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California Rambling: Ghost Stories

If you’re in search of ghosts, October is a good month to join a ghost tour and meet them, or at least their stories. Each October, ghost tours abound. Among California’s best are Haunted Haight, the Vampire Tour and Ghost Hunt in San Francisco, Dearly Departed in Hollywood, Ghost Tours of Catalina, the Whaley House […]

Ken Calhoon:Horse whisperers, ghost whisperers and house whisperers

Houses are like people. Each one has an individual history and takes on a personality of its own. Some have good structure, are well maintained, have a pleasant personality and are surrounded by other happy homes. Others are sad houses, having endured years of neglect. Some houses are obese with clutter and some devoid of […]

Wingding in EDH ghost town

Mother Lode News El Dorado HillsÕ history came to life Saturday at the fourth annual Clarksville Day celebration. The hard working volunteers of the Clarksville Region Historical Society spent days mowing, stringing fences and scattering bales of hay around the old townsite behind Town Center, generally trying to make the old ghost town safe for […]

M.C. “Buck” Kohlstedt

March 1, 1944 — Dec. 12, 2014 M.C. “Buck” Kohlstedt was born March 1, 1944, and went peacefully home on Dec. 12, 2014. He is survived by his mother, Carmen; wife, Jane; and sons, Robert and James and their loving families. He waged a brave six-year battle with kidney cancer and walked through the valley […]

Hangtown’s Musical Roots

Larry Park comes home This is the eighth part in a series about music in the Foothills. Larry Park is back in town. He was just 4 years old when his father, west-coast bluegrass pioneer Ray Park, put a guitar in his hands. The boy was strumming chord changes to popular country songs the following […]

Craig William Pittman

Nov. 29, 1964 — Sept. 29, 2012 Craig William Pittman was born Nov. 29, 1964. He went peacefully to our Lord on Sept. 29, 2012, at the age of 47. Our family moved to El Dorado County 30 years ago. Craig attended El Dorado High School in Placerville, Calif. He also completed Criminal Justice Program. […]

Lost man makes it to safety

A man missing overnight from a Pollock Pines campground was the subject of a brief search and rescue operation Sunday, but he ended up finding his way to a Cedar Grove grocery store and use a pay phone to get help. Jason Jacobs, 37, was sought after the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received a […]

Replica stage up and rolling

Mother Lode News GEORGETOWN DIVIDE Ñ Dennis and Betsy Aufdenkamp of Georgetown recently completed their replica of the Rubicon Flyer, a famous stagecoach owned by businessman Mark Smith, also of Georgetown. The two wagons were posed side-by-side for a comparison shot revealing the intricate work done by the Aufdenkamps and local blacksmith, John Barron. ÒAll […]

‘A Christian nation?’ by Gene Altshuler

EDITOR: I seldom respond to unlearned leftist-progressives. However, since the Mountain Democrat deemed Altshuler’s misguided piece of misinformation worthy of dissemination to an unsuspecting public I will set the record straight. Neither nations or cars can be “Christian.” Only people can be Christians. At the time the Constitution was written, religion was under each individual […]

McAvoy Lane spins ‘Tales of Tahoe’

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the “Tahoe Tales” of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel for a one-night only performance, Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trouble starting at 7 p.m. Seating for this exclusive presentation is limited to 50. Call 530-543-2113 or visit […]

UCCE Master Gardener plant selection

The UCCE Master Gardeners Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2 at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will have a wide variety of plants available. Payment is cash or check only. For more information call 530-621-5512, e-mail [email protected] or go online at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/. Arrive early for the best selection. Take out […]

Characters, dreams and story come together

Book: “In the Pockets of Dreams” Author: Wendy Schultz Publisher: Wendy Schultz, 2014 Available: Paperback at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, in print at amazon.com and in ebook format on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and iBooks. A young man, an “ordinary Joe,” according to author Wendy Schultz, finds he can “read objects.” Through […]

Coloma Post Office still delivering mail after 165 years

The tiny post office in Coloma may be 165 years old and counting, but old age and rumors that it’s haunted haven’t dampened its spirits.

Indeed, while over 100 post offices are said to have existed in El Dorado County at one time or another, it’s the Coloma Post Office that is still here while most of the rest have closed or been combined with others.

It’s also a meet up spot for the community as there’s no other mail delivery in the area. Instead residents stop by regularly to collect mail from their boxes while catching up on the local gossip.

Coloma is more than just a …

Interest lags on future of courthouse

What to do with the historic county courthouse on Main Street in Placerville has been a hot and cold topic among locals for years. The Superior Court, a division of the state’s judicial system, has used the building since it was built in 1913. Now, however, due to the facility’s many antiquated features and amenities, […]

The balancing act: Misplaced priorities

After at least a dozen Balancing Act columns describing the mismanagement of El Dorado County business by the county Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly, the CAO resigned under pressure from the Board of Supervisors, who finally recognized that an immediate change was necessary. The light bulbs finally went off when the BOS recognized that because […]

Cool artist earns special recognition

Around Christmas of last year Gloria Bilotta’s daughter called to tell her she had found her mom listed as “deceased” on the Internet roster of members of the national Women Artists of the West. It was a mistake, obviously and when Gloria traveled to San Diego for the group’s annual show in May the other […]

My turn: Speaking on adaptation

Imagine, for every living specie there has to be a story of adaptation for each one. How else have they persisted through millions of years, eons of climate change, vegetative succession, loss of habitat, ten times the CO2 we have today and other environmental shifts? Yet somehow we have allowed our legislators and regulators, like […]

Belltower: Voyaging through Southeast Alaska

My father was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, during the war. In 1941 my mother traveled to Alaska to visit him there. I always knew that from the home movies of Alaska, including a photo of my mom in a parka with a fur-lined hood. What I didn’t know was that she traveled by boat, […]

Robert “Bob” Eugene Newman

May 5, 1942 – Dec. 25, 2013 Bob Newman passed away on Christmas morning after a short battle with cancer. Bob served his country in the US Army and was known for his strong patriotism. Bob had a passion for many things; driving race cars, restoring classic cars, 50’s music, racquet ball and weight lifting […]

Winter wine adventures are a perfect getaway

Heading to the slopes this winter? Although a glass of California wine by the fire is blissful after a day of skiing or snowboarding, why not also experience the places where that wine is made? Many winter resort enthusiasts in California add to their adventures by pairing a wine country day trip with their getaway. […]

Heard over the back fence: Merry Christmas!

CHIPMUNK ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Chipmunk” T-shirt statement: “Be playful * Hit the ground running * It’s OK to be a little cheeky * Earn your stripes * Plan ahead * Be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed * Stay chipper!” DECEMBER GARDENING TIPS:
 The Front Yard Nursery’s newsletter offers the following garden tips […]

Horoscope, Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monster Mash of Mars and Pluto Cosmic harmony rules this Halloween as Mars and Pluto sing “Monster Mash.” A lucky trine involving these planets combines with the cooperative vibration of the Libra moon to help people join together in fun and mutual benefit. It’s an excellent night for young love, too. Ask good questions to […]

‘The Hobbit’ comes to life

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, will be transformed into Middle Earth for this year’s Safe and Super Halloween event at the storybook park. The magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will come to life for three nights of family fun on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25, 26 and 27 from 5 […]

Getting to know the authors

Saturday, Oct. 12 Helen Bonner Helen Bonner grew up in the foothills above Placerville, where her father had a roadside store and cabins, and where she rode her horse and swam in the rivers and lakes. She remembers writing her first story at a one-room school. As a young adult, she was a reporter for […]

Something to think about: Change of pace

Recently I had to replace my 11-year-old PT Cruiser with a new car. It caused some grief to relinquish my little red friend, but she had barfed up her power steering fluid on the garage floor and given up the ghost. I decided to purchase a hybrid because a Tesla is right out of my […]

Heard over the back fence: Elks offer Sunday breakfast

SPOUSAL BOSS REIGNS: 
John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Retired: Under New Management – See Spouse for details.” BISCUITS AND GRAVY TIME:
 The Placerville Elks Club is offering breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at their clubhouse, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs. Adults pay $7.50, and children over 3 years […]

Ground zero: The estate sale

I’m writing this from ground zero: My childhood home in Orange, Calif. To get through my job here I need smelling salts and a bulldozer. Eight months ago my elderly parents moved out of the single-story ranch they tended for years into a home that tends to them, I hope as well. I have parachuted […]

Belltower: History that’s news to me

I recently attended the 90th birthday party for Gloria Smith, the widow of Tom Smith. Tom, of course, was known as the man who owned half of Placerville. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration but it is not far from the truth. Attorney Mike Petersen, who was Tom’s nephew, told some good stories about working for Tom […]

Railtown holds ‘Singing Rails’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring an upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. Known for iconic songs such as “Way Out West,” “Last Cannonball” and “Ghost Train” to name a few, the […]

Heard over the back fence: Lomax fundraiser Sunday

TARDINESS IS TEDIOUS: 
Review the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will find the following suggestion: “If you’re constantly running five minutes late, or 30 minutes late, and this is creating stress in your life and stress for other people, you need to make a real effort to start five minutes earlier, or […]

Oregon-California Trail Assoc. maps the past

“Came … up to the forks of the road, one goes to Placerville and one to Weaver Town (Weberville), Took our right hand road to Placerville or Hang Town, and came to what is called Johnson’s Ranch” — Journal entry of Milo Stannard Baker, Aug. 13, 1850. Such was the journal entry of Milo Baker, one […]

Serrano residents question high school boundaries

One of the ways that long-shot candidate Ron Mikulaco won the District 1 supervisor seat last month was his tireless canvassing of neighborhoods. Between dog bites, bee stings, sun burns and blisters he heard some recurring complaints, including several over school boundaries.

The easterly Oak Ridge High School boundary has drawn the ire of some Serrano parents who bought homes assuming their kids would attend the local high school, but later learned that their neighborhood is outside the school’s boundaries. Their freshman attend Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, eight miles east, rather than Oak Ridge …

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Catching up with the talented Jackie Greene

It’s been three years since Oak Ridge High School graduate Jackie Greene brought his unflappable cool to El Dorado County. The uber-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bluesman and hipster anchors the Coloma Blues Live! lineup on Saturday, June 9 at Henningsen-Lotus Park. Greene and his band play at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the door […]

California Rambling: California’s overlooked heroine

If ever California had a heroine that history overlooked, it was Jessie Benton Frémont. You won’t find her name memorialized on peaks, streams or towns. Yet, if not for Jessie Benton Frémont, the west may not have been settled as it was, slaves may not have been freed as they were or Yosemite preserved as […]

Clarksville Day attracts 4,000, including descendants

Clarksville Day 2012 attracted an estimated 4,000 people on May 5 to the ghost town that predates El Dorado Hills, including a record number of ranch family descendants. Serrano’s original ranch residents, the Walker clan, were out in force to celebrate the 85th birthday of Mazie Carnell, who attended Clarksville’s one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s, […]

Heard over the back fence: Bowling for scholarships

YOU WILL SURVIVE:
A glance at the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar reveals the following thought: “The best and most effective way to maintain a grateful spirit and to keep yourself from being overwhelmed is to remember that all things — even the hard things — will pass.” • • • BOWLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE :
The […]

Where the heck is Caldor?

Caldor was a small, but very important, town near Grizzly Flat that was built by the California Door Co. Located on Dogtown Creek (also known as Dog Creek), a tributary of the Cosumnes River, it was the center for the lumbering operations of this company and ultimately, the eastern end of a narrow gauge railroad […]

The Method to represent Placerville at David Rea tribute concert

Placerville duo The Method will be performing at a special tribute concert to the late David Rea at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 29. Rea, who many in El Dorado County remember from his performances at the Placerville Folk Festival and from a series of house concerts, died the day after […]

Cowboy Poets to gather in Elko

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, in Elko, Nev., a high desert community where ranching has been a way of life for more than a century. The poetry, music, workshops, films, discussions, exhibits and […]

‘Tales of Placerville’ is entertaining and informative

Book: “Tales of Placerville: Bradford and Norris, Booksellers to the Savage West” Author: Perry Bradford Wilson Publisher: November 2011 by Storyteller Press, 275 pages Cost: Soft cover $15.95, e-book $4.99 If you like history, good stories and a wallop of humor, you’re going to like “Tales of Placerville: Bradford and Norris, Booksellers to the Savage […]

Save the redwood tree

EDITOR: Last week I was up in Placerville for a memorial service for Nancy Grove, longtime resident of Placerville. Before leaving town we decided to stop at The Sequoia Restaurant for coffee and dessert. Mike (the bartender) was absolutely wonderful with a tour and recent stories of the ghosts haunting the place and all the mishaps happening. However, upon driving […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a hike on the Georgetown Divide

LIQUID ADVICE: Thanks to John Chapman, I give you the following “Advice from a Lake” T-shirt statement: “Be clear – Make positive ripples – Look beneath the surface – Stay calm – Shore up friendships – Take time to reflect – Be full of life! … GEORGETOWN AREA HIKE: On Saturday, June 25, from 8 […]

Have wheels, will travel

Bumper to bumper traffic, jockeying for a parking space and finding they’ve run out of something by the time you arrive — a familiar experience for American commuters, including those who traveled overland to California by covered wagon. Pioneer wagons shared the road, and the resources of the trail, with freight wagons, stage coaches, mail wagons, […]

Heard over the back fence: Disposal sponsors spring cleanups

FAMILY SECRET: Thanks to John Chapman of Folsom, we note the following T-shirt statement: “Insanity is relative (especially in this family).” • • • SPRING CLEANING OPPORTUNITY: El Dorado Disposal is sponsoring the following “Spring Cleanup” events:
El Dorado Hills, Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pollock Pines, Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; […]

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Firefighter injured as house fire contained

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Rescue Raceway back on track

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EID resets watering days for summer

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Budgets reviewed by water agencies

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County home to three Gold Ribbon schools

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Old wood given new life with El Dorado High School class

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DUI stats for Memorial Day weekend released

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

PPD Bike Patrol Unit gets two new rides

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River Management Plan Update Workshop June 3

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Placerville native bused to the top

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Heard over the back fence: The Fair is back

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Shiva supports seniors

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The socialist agenda

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Response to ‘Harn talks budget to Taxpayers group’

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Keep Chris Daley on the opinion page

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Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

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Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

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Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

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Quartet enjoyed final game

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Bruins sign for college

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Prospecting »

Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

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Things to do: May 29, 2015

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Wagonmaster Downer is back for year two

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers perform new CD

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Good time and good music

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Foothill Garden Tour features five stops

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Festival celebrates barbera

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E-waste collection to raise funds for kids

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Sonora Photo Club to present special exhibit

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Music Circus features an all-Tony line up

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Open studio at Gallery at 48 Natoma

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Workshop offers helpful tips

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Duty: Patrick T. Irwin

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New carnival at the fair

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Engagement: Meghan Irene Brand and Scott Allen Sanstad

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Operation Care celebrates spring

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Bold choreography defines Gallim Dance

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Lake Levels: May 28, 2015

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Obituaries »

Larry Hansen

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Richard S. Taylor

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Lance Dorian Callender

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Cara D. Hutchinson

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Mary Valerie Majewski

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Where’s my cat?

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Lower interest rates, steady home prices ease California housing affordability

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS4

Realtors eagerly await the OK to fly drones

By National Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS10

California’s spring home-buying season off to strong start

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Survey: Good price tops main reason to buy now

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Moorseville duplex has European touch

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Grants could help end homelessness

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Estate-sized Rossano has Spanish flavor

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Shoe

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Horoscope, Friday, May 29, 2015

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Horoscope, Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Horoscope, Sunday, May 31, 2015

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New York Times Crossword

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Medical Profiles

Dr. Little doing big things for local dentistry

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: MP7

Meet Marshall’s newest cancer physician, Ernest Lo, MD

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Home Source

Realtors eagerly await the OK to fly drones

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Survey: Good price tops main reason to buy now

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HS15

Moorseville duplex has European touch

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