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My Turn: Rate your public services

If you are like me, you are inundated with surveys and questionnaires from service providers or product manufacturers. The inevitable question and the one they most value is: “Will you recommend us to your friends?” I was even sent a two-page questionnaire after a recent colonoscopy. I checked the box “recommending our services to your […]

More grand jury gobbledy-gook

While the precursor of the grand jury system dates back beyond the Magna Carta (which just had its 800-year anniversary on June 15), after reading the political claptrap from the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury it appears that its usefulness has passed. One of the 2014-15 reports, “Time to Admit & Correct a Mistake,” […]

Sheriff wants your unused, unwanted prescriptions

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, El Dorado County residents have a great opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department hosts a prescription drug take-back day during which residents can bring unwanted medications in pill or liquid form to […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

Grow For It! Lawn gone

As my loyal readership (Hi, Mom) may recall, this humble author previously submitted an article about caring for a lawn in a low water year. But, with the fourth year of drought upon us, some friends are muttering imprecations about my “so-called advice” and plan to remove their lawns entirely. Their points are well taken: […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Students sew gowns to mend hearts

It’s the only gown they’ll ever wear, these tiny children who never drew a breath — or only a few — before passing. Placing a softly silken birth gown on their stillborn child is among the final farewell gestures by grieving parents before beginning the long journey to healing. The students in teacher Heather Sabol’s […]

Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

The final days of Saigon

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

Mark Shields: Voters prefer governors over senators for White House

In the past 94 years, American voters have elected a total of two United States senators — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama — president. By contrast, before Obama, four of the past five men elected to the White House — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — were […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Moral bigotry

We are a society riven by opposing points of view, different mindsets based upon different world views. And this propensity is exacerbated by the different balance of values held by liberals and conservatives. The issues are legion from choice to the size of government. In a recent article I wrote about the lost art of […]

Public input needed

The Echo Summit Bridge Project is coming and you might want to have some say in how it happens if you plan on using Highway 50 to go to South Lake Tahoe. The project to replace or rehabilitate the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, started in 2012 and is scheduled […]

Family wants murderer kept in jail

Three years ago, Mike and Lynn Tracy of Garden Valley were successful in keeping William Ray Hall Jr. in jail at his first parole hearing. On June 9, they aim to do it again. In March 1996, Hall killed his girlfriend — Lynn’s daughter — Toni Parcell. He strangled her, threw her in the back of […]

King Fire area to open to public again

The U.S. Forest Service announced that the national forest lands in the King Fire area will be open to the public again beginning Saturday, April 25, in conjunction with the general opening of fishing season. However, the public is cautioned that parts of the fire area are still hazardous and will continue to be for years. […]

Walk a Mile goes along way to reduce sexual violence

This year marks the Center for Violence-free Relationships’ 13th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff recently reported that the incidents of rape in El Dorado County increased by […]

Like a good neighbor

The proposed outdoor shooting range on tribal land just off of Shingle Springs Drive has caused quite a stir in the community. The Feb. 24 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting addressing the topic saw more than 200 people in attendance, and we’ve received a number of letters to the editor on the topic. […]

Governor orders mandatory water rationing

At a special press conference held April 1 at Echo Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions.

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” he said. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

The governor’s executive order calls for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption in comparison to what was used in 2013. The savings amount to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

Mark Shields: Laughter, still pretty good medicine

“There are three things which are real,” said John F. Kennedy, “God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.” As a national candidate, the then-senator did just that. Sensitive to the charge that his multi-millionaire father was trying to buy the […]

Gov. Brown, legislative leaders announce $1 billion emergency drought package

SACRAMENTO — Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The […]

Mark Shields: Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

The late Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, who finished second in the campaign for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, warned his fellow citizens with the wisest of advice: “Beware of the presidential candidate who has no friends his own age and confidants who can tell him to go to hell.” That same year, an emotionally […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

  GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT: 
The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Supervisors adopt new vision for how to govern county

El Dorado County Supervisors agreed to disagree, a bit, over the exact wording, grammar and punctuation of their new “vision statement.” In their March 3, regular meeting, supervisors kicked around variations of the vision they created during several leadership and governance training sessions in January and February. Chairman Brian Veerkamp introduced the agenda item as […]

Gold fringe on the U.S. flag

EDITOR: Pick me off the floor. Tell me it’s my imagination. Tell me that I’m not seeing a gold-fringed flag in front of a Tea Party meeting. Tell me it’s not true that all stood proudly to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag; when desecrated “Old Glory” must have been silently weeping […]

The weekly Daley: Freedom of speech and press; good things

We’ve taken a little heat lately here at California’s Oldest Newspaper — “Since 1851.” We’ve been publishing letters to the editor and columns by regular contributors that have offended readers along a fairly broad spectrum of politics and concerns. Several complained about Gene Altshuler’s offerings on the Opinion page. In general, they think Gene is […]

Wanted: Gold Bug Park volunteers; big rewards promised

A “wanted” poster was recently tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park & Mine. It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for. They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at the historic park. “We had a tremendous visitor season […]

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

These legal ladies want you

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain – all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

Tears and hugs highlight last meeting for Santiago and Briggs

The sometimes stodgy and tedious, day-in, day-out management of the people’s business was interrupted for at least a full hour last Tuesday when county supervisors, employees and just folks from the Western Slope and Tahoe sang paeans to Ron Briggs and Norma Santiago. Both the District 4 and District 5 supervisors have completed two terms […]

Republicans in charge

EDITOR: Sometimes with Mr. Longhofer it’s difficult to know whether he is uninformed or whether he’s counting on the reader being uninformed. He says that since the GOP is taking over the Senate in a couple of months and having the House with majorities not seen since WW II that they will have to be […]

Mt. Murphy Bridge ‘demise’ a foregone conclusion?

After nearly two years of attending meetings on the auspices of providing “public input” into the demise or reconstruction of the Mt. Murphy Bridge in Coloma, Garden Valley resident Mark E. Smith became a stakeholder representative for the Divide and skeptical of the process and its potential result. At a public meeting Smith held at […]

Transportation input sought at public workshop

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will host a transportation planning open house on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) public workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. El Dorado County is recognized for its high quality of life, unique […]

Feeding the bears, or deer, may do more harm than good

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind the public to never feed wildlife, even animals that may be displaced due to wildfires. Last month the King Fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in the El Dorado National Forest, destroying wildlife habitat and forcing animals to flee to safety. However, most wildlife species […]

EDH Fire Board: Matt Fillmore wants to ensure the department’s success

Involvement in Boy Scouts and church programs taught Matt Fillmore the value of community service, something he hopes to continue as a member of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board. “I’ve always been a service-oriented individual,” Fillmore said. “I think El Dorado Hills has an amazing fire department and my goal would be to keep it […]

EDH Fire Board: Doug Hus wants to do the right thing

El Dorado Hills Fire Board candidate Doug Hus is comfortable in everything from overalls to a suit and tie. But no matter what dress code the job requires, his goal is to do what’s best for the community and that’s why he said he’s running for one of three available seats. “It just feels like […]

Penn wants to be a big-picture guy as Dist. 4 supervisor

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year resident of El Dorado County and a self-described “big-picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House […]

Governor signs law accelerating restoration on private lands to benefit waterways, wildlife

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2193, the first statewide effort to accelerate voluntary restoration on private lands through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Authored by Assemblyman Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park), the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act, establishes a simplified permitting process through the Department of Fish and Wildlife […]

Mammo Men wanted as Placerville turns pink for breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor those who have been diagnosed with cancer and remember those who have passed. This month’s second annual Mammo Man competition will raise funds for art and movement therapy for cancer patients. Whether you are a physician, businessmen, student or retired, your are invited to participate […]

Discover the true gold in Coloma

The beautiful river gorge along the South Fork of the American that opens into a small valley enclosure called Coloma once saw a population of 10,000 harried souls digging in the dirt, blasting rocks and moving mountains as they clamored for gold. Today Coloma has fewer than 500 people who call it home, but they […]

Exterior house color: public service or public nuisance

The problem with home design is there is only one kind of mistake. One everyone sees. That’s what makes home improvement decisions so nerve-wracking. Your taste — whether enviably good or so bad you need to hand out motion-sickness bags — is on display. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the color of your house. For […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information: SampletheSierra.com   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

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News »

Rider still missing

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Possible ‘peeping’ victims sought

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Fire torches home but not family’s spirit

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Bear trouble ‘bruin’ in Pollock neighborhood?

By Pat Lakey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

EID approves water sale

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Mother/daughter group builds lasting bonds

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Barrett Trail reconstruction complete, path now open

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Water agency/EDWPA budgets adopted

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

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Opinion »

Publisher’s Ink: Grave robbing — no shovels required

By Richard Esposito | From Page: A4

The Democratic-Chronicles: Ideology-driven policy

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Charles Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts

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County roads budget a wrong turn

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Governor finally talks to the right person

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Empty water park

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Sharks finish mid-pack at Meet of Champions

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Youth camp taught Cougar football

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Outside with Charlie: Going wild

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Gill completes elite east coast event

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Prospecting »

At a glance: Blue Moon

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Barbecue helps the needy at home and abroad

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Alums present scholarships

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Charles B. Mitchell wines take top honors

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Bipolar Insights: Seventeen years

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Volunteer advocates needed

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Essentials »

Statewide fire summary

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Building permits, issued July 20-24

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Loretta Hudelson

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Lois G. Pratt

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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Horoscope, Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Flying McCoys

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Long Story Short

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Shoe

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