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My Turn: A $5.5 million training center for EDH Fire?

A presentation of the final draft of a training facility plan was made to the El Dorado Hills Fire Department Board of Directors on Jan. 21 for a training facility to be built on property the department owns in the El Dorado Hills Business Park for a cost of at least $5.5 million.  The question […]

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

FOLSOM — Anyone interested in sailing is invited to attend a meeting of the Folsom Lake Yacht Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Round Table Pizza, 2793 E. Bidwell Street) in Folsom. “FLYC is a club filled with sailing enthusiasts,” said FLYC Commodore Suna Kneisley. “We hold races for boats ranging from single-handed […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Oral health care begins at birth

by Kristine Oase Guth Did you know that tooth decay and cavities are nearly 100 percent preventable? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. If left untreated, it can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, […]

My Turn: EID rate hikes neither modest nor needed

The El Dorado Irrigation District’s recent news release regarding new rate increases for 2016-20 stated, “A number of ratepayers expressed their concerns at the public hearing, but I think a large majority of our customers understand the underlying needs for these modest increases.” Well as one EID ratepayer and one EID board director I take a […]

Diamond Chinese serves up delicious recipe for success

Diamond Chinese Restaurant, nestled in the historical section of Diamond Springs, has been in business for 20 years. Current owner and manager Sam Vong was hired as a cook in 2000. Then, due to declining business, the previous owner offered to sell him the restaurant. “He told me if it is me, I can turn the […]

Camino Flower Shop adds elegance to any occasion

Dottie McKenzie, owner of Camino Flower Shop, started in the flower business when she was 16 years old. “I’ve always loved to rearrange furniture and create looks in a rather ‘wonky’ way,” she explained. “In high school I made dried flower arrangements and displayed them with flea market finds from Apple Hill. My neighbor gave […]

Youth basketball: Wildcats 7th grade champs

FOLSOM — The seventh grade boys Foothill Athletic League basketball finals between Camerado Springs Middle School and Folsom Middle School was held last week at Sutter Middle School in Folsom. In order to advance to the finals, Camerado’s Wildcats first had to defeat a tough Sutter team, which they did 44-42 while Folsom also advanced […]

My Turn: Loved ones with dementia: preparing for the holidays

Maude sat in her comfortable chair and looked at the crowd gathered around her. Sounds of holiday music playing and children running through the home echoed in her ears. “Who are these people? Why are they in my house?” Maude became upset and anxious. People she didn’t recognize kept speaking to her and asking questions […]

Hangtown’s Chaz Smith helps U.S. repeat

Chaz Smith, of the Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs, powered the U.S. Women’s Saber Team to a successful defense of its title at the Veterans World Fencing Championships in Limoges, France. “It came down to the U.S. versus Germany — a repeat of last year’s championship. And I was once again the one who […]

Bring your pet home

El Dorado County Animal Services offers the following advice if you have lost your pet: Visit El Dorado County shelters at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs, (530) 621-7631, and 1120 Shakori Drive in South Lake Tahoe (530) 573-7925 or check online at Check other area shelters: Check shelters every two to three days. Some shelters only hold stray animals for […]

My Turn: Annexing Rescue Fire

Last month the El Dorado Hills Fire Department presented information on why we should annex the Rescue Fire Department. The EDHFD recently annexed the Latrobe Fire Department, claiming better support for EDH fire needs. EDHFD had already contracted to support LFD. However, that annexation will now cost El Dorado Hills taxpayers an unanticipated $600,000 annually to install […]

My Turn: A new direction

One of the best things about this community is our shared devotion to our city and county. It’s really quite unique and it doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you’re on. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “Rail” or a “Trail,” a “Growth” or “No-Growther”; we all feel a deep passion for this place […]

Exec. honored for helping those who serve

“In short — integrity. It takes great integrity to accommodate a maintenance manager who has to leave often and usually on short notice,” said U.S. Army Sgt. David Streetman on why he nominated his boss Greg Kasner for the Patriot Award.

Streetman said he’s already missed six weeks of work this year. On Oct. 26 he, along with two other military members, showed appreciation for all the support he’s received by presenting Ponte Palmero Executive Director Kasner with the prestigious Patriot Award …

My Turn: The Sierra Club has become a front group for its donors’ financial interests

One of America’s most respected environmental nonprofits has traded in one kind of green for another. Some of the Sierra Club’s board members and most important donors have put the almighty dollar before Mother Earth by encouraging the organization to engage in activities that bolster their bottom line. In a new report, the Energy & […]

My Turn: Rural Tourism is Essential to California’s Economic Future

Tourism is everyone’s business in California. As the nation’s largest tourism economy, the industry is a major pillar of California’s success with more than $117.5 billion in direct travel spending last year. This supports more than 1 million jobs and generates nearly $9.4 billion in state and local tax revenues. Millions of travelers explore California’s […]

Holy Trinity hosts XC meet

EL DORADO HILLS — Holy Trinity School (HTS) hosted one of the first cross country meets of the season for the El Dorado County cross country league last Wednesday — bringing together a record-breaking number of students  in the spirit of friendly competition. In all, eleven elementary schools from El Dorado County participated: Blue Oak, […]

My Turn: Going back to school with ease

Fall has arrived and another school year is under way. Amid the excitement there’s often a little stress too, which can apply as much to parents as kids, especially in the case of families who need to keep their kids gluten-free. I remember when our son was diagnosed as having a gluten sensitivity. I was not surprised […]

Primal Quest race is a big success

Eleven Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race teams returned to their luxuries at home: showers, fresh sheets and endless supplies of hot and cold food — well-deserved after trekking unsupported nine days through the beautiful and epic landscape of El Dorado County including the Tahoe Basin, El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests and the historic city […]

Students continue stewardship at Joe’s Skatepark

Students from Independence High School volunteered at a heavily attended community event at Joe’s Skatepark in Placerville on Sunday, Sept. 6. Celebrity Vans pro skater Christian Hosoi visited the park and spent two hours skating with the youth, giving autographs, posing for photos and sharing his message of faith and perseverance. Independence High students provided a […]

My Turn: The Forgotten Children

Each year there are more than 100 new substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in our county, often at the hands of those we entrust with their children’s care. For these children, it marks the beginning of what can only be described as a nightmare — a life that is characterized by the loss […]

My Turn: California needs to address its lack of technical training

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers that are entering […]

Charles Krauthammer: What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too […]

John Stossel: Rank the Candidates

    My list of best to worst possible presidents: — Rand Paul (R) — Gary Johnson (Libertarian) — Carly Fiorina (R) — Jeb Bush (R) — Ted Cruz (R) — Scott Walker (R) — Rick Perry (R) — Marco Rubio (R) — John Kasich (R) — Ben Carson (R) — Bobby Jindal (R) — […]

My Turn: Homecare workers deserve respect

It’s time for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to put people first by fully funding our county’s homecare program. When my son Brendan was born with cerebral palsy, his doctors told me he was unlikely to ever walk, talk or feed himself. Like any parent, I was devastated and worried about my son. […]

My Turn: Hillary Clinton’s ‘New College Compact’ raises an important question: Did she ever take Econ 101?

Today’s version of “A chicken in every pot” is Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan to “make college affordable and available to every American.” This is political catnip, pure and simple. And it is a more delusory form of catnip than Herbert Hoover’s “chicken,” for while everybody needs enough to eat, not everybody needs to go to […]

Charles Krauthammer: The immigration swamp

  Not on anyone’s mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of near-constant, often bitter argument within the GOP. But it is true that Trump has brought the debate to a new place — first, with his announcement speech, about whether Mexican migrants are really rapists, and now with the somewhat more nuanced Trump plan. […]

Mark Shields: Why Bernie Sanders’ big crowds count

When Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Los Angeles, it has usually been around a private fundraising event featuring Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg or George Clooney — or some combination of the three. What it has not been about — especially some 15 months before Election Day — is a long-shot, underdog candidate’s drawing a crowd of […]

Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

CONCORD — The Ethos FC U15 Girls soccer team participated in the Diablo FC Jenna Betti Memorial Tournament in Concord August 15-16 and returned home as champions. The Ethos Saints gave up only a single goal throughout the two-day tournament to go unbeaten and untied. This is the team’s second consecutive tournament final, having finished […]

Will our outrage take over politics?

Upon reaching a certain age, it’s not uncommon to start saying things that, in our younger days, we were sure we’d never utter. Take, for example, a woman we saw the other day while shopping at a big box retailer. She was puzzled and asked, “Don’t stores sell music on CDs anymore?” Someone broke the […]

Healthcare for all: Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center serves everyone

As the old saying goes: From the tiny acorn mighty oaks grow. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ goal to build a full-service healthcare clinic that serves not only the tribe but the entire community started as that tiny acorn. In 1995 the tribe created the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Program after it decided to form its own healthcare […]

Carbon Copy replicates its success, year after year

Carbon Copy Inc. celebrated its 25th year in business this July. Don’t let the name fool you, the business at 559 Main St. in Placerville is not a copy shop, but a copier shop. If an individual or business needs a new copier or needs one repaired, this is the place to go. The small business’ various awards over […]

Krauthammer: The Racing Form, third edition

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print. Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is analysis — scrubbed, as thoroughly as […]

John Stossel: Immigration is great

Yikes, you really hate me! Many of you, anyway, based on Twitter and Facebook comments posted after I argued immigration with Ann Coulter on my TV show. “Move into an illegal-heavy neighborhood and get back to us!” “Another libertarian who believes illegal invaders are good for our country. Madness.” Madness? Clearly, lots of Americans are […]

Bill will improve treatment and outcomes for seriously mentally ill

By Kimberly Blaker America’s mental health care system is long overdue for change. House Bill HR-2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, introduced this month by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is a first big step. The two broader problems with treatment for the seriously mentally ill […]

Despite second string tag, solid showing at early forum

Nobody likes to sit at the “kids’ table” or wait on the bench as the varsity players shine. For the first time in the history of primary debates seven Republican candidates for president found themselves relegated to the second tier in Cleveland. Due to the large number of candidates, Fox News selected 10 candidates for […]

Charles Krauthammer: Just who is helping Iran’s hard-liners?

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal. What happened? People learned what’s in it. And don’t be fooled by polls that […]

My turn: We need to strengthen biodefense now

The United Nations Security Council recently heard firsthand testimony from the victims of a chemical-weapons attack in Syria. A Syrian doctor spoke of his frantic efforts to treat more than 100 people who were hit by chlorine-filled bombs in the town of Sarmeen. These kinds of attacks are becoming more common and will increasingly be […]

Mark Shields: Missing Richard Nixon

John P. Sears, before he was manager of Ronald Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, had spent the years from 1965 through 1970 working as a top political aide to Richard M. Nixon. Sears, a bright and witty man who found Nixon both complicated and fascinating, spoke about accompanying Nixon, then an unannounced presidential candidate, […]

Community Corps crew fighting fires includes Placerville man

Placerville resident Andrew Standridge, 20, has deployed on a two-week mission with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a part of crew responding to wildland fires in California. Standridge, is a trained and certified wildland firefighter through the National Civilian Community Corps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After hearing about the National […]

My Turn: Partnership and collaboration crucial to solving Tahoe’s problems

History shows time and time again our greatest accomplishments at Lake Tahoe are achieved when people work together. In the past, Tahoe was known as a place where unproductive interactions between stakeholders led to a stunning decay in our environment and our economic vitality, creating a region that seemed frozen in time. We face major […]

Charles Krauthammer: Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains. Elsewhere, […]

John Stossel: Governed by zealots

The government’s environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls “the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed in the entire world.” Tom’s company hired hundreds of […]

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune For more than a decade, a golden shovel waited for its time to shine. Over the years its intended use shifted. The sparkle from the original tool faded. Last week, some 37 years after Cheryl and Tom Millham began efforts to preserve wildlife at Lake Tahoe, the reconditioned shovel rested […]

Storm warnings to continue

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is down in Southern California for a third consecutive year to play in the West Zone Championship in Whitter, with a shot to advance to the PONY Bronco Division World Series. The Storm is hoping to weather the storm through competition from teams […]

Close your eyes & relax

Make time for a massage; your body and mind will thank you Brooks Rollins Massage Envy Benefits to getting regular massage Massage can help with the physical and the mental/emotional, from the everyday to the life-long: improved posture, range of motion in joints, circulation and enhanced immune system; reduced pain and headaches, lower blood pressure, […]

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