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Horoscope, Sunday, March 23, 2014

Water Signs Stir Emotions An ongoing ticker tape stripes the lower screen of our consciousness. Every decision we make, including the decision of how to feel, starts with a thought. Be choosy as you pluck thoughts from the never-ending stream, and you’ll effectively manage your emotions even as Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn transit emotional water […]

Horoscope, Monday, December 23, 2013

Perfectionist Moon The Virgo moon is the Martha Stewart of lunar aspects, striving for perfection and committed to creating a beautiful high-value outcome by doing things the right way. In one of her books, Stewart says, “Get a telescope, a wide-angle lens and a microscope.” The Virgo moon likes this idea — whatever is needed […]

Horoscope, Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mars and Venus Quarrel Scientists have determined that overhearing a stranger’s cellphone call is more irritating than other kinds of background noise because our brains have to work to fill in the other side of the conversation. The stressed angle of Mars to Venus has us similarly mentally taxed, trying to fill in what we […]

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 […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Moon Countdown You may not fall naturally into contemplation, but some deliberate thoughtfulness will serve you well before Thursday’s new moon. What exactly is it that you hope to do to improve your health and the health of the planet? What if you stopped drinking out of plastic containers or brought your own bags […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 27, 2012

The complications of love will be a theme now, as Venus and Mars are not pleased with each other. The Pisces moon exacerbates the arrangement, as she’s overly sensitive to what’s said and is prone to dwell on the slightest micro-expression of disfavor. The best you can do is take a deep breath and resolve […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It was on this day in the year 1690 that the first multipage newspaper was published in the Americas. Alas, freedom of speech was something to be fought for, and “Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick” was shut down before its second edition. The Aquarius moon reminds us to participate in the privileges that make […]

Horoscope, Saturday, September 22, 2012

A thought for the autumnal equinox: When you walk out of your front door, what you will observe is other people’s opinions of how the world should be in a tangible form. Not all of the manmade physical world is acceptable to you, and today you may find yourself starting to form a different opinion […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s said that in the non-Euclidean universe, parallel lines can sometimes meet or diverge. And in real-life relationships, a straight line isn’t always the shortest distance between two people, because people are far too complicated to define with logic. As Mercury squares Pluto, use all of your faculties, including empathy, to make a connection. ARIES […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The nurturing Cancer moon rules the day, pumping empathetic vibrations into the atmosphere. “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” — Siddhartha Gautama ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 6, 2012

People talk about the benefits of slowing down to “smell the roses,” but the events that actually cause such slow downs — traffic, long lines, missed connections, etc. — are often met with annoyance. Venus offers us a challenge as she slips into the “show me” sign of Leo. Walk the talk. Beauty is all […]

Horoscope, Monday, July 23, 3012

The Virgo moon has been accused of being overly critical, but she argues tonight that her criticism is precisely what keeps standards high and people striving to uphold them. As long as we are careful to be constructive with one another, quite a lot can be achieved where the structure of the Virgo moon meets […]

Heavenly news: Neptune in opposition

For lovers of astronomy in the Foothills, it doesn’t get much better than summer here. The nights get longer and warmer. The spring rains are over, leaving a stunning backdrop of celestial gems to admire and explore. And this summer there is a special visitor making an appearance. Neptune is currently making its transit through Aquarius. As a […]

Criminal annals, part 123: Murderous Indians, missing husband

Continuing with the Sept. 20, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find under “From the Interior” a number of interesting items. “FROM SHASTA. “ The following items of news are gleaned from the Shasta Courier [1852-1905], of the 18th instant: “THE TRINITY INDIANS SUING FOR PEACE. –  We learn that the Indians on […]

Heavenly news: Sun-Earth day celebration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began outreach programs 11 years ago to educate the public on the Sun’s relationship to Earth. This celebration culminates yearly on or near the vernal equinox. Although we commonly refer to the two equinoxes as the days where there is an equal amount of night and day, it […]

Early California politics and growing newspapers

Democrat history columnist Almost the entire front page of the March 16, 1850 edition of the ÒPlacer TimesÓ is devoted to proposed changes in the court process for California. These kinds of government items, along with an increasing amount of news from the east coast, notices and ads, will continue to take up much of […]

Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

Just when everyone in the county had learned that LUPPU stands for Land Use Policy Programatic Update, they went and changed it to LRPU and then contracted that down to LRP. Long-Range Planning Division Assistant Director Dave Defanti brought that news to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ April 15 meeting. Because LUPPU was […]

Horoscope, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stay-cation Cancer Moon The Cancer moon insists on finding relaxation inside the safe confines of home, sweet home. If that is not a relaxing place, the day is likely to be dedicated to making it more so. What needs to change? The feng shui? Houseguests? The attitude of family members or habits of the pets? […]

Winning essay: ‘The Infiltration of Democracy’

At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013, I was sitting in my high school’s large presentation room, facing one of the most remarkable modern American intellectuals. The man who my peers and I were staring at on the projector screen was Noam Chomsky, an eighty-two year old American political commentator. My history teacher had arranged […]

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

California Stage will bring four provocative plays to Sacramento audiences throughout 2014. The theater will open its 23rd season with the world premiere of Nelda Roberts’ captivating new drama “The Vanishing Point,” followed by R.C. Sherriff’s “Journey’s End,” Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade” and Rick Foster’s “Love Isadora.” California Stage is one of six theaters in the […]

Horoscope, Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Moon Eve Maybe every day should be a fresh start, but even cockeyed optimists would agree that the concept is easier said than put into practice. Human behavior is built on habit. We wouldn’t advance very far if we had to make each day up from scratch. Get ready to take advantage of tomorrow’s […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Leo Moon Goes Busking The events of the day won’t feel epic or life changing, and yet there will be fun pops of interest as the Leo moon plays cosmic street performer to Neptune, Venus, Uranus and Pluto. Each planet has a different reaction to the entertainment, and we will follow suit, laughing, crying or […]

Horoscope, Monday, March 10, 2014

Mercury and Saturn Urge for Simplicity Mercury in Aquarius lines up to square Saturn in Scorpio, an aspect that will bust open news, spill secrets and cause a change in our choice of technology, friendship and communal activities. The tendency will be to over-think things, and it might help to ask, “What would be even […]

Horoscope, Friday, February 14, 2014

Full Leo Moon Rules Valentine’s Day The full Leo moon is the Queen of Hearts this Valentine’s Day, and she’s every bit as dramatic as the excitable character from Wonderland who freely declared, “Off with their heads!” In this case, you can lose said “head” in favor of the heart’s guidance. Over-thinking is the death […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mercury Enters Aquarius … Again As Mercury backs out of Pisces and into Aquarius, his agenda changes. He’s no longer concerned with the actions that will build spiritual karma; instead he’s on a mission to help his fellow man (which in turn can’t help but affect the status of his soul). What’s next is a […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sun and Saturn Square Off Do you know where your car keys, wallet and phone are? Establish this firmly, and you could beat the cosmic inclinations of the day. The Aquarius sun forms a tense angle with Saturn, the planet of lessons. Saturn is also the keeper of time, and you may feel a sense […]

Horoscope, Monday, February 10, 2014

Mood Ring Moon The swelling Cancer moon is a mood ring, ready to show the colors of our feelings at the slightest provocation. But before you demonstrate the emotions running through your veins, remember how quickly they are likely to pass. Assuming that you may only feel a certain way for an extremely short time, […]

Horoscope, Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mercury and Saturn Fight Club The situation between Mercury and Saturn isn’t a peaceful, easy feeling. Rather, it’s a feeling like whatever you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. It keeps everyone on tippy toes, and that’s the good news. If ever there was a time to listen […]

Track announces 2014 schedule

Placerville Speedway has officially announced the schedule for its upcoming racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The 2014 Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort championship season is set to begin on April 9 as the 48 year-old dirt track on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds launches a season that is packed with events nearly every […]

Caltrans highlights key infrastructure projects of 2013

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans highlighted a few transportation infrastructure projects completed in 2013 to help improve mobility, safety and sustainability throughout California’s transportation system. “From opening new tunnels and bridges to repairing structures damaged by catastrophic fire, Caltrans helped strengthen and preserve California’s great transportation infrastructure,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “With this […]

Democrat starts 163rd year

Now beginning its 163rd year of publication, the Mountain Democrat is one of 19 newspapers published in El Dorado County before 1858, according to the 1949 reminiscences of former Democrat publisher Clarence Barker.

It is the lone survivor of that remarkable period, and is now the oldest newspaper in California in continuous publication.

By its own account, the earliest paper in the county was the El Dorado Republican …

Horoscope, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pisces to Aries Moon Overwhelmed? It may be inevitable, considering we all emerge from nothingness into infinity, neither of which we can comprehend. As the moon leaves the spiritual realm of Pisces for highly motivated Aries, nothing good comes of dwelling on the infinite possibilities. Pick up a piece of work, finish it, and then […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Role Playing with Mercury and Mars People have trouble separating the act from the actor as Mercury and Mars align to ask: Are you a lover or a fighter, a sweetheart or a scamp? With every choice you make, you are choosing a role. This is how people will see you: The one who made […]

Horoscope, Thursday, November 28, 2013

Harmony Moon The Libra moon casts the spirit of harmony over the day, which bodes well for coming together peacefully and purposefully. Many will celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah in good communication with loved ones, and the usual holiday stressors may not apply with communicative Mercury and lucky Jupiter hanging in an easy trine. ARIES (March […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cancer Moon Stokes Intuition The moon slips into Cancer resonating beautifully with the other water-sign influences, including the sun on its last full day in Scorpio. This is the prime time to experiment with your sixth sense. Is there something you want to know? Pose the question during a meditation, or simply daydream to envision […]

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 […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Moon and Solar Eclipse From Shakespeare to Hitchcock, the best storytellers play to the imagination by leaving some of the more intense scenes off stage. Similarly, the new moon and the solar eclipse in secretive Scorpio reminds us that unseen power is greater than observed power. If there’s something you want to change, start […]

Horoscope, Thursday, October 10, 2013

Venus and Neptune Argue Just because Neptune is considered the higher octave of Venus doesn’t mean the two planets always get along. When they form a stressful angle, as they do today, people have a tendency to choose inconvenient and impractical romantic partners. This can be good for fantasy life, but bad for reality. ARIES […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mercury/Saturn Hangover The residue of yesterday’s meeting of Mercury and Saturn still lingers, suggesting a day of contrasting scenes. Venus in Sagittarius is full of energy and passion, and yet there is also a nagging sense of doubt. Opening one door means not choosing any of the other paths. You may find yourself wondering what […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mercury Connects With Saturn Scientists can tell the difference between bad stress and good stress because of the chemical reaction it causes in the blood. You can tell the difference because of how you feel. Brave the unfamiliar under this Mercury/Saturn conjunction, and you’ll get both kinds of stress. But at the end of the […]

Horoscope, Friday, October 4, 2013

New Moon of Beauty It’s been estimated that watching television commercials can triple a person’s desire for more possessions. As the moon disappears and renews itself in the highly aesthetic sign of Libra, many will have the opposite desire: to start new in creating a beautiful environment by getting rid of unnecessary things that clutter […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mercury’s Scorpio Journey is Well Underway In our current celebrity-centered culture, it is difficult for some to understand the wisdom of this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times and attract the attention of important people.” Those who understand why this is the opposite of well-wishing will be inspired by Mercury in Scorpio […]

Supes create Adopt-a-Trail programs for transportation corridor

No more grabbing a shovel or a rake on a Saturday morning and moving stuff around on the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor. El Dorado County Supervisors, on Sept. 10, OK’d a recommendation to establish Adopt-a-Trail programs for three trail elements in the county: the Rubicon Trail, the El Dorado Trail and SPTC. Following unauthorized volunteer activities, […]

The Bookery — Three decades of success

Thirty years is a long time to be friends and it’s a very long time to be successful business partners, but The Bookery, 326 Main St. in Placerville, can boast of housing both. Inside the used book store, Celia Lux is perched on a stack of books, carefully cleaning books from a pile in front […]

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