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New Station 84 now in service

EL DORADO HILLS — Station 84 has been redesigned and rebuilt.

The building looks great and, more importantly, it is safer and more efficient.

“Seconds count when you’re called out,” said Capt. Mark Ali, who heads the B shift at the station.

The station is staffed 24 hours a day by a captain, engineer and firefighter/paramedic in shifts A, B and C. Crews are at the station for 48 hours, then 48 hours off.

Mik responds to recall notice

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco responded to the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition he was served with Nov. 17. A group calling themselves El Dorado County Total Recall announced its efforts to do a “clean sweep” of all five supervisors via recall earlier this fall. The primary complaint filed by recall proponents states, “The voters […]

The fringe right

EDITOR: I understand why Mike Raffety’s column is called “The Belltower” — it’s written by a Ding Dong! His Aug. 10 offering is a case in point. Mike read in the Wall Street Journal (as reliable a source as FOX), that the Department of State had shipped 11,500 border crossing cards/visas to our consulates in Monterey and […]

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

They arrived like any other immigrants coming to the New World seeking a better life during the Gold Rush, yet the Chinese faced hardships in the Old West that few other ethnic groups endured. “Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode” — the second book published by historian  tells the story […]

Young pianists hit the right note

Nimble young fingers in El Dorado Hills and Folsom are filling the west county area with accomplished piano music, coming to the attention of appreciative audiences and professionals alike, including the Sierra Symphony. Caileen Yu and Terry Chen, both of El Dorado Hills and Jessie Joy Benson of Folsom were winners earlier this year in […]

Horoscope, Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Beltane Happy Beltane! Traditional holiday activities include dancing around a maypole decorated with ribbons and flowers, or doing a “ding-dong-dash” and leaving a bouquet at the door of your beloved, a neighbor or a stranger. Gathering around a nighttime fire pit with friends is sure to build a sense of kinship and connectedness under […]

Cruise into ‘Anything Goes’ at Union Mine

What: “Anything Goes” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: April 24 to May 2 Cost: $12 for general admission and $10 for students Information: [email protected]   Ocean liners, cabaret singers, public enemies, stowaways and the nobility are all part of “Anything Goes” —the light-hearted […]

Cantare presents holiday show

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills performs its first Christmas concerts under the direction of Mariia Pechenova on Saturday, Dec. 13 with a repeat performance on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The new director has inspired the group to perform at an even higher level of musical quality. Pechenova has a background that is impressive and […]

Something to think about: Slow boat returns

Vast. Magical. Beautiful. Ugly. Amazing. Superstitious. All of those words describe China for me. It was so different from what I expected — so much easier; so much better. Vast — with 1.35 billion people and a land mass just a bit smaller than the United States, everything in China except the food and the […]

Devils celebrate SSL season

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team concluded the 2014 season with their annual Award’s Night Picnic late last month at Bertlesen Park. At the forefront was recognition of its athletes who helped the team go undefeated during the regular season and then capture Suburban Swim League title by a mere seven points over Granite […]

Roundup: July 29, 2014

Suburban Swim League Championship Meet Sierra College Girls (top Taz, Shark placer) 6 and under — 25 back: 1-Lulu Mancinelli, SS, 22.27; 2-Katie Tadayeski, EDH, 22.91. 25 free: 1-Mancinelli, SS, 17.64; 2-Katie Tadayeski,18.91. 7-8 — 25 back: 3-Rylee McColley, EDH, 21.14; 14-Olivia Mancinelli, SS, 22.74. 25 free: 3-Mancinelli, SS, 16.43; 7-Alena Tadayeski, EDH, 17.10. 50 […]

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils concluded their regular season Saturday by defeating the Granite Bay Gators 432-353 during the last dual meet of the Suburban Swim League. With the win, the Taz held top placement in the league with a perfect 7-0 record. As tradition, eight graduating seniors were honored poolside. Ashley […]

Taz team routs Loomis Basin

LOOMIS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team positioned itself one step closer to a perfect season after defeating the host Loomis Basin Dolphins last Saturday at Del Oro High 650-138. Top Taz point scorers of the day were as follows: Katie Tadayeski, 10 points, 6 and under girls; Callahan McColley, 8 points, 6 and […]

Devils unblemished at 4-0

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team defeated the visiting Broadstone Barracudas 479-310 last Saturday to become the Suburban Swim League’s only undefeated team. Six year-old Katie Tadayeski (6 and under) established a new team record for the 25 yard backstroke. Her time of 20.62 replaces the previous 22.10 record set by […]

Oak Ridge honors its athletes

RANCHO CORDOVA — The Oak Ridge High sports programs honored its outstanding career and 2013-14 class athletes in a ceremony recently at the Spaghetti Factory. Named Outstanding Career Athlete for the girls was Jenn Hoffman (basketball), the Trojans’ energetic, efficient, sharp-shooting point guard who helped the Lady Trojans maintain their high standard of excellence by […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 25, 2014

Five area spring volleyball players, led by national ace leader Elijah Magat of El Dorado, head the list of local prep athletes picked to the annual All-City team which was honored at a recent Sacramento River Cats baseball games. Joining Magat was teammate Tait Miller, Ponderosa’s Tanner Charron and Haward Gomes, and Oak Ridge’s Sam […]

Wanted by the U.S.

It may seem like spitting in the wind, but we’ll give credit to Attorney General Eric Holder, obviously with the support of President Obama, for exposing the Chinese cyber thieves. Part of a military unit, the pictures published Tuesday show at least two of them in uniform. With names like Wang Dong aka Ugly Gorilla, […]

Ponderosa strong at section finals

LODI — Five El Dorado County high school swimmers and a relay team placed in the top eight at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Finals at Tokay High on Saturday. Ponderosa’s Taylor Lehr, a senior who will swim at the University of Tennessee on a scholarship this fall, took fourth place in the 100 backstroke with […]

Boys ready for section time trials

A combined 21 El Dorado County high school boys swimmers will compete in today’s Sac-Joaquin Section Trials at Tokay High of Lodi. Representing Oak Ridge are Trevor Dong, Kyle Bare, Austin Sanders, Aaron Taylor and Patrick Tehaney. For Ponderosa, it’s Heath Faulkner, Vaughn Cannedy, Gary Woo, Seth Wilmoth, Jake Rackwitz and Grant Marriott. El Dorado will have Matt Coen, Marcus Holifield-Helm, Keefe Pesko and Dylan […]

North Auburn Art Tour

Seventeen well-known award-winning artists will participate together in the 19th year of the North Auburn Art Studios Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11,  from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists in the tour are: Don Crawford, wood sculpture; David Crosby, photography; Vincent DiLeo, photography; Patty Pieropan Dong, painting, block printing; Dirk […]

‘My Seven Gifts’ tells it all

Book: “My Seven Gifts: A Surrogate’s Story” Author: Tawni Rae Publisher: Two Harbors Press, 2014, 140 pages, softcover and e-book versions Much has been written about adopting a child, about the heartbreak of not being able to have a child and all the methods attempted to have a child. Most of it is from the prospective […]

Lost pivot

President Obama just completed a swing through Asia, assuring allies that he had their backs against China’s aggressive moves to take over the whole South China Sea. It’s part of his so-called “pivot” to the Pacific. The countries bordering the South China Sea have cause to worry. China’s territorial claims take it way beyond the […]

Local swimmers make splash at league finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High swimmers and the Ponderosa dive teams made a splash at the Delta River League finals at the Community Service District’s aquatic center Saturday. Oak Ridge’s Ethan Dillard was a double winner — 200 IM with a time of 1 minute, 58.66 seconds and the 100 breast stroke with a […]

Roundup: April 9, 2014

Softball Union Mine 12, Galt 0 — Beth Hammer allowed two hits in six innings, struck out 11 and went 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBIs in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game. Shyanne Winje was 3-for-5 with two doubles and 4 RBIs; Miah Linson (double), Calista Almer and Madelyn Heape also each had three […]

Swimming: Trojans dominate Bruins in dual meet

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity swim program hosted Oak Ridge Wednesday for a Delta River League and intra-county showdown. The visiting Trojans led the way in most categories, as the boys beat the Bruins 139-50, while the Lady Trojans downed their counterparts 119.5-69.5. Oak Ridge’s boys and girls seized victory in all relay events, dominating […]

Roundup: Mar. 19, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Ponderosa 0 Singles (OR first): Charlie Conarro def. Trip Moore, 6-3, 6-0; Matt Fergerson def. Quaid Moore, 6-0, 6-3; Simon Chan def. Hunter Portillo, 6-0, 6-0; Clarence Lai def. Kyle Johnson, 6-0, 6-0; Matt Lai def. James Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-2; Sam Miller def. Brandon Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Hayden […]

Rock doc: Designing better asphalt

Dr. Haifang Wen grew up in a rural area of Shandong province, in eastern China. In his youth there were not many paved highways in the Chinese countryside. “Lots of the roads were gravel,” he told me recently. “They were muddy when it rained. I remember riding a cow on them, or going along in […]

Bridging the SF Bay

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936,” opening at the de Young on Saturday, Feb. 1. Documenting the original construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in the 1930s, the exhibition includes 72 photographs, prints and drawings from the museums’ collection. The bridge’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Family Wellness Event Feb. 4

IF IT IS BROKE, FIX IT! John Chapman provided the following doormat statement: “Doorbell broken. Yell ‘Ding Dong’ really loud.” FAMILY WELLNESS EVENT: Five community partners and the Marshall Medical Center are presenting a “Family Wellness Event” on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr. (upper Marshall […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 10, 2013

Forward March of Mercury Ding, dong, the planet is direct. With Mercury flying straight, there will be no one to pin our communication mishaps on but ourselves. Thankfully, said “mishaps” will be fewer and farther between in the weeks ahead. It will take until the 15th for normalcy to fully be restored. The eccentric Aquarius […]

Roundup: Nov. 3, 2013

Tennis Delta River League Doubles Tournament  Super Doubles  Finals: Rachel Librach-Teja Chalamcherla, OR def. Spector-Sadler, SF, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Semis: Librach-Chalamcherla, OR def. Sterk-Candeleria, PG, 6-4, 7-5; Hannah Crookham-Kassidy Lyons, OR, def. by Spector-Sadler, SF, 4-6, 6-3, 9-11. Quarters: Librach-Chalamcherla, OR, def. Ashley Tank-Paige Bergin, PHS, 6-0, 6-0; Crookham-Lyons, OR, def. Sandhu-Le, PG, 6-2, 6-0. […]

Roundup: Trojan Almeida tennis MVP

Tennis Delta River League Singles Tournament Super Singles (DRL Champion Madeline Almeida) Madeline Almeida, OR, def. A Spector, SF, 6-1, 6-0; def. K. Spector, 6-0, 6-0, SF; def. Fields, PHS, 6-0, 6-0. Rachel Librach, OR, def. Tank, PHS, 6-0, 6-4; def. by A. Spector, SF, 1-6, 2-6. Ashley Tank, PHS, def. Tangello, F, 8-1; def. by […]

Roundup: Oct. 26, 2013

Volleyball El Dorado def. Galt 25-7, 25-14, 25-5 El Dorado JV def. Galt 25-16, 25-8 El Dorado Frosh def. Galt 25-11, 25-6 Soccer El Dorado 1, Liberty Ranch 3 Union Mine 0, Galt 5 Golden Sierra 1, San Juan 7 Water polo Julia Szmidt Memorial Tournament Oak Ridge girls 8, Amador 4 Nonleague Oak Ridge […]

Trojan boys fall to Jesuit, Trojan girls lose to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s boys and girls water polo programs hosted games against Jesuit and and St. Francis Tuesday at the CSD pool, losing both Delta Valley Conference matchups. Following an exciting JV upset where the Trojans edged Jesuit 7-6 in overtime, Oak Ridge’s varsity boys struggled to find momentum, falling 14-6 […]

‘Gong’s Ink’ draws interest at Sac State

Noted Sacramento artist Gong Yuebin opens the season for Sacramento State’s Robert Else Gallery with new drawings called “Gong’s Ink.” Born in China in 1960, Gong grew up at the height of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Now a Sacramento resident, Gong remembers a childhood of “hunger, worry and humiliation” but found inspiration for his art […]

North Auburn artists open studios

For 17 years the North Auburn Artists have been bringing art to the foothills of Auburn. Many of these professional artists have made their living by selling art. Come join them in their studios and learn what it takes to become a full-time artist at the North Auburn Art Studios Tour on Saturday and Sunday, […]

Water Polo: Late scoring spree aids Troy over Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — The first 25 minutes of Tuesday’s Oak Ridge-Ponderosa boys Delta Valley League water polo match at the El Dorado Hills CSD pool was defensive. But in the final three minutes, the host Trojans went on a scoring spree that led to a 10-5 victory. Oak Ridge (1-0, 5-2) led just 6-5 at […]

Confucius Institute opens at Davis

A new institute devoted to Chinese food and beverage culture — the first of its kind in the world — is getting cooking at the University of California, Davis. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis featuring Chinese song and dance at the Mondavi Center for […]

Auburn Art Walk celebrates 20th anniversary

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auburn Art Walk, PlacerArts and the Auburn Art Walk Committee present special activities throughout downtown and old town on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. ceremony honoring long-time artists and venues at The Arts Building. Commemorative cakes will be served at The Arts Building and […]

Tasmanian Devils win it all at Champs

Sierra Sharks swim to fifth spot ROCKLIN — Breaking a four-year dry spell, the undefeated El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team claimed first place last weekend at the the 48th Suburban Swim League Championships, held at Sierra College in Rocklin. Over the three-day meet, the Taz posted 1,201 points to upend defending champ Park […]

DRL All League

Baseball Player of the Year Alec de Watteville, Oak Ridge Logan Marsten, Oak Ridge Ross Dwelley, Oak Ridge Mikey Meinhofer, Oak Ridge Tommy Hummer, Oak Ridge FP Santangelo, Oak Ridge Golf Player of the Year Corey Pereira, Ponderosa Charlie Cameron, Oak Ridge Quinn Carlsen, Oak Ridge Volleyball Co-Players of the Year Tanner Charron, Ponderosa Joe […]

Kubick makes splash at section finals

LODI — Dylan Kubick ended his high school swimming career with second place finishes and All-American status at the Sac-Joaquin Section swimming and diving finals at the Tokay High pool on Saturday. The Oak Ridge senior took second place in the 200 intermediate medley with a time of 1:52.14 that earned him an automatic All-American […]

North Auburn artists open studios

On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12, art fans can visit the home studios of 16 talented artists. This free North Auburn Art Studios Tour is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will see everything from photography to jewelry, watercolors, blown glass, pottery and much more. One of the […]

Trojans make splash at league finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Oak Ridge High boys swimmers and one of the relay teams shined at the Delta River League meet at the El Dorado Hills Community Service District pool Saturday. Brandon Mills, Dylan Kubick and Trevor Dong set new league and school marks for the Trojans. Mills was first in the 200 […]

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Report: Man sets girl on fire

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ORHS principal still out

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Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

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Oak Ridge athletes sign

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Outside with Charlie: Echo Lake trek

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Costa breaks through for first win

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Six lady wrestlers advance

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Troy tests Woodcreek

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

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Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

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Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

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Bruins clinch CVC

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UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

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D’backs fall to Cordova

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Learn how to utilize social media

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Golden Memories Photo Contest invites entries

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Cutting edge outdoor education where the Gold Rush started

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Eskaton residents honor Placerville employee

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Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

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At a glance: Let’s do something

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Discover Gold Rush emigrant trails into county

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Roxanne DeLillo to speak at Divide club luncheon

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Grow For It! Got chickens?

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Master Food Preservers: Yes you can, can

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Sacramento State offers vibrant Black History Month events

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