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CAO contract details questioned

El Dorado County Interim Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs’ contract is getting a closer look after county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn questioned whether its language follows California Public Employees Retirement System requirements. “Based on my limited review of PERS law and limited review of the CAO’s contract, it appears that the county has been violating PERS law,” Harn […]

New partnership to use fire to fight catastrophic fire

SACRAMENTO — Federal and state agency officials recently gathered with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a memorandum of understanding that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California. Wildland fuels are continuing to build up and wildfires are […]

El Niño delivers but state says keep conserving

El Niño continues to deliver more snow and rain but that won’t change the statewide conservation mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. At Tuesday’s State Water Resources Control Board meeting, board members voted to extend the mandate through October of this year, although the amount of water to be conserved will be somewhat more flexible. George Kostyrko, […]

Reds, Whites and Jewels is the perfect place to shop

What: Reds, Whites and Jewels Show Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information: (530) 677-2231 With Valentine’s Day approaching, many search to find jewelry that is special and unique, and can even be custom […]

From hammock hijinks to happiness, couple celebrates 70 years

Paul Watson dumped the neighbor girl out of a hammock one afternoon and told her, “I’m going to marry you someday.” The infuriated girl replied, “Not if you were the last man on Earth!” Viola and Paul Watson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 25, as it seems Vi had changed her mind. “Well, look […]

Love inspires Gold Country artists

Gold Country Artists Gallery presents “Love is in the Air,” a special gallery show to celebrate one of the artists’ favorite holidays — Valentine’s Day. It is the time to think about special people in your life. The gallery this year is showcasing its jewelry makers with stunning new jewelry in addition to a variety […]

Free state tax assistance online

SACRAMENTO — Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee reminds taxpayers that FTB offers a variety of free services online, from electronic filing to requesting a payment plan. “Tax season can be a stressful time,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Yee.” FTB offers an array of online services to make the process of filing a […]

Learn how to use social media

Start the new year off with a how-to session on growing support and word-of-mouth networking. Learn how to grow meaningful engagement across media platforms with Janet Osterdock, a nonprofit marketing specialist and early adopter in cross-media marketing. Enjoy lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Sequoia Banquet Center in Placerville and obtain skills to assist […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Oral health care begins at birth

by Kristine Oase Guth Did you know that tooth decay and cavities are nearly 100 percent preventable? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. If left untreated, it can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, […]

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at luncheon

Roxanne DeLillo, owner of Apothecary of Healing Arts in Cool, is the next speaker at the Divide Women’s Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18. DeLillo is a master teacher, specializing in all levels of reiki, quantum touch and intuitive health coaching to enhance health and increase the healing process. She uses a combination of alternative […]

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2016-17 school year at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD), beginning Feb. 16. Current students do not need to be reregistered and registration information and forms will be available in school offices. Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through third grade), 4801 Luneman Road in […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Evan C. Robenalt

U.S. Air Force Airman Evan C. Robenalt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 […]

Golden Memories Photo Contest launched by Apple Hill Growers

In September 2016 El Dorado County is hosting the 2016 International Gold Panning Championships. As part of the countywide celebration, the Apple Hill Growers are sponsoring a Golden Memories Facebook Photo Contest. The Apple Hill Growers Facebook Photo Contest encourages photographers to submit color photographs highlighting the golden memories created when visiting Apple Hill Grower ranches. Photos […]

Take the county biz survey

The El Dorado County Economic Development Division is partnering with regional economic development organizations to implement the 2016 county Business Survey to enhance the economic climate for both employees and employers in the county. The survey, which is a collaboration of county chambers of commerce, downtown organizations, professional associations and cities, will help to analyze the competitiveness of […]

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

South Lake Tahoe police released composite sketches of two suspects in a Saturday night shooting that left an Amador County man dead. The sketches show two men suspected in a shooting at the Beverly Lodge that killed 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. Police believe Wright traveled to South Lake Tahoe with his girlfriend to sell 100 […]

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following a comprehensive assessment by four independent agencies, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit approved the reopening of Heavenly Mountain Resort’s North Bowl chairlift last month after a chair malfunction caused the closure. The chair was closed Jan. 3, when an equipment failure caused an unoccupied chair to […]

Teacher shortage

EDITOR: Recently TV has made mention of a shortage of school teachers. I wonder why? My daughter taught high school in El Dorado County for 15 years. One of the things I learned from her was that it is easier for the school system to control a teacher on payroll than angry parents who know that their child is […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

CONGRATULATIONS: Sky Divinagracia, freshman, elementary education and Jess Hanson, sophomore, interdisciplinary studies are on the Dean’s List at George Fox University of Newberg, Ore. for fall 2015. Both honor students are from El Dorado Hills. BATTER UP: The Placerville senior softball league is looking for a few good folks to play in the senior softball league on […]

Bruins clinch CVC

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Bring on Benicia. Pondoerosa’s varsity squad secured its Capital Valley Conference championship Tuesday night at home, defeating Bella Vista 49-16 in front of a packed-out Senior Night crowd. Bruin seniors Kyle Jennings and Elan Tubbs both earned pins in their matches while they — along with fellow senior Zach Stewart, were honored […]

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

EL DORADO — For the second consecutive year, the Sierra Valley Conference will have co-champion banners created for varsity wrestling. This year, however, it will only be two teams instead of three — Union Mine and El Dorado High. The D’Backs defeated their intra-county conference rivals Wednesday night at home, winning 37-33 on Senior Night. […]

D’backs fall to Cordova

EL DORADO — Union Mine compiled a brief symphony Tuesday, only to let it become a pile of sour notes. The Diamondbacks will remember a 50-40 loss to Cordova for the wrong reasons. A night to honor the team’s eight seniors for their final home game saw UM hold a one-point lead at the end of […]

Troy downs Woodcreek

EL DORADO HILLS — Already accepted to Chico State and the University of Nevada, Oak Ridge senior wrestler Nick Diaz-Kokaisl still waits to hear from his his top college choice. “If I got in to Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), that would be nice,” the Trojans’ 180-pounder said after his team’s 55-8 home victory over Woodcreek […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its mobile food pantry on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it, rain or shine. The food bank will provide one allocation per household. If you […]

Local publisher to speak at nonfiction authors group

Ted Savas, a much-published author, manuscript reviewer and key principal of independent award-winning publishers SavasBeatie, LLC, Publishers of Historical Titles of Distinction in El Dorado Hills, will be the speaker at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Savas graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. He […]

Michael Corner funeral notice

April 4, 1940 — Dec. 20, 2015 Juan Michael “Mike” Corner, of Placerville, Calif., born April 4, 1940, died Dec. 20, 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., at New Wine Christian Fellowship, 680 Bee Street in Placerville.

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

Jan. 4, 1944 — Nov. 11, 2015 In remembrance of Sandra Anne Wallace, private family services have been held. The family would like to thank everyone for their condolences, cards and flowers along with their kind thoughts and sharing of stories. “Like falling leaves the years slip by But Love and memories never die, A […]

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

Nov. 22, 1980 — Jan. 15, 2016 Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill, 35, of Pollock Pines, Calif., peacefully passed away and into the arms of her sweet Jesus on Jan. 15, 2016. She was also greeted there by her Grammas Rosemary Hesse and Doris Gill, her uncle Mark Hesse, aunt Linda Hesse, and Monte Montillier; Angel the […]

Gold Rush for preschoolers

Angels Camp Museum is having a preschool story time and art activity for preschoolers about the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. “What Do You Do With An Idea?” is written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. This is the story of one brilliant idea […]

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

“International Guitar Night” returns to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, with some of the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists performing their latest original compositions and exchanging musical ideas in a public concert setting. Founder Brian Gore hosts three of Europe’s finest in this year’s tour, which includes gypsy jazz legend […]

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, and Graham Sobelman present “Graham-A-Rama: Valentine’s Week Pre-Game” on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. Sacramento composer, music director and producer Sobelman is joining forces with Capital Stage, where he recently was the music director for “The Behavior of Broadus,” to resurrect his eponymous cabaret show. Just in […]

‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

“American Picker’s” is coming back to film in California and is looking for unique and large collections. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology, e-mail your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to [email protected] or call (855) old-rust. “American […]

Coalition recognizes shining stars

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition gathered the brightest young stars Jan. 23 at the ninth annual Youth Star Awards. Thirty young people received awards for their community service. “These (youth) are our future,” said Glen Swedelson, coalition board member. “They will be the leaders, the innovators. It’s important to recognize what they’ve accomplished […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Academic Decathlon students ready to show their stuff

Jeff Hassian had to keep handing off his 2-month-old baby boy as Hassian coached his very first El Dorado County Academic Decathlon team from Oak Ridge High School 15 years ago. Today that boy, Garrett Hassian, is on his dad’s 2016 team, hoping to perform well as an alternate in the scholastic category. Maybe Garrett […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Claire Baco California Montessori Project, my school, requires all seventh- and eighth-graders to go to a three-day internship at the end of January each year. I’m in seventh grade this year and was a bit worried about where to go when my teacher, Natasha Raffety, suggested the Mountain Democrat. I wasn’t really sure, but my […]

Health alert: Public reminded to guard against mosquitoes

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently advised that although there is no evidence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in California, people should always take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including removing standing water and wearing insect repellant when necessary. Californians should also be advised of international […]

Conservation mandate met for seventh straight month

SACRAMENTO — Californians have reduced water use by 25.5 percent since June, continuing to meet Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate despite a decline in the statewide water-savings rate during the last three months of 2015. In December the statewide conservation rate was 18.3 percent, down from 20.4 percent in November, compared to the same months in 2013. A drop in […]

Westmont project continued; new commissioner seated

It was a short meeting on Jan. 28 for the El Dorado County Planning Commission as the main agenda item was continued. Previously scheduled was a hearing on the proposed Westmont Living Facility in El Dorado Hills. A decision was made to continue consideration of the project off calendar because a different California Environmental Quality Act document needs to be prepared. Staff […]

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News »

CAO contract details questioned

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Have a game plan for Super Bowl 50

By Placerville Police | From Page: A1

El Niño delivers but state says keep conserving

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Police release sketches of suspects in South Lake Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Take the county biz survey

By News Release | From Page: A3

Free state tax assistance online

By Franchise Tax Board | From Page: A3

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

By Tahoe Daily Tribune | From Page: A8

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

By Julie Samrick | Gallery

Legal services available for seniors

By El Dorado County Health And Human Services Agency

One dead after Tahoe shooting

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tribes fight over name, land

By Amanda Williams

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Letters »

Hands up, don’t shoot?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Denial

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Teacher shortage

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Are you hornswoggled?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Disdain and disgrace

By Letters to the Editor

Opinions and facts

By Letters to the Editor

Altshuler’s insults

By Letters to the Editor

Respect other drivers

By Letters to the Editor

Helping the homeless

By Letters to the Editor

Herd immunity doesn’t work either

By Letters to the Editor

Alternative treatments

By Letters to the Editor

Clay Street problems?

By Letters to the Editor

Phony claim

By Letters to the Editor

Lincoln’s railroad ties

By Letters to the Editor

EID general manager responds

By Letters to the Editor

Empty Bowls left our hearts full

By Letters to the Editor

New sheriff’s complex

By Letters to the Editor

Save the turtles

By Letters to the Editor

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Sports »

Troy downs Woodcreek

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

By Democrat Staff | Gallery

Cougars upend Lady D’backs

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’back give-and-take leads to win

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Sports scene: Jan. 28, 2016

By Democrat Staff

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Prospecting »

Reds, Whites and Jewels is the perfect place to shop

By Sherri Bergmann | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Love inspires Gold Country artists

By Gold Country Artists Gallery | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

‘Citizenfour’ shows at Cozmic Café

By Coalition For Change | From Page: B3

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B3

Arts Council presents author reading

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B4

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B4

My Time group to meet in Placerville

By Senior Day | From Page: B4

From hammock hijinks to happiness, couple celebrates 70 years

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B5 | Gallery

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

By Capital Stage | From Page: B6

St. Elias Orthodox Church presents special programs

By St. Elias Orthodox Church | From Page: B6

Exhibit brings a new dimension to familiar portraits

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B6

Gold Rush for preschoolers

By Angels Camp | From Page: B8

Send a singing Valentine

By Sierra Gold Chorus | From Page: B8

History museum debuts new exhibit

By The Sacramento History Museum | From Page: B9

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

Poets to speak out

By El Dorado Arts Council | From Page: B13

Learn how to use social media

By Marshall Foundation For Community Health

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Essentials »

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

By El Dorado County Community Development

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

News bites: 1/6

By Democrat Staff

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Obituaries »

Barbara Endersby

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Sandra Anne Wallace shorter obit

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Michael Corner funeral notice

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Joseph Richard Erickson

By Contributor

Philip John Garthe Jr.

By Contributor

Bell Weaver

By Contributor

Charlotte Emily Dryden

By Contributor

Donna Louise Ranger

By Contributor

June Birtwell

By Contributor

James Carroll Coleman

By Contributor

F. John Adams

By Contributor

Donna Wunschel

By Contributor

Frances Rosa King

By Contributor

Cynthia Elaine Dowse

By Contributor

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Comics »

TV Listings

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Shoe

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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New York Times Crossword

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Long Story Short

By Contributor

Flying McCoys

By Contributor

Speed Bump

By Contributor

Tundra

By Contributor

Shoe

By Contributor

Sudoku

By Contributor

Rubes

By Contributor

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor

Long Story Short

By Contributor

TV Listings

By Contributor

Speed Bump

By Contributor

Tundra

By Contributor

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Home Source

Home sales rebound in December after November setback

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM8

Sellers checked out of current market

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM4

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