggets in Coloma

Volunteers and docents will be commemorating the discovery of gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23. The park will be bustling with Gold Rush activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day rain or shine. The two day event marks James Marshall’s discovery of […]

State Fair scholarship program accepting applications

In periods of economic uncertainty it is often education programs, scholarships and grants for students that dry up, leaving some of the most promising students without support to cover college expenses. The Friends of the California State Fair announced that it will continue its scholarship program for the 2011-2012 academic year. California college students and […]

Free seminar to relieve back pain

For those suffering from back pain, Cameron Park Physical Therapy Center and Dr. Christopher Molitor (Orthopedic Surgeon and Spine Specialist) of Sierra Orthopedics in Placerville are presenting a free community service seminar. The seminar will cover back pain and interventions that can be taken to promote a healthier life style and reduce further pain and […]

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals announces historic decision

BOISE, Idaho — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 announced an historic decision to abandon its so-called “federal defendant” rule. The rule categorically prohibited private parties, as well as state and local governments, from intervening of right on the merits of claims brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Paul Turcke, who […]

Gaines bill would allow all mail ballot on special elections

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Jan. 17 announced that he has introduced a bill that will help cut the cost of special elections in smaller California counties. Senate Bill 109 will give counties with populations under 400,000 the option to hold solely vote-by-mail elections in situations where a special election is called. “My bill […]

Placerville city committees seek members

The Placerville City Council is inviting individuals to serve in a variety of advisory roles on various city committees, commissions and boards. Deadline for completed applications is Jan. 31. Generally, applicants must either be a resident of the city or own or operate a business within the city limits. Applicants for the Planning Commission may […]

Free tire recycling in El Dorado County

The residents of El Dorado County currently drive on roads they helped create through numerous tire-recycling events the County Environmental Management Department (EMD) has conducted since 1995. Sections of Green Valley Road, Cameron Park Drive and Main Street in Placerville are paved with Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Soon part of Missouri Flat Road will also […]

Attorney general warns of identity theft as predator pleads guilty to hacking e-mail accounts

SACRAMENTO – A Citrus Heights computer hacker pleaded guilty to seven felony charges for breaking into hundreds of women’s e-mail accounts, the sort of identity theft crime that Californians should take steps to protect themselves against, according to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. “This case highlights the fact that anyone with an e-mail account is […]

Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute available to local educators

Educators from Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties have a unique opportunity to connect with local agriculture by attending the Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute June 20-23. The three-day workshop will bring together teachers with farmers, ranchers and other agricultural and natural resource specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the agricultural productions systems and how they sustain the health […]

Bible discussion and bag lunch at St. Stephen’s

“Bag Lunch and Bible” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. This weekly study will be a unique opportunity to join in the study of biblical texts as a trained pastor does his personal study. Unlike many other studies, this is a window on the […]

Hitch up the wagon to see ‘Quilters’

When the rousing musical “Quilters” starts its four-week run at Imagination Theater this March, the set will include an authentic covered wagon restored by 80-year-old Fiddletown resident Ron Scofield. “Quilters” features 16 scenes of true-life stories taken from the diaries of pioneer women and is playing across the country. Director for the El Dorado County […]

Marketing to government free workshop set

Are you the owner of a small business who would like to expand your sales/services to the government? The Federal Technology Center  will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Marketing to Government” on Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, Office of Emergency Services, 330 Fair Lane, […]

Placerville Planning Commission seeks members

The Placerville City Council invites individuals who are interested in sharing their positive energy and creative talents to apply for appointment to the Planning Commission to fill three  four-year terms of office, set to expire on  March 1. The function of the Planning Commission is to work within the guidelines established by the city’s General […]

National photo show at Blue Line Gallery

ROSEVILLE — Lewis Kemper, a Canon USA “Explorer of Light” photographer, has selected 56 photographs submitted by photographic artists from across the U.S. for the Blue Line Gallery’s 2011 Photography Exhibition. The show opens with a public reception on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through Feb. 12, on Tuesdays and […]

Acrylic and oil painting class

A new class titled “Bold Lines — Acrylic and Oil Painting Workshop” is scheduled for Tuesdays, Feb. 8-Feb. 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The class fee is $50. Dana Childs is the instructor. Bring a $20 supply fee to class. The class is designed to help you “Cross the line, open up and paint boldly with […]

Open stage musical tribute to remember Greg Miller

A special open stage musical tribute in memory of Munk (Greg Miller) will take place Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Munk, who hosted the open mics regularly, died suddenly of a massive heart attack that he had while hosting the open mic on Dec 2. He was very active in the […]

Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy gearing up again

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Mark Twain to help reopen hotel

In celebration of the reopening of the Columbia City Hotel restaurant, a special dinner, featuring legendary 19th-century American writer and humorist Mark Twain, will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at 22678 Main St., Columbia. The three-course dinner and program is $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Local actor Pat Kaunert will […]

Crocker Art Museum will open on holiday Mondays

The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Downtown Sacramento, will open its doors on four Monday holidays this year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will celebrate these holidays. On Monday, Jan. 17, there is are tours based on King’s […]

Curtis and Luckey return to California to take fans on a musical journey

Curtis and Luckey are returning to the area for their first West Coast tour. The KMG recording artists are playing at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom on Thursday, Jan. 20; the Wrangler in Elk Grove on Saturday, Jan. 22; the Stoney Inn Rockin’ Rodeo in Sacramento on Thursday, Jan. 27; and the Purple Place in […]

Class to cover an introduction to mushrooms

Mycologist Robert Mackler will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. “Mushrooms 101″ is an hour long introduction to the fungi most people are […]

Sonora Impressionist to speak at PAA meeting

Northern California artist Charles Waldman will have a very special presentation for the Placerville Arts Association this coming Sunday, Jan. 16. Waldman made a life changing decision to follow his love of art and leave his 22 year medical practice in Sonora to begin a new journey into an artistic career. He studied the styles […]

Funk and roll to rock PJ’s Roadhouse on Saturday

PJ’s Roadhouse in Placerville proudly presents a showcase of all original music by local rock bands Full Funky Gorilla and Sin Nombre on Saturday, Jan. 15. “I was looking for new ‘edgy’ bands to bring in a younger crowd on weekends,” said Barb White who books bands for PJ’s. After hearing about Sin Nombre’s popularity, […]

State wants to return $15 million in undelivered tax refunds

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board  announced it is holding more than $15 million in returned state income tax refunds. This year nearly 49,000 refunds, ranging from $1 to $218,000, were returned to the state by the U.S. Postal Service. Typically, refunds are returned because the taxpayer changed residences after filing a tax return. The FTB […]

SED Corp provides training for small business

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is ramping up a diverse selection of affordable classes with expert instructors in February for small businesses and entrepreneurs. SED Corp, which is in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses through training workshops and small business loans, is providing the classes in Auburn, Grass Valley and […]

Sheriff to speak in EDH next month

Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the featured speaker at El Dorado Hills Community Connections 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Four Seasons Ballroom, 3186 Four Seasons Drive in El Droado Hills. Participants in “connections” include the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce,  Four Seasons Civic League, and El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Call the […]

Tahoe attorney to run for Assembly, pledges 20% pay cut

Retired Coast Guard officer and South Lake Tahoe attorney Matt Williams has filed the necessary papers with the Secretary of State to run for the 4th Assembly District seat recently vacated by newly elected Sen. Ted Gaines. Williams, a Republican and two-time Olympic torch bearer, has pledged to cut his Assemblyman salary by 20 percent […]

Museum to present the history of gas lighting

Ever wonder what kind of gas was used in the street lights of the 19th century or how safe it was to have gas lighting in one’s home? Please join the Placer County Museum staff on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Bernhard Museum Winery for the next Community Education Program presented by […]

Rob Laing joins Keller Williams

Keller Williams Realty Folsom  welcomes Realtor Rob Laing. He specializes in working with all buyers and sellers in the Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park region. He was previously with Re Max Gold and has received the Platinum, 100 % Club and EDCAR TOP Producer awards. Laing  has more than 16 years of finance experience […]

Have breakfast to support our troops

Come hungry and bring the whole family (and don’t forget grandma) to the Honor Our Troops annual All American Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, in Placerville. This fun event is sponsored by the El Dorado County Association of Realtors and when […]

Harp, flute and viola to make beautiful music

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, continues to celebrate it’s 60th  year. The forth concert in the series of six concerts offers a special program featuring the unique and talented Trio Brio. The harp, flute and viola musicians will perform in the Theater at the Mine, […]

DFG sponsors first pig hunts on private lands

An unusual partnership between the California Department of Fish and Game and private landowners has created new pig hunting opportunities in Yolo County. Through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement program, the first state-sponsored pig hunt on private lands was held in December. The program drew tremendous interest, with more than 1,000 applications received for 64 hunting spots […]

Professional bull riders return to ARCO

SACRAMENTO — Led by defending champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C. and Brendon Clark of Hollister, the nationally televised Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series returns to ARCO Arena Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15. Mauney, who electrified a standing-room-only crowd of more than 10,000 when he won in 2010, is one of […]

Business workshop set locally

Are you the owner of a small business who would like to expand your sales/services to the government? The Federal Technology Center will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Marketing to Government” on Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, Office of Emergency Services, 330 Fair Lane, […]

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