Friday, March 6, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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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 […]

Ponderosa 2nd in section; advance 10 to Masters

BENICIA — Ponderosa’s two-day jaunt to Benicia High School for the weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Tournament was a success as nine Bruins wrestled in the finals — four coming away with titles. Team-wise, Ponderosa just missed out on the section banner. The host Panthers took it with 257 total points to the Bruins’ 251.5. “The […]

Deja vu for Oak Ridge mat trio

LOOMIS — Been there, done that for Oak Ridge at Saturday’s championships of the two-day Sac-Joaquin Section Division IA Divisionals at Del Oro High. In an exact replay of last weekend’s finals of the Sierra Foothill League Tournament, the same three Trojans made it to the end, faced the same opponent in that match and secured […]

Bruins ‘crush’ Vintage

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In the early minutes of the first quarter of its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket game Friday, the Ponderosa High School boys basketball team matched Vintage point-for-point. But behind Matthew Bejsovec’s scoring that led to a double-digit halftime lead, the host Bruins upended the Crushers 67-50. The playoff win, Ponderosa’s first since the […]

Cougars capture crowns

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado High wrestlers Willy Gadow and Alex LeBaron feel hard work translates into success. The two Cougars saw their dedication in the practice room pay off Saturday, as they won the 106 and 195-pound weight class titles, respectively, at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament at Foothill High. Each grappler posted a […]

Schedule: Feb. 23-28, 2015

Monday, Feb. 23 Tennis PHS @ OR, Broadstone, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 Girls basketball Section playoffs D-I: Bear Creek @ OR, 7 p.m. D-II: PHS @ Sac High, 7 p.m. D-III: ED @ CBS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 Boys basketball Section playoffs D-I: Bella Vista @ OR, 7 p.m. D-II: PHS @ Modesto […]

Squirrel rehabbing class set

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s February class for prospective rehabbers will be on “Rehabbing Squirrels,” and will be held on Feb. 28, from 1-3 p.m. Squirrels are ubiquitous in El Dorado County, which has the added benefit of being home to six different species. Learn all about these fascinating, intelligent, playful wildlife neighbors, and the basics on rehabilitating […]

State of Jefferson confab planned next week

If you have been curious about the State of Jefferson signs that have been popping up along county roadways, you now have the opportunity to learn more, at a town hall meeting 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Forming a 51st state has been a growing effort […]

El Dorado boarders hoard banners

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Three division snowboard banners — the most obtainable — went to El Dorado after Monday’s final Giant Slalom race at the Aspen West course at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Cougar boys capped a strong season with wins in each of the six South 1 Division races to compile 1372 points. Union Mine was second with […]

Outside with Charlie: Finding snow

Despite the snow that recently graced the mountains, it’s still slim pickings for the cross country crowd. The downhill resorts made out pretty well though, and reported up to 40 inches of new snow at the top of their mountains. New snow is always good, especially if you are running a ski resort of any […]

Ponderosa ski South 1 champs

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Fueled by the return of two top skiers, the Ponderosa boys team rallied for the win Monday to take the South 1 Division title in the last regular season Giant Slalom race on Bear’s steep and technical course at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Bruins had a clean sweep in winning all three banners at the awards ceremony afterwards. […]

Bruins shock Wolfpack

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In its Capital Valley Conference finale and Senior Night  Monday, the Ponderosa High boys basketball team canned big-time shots when  needed to post an exciting 78-72 win over first-place Cosumnes Oaks. The victory ends the regular season for the Bruins (7-7 in the CVC, 12-14), who won their last four conference games. Ponderosa also kept […]

Host Cougars have most champions

Zach Brazell’s shot, snap and spin around for the takedown with 16 seconds left against Rosemont’s Darrion Taylor closed Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference Wrestling Championships hosted by El Dorado. Brazell’s 2-0 win in the heavyweight bout made him one of five Cougar league champs. Cordova was next with four, Rosemont has three and Union Mine, […]

Bruins get Sr. Night win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa continued its push to the playoffs Friday night, rolling through Roseville 65-27 in Capital Valley Conference action. For co-captain Mackenzie O’Donnell, Ashlyn Zentner and team manager Naomi Parrilla, the win was a fitting sendoff for the Ponderosa seniors serving in their last regular season home game. Fellow co-captains Madison Clayton and Danielle […]

Trojan girls lock up title

EL DORADO HILLS — Grace Derksen led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points Friday, leading Oak Ridge past Del Oro 54-42 for the Sierra Foothill League girls title. Trojan varsity teams played back-to-back — both winning; both celebrating Senior Night. The girls win gave them the outright banner as it pushed Troy two games ahead of […]

Cougars beat out D’backs for 3rd

EL DORADO — The final four minutes of Friday’s El Dorado-Union Mine boy’s basketball matchup was the most exciting for fans at the Snake Pit. Though the Diamondbacks rallied from a 17-point deficit, the Cougars made 8-of-12 free throws to secure a 65-58 victory for third place and the Sierra Valley Conference’s guaranteed third playoff […]

El Dorado goes undefeated

Win over Union Mine leads to 10-0 record Despite a late Union Mine run to tighten the score Thursday, host El Dorado completed its perfect Sierra Valley Conference run with a 43-36 win over its rivals. The Lady Cougars (10-0 SVC, 20-7) led 37-17 when the fourth quarter started and 43-27 in the final minute, 15 seconds […]

Roundup: Feb. 14, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 93, Roseville 89 3 OT — Outscoring the host Tigers 16-12 in the third overtime period, the Bruins outlasted Roseville Friday. Ponderosa was led by Matthew Bejsovec’s 33-point, 10-rebound effort while Kenny Macklin scored a season-high 20 points. Josh Bist had 10 points, 10 assists and four steals; Adam Orr chipped in […]

Schedule: Feb. 16-21, 2015

Monday, Feb. 16 Boys basketball *Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 Boys basketball OR @ Granite Bay, 7 p.m. Girls basketball OR @ Granite Bay, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 Wrestling D-I @ Del Oro, 11 a.m. D-II @ Benicia, 11 a.m. D-III @ River […]

The weekly Daley: Another limited war?

Welcome to 2015, the first year under the new Congressional Authorization for War anywhere and everywhere it may be necessary — if the president gets his way. Having sent that request to Congress this week, we don’t know, as of yesterday, whether or not those worthies will go along with it. On one hand, if […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Does boredom rule your life?

Look around your daily life. When was the last time newness entered your emotional world? Do you have the energy or the inclination to create newness? Do you believe you deserve an interesting or fun-filled life? • When you research American Indians’ “Rules of Life,” you will discover that they believe asking the right question […]

Good bridge plan

We are pleased to hear the city is moving ahead on installing a new Clay Street Bridge. It is discouraging how long it has taken the city to replace this bridge. The Placerville City Council has been talking about this project since at least 2006, if not longer. The city had to return more than […]

Grizzly girls take it to the wire

GARDEN VALLEY — Kierra Mackenzie sank four free throws in the final six seconds for Vacaville Christian, which spoiled Golden Sierra’s Senior Night with a 31-27 Sierra Delta League win. Mackenzie made 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. Sixteen of her game-high 18 points came from the charity stripe. Prior to tipoff, the Grizzlies […]

Outside with Charlie: Some snow

The storm door has cracked open a bit. The recent storms brought high winds, lots of rain, and in the high country, snow. Now if the East Coast would just ship its storms out here … The resorts in Lake Tahoe, the ones that are open, all reported good new snow and very good ski […]

Fields advances to state finals

STOCKTON — Ponderosa High senior Jaclyn Fields placed third in her weight division last weekend at the 2015 Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational. Held at McNair High School, Fields (160-pounds) went 4-1 against competition from the Sac-Joaquin and all Northern sections. She registered four pins. After a first-round bye, Fields, who has a wrestling scholarship to Eastern […]

Golden Sierra boys break through

GARDEN VALLEY — Kevin Friel scored five of his game-high 20 points in overtime Monday and Nick White had four as host Golden Sierra outlasted Vacaville Christian 55-49 for the Grizzlies’ first Sierra Delta League victory. Friel, whose free throw with 33 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, took White’s tip to […]

Carmickle signs with Davis

SACRAMENTO — St. Francis High goalie Allie Carmickle, a Shingle Springs resident, signed to attend and play at UC Davis on National Letter-of-Intent Signing Day last week. “I can’t even describe it,” said Carmickle prior to signing day. “I don’t think I have comprehended it enough and the realization that in less than a year I will […]

Junior Trojans put their studies first

Young student athletes received accolades off the field at a special Jan. 23 event. More than 140 students in first through eighth grade were recognized for their academic achievements at the seventh annual Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan Scholastic All-Stars awards ceremony. Event chair and Jr. Trojans parent Theresa Miller told the coaches to cover their ears at the […]

Homicide investigated at Folsom prison

An inmate was found stabbed to death Tuesday at the California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom. Roberto Baldizon, 35, was discovered at 9:55 a.m. in his cell with multiple stab wounds, a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced. He was in the facility’s maximum-security housing. He was pronounced dead at […]