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Pet owners face citation if animals endangered in hot weather

El Dorado County Animal Services is advising pet owners to not leave dogs, cats or other pets unattended in vehicles during hot weather. “Each year, pets die in hot cars,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of Animal Services. “California law allows Animal Services officers to take swift action to help an animal that may be in […]

Dementia workshop next week

El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering “Dementia 101,” a workshop for family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilot Hill Grange No. 1, 1701 Highway 193 in Cool. The workshop […]

Sports Scene: June 29, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Rockball Basketball Clinic (grades 1-8) This newly offered clinic provides the framework for new and experienced players to learn or build on existing skills and help elevate their game to the next level. Fun drills will teach basics as well as advanced skills sets are taught in small groups to […]

Strikeouts hurt El Dorado High in loss

On Thursday, El Dorado High School summer baseball team fell 10-1 to the visiting NBP Baseball U19 Club, which put up runs in the first five innings — the exception was a scoreless two-inning stint by Josh Wienholz who struck out four. Strikeouts hurt the host team which fanned a dozen times. El Dorado faced […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 29, 2015

Former Golden Sierra softball standout Samantha Bastien completed her first season for the Texas Wesleyan University softball team in Fort Worth, Texas this past spring. Bastien batted an even .500 batting average. Two of her hits were a double and home run.

Gregg drives to 20th career victory

For the first half of the 50th anniversary Red Hawk Casino championship season, Placerville’s Andy Gregg had his 20th career win on his racing bucket list that he picked up Saturday night in the Placerville Posse Challenge at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. After he suffered his share of shortfalls week […]

Schedule: June 29 – July 5, 2015

Monday, June 29 Baseball Little League All Stars 9/10s @ McFarland Park, Folsom Ponderosa vs. Hangtown-Folsom American winner, 5 p.m. 10/11s @ Mahany Park, Roseville Divide vs. EDH/Folsom American winner, 5 p.m. Juniors @ Mahany Park, Roseville Hangtown/Snowline-Lakeside winner vs. Cosumnes River, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 Baseball Little League All Stars Juniors @ Mahany […]

Helm has strong finish at Australian Ironman

Daniel Helm Editor’s note: Former Dry Diggins Dolphins’ swim coach Daniel Helm, a 1982 El Dorado High graduate, returned to compete in his first Ironman event in 10 years in the country where he entered his very first triathlon. The following, in his words, is a first-hand account of what he experienced. This is part […]

Class of ’95 reunion set

EDHS Class of 1995 will hold a 20th reunion on Saturday, July 25. Celebrate with classmates at Manzanita Kitchen & Events, 4232 Fowler Lane,  Suite 101, Diamond Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each (two per alumni maximum) and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 1. Pick up tickets at the door. For more information visit […]

Outside with Charlie: Happy trails

Summer is here. As county residents are headed into prime hiking time, it’s time to review what to take when you head out for a day hike in the forest. After you have figured out where you will be hiking, get a map that clearly shows the trail or trails that you’ll be on. It […]

Star-studded lineup back at Edgewood

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (Calif./Nev.) – Multi-talented actor and musical artist Justin Timberlake is the latest superstar athlete/entertainer slated to participate in next month’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe. The 26th annual American Century Championship is set for July 17-19. The 54-hole event, televised nationally by […]

Snyder wheels her way to repeat

Makenzie Snyder and Grant Krale each had exactly one thousand reasons to smile Sunday evening after the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Grandstands. Synder, a Coloma resident and former Ponderosa High/Chico State volleyball star, defended her title by leading from start-to-finish — toting 45.20 pounds of ore. […]

Fair favorite Mutton Bustin’ delights the crowd

Fair goers converged at the grandstands Friday for the annual Mutton Bustin’ contest featuring the Lil Busters and Busters age divisions. A total of 41 youngsters participated, both girls and boys, to see who could stay up the longest. The first three players for the Busters category were: Charlie Lemos, age 6, Placerville; 2-Dillon Gygax, […]

Schedule: June 22-27, 2015

Monday, June 22 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED Post 119 vs. Chico Suns Red, Doryland Field, 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 Baseball EDHS @ Fairfield, 4 p.m. (2) Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED Post 119 vs. Westside Braves, Doryland Field, 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 20, 2015

Jerrod Bravo and Cal State Fullerton’s time at the recent College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. was brief as the Titans dropped their first two games of the double-elimination bracket play. Bravo, a 2011 Ponderosa graduate whose big 2-run single at the Super Regional finals against Louisville helped Fullerton advance, ended […]

El Dorado High splits with Bluejacks

Rory Patterson’s two-out, seventh-inning pop fly fell into no man’s land Saturday, scoring Alex Pereria with the winning run as El Dorado High School rallied to edge visiting South Lake Tahoe 4-3. The victory gave the Cougars a split of their doubleheader. In the first game, the Bluejacks rode two big innings to a 19-8 […]

Fire fawn fine

DSC_8241e DSC_8259e DSC_8274e IMG_0597e FIREFIGHTERS Dan Nelson, left, and Luke Bohannon, right, give a baby deer water after rescuing it during a fire on Flying C Court. The Deer was caught in a fence and suffered minor burns. Courtesy photo DSC_8267e

Markham student this year’s hunting contest winner.

Paris Hokanson, a student at Markham, won the annual hunting contest that each year rewards one student for academic achievement. Hokanson is the youngest winner ever of the contest and its sixth girl in the seven years its been held. The prize is a four-night, three-day stay at the R & R Pheasant Hunting resort […]

Outside with Charlie: Gentler hikes

The weather is perfect for hiking. Up in the Crystal Basin you’ll find the paved trail at Union Valley is a gentle and very nice place to start. The key here is that it is a gently rolling trail with enough ups and downs to make your legs and lungs work without getting into a […]

Dolphins take it to Tiger Sharks

EL DORADO — The Dry Diggins Dolphins picked up their second straight win of the summer, defeating the Orangevale Tiger Sharks 1720.5-1229.50 last Saturday at the Aquatic Center on the Union Mine High campus. Both boys and girls Dolphin team prevailed: the girls winning 874.5-628.5 while the boys were victorious 846-601. Of the 62 individual […]

D’back Athletic Packet reminder

EL DORADO — If you are interested in playing sports this coming fall at Union Mine High School, you will need to turn in a completed Athletic Packet before you can attend tryouts for fall sports on the first day of school, Monday, Aug.10. Tryouts for football, cross-country, boys soccer, girls golf and girls volleyball […]

Comment sought on mental health services

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health division invites the public to review and provide comment on the 2015-16 Mental Health Services Act plan update. The draft plan update provides information on current and new MHSA programs and budgets for three fiscal years (FY 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). MHSA components in […]

Cougars roll past Post 119 Juniors

In an intra-county game Monday night, the El Dorado High School summer team scored early and often to record a 7-2 win over the El Dorado Jr. Legion Post 119 squad on the Cougars’ field. After Post 119 went down in order in the top of the first inning, El Dorado High (8-0) put on a hitting […]

Jerrod Bravo goes after World Series title

OMAHA, Neb. — Jerrod Bravo is living the dream playing baseball for Cal State Fullerton at the College World Series, knows it and understands the moment. As a kid growing up in Cameron Park, Bravo recalled watching the Titans on TV, vocalized his desire to become a team member and then went out and made it […]

Daring pass steals it for DeCaires

In the world of motor sports, racing enthusiasts and competitors alike often rate an event’s entertainment value by the number of entrants, focusing on “car count” more so than the quality of competition. Saturday night, a light car count gave race fans who endured the extreme heat one of the most exciting races of the […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 14, 2015

Three former area softball players completed their college softball seasons. Union Mine alumni Sarah Phillis enjoyed her second year at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., shining on defense with a .960 fielding percentage. She also batted .270, scored 31 times and drove in 24 runs. The Mavericks finished the season at 33-23, 28-11 […]

El Dorado turns back Folsom

An early lead set the tone for the El Dorado High School summer baseball team, which improved to 5-0 with a 5-2 win over Folsom in Thursday night’s home game. The Cougars led 3-1 after three innings. But visiting Folsom used five hits that included two doubles and three singles in the top of the […]

The Weekly Daley: Funny you should say that

“Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay established absolute dominance as they racked up 239 without loss for India against Bangladesh on day one of the lone test on Wednesday. Dhawan was not out on 150 and Vijay on 89 when bails were drawn for bad light, after 34 overs were lost after lunch to heavy […]

Something to think about: Time for something new

June 9 was my last official day as a Mountain Democrat reporter. I started a decade ago on June 4, 2005. My second day on the job included covering a City Council meeting. With no instructions, I went off to the meeting and was briefly captured by Joe Stancil, who was very excited about the […]

AB 357 bad for business

California Assembly Bill 357, called the Fair Scheduling Act of 2015, is anything but fair. In fact, it’s an unfair burden on employers in our state — the few remaining who haven’t taken their business elsewhere. AB 357 would require a food and general retail establishment to provide its employees with at least two weeks’ […]

Shasta Millhollin lands Jessup job

Former Bruin takes over women’s volleyball program ROCKLIN – William Jessup University has announced that Shasta Millhollin-Bossom will be its new women’s volleyball coach. Millhollin-Bossom brings a great balance of coaching and playing experience to the Warriors. She possesses a rich coaching history with some of the most elite high school, club and college teams […]

Outside with Charlie: Enjoy it now

Last week’s rainstorms did a pretty good job of soaking the forest and adding a bit of run-off to the rivers and streams coursing through the mountains and foothills. Lake Tahoe reached its natural rim of 6,223 feet. A little trickle of water, for a short time, flowed into the Truckee River at Fannie Bridge. […]

El Dorado Hills Taz swim clips Penguins

SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils defeated the Park Terrace Penguins with a narrow victory of just 13 points last Saturday at the Park Terrace Swim and Tennis Club in Sacramento. The final score was 401-388. Separately, the girls won 208-192; the boys lost 203-197. Taz head coach Marc Brown started prepping his […]

Sharks regain their winning strokes

CAMERON PARK — The Sierra Sharks touched the team win column last Saturday after a season-opening setback — upending College Greens 423-364 at the Cameron Park Community Center pool. Broken down, the boys prevailed 234-153 behind high point-earners Miles Tresser, Nicholas Pagcaliuagan and Avery Pellicano. On the girl’s side, the Gators out-swam Sierra 204-185. Overall, […]

Cox gets long-awaited Placerville win

As a youngster, Justyn Cox spent many Saturday night’s in the grandstands at Placerville Speedway watching his father Terry race and a number of veteran drivers that were his heroes. During those years, Cox desired to follow in their footsteps and one day stand in victory lane at the track that is tough to tame […]

Roundup: June 7, 2015

Rec Swimming Boys Sharks 234, Gators 153 Girls Sharks 185, Gators 204 Combined Sharks 423, Gators 364 Look for coverage in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Laut tops the field at state finals

CLOVIS — Before he moves to the East Coast to study economics at Yale this fall, recent Oak Ridge High graduate Austin Laut had one more goal to conquer — perfection in the pole vault. Winning Sierra Foothill League dual meets, plus Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and Masters’ titles in recent weeks and an array of other […]

SVC All League

Soccer Most Valuable Player McKenzie Gregorio, Liberty Ranch Co-Coach of the Year Chris Herrman, El Dorado Rob Huarte, Liberty Ranch Kinsey Del Rio, Union Mine Yvonne Taylor, Union Mine Jessica Prichard, Union Mine Kylie Haverson, El Dorado Rachel Beam, El Dorado Karla Reyes, El Dorado

CVC All League

Softball Most Valuable Player Brooke Larsen, Del Campo Offensive Player of the Year Terra Jerpbak, Ponderosa Defensive Player of the Year Maddie Skibitski, Antelope McKenna Rickles, Ponderosa Karsen O’Rourke, Ponderosa Soccer Most Valuable Player Ariel Klink, Cosumnes Oaks McKenna Fox, Ponderosa Abbie Jones, Ponderosa Swimming Gary Woo, Ponderosa Conner Overstreet, Ponderosa Talon Green, Ponderosa Vaughn […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 7, 2015

Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo scored the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday as Cal State Fullerton edged No. 3 Louisville 3-2 to grab the first game in the best-of-three Super Regional. Bravo walked to lead off the 10th and after several hits landed him at third, a hit batter forced him in. A […]

Smith, South All Stars crush North

SACRAMENTO — Urgent text to the South dugout about two-thirds of the way into Saturday’s 44th annual Optimist All Star game … To: Matt Smith From: The Sacramento State Baseball Program Message: ‘Save some of those hits and RBIs for when you get here.’ In the shadow of where Smith will play his collegiate career, the […]

Schedule: June 8-14, 2015

Wednesday, June 10 Baseball Auburn @ ED Post 119, 5:30 Thursday, June 11 Baseball Folsom @ EDHS, 7:30 Saturday, June 13 Baseball EDHS @ Kennedy, 11 a.m. (2) ED Post 119 @ Auburn, 10 a.m. (2) Rec Swiming Park Terrace @ Sharks Orangevale @ Dolphins Taz @ Barracudas Speedway Points Race No. 6    

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