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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 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 […]

Stepping out: Pickles add interest to the cheeseburger pizza

“I am not a glutton — I am an explorer of food.” — Erma Bombeck Papa Murphy’s Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza OK, before you ask me if I am making this up, the answer is, “No.” Papa Murphy’s just introduced this new style of pizza last week. A couple of people who had tried it told […]

‘New Beginnings’ launch 2012 for La Raza Galeria

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada inaugurates the new year with two exhibitions that offer the region a juxtaposition of conceptual art and Neo-Expressionism — striking exhibitions by emerging artist Nicolás Colón and Sacramento-based Mexican artist Leonardo Ceballos. The show opens Saturday, Jan. 14, and the artists’ reception is Thursday, Feb. 16. The gallery is located […]

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: a year of sleaze and insane federal spending

By Dave Barry McClatchy Newspapers It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the […]

‘The Nutcracker’ is coming to Three Stages

Winner of more than 15 gold medals and three prizes from the Paris Academy of Dance, the Moscow Classical Ballet has toured “The Nutcracker” in the U.S. every year for the past 19 years — and is now coming to Folsom. Performing in more than 30 countries around the world, Moscow Classical Ballet makes its […]

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The Hangtown Halloween Ball bands play on

The line up for the Hangtown Halloween Ball offers an impressive array of music. The festival is three nights and two days of music and more at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon and Sunday, Oct. 30, ending at 10:45 […]

Stepping out: Carniceria y Taqueria Soto is small but good

“You can tell how long a couple has been married by whether they are on their first, second or third bottle of Tabasco.” — Bruce Bye Carniceria y Taqueria Soto Located across from Raley’s in the Western Plaza shopping center, Carniceria y Taqueria Soto is another of the least known, and probably the smallest, restaurants […]

Disagree with editorial

EDITOR: “Every news organization has only its credibility and reputation to rely on,” said Tony Burman, former-editor-in-chief of CBC News. While various existing codes of journalism have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of — accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability — as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information […]

Machado voted out as mayor

A late amendment to the Aug. 23 Placerville City Council agenda calling for the removal of Mayor Dave Machado and to request that Machado take a leave of absence from his position on the City Council brought the concerned, the curious and four camera crews to City Council Chambers on Tuesday. Machado, 53, was arrested […]

Ken Calhoon: How to prevent buyers from walking away from the escrow

Last week my column focused on walk-away buyers. A new survey by the National Association of Realtors discovered a surprising number of buyers were failing to close their escrows. Some deals fell through because of low ball appraisals, some because qualifying for a mortgage is increasingly difficult ,but many Realtors reported buyers are simply having […]

Veteran flyer recognized as Master Pilot

Louie Kraushar of Cameron Park became one of those “magnificent men in their flying machines” at the unlikely age of 8. It would be another two decades, however, before he actually piloted an airship on his own. In the meantime, he went to war,  got married, started a family and began the first of a […]

The rural life: My dog, myself

May I someday be the person my dog thinks I am. This adage expresses a worthy goal. A challenging one! Your dog thinks you are best, smartest, kindest person in the world. Endlessly interesting. One hundred percent benevolent. Never, ever wrong. When I think of how my little dog Sadie regards me, it makes me […]

Publisher’s ink: Awards are great but purpose is greater

“Awards don’t put food on the table” Frank Miles, the former president and CEO of Thomson Newspapers Inc., informed me. In the 1970s, Thomson owned more daily newspapers in the United States than any other company. Miles believed it was nice to be recognized by one’s peers but at the end of the day the […]

Belltower: Our history on TV

It must have been a slow TV news day when KOVR Channel 13 reporter Neda Iranpour called Mountain Democrat Features Editor Mimi Escabar 3:45 p.m. Jan. 4 about coming up and doing a story about our newspaper starting its 160th year of publication. She called me about 4:45 just to be sure somebody would be […]

VW Jetta TDI: Who needs a hybrid?

Democrat automotive columnist Introduced in mid-2005, the fifth generation Jetta is little changed in body from that introduction. But for 2009, VW now produces a 50-state passenger car diesel engine and it can be had in the current Jetta, which is not scheduled for a makeover for at least two years. There is no question […]

Backroads: Exploring Marshalls footsteps on Bayne Road

Democrat columnist Ever wonder where that old steel bridge over the American River in Coloma goes? Not the one on Highway 49. IÕm talking about that single lane icon right in middle of the park, the thing that looks like it was put together with a giant erector set. That quaint Coloma artifact is the […]

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Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

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EID restricts watering days

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EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

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