Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Lady Cougars take 6th; shift focus to Vitell

EL DORADO HILLS — Defensively, the El Dorado Lady Cougars did enough to win Monday’s fifth-place game at the Trojan Toss-Up against Inderkum — offensively they didn’t. The bigger, taller Tigers eventually wore El Dorado down to earn the 37-23 victory in a game the shots just didn’t fall for the Placerville squad. The Cougars, nearing […]

El Dorado pulls extra shifts after team backs out

The El Dorado girls basketball team worked overtime this past weekend: catching a reprieve with an opening day forfeit Thursday before playing twice on each of the next two days. The Cougars stepped into Johnson’s shoes after the Sacramento team pulled out on Christmas Eve — forcing El Dorado to play both sides of the […]

EID rate shift, hikes OK’d 4-1

After two and three-quarters hours of being chewed out by 27 of 31 speakers Monday night the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to switch from billing 30 percent for the base rate and 70 percent for actual water use to a 50-50 formula. Following that change, Single-Family base rates for water […]

Autotronics of Cameron Park adds a 5-10 p.m. shift four days a week

It’s 4:55 on a Friday afternoon. You’re driving down the freeway and suddenly your car starts wheezing and choking as it rolls to the side of the road and dies. Then it hits you that you’re in for a motorist’s worst nightmare : you’re stuck and by the time the tow truck arrives all the […]

Nine state parolees shift to county

On April 4 Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills referred to as the Public Safety Realignment to help reduce the number of non-serious and non-violent offenders incarcerated in California prisons. The bills realign those offenders into the county jail or paroled into the county they were originally sentenced. Instead of reporting to a state parole officer, parolees will […]

Fun zoo nights

Explore the Zoo in a whole new light Ñmoonlight. Discover which animals take over the night shift, and see what happens when the zoo comes alive at night. Experience this new side of the zoo with your family without the rush of the daytime crowds. Meet some of the animals up close and personal. Then, […]

Raucous good times promised at ‘Hotel Paradiso’

What: ”Hotel Paradiso” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Department Where: Black Box Theater, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Nov. 14, 15 and 16 and Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students Information: or The Bookery, Main Street in Placerville   A married man and a married woman — not […]

As we were: Home run for El Dorado County

25 Years ago March 11, 1988 Huge softball tournament coming to Placerville area El Dorado County’s Western Slope has been chosen as one of 12 sites for the first leg of a national slow-pitch softball tournament that will conclude with the championship in Steamboat Springs, CO. Tournaments will be held here and in nine other states […]

County calls ‘snow day’ for all but essential services

Tuesday at 2 p.m. El Dorado County government declared a “snow day.” All non-essential employees were sent home and only emergency services personnel remained on duty. The sudden and unexpected dump caught motorists and residents unaware, and workers who had gone to lunch called in to say they wouldn’t be back at their posts. County […]

Nomadic shelter open for winter

“The shelter becomes home for the night for guests,” said Janis Carney, volunteer for the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter that serves the homelesss population of El Dorado County. While some of the homeless are wintering over at Hangtown Haven, Placerville’s legal encampment, families with children and those not meeting the camp’s criterion need a warm, […]

Winter nomadic homeless shelter opens

EDITOR: On Friday, Nov. 2, the nomadic homeless shelter opened once again. It is open seven nights a week and rotates between different churches or faith-based groups. The first few weeks saw only eight guests using the shelter, however this past week, with the weather deteriorating, the numbers have increased to 28. The guests are […]

EID cuts out CalSPA early

Two and out. The El Dorado Irrigation District completed in two years what it had negotiated to complete in five years in a legal settlement with lawyers for the California Sport Protection Fishing Alliance. In a deal that cost EID $240,000, the district agreed to reduce the number of sanitary sewer overflows to 5 per […]

CalSPA still angling to spend EID’s money

A year ago the El Dorado Irrigation District settled a federal lawsuit with the California Sport Fishing Alliance at a cost of $240,000. Cal SPA had claimed EID was violating the federal Water Pollution Control Act by having too many sanitary sewer overflows, usually abbreviated as SSOs. Though EID denied the lawsuit’s allegations and even […]

Informative report

Customarily Grand Jury reports in El Dorado County are long on chest thumping and short on verifiable facts. This year’s Grand Jury report is the opposite. It is chock full of information and cites its sources and people interviewed. The bulk of the report deals with law enforcement issues and appears to give a thorough […]

Pirate lawyers still crossing swords

The California Sport Fishing Alliance, or CalSPA, is a high-falutin’ name for a group of pirate lawyers. The El Dorado Irrigation District paid a $240,000 tribute last August to CalSPA after it self-reported too many small sewer overflows, mostly on the homeowner’s portion of the sewer line. Half of that payout went to lawyers’ fees […]

Jupiter’s spots

By Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory Anyone working a night shift in Northern California this time of year might notice a bright star rising in the East just after sunset, crossing the sky through the night and setting in the West just before the sun rises. This ÒstarÓ is in fact only about 500 […]

Cal SPA, EID ink deal on sewer line overflows

Editor The El Dorado Irrigation District recently released the out-of-court settlement it reached with the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. The price of protection against a federal lawsuit is $240,000 plus $2,000 a year. The breakdown on those figures is $120,000 for Cal SPAÕs lawyers and $120,000 for Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment Òto […]

Belltower: Notable local historical women

Editor WomenÕs History Month was last month, so IÕm a little behind the curve on this column, but it is never too late to highlight my favorite women in El Dorado County history. My top favorites worked at the Mountain Democrat. Bine V. Ingham and Mollie Carpenter broke the mold for editors and publishers. They […]

One for the ratepayers

Perhaps it helped that representatives from the districtÕs employees association attended the rate workshops that the El Dorado Irrigation District held in various communities. We are certainly impressed with the bow to the recession that EID employees took when they negotiated a new Memorandum of Understanding. The four-year contract includes a two-year wage freeze. Even […]

Belltower: Long gone newspaper technology

Editor Before then editor Ursula Smith hired me in 1978 I worked for a small newspaper in Amador County that no longer exists. Published in Ione, the Amador Progress-News has long since been merged and subsumed by the Ledger Dispatch. When I first started working there I still lived in Davis with roommates who worked […]

Cap Stage presents ‘Good People’

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its ninth season, The Homefront: A season of soul-stirring plays, with “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire. Nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, “Good People” explores the struggle, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Capital Stage’s production will […]

Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

April 15 saw the last of the testimony of the Andrew Sanford murder trial. The day began with an argument over including then-16-year-old victim Richard Swanson’s hat size in evidence, but Judge James R. Wagoner struck down the inclusion due to lack of foundation and relevance. The jury was let in and the judge read […]

2014 Kia Cadenza: Luxury without the tax

  When Kia came to the United States  some 20 years ago, its only product was a no-frills compact called the Sephia priced for thousands less than brand T or H. Now they have gone not just one better, but perhaps infinitely better with the all new Cadenza, and, no, I am not talking about […]

No foolin’: Drought still on

With the latest snow survey falling on April Fool’s Day, it was no joke that despite the recent storms, the state continues to face a water shortage.

“This is almost a mispicture,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as he stood knee-deep in soft snow.

“This snow course was basically bare two days ago,” he said. “All the snow we measured just now came mostly last night and illustrates the difference between a good water year and a bad water year.”

At Phillips Station, Gehrke and his staff measured a snow …

Horoscope, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mercury Offers a Perspective Challenge Mercury in Pisces forms a lucky angle to Jupiter in Cancer emphasizing the benefits of leaving your own perspective to see the world from another point of view. Of course, not everyone can do this. It’s a skill that requires a certain amount of detachment from one’s own ego, and […]

Second day shows lack of memory

The second and third days of the Andrew Sanford murder trial focused on a co-worker of the victim and the evidence technician that analyzed the scene of the crime. “I don’t remember” and “I don’t recall” were the most common phrases, sometimes stuttered, of the second day of the trial after the prosecution called Don […]

Horoscope, Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mercury Trine Mars Mercury poses a harmonious trine to Mars during these last days of the Aquarius solar transit. Our minds have been caught up in the future: what it will look like, how it will work and what it will mean for humanity. Now we bring attention back to the emotions stirring inside. Take […]

Bruins’ double OT heartbreak

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Outscoring host Ponderosa 8-2 in the second overtime Friday, Pleasant Grove outlasted the Bruins 60-54 in Delta River League play. Ponderosa had chances: tied and Josh Bist at the free throw line with 11 seconds left in regulation; then up three with a minute left in the first overtime. “I love my […]

EID declares Stage 2 drought emergency

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Tuesday skipped right over Stage 1 and unanimously went to a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning and asked customers to voluntarily reduce water consumption 30 percent.

The water savings also applies to recycled water customers because recycled water is often supplemented with potable water.

The resolution declaring “the existence of an emergency” will enable the district to reduce fish flows from its Kyburz Diversion Dam and from its four alpine …

Publisher’s ink: Polar vortex is vexing

As temperatures plunged below zero last week, people across many parts of the country were forced into survival mode. The report from our older daughter living and working in Chicago was as follows: “It’s so cold outside my eyes hurt.” Not quite sure what this meant so my advice to her was to keep them […]

Dirt churned on Silva Valley interchange project

A who’s who of local officials and state representatives stood on a dusty hill in El Dorado Hills Thursday afternoon to kick-start construction of the community’s newest road project. Golden shovels turned the first dirt on a Highway 50 interchange project more than 20 years in the making — the Silva Valley interchange. El Dorado […]

California Rambling: Tale of two mountains

In the second of a three-part series, California Rambling continues to contrast Whistler Blackcomb with Heavenly/South Lake Tahoe. From the first pulsing notes of the Black Eyed Peas’ Time of My Life amplified from a 12,000-watt mobile DJ station, 20-something skiers and riders atop the Gondola at the Heavenly Mountain Resort were dancing on the […]

Heavenly will keep things moving

With Heavenly Holidays in full swing at Heavenly Village, the DJ Cat will provide guests with additional on-mountain entertainment and the opportunity to enjoy a truly unique dance party. Heavenly Mountain Resort is bringing its high-energy brand to life across the mountain this season by building a one-of-a-kind DJ cat that will enhance the mountain […]

Horoscope, Friday, December 20, 2013

Applause Moon Passionate fire-sign energy prevails as the Leo moon leads us through the final day of the Sagittarian solar journey of 2013. High levels of motivation combined with ambitious aims make for action-packed hours. The Leo moon puts a spotlight on the entertainment value of our interactions, so be sure to applaud when it’s […]

Memories of home and Christmas Past

There’s no other time of the year with so much emphasis on the family home. Be it ever so humble, it’s where everyone wants to be for the holidays. I still have flashback memories of Christmas past whenever I hear Bing Crosby’s singing “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays” or “I’ll be […]

DUI arrests and fatalities down thanks to crackdown

The winter holiday anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 6″ DUI deployments overnight in El Dorado County. From 12:01 a.m. through midnight on Friday, Dec. 13, officers representing two county law enforcement agencies arrested one individual for driving under the influence […]

Ice rink to open Sunday

The extreme cold weather has been both a blessing and a problem for the first-ever Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink, which will open one day later than anticipated on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

On Dec. 10, Steve Sabel, owner of STS Productions, the company providing the ice rink, said, “The heavens are smiling on the Hangtown Ice Rink. This cold, dry weather is wonderful for making ice.”

But the cold, icy weather caused delays in the arrival of some equipment needed to …

Bruins, Cougars split early games

Both El Dorado and Ponderosa won one, lost one in their first two games of the Gold Dust Tournament. The Cougars, pulling a double shift due to a school’s absence, fell 73-42 to Del Oro (winner’s bracket) but came back later Friday night to defeat Eltham 76-60. The Bruins opened a day earlier by toppling […]

Basketball: El Dorado gets payback

Aaron Line and Matt Smith combined for 12 overtime points Saturday as host El Dorado exacted some revenge with a 67-59 victory over Ponderosa in the third place game of the annual Gold Dust Tournament. Line led all scorers with 23 points to snare All Tourney honors. Tuesday at the Bruins’ gym, Ponderosa prevailed over […]

Football: El Dorado puts scare on American Canyon

AMERICAN CANYON — Relying on its big play capability, an effective ground game and the last 20 points Friday, host American Canyon pushed past El Dorado 42-26 in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff action. As the No. 16 seed, someone forgot to tell the Cougars to panic, freeze and roll over. El Dorado’s behavior […]

Final day of Palmer trial testimony sees medical testimony, victim’s husband

The trial of a former director of nurses at a skilled care facility, charged with elder abuse, continued Tuesday with an expert witness, a certified nursing assistant and the victim’s husband testifying. Deputy Attorney General Steven Muni called the prosecution’s first witness of the day, Dr. Kathryn Locatell, to the stand to begin the day. […]

The mission is to find and reunite

This is the first part of a veteran’s efforts to find and recognize a special group. If you’re a friend of Tom Dohnke and you find yourself lost or separated, don’t worry. You won’t be forgotten or written off, even if you’re a cat. Dohnke arrives early for a meeting. At a distance you see […]

Horoscope, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jupiter Goes Retrograde Jovial Jupiter, the planet of abundance, good fortune and largesse, does an about-face to inspire us toward introspection. Mercury is still retrograde, too, though much crankier about it than Jupiter will be. Jupiter’s optimism makes him immune to the ill effects of a retrograde. In Cancer, Jupiter will have us thinking deeply […]

Sac state’s Playwrights Theatre presents ‘Almost Maine’

Comprising nine vignettes, John Cariani’s comedic play, “Almost Maine,” has been described as “Thornton Wilder crossed with The ‘Twilight Zone’” and Professor Michelle Felten is bringing it to the California State University, Sacramento Playwrights Theatre in October and November. A midwinter night’s dream unfolds for the residents of Almost, Maine, who are finding romance, losing […]

A great service

For about 20 years the Mother Lode Lions Club has helped support the El Dorado County Center for the Visually Impaired. In fact, for a time one of its totally blind clients was an active member of that club until he moved to another town. Then 10 years ago the primary agency operating the center, […]

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