Friday, April 18, 2014

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Benji, a 1-year-old German shepherd pup. Rarely do I meet a dog I don’t like, but shepherds hold a special place in my heart. We have two in the family right now. The German shepherd is smart, sensitive and strong, equal parts soldier and sidekick, as comfortable in […]

Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scorpio Moon of Motivation The wise Scorpio moon looks for a motive behind every action. It’s particularly helpful when examining your own motives, which are often hidden even to you. Start with your to-do list. For each item, ask: What is my motive here? If the answer is “guilt” or “obligation,” it’s safe to strike […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scorpio Moon Assessment Fresh off the shakeup of yesterday’s total lunar eclipse, the Scorpio moon assesses the new hierarchy. It is naive to think that any role is superior to another — each comes with unique pressures. Since the only position you can effectively work to your advantage is the one you’re in, fully embody […]

California returning millions to business owners

This spring thousands of business owners throughout California are receiving a welcome surprise in their mailbox. Rather than a notice of a new tax, fee or audit, they’re getting a check from the State Board of Equalization. No, we’re not talking about annual income tax refunds from the Franchise Tax Board. These checks are marked […]

Roundup: April 2, 2014

Soccer Golden Sierra 3, Rio Vista 2 — The Grizzlies overtook the Rams for third place in the Sierra Delta League with Tuesday’s home win. Robin Moore assisted Jazmin Lutey-Willard with the game-winner in the second half for Golden Sierra (4-3-1, 5-7-3). Breeze Baiz scored Golden Sierra’s first two goals with assists from Erin Anderson […]

Baseball: Cougars’ rally falls short

For two innings, the El Dorado High baseball team seemed to have the edge over Vista del Lago in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game at Escobar Field. The Cougars had two of their nine hits within the first two innings, and held a 1-0 lead over the visiting Eagles. El Dorado pitcher Michael Green kept […]

Horoscope, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Aries New Moon The new moon in the firstborn sign of the zodiac is an opportunity to embark on a fresh mission. If the quest happens to involve a prize you never thought you could have, all the better. This dark moon has a way of making perceived limits disappear in the shadows of your […]

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, Friday, March 28, 2014

Cosmic Call for Respect Though most people appreciate gestures of respect, they tend to put the highest value on those that are commensurate with what has been earned. Too much deference makes even a very powerful person suspicious, while not enough causes obvious irritation. The dynamics lining up between Venus, Mars and Jupiter bring awareness […]

Sheriff endorses Hoffman for judge

El Dorado County’s top peace officer, Sheriff John D’Agostini, is endorsing Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 5. “Joe Hoffman’s integrity and respect for existing laws make him the best choice for judge,” said D’Agostini. “I admire Joe for his commitment to his profession and passion for our community.” With broad […]

Firefighters burn home … on purpose

Thick black smoke billowed in the breeze as flames leapt from a burning Sienna Ridge Road home Sunday afternoon and, all the while, firefighters stood around and watched. Occasionally, a firefighter would pick up a hose and douse smoldering debris that drifted into the air. But they let the house burn to the ground — […]

Roundup: Mar. 19, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Ponderosa 0 Singles (OR first): Charlie Conarro def. Trip Moore, 6-3, 6-0; Matt Fergerson def. Quaid Moore, 6-0, 6-3; Simon Chan def. Hunter Portillo, 6-0, 6-0; Clarence Lai def. Kyle Johnson, 6-0, 6-0; Matt Lai def. James Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-2; Sam Miller def. Brandon Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Hayden […]

Sierra offers Keepin’ It Real passes

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is offering the Keepin’ It Real Unlimited Season Pass for a limited time only. Through April 30, 2014 guests can buy a Keepin’ It Real Unlimited Season Pass for $289 and get unrestricted access to the mountain seven days a week, all season long, with no restrictions the entire […]

Horoscope, Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vernal Equinox Happy vernal equinox! This is one of two days in the entire year in which the sun and the moon share the day equally. In other words, day and night are equal lengths, and by extension, there is a feeling of balance in all things. Many will find just what yins their yang […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last Day of Winter Tomorrow the sun moves into the springtime sign of Aries (or if you are in the Southern hemisphere, the autumn sign of Aries) with a promise of new development. This is the ideal time to clear a space for fresh excitement, projects and relationships. The most welcoming space will be both […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf captures title

FAIR OAKS — The Cedar Springs Waldorf School (CSWS) girls basketball team won the Carmen Farr Memorial Championship late last month. The young team was guided by longtime coaches Todd Grosby and Keri Cummings and  triumphed with great poise, confidence and sportsmanship. The Hawks were led by eighth graders Kendall Curtis and Violet Maguire; seventh […]

D’back spikers fall to Davis

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys volleyball program hosted Davis Tuesday night, falling in four games to the Blue Devils 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-18. Davis jumped out to an early lead in game one, notching a win without much struggle from the hosts. Union Mine saw a change in confidence during games […]

Grizzlies blank Encina

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra opened its Sierra Delta League home schedule Tuesday, blanking Encina 7-0 after three, first-half goals and four in the second. The wind-swept victory improved the Grizzlies to 2-1 in league. Golden Sierra came in after hosting last weekend’s Grizzly Cup Classic, won by Union Mine. Against the Bulldogs, Melissa Comstock […]

Horoscope, Sunday, March 9, 2014

Moon and Neptune Inspire Domestic Change The Cancer moon angles Neptune to turn our attention toward what needs to happen for our home lives to get back to a comfy, cozy place. It’s likely that this cannot be sorted out by making a purchase, but the domestic puzzle could be solved with some kind of […]

Horoscope, Saturday, March 8, 2014

Novel Gemini Moon Don’t underestimate the power of one interesting social connection. It can change your life and even the world at large. The Gemini moon shines a light on all things new and novel, including people you haven’t met yet. There’s inspiration and influence to be mined in public places, so go where the […]

Horoscope, Friday, March 7, 2014

Gemini Social Club The cosmic climate is bringing people together. A chatty Gemini moon and Venus exploring the early stages of Aquarius will add to the lighthearted social atmosphere. There is fun and learning to be had, and the best circumstances involve a little bit of both. Favored topics include home improvement, relationships and trends. […]

Fullerton joins EDH Fire Board

Retired Marysville police chief and former L.A. County sheriff’s lieutenant Wallace Fullerton has seen riots, natural disasters, contentious politics and more paperwork than one dares imagine. Now settled in El Dorado Hills, the 56-year-old retiree’s ready to roll up his sleeves for another round of public service — this time as the newest El Dorado […]

Ponderosa’s Millhollin steps away

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Long-time Ponderosa varsity girls volleyball coach Sheri Millhollin is retiring after 16 seasons at the Lady Bruins’ helm, the longest volleyball tenure for the same coach at the same school in the El Dorado Union School District. Former Union Mine coach Mike Yates takes over the program next fall in its transition […]