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Author Archive: Special to the Democrat

My turn: More than a buzzword

I’m sure we have all had jobs working for a stern boss, or alongside an unpleasant coworker. If you haven’t ever encountered such a personality, I am interested to know where you have worked, and whether they are hiring. Even in the most polished of organizations, not everyone is friendly, or shares the same sense […]

My Turn: Technical education needed to fill high-demand jobs of tomorrow

Many complex problems are holding back the California economy. And one of the biggest reasons is the state’s shortage of high-skilled workers. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers predicts that, given the rates of retirement of current high-skill workers and the rebound of the manufacturing sector, the shortfall of skilled workers nationwide could increase to nearly […]

All Star team shows competive balance

All Star Gymnastics and Cheer’s competitive Gymnastics team just wrapped up a fantastic competition as 14 gymnasts, ranging from Levels 2 through 6, traveled to Grass Valley, Elk Grove, Oroville, and Roseville for their competitions. The team had great success both individually and as a team, bringing home several first, second, and third place team […]

Aussie team makes visit

CAMERON PARK — A touring Australian Rugby Club makes a local stop when its takes on the Mother Lode Football Club tomorrow at Christa McCauliffe Park at 5 p.m. Both varsity and JV will be in action. The Mother Lode club combines players from Folsom-area high schools on up the hill. On Saturday, the Mother […]

My turn: Creating a sustainable fire service

Recently the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the allocation of funds to six rural fire districts in desperate need of additional staff and updated equipment. The decision was not easy. The truth is that county government has no legal requirement to financially partner with local fire districts. In addition, the same funds […]

My turn: El Dorado County’s Internet telecommunications problem

El Dorado County’s Internet telecommunications infrastructure has been lacking for the past decade, with about half of premises in the central portion of the county unable to obtain wireline premises Internet connections. As time goes on and more telecommunications and information services shift to the Internet, this problem will only grow worse and adversely affect […]

Winning essay: ‘The Infiltration of Democracy’

At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013, I was sitting in my high school’s large presentation room, facing one of the most remarkable modern American intellectuals. The man who my peers and I were staring at on the projector screen was Noam Chomsky, an eighty-two year old American political commentator. My history teacher had arranged […]

Realtor Linda Riley living up to Realtor of the Year title

Century 21 Select El Dorado County Association of Realtors  named Linda Riley Realtor/Citizen of the Year for 2013. At its annual awards luncheon, EDCAR recognized Linda for her accomplishments in business and service to the community. Linda is never too busy to share her time and give her support to make her community better and […]

My turn: Civil Grand Jury 101

Amid much speculation of the highly publicized news that last year’s El Dorado County Civil Grand Jury (2012-2013) was disbanded before its term ended, the members of this year’s jury (2013-2014), now half way through our term, felt the time is right to provide insight into our progress, our goals and objectives and how the […]

My turn: Dispelling the stigma and myths about mental illness

Chances are you know someone with mental illness. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor or acquaintance. Studies show that about one in four people will experience some kind of mental health issue in their lifetime. Mental illness is actually quite common, and yet we as a society seem to be uncomfortable even discussing […]

Foothill dinning: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s favorite spirited holiday is upon us and Baileys wants everyone to be properly prepared. This St. Patrick’s Day Baileys suggests adding a touch of style and glamour to your celebrations. Consider mixing up chic, specialty shots that can be enjoyed with large groups of friends. Draw inspiration from the Irish Milk and Honey shot […]

Hockey trio plays for title

El Dorado County ice hockey players Justin Brim (Camino), Davis Holmes (El Dorado Hills) and Noah Paul (South Lake Tahoe) are headed to Valencia to participate in this year’s California State Ice Hockey Championship. The trio plays for the Capital Thunder Midget 16AA hockey team in Roseville. With a season that starts with August try […]

My turn: Turn your irrigation off, please!

by Alan Day Wonderful! The series of storms last week in Northern California, with the snowfall and steady soaking rains, was absolutely wonderful. You could almost hear the ground drinking it in. But the drought is far from over. Much like other water districts, here in El Dorado County at the El Dorado Irrigation District […]

EDH agent Pat Quan named Rookie of the Year

EL DORADO HILLS — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, recently announced that Pat Quan, an agent in the company’s El Dorado Hills office has received the Rookie of the Year Award for the company’s Sacramento-Tahoe region. Quan was recognized for his outstanding sales accomplishments, support of other […]

Elder Options team helps people live safe, independent lives

Developed in 1988 by Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC – CEO, Elder Options Inc. continues to provide an exemplary quality of care throughout El Dorado County and into the Sacramento Region. Over the past 26 years, the company has grown from a one-person, home-based business to over 70 employees serving clients from three locations: Folsom, […]

Michelle Clark promotes a healthy lifestyle

Working for a company named In-Shape might make a lot of women self-conscious, but not Michelle Clark. “Ten years in the fitness industry has taught me that everyone defines being ‘in shape’ a little differently,” Clark said. “Our company mission is to help members have fun and live an ‘In-Shape Lifestyle,’ not to push a […]

Michelle Wenell creates opportunities at Opportunity Acres

Michelle Wenell put away her business suits and high heels in January 2012 to chase a dream. Her first company, Advance Kids Inc., founded in 2001 to serve young children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, was well-established and managed by a team of directors. Trusting her team to hold down the fort, Wenell […]

Trojan grad sells startup to Yahoo

PALO ALTO — Feross Aboukhadijeh, a 2008 Oak Ridge graduate and class valedictorian, is making it big in the tech world. Just recently, Aboukhadijeh’s startup PeerCDN, a company he formed with John Hiesey and Abi Raja, was acquired by internet giant Yahoo. PeerCDN, short for “peer-to-peer content delivery network”, helps to deliver streaming web videos […]

Foothill Thrower’s clinic

The Foothill Throwers track group will be holding the 4th annual Shot Put & Discus Clinic on January 11th, 2014 at Ponderosa High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will feature 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and current American Record Holder in the Women’s Discus, Stephanie Brown-Trafton leading up the coaching staff. There […]

Aquasol group back from meet

Seven members of the Aquasol Swim Team’s senior group traveled recently to Federal Way, Washington to compete in a three-day trials and finals championship meet. There were 1,007 swimmers competing in the meet with teams from college and USA Swimming programs. The opportunity to compete at this meet was a tremendous learning experience for all […]

Fourth annual thrower’s clinic

The Foothill Thrower’s track group holds its fourth annual Shot Put and Discus Clinic Jan, 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ponderosa High. The clinic will feature 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and current American record holder in the women’s discus, Stepfanie Brown-Trafton, who’ll head up the coaching staff. Assisting will be a strong […]

Local farmers worry about FDA restrictions

Betty Albert Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, and it appears that with the call for comments on their lengthy regulations that were due Nov. 15, the FDA intends to exercise the significant power the bill gave them. At the time, Rep. Tom McClintock’s take on the bill was:  Dec. 21, […]

My turn: CASA, Big Brothers and Sisters provide important role models

By Vern Pierson Every parent has looked into the eyes of their child and wondered who will they be when they grow up. What or whom will influence that outcome? Good or bad, kids imitate the role models in their lives. When things go right, children are inspired by their own parents, relatives, a dedicated […]

Local gymnasts train with Karolyi

Local acrobatic gymnasts Jarrett Darrah and Emma Fitzgerald, who train at International Gymnastic Centre in West Sacramento, were selected to the USA Gymnastics AGDT, Age Group Developmental Team, and last month trained at Bela Karolyi’s Olympic Training Facility in New Waverly, Texas. Each year, USA Gymnastics selects athletes to the AGDT who are qualified to […]

Century 21 Select brings children cheer with Toys for Tots

By Adam Sharrock Charitable causes and the act of giving are major themes throughout the holiday season, and Century 21 Select in El Dorado Hills local business brought a lot of smiles to the young boys and girls in the area with a big donation to Toys for Tots. Founded in 1947 by the United States […]

Message from the president: A heartfelt thank you

Gratitude I feel honored to have served as president of EDCAR for two separate terms. As this term comes to an end, I still see some unfinished business.  Next year, as immediate past president, I will focus on a strategic plan for our association. My goal is to implement a plan, guided by coordinates that […]

Owens, Woo sign LOIs

El Dorado High’s Haley Owens and Ponderosa’s Samantha Woo of the Aquasol Swim Team have signed their National Letter of Intent forms to attend and swim next year at the collegiate level. Owens signed with Georgetown University while Woo signed with Fresno Pacific University. Owens has swam with Aquasol for her entire year-around swim career […]

It’s all about volunteers working together

It’s all about working together. Last Saturday, Santa’s elves, from the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms got together to stuff stockings for military children from the Wounded Warrior Project, the 270th Military Police Company, a National Guard unit and 319th EOD, an Army Reserve unit, all located in the Sacramento region. It all began with […]

Baseball: Crushers takes tournament

ELK GROVE — The El Dorado Hills Crushers 14U baseball team notched another championship after winning the All World Baseball Edge of Darkness Tournament in Elk Grove. The combination of good pitching, strong defense and abundant hitting up and down the lineup allowed  the Crushers to go a perfect 4-0 against tough opponents, including local […]

Message from the president: Gratitude

By Karen Larson This is the time of year for reflection. I have been practicing real estate for 24 years. My business has prospered in direct proportion to the amount of effort, skill and experience I have invested. I team up with the professionals in our industry to support each client through the transaction process […]

My turn: Fire districts need to lead the change

Fire houses/stations were among the first, and often are the only, public buildings constructed also serving  as a community center for these rural communities. Over time local communities banded together and created a special district to tax themselves for local services like fire suppression. Currently, El Dorado County has 15 fire districts with 15 locally […]

My turn: A stranger saved my son

On April 1, 2009, I woke up with my 2-year-old like any other day — we had breakfast, played with toys, read a book and decided to go feed the ducks. What I didn’t know was that our day would take a sudden turn and the greatest trial of our lives’ to date would begin. […]

Message from the president: Servant character of EDCAR

By Karen Larson The true mission of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors is to protect private property rights. By serving our clients with this goal in mind, we maintain professional business practices and provide buyers and sellers quality information to make good real estate decisions.  However, there is another side to the members […]

D’back siblings square off one last time

They’re former high school teammates at the prep level and now adversaries in college. At the end of the day, though, they’re brothers. This Saturday, Matt and Dan DeRosa play one another in Portland, Oregon. Matt’s Lewis & Clark squad hosts Dan’s University of Puget Sound team for Homecoming, the third and final time the […]

Bruin Water Polo fundraiser tomorrow

The Ponderosa High Water Polo team invites you to dine out tomorrow, Sept. 26, with family and friends at Kobe Surf & Turf in Cameron Park (Burke’s Junction) to help raise money for the program. Ten percent of your meal, all day long for dine in or take out, will go to Ponderosa Water Polo. […]

Oak Ridge promotes Go GOLD!

Oak Ridge High School is proud to Go GOLD! for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Please join us at the Oak Ridge vs. Vacaville game on September 27 at 7:15 p.m. as we bring pediatric cancer awareness to El Dorado Hills, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness […]

Horseshoe Club results

POLLOCK PINES — The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club at Forebay Park had their end of the year championships playoffs earlier this month. In the sanctioned team playoff, 1st place was Rick Eddy; 2nd place was Bill Lee; and 3rd went to Bill Milborne. The following day at the club championship. 1st place was Bill Lee; […]

Avoid the sting of yellow jackets

By Mike Kobus  Fall in the foothills of El Dorado County can be the best time of year. Time to take a leisurely hike in the forest (watch your step) and enjoy a late afternoon barbecue on the back deck (what keeps buzzing around my hamburger?) What are they? They are yellow jackets — one […]

Water Polo: Lady Cougars make splash at Shootout

ROCKLIN — The El Dorado High girls water polo team competed in the finals of the Sierra Shootout at Sierra College in Rocklin. After posting a perfect 4-0 record in pool play, the Lady Cougars lost to Ripon, 9-6, in the finals. Before meeting Ripon, El Dorado posted wins over Roseville, 7-5 in overtime, Casa […]

Local loan advisor finds job rewarding

By Charles Ferris CBS Josh Mottashed is a senior loan advisor with Alpine Mortgage Planning, a local firm that draws clients from all over the greater Sacramento area. Mottashed is a pure numbers master, with a heavy dose of analytics thrown in. His client list covers the greater Sacramento area, dips down into San Francisco and up […]

My turn: Investments in Sierra forests crucial for future water supply

The two of us have many differences. One of us is Republican, the other a Democrat. One represents a sprawling rural district, the other predominately comprised of suburban communities. And to be sure, there is plenty we do not agree on. But one area we are in total agreement is the many benefits that flow […]

Hunt contest takes entrants

A contest is underway for El Dorado County students aged 12-16 for a four-night, three-day pheasant hunt with parent/guardian at the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca South Dakota, one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations ( This is the fifth year that the contest has taken place. The program’s goal is to […]

Elite Taekwondo USA stands tall on podium

LOS ALTOS — Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park competed in Los Altos on Aug. 3 at the Bay Area Open Taekwondo Championship. The participants, coached by Chief Master John Jonghun Yi, competed against some of the Bay Area’s strongest competitors. It was only a few minutes into the Poomsae competition before the team set […]

Former Bruins aid Auburn playoff run

Three former Ponderosa baseball players helped lead their collegiate summer wood bat team, Auburn, into the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League playoffs at St Mary’s College earlier this month. Hunter Gallant (Willamette College), Matt Evanoff (Cal-Berkeley) and Tyler Evanoff (Cal Poly/SLO) helped the Wildcats to a 22-22 record and the fourth seed in the GSCBL […]

My turn: Fostering transparency and trust

On April 24, 1816, former President Thomas Jefferson, in correspondence with Pierre Du Pont (patriarch of the American business dynasty) about the proper role of citizens in the republican form of government, critiqued his friend’s approach, “you love them as infants whom you are afraid to trust without nurses; and I as adults whom I […]

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