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Grow For It! Be inspired — visit botanical gardens and garden events

There are several spectacular gardens and events around the world to indulge your passion for all things gardening. My recent opportunity to indulge was a visit to the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London, England, considered the most popular and prestigious horticultural event in the world. It is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Notarized in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: 
Officials at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., have informed us that Emily Dess recently received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Emily is the daughter of David and Sandra Dess of El Dorado Hills. Congratulations, Emily! Your future looks very bright! HUGE RUMMAGE SALE:
 The St. Patrick Ladies Society’s annual huge […]

Volunteer advocates needed for Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

The El Dorado County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming certified long-term care ombudsmen. Ombudsmen are advocates who visit residents of long-term care facilities to ensure quality of life and quality care for the residents. “There are approximately 40 long-term care facilities in El Dorado County,” said Deborah Johnston, […]

The Balancing Act: Attack on a supervisor

Supervisor Ron “Mik” Mikulaco doesn’t always vote with the majority of the Board of Supervisors. His most important vote was a dissenting no vote on the last budget (FY 2014-15 that had a large structural deficit) which happened to be the last budget submitted by ex-CAO Terri Daly. Someone during this last Grand Jury term […]

Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Senator says drones continue to menace firefighting efforts around the state  SACRAMENTO — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency […]

Two new high school principals on the job

The upcoming school year will bring new leadership to two El Dorado Union High School District schools. Chas Prior and Paul Neville, both previous assistant principals at El Dorado High School, have moved up in ranks to assume their respective positions as principals at El Dorado High School and Union Mine High School. Prior has […]

Marshall Medical Center celebrated for baby care

Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Marshall Medical Center had received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and […]

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 […]

Heartbroken couple wants antiques returned

DIAMOND SPRINGS — On July 16 Keith and Beverly Dockter lost a lifetime of memories after burglars targeted their Zandonella Road home. Possibly using a crowbar to break in through the front door, the thieves made their way through the home and loaded up irreplaceable antiques. Among the items stolen — two German antique candles holders given to the Dockters by foreign exchange students […]

Crime Log

July 13 8:23 a.m. A suspect broke into a coin operated vacuum machine and stole some change on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. 9:50 a.m. A 69-year-old man reported vandalism on Clear Creek Road in Placerville. 10:06 a.m. A 58-year-old woman experienced theft from her vehicle on La Crescenta Road in Placerville. 10:06 a.m. […]

County to buy more land for rare plants

Pronouncing the names of El Dorado County’s rare plant species almost requires a degree in Latin and botany. Found in the county’s Pine Hill Preserve, several of the species are considered rare because they are only found in a very specific and ancient kind of environment known as gabbro soil. Eight of them, in fact, […]

Jury duty scam makes the rounds

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials warn that scammers posing as local law enforcement have attempted to collect cash on false pretenses from several El Dorado County residents. It appears the con artists are not local to the area and use internet based phones, allowing them to select local area codes, according to an El Dorado Sheriff’s […]

County updating General Plan’s biological policies

Public hearings will be set El Dorado County’s 2006 Oak Woodlands Management Plan, newly re-christened as the Oak Resources Management Plan, is once again getting a makeover. Developed by the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency, the biological policy update project’s new resolution of intention was presented by Principal Planner Shawna Purvines at the […]

It’s wildfire season — watch for smoke

With the official arrival of summer, El Dorado County health officials remind residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District air pollution control officer, said wildfires in the county and region can produce smoke that causes health […]

Horoscopes, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Moon of Greener Grass There is no one standard of success that applies to all people. The people who wonder why “so-and-so” hasn’t “made it big” are frustrated in their own lives. As the moon moves from Sagittarius, the station that sees greener grass on the other side, to ambitious Capricorn, try to stay focused […]

Horoscopes, Monday, July 27, 2015

Narcissism in the Fire-Sign Sky As for the people who seem to be in love with themselves, there’s something oddly attractive about them at first. If you accidentally become enamored, you’re not to be blamed as long as the fiery Sagittarius moon and the Leo sun rule the sky. Just know that it’s hard to […]

Becker pays tribute after sprint win

Earlier in the week, Roseville’s Sean Becker planed on racing go karts Saturday night as he hadn’t secured a seat in a sprint car for the upcoming weekend. After a call from Woodland car owner Dan Monhoff, Becker’s last minute plan change paid off as the driver known as “The Shark” ended up in victory lane […]

Correction

A man who identified himself as Shane Douglas called the Mountain Democrat to say he is not engaged and is not getting married this July contrary to the announcement that ran in the Friday, July 3. Mountain Democrat.

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 […]

Capital Stage presents annual new works festival

Capital Stage presents its annual new works festival “Playwrights’ Revolution” with staged readings of six brand-new plays. As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theater, Capital Stage created this series of staged readings to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions. Audiences are […]

NorCal team wins national title

The Northern California Volleyball Club 17-1 Black team won the national division gold medal at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in New Orleans July 3. Four of the girls on the winning team attend Oak Ridge. Setter Elizabeth Cameron, 17, middle blocker Hailey Maniglia, 17, libero Megan Priest, 17, and outside hitter […]

Richard Gonzalez

June 6, 1938 – June 12, 2015 Richard Gonzalez, born on June 6, 1938 in Oxnard, Calif., passed away in Diamond Springs on June 12, 2015. In early adulthood, Richard traveled the country with a religious order until settling in El Dorado County in 1978. He was a painting contractor until he retired, but his […]

El Dorado’s summer season comes to an end

Missed opportunities, mental lapses and physical errors was the unfortunate takeaway from El Dorado High’s 7-1 setback to visiting NBO Thursday evening. With Kennedy cancelling the weekend’s double-header, the loss ended El Dorado’s summer season. Overall, it went 23-5. “It was a good summer and the kids played well at times and poor at times. […]

Alums present scholarships

Once again the El Dorado High School Alumni Association is proud to announce the scholarship winners from the local high schools. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are looking to the future by furthering their education. Winners are: El Dorado High School — Sage Somers, a renewable four-year Emerald Luther Memorial scholarship of […]

Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing is now offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy. Schools must verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all required […]

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

NEW ROCKHOUND ENERGY:
 The El Dorado County Mineral Gem Society welcomes the following new members: Sharon Prichard, Jane Deming, David Oates, Karen Lindwall, James Knapp, Fred and Kathy Heymann, Wayne and Shirley Kuykendall, and Nick and Katie Gladding. Welcome and enjoy this fun and friendly club. NEW LION LEADERS: 
Mother Lode Lions Club has elected […]

Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

I had so much fun writing about spice cupcakes in the last column I thought I would write about cupcakes again. Today’s column, however, focuses on chocolate cupcakes, a favorite flavor of almost everyone. Included are recipes for chocolate cupcake batter, several cupcake variations and a chocolate frosting. Plus, I’ve included my personal review of […]

A rewarding experience for everyone involved

In June we published a three-part series about foster care in El Dorado County. We felt it was an important message for the county, and one that deserved more than just one article. Part 1, called “Superman was a foster child,” focused on a young man named Sirrele Steinfeld, who was in foster care for […]

Handicap parking abuse

EDITOR: This letter is in regard to the article in the July 3 edition concerning the gentleman who felt he was harassed by the DMV for not having license plates and registration on his movable equipment as required by law. My son-in-law was stopped by a CHP officer down in Carmichael for towing a trailer […]

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 […]

The Weekly Daley: Trumping the chumps

“EARTHQUAKE virtually wipes California off the map. Oregon, Washington next?” “Yawn! Did you hear what Donald Trump called Lindsey Graham? A lightweight and an idiot who in the private sector would be a poor man.” “TERRORISTS blow up Switzerland’s cheese and chocolate reserves. Experts claim it will take 20 years to recover.” “Boring! Trump said […]

StemExpress responds to backlash

Between last week’s and this week’s “video revelations” about the sale of aborted fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood, Placerville’s StemExpress founder and CEO Cate Dyer forwarded her company’s prepared statement on the issue to the Mountain Democrat. Dyer prefaced the statement by noting that, “StemExpress has never worked with Deborah Nucatola or the Planned […]

Do you recognize these suspects?

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office asks the public for help identifying two male suspects who allegedly attempted a commercial burglary of the Sutter Center Market on Highway 49in Coloma during the morning hours of June 10. If you have any information regarding the attempted burglary, contact Det. John Robertson at (530) 642-4722.

Jr. Cougars huddle

Members of the El Dorado Jr. Cougars football teams huddle in Tuesday’s session of the annual Jr. Cougar Youth Football Camp. A story on the camp is scheduled to run next week. Photo by Jackie Penn

Correction

Monday’s article about the county’s new “early separation incentive” failed to include one department’s roster of early retirees. The Board of Supervisors approved one of its own staff members among the 16 who will receive the incentive.

Corection

The person in the front page mugshot under the headline “Bringing criminals to justice,” published July 22, should have been identified as David Donahue, not Wayne Donohue.

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Jury duty scam makes the rounds

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Heartbroken couple wants antiques returned

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Kyburz Fire whips through the woods

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Two new high school principals on the job

By El Dorado Union High School District | From Page: A3

Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Press Release | From Page: A3

Marshall Medical Center celebrated for baby care

By Marshall Medical | From Page: A3

It’s wildfire season — watch for smoke

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency | From Page: A9

County to buy more land for rare plants

By Chris Daley | From Page: A9

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

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Opinion »

The Balancing Act: Attack on a supervisor

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Belltower: Didn’t know that

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A4

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a congressional party

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Letters »

Looking at more than the bottom line

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EID planned well

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Sports »

El Dorado’s summer season comes to an end

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

NorCal team wins national title

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6

First and goal: Honor request

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Roundup: July 26, 2015

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Becker pays tribute after sprint win

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Quintet tackles trio of marathons

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A good time was had by all

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B1

‘Link-Up’ to benefit children’s grief program

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Foothill dining: Take a dip

By Mccormick And Company | From Page: B2

Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency | From Page: B2

As we were: Jury duty

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

Capital Stage presents annual new works festival

By Capital Stage | From Page: B4

Food bank seeks early riser volunteers for Rescue route

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County | From Page: B10

Join Community Concert Association at National Night Out

By El Dorado Community Concert Association | From Page: B10

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Correction

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News Bites

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Crime Log

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Richard Gonzalez

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New York Times

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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Rubs

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Shoe

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TV Listings

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Sudoku

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Horoscopes, Monday, July 27, 2015

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