Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pedal power at the forefront next month

The Motherlode Century Bike Ride Saturday, May 10, 2014 Estimated travel times Hwy. 49, Lotus to Cool, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Hwy. 193, Cool to Greenwood Rd., 7-10 a.m. Greenwood Rd., from Hwy. 193 to Marshall Rd., 7:45-10:30 a.m. Garden Valley Rd. and Hwy. 193, Garden Valley to Rock Creek Rd., 8:15-11 a.m. Rock Creek Rd. from […]

Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

Now that the ski season has closed, what to do next. Unless you spent a great deal of time on the slopes this year, you may find your legs get a little grumpy as you transition to hiking or biking. Take this into account when you plan your spring adventures. The best thing is to […]

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

Meinhofer 2-run single EL DORADO HILLS — Austin Root went the distance on the mound for the Oak Ridge High baseball team Monday that led to a 4-1 win over Folsom. The senior struck out five Bulldog batters, including three in the last two innings of the Delta River League game. Root, who has an earned run […]

Sports Scene: April 20, 2014

Mitokids walk The “Help Mitokids” group will host a 5k run/walk April 26 at the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and runners take off at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. For more information, visit Mitokids supports those affected by Mitochondrial Disease. Golf Fundraiser […]

All Star team shows competive balance

All Star Gymnastics and Cheer’s competitive Gymnastics team just wrapped up a fantastic competition as 14 gymnasts, ranging from Levels 2 through 6, traveled to Grass Valley, Elk Grove, Oroville, and Roseville for their competitions. The team had great success both individually and as a team, bringing home several first, second, and third place team […]

Roundup: Cougars drop finale

Baseball El Dorado 5, Calexico 6 — Six errors and two base-running blunders cost the Cougars a chance to win the championship of their 16-team bracket of the San Diego Lions Tournament last week. El Dorado scored four times in the third to lead 5-3 at one point. Zach Terry pitched a seven-hitter in going […]

Red hot Rico Abreu blazes to victory

When you’re hot, you’re hot and Rutherford’s Rico Abreu has started out 2014 like a blazing inferno. The 22-year-old in his fourth year of Sprint Car racing has began the year as well as anybody across the country and continued his stellar start before a record crowd at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Placerville Speedway […]

Schedule: April 21-26, 2014

Monday, April 21 Baseball Folsom @ OR, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Baseball PHS @ PG, 4 p.m. Golf PHS @ River Valley, Plumas Lake GC, 3 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Forest Lake Christian, Dark Horse GC, 3:30 p.m. Lacrosse Davis @ OR boys, 7:30 p.m. Soccer OR @ Sheldon, […]

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 […]