Live music at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma

The Gold Trail Grange in Coloma is hosting a live music event with performances by two foot stompin’ bands on Saturday, March 3. The talented local band the Empty Wallets will open the show with its Americana grooves followed by country rock and rollers Miss Lonely Hearts. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music […]

Late rally lifts Weston Ranch over El Dorado

The El Dorado girls basketball team’s season is over. The Sierra Valley Conference co-champion Cougars lost just one game during the league season but run and gun Weston Ranch did what few teams were able to do this year — take the Cougars from Placerville out of their game with a physical, fast-paced style that […]

At a glance: To winter or not

Last year there was winter until June and this year it seems that winter has decided to take a break after over doing it last year. Some daffodils and freesias are even blooming. It is interesting that so mush time is spent on weather predicting and fretting about what to do if it is too […]

As we were: Agriculture is recognized

25 Years ago Feb. 23, 1987 National FFA week is Feb. 22-28 Governor George Deukmejian initiated California’s official participation in National Future Farmars of America Week by paying tribute to the state’s FFA high school students. Deukmejian issued a proclamation commending the vocational agriculture organization during FFA Week, Feb. 22 to Feb. 28. FFA chapters […]

Ponderosa takes home top honors

Some teams dream of repeating a championship season and a few talented and lucky teams take that dream another step for the coveted three-peat, but Ponderosa High School’s Academic Decathlon team has far surpassed that. On Feb. 4, the Bruins won the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon for the 20th consecutive year. Union Mine High […]

Winning essay gets to the heart of the matter

By Rebecca Lizarraga “The horror,” an iconic line from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” is a phrase that captures the general sentiment of the novella as a whole: horror, darkness and the unspeakable atrocities committed against man by man. Despite this bleak tone especially present in the beginning and the end of novel, Conrad uses […]

Winning speech has a way with words

By Brittany Morrison Nerd. Geek. Dork. These are all things I have been called over the years. But what does it really mean? I say that each term is rather ambiguous, and open to interpretation by anyone. Me? Well I wear these terms proudly. I shop at ThinkGeek and get their catalog. I read articles […]

Foothill dining: Thyme roasted pork tenderloin with balsamic shallot compote

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Compote: 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 3/4 cups 1/8-inch thick-sliced shallots (about 4 large) 1 garlic clove, cut lengthwise into thin strips 1/2 cup Concord 100 percent grape juice 1/4 cup reduced sodium or organic chicken broth 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 teaspoon dried […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cougarfest is a roaring success

What: Cougarfest Dinner and Dance Who: El Dorado High School Athletic Booster Club Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $35 per person. Must be 21 and over to attend Information: Call 530-622-3634, ext. 1413 or visit In 2003, Jeff French and Jim Korsen had […]

Academic Talent Search looking for students

California State University, Sacramento’s Academic Talent Search, a summer program that offers a motivational scholastic environment for fourth- through ninth-graders, is providing information to prospective attendees and their parents. A choice of Saturday-morning exams is offered on campus: Feb. 25, March 3 and March 17. Sign-ups may be done by phone, with a $15 registration […]

Bridal show in CP

CAMERON PARK — The Cameron Park Community Services District is planning plenty for the rest of February. The district has already hosted the second annual Reds, Whites and Jewels show and started up new February classes in all age groups. On Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, the […]

Discover the luck of the Irish at the Divide Gallery

Art on the Divide Gallery announces an exciting event. For each visit made to Art on the Divide Gallery between Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, March 17, visitors will have the opportunity to enter a drawing which will be held on March 17. The winner of the drawing will receive a gift basket containing art […]

‘Lot o’ Shakespeare’ coming to Oak Ridge

In a dazzling display of memorization and characterization, Timothy Mooney has memorized one monologue from every Shakespeare play, capturing the most stirring speeches, the most outrageous situations, and the most sonorous delicious soliloquies ever to emerge from Shakespeare’s pen. Following an appearance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” a dynamic tour de force […]

Learn about entering the digitized world

Are you experiencing difficulty or are you unsure just how to submit art entries in a digital format? More and more art shows require that artists submit their work as digital files rather than the “real” thing. If the answer to that question is “yes” think about attending the Placerville Arts Association’s monthly meeting on […]

The Haunted Windchimes in concert in Cameron Park

CAMERON PARK — The Haunted Windchimes are appearing in concert on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. The Cameron Park Community Services District is presenting the concert featuring these talented Colorado natives. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are […]

Stepping out: Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. wags the tail

“The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.” — Laurence J. Peter Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. My friend Russ Salazar and I were continuing our quest for the best, or at least different, hot dog and ended up at Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. at 4355 Town Center […]

Gold Country Bridal Fair puts the icing on the cake

What: Gold Country Bridal Fair Who: GoldCountryWeddings.Net Where: Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: Chad Stalzer at 530-305-3033 Are wedding bells getting ready to ring? Getting married is an exciting time and can be a little overwhelming. A never-ending list of to dos that includes: […]

Cast goes ‘Hog Wild’ in Placerville

Film crews were busy in El Dorado County for three days filming a movie trailer. Liberty Entertainment Corp, a television production company based in Reno, Nev., filmed the promotional movie trailer “Hog Wild” last weekend at Shadowridge Ranch and the Davies Family Inn in Placerville. Hog Wild Pictures LLC also worked with the entertainment business in […]

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Hunter

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Hunter graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Air Force Airman Kyle L. Koder

Air Force Airman Kyle L. Koder graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Air Force Airman Brice A. Harmon

Air Force Airman Brice A. Harmon graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

St. Pat’s Day parade unites all cultures

SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17. Always a free event, the parade steps off […]

Literary and visual artists present series

The Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento is proud to present “Crossroads,” a free Saturday afternoon reading series featuring distinctive poetic voices, hosted by Trina Drotar and Sandy Thomas. The series is dedicated to enriching the interplay between literary and visual artists. The readings will begin on Saturday, March 17 with Julia Connor and Victoria Dalkey. […]

Valentine’s Day dining at Carson Valley Inn

Katie’s, the Carson Valley Inn’s 24-hour restaurant, and CV Steak, the Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse, are offering their regular menu plus specials on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. Katie’s is serving its regular menu all 24-hours on Valentine’s Day including the traditional Tuesday prime rib special from 2 to 10 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, add fried […]

At a glance: Sutter would like El Dorado County

Captain John Sutter was born on Feb. 15 in 1803 in Kandern, Baden. After some business failures Sutter decided to seek his fortune in America. At 31 he started his journey to California by way of Missouri, Fort Vancouver, Honolulu, Sitka and finally Monterery. He then charmed investors and sailed up the Sacramento River to […]

Grow For It! Shade gardening — challenge or opportunity

Many gardeners, when faced with a lot of shade, think “Oh no.” But with a little planning and understanding of the types of shade, that “Oh no” thought can become an “Ah ha” one. The first and most important thing shade gardeners need to consider is the degree of shade. The deepest shade is the […]

As we were: Placerville looking at annexation

25 Years ago Feb. 12, 1987 City considering annexation By KURT DAVIS The city of Placerville is considering annexing the so-called Motor City area east of town and south of Highway 50 near Newtown Road. The annexation could add 100 to 400 acres to Placerville, according to Community Development Director Conrad Montgomery … The land […]

The Power of Renew luncheon to help nonprofits raise funds

The Power of Renew luncheon is Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville. The luncheon is presented by Association of Fundraising Professionals — California Capital Chapter, El Dorado County Extension in partnership with Marshall Foundation for Community Health and The Nonprofit Partnership. What can “renew” do for you? Every donor […]

‘Favorites from our Table’ offers more than recipes

Book review Book: “Favorites From Our Table” Author: Personnel from the Mother Lode Union School District Publisher: Morris Press Cookbooks, 118 pages, published 2011 Cost: $10, soft cover spiral bound A good cookbook offers more than just recipes. In “Favorites From Our Table —Favorites from the Mother Lode Union School District,” cooks will also learn to […]

It’s all about dance on ’42nd Street’

What: “42nd Street” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, Feb. 17, to Sunday, March 4 Cost: Tickets are $12 to $25 Information: 916-941-SING or visit A bad break gives an aspiring actress her big break in “42nd Street,” coming to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. El Dorado […]

Get a good deal at the Shakespeare Club

“Let’s Make A Deal” the Placerville Shakespeare Club’s annual bridge party will be held Thursday, March 29, and will begin at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The community is invited to a day of brilliant bridge, fabulous food and delightful door prizes. Men and women bridge players are welcome to […]

Cameron Park CSD offers many activties

CAMERON PARK —  The Cameron Park Community Services District is planning plenty for the rest of February. The district has already hosted the second annual Reds, Whites and Jewels show and started up new February classes in all age groups. The Reds Whites and Jewels show was a huge success, with the El Dorado Dog Owners […]

Foothill gourmet: Pinwheel roll-ups are fun

Planning appetizers for a social celebration is continually challenging. The challenge is to find appetizers that are easily assembled, delights the eye and the palate. Meet the challenge; the rewards are delicious tastes and multiple compliments. This week I’m planning to teach a close friend how to make pinwheel roll-ups for her bridge gathering. Pinwheel roll-ups […]

Crocker House is home to creativity

EL DORADO — The white house with the periwinkle trim in El Dorado is known to most as the Crocker House Creative Art Center. But for students who come here on a regular basis, it is simply known as their home away from home. Located at 6205 Main St., the Crocker House is the place […]

Active aging class accepting participants

Are you a little out of shape? Never participated in group exercise? Is your desire to be more healthy and fit? The Active Aging Program has started a new “Beginner Level” exercise class in the Placerville area. The Active Aging Program offers exercise classes designed specifically for the older adult. The benefits of exercise include: […]

Kohls scholarship program is accepting applications

The Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships, to more than 2,200 young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at […]

Sac State observes Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento is celebrating Black History Month with a lineup of informative and entertaining events. The highlight of the month is Feb. 19, annual Super Sunday event, when representatives from Sacramento State and the California State University system will visit churches in the city’s African American community, urging young people, and their parents, […]

‘Slavery in the West’ provides fascinating information

Book review Book: “Slavery in the West” Author: Guy Nixon Publisher: Red Panther Publishing Co., Spanish Flat, 2010 Price: $20; spiral bound; 8.5 x 11 inches, 112 pages, black and white, heavily illustrated. Available from: Placerville News Co., other local stores and businesses, or e-mail [email protected] This is a book about a thousand things, most […]

Conservancy seeks creative proposals for environmental education

Herbert Green teacher Suzanne Graham wanted an interesting and creative way to help her struggling readers improve their academic skills. Her idea came from an unlikely source: butterflies. With support from a local grant with the Innovations in Environmental Education (IEE) Fund, Graham brought the Butterfly Bridges project to life. The Butterfly Bridges Project links […]

Rescue Union School District registration is opening

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, junior (transitional) kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2012-13 school year. Registration will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms are available to parents at all school sites. All registrations and transfer requests received during the priority registration window, Feb. 15 […]

Intellibots tackle tough challenges

The Intellibots are going to the finals. In just their second year as a Lego Robotics team, three El Dorado Hills ninth graders and four middle schoolers qualified for the Northern California FIRST Lego League Capital District Championships scheduled in Rocklin on Sunday, Feb. 12. Along they way the students think they’ve figured out how […]

MontBleu Resort Casino presents popular entertainment

On the heels of its most successful year, MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa continues its popular top-contemporary entertainment with the addition of Sublime with Rome and special guest Everlast; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic; and comedian Rob Schneider. The Expendables, a Santa Cruz based-group that blends reggae, punk rock and ’80s style dueling guitar solos, […]

‘The Idea Man’ comes to California Stage

Meet the  prize-winning Hollywood playwright Kevin King on opening night as California Stage celebrates 20 years with Ovation Award Winner,”The Idea Man,” Feb. 18 to March 17, at the California Stage Theater, R25 Arts Complex, 2509 R St. at 25th Street, Sacramento, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. King’s “The […]

State yo-yo championship returns to Sac

On Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m., hundreds of yo-yo players from all over California and neighboring states will descend for the third year in a row on the Westfield Downtown Plaza with one thing in mind — competition. Old school tricks like “Rock the Baby” and “Walk the Dog” take on a new life […]

Valentine’s Day poker tournament coming to Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn is offering guests two gaming tournaments Tuesday, Feb. 14. The two tourneys is a special Jack and Jill Poker Tag Team Tournament that will be held in the poker room. The monthly blackjack tourney will be in the casino pit area. The Jack and Jill Tag Team Poker Tournament starts with complimentary […]