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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, […]

Charles Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of […]

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation’s popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have voted every time for the Democratic […]

Quintet tackles trio of marathons

As if one marathon wasn’t enough, three in one weekend is just what El Dorado Hills local Hassan Aboukhadijeh and his ultra marathon running friends Carina Kool, Youa Buchanan, Damin Estes and Betty McHugh tried recently. The Bear Lake Marathon Weekend is an event that a very brave few compete in each year — consisting […]

H4H volunteers collecting school supplies

Hands4Hope recently launched its second annual School Supply Drive, which will benefit children in need in El Dorado County. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, Hands4Hope youth volunteers will set up a donation table in front of the Office Max, 3041 Forni Road in Placerville. Patrons will be able to purchase prepackaged supply […]

New vacation home rentals rules OK’d

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — By a 4-0 vote, the City Council approved new regulations governing vacation home rentals during another marathon session July 21. The most recent vacation ordinance drew a lot of debate over the past year as the city attempted to address what it called a balancing act […]

My Turn: Is it time for a new state?

While California government grows larger, so do debt obligations. Corporations and small business continue to move to other states, taking jobs and dollars with them. In its infinite wisdom, the state Legislature introduced more than 25 “Job Killer Bills” — deterring new business and infrastructure projects. Rural counties are hardest hit, with regulations and environmental […]

Charles Krauthammer: Worse than we could have imagined

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong. Who would have imagined we […]

Local soccer clinic offered for free

Marco Sanchez has loved soccer since he can remember and almost always has a soccer ball handy to show off his juggling skills or practice some moves. Now he wants to share those skills with to his community. Sanchez will head up a free soccer clinic for children age five to 10 years at White […]

John Stossel: Progress

Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn’t new. Europe’s monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state. Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised “enlightened” monarchs like Prussia’s Frederick the Great. Since the nineteenth century, so-called “progressives” have […]

Taekwondo sisters bring back gold

AUSTIN, Tex. — Three El Dorado Hills sisters, all El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center students, struck gold on USA Taekwondo’s largest stage this past week in Austin, Texas at the USAT National Championships. Amongst 7,000 competitors overall, Aleena, Sharlene and Catarina Duong were among the contingency of more than 700 competitors from California to make […]

My Turn: Bad policies fuel California’s drought crisis

We are currently in the midst of the fourth year of serious drought in California. Our politicians have worsened the crisis associated with this drought through bad policies for decades. Our state population has nearly doubled since 1979 but not a single storage reservoir has been built since then because of environmental opposition and lack […]

Charles Krauthammer: Pluto and us

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift? Meet New Horizons, arriving at Pluto […]

Mark Shields: Donald Trump: In the ‘American’ tradition

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually become a real candidate. Then after Trump’s rambling announcement speech […]

South Lake Tahoe building veterans memorial

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune Five years ago, Patty Smith went to Placerville to visit a memorial for veterans and felt inspired to see something similar built in South Lake Tahoe to honor her son, other veterans and public safety workers. On July 1 that idea took its first physical steps forward at Happy Homestead Cemetery […]

Charles Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

WASHINGTON — The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of […]

John Stossel: Heroes, villians

Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, “Jurassic World?” It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed since our independence, the anniversary of which […]

Never patriotic: The real meaning of the Confederate flag

By Joe Conason In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face. Dozens of those clues were posted by an angry, glaring Dylann Storm Roof on the “Last Rhodesian,” website, where the confessed Charleston killer pays homage to certain flags […]

Charles Krauthammer: On lowering the flag

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk solution. Within hours of the massacre, President Obama was lamenting the absence of progress on gun control. A […]

Mark Shields: Marco Rubio vs. The New York Times

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who, according to polls of Republican voters nationally, wins higher favorable and lower unfavorable ratings than any of the potential 2016 presidential candidates has shown some real nerve and more than a little brass. After The New York Times reported on Rubio’s unorthodox personal finances — including his use, as speaker of […]

Grizzlies’ Webb SDL volleyball MVP

GARDEN VALLEY — After a hand in helping his team to the league title, Golden Sierra’s Joe Webb was named the Sierra Delta League MVP award for the boys spring volleyball season. A three-sport athlete, the recent varsity volleyball season was Webb’s’ second. He’s also played two season’s of varsity soccer and more recently competed at the […]

How to cut the fat and keep the flavor

Reducing fat and calories key to health as we age By Kari Holmstedt, RD Marshall Diabetes and Nutrition Program You probably know that cutting calories and increasing your exercise are the keys to healthy weight loss. Reducing the fat in your diet is one way to reduce your calorie intake, as long as you don’t […]

Class of ’95 reunion set

EDHS Class of 1995 will hold a 20th reunion on Saturday, July 25. Celebrate with classmates at Manzanita Kitchen & Events, 4232 Fowler Lane,  Suite 101, Diamond Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each (two per alumni maximum) and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 1. Pick up tickets at the door. For more information visit […]

For hearing problems, trust a licensed audiologist

There are many reasons to turn to a medical professional By Michelle Throp, MS, CCC-A Marshall Hearing and ENT Ear, Nose and Throat Inc. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you might be tempted to purchase hearing devices from a retailer rather than visit an audiologist. Doing so might save you a few dollars […]

Pony Express riding through the county

The California Division of the National Pony Express Association, in celebration of living history and keeping the spirit of the pony rider alive, will enter El Dorado County at South Lake Tahoe at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The horse and rider will head west, making it out of the Sierra and at Fresh Pond […]

Charles Krauthammer: A new strategy for Iraq and Syria

It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct. We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, it does contradict the principle that colonial borders […]

John Stossel: The anti-science left

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called “The Republican War on Science.” I could just as easily write a book called “The Democratic War on Science.” The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some oppose stem cell research. But neither belief has […]

Charles Krauthammer: The racing form, second edition

The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with 10 declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order. I’ve given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories. (A) Top tier: 1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than […]

My turn: ‘No’ more water

In the midst of California’s worst drought in 100-plus years, El Dorado Irrigation District Directors Alan Day and Greg Prada voted “no” on pursuing additional water for the county at the board’s May 11 meeting. After giving lip service to the El Dorado Water and Power Authority’s continuing efforts to obtain 40,000 acre-feet of water for […]

Mark Shields: Tap-dancing on immigration

Let me begin by confessing my own prejudices on the matter of immigration: I never personally had any decision to make, but — to my great good luck — my ancestors made the bold decision to leave their homeland and be Americans. So I benefit, every day, from the precious and totally unearned gift of […]

Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit: Chapter 2

I rarely do follow-up columns. I’m averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill’s bust), today’s is not a complaint. It’s merely a recognition that the huge response elicited by last […]

John Stossel: Social ‘justice’

Protestors demand “social justice.” I hate their chant. If I oppose their cause, then I’m for social “injustice”? Nonsense. The protesters usually want to punish capitalism. “Spread those resources,” says Hillary Clinton. Even capitalists often make the mistake of talking about “social justice” as if it’s the opposite of free markets or a reason to […]

Markham’s Mud Run a muddy good success

Tired of the traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, Sees candy, wrapping paper, etc., Edwin Markham Middle School hosted its 1st Annual Markham Mud Run in late April. The goal was not just to raise money for the students of Markham but to also help change the image of their middle school. “For years I have […]

Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit

About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn’t,” I replied. “I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I’d chosen the wrong vocation.” I was reminded of […]

My turn: Talking to your teen about stress

Any parent will tell you raising teenagers is a stressful time! Are you in that stage? Talk to your teenager about it. Your stress may be similar stress for your teen. A recent American Psychological Association (APA) online survey shows today’s teenagers experience greater levels of stress. Stressors include academic pressures, feeling overscheduled, financial pressure […]

Bike pointers for a smooth and comfortable ride

Biking season is in full swing for mountain and road riders alike. Here are a few pointers to keep riding smoother, safer and more comfortable throughout the season. Don’t wear underwear under bike shorts — I’ve had this conversation with several patients and it’s worth mentioning, loudly and boldly. Bike shorts are supposed to be worn […]

Mark Shields: Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a blowtorch to cut the steel ribbon to […]

Memorial Day Ceremony somber and celebratory

There are approximately 17,000 veterans in El Dorado County, and when the community gathers to honor the fallen, military families and service members show up in droves.

The El Dorado County Veterans Monument Memorial Day Ceremony took place on Monday, May 25, hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument at the El Dorado County Government Center off of Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville.

My turn: Let’s talk about water rates

Let’s talk about water rates. I have recently had the great pleasure of working with Mary Fleming from an organization called the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). This company receives funding from the State Water Resources Board to help small agencies such as the GDPUD complete tasks like complying with Prop. 218, allowing the district […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

Ponderosa team riders finish second in state

LOS OLIVOS — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team took second place at the California State Championship held at Los Olivos Dirt Park last weekend. Almost 800 racers representing 111 teams endured the hilly and dusty course under ever-changing partly cloudy skies. The three year-old Bruins team earned its second consecutive second place finish at the State […]

John Stossel: Dr. Capitalism

For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel. I defended free markets on TV, and he studied blood at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mom asked me when I’d get a “real job” like his. Then the crusade against capitalism reached his world. Medical “journalists” demanded that corporations distance themselves from medical […]

Taking action with skin cancer on the rise

By Family Features With the return of warmer weather and longer days, it’s good to remember that temperatures aren’t the only thing on the rise. Skin cancer rates continue to increase and cause more deaths each year, with one in five Americans expected to develop skin cancer in a lifetime. Despite progress in the fight […]

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