Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Law enforcement

EDITOR: In light of all the current bad publicity toward law enforcement in general, I thought it might be nice for those folks who agree that the majority of law enforcement personnel are doing a good job to send them a Christmas card. Placerville CHP Office: P.O. Box 1417 Placerville, CA 95667 Placerville Police Department: […]

How times have changed

EDITOR: I was fortunate to have been raised during the 50s and early 60s, in what I now call “the age of innocence.” My, how times have changed! As an elementary schooler, I proudly wore an “I Like Ike” campaign button. I had no idea of it all, it was just that I liked the […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe open for business

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following last week’s storm that left more than 15 inches of fresh snow in the Sierra, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort opened last Friday for the 2014-15 winter season. As early season conditions still exist, the resort will operate limited terrain accessed by the Grandview Express and Easy Rider Express. “We are excited to […]

Military support group decorates tree as tribute

The Military Family Support Group decorated the Veerkamp Tree at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument as a tribute to local veterans, military service members and their families. The gorgeous silver fir tree is covered with patriotic ornaments, which have the names of local active duty service members and their current area of service — […]

County resident is nation’s fastest

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills fourth-grader William McCoy won the 2014 All-American National Cross Country Championship in his age division Saturday. He ran a 3K, or 1.86 miles, in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Remarkably, his parents Allen and Rochelle McCoy didn’t know they had a super runner until recently. “We knew he was […]

Roundup: Dec. 9, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings 1. Team Effort 36-16 2. Sometimers 29-23 3. Bowlin Baggs 27-25 4. Knotty Girls 26-26 5. Alley Oops! 26-26 6. Fun Gals 23-29 7. Hillbilliettes 22.5-29.5 8. Pin Pals 17.5-34.5 High games: 189 — Cheryl Haas; 179 — Connie Harding and Nancy Bumbaca; […]

Roundup: Dec. 5, 2014

Boys basketball Jack Scott Tournament Oak Ridge 65, Del Campo 37 — The Trojans outscored the Cougars 19-3 in the second quarter to pull away. Ten Oak Ridge players scored led by Matt Battaglia and Cole Compton with 14 points apiece. Oak Ridge 62, Kennedy 71 Girls basketball Clovest West Tournament Oak Ridge 58, Immanuel […]

Head Start grant results response

EDITOR: In response to your article, “EDCOE Head Start grant results in simmering controversy,” I would like to point out some inaccuracies in Jeremy Meyers’ statements. The first being, the new grant funds only the Head Start program, not the state preschool program. Our state preschool program is funded by the state of California. Secondly, […]

Voting while enlisted

EDITOR: I am thankful for Mr Longhofer’s failure to vote all these years. His vote would probably have exactly cancelled my vote. I have voted in every election for over 60 years even while an enlisted man in the Air Force. I hope he continues to avoid the voting booth. BYRON MOBUS Cameron Park

Accomplishments highlighted 2014 Cougar, Grizzly seasons

Editor’s note: Democrat staff writer Mike Bush looked back on the recently completed seasons for the five area prep football teams. His analysis is broken into two parts: El Dorado and Golden Sierra today and Oak Ridge, Union Mine and Ponderosa to run on Wednesday. In terms of record and making the playoffs, El Dorado […]

Additional terrain at Heavenly, Northstar resorts

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif./Nev. — Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort will expand terrain for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, giving skiers and riders access to the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe. Combined, the Best of Tahoe resorts will offer Lake Tahoe’s most-open terrain. “If you’re planning on skiing this holiday weekend, Heavenly […]

Hoops up next

The transition to the winter prep sport’s season means that basketball rakes to the court. Monday, local teams compete in the Foundation game. Next weekend, beginning Thursday, El Dorado boys host the annual Gold Dust Tournament (see bracket) that includes Union Mine. To open, El Dorado plays South Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. followed by […]

Winter leaves quite a legacy

Pat Winter abruptly resigned as head coach of the El Dorado High girls basketball program. Citing personal reasons, Winter departs as the all-time winningest coach of any sport on campus. Having coached 16 years, Winter’s teams compiled 302 wins, made the playoffs 14 times and won five league titles, including four in a row from […]

Roundup: Nov. 25, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings  1. Team Effort 32-12 1. Alley Oops! 26-18 3. Sometimers 22-22 4. Knotty Girls 21-23 5. Bowlin Baggs 21-23 6. Hillbilliettes 21-23 7. Fun Gals 19-25 8. Pin Pals 13-31 High games: 207 — Bonnie Flint; 181 — Jeanene Santerelli; 175 — Connie […]

35th annual Apple Hill Harvest

KID’S FUN RUN — Runner’s ready themselves at the starting line in Camino for the annual run held in early November. Former El Dorado High distance ranner Sean Gregg took first place in his division with a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds in the 3.5 mile course. View results at Democrat photo by […]

Roundup: Nov. 24, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings 1. Team Effort 31-9 2. Alley Hops! 23-17 3. Knotty Girls 20-20 4. Bowlin Baggs 20-20 5. Hillbilliettes 20-20 6. Sometimers 19-21 7. Fun Gals 16-24 8. Pin Pals 10-30 High games: 195 — Jeanene Santerelli; 186 — Connie Harding; 180 — Judy […]

Cross Country Section Meet

FOLSOM — Coverage of the local teams that competed last Saturdat at the Section Meet at Willow Hills will be in Wednesday’s Democrat. Spo_Boys-D-1-Race

Cougars’ perfect season ends in first round

To get its perfect 10-0 record, the El Dorado High football team has had to rally in the second half in three of its Sierra Valley Conference wins. That situation presented itself again Friday at Harvey E. West Stadium in hosting Benicia in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The Cougars […]

Roundup: Nov. 16, 2014

Volleyball Section playoffs El Dorado def. by Vanden 9-25, 14-25, 21-25 — Kills: MacKenzie Niemann, 7; Abby Bennett, 5; Kylie Haverson, 5; Makayla Hoyt, 5; Faith Wilson, 4. Aces: Sabrina Tate, 2, Blocks: Rachael Stevenson, 2. Assists: Tate, 12; Riley Weinhold, 12. Serve receive: Joy Martin, 23; Haverson, 15; Hannah Cornwell, 6; Wilson, 4. Union […]

Holiday season safety

EDITOR: Holiday celebrations normally contain alcoholic beverages. Do not make destructive decisions like drinking and driving. When I was 16 in April of 1992, a .28 BAC drunken driver hit me head-on. The collision caused a coma, brain injuries and paralysis with multiple broken and dislocated bones. I stayed in two hospitals for seven months […]

Water polo: Bruin boys fall in quarterfinals

ROCKLIN — Dixon broke from a halftime tie with five, third-period goals to oust Ponderosa from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys water polo playoffs Tuesday at Whitney High. The Bruins (21-10), the Capital Valley Conference’s No. 2 seed, tied the game at 5-5 with 6:15 left in the third period when Cameron Mosbacher fired a […]

Golf: Trojans fall short; Perry advances

SALINAS — The Oak Ridge girls team took seventh place at Monday’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch — 24 strokes shy of a state finals berth — to end a strong postseason run. Despite the disappointment, Trojan sophomore Lexi Perry played her best round of the season in carding a 78 […]

Re-branding Launch Event

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High Athletics Department is hosting a Re-Branding Launch Event Wednesday in the Trojan Arena (gymnasium). The ‘Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself Launch Event’ features the unveiling of the new athletics logo. Other happenings Wednesday is the Larger than Life Oak Ridge Athlete Banners Showcase, the video premier of […]

Roundup: Nov. 9, 2014

Tennis Individual Section Tournament Division I Johnson Ranch Singles Championship: Madeline Almeida, OR def. by Jacquie Tan, F, 3-6, 2-6 Semifinals: Almeida, OR def. Jacques, B, 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinals: Almeida, OR, def. Barajas, L, 6-0, 6-2 First round: Almeida, OR, def. Hill, N, 6-0, 6-2 OR-Oak Ridge, F-Franklin, B-Beyer, L-Lodi, N-Napa   Water polo Section […]

Foresthill PUD partners with NID on LiDAR mapping project

FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced Nov. 4 a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses LiDAR technology. Accurate mapping of the FPUD’s Sugar Pine reservoir is required […]

Roadwork planned on Latrobe Road

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement lane closures along Latrobe Road near Ryan Ranch Road that will result in one-lane traffic controlled by flaggers. The lane closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays between Nov. 6 […]

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2014


Cross Country: Lady Trojans win league title

ROCKLIN — The Oak Ridge varsity girls’ cross-country team put in a stellar performance Friday to win the Sierra Foothill League finals and earn the league banner. The Lady Trojans scored 45 points to beat Woodcreek by eight points, and the majority set significant personal bests for the 3.1-miles race on a rainy evening at Johnson-Springview Park. Freshmen Elena and […]

Oak Ridge bitten by Folsom Bulldogs

FOLSOM — If the Oak Ridge High football team was going to secure an at-large Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth Friday, it had to find a way to slow down or stop Folsom in Friday’s Sierra Foothill League contest. But the host Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions en route to a 42-7 victory over […]

Roundup: Oct. 31, 2014

Tennis Sierra Foothill League Singles/Doubles Tournament Super Singles: Madeline Almeida, OR, def. Mehta, GB, 6-0 6-0; def. Panadero, R, 6-2, 6-4; def. Isaac, DO, 3-6, -6, 6-0. Teja Chalamcherla, OR, def. Yates, R, 6-2, 6-0; def. Arendain, WC, 7-5, 6-1; def. by Isaac, DO, 2-6, 2-6. Champion: Almeida, OR. Singles: Kassidy Lyons, OR, def. Hopping, […]

Treats turn into nightmare for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A treat for the Ponderosa High football team in Halloween’s Capital Valley Conference home game against Roseville came at the start of the second half. But the Tigers pulled out a 39-7 win. Trailing 19-0 at halftime, the Bruins’ kickoff return team received the treat when defensive back Zack Steiner recovered a fumble […]

Why isn’t Stanton endorsed by the Cal Fire Union?

EDITOR: Great question. In response to the online letter submitted to the Mountain Democrat by Retired Asst. Fire Chief George Goolsby, who is CPCSD Board Candidate Barbara Rogers’ husband, I offer the following. Why isn’t the Cal Fire Union endorsing my re-election to the CPCSD Board? I asked the Cal Fire Union No. 2881 Representative […]

Rules apply to all

EDITOR: City Council candidate Kirk Smith placed one of his campaign signs on private property without the owner of the property’s permission. When the owner removed the sign, Mr. Smith placed another one on the property. The owner informed Mr. Smith in writing to remove the sign. Mr. Smith, instead of removing the sign, attached […]

Jordan and Brown for EDUHSD board

EDITOR: I’d like to follow up on a letter written by my former colleague, John List — a highly-respected, retired industrial technology teacher from the El Dorado Union High School District. John emphasized the importance of vocational and technical courses in today’s schools. I wholeheartedly agree. This emphasis was one of the reasons our teachers’ […]

Yes on Measure K

EDITOR: A plea for  a yes vote on Measure K: Ballot Measure K can only be voted on by the people of Placerville. A  group of people in Placerville had to go to court to stop the Cedar Ravine Roundabout because the City Council was committed to the project. If a yes on K will […]

Vote for McClintock

EDITOR: This November, we should send someone to Congress with a record of promoting our district’s interests and protecting our freedoms. Congressman Tom McClintock is that candidate. McClintock voted for a budget that balances and ensures today’s college graduates retire into a prosperous, debt-free America. He voted to create jobs in our district with the […]

Supervisor election

EDITOR: As a fourth-generation resident of Coloma, as well as a former president of the El Dorado County Board of Realtors, I’ve had many opportunities over the past few decades to watch candidates, and issues, come and go. I believe that the upcoming Board of Supervisors election is the most critical in my experience. I […]

GDPUD ‘cost-cutting’

EDITOR: Don’t vote to re-elect Bonnie McLane and Kathy Otermat. Their claim to have “saved” more than $500,000 in management costs is ludicrous. The salaries of all the managers combined totaled only a little over $600,000 so saving more than $500,000 in management costs is not likely. Furthermore, the GDPUD financial statements (available at […]

Follow the money at election time

EDITOR: Following the money trail can lead you to a decision on how to vote Nov. 4. The No on M-N-O campaign has as its stated goal to “save local control.” But there is very little “local” in the largest financial contributors against these measures. Financial records show that developers (Parker Development through affiliates Serrano […]

Deceptive campaigning by McNeil and Stanton

EDITOR: I realize that politics can be rough and tumble and even dirty at times. I feel insulted that people would take advantage of the fire department’s good name by implying that they have their endorsement. When candidates put up deceptive campaign signs to mislead the public, this is taking politics too far. Cal Fire […]

Football: Ponderosa gets needed victory

ROSEVILLE — Some nights all cylinders are firing. Others it’s just a struggle to score. But big plays, defensive lapses and a myriad of penalties took a bit of the shine off for Ponderosa in Friday night’s 41-12 Capital Valley Conference win over Oakmont. “We played well in stretches tonight, but we were not very crisp […]

Roundup: Oct 25, 2014

  Tennis Ponderosa 1, Cosumnes Oaks 8 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. by Paran, 1-6, 1-6; Jaclyn Fields def. by Pullen, 1-6,0-6; Laura Parkyn def. by Anderson, 0-6, 1-6; Natany Ackerly def. by Kum, 0-6, 1-6; Grace Guimont def. Macedo, 6-1, 7-5; Katie Johnson def. by Wong, 1-6, 2-6. Doubles (PHS first): Regan Blomquist-Kat […]

Football: Oak Ridge knocks off Nevada Union

EL DORADO HILLS — Needing a win to aide its playoff chances, and supported intensely by a loud homecoming crowd on Senior Night, Oak Ridge High’s varsity football program delivered a 24-21 Sierra Foothill League victory over Nevada Union in a game that kept the outcome from becoming apparent until the final Miner possession. Leading 17-7 […]