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The Weekly Daley: The Iran deal makes for strange bedfellows

Saudi Arabia, one of our staunchest allies in the Middle East, doesn’t like the deal the United States and other world powers have cooked up with Iran. Many on the right bitterly complain that we have poked the Saudis in the eye with a sharp stick just as we’ve done to our other staunchest Middle East […]

Ante up for a good time

What: Hangtown Hold ’em poker tournament Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc., 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 11, registration at 3 p.m., gaming at 4 p.m. Cost: $60 buy in Information: 530-621-5885   Hey poker players: Think you can whip the guy who announces the World Series of […]

Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form: First edition

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does […]

The weekly Daley: Some thoughts I’ve thought about

A guy in Florida shoots another guy for texting in a movie theater during the previews, before the main attraction. Evidently it bothered the alleged shooter so much that he felt compelled to pull his hardware and allegedly plug the other guy. The NRA would, of course, suggest that if everyone in the movie house […]

Something to think about: Oh, that dog

Oh, that dog. When I began writing this column in 2002, we were dogless. My husband claimed to be allergic to dogs when we met, so, for 25 years we had no animals except fish. He liked it that way, although he did complain about having to clean the fish tank. I got my dog […]

At home with Marni Jamison: Motif — what’s it all mean?

Thank the universe for symbols. If it weren’t for that stick figure wearing a triangle, think how many men would have barged into the wrong restroom and been arrested. But not all symbols are so well recognized. In decorating, many common motifs, which show up repeated in fabrics, tiles and decorative arts, mean something. However, […]

Former fire chief cuts his own pay, but fiscal damage already done

Despite the warnings that had been issued in prior audit reports for the El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) and complaints raised by former board member Mike Dennis, it apparently wasn’t until late 2011 that Fire Chief Bruce Lacher and the fire board understood that there was a serious problem with the district’s finances.

Lucas Shepard, who was president of the firefighters union at the time, said Chief Lacher informed them that because of a budget shortfall of $500,000, they needed concessions from the union. Shepard said they returned with a package that included a pay cut along with members paying a part of their retirement and health benefits.

He said Lacher later asked for additional concessions because the deficit was worse than first thought. It was then that Shepard and other union members began looking into the budget in more detail and learned the extent of the district’s fiscal deficit. He said what angered them most was finding out that while …

Governor’s State of the State 2012: “California on the Mend”

SACRAMENTO – In his 2012 State of the State speech, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said California is “on the mend” and laid out an ambitious agenda for economic growth in the year ahead. The full text of the speech is below: (Remarks as prepared) As required by the state constitution, I am reporting to […]

Homewood Mountain Resort plans expansion

  LAKE TAHOE — Considering the crowd that has congregated on a busy Monday last winter at Homewood Mountain Resort, Shayne Kline felt lucky to have secured a small table where he and his young son could eat lunch. Powder days tend to draw a crowd, even on a Monday. And there was certainly some […]

Increased risks of buying a bank-owned home

“OK, I made a mistake but the price was too good to pass up,” he said. “Isn’t someone responsible?” I wanted to tell him to look in the mirror. Tom was a past client from a few years back who had recently purchased a bank REO at auction. I was a little peeved that he […]

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Criminal annals, part 124: Justice meted out

Continuing with the Sept. 21, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under Sacramento “Recorders Court. – Before Justice McGrew,” a bit of justice being handed out. “Petit Larceny – McAdams was brought up on a charge of petit larceny. The evidence not being sufficient for conviction, a restitution of the property was […]

Meticulous planning and care produce a winner

In 2001 Nello Olivo planted wine grapes on the property he and his wife, Danica, own in Cameron Park. Half of the grapes he grows are sold to wineries and, since 2005 the other half has been made into wine under the Nello Olivo Winery label. In 2010 he entered his wines in four highly […]

Lost in history: Aizu and the Meiji Restoration

John Van Sant, PhD University of Alabama-Birmingham On a hillside overlooking Gold Trail Elementary School in an area of Coloma, California, known as Gold Hill, there is a solitary grave of a young woman who died nearly 130 years ago. One side of the headstone reads, “In Memory of OKEI Died 1871. Aged 19 years. […]

The rural life: Playing tricks on my memory

Democrat columnist While out walking recently, I noticed a wet place on the ground running from our wellÕs pump house down the hill to the fence line. I made a mental note to ask my husband about it, as it could be a leak. But, as so often happens these days, by the time I […]

Gold Oak named Cal Distinguished School

Democrat staff writer Gold Oak Elementary School in Pleasant Valley has been named a California Distinguished School. Based on the results of STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) testing, Gold Oak has closed the gap between Gold OakÕs subgroup and the general school population, an accomplishment that puts the school in a pretty select group. Gold […]

This rose is at home on the ranch

Special to the Democrat Attired in farmerÕs clothes and worn tennis shoes betraying barn duty, Roni Pettibone, 66, works long, grueling hours on her ranch in Shingle Springs. Besides milking and caring for her prize-winning goat herd, Pettibone takes care of her family, dogs, cats, pigs, birds and horses by the sweat of her brow […]

The Rural Life: Cat tales

I have a cat problem. The kitty in question, Locket, is one of two family cats. Locket “belongs” mostly to my daughter, while her litter-mate, Leo, is more “my” cat. Now that “her” human is away at college, Locket has become a problem child. Both our cats are coal black with green eyes. Leo is […]

Horoscope, Saturday, December 19, 2015

Venus Realism One song title suggests that love is a many-splendored thing, though surely it has just as many, if not more, rather ordinary qualities as it does magnificent ones. Accepting the grand with the mundane — that’s love. This message was brought to you by Venus in honest Scorpio. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Repetition […]

Acuna back on council

Former Placerville City Council member and mayor Mark Acuna has been selected to fill out the council term left vacant when Carol Patton moved outside city limits in October. Acuna was sworn in Dec. 8 with the next election for his seat in November 2016. Acuna, 59, said he looks forward to returning to the […]

Take a trip down the rabbit hole at Theatre at the Mine

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Nov. 10, 17, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 9 at 3:45 p.m. Cost: $10 general admission $5 for children 10 and under Information: (530) 264-0144 or visit [email protected]   Throughout a […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Venus and Saturn Square Venus and Saturn aren’t making the recent transitions in our personal lives any easier. It’s like these planets are intent on shining a spotlight on all the answers to the question, “What could go wrong?” This square brings much more precaution into the situation than is necessary. On the bright side, […]

Art ‘thief’ on the loose during Artists Showcase 2015 Tour

Don’t be alarmed, but you already may have been stolen by Rod Williams. The artist makes no apologies for his actions and in fact his fans think you should thank him for his thievery, since it no doubt resulted in an astonishing painting. “I do steal people,” smiled Williams, gazing with his visitors at a […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Moral myopia

Wanton killing always causes me to think about morality, or the lack of it. There is a belief, by some, that without religion there is no morality. And whether as self-justification or sincere belief, many, if not most, people of faith hold that their own religion is the foundation of morality. Much as I hate […]

Animal communication: Figuring out felines

By Sue Wickersham Special to the Democrat “Cats are mysterious kind of folk – there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.” Sir Walter Scott Those of us who have had animals in our lives, know the special bonds we create with them. We know they are hungry by their mews, nudges […]

Horoscope, April 4, 2015

Full Moon and Total Eclipse “He loves me, he loves me not…” is the chant of the full moon in Libra, the sign of partnership. It’s a total eclipse of the heart situation in which romance seems unsure, and that’s what makes it so beautiful. The risk of losing love activates primal instincts. Potential loss […]

Threshold Choir opens the way

Imagine for a moment that you are near the end of life, lying in bed knowing that your time is short. Will there be fear, doubt and loneliness or will you be surrounded by the sound of gentle voices, singing crystal clear notes of hope as you ease your way onward? If you live in […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buttoned-Up Scorpio Did you know it’s National Button Day? November 16th has been celebrated by button enthusiasts since 1938. This handy technology has been used for millennia — archeologists have found buttons more than 5,000 years old. The private Scorpio sun, Mercury and Saturn favor buttoning up key information today. Share on a need-to-know basis. […]

A new skin and a new lease on life

Things are looking up for Caddyshack, the gopher snake. On June 6 he become a permanent resident at the American River Conservancy (ARC), 348 Main St. in Coloma, to be doted over by visitors and staff alike. “Doting over a snake,” you ask? In this case, yes, the little fellow had lots of folks pulling […]

The weekly Daley: Free speech and other important stuff

First, I have to note that today being April 2, I am celebrating the 15th and 11th anniversaries, respectively, of my first and second heart attacks. It being only about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, however, technically I really should wait until after midnight before I get too sassy about it. Thursday April 3, 8:03 a.m. Yup, […]

Does less mobility hurt the economy?

As a kid growing up, we moved a lot. My father was a career military officer and about every two or three years he was transferred to another military installation. One year we were living in Tampa, Fla., and the next I was in Chicopee, Mass. I attended school in five states from Alaska to […]

Horoscope, Monday, December 16, 2013

Cosmic Contrasts An opposition of the moon and Mercury sets up a contrast — and we are creatures who learn through this. We need negative examples to understand the positive ones. That’s why those who have known poverty appreciate wealth the most and why the sweetest happiness is born out of an increased capacity for […]

Horoscope, Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mars Enters Libra While we’re still recovering our equilibrium after Mercury’s recent change, Mars makes a move to rock the boat again, this time in the name of love, beauty and harmony. This gentle wave is likely to be more of a lullaby than anything that might capsize our personal lives, so don’t fight it. […]

Three-by-three, and in 3-D, art show really is a must-see

There’s a $10,000 horse galloping in the front window at 459 Main St. in Placerville. Trot on inside ArtSpace, run by the El Dorado Arts Council, then pull up on the reins so that you can fully enjoy the art treasures inside during a show by members of the Placerville Arts Association that runs through […]

Horoscope, Sunday, September, 15, 2013

Aquarius Moon Lightens the Day Inner chaos creates outer chaos, and vice versa. But which comes first? The good news today is that it doesn’t matter, because whether you bring calm to your inner or outer environment, you’ll make headway with both. The Aquarius moon works in a friendly way to lighten the mood and […]

My Turn: 75 miles per gallon is here

And climate change is here too, it always has been with or without man’s contribution of CO2 if you think about it. Nothing is static in nature and complaining about change … is just static. However, whether good or evil, recent increases in CO2 are evident and since we don’t have a crystal ball there […]

The rural life: Songs my father sang

Our parents influence us in ways that are sometimes mysterious. My late father, Bill Forsberg, was a Renaissance man of sorts, with talents for writing, art, poetry, music and more. He certainly influenced my own love of writing and music, but until recently I didn’t realize how much he influenced the writing of my sister, […]

The rural life: Dog’s life … at 60

Sixty is a big birthday. Even we baby boomers, so fond of redefining age groups (50 is the new 30, and so on), find 60 problematic. It’s hard to claim you’re still middle-aged when you’ve reached this milestone. Sixty is seniorhood, or at least the gateway to it. All those discounts and whatnot. I turned […]

Union Mine appeals to undecided at back-to-school night

Union Mine High School Principal Tony Deville invited west El Dorado County families to the annual back-to-school night on Jan. 24, playing master of ceremonies for a special presentation beforehand that extolled the virtues of the district’s newest and smallest school to incoming freshmen and their parents and hoping to convince them to take advantage […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moon of Distraction Sometimes it’s hard to put our chins up and march on — not because we’re sad, but because there is so much distraction in this parade of a life. It’s why horses need blinders. We may have to create our own version of “blinkers” in order to get anything accomplished under the […]

Dave Barry’s Year in Review

By Dave Barry

McClatchy Newspapers

It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.

Example: This year the “reality” show “Jersey Shore,” which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid.

But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular new “reality” show…

Grow for it! A little caution with these plants

Some plants, even though not on official do-not-plant or noxious weed lists should be put into a landscape using a bit of caution. The reason for this is that they tend to take over garden areas rapidly, reseed profusely in unwanted areas and generally outgrow their usefulness. The ones listed below are still attractive plants […]

Double billed too

EDITOR: Andrea B. Hay’s story about Cal Fire is in line with what happened to us. The difference is that we changed our mailing address from a Shingle Springs rural route to a Rescue PO Box. We have lived at our current location for over 50 years. Our first Cal Fire bill was for our […]

The rural life: My dog, decoded

Have you “decoded” your dog? I thought I knew as much as I needed to know about my own dog. Then I saw, just recently, the 2010 NOVA program “Dogs Decoded.” It presents the fascinating science behind the bond that has evolved over thousands of years between humans and dogs. It explains many things that […]

Horoscope, Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Taurus sun, the moon and Jupiter encourage a supersized celebration of the planet to remind its inhabitants to try to leave it in better shape than it was in when we got here. In the spirit of Taurus, the sign of baby steps, this is the kind of tall order that can be carried […]


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SMUD axes Iowa Hill

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Former drug agent admits to trafficking

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A1

Placerville crime stats: Property crimes are up

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Home burns; firefighters injured

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Heard over the back fence: Have faith

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

ORHS principal still out

By Julie Samrick

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

By Dawn Hodson | Gallery

2015 stats: Violent crime up

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Mik running for Assembly

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What are we thinking?

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Presidential executive orders

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Trending numbers

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Board majority sell-out

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Use your intelligence, Gene

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Hit in the head

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Who’s the real phony?

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EID disaster

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Altshuler’s insults

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Helping the homeless

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Sports scene: Feb. 12, 2016

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Roundup: Feb. 9-10, 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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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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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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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ hits a high note

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Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

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

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B3

Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

By Feist Wines | From Page: B4

Folsom Lake Symphony plays the language of love

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

Pomp and pageantry coming to Folsom

By Harris Center for the Arts

Food trucks drive to Union Mine High School

By El Dorado Union High School District

Career fair showcases opportunities

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‘Ancestral Voices’ inspire dancers in spring concert

By California State Unversity, Sacramento

Scarlata, Kalish top New Millennium Concert schedule

By California State Unversity, Sacramento


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Lake levels

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Divorces: December 2015

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News Bites 2/10

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Building permits issued Feb. 1-5

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Placerville Police crime log

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EDSO crime log

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Lake levels

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On the agenda: EID

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Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

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News Bites 2/3

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Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

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Rainfall totals: January 2016

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Lake levels

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EDSO Crime Log

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Placerville Police Crime Log

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Lake levels

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Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes

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Linda Marie (Gray) Suddarth

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Etta “Louise” Beals

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Odie Ray Prettyman funeral notice

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Dennis “Spike” Wright

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Lloyd Frank Romberger

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Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

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Joseph Richard Erickson

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Philip John Garthe Jr.

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Bell Weaver

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Charlotte Emily Dryden

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Donna Louise Ranger

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June Birtwell

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Ten reasons your house isn’t selling

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