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Drowning at Union Valley

The body of a man who was pulled from the Union Valley Reservoir Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 20-year-old Oakland man Stafone Deshun Jackson, authorities announced. Jackson had traveled to the Union Valley Reservoir to camp with several friends Tuesday morning, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers. Shortly after arriving, the group […]

The Outdoorsman: Ice House and Union Valley ready

Ice House and Union Valley lakes are producing. Julie Siebert at the Ice House store told me, “Ice House is producing well on rainbows and some browns. The lake is up to 70 percent full and the campgrounds and launch ramp are open.” Although unconfirmed, Julie added, “I heard there was a big brown in […]

Bear attacks camper at Union Valley

A bear attacked a camper at Union Valley ReservoirÕs Yellowjacket Campground about 2:30 a.m. Friday, confirmed sheriffÕs Lt. Bryan Golmitz Sunday. A state Department Fish & Game spokeswoman said a husband and wife heard a noise outside their tent and saw a bear going through their cooler. The man went out with a .45 caliber […]

Frosh Info Night at Union Mine

Union Mine High School will host the Athletic Information Night for all incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine for the school year 2014-15 Wednesday night, April 30, 6-7  p.m. in the East Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek, and/or Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend the night along with their […]

Soccer: One goal helps Union Mine beat El Dorado

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county rival El Dorado Tuesday night, posting a 1-0 win at the Diamondbacks’ field. Both squads fought for dominance in a game that was kept in limbo through two halves, with only a handful of shots on goal coming at […]

Union Mine wins conference opener

El DORADO — In its Sierra Valley Conference opener Tuesday, the Union Mine High softball team had nine hits in its 4-1 win over Liberty Ranch. In the bottom of the second inning, the Diamondbacks’ Larissa Garcia singled and moved to second base on Carley Stevens’ bunt single. Calista Almer drove in Garcia on an error to […]

Union Mine splits first meet

EL DORADO — New Union Mine High swim coach Darin Mai had 43 swimmers compete in their first Sierra Valley Conference meet against River City Wednesday. The Diamondbacks split with the Raiders; the Lady D’backs knocked off the Lady Raiders, 93-66, while the boys fell, 90-74. For the girls, Kaitlin Watkins was first in the […]

Cougars pressure Union Mine

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s smothering full-court press was the difference Tuesday as the Lady Cougars upended host Union Mine 40-25 in Sierra Valley Conference action. El Dorado forced 22 Union Mine turnovers, 12 in the second half when it pulled away. “We like to press,” El Dorado head coach Pat Winter said. “Our philosophy […]

Union Mine girls put away Galt

EL DORADO — Kinsey Del Rio scored 16 points and Savannah Scott 15 as host Union Mine pulled away in the second half to register the 55-37 victory over Galt. The victory evened the Diamondbacks’ Sierra Valley Conference record to 1-1 while the Warriors remain winless on the season. “They’ve improved despite their record (0-14),” […]

Johnson out as Union Mine AD

EL DORADO — Long-time Union Mine High School Athletic Director Dave Johnson has been relieved of his Athletic Director duties at the school. Asked why Johnson was relieved, Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille said, “I cannot go into it. It’s a personnel matter.” Johnson was quoted in a recent Mountain Democrat issue regarding the sentencing of […]

The night the lights went out at Union Mine

Smoke, too, at the Snake Pit EL DORADO — In the last 12 days until Tuesday, the Union Mine High girls basketball have played nine games that included four games in three days at the High Sierra Winter Challenge at Spanish Springs, Nev. “We have been playing a lot,” Union Mine head coach Chris Del Rio […]

Union Mine ends its season

FOLSOM — Union Mine High’s varsity football program wrapped up its season Friday, falling 45-0 to Vista del Lago in a frustrating Sierra Valley Conference closer at Prairie City Stadium. As has been the story for the Diamondbacks this year, the opposition boasted more size, speed and depth. “It’s been a tough year,” Union Mine […]

Union Mine girls take over 3rd place

EL DORADO — Union Mine needed just 40 minutes Thursday to sweep Liberty Ranch in a Sierra Valley Conference Senior Night match at the Snake Pit. The Lady Diamondbacks (7-4, 7-8) prevailed 25-10,  25-11, 25-20. Union Mine dominated the first set behind seniors Brooke Howton, Taylor Thomas, Macallan Smith, McKaela Vonasek, Madi Verner and Andrea Barnes. “We played better this time […]

Union Mine close but no cigar

EL DORADO — Liberty Ranch broke from a 14-14 tie and eight-point halftime lead to hold off host Union Mine 35-26 in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference football game on the Diamondbacks’ field. The two teams combined for 34 second-quarter points. The D’backs rattled the Hawks in the third quarter by holding them to 42 combined yards but […]

Union Mine drops to 0-6

ELK GROVE — It was a tough evening for Union Mine High’s varsity football program Friday as host Cosumnes Oaks routed the Diamondbacks 45-6 in Sierra Valley Conference action. Matching up against a Wolfpack squad with more speed, size and numbers, Union Mine struggled to find footing on both sides of the ball. “We have […]

As we were: Reunions happen

25 Years ago Oct. 7, 1988 Pioneer family reunion planned There will be a “Descendants of Ezra Taylor” family reunion at 49er Trailer Village clubhouse, Plymouth, Sunday, Oct. 9. According to Charles Taylor of Pollock Pines, Ezra Taylor was born in Mud Springs, El Dorado County, March 1863. He had two brothers, Byron and Loren, and […]

Points elusive for Union Mine

WEST SACRAMENTO — Twice Friday the Union Mine High football team sat inside River City’s territory in the second half ready to score. The Diamondbacks came away just once with points in their Sierra Valley Conference opener — not enough as the host Raiders posted the 28-8 victory. Union Mine (0-5, 0-1) scored its only […]

El Dorado sweeps Union Mine

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine and El Dorado took opposite sides for Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference opener — three tightly contested sets won by the Lady Cougars 25-22, 25-23, 25-23. El Dorado’s victory was its third straight on the road after its appearance at the Carmichael Invite. In the process, the Cougars have earned a […]

Heard over the back fence: Hey, Pondo class of ’73, it’s reunion time

BEING CREATIVE IS NOT EASY:
 The book “Live and Learn and Pass It On” was provided by Clara Neilsen and offers the following life lesson: “I’ve learned that it takes a lot more creativity to find out what’s right than what’s wrong.” — Age 38 PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL REUNION:
 The Ponderosa High School Class of […]

Union Fire

EDITOR: We just want to thank everyone involved in keeping our homes safe during the Union Fire in Diamond Springs. It came up so fast we did not have time for anything except to leave. Thank you Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire, Cameron Park Fire, Georgetown Fire, Garden Valley Fire, Rescue Fire, Sac […]

Union Mine incoming freshman athletic information night

EL DORADO — Union Mine High will host an Athletic Information Night for incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine for the 2013-14 school year Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the West Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek and Pleasant Valley middle schools are encouraged to attend […]

Rough weekend for Cougars, Union Mine

LeBaron makes it through LOS BANOS — The Union Mine and El Dorado wrestling programs had 13 in competition at last weekend’s Division IV Tournament at Los Banos High — all vying for one of four places per weight class for the upcoming Masters Meet in Stockton. Just one Cougar, Alex LeBaron, made it. After […]

Union Mine girls sweep Cougars

EL DORADO — Revenge was sweet for the six seniors on the Union Mine High girls basketball team. For the last three seasons, they’ve wanted to beat intra-county and Sierra Valley Conference rival El Dorado and this year they did — not once but twice — the second coming Thursday at the Snake Pit with […]

Union Mine hosts D’back Invitational

EL DORADO — The Union Mine varsity and JV wrestling programs hosted the annual D’back Invitational last Saturday, attracting over hundred young wrestlers from the area. The Invite had 25 wrestling groups, each with 4-to-6 wrestlers vying for first through fourth place on the podium. The format was round robin. Local schools participating were: Georgetown, Northside, […]

Put Union Mine in the win column

GALT — The one certain thing Friday at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field was either Union Mine or host Galt would win its first football game of the season. Each came in 0-7 overall but behind Sean Tow’s 313 yard rushing and five touchdowns, the Diamondbacks took the 34-12 Sierra Valley Conference win over the Warriors. Hampered by a season-long […]

Union Mine booters fail to ding Wolfpack

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys soccer team kicked off Sierra Valley Conference action Thursday evening at home, hosting Cosumnes Oaks but falling 5-0 to its guests to open league play. For the Diamondbacks, the loss was a hard pill to swallow but it also indicated progression for the young, inexperienced program that […]

Union Mine spikers chart new course

EL DORADO — A new era is underway for Union Mine High volleyball, beginning with new head coach Marti Howton. Howton takes over for Mike Yates who guided the Lady Diamondbacks to a CIF State Division IV championship as well as the Nor Cal, Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV and Sierra Valley Conference titles. They finished the […]

Union Mine grad killed in Afghanistan, procession planned for Thursday

A press release from the Department of Defense has announced that Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado was killed in action in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on Friday, Aug. 10.

Mote, a graduate of Union Mine High School in 2003, died at approximately 2 a.m. local time during combat, a press release from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command stated. He was part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mote was assigned to the 1st Marines Special Operations Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton, the MARSOC press release states. Mote was a nine-year veteran of the Corps, joining in July 2003 and joining MARSOC in August 2009. He became a bulk fuel specialist after Basic Training, the press release stated. In 2007, he became an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician.

The marine was deployed for both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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Empty Valley View Elementary waits for housing rebound

The Valley View Elementary School near Latrobe Road is nearly complete, but won’t open its doors to students until more homes are sold in the Blackstone master planned community it serves.

Until then, the $16 million school will become an interim district headquarters.

Woodland-based Broward Construction is on track to turn the site over to the Buckeye Union School District in May 2013. The campus can be student-ready for the fall 2013.

The March 2011 district census found just 40 students …

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Sierra Valley Conference All League teams

Sierra Valley Conference All League Spring season, 2012  Baseball Coach of the Year: Rusty McDonald, El Dorado Most Valuable Player: Justin Dillon, El Dorado Nik Rowen, El Dorado, Chris Swineford, El Dorado, Zack Brown, El Dorado, Nick Bonniksen, El Dorado. Sean Tow, Union Mine, Alex Muzzi, Vista, Ryan Rodriquez, Vista Brysce Gieseke, Vista, Michael Majeski, Vista, Tyler Kaim, Vista, Jake Pott, Galt, Zach Frizzell, Galt, Howie Lyon, Galt, Josh […]

Something’s hinky in Garden Valley

Say the secret word and win $3,400. Unlike on the Groucho Marx show, “You Bet Your Life,” there is no rubber duck appearing with a check. Instead it is the Garden Valley Fire Protection District board appearing with what the minutes of the April 17 board meeting euphemistically referred to as an “Employee Assistance Program.” […]

Union Mine spikers outlasts El Dorado in five games

EL DORADO — For the seniors on the Union Mine High boys volleyball team, Wednesday evening represented an opportunity to play one final regular season game at the Snake Pit. At the same time, Union Mine attempted to avenge an earlier defeat against intra county and Sierra Valley Conference foe El Dorado. As for the […]

Union Mine softball moves into third place

EL DORADO — Union Mine softball pitcher Sarah Phillis had 19 outs and and hadn’t given up a hit when she took the mound in the top of the seventh inning against visiting Liberty Ranch Monday. After shortstop Holly Harnage made the first out with a lunge to stop a hard-hit ball over second base […]

Union Mine swim teams defeat Warriors

EL DORADO — The Union Mine swim team hosted Galt Monday for its last Sierra Valley Conference meet of the season before championships this weekend. The Diamondbacks won easily as the girls scored a 119-40 victory while the boys prevailed 109-51. “Best meet so far,” Union Mine coach Steve Skidmore said. “A good dress rehearsal […]

Dillon’s two home runs power Cougars past Union Mine

EL DORADO — For the baseball squad from Union Mine, the season has been a challenge with a series of close games and difficult defeats. On the other side of the diamond, just about everything has gone right for El Dorado as the Cougars have consistently crushed their opponents with authority. Monday afternoon, none of that […]

A fun night with the Raspberry Jam Band at Union Mine

The El Dorado Community Concerts Association is pleased to bring to El Dorado County the fun-loving Raspberry Jam Band consisting of piano, tuba, euphonium, violin, flute and wash board. This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians will complete the series of six community concerts for the 2012 concert series with a rollicking good fun program. […]

Cougar volleyball upends Union Mine in 4

With team intensity, cohesion and thunderous spikes from Dylan Sellers and Nick Warren, the El Dorado boys volleyball defeated county rival Union Mine in a thrilling 25-23, 25-20, 9-25, 25-16 four-set Sierra Valley League victory Monday night. “Our team played with confidence tonight and really wanted to win this match,” Cougar coach Alan Magat said. […]

Sierra Valley Conference Winter All League teams

Girls basketball Player of the Year Katelin King, River City Coach of the Year Jamie King, River City Samantha Reeder, El Dorado Emily Boyd, El Dorado Courtney Macklin, El Dorado Madi Aliff, Union Mine Kimee Mueller, Union Mine Jordan Ligons, River City Tori Torres, River City Brinny Simpson, Cosumnes Oaks Danielle Hazlett, Galt Selina Moore, […]

Union Mine Athletic Information Night

Union Mine will host an Athletic Information Night for incoming 2012-13 freshman Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the West Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek and Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend along with their parents. The Athletic Handbook process as well as the athletic programs at […]

Sun shines on Union Mine’s 5-team Distance Extravaganza

EL DORADO — After two years of nasty weather it was sunshine for the Union Mine track team’s Distance Extravaganza Friday. The meet included five schools — Sheldon, Del Campo, Consumnes River, Sacramento Country Day and Union Mine competing in distance events to tune up for the season. “It’s a small meet but it’s good […]

Garden Valley chief discusses contract, funding

On Feb. 23, El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn sent an e-mail to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors claiming that the Garden Valley Fire Protection District breached its contract with the county. The end result would be Harn and his office not paying out over $131,000 in funding to the fire district. The […]

Cougars outswim Union Mine for dual win

Unless you had a prime spot under one of the many Easy-Up tents that ringed El Dorado High’s swimming pool or a decent umbrella, chances were you didn’t avoid the driving rain at Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference swim meet between the host Cougars and Union Mine. While bystanders were forced to cover up, it was […]

Mother Lode Union School District opens kindergarten registration

The Mother Lode Union School District announces that it will begin accepting kindergarten registrations and pre-k registrations for the 2012-13 school year at the Indian Creek school office, March 13 and 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration packets can be picked up at the Indian Creek office, 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville, beginning Thursday, March 1, however, […]

Vista turns the tables on Union Mine

EL DORADO — Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference girls basketball game between Union Mine and visiting Vista del Lago was important to the Lady Diamondbacks and coaches Chris and Dave Del Rio in two ways. Since taking over the program the Del Rios have worked to turn it around and establish a winning tradition. This was […]

Cougar girls shoot down Union Mine 65-40

EL DORADO — Samantha Reeder had the hot hand for the El Dorado High girls basketball team in Thursday’s intra-county matchup with Union Mine at the Snake Pit. The Cougar senior guard hit 6-of-8 three-point shots from beyond the arc for a game-high 22 points to lift the Cougars over the Diamondbacks 65-40 in Sierra Valley […]

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