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D’backs fall to Cordova

EL DORADO — Union Mine compiled a brief symphony Tuesday, only to let it become a pile of sour notes. The Diamondbacks will remember a 50-40 loss to Cordova for the wrong reasons. A night to honor the team’s eight seniors for their final home game saw UM hold a one-point lead at the end of […]

Friends of the State Fair offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic school year. The application is available at CAStateFair.org. Scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry management, international studies, teaching and viticulture. This program seeks to motivate well-rounded, high academic […]

Grizzlies celebrate Senior Night

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra held its Senior Night Tuesday against league-leading Bradshaw Christian — a success unmatched by the wrestling that followed. Grizzly coach Tony Arena honored Joseph Herrera, Jordan Miyara and Holly Mason for their leadership, committment and sacrifice. In the dual that followed, the Pride prevailed 63-12. Golden Sierra’s only points came […]

Foothill Throwers clinic has good turnout

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2008 Women’s Discus Olympic Gold Medalist/3-time Olympian/2016 Olympic Contender, and an array of coaches held center court at last weekend’s Foothill Throwers Winter Shot-put and Discus Clinic at Ponderosa High. Despite suspect weather, the turnout was very good according to event organizer Dave Mosbacher.

California’s tax season now under way

Sacramento — The Franchise Tax Board is now accepting 2015 state tax returns for a filing season that extends through April 18, three days beyond the traditional deadline because of a federal holiday. Earned Income Tax Credit Starting with calendar year 2015 tax returns, California is offering its own Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC). […]

Illegal marijuana farms threaten fishers

The relatively rare, forest-dwelling fisher is increasingly becoming the innocent victim of illegal marijuana farms in forested lands in California. According to a recently published study in the journal PLOS One, researchers found that the annual rate of poisoning deaths of fishers (Pekania pennant) rose 233 percent compared to a study in 2012. The toxicants […]

Connector gets $7.5 million

The Capital SouthEast Connector expressway recently received a financial boost when the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Board of Directors approved an allocation of $7.5 million to the project. The funding will help pay for construction of the 5.5-mile Connector segment on White Rock Road from Prairie City Road in Folsom to Latrobe Road in […]

Youth basketball: Wildcats 7th grade champs

FOLSOM — The seventh grade boys Foothill Athletic League basketball finals between Camerado Springs Middle School and Folsom Middle School was held last week at Sutter Middle School in Folsom. In order to advance to the finals, Camerado’s Wildcats first had to defeat a tough Sutter team, which they did 44-42 while Folsom also advanced […]

Youth football: Jr. Trojans at Shrine Bowls

Four Oak Ridge Junior Trojan Midget football players: Sean Gatson, Avant Jacobs, Evan Robinson and Nicholas Scalise participated at last month’s 20th Youth Shrine Bowl at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. All four ORJT Midget football players were selected to represent the California team in Orlando, FL at the California-Florida Youth […]

Horoscope, Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Eve! It’s very good that you’re not paying attention to some things. After all, some things don’t warrant your attention. The Gemini moon suggests that this is an excellent time to distinguish the things that warrant your attention from the things that don’t. Place your amorous gaze on beauty and it will gaze […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Breezy Moon The Gemini moon rallies for levity. This is a fine day for taking things at surface value. Not everything needs the application of deep thought. Over-think and you’ll weave together disparate sections into a design as intricate as a spider web (which, besides being a home, is also a trap). Keep it breezy […]

Roundup: Dec. 3, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 67, Nevada Union 86 — Outscored in every quarter, the Bruins lost their first game of the season Wednesday on the road. Brennan Wheeler led Ponderosa with 23 points while Kenny Macklin added 17 points with five assists and two blocks. Austin Mencarini was next with 7 points. Girls basketball Golden Sierra 45, […]

Lady Bruins drop tourney opener

FOLSOM — In the first half of Wednesday’s opener of the Folsom/Vista Tip-Off, the Ponderosa High girls basketball team battled former Delta River League foe St. Francis before the Troubadours took command for a 70-52 win over the Bruins, who dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament that concludes today. Now playing in the […]

Playing and winning for Nick Brown

High school and travel ball teammates of Nick Brown went to Reno, Nev. last weekend for a Thanksgiving baseball tournament, playing on behalf of Brown who is recovering from a severe brain injury he suffered playing football for Union Mine this fall. Named PFNB (Play For Nick Brown), the 11 players had the name ‘Brown’ […]

Horoscope, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Saturn and Neptune Opportunity The positions of Saturn and Neptune suggest that some things we thought could be accomplished through straightforward efforts will require a different level of skill than anticipated. This could be more stress than it’s worth. Try and see it as an opportunity to recognize the basics that really matter — togetherness, […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gemini Full Moon The full moon in Gemini goes well with family visits. Everyone is in a chatty, festive mood and preparations for Thanksgiving could be even more fun than the main event. There’s a smoothness and ease that goes along with this air sign lunar influence that’s a natural fit for turning out some […]

Oak Ridge girls open NorCals today

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge makes its third consecutive NorCal appearance beginning today but first as hosts of the CIF Tournament. Ten teams, mainly from the Bay Area, converge at Broadstone Racquet Club for first-round action that starts with two play-in matches that begin at 10 a.m. Seeded 6th, the Lady Trojans face No. 3 Saratoga […]

Playoffs tonight

It’s win-or-else as four El Dorado County high school football teams open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. Oak Ridge will host Monterey Trail for the only county home game. El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra travel — the Cougars at Oakdale; D’backs at Sierra of Manteca; the Grizzlies at Ripon Christian. Monterey Trail at […]

Lady Trojans notch win

EL DORADO HILLS — In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball playoff opener that lasted only 57 minutes, Oak Ridge dominated Armijo from start to finish. The ending result was the Lady Trojans, winners of the Sierra Foothill League title for a second consecutive year, sweeping the Lady Indians by the final scores of 25-12, […]

It’s back to the ‘ship for Trojans

Overtime win over Napa EL DORADO HILLS — For a second consecutive year, Julian Garcia delivered at the right time for the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team. In the second overtime period of Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against undefeated Napa, the Trojan forward fired in the game’s only goal for a thrilling […]

Oak Ridge girls go after section title

FOLSOM — When Oak Ridge picked up the first five wins of Wednesday’s Division I semifinal match against visiting Franklin, that was it; the fact that the Wildcats’ No. 1 player was a no-show, that was disappointing. But all in all, it was a good day for the Trojan girls at Broadstone Raquet Club as […]

Cougars advance to 2nd round

Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mars in Virgo Take advantage of these last days of Mars in Virgo. This has been a highly productive time of year. Decisiveness and a stick-to-it attitude have kept things clipping along. Are your plans on track? Are your projections coming true? This is something to celebrate and reinforce now while everything is relatively uncomplicated.  […]

Horoscope, Saturday, November 7, 2015

Venus Waves Goodbye to Virgo Goodbye, Venus in Virgo. Tomorrow the love goddess planet moves into the sign of partnership and beauty. While Venus in Libra will be romantic, you might look back with dewy eyes on some of the practicalities that went down in the last few weeks. As much as we fantasize about […]

Horoscope, Friday, November 6, 2015

Mercury and Neptune Trine Unfortunately, many must journey far in life for the feeling of acceptance and love while others are born into emotional bounty. The quest will be highlighted today. Mercury in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces form a water sign trine to bring spiritual connection, soulful creativity and luck to the realm of […]

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