6-15-11 “Let’s Talk” discussion group

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. Participants engage in informal conversation with their peers on an assortment of senior-related topics. The group will meet on July 7 at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. […]

6-15-11 “Discover Your Inner Artist” class

FIND THE ARTIST IN YOU: A class titled “Discover Your Inner Artist” is scheduled from July 5 to July 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Participants will create art using different techniques and combinations of drawing, painting, collage, etc. Please […]

6-15-11 Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts”

IS CASPER A FRIENDLY GHOST? A new class tilted “Who Ya’ Gonna Call . . . El Dorado County ‘haunts’” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts” will take you on a unique journey to […]

6-15-11 Claire Sheehan graduated from university

SUCCESSFUL STUDENT GRADUATES: University of Portland officials have informed us that Claire Sheehan of El Dorado Hills has graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Claire, hard work and discipline has its reward. We salute your success!

6-15-11 Pollock Pines Night Out needs Eagle Scouts

EAGLE SCOUTS NEEDED: The Pollock Pines National Night Out committee is seeking Eagle Scouts of all ages, including 1950’s men, to help out with the flag ceremony on Tuesday, August 2, at 4-30 p.m., at Pinewood Elementary School, 6181 Pine St., Pollock Pines. If you would like to participate, call Teresa Hague at 530-644-1174 or […]

Colver trial: Read letter day in court

The third week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial began Tuesday morning by witnesses reading a goodbye letter penned by Colver who, along with his former teenage lover, had planned on killing himself after the June 2009 slaying of Joanne Witt. Jeremy Buckman, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator, read aloud a letter […]

6-15-11 Movie of the month at EDH Sr. Center

HILARY SWANK MOVIE: The movie of the month is “Conviction”, and you can see it at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, on Monday, June 20, at 1 p.m. Hilary Swank stars in this movie, and she represents her brother who she is convinced has been unjustly convicted of […]

6-15-11 Arts and Crafts programs for children

ARTS AND CRAFTS FUN! The program titled “One World, Many Stories” is featuring arts and crafts fun on Thursdays at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. All ages of children are welcome. The June 16 program will feature “Masks with Beads.” June 23 is “Water Colors,” and June 30 will be “Clay Activity.” July […]

Gold Country Friends of NRA event is Friday

FOLSOM — On Friday, June 10, the Gold Country Friends of NRA will be hosting its Fifth Annual Dinner and Auction in Folsom at the Folsom Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and and the event will feature Congressman Tom McClintock as the special guest speaker along with El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini […]

American River Conservancy celebrates Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11t REI Inc., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June […]

Annual ag tour: Much more than crops grown

Agriculture in El Dorado County is more than the cultivation of soil, the raising of food crops and breeding and raising of livestock. It is family and the taking care of the land for future generations. The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s 47th annual Agricultural Tour stopped at four family operations in the county […]

Heard over the back fence: Wagon Train is party time

DEER TIPS: John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from a Deer” T-shirt statement: “Look both ways before you cross the road. Be a good listener. Know when to lay low. Tread lightly on the earth. Take time to browse. Leap over obstacles. Don’t pass the buck!” • • • NO SARSPARILLA FOR THIS BUNCH: Amber Lundeen is […]

Transcripts: Dugard felt ‘in the way’, videos recreated

Jaycee Lee Dugard, in addition to recalling the nightmarish 18 years spent with kidnappers  Phillip and Nancy Garrido, told grand jurors about the difficulties she faced in her home life as a young child. In the September 2010 grand jury testimony released last week, Dugard said she initially made no attempt to escape the Garrido’s Antioch compound […]

Snow delays Wagon Train

Four inches of snow on Echo Summit Monday morning delayed by a day the Wagon Train’s departure from the Amacker Ranch in Meyers. Chain controls were in effect Monday over the summit. The Wagon Train traversed Echo Summit Tuesday. The total snowfall recorded by Caltrans at Echo Summit this year adds up to 572 inches. […]

Local cockfighting case leads to conviction

An El Dorado County man who was arrested in connection with a cockfighting operation in Garden Valley in February was formally convicted last week, ordered to serve 45 days in county jail, and pay $700 in fines and fees and over $4,200 in restitution to El Dorado County. Once he serves his jail time, he […]

Ranch provides glimpse of past

If pigs could smile … You’d swear that’s exactly what they’re doing as the porcine herd wanders the happy trails at Storm Valley Ranch in Placerville. The ranch, owned and operated by Diane and Steven Wheeler, is a slice of what life must have been like a hundred years ago and longer, as contented farm […]

Happy tail: Olive comes home

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Olive, the Chihuahua-Yorki mix who was stolen from Chris Whitaker’s Shingle Springs house a little over a week ago, has come home. After the story ran in the Mountain Democrat, Whitaker wrote an e-mail Monday saying Olive had been returned — no questions asked. Because there is still an open investigation into […]

No damp spirits at Coloma Blues Live!

COLOMA — A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the several hundred “hard core” blues fans who attended the 2011 edition of Coloma Blues Live! on Saturday. Henningsen Lotus Park was full of umbrellas, canopies and vinyl clad characters like Muriel Flores of Sacramento, who celebrated an anniversary of sorts in Lotus Saturday. Seated […]

6-13-11 Diabetes class at Midtown Mall

DEALING WITH DIABETES: A class for diabetics titled “Your Plan for Success” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Midtown Mall, 681 Main St., Placerville. Class topics will include reducing risk of complications, making exercise work for you, staying motivated, and diabetes and emotions. The class fee is covered […]

6-13-11 Memorial garden for Sam LaCara

FLOWERS FOR SAM: I really like the idea of a memorial garden for Principal Sam LaCara. Members of the Broadway Village Association and volunteers from the Placerville Rotary Club did a great job creating the garden at the intersection of Broadway and Schnell School Rd. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

6-13-11 Diabetes and nutrition education at Marshall Medical

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH: The diabetes and nutrition education program, Marshall Medical Center, is presenting a class titled, “Carbohydrates, Food and You.” The class is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 3581 Palmer, Bldg. 600, Cameron Park. The class fee is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare with […]

6-13-11 Flea Market in Pollock Pines

TREASURE HUNT IN POLLOCK PINES: The Pollock Pines Community Flea Market is scheduled for June 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the El Dorado Savings parking lot, Pollock Pines. To rent a space, call 530-903-8039.

6-13-11 Filmfare outdoor movies at PV library

OSCAR WINNER FILM: The Filmfare outdoor projector movies program continues, on the lawn, at the County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. Admission price is $5, and the movies start at 8:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The July 2 movie is “Breaking Away,” starring Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid. Four high school […]

6-10-11 Explain “For better or worse”

FOR BETTER OR WORSE: Carlyn and Jim White are considering getting a marriage counselor to explain the words, “For better or worse” since they have been playing with numerous phones, while trying to change phones. Yes, you can now call them at the following numbers: Home phone 530-663-0017. Carlyn’s cell phone 530-919-1195. Jim’s cell phone […]

6-10-11 Blood drive in El Dorado Hills

ICE CREAM REWARD: On Monday, June 20, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., the El Dorado Hills Community blood drive will take place at the Community Services District Pavilion Building, 1021 Harvard Way (corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Harvard Way), El Dorado Hills. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Donors will […]

6-10-11 Georgetown Republican Women Federated luncheon

IRENE MOREHOUSE SPEAKS OUT: The Georgetown Divide Republican Women Federated will have their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Hall in Georgetown. Lunch is $12. Please make your reservation by Wednesday, June 15, by calling Verlaine Bejarano at 530-333-9201 or e-mail [email protected] The guest speaker will be Irene Morehouse, […]

6-10-11 Hot meals at Upper Room

HOT MEALS OFFERED AT UPPER ROOM: The Upper Room continues to offer a hot dinner meal to those in need. Volunteers are badly needed to work as servers, dish washers, and busing drivers. If you would like to help, please call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Vicki Barber honored for service to education

Somehow she squeezed a birthday into her calendar, but it’s not easy for El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber to add much more to the mix of meetings, conference calls, school site visits, community events and service organizations that make up her daily fare. With 70 schools, 15 school districts, two college districts […]

Celebrate TrailFest, National Trails Day

On the second weekend of June the American River Conservancy provides two opportunities to celebrate our local trail systems. On June 11 REI, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the ARC partner up for the 19th annual National Trails Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. along the South Fork American River Trail. On June 13 […]

Gaines opposes suction dredging ban

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, June 2 issued a statement on the Legislature’s attempt to effectively kill the suction dredging industry in California. “Legislative tricks are putting an entire industry at risk,” said Gaines. “This is unfair to the thousands of miners, their families and the businesses that depend on suction dredge mining […]

Folsom PD warns of business scammers

On Tuesday, May 30, the Togos restaurant on East Bidwell Street received a telephone call. It was their coporate office on the line wanting to know if they had a new employee or a malfunctioning register. Apparently a customer had been to the store a couple of days prior and purchased $17 in food, but […]

Snow delays Tevis Cup to October

LAKE TAHOE — The Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors unanimously decided to change the Tevis Cup Ride date from July 16 to Oct. 8. “We faced unusually heavy snows this year,” reported WSTF president Kathie Perry. “So in the interest of rider and horse safety, the Tevis ride date is now changed to […]

Hands4Hope youth to honor troops with care package drive at Town Center

The youth of Hands4Hope, wanting to honor the men and women serving our country overseas during this patriotic time of year, have partnered with El Dorado Hills Town Center and the Honor Our Troops Committee to hold a soldier care package drive at Town Center. The drive will run from June 13 through July 4 […]

Dugard’s words tell of horror

As Jaycee Lee Dugard lay trapped in the back of her kidnapper’s car, she heard the man who would hold her captive for 18 years laugh as he sped away from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop. “The man said, ‘I can’t believe we got away with this,’” Dugard recalled Phillip Garrido saying. On the […]

Annie Le’s killer sentenced

The man who killed Placerville woman Annie Le in 2009 was sentenced Friday morning in a New Haven, Conn., courtroom. Raymond John Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for killing Le, 24, a graduate of Union Mine High School in El Dorado County. In March Clark accepted a plea deal with prosecutors […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about the real dirt in Coloma

FOLLOW YOUR DOG’S ADVICE: John Chapman of Folsom provided the following T-shirt statement: “My therapist has a wet nose.” Our managing editor, Pat Lakey, would agree with this statement. • • • THERE’S DIRT IN THEM TAHR HILLS: A class titled “Composting 101″ will be offered on Saturday, June 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Coloma. […]

Colver trial: Angels, demons and Witt’s multiple personalities

Confessed killer Tylar Marie Witt apparently wasn’t the only one who needed the adoration of her former boyfriend Steven “Boston” Colver, as the 16-year-old testified Wednesday that supernatural beings living inside of her would have died if she lost her lover. Colver, 21, is charged with the 2009 first-degree murder of Witt’s mother, Joanne. Last […]

Witt admits lying for plea deal

Steven “Boston” Colver’s defense attorney Dain Weiner grilled Tylar Witt during cross-examination Thursday morning. Facetiously referring to her testimony last Sept. 9 as the “time when she was supposed to tell the truth,” Weiner repeatedly asked her if she were telling the truth now. He was trying to ascertain that her testimony regarding her former […]

Garridos sentenced

Terry Probyn stood before a packed courtroom Thursday morning and tearfully addressed the couple that imprisoned her daughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, for 18 years. “It was you, Nancy Garrido, and it was you, Phillip Garrido, that broke my heart,” an emotional Probyn said. “I hate you both for the torment and the anguish that you […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Rescue 101

An enormous supply of wonderful dogs exists in the hundreds of shelters across the country. Beyond that, and often working in tandem, is a growing army of rescue organizations. They, along with shelters, do the work of angels. One of the most influential rescue groups in the nation is Best Friends Animal Society. Their purpose? […]

Pony Express Reride delayed

Across eight states, the horses and riders pound, bringing letters almost 2,000 miles from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento. But this year, they didn’t want to be the possible carriers of a devastating equine virus, so the National Pony Express Association has postponed the annual re-ride of the Pony Express Trail. The historic re-ride, scheduled […]

Finnon Lake reconstruction project begins Monday

Bulldozers and earthmoving equipment will be begin taking down the Finnon Dam at Finnon Lake Monday morning as the Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts in partnership with the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Association are hosting a groundbreaking event for the restoration and habitat improvement project. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the site, which is […]

Apply now for NRA Foundation grant

Every year, The NRA Foundation allocates funds to go back into the state in which it was raised, where Friends of NRA State Fund Committees decide on programs and projects to fund on the local and state levels. Applications for the 2011-2012 grant cycle will be accepted starting on July 1, 2011. All applications must […]

Study debunks virus connection to chronic fatigue and prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO — A study that includes authors at UC Davis has found that a retrovirus associated with prostate cancer tumors and chronic fatigue syndrome that evolved in laboratory mice less than two decades ago is unlikely to be widespread in humans and the cause of either disease. The study of the retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia […]