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Red hot Rico Abreu blazes to victory

When you’re hot, you’re hot and Rutherford’s Rico Abreu has started out 2014 like a blazing inferno. The 22-year-old in his fourth year of Sprint Car racing has began the year as well as anybody across the country and continued his stellar start before a record crowd at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Placerville Speedway […]

Schedule: April 21-26, 2014

Monday, April 21 Baseball Folsom @ OR, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Baseball PHS @ PG, 4 p.m. Golf PHS @ River Valley, Plumas Lake GC, 3 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Forest Lake Christian, Dark Horse GC, 3:30 p.m. Lacrosse Davis @ OR boys, 7:30 p.m. Soccer OR @ Sheldon, […]

Cantare Chorale seeks new director

Dr. Jeff Nelson, artistic director of the Cantare Chorale, will be leaving the group at the end of this season in June.  The search for a new director is underway. Interested candidates should contact the group by calling 530-677-6964. Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is a community-based mixed chorus dedicated to bringing quality choral […]

‘After 5 Club’ offers free support for caregivers

The “After 5 Club” is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The “After 5 Club” meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Volunteers needed for day of service

There will be an El Dorado County Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 26. The day will be filled with projects to improve El Dorado County. Sue Taylor is heading up the day of work and she invites community members to participate.   Projects Clean up of ½ acre vacant lot at 2695 La […]

Help with healthcare decisions

Snowline Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making — an effort that resulted in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, Snowline Hospice is providing the popular living will, Five Wishes, to […]

As we were: Supervisors can’t decide

25 Years ago April 21, 1989 Supes deadlock on DA appointment by PAT LAKEY El Dorado County still is without a permanent district attorney, despite a vote Wednesday by the Board of Supervisors to try to choose one of three candidates for the job. Acting District Attorney Walt Miller managed to win the votes of […]

Time to enter El Dorado County Fair

Whether your peach cobbler is the best on the block, your pig the plumpest in the barn or your Web design simply stellar, now’s the time to submit your entry form to participate in the 2014 El Dorado County Fair. Dozens of categories offer participants the chance to showcase nearly every imaginable talent at this […]

Spend time in River City

What: “The Music Man” Who: El Dorado Musical Theater Where:  Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: April 25 at 7 p.m., April 26 at 2 and 7 p.m., April 27 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 7 p.m., May 3 at 2 and 7 p.m., May 4 at 6 p.m., […]

Heard over the back fence: Earth Day at the library

SOUND IS EXPENSIVE: John Chapman sent me the following sign:
”AUTO REPAIR PRICE LIST Ping-Ping-Ping $35 Plunk-Ping-Plunk $50 Klunk-Ping-Klunk $125 Thud-Klunk-Thud $200 Clank-Thud-Klank $325″ EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Placerville Earth Day celebration on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. There will be […]

The balancing act: Save the whales

About four months ago a movie called Blackfish was run on one of the cable channels. Perhaps it should have run on the propaganda channel. As I watch the film, it became more obvious that it had an ax to grind (like retribution against a former employer) other than the well-being of orcas and would […]

Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jupiter Opposes Pluto If you realize that you are pinning your happiness on something that you could possibly lose, don’t worry. You’re in cosmic accordance. The nature of beauty is that it’s fleeting. The nature of love is risk. As lucky Jupiter opposes intense Pluto, we are made vividly aware of life’s contrasts. Let this […]

Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

Solar Switch-Up The sun leaves Aries, the first-born sign of the zodiac associated with identity, youth and the warrior spirit, for a steadier section of sky. Taurus energy is associated with strength, stamina, long-term goals and material wealth. In the weeks to come, we will be concerned with quality over quantity and long-term over immediate […]

Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

Last Day of the Aries Sun This is Good Friday and the last day of the high-energy Aries sun. It’s time to slow down and approach life as a marathon instead of a sprinting race. If you think that your many responsibilities do not allow you the extravagance of doing something nice for yourself each […]

CPCSD seat unfilled

A special board meeting held Monday night by the Cameron Park Community Services District resulted in no one being selected to fill the empty board seat left after Sean Tucker resigned in February. Eight candidates had applied for the opening but only seven showed for the interview. However, when it came down to it, no […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Benji, a 1-year-old German shepherd pup. Rarely do I meet a dog I don’t like, but shepherds hold a special place in my heart. We have two in the family right now. The German shepherd is smart, sensitive and strong, equal parts soldier and sidekick, as comfortable in […]

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

National taxpayer champion Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, has announced his endorsement of Michael Ranalli for El Dorado County District 4 Supervisor. On learning of the Uhler endorsement, Ranalli said, “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Lew Uhler. Lew has been a steadfast champion for the taxpayer as […]

DA receives letter from FPPC on campaign violations

The District Attorney of El Dorado County received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding violations of the Political Reform Act’s campaign disclosure provisions. “Specifically, the FPPC found that you violated the Act’s campaign disclosure provisions with regard to loans made to your committee and that you also violated the Act’s ‘one bank […]

DA candidate to remain on ballot

Contrary to the editorial on April 16, District Attorney candidate Judson Henry’s name will be on the June primary ballot. According to the El Dorado Elections Department, once a candidate has provided the necessary signatures and paid their filing fees, their name is on the ballot unless it is withdrawn by a certain date. That […]

Water Agency gives irrigation discharge program update

An update on the Long Term Irrigated Lands Program Waste Discharge Requirements was given at the April 9 Water Agency board meeting. Previously, the Water Agency board heard a presentation by the El Dorado County Agricultural Water Quality Corporation on the history and background of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program and the Pilot Program that […]

Charges dropped: DA protester out of prison

A man known for protesting the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and charged with soliciting the murder of a judge in Nevada was released from prison and his charges dismissed. South Lake Tahoe resident Ty Robben was released last week after Douglas County, Nev., District Attorney Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation of murder charge, […]

Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

April 15 saw the last of the testimony of the Andrew Sanford murder trial. The day began with an argument over including then-16-year-old victim Richard Swanson’s hat size in evidence, but Judge James R. Wagoner struck down the inclusion due to lack of foundation and relevance. The jury was let in and the judge read […]

KVIE calls for artists

KVIE Public Television announces the 33rd annual KVIE Art Auction and is calling for emerging and established artists to enter their work in the KVIE juried art competition. Entry categories include: California’s Gold, contemporary classics, figurative, photography, sculpture, and still life and landscapes. Artists get the chance to win cash prizes, which include $500 for […]

Woman, dog back from Oso

He may not look heroic — in fact, with the tug toy hanging from his mouth and his tongue hanging out, this German shepherd looks downright goofy. When his owner, Noreen McClintok, gives him the “search” command, however, the goofy animal is gone, replaced by a focused, intent dog who does not give up.

On April 8, Cai and McClintok, 63, returned from helping search for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., as part of a California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) team.

“Washington FEMA put out a call for cadaver dogs, “said McClintok, who lives in El Dorado Hills, “and CARDA responded right away.” McClintok said the search in Oso had changed from rescue to recovery within a day or two of the slide. “I can’t imagine what those first responders were confronted with. In 50 feet of mud, how do you start to look?”

“Our CARDA team had seven dogs and we drove up to Washington as a caravan. Two members of the team came all the way from San Bernardino,” said McClintok. “We got there on Thursday, April 2, and …”

A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

“A Couple of Blaguards” fills the Harris Center in Folsom with tales of life in Limerick, April 24-27. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angela’s Ashes” and bestseller, “Tis,” Frank McCourt, and his brother Malachy, also a successful author, joined talents to write an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland. Though times were tough […]

Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

Someone tip Savannah Stephens’ hitting coach Mike McCauley for the work he’s done. The Golden Sierra shortstop has pulverized Sierra Delta League pitching the last few years … so much even she wonders what might have happened had she played for a bigger school in a higher division — thoughts quickly countered by advice Stephens […]

Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

The “Derby Day 2014: Hats On For the Kids” fundraiser on Saturday, May 3, celebrates the 140th Kentucky Derby while raising awareness and resources for vulnerable children and their families. The event features a live broadcast of the Derby races on multiple big screen TVs; delicious authentic southern food by Mulvaney’s Bar and Lounge; hosted […]

King of the West roars into Placerville

After opening its season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are back at it this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway for the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout.” Tomorrow’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. One of the hottest […]

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

SACRAMENTO — On the field, the Oak Ridge High baseball team outhit Granite Bay, 6-5. But the Grizzlies pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win over the Trojans in a pool play game Wednesday of the Boras Baseball Classic Tournament at Don McAuliffe Field. “Offensively, we had plenty of opportunities to drive in a run,” Oak Ridge head […]

Arthur W. Cornell

April 15, 1929 — April 14, 2014 Arthur W. Cornell of Cameron Park, born April 15, 1929, died April 14, 2014. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m., at the Cameron Park Mobile Home Estates club house, 2681 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, Calif.

Roy Cluness Chaix

Dec. 18, 1916 — April 9, 2014 Roy Cluness Chaix, born Dec. 18, 1916, in Placerville, Calif., a descendant of an El Dorado County, Calif., pioneer family, died in Sacramento, Calif., on April 9, 2014, at 97 years of age. Roy was a longtime resident of the Sacramento Delta, living in Rio Vista, Grand Island […]

Frederick Wilbur Heymann

March 17, 1918 — April 14, 2014 Frederick Wilbur Heymann, 96, a 23-year resident of Cameron Park, Calif., passed away peacefully in his home on April 14, 2014. He was born and raised in Burns, Kansas, on March 17, 1918, the youngest of eight children. Fred served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army […]

Something to think about: Teach your children well

And there we were again, listening to another horrific account of a school disaster, only this time it wasn’t a gun, it was two kitchen knives. And no one died. A quick thinking student pulled the fire alarm; another applied pressure to a wound; still another offered help to a wounded student and stayed with […]

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Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

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Past due state taxes bring arrest

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Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

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Woman, dog back from Oso

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DA candidate to remain on ballot

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Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

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CPCSD seat unfilled

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Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

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District 4 candidate

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Open meetings

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Volunteers and homeless camps

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Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

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King of the West roars into Placerville

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First and goal: Bunt etiquette

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Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

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Jennings wins national title

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Roundup: April 17, 2014

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Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

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Spring art brightens government center

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Things to do: April 18, 2014

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Time out: A grand time at Grand China

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Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

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Student art featured for Third Saturday

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Promenade in high style

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Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

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Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

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Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

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See what is inside the vault

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Eggstravaganza

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Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

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Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

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Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

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Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

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Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

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Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

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KVIE calls for artists

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A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

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America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

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Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

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See wildflowers on train ride

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Easter at Northstar is family friendly

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Crime Log: March 28-30

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Frederick Wilbur Heymann

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Arthur W. Cornell

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Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

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Roy Cluness Chaix

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Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

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Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

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Handsome Redmond suits modern families

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Growing your own

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Fraud workshop scheduled

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HCD launches assistance program

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EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

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Sudoku

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Faster sales with spring staging

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Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

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Handsome Redmond suits modern families

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Growing your own

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Fraud workshop scheduled

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HCD launches assistance program

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EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

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