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Heard over the back fence: Where to Recycle

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
 The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society established a Scholarship Program in 2003 to provide scholarships to residents of El Dorado County who are pursuing a degree and/or career in earth sciences, lapidary arts or other related fields at an accredited college or university. This year Alexander Thomson of Placerville was […]

Second Tilford tribute tomorrow

Added winnings on the line  Tomorrow brings both inflated winnings and memories of a racing legend together as the season’s second-to-last championship event pays homage to one of the most decorated stock car wheelmen in the history of Placerville Speedway with the second annual Tribute to Donnie Tilford and Big Trophy Night. The second edition […]

Roundup: Denner wins race

Soccer Grizzly Cup Classic Union Mine 3, Colfax 0 Union Mine 7, Golden Sierra 1 Golden Sierra 3, Forest Lake Christian 1 Inderkum Tourney Ponderosa 1, Armijo 1 Nonleague Ponderosa 1, Lincoln 0 Ponderosa 4, Colfax 2 Oak Ridge 2, Whitney 1 Oak Ridge 2, McClatchy 2 Volleyball Ponderosa def. by Rocklin 18-25, 11-25, 18-25 […]

Fore! EDCAR hits the links

DSC_5696 ew El Dorado County Association of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament participants take to the green at Serrano Aug. 31. The tournament, in its 17th year, benefited The Center for Violence Free Relationships, CASA, El Dorado County high school arts and music programs and community senior programs. DSC_5705 w Christina Carroll with Intero Real Estate […]

Diamondback girls win home opener

EL DORADO — Union Mine had a successful start to its season Wednesday, defeating visiting Placer 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. The Lady Diamondbacks pulled out the second set, scoring the final seven points with their backs to the wall. Union Mine relied on its captain Kylie Russell and the senior came through with key hits and on serve.  Karly […]

Cougars reload, look for another winning year

Team: El Dorado Mascot: Cougars Head Coach: Joe Volek, 4th year Assistant Coaches: Mike Mitchell, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line/Offensive Coordinator; Travis Cox, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs; Tim Hum, Linebackers/Special Teams; Kenny Clark, Offensive Line Assistant; Chad Palen, Running Backs; Jared Gavard, Quarterbacks; Jake Robinson, Defensive Line; Anthony Heagy, Assistant Coach. League: Sierra Valley Conference (Cordova, Galt, Liberty Ranch, Rosemont and Union Mine) […]

ED FB Schedule

Aug. 28 — El Dorado @ South Tahoe Sept. 4 — El Dorado @ Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 — El Dorado vs. Rio Americano (Del Campo), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 — Mesa Verde @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 — Foothill @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 — Liberty Ranch @ El Dorado Oct. 16 — El Dorado @ Rosemont […]

Four teams in action

Just one of the four El Dorado County high school teams in action tonight has a home game. Union Mine will entertain Bear River and will be tested as the Bruins return most of its starters who won the Division V Section Division V title last fall. Elsewhere, Oak Ridge is at Vacaville, Ponderosa makes […]

Playoff changes for water polo

LODI — Last November, the Ponderosa and El Dorado boys water polo teams met in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs in which Ponderosa posted a 14-0 victory. After the match, Bruin head coach Shane O’Rourke and Cougar mentor Zach Davis felt that the match was clearly a mismatch, as the Bruins dominated from the […]

Carmen Sotto Casperson

July 13, 1927 — Aug. 28, 2015 Carmen Sotto Casperson passed away peacefully in Placerville, Calif., on Aug. 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth W. Casperson (1993); and her parents, Theodore and Maria Sotto. She was the loving mother of Kennette (George) Wiesinger, Catherine (David) Gee, Kelei […]

Correction

Monday’s story headlined “Norma Santiago joins Briggs in back pay fight” incorrectly identified Jon Hendrickson as an attorney with the law firm of George Hills. Hendrickson clarified his position in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat Tuesday. “I am not an attorney and my employer, George Hills Company Inc., is not a law firm. The […]

Gold Rush Days is back in Old Sac

It’s time to turn back the clock to the 1850s when Gold Rush Days returns to Old Sacramento over the extended Labor Day Weekend — Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. The wildly fun and free heritage celebration offers a variety of family-friendly special activities that take place throughout the historical district to help […]

Sierra BrewFest — an epic afternoon of sun, suds, fun

Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 26th annual Sierra BrewFest on Saturday, Sept. 5. As one of the oldest, continuously running brewfests in California, the Sierra BrewFest is known for showcasing small microbreweries in Northern California and this year’s roster will feature more than 100 hand-crafted beers from some of the best microbreweries on […]

Cantina for the Con supports Rubicon Trail

The 11th annual Cantina for the Con is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 at the Loon Lake entrance to the famous Rubicon Trail. With close to $215,000 raised for the health of the Rubicon Trail over the last 10 years, the event originators TDO Club and now Rubicon Trail Foundation ask the public […]

Duty: Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez

Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez is a 1986 graduate of Ponderosa High School and the son of Betty McKenzie of Shingle Springs. The following is reprinted with permission from Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs Office. Pensacola Naval Air Station welcomes Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez as executive officer. Dominguez enlisted in the Navy in 1986 through the delayed entry […]

Study shows Senate Bill 32 will drive up cost of housing, pricing California families out of the market

Proposed legislation aimed at dramatically cutting greenhouse gas emissions will drive up the price of homes, price hundreds of thousands of households out of the housing market, dramatically increase the number of Californians living in poverty and result in an annual loss of billions of dollars in California’s gross state product, according to a report […]

Heard over the back fence: Touch a Truck

LABOR DAY CLOSURE OF EL DORADO TRANSIT & DIAL-A-RIDE:
 El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. For more information or a complete listing of holidays, please call El Dorado Transit […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

Education board to discuss Meyers’ DUI

Following the sentencing last month of El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers for driving under the influence, El Dorado County Office of Education Trustee Heidi Weiland asked that the issue be placed on the next board meeting agenda. Reading a prepared statement at the Board of Trustee’s Aug. 27 meeting, Weiland said she struggled with what the board should […]

Drug investigation clouds Union Mine

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly selling Adderall on the Union Mine High School campus.

The arrest announcement came shortly after officials acknowledged drug rumors during a Monday press conference focused on the conditions of two junior varsity football players who collapsed after Friday’s home game.

My Turn: California needs to address its lack of technical training

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers that are entering […]

My turn: What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture? It was taken on Aug. 19 at the Placerville Aquatics Center. The pool was clean and ready for use, but closed! Taking a drive last Sunday, in the heat of an 90-plus-degree day, I drove past Lotus Park near Coloma and found the beach packed with users and the parking […]

Body recovered in the American River

COLOMA — A missing Colorado man’s body was found in the South Fork of the American River last week. El Dorado County’s Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the body of Luke Matson, 33, mid-morning on Aug. 25, a day after he was reported missing. The body was found about 20 feet off shore and 12 feet below the surface […]

Charles Krauthammer: What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too […]

Report: Cross-dressing burglar caught in the act

Lo-Hi Court residents nabbed an apparent burglar as he exited their home last Wednesday night, reportedly wearing one of the female victim’s pants. Tryston Alvarez-Ross, 19, of Placerville was released from the El Dorado County Jail just hours before he was re-arrested on suspicion of burglary after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway […]

Fantastic experience at Gold Country Retirement Community

EDITOR: On behalf of my mom, Frances Brett, I want to compliment the Gold Country Retirement Community staff for such a wonderful experience during her transition into the nursing care center and then into independent living. All of the staff has been nothing but professional and courteous throughout the three-week process and my mom is […]

Placerville Police testing body cameras

Invasion of privacy or another tool that protects both officers and the public? The Placerville Police Department has joined the debate over body cameras, implementing a test run in March. Nearly six month later, officials report they are “pleased with body-worn cameras” and will expand the program. The Placerville City Council was recently given an […]

3 dead in Hwy. 50 wreck

FRESH POND — A man and two women died after they were thrown from a vehicle that crashed into a tree Sunday night. A surviving passenger flagged down help after the wreck at approximately 11:50 p.m. Neither the survivor or the victims, said to be in their 30s, have been identified. The silver 2007 Dodge Nitro […]

Pending sales and Market Pulse Survey show California home sales gaining

LOS ANGELES – California pending home sales soared from the previous year in July, posting the strongest year-over-year increase in more than six years according to a recent report from the California Association of Realtors. In a separate report, California Realtors responding to C.A.R.’s July Market Pulse Survey saw a reduction in floor calls, listing appointments, […]

Disclosing neighborhood nuisances

A few years back I was the listing agent on a nice house on acreage in Camino. I never met the buyers who were represented by another agent, but about a year after closing I received a call from their attorney who demanded a significant amount of money from me for my failure to disclose […]

When design styles collide, apply rules of attraction

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. — Marc Chagall He likes classical. I like pop. He likes thrillers. I like love stories. He likes edgy art painted on metal. I like landscapes painted on canvas. I like carved wood. He likes chrome. And we are trying to create […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Aesthetic Taurus Moon Why does a clean car or a certain pair of shoes matter so much? Because the symbols of our lives are important. They say something about who we are and why we do what we do. Under this aesthetically inclined Venus-ruled Taurus moon, it will be bothersome if our symbols don’t accurately […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Neptune Sun Opposition of Constant Craving The appeal of illusive, unobtainable goals is part of the deal these days with the sun pulling across the sky at Neptune. The opposition of these major players creates such a tension between what we want and what is reasonable that frustration becomes a fixture of the day. It’s […]

Dinner celebrates farm to table

In the spirit of honoring the local farmers and growers in the area and to celebrate the beginning of the fall harvest in the foothills, the Placerville Natural Foods Coop announces its annual Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Manzanita Kitchen and Events in Diamond Springs, 4232 Fowler Lane. […]

Richard Scott Washington

Oct. 13, 1930 — Aug. 28, 2015 Richard was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Douglas, Ariz., and passed away at the age of 84 in Camino, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Ann; his sons, R. Scott Washington and wife Mary, […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

The dog days of summer are here. Less than a month left, which means changes are on the way. If you are a cyclist — it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride — and you’ve planned to ride in Apple Hill, now is the time to do it. Once the apple season starts, […]

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News »

3 dead in Hwy. 50 wreck

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Placerville Police testing body cameras

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Body recovered in the American River

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Education board to discuss Meyers’ DUI

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Drug investigation clouds Union Mine

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Senior Nutrition Program hungry for volunteers

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

Report: Cross-dressing burglar caught in the act

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3

Volunteers adopt Tahoe gateway signs

By Tahoe Regional Planning Agency | From Page: A6

Lake Tahoe Summit addresses important issues

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A11

Heard over the back fence: Let’s Uke Class

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Seven busted in Tahoe search

By Amanda Williams

New cancer center elevates care

By Julie Samrick | Gallery

Judge breaks her silence

By Amanda Williams

Beware the woodland creatures who carry a dangerous disease

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency

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Letters »

Hangman’s dummy responses

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Fantastic experience at Gold Country Retirement Community

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

The removal of Judge Dylan Sullivan

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Mountain lion sighting

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

$15 per hour won’t solve poverty

By Letters to the Editor

Time for amendments

By Letters to the Editor

From little acorns mighty oaks do grow

By Letters to the Editor

I agree with Jennifer

By Letters to the Editor

Trivial pursuit

By Letters to the Editor

Chess Club coverage

By Letters to the Editor

Live with it or leave

By Letters to the Editor

Good job, Eileen

By Letters to the Editor

Stealing the show

By Letters to the Editor

Flier not from GDPUD

By Letters to the Editor

National Night Out ripples

By Letters to the Editor

Mental illness must be addressed

By Letters to the Editor

Explaining my position

By Letters to the Editor

State of Jefferson can help

By Letters to the Editor

The hangman is our history

By Letters to the Editor

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Sports »

Lady Cougars return with athleticism

By Mike Bush | From Page: A8

Ponderosa girls sweep Grizzlies

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

Timing is now for Union Mine varsity

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8

UM Football roster

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9

UM Football Schedule

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9

Roundup: Denner wins race

By Democrat Staff

ED FB Schedule

By Democrat Staff

ED FB roster

By Democrat Staff

Four teams in action

By Mike Bush

Grizzlies contain Wildfires

By Democrat Staff

D’backs take season opener

By Mark Devaughn

Trojans win wild one

By Mike Bush

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Prospecting »

New Morning looking brighter with help from car show

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Artisanal coffee-house opens downtown

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets big check

By Big Brothers Big Sistesr | From Page: B2

At a glance: Making money

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Lifeline conducting screening in Shingle Springs

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

Nonfiction writers unite and unblock

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B3

Grow For It! The grand opening is coming

By Sue McDavid | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Life as I know It: Bike and hike again

By Robert F. Boggus | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Strawberry Music Fest returns to Tuolumne

By Strawberry Music Festival | From Page: B8

Banner year for Amador County Fair

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Monument business rocks

By Pat Lakey | From Page: GLV2

Yoga has come a long way

By Catherine Aisner | From Page: GLV7

Ask a care manager: Long term care insurance: Is it worth it?

By Elizabeth Caldwell | From Page: GLV10

Ask a care manager: Don’t forget your body needs water

By Michelle Howard | From Page: GLV11

Things to do: Sept. 4, 2015

By Democrat Calendar

Gold Rush Days is back in Old Sac

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center

Cantina for the Con supports Rubicon Trail

By Rubicon Trail Foundation

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Essentials »

Correction

By Noel Stack | From Page: A2

Building permits issued Aug. 24-29

By El Dorado County Community Development | From Page: A2

News briefs

By Noel Stack | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor

Correction

By Chris Daley

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Divorces: July 2015

By Noel Stack

News bites, Aug. 26

By Noel Stack

Correction

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

By El Dorado County Community Development

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Pat Lakey

Corrections

By Chris Daley

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

By El Dorado County Community Development

Statewide fire summary

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

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Obituaries »

Richard Scott Washington

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Darlene Herman

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Carmen Sotto Casperson

By Contributor

Kenneth Harvey Liegerot

By Contributor

Luke Brandon Matson

By Contributor

Leslie Lloyd Burnett

By Contributor

Frank Fausel

By Contributor

Thelma Eleanor Carpenter

By Contributor

Diana Mae Snyder

By Contributor

Leo Nored

By Contributor

Margaret Louise Gonzales

By Contributor

Robert M. Dawson

By Contributor

Walter John Zabel

By Contributor

Jack Canright

By Contributor

Lois Faye Raffety

By Contributor

Christopher Inzano

By Contributor

Cecelia Ann Varenkamp

By Contributor

Eric Moss

By Contributor

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Real Estate »

July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

By California Association Of Realtors

Real estate firms confident about future profitability

By National Association Of Realtors

Pending home sales dip in June

By National Association Of Realtors

Millennials favor walkable communities, says new NAR poll

By National Association Of Realtors

CFPB’s extends TRID implementation deadline

By National Association Of Realtors

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Comics »

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Thursday, September 3, 2015

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Long Story Short

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A10

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Shoe

By Contributor

Sudoku

By Contributor

Rubes

By Contributor

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor

TV Listings

By Contributor

Speed Bump

By Contributor

Tundra

By Contributor

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Good Living

Ask a care manager: Long term care insurance: Is it worth it?

By Elizabeth Caldwell | From Page: GLV10

Monument business rocks

By Pat Lakey | From Page: GLV2

Special Publications »

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