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Former drug agent admits to trafficking

Kurt Hildebrand The Record-Courier A drug agent who stole methamphetamine and cocaine from the El Dorado County evidence locker faces a minimum of 10 years in prison after he admitted to one count of trafficking more than 28 grams of a controlled substance. Mark Alexander Zlendick, 48, may be sentenced to a maximum of 10 […]

Free parks admission for veterans

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks honors the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission at 143 participating state parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. “Free admission on Veterans Day is a small token of gratitude California State Parks can bestow upon all active military personnel and veterans for their […]

Wineries to celebrate the 21st Amendment

Get ready to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition with some of the El Dorado Winery Association members on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blind Barrel event will mark the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933. The ’30’s-themed party will take place at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 State Highway 49, […]

William “Bill” Edmond Mueller Jr.

Oct. 23, 1948 — Oct. 5, 2015 Bill, 66, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 5, 2015, during surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurism. He was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Tillie and William “Bill” Mueller Sr. Bill graduated from Terra Linda High School in San Rafael and one week later started boot camp in […]

Edmund Robert Reeves

Nov. 14, 1950 — Oct. 20, 2015 Edmund “Ed” Reeves was born in San Jose to Edd and Vivian Reeves. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1973. He married the love of his life Rhonda in 1972 and together they moved to Placerville, Calif., and had three children. He […]

My Turn: 17th Amendment and big money in politics

It’s a common refrain these days; “We need to get special interests and big money out of politics!” But of course no one offers solutions that don’t obviously violate the First Amendment. Despite what some may feel, Citizens United was actually a good legal decision for a problem that was never meant to occur on […]

Five museums to offer free admission

Five Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to advance registrants all day on Saturday, Sept. 26. Participating local museums include: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site and State Indian Museum. The mission of the annual effort […]

Free admission at Angels Camp

The Angels Camp Museum, a museum that dedicates collections to inspire understanding of the gold country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region, is pleased to invite the public to its biggest event of the year. Saturday in the Mines will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It is […]

Time for amendments

EDITOR: Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides the rights of states to amend the Constitution if Congress fails to do so. Thirty-four (2/3) states are needed to call for an amendment convention. The amendments they agree upon require 38 (3/4) of the states to ratify before they become law. Here are several amendments under […]

Skydiving great-grandma takes a giant leap

Proving that age is no barrier to an adventurous spirit, Placerville resident Ida-May Hicks and her son Mark celebrated their birthdays by skydiving together on July 25. A great-grandmother who turned 85 on Aug. 2, Hicks’ son was also facing a milestone birthday as he turned 60 five days earlier. “My son and I are kind of daredevils … […]

Amador County Fair opens with free kids’ admission

The Amador County Fair starts off each year with a Kids’ Parade to the fairgrounds. The fair opens this year on Thursday, July 23. Get those creative juices flowing, get a favorite costume, drag out the wagon, the stroller and the wheelbarrow. The annual Amador County Fair Kids’ Parade brings to mind the Pied Piper […]

EDMT presents stirring tale of China

What: “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: July 10-19 Cost: Tickets range from $14.75 to $36 Information: harriscenter.net or (916) 608-6888   A teenaged girl who saves China — why not? Once you see the talented casts from El Dorado Musical Theatre present “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” all things are possible, even […]

To tow or not to tow? Local man claims DMV harassment

Are staff from the Department of Motor Vehicles needlessly harassing people while passing themselves off as law enforcement officers? That’s what Camino Heights resident Mike Viets claims happened when he parked two pieces of equipment he wanted to sell on an empty lot on Missouri Flat Road near Forni Road. A popular place where others park cars for sale, […]

Sutter’s Fort offers free admission

In conjunction with a large-scale Sutter Medical Center Community Day and a celebration to open its new Women’s and Children’s Center, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present special “Hands on History: Sacramento’s First Hospital” activities on Saturday, June 20. Courtesy of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, admission to […]

The Second Amendment

EDITOR: Here are some quotes about the right to bear arms: “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” — Thomas Jefferson “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.” — Sam Adams “Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.” “An armed man is a citizen. An […]

Blue Star Museums offer free admission

Seven Sacramento area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 7. The seven local museums participating in Blue […]

General Plan amendment process draws fire from public and two supes

Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]

Jeanne Pridmore

Dec. 13, 1925 — May 8, 2015 Jeanne Pridmore, longtime Placerville, Calif., resident, passed away peacefully May 8, 2015. She is survived by her best friend, Doris Beemer; and all Doris’ children and grandchildren, who loved Jeanne dearly. Jeanne was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., moved to San Diego during World War II, […]

Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

EDITOR: It’s time for the residents of El Dorado County to wake up. Start paying attention to your county government’s attempt to subvert the voter-approved 2004 General Plan. One of the goals of the plan is to: “Maintain and protect the county’s natural beauty and environmental quality … and maintain the rural character and lifestyle” […]

DMV warns about telephone scams

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that it does not call or e-mail asking for personal information and anyone who receives such inquiries should consider them to be a scam. “DMV employees do not call customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as social security numbers, and anyone who […]

Don’t destroy the Second Amendment

EDITOR: Let me remind you of a bit of past history. There was a man named “Hitler” who perceived of a problem with European Jews and set out to rid Europe of the “Jewish problem.” He began by confiscating all weapons from the Jews and also confiscated all weapons from the general public. After all, […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Spin doctors, haters and the First Amendment

The point and purpose of this article is not to refute the odious, anti-semitic screeds, or the crude and obnoxious rants by various letter writers to this paper. My focus is on the bigger question of freedom of speech and its limits. The use of direct quotes from the various letter writers is simply for […]

Edmund F. Lima

March 23, 1930 — Feb. 13, 2015 Edmund F. Lima passed away Feb. 13, 2015, in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 84 years old. He was born March 23, 1930, in Taunton, Mass. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired in 1996 after 39 years with Aero Jet. Edmund […]

Tahoe landmark reopens

Long known as the De Webb Sahara Tahoe and Horizon Casino-Hotel, the venue has reopened after six months of remodeling. The $60 million investment employed 700 construction workers. Now called the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, it will feature some pretty fascinating rock memorabilia, including Elvis’ caped suit that he wore at Madison Square Garden. […]

Second Amendment

EDITOR: With respect to the Second Amendment and John Garon’s letter addressing Sheriff D’Agostini, I think it is worthwhile to mention a short part of the preamble of the amendments to the Constitution. And I quote: “A number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to […]

RDEIR for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update available

The county of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Partial Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The RDEIR is prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the county’s CEQA guidelines. It consists of portions of the DEIR […]

American River Inn: Duo maintain Georgetown landmark

When Will and Maria Collin purchased the American River Inn in Georgetown, they made a major move from Beverly Hills to the Sierra Foothills. Both were involved in sales and other businesses at the time — Will in the textile industry and Maria in the acting industry. In 1983, the couple saw an ad for […]

Board approves General Plan amendments

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to enact two amendments to the county’s General Plan at its Jan. 13 meeting. The process required a two-stage set of actions. First, the board had to approve requests for the changes on each of two development projects. Next, supervisors had to adopt a resolution approving the […]

Heavenly Resort opens Stagecoach Express, DMZ Carpet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Cooler temps have allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to utilize the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system in order to expand terrain and open Stagecoach Express last Saturday, offering a second access point to the mountain, as well as top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side. “These cooler temps have come […]

‘A bad administration’

In 1735, the colonial governor of New York, William Crosby, had Attorney General Richard Bradley try weekly newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger for seditious libel. Bradley told a jury that truth was no defense for seditious libel under state law, while Zenger’s attorneys argued the law should not be interpreted to prohibit “the just complaints […]

DMV extends office hours

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is extending office hours and adding appointment opportunities to support the issuance of all original driver licenses, including licenses that will be issued under AB 60 — driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants — starting as of  Jan. 2. DMV anticipates processing approximately 1.4 million additional driver license applications […]

The 13th Amendment

Amendment XIII Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution […]

Fairytale Town offers free admission on two days

Fairytale Town gives thanks to the Sacramento community by offering two free admission days during the holiday season. On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services — Holiday […]

Bloated administration or not

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman is always a kick to read; you can feel his passion in the words. But maybe he types a bit too fast? In his recent editorial on CAO Daly and county government bloat, he noted that county analysts make $45,000 and with benefits of $645,000 a year — he must mean $65,000 […]

Runner tells DMV to stop overcharging tax

SACRAMENTO – George Runner Sept. 9 called upon California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to stop overcharging California consumers when they pay tax on their vehicle purchases. Runner said, “It’s outrageous that the state of California expects private citizens to do things right that government is doing wrong.” In a letter to DMV Director Jean Shiomoto, Runner writes: “I […]

New admistration at MLUSD begins school year

Mother Lode Union School District is pleased to welcome a new school year and announce some administrative changes. The district is home to Indian Creek Elementary School and Herbert Green Middle School in Placerville and strives to nurture a partnership with students, staff, parents and the community, while meeting the educational needs of each child. […]

Camino chooses veteran community experts for admin

On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]

Uphold the Third Amendment

EDITOR: I keep reading letters to the editor about peoples’ concern for keeping the Second Amendment. What about Third Amendment rights? I am much more concerned about people who may want to abolish the Third Amendment than I am about the Second Amendment. Who wants soldiers tramping their muddy boots all over their carpets? And […]

Second Amendment

EDITOR: I am a lifelong liberal and a Democrat, and I have lived in El Dorado County for 30 years. In the late 80s, I got home from work after dark, and my teen daughter ran out to my car to tell me about the “man screaming in the woods.” We lived in a cabin […]

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Kids parade for free admission to the fair

This year’s Kid’s Parade on opening day of the Amador County Fair on Thursday, July 24, will likely have a lot of red sparkly shoes marching down the street, to match the fair’s slogan of “There’s No Place Like Home.” So get your creative juices flowing, drag out the wagon, the stroller and the wheelbarrow. […]

History Museum offers free admission

The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2014. “We are proud to […]

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SMUD axes Iowa Hill

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Former drug agent admits to trafficking

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Placerville crime stats: Property crimes are up

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Home burns; firefighters injured

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DUI Log

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Heard over the back fence: Have faith

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ORHS principal still out

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Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

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Report: Man sets girl on fire

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Never give up on a dream

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Sports scene: Feb. 12, 2016

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“Fresh Tracks” 5k Snowshoe Walk and Race

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GS boys downed 60-47

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Lady Griz fall to Rio Vista

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Lady Bruins oust Oakmont, eye Roseville

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Lady Cougars share league title

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D’back boys win big over El Dorado

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Bruins on roll

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Ponderosa varsity advances

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Schedule: Feb. 15-20, 2016

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Oak Ridge athletes sign

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Costa breaks through for first win

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Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

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Six lady wrestlers advance

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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ hits a high note

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Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

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The future looks sweet

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Hear Lolligaggers and Beyond a Dream at fundraiser

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: B3

Second Saturday concert features local favorites

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Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

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Folsom Lake Symphony plays the language of love

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Pomp and pageantry coming to Folsom

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Food trucks drive to Union Mine High School

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Career fair showcases opportunities

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‘Ancestral Voices’ inspire dancers in spring concert

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Divorces: December 2015

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Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes

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Etta “Louise” Beals

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