Wednesday, March 25, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Fire Fee returns inadequate

As we reported Wednesday, Cal Fire awarded about $1.05 million worth of grants from the State Responsibility Area fees to El Dorado County organizations for projects aimed at reducing wildfire threats. While that’s great news, it’s just not good enough. Pat Dwyer, chair of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council, pointed out that amounts […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Some conversation is very important

When someone important in your life says, “You just reminded me that there is something important that we need to discuss,” drop whatever you are doing and pay close attention to what is about to be said. • Do not interrupt the speaker, and do not become immediately defensive. You can speak your piece after […]

Ponderosa girls fall to Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A heavy heart and weary legs were two seasons preventing Ponderosa from mounting its best effort in Monday’s Capital Valley Conference matchup with visiting Roseville. The other — injuries — just added to the outcome in a Tigers’ 2-0 shutout of the Bruins. Roseville scored twice in the second half for the difference […]

Outside with Charlie: Spring’s here

Winter handed off the reins to spring on March 20th, bringing with it a small bit of snow overnight on the 22d. It was good to see it, and to have rain in the places where it doesn’t snow. If anyone has a direct line to the head of the Weather Gods Union, call them. […]

Laut sets, Jetter resets records

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge High School track and field athletes turned in many outstanding performances in the running and field events at the Depth Charge meet at Folsom High last Saturday. Many Oak Ridge athletes obtained personal bests and medals at the meet under great conditions. Eight schools participated but team scores were available. The Trojans athletes competed […]

D’backs’ Hammer 3-hits Rosemont

EL DORADO — In Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference home contest, the Union Mine High softball team used the pitching of Beth Hammer and Laura Dager’s key two-run single for a 4-0 victory over Rosemont. Up 1-0 as they entered the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Diamondbacks (4-0 in the SVC, 7-4) used three hits, a walk […]

Grizzlies blank Scots

GARDEN VALLEY — Breeze Baiz and Jenna Matyac scored second-half goals Friday and host Golden Sierra, behind air-tight defense, blanked Highlands 2-0 in Sierra Delta League girls action under the lights. “I was please with how we played — we moved the ball and we’re really starting to come together,” Grizzly coach Trenton Mol said. […]

Trojans denied state finals bid

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge High’s quest for its second state title — first with the new logo – will have to wait as the Lady Trojans suffered their second NorCal finals setback in three years with Saturday afternoon’s 58-49 loss to McClatchy at Sleep Train Arena. The Lions’ second postseason win over Oak Ridge advanced […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 22, 2015

Former Oak Ridge basketball standout Bryce Scott started for the Lafayette Leopolds against Villanova last Thursday in the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament, won by the Wildcats. *** Jeremiah Salmonson, brother of former Golden Sierra baseball player Joshua Salmonson (now playing for Folsom Lake College), hosts a weekly baseball show every Thursday at 7 […]

Ponderosa gets past D’backs

EL DORADO — Four hits was good enough for Ponderosa, which beat Union Mine 5-3 in a nonleague/intra-county baseball matchup Saturday. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning, Bruin leadoff hitter Scott Martin smacked his second double of the game to left field. Logan Ito walked to put Ponderosa runners at first and second […]

Oak Ridge takes Woodcreek 3-1

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first two Sierra Foothill League baseball games last week against Woodcreek, Oak Ridge scored a combined 23 runs. In last Friday’s third contest, the Trojans pulled out a 3-1 win over the visiting Timberwolves to remain perfect in league (3-0) and on the season (8-0). Oak Ridge broke a […]

Schedule: Mar. 23-28, 2015

Monday, Mar. 23 Baseball OR @ Rocklin, 4 p.m. PHS @ El Camino, 4 p.m. Golf GS @ SDL Tourney OR @ SFL Tourney, Lincoln Soccer Roseville @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Rosemont @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Galt @ ED, 4:15 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24 Baseball Cordova @ UM, 4 […]

CSD dog park off (leash) and running

Construction on a new El Dorado Hills dog park could begin in days, said El Dorado Hills Community District General Manager Brent Dennis at Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting. El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the first of two planned dog parks on the western slope in Cameron Park in 2013, but the second, which was supposed […]

Sports scene: Mar. 17, 2015

Vintage ball The community is encouraged to attend Fairplay’s Pioneer Park this Saturday for a Gold Country Vintage Baseball exhibition game, circa 1880s era style. The 18 and over men’s league will pit two teams for seven innings of hardball. Play begins at 10 a.m. For those interested in joing the league, contact Marcus Hanson […]

Cougars sweep Martinez Relays

MARTINEZ — El Dorado’s depth, talent and size served it well at last weekend’s 83rd annual Martinez Relays as Cougar varsity and frosh/soph teams won all four divisions. The meet, the oldest continuous running track meet in the state, is a survival test in utilizing personnel in the right places — favoring a complete team […]

Trojans rally in league opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In its Sierra Foothill League baseball home opener Monday, Oak Ridge scored its runs late to knock off Woodcreek 13-4. The visiting Timberwolves led 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning when Trojan Tyson Solis (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) singled to lead off. After Logan Denholm walked, Tony Bolinger singled in Solis and Denholm to cut […]

Union Mine girls blank Warriors

EL DORADO — Beth Hammer allowed four hits and struck out nine Monday as host Union Mine opened Sierra Valley Conference play with a 3-0 shutout of Galt. Hammer fanned four in a row, including the side in the third inning. She whiffed the final Warrior on three pitches after Galt sent the tying run […]

Oak Ridge sets up Berkeley rematch

Trojans take NorCal opener EL DORADO HILLS — Missing from Oak Ridge High’s section semifinals loss to McClatchy last week at UOP was a shot-making difference-maker to put pressure on the defense and open it up for everyone else. With the job open, Trojan senior Yumi Drossos filled the void Saturday night and did so in a big way. […]

Schedule: Mar. 16-21, 2015

  Monday, Mar. 16 Baseball Woodcreek @ OR, 4 p.m. Golf OR @ Thunder Tourney, 1:30 p.m. UM @ Aiello Invite, 8:30 a.m. Soccer Granite Bay @ OR, 4 p.m. PHS @ Del Campo, 4 p.m. GS @ Bear River, 3;30 p.m. Softball Galt @ UM, 4:15 p.m. ED @ Cordova, 4:15 p.m. Swimming Rio […]

Peters’ pitching stymies Cougars

EL DORADO — Round one the Sierra Valley Conference/intra county baseball clash between Union Mine and El Dorado went to the Diamondbacks who knocked off the Cougars 4-1 Thursday afternoon. D’back freshman Colton Peters went five and a third innings, scattering five hits, striking out one and walking one. Andrew Vaughn finished on the hill. […]

The weekly Daley: Rascals in high places

Far be it for me to criticize any duly elected representatives of the American people, especially 47 traitorous members of that otherwise august body known as the United States Senate. Taking it unto themselves to conduct foreign policy in direct competition with an ongoing and legitimate exercise of foreign policy, such Constitution-haters should be summarily […]

My turn: Change in EID election cycle

There are pros and cons to the proposed change of EID’s (the El Dorado Irrigation Districts) election date from odd years to even-year general elections, which would also extend the terms of current EID board members an extra year. Saving money, perhaps $40,000 saved once every two years out of a $42 million dollar annual […]

Even-year elections better

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors got it right when it voted 3-2 on Feb. 9 to switch to an even-year election cycle. The proof of this is in the numbers. While a typical voter turnout for an odd-year election might net 20-30 percent, it’s expected to jump to 63-85 percent in an […]

Outside with Charlie: Extra light?

Once again, the clocks have been pushed forward as daylight savings time has landed. Before anyone starts hopping with glee about the extra hour of daylight, take a breath. There is no extra hour of daylight. The only thing that happened is that the clocks were set ahead an hour. Sun rise and sunset haven’t […]

Perfect conditions mark Ruptier Invitational

El Dorado girls dominate; Engle sets school pole vault record SHINGLE SPRINGS — Spring-like weather greeted a full slate of teams at last weekend’s Ron Ruptier Invitational at Ponderosa High Saturday. Past Ruptier meets have had no-shows or weather issues but not Saturday’s third annual which, according to Bruin coach Karen Norwood, had to turn down several […]

Cougar boys 10-run Golden Sierra

GARDEN VALLEY — Louis Merlo and Tanner Williams combined on a five-hitter Monday and Matt Smith drove in five runs as El Dorado defeated host Golden Sierra 14-0 in intra-county nonleague action. Merlo went four innings, allowed two hits and struck out four. Williams’ line read: two innings, three hits, five strikeouts. Smith’s 3-run home […]

Ponderosa girls third best

MAMMOTH — The slalom ski race at Mammoth Mountain closed the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships on Thursday. Three from the area cracked the top 10 on the slopes while four made the podium for the All State ski team. Team-wise, the Ponderosa girls had the highest placing as they finished […]

Velasquez captures 152-pound title

Bruin perfect 55-0 record BAKERSFIELD — For the third time in its illustrious history, Ponderosa High wrestling crowned a state champion. Bruin senior Zack Velasquez (152-pounds) capped off an undefeated season Saturday with a state title at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, as he outlasted Justin Thomas of Santiago (Corona) in a 2-1 double-overtime […]

Claiborne takes fifth place

BAKERSFIELD — Brandon Claiborne celebrated a stellar wrestling performance in a way that very few do: Sitting on the trainers’ table getting his knee looked at. That was just collateral damage from the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, where the Oak Ridge junior earned a fifth-place medal at Rabobank Arena on Saturday. A knee […]

Lady Trojans’ rally knocks off D’backs

EL DORADO HILLS — Kelsey Sather smacked a two-out single down the third base line that gave the Oak Ridge High softball team a 5-4 win over Union Mine in an intra county game that was part of the one-day Oak Ridge Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. The game was tied at 4-4 in the […]

Schedule, Mar. 9-14, 2015

Monday, Mar. 9 Baseball ED @ GS, 4 p.m. Soccer Foresthill @ GS, 4 p.m. Bella Vista @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Nevada Union @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Folsom, 4 p.m. Swimming GS @ Cap. Christian, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 10 Baseball Cordova @ ED, 4 p.m. UM @ Galt, 4 p.m. PHS […]

Odorless gas a killer

With colder temperatures and increased use of heating devices, Cal Fire is warning of the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. Now is the time to make sure all homes have a working […]

Oak Ridge boys come up short

SACRAMENTO — If or when Oak Ridge gets around to watching game film of last Friday’s playoff exit at Sheldon, there’s sure to be a collective cringe in the room. Turnovers are a part of basketball but the ones the Trojans made cost them any chance to upset the host Huskies who eliminated Oak Ridge from […]

Trojans advance to D-I semis

EL DORADO HILLS — In Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal home game, the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had a strong finish to post a 49-25 win over River City. The victory advances the Lady Trojans, the No. 2 seed, into Tuesday’s semifinal game against No. 3 McClatchy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The […]

Three Bruins, Trojans reach Rabobank

Velasquez, Claiborne pin down crowns STOCKTON — Ponderosa High wrestler Zack Velasquez entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament with a perfect 45-0 record and added four more wins on his way to the 152-pound title at Stockton Arena Saturday. After winning his first three matches by pins, Velasquez took an early commanding leading over Merced’s Romeo Medina […]

Schedule: Mar. 2-7, 2015

Monday, Mar. 2 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, OR, UM, GS @ Mammoth Baseball GS @ Bear River, 3:30 p.m. Golf ED, UM @ Jessup Memorial, Cold Springs OR @ Del Rio Tourney, Modesto Soccer OR @ PHS, 8 p.m. Western Sierra @ GS, 5 p.m. Mira Loma @ UM, 6 p.m. Softball Sac High @ […]

BOE lowers gas tax rate 6 cents

Members of the California State Board of Equalization Feb. 24 voted to lower the excise tax rate for gasoline by $0.06 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 during its meeting in Culver City. “This gas tax cut, although less than originally proposed, is still good news for overtaxed Californians, who currently pay both higher gas prices […]

Runner responds to gas tax vote

George Runner issued the following statement after a 5-0 Board of Equalization vote to reduce the state’s gasoline excise tax rate by 6 cents, from 36 cents to 30 cents, effective July 1 of this year: “This gas tax cut, although less than originally proposed, is still good news for overtaxed Californians, who currently pay […]

Outside with Charlie: Snowshoe trek

Up Highway 88 there’s some good news for the snowshoe and cross country crowd. It’s hard to imagine when you drop down from Luther Pass onto Highway 89 and  see Hope Valley devoid of snow, but there are a couple of possibilities. A small bit of snow dropped over the weekend and added a few […]

Mt. Rose Ski Resort celebrates 50 years

Although now just an amusing footnote in the annals of Mt. Rose Ski Resort history, old-timers can recall a time when this mountainous area in the Carson range was quite the winter battleground. Starting in the mid-1960s and continuing for more than two decades, one side of Slide Mountain was Slide Mountain Ski Resort, while […]

South 1 Division All League snowboard team

Boys 1 – Charlie Plamondon, El Dorado 1 – Cameron Peeters, El Dorado 3 – Jonas Rogers, El Dorado 3 – Talon Green, Ponderosa 5 – Brad Smith, El Dorado 6 – Ryan Hughes, Union Mine 7 – Will Cann, Golden Sierra 8 – Bryson Able, Union Mine 8 – John Behman, Ponderosa 10 – […]

South 1 Division All League ski team

Girls 1 – Allena Thompson, Oak Ridge 2 – Fiona Zeier, Ponderosa 3 – Amanda Pinski, Ponderosa 4 – Ally Roemer, El Dorado 5 – Marina Neill, Ponderosa 6 – Danica Stevenson, Oak Ridge 7 – Lily Doshier, Oak Ridge 8 – Stephanie Pinski, Ponderosa 9 – Miranda Jachens, Ponderosa 10 – Kat Porter, Ponderosa […]

Oak Ridge boys host playoff opener

Bruins, D’backs in action For the first time since becoming Division I five years ago, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team will host a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game. Historically, the Trojans (17-9), as D-II members of the Sierra Valley Conference, have hosted many playoff games over the years. Tonight at 7, Oak Ridge, the […]