Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Something to think about: Teach your children well

And there we were again, listening to another horrific account of a school disaster, only this time it wasn’t a gun, it was two kitchen knives. And no one died. A quick thinking student pulled the fire alarm; another applied pressure to a wound; still another offered help to a wounded student and stayed with […]

The weekly Daley: ‘Everything’s coming up ruses’

With warm weather comes the growing season, and things are sprouting up everywhere. Green weeds along with green grass-like substances abound, and Iris plants are shooting up with their purple and root beer-hued crowns, while buds are turning to blossoms almost before our eyes. Pine pollen seems to have subsided, but something every bit as […]

Retain Bill Schultz as Recorder-Clerk

Periodically someone thinks it might be worth a shot at running for election against Recorder-Clerk Bill Schultz. As usual they waste their money paying the filing fee. This year’s competitor, who registered to vote in late February, was too busy to appear at the first candidates’ forum sponsored by the Tea Party in the Hills. […]

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations, and public agencies to host a forum on the topic of underage drinking. Youth will take a lead role as participants in a Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking on Thursday, May 1, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the El […]

Tennis: Golden Sierra vs Forest Lake Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Host Golden Sierra hosted Forest Lake Christian last Thursday in a nonleague match. Results were unavailable at press time. DEO AVALOS, GS #1 boys. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins ALLIE BACHMAN, GS #1 Girls. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins ANTHONY YAMZON, GS #2 Boys. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins PAT_4828 copy WILLOW […]

Sanders breaks through with race victory

The grandstands were packed once again at Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the second Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and the Mountain Democrat. Four divisions were on tap for the event that brought four new faces to victory lane, celebrating their first successes of […]

Lacrosse: Trojans battle but fall to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge endured a hard-fought match at home Thursday, falling 11-7 to St. Francis in an intense grind. Looking to avenge a 15-9 loss to the Troubadors earlier in the week, Troy found itself locked into a demanding struggle that lasted both halves. “We never look past any team we are […]

Softball: Grizzlies win wild one

GARDEN VALLEY —  Kristine Mendoza’s two-out, two-run single to left center field broke a sixth-inning tie Friday and host Golden Sierra held off Bradshaw Christian’s rally-bid in the seventh to defeat the Pride 15-14 in a wide-open Sierra Delta League matchup. The victory avenged an earlier loss by the Grizzlies at Bradshaw Christian and improved […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 13, 2014

El Dorado senior volleyball player Elijah Magat is the nation’s leader in aces according to MaxPreps Inc. Magat is credited with 94 aces, 33 more than the player behind him. Magat and the Cougars are currently 9-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference standings. *** Oak Ridge golfer Quinn Carlsen picked up a recent Future Collegians World […]

Schedule: April 14-19, 2014

   Monday, April 14 Baseball OR @ Boras Tourney, McAuliffe Field -OR vs Archbishop Mitty, 4 p.m. Cordova Easter Tourney -GS vs Rosemont, 9:30 a.m. -GS vs Cordova, noon PHS, UM @ Woodland Easter Tourney ED @ San Diego Lions Tourney Tuesday, April 15 Baseball OR @ Boras Tourney, McAuliffe Field Cordova Easter Tourney -GS […]

Save small farms by reforming them

Greg Prada has been attacking agriculture water rates long before he was elected to the El Dorado Irrigation District board. Though he toned his rhetoric down during the election, since taking his board seat in December 2013 he has continued to speak out against the Small Farm rate, claiming customers on the Small Farm rate […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your marriage silent?

Marriages where there is a lot of talking and listening seem to fair better than silent marriages. When I make this statement, I am talking about positive talking and listening. Yelling at each other is not productive and usually ends with insults or hurt feelings. The Cherokee advocate that, before you open your mouth, consider […]

Dist. 4 candidates in Coloma April 30

The eight supervisorial candidates in El Dorado County District 4 will appear together Wednesday, April 30 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma. Meet and greet the candidates at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Presentations start promptly at 7:30 p.m., after which candidates will field questions from the public. Appearing will be Scott McNeil, […]

CPCSD special meeting rescheduled

A special meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District to interview candidates for an open board position has been moved to April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Originally the meeting had been scheduled for April 7. Eight people have applied for the opening. They are Mark Harris, Keith Kaplan, Gerald Lillpop, Steven Long, Margaret Mohr, […]

Hwy 50 near EDH to close for blasting operations April 13

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement full closures of both directions of U.S. 50 between El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Bass Lake Road, as well as closures of the Latrobe Road on-ramp to eastbound U.S. Highway 50, the Bass Lake Road on-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 50, and White […]

Tax Collector offers due date e-mail reminders

C. L. Raffety, El Dorado County Treasurer and Tax Collector, announced that taxpayers can sign up for property tax reminders. These free e-mail notifications can help act as a friendly reminder of tax due dates. To subscribe to the tax due dates reminders, visit and click on the “E-mail Subscription” links at the bottom […]

Settlement reached to save Tahoe fireworks

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA) announced today that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the lawsuit ensuring South Lake Tahoe’s future fireworks celebrations will continue. “Preserving the 4th of July and Labor Day shows and keeping Lake Tahoe and its beaches clean are of the utmost importance to our community,” said LTVA Executive Director […]

Gaines celebrates fireworks solution

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today issued the following statement regarding the end of the Lake Tahoe fireworks lawsuit and the continuation of the 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks shows. “I’m incredibly happy that we were able to find a solution in the community, instead of the courtroom,” said Gaines. “Holiday fireworks […]

CHP joins hand-held cell crackdown

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the California Highway Patrol, Placerville Area, along with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies, will conduct a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those […]

Schedule: Mar. 31-April 5, 2014

Monday, Mar. 31 Baseball OR @ PG, 4 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 4 p.m. UM @ River City, 4:15 p.m. ED @ Vista, 4 p.m. Golf UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Del Paso, 11:30 a.m. Volleyball Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 Baseball GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4 p.m. Golf Cos. Oaks […]

El Dorado sweeps D’backs

El Dorado High’s varsity boys volleyball program made quick work of intra-county rival Union Mine Thursday night at home, dropping the Diamondbacks in three straight games, 25-12, 25-19 and 25-7. With an experienced roster featuring players who have developed collectively under head coach Alan Magat, the Cougars were well prepared to take on a D’back […]

Oak Ridge girls unload on Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off its frustrating defeat to Granite Bay, the Oak Ridge varsity girls lacrosse program bounced back with a vengeance Friday night, improving to 6-2 with a 26-1 rout of Bella Vista Friday night at home. Scoring four goals in four minutes to jump ahead, the Lady Trojans made quick work […]

Trojans’ rally falls short

EL DORADO HILLS — A halftime speech motivated the Oak Ridge High lacrosse team to come back in Saturday’s nonleague game against Foothill but the Pleasanton school hung on to post an 8-5 win. Trailing 5-1 at halftime, Trojan Josh Wellman scored less than a minute into the third period. Prior to taking the field, Troy […]

Golden Sierra booters, Vacaville play to a draw

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s match with visiting Vacaville ended in a 1-1 Sierra Delta League tie Thursday. “The last time we played Vacaville, it was 3-1 (loss) but this time we have dominated them and just couldn’t get the last goal we needed to seal the game,” Grizzly coach Trenton Mol said. The Grizzlies […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 29, 2014

Three Trojans and two Bruins landed on the All Metro Wrestling’s second team. From Oak Ridge, Brandon Claiborne (138 pounds), Ryan Redhair (145) and Bishane Sagal (182) were selected as was Colin Hustrulid (138) and Trae Providence (160) from Ponderosa. All five were state qualifiers. Folsom’s Jerod Nooner (195), a former Bruin, also made the […]

Sports Scene: Mar. 27, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Pee Wee Soccer (ages 3-6) Children are exposed to the fundamentals of soccer in cluding the goalie position. This 4-week camp meets on Thursdays April 10 to May 1 at the Promontory Community Park Girls Softball Field. Parents can pick from 4 p.m. (3 year olds only with parent participation […]

Lady Diamondbacks turn back Vista

EL DORADO — A day after demolishing a nonleague opponent, host Union Mine took care of Vista del Lago 7-2 Tuesday for its fifth Sierra Valley Conference victory without a loss. One swing off the bat of Mickaela Robertson — a second-inning three-run home run — gave Union Mine the lead and all the run […]

Intra-county meet a split decision

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine and El Dorado each took home wins from Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference meet at the Western Slope Aquatic Center — the D’backs winning 115-54 for boys and the Lady Cougars prevailing 122-47. The inclement weather failed to slow El Dorado’s girls who took first in each event. Kyle Covington […]

Oak Ridge boys knock off Chico

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge has warm-up T-shirts that read “Lock, Load and Explode.” The Trojans did exactly that on serve during the third set of Wednesday’s nonleague boys volleyball home match against Chico, leading to a four-set 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory. With the match tied at one win each entering the third game, […]

D’backs sign

EL DORADO — Two Union Mine athletes, Charlie Swift and Michelle Gonzalez Miranda, signed their Letter of Intent forms last Friday at the campus. Swift, a thrower for the D’back track and field team, heads to Graceland University in Iowa while Gonzalez Miranda takes her running talents to Dominican University. IMG_3606e

Heinz-sight: Never know

The Pleasant Grove girls basketball team plays this Saturday for the Division I state title at Sleep Train Arena. Or, as most prep hoopsters call it, Arco Arena. Congrats to the Lady Eagles for making it all the way to the championship game. Who saw that coming? If Mercer is the ultimate bracket-buster to the […]

Track trio finds niches at NASCAR level

Larson drives to first victory When it comes to auto racing, it’s no secret that NASCAR is at the top of the ranks at the professional level in both national recognition and salaries for those that prove their talents. Nearly every driver in the NASCAR ranks started their career on small town tracks and  Placerville […]

Sports Physical Night planned

Students planning to participate in the athletic programs at El Dorado, Ponderosa and Union Mine High Schools for the 2014-15 school year are required to have a current and complete Sports Participation Health Record and updated immunizations, including tetanus and Hepatitis B. This requirement includes a medical physician’s approval for full participation. Physicals must be […]

Ponderosa fails to hold early lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Some quick offense Monday by the Ponderosa High baseball team in its nonleague encounter opposite Rio Americano was promising, but it was the Raiders who stole the outcome with their rally that produced the 7-4 win. Four hits set the tone for the Bruins (2-4) who scored two runs in the bottom of […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 23, 2014

The Ponderosa freshman girls soccer team is a perfect 9-0 this spring and posted shutouts in its first eight wins. Overall, the Bruins have allowed just one goal while scoring 46. On the roster is Kylie Wright, Megan McFarlin, Marlee Duane, Lauren Joy, Taylor Silva, Gianna Anselmo, Cassidy Pensa, Jacquelyn Silverbush, Erin Ling, Avery Baker, […]

Cook’s clutch against Union Mine

EL DORADO HILLS — Bailey Cook’s two-out, sixth-inning double to the gap in left-center scored pinch-runner Jenna Fitzgerald all the way from first base in Oak Ridge’s 5-4 victory over Union Mine. The Trojans’ come-from-behind win Saturday morning opened Oak Ridge’s round-robin tournament. Both Troy and the D’backs played Center in the afternoon. Trailing 4-2, […]

Trojans drop home opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first home game of the season Thursday, the Oak Ridge High baseball team fell 8-5 to Bella Vista in nonleague play. The Broncos overcame a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Behind 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Oak Ridge took a […]

Schedule: Mar. 24-29, 2014

Monday, Mar. 24 Baseball Rio Americano @ PHS, 4 p.m. Galt @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Marysville @ GS, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 4 p.m. Golf OR @ Thunder Invite, Whitney Oaks, 11:30 a.m. Soccer Marysville @ GS, 3:30 p.m. Softball Monterey Trail @ UM, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Highlands @ GS, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Union Mine’s start holds against Griz

EL DORADO — Three Union Mine pitchers held down Golden Sierra in all but one inning Friday, adding up to an 8-2 nonleague win for the host Diamondbacks. Offensively, Union Mine scored all the runs it needed with a five-run first inning as Brenden Hunter (3-for-4, 2 RBIs), Brendan McKillop and Austin Helmholz (double ) […]

D’back bats get offensive with El Dorado

Visiting Union Mine erupted for 10 fourth-inning runs Thursday to overwhelm El Dorado 15-0 in five innings of intra-county Sierra Valley Conference play. Laura Dager delivered the big blow, a two-run home run halfway up the spruce that towers over the high left field fence, driving in Jessica Dager. “The pitch was right down the […]