Friday, March 27, 2015

Chris Daley’s opinion on open carry

EDITOR: Chris Daley is shooting from the hip again (pun intended) and of course, he is not hitting what he’s shooting at. Critical of the probability that Texans will soon be able to openly carry firearms, Daley carelessly throws around scenarios of Texans going into bars, getting drunk and engaging in gun battles in the […]

State of Jefferson

EDITOR: Aside from the arguments and sentiments behind the succession movement, I see a major problem: El Dorado and Placer counties will become tax-collecting cash cows for the welfare counties to our north. Jefferson is campaigning against “one man, one vote” government. They espouse a “federalist” model where land mass gets senatorial representation rather than […]

Save your sunscreen money, buy a hat

EDITOR: As our dry and dusty weather turns hotter and brighter, many among us will be coaxed by massive ad campaigns, fronted by dermatologists, to buy and apply sunscreens. Maybe these products — can you believe we pay $3 for a day’s worth? — are safe. But maybe not. While deaths from skin cancer have […]

Man’s best friend, or victim?

EDITOR: From the dawn of humanity, companions have been found in the beasts that walk this earth with us. However, many will argue that animals are for more than just being our companions. They are for being our luxury items, and research tools; our guinea pigs, if you will. To some, they are a way […]

Roundup: Mar. 25, 2015

Baseball Ponderosa 8, El Camino 4 — The Bruins scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 4-3 deficit Monday. Oak Ridge 9, Rocklin 0 — Kyle Lucke pitched a one-hitter Monday and struck out seven as the Trojans moved to 4-0 in the Sierra Foothill League. Oak Ridge scored […]

Roundup: Mar. 18, 2015

Baseball Golden Sierra 12, Foresthill 4 — The Grizzlies tallied seven runs in the sixth inning of Saturday’s win. El Dorado 1, Galt 10 — The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and four-hit the Cougars. Union Mine 5, Rosemont 6 — The host Wolverines rallied with five runs in the […]

Trojan rally falls short

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High girls lacrosse team fell to San Ramon Valley 12-10 in a nonleague home game Saturday evening. The Lady Trojans (2-3) and Lady Wolfpack were tied at 5-5 at halftime. The two teams tied again at 6s and 7s on goals from Cristina Drossos. The Trojans took an […]

Roundup: Mar. 16, 2015

Wrestling NorCal TOC Del Oro High School Local results — 70: Isiah Medina, GV, 3-3. 89: Jared Lewallen, UG, 4-2. 95: Max McCarver, EDH, 3-2; Matt Chapman, G, 0-2. 100: 7-Michael Remer, EDH. 103: 3-Jared Horstman, MV, 4-1; Bryan McCoard, G, 0-2. 112: Justin Lamson, MV, 2-2; David Walker, PV, 2-2; Collin Heck, PV, 2-2. […]

Laut ties school record

GRANITE BAY — Oak Ridge track and field athletes turned in solid performances at the 22-team Sturgeon Invitational at Granite Bay High School as many athletes obtained personal bests and medals. Medals were given to athletes who placed in the top six. The boys varsity team  placed first with 55.5 points to earn the championship […]

Mai chosen for prestigious award

AquaSol and Union Mine head swim coach Darin Mai was selected as one of 25 winners for the Double Goal Coach Award. This award is sponsored by the Positive Coaching Alliance with the goal of identifying coaches who are proficient in their sport and also use their sport to teach athletes life lessons. Mai was […]

Roundup: Mar. 15, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 5, Laguna Creek 4 — Trojan reliever Trenton Denholm pitched out of sixth and seventh-inning jams Thursday as Oak Ridge completed the preseason 4-0. Troy scored all its runs in the first three innings highlighted by Jake Hathaway’s RBI double. Ryan Sullivan started and was solid for three innings as was Nolan […]

Lady Cougars belt Mesa Verde

Nine runs in one inning broke open a close game for the El Dorado High softball team in its 12-0 nonleague home win over Mesa Verde Friday. The Cougars (4-5) led 1-0 after the first inning when winning pitcher Joshlyn Wright tripled to the left field fence and scored on Sammi Rowan’s sacrifice fly. In the top of […]

El Dorado’s defense contains Amador

Two early goals and defensive play helped the El Dorado girls soccer team to a 2-1 nonleague win over Amador at Harvey E. West Stadium on Friday. In the 12th minute of the game, Cougar freshman Kaycee Richards scored the first goal off a cross-field pass from Rachael Beam — punching it into the back of […]

Frog legs

EDITOR: I would like to associate this letter to Chuck Bacchi’s letter, “High standards set by Maryann,” which published on March 6, wherein Chuck takes exception to Sue Taylor’s assessment of Maryann Argyres. I’m told that Sue Taylor is deeply informed. I am told that Sue spends untold hours poring over documents, plans, regulations codes […]

In response to Chuck Bacchi’s letter

EDITOR: In Chuck’s letter he assumed he needed to defend Maryann Argyres’ character based on statements made in my letter. If Chuck thought my letter was to discredit Maryann’s character, it was not. Maryann was quite helpful to our family when we were members of Apple Hill and she, along with Edio Delfino and Dick […]

Gun range near schools

EDITOR: Usually once or twice a week I have the privilege of driving my children to their elementary school, a very special school nestled in rolling green hills and under the shadows of century old oak trees. Sometimes it feels a bit like driving back in time. Shingle Springs is a uniquely beautiful place to […]

Proposed 29-lane gun range in Shingle Springs

EDITOR: A 29-lane outdoor commercial gun range and tactical live-fire shoot house is being built by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on recently acquired off-reservation trust land located at the southeast corner of Highway 50 and Shingle Springs Drive. The proposed range will be within 1,000 yards of two public elementary schools and […]

Youth sports: Julian Monas wins Winter Tour

CAMERON PARK — Nine year-old Julian Monas, a Blue Oak Elementary School student, won the recent U.S. Kids Sacramento Winter Tour at Wildhawk Golf Club. Competing against players from all over northern California, Julian, a Cameron Park resident, overcame tough chilly conditions to card a 37 over nine holes and end up the season’s champion. […]

Roundup: Oak Ridge boys win Whitney Invitational

Track and Field Whitney Invitational Varsity boys: 1-Oak Ridge, 73; 2-Whitney, 68.5. 100: 2-Brandon Jetter, 11.22; 400: 2-Bret McNamee, 52.00; 110h: 2-Jetter, 15.40 (fourth all-time at OR); 300h: 2-Griffin Prather, 41.96; SP: 2-Jack Root, 48-8 (third all-time at OR); PV: 2-Grant Laut, 13-0; 4×100: 3-OR (Prather, Chibuikem Ohanele, Christian Wootton, Jetter), 43.76; HJ: 2-Will Vaughn, […]

Grizzlies smother Wildfire

GARDEN VALLEY — Back on its pitch after hosting the Grizzly Cup last weekend, Golden Sierra blanked Foresthill 7-0 Monday afternoon. Elise Wilson turned in a hat trick for the Grizzlies who peppered Wildfire keeper Grace Sanders with shots. Britney Borello scored twice, Breeze Baiz had one goal as did Becca Torley for her first career goal. Golden […]

Quartet battled to the end

BAKERSFIELD — It doesn’t rival the glory days of Ponderosa High sending multiple wrestlers to the podium at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, but this year’s Bruins were a formidable force at the state meet. Aside from Zack Velasquez’s title in the 152-pound class, Ponderosa’s other two qualifiers each went 2-2 at Rabobank Arena to […]

Roundup: March 6, 2015

Baseball  Oak Ridge 5, Napa 4 — In wine country Saturday, Chris Roppolo singled in Trenton Denholm to break a tie as the Trojans (2-0) won in 13 innings. Tyson Solis pitched the last two innings for the victory. Troy received quality relief pitching from Jeff Cunningham, Crew Winkler, Conner Davis and Denholm. El Dorado […]

Ponderosa defeats El Dorado in dramatic fashion

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A walk-off passed ball in the seventh inning allowed Ponderosa to post a 9-8 win over El Dorado in an exciting intra county non-league baseball game Thursday. The Bruins’ leadoff hitter Scott Martin (2-for-4, two runs) walked to start the final frame, and moved to second on Logan Ito’s single to right field. […]

Roundup: Mar. 1, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Heartbreaker for Ponderosa

TRACY — A full-court drive and layin with 1.2 seconds left lifted No. 3 seed Kimball High to a dramatic 65-64 girls victory over visiting Ponderosa in Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinals action last Thursday night. The Bruins’ bid to unseat the undefeated Jaguars (29-0) came on the heels of Tuesday’s win at Sacramento High. […]

Roundup: Feb. 24, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings  1. Pin Pals 16-8 2. Bowling Baggs 15-9 3. Knotty Girls 13.5-10.5 4. Team Effort 12-12 5. Hillbilliettes 12-12 6. Sometimers 11-13 7. Alley Oops! 8.5-15.5 8. Fun Gals 8-16 High games: 222 — Leslie Fouche-Munoz; 212 — Terese Clusiau; 188 — Jeanne […]

Season over for Golden Sierra

SONORA — The three Golden Sierra Grizzlies who competed at last weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Sonora High came up short in their bids to extend the season. Against teams/competition from the Sierra Delta, Golden Empire, Mother Lode, Trans Valley and Southern leagues, Golden Sierra came in 25th from a 32-team field. Wrestling […]

Roundup: Feb. 22, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts February 10 Ace of the Month: Roberta Galvez, net 69 Low gross: Patty Mitchell, 79 Low net: 1st flight: Heidi Caldwell, 71; Judy Goggins, 74 2nd flight: Helen Glenn, 70; Jody Clark, 73; Rosemary Authier, 75 3rd flight: Pat Panto, 73; Lillie Fuentes, 75; Esther Purdie, 75

El Dorado drops playoff opener

Unable to finish like it had started, host El Dorado fell to Ceres 58-54 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III outbracket play Friday night. The Bulldogs, seeded last, overtook the No. 15 Cougars in the second half. Despite two clutch three-pointers in the final minute, El Dorado couldn’t catch Ceres and saw its season end. “With the […]

Lady squads ready for the post-season

Two of the three El Dorado County high school girls basketball teams competing in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs will face league champions in the first round tomorrow. In Division I, Oak Ridge, winners of the Sierra Foothill League crown at 12-0 and 23-3 overall, is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 15 Bear Creek of […]

Hunting contest reminder

A contest is underway for El Dorado County students aged 12-16 for a 4-night, 3-day pheasant hunt with parent/guardian at R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort ( in Seneca South Dakota, which is one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations. The program goal is to tie together academic achievement with the enjoyment of the shooting […]

Roundup: Feb. 17, 2015

Girls basketball Ponderosa 52, Cosumnes Oaks 50 — The Lady Bruins (10-4 in the Capital Valley Conference, 19-8) trailed 46-37 entering the fourth quarter of Monday’s contest in Elk Grove, where they outscored the Lady Wolf Pack 15-4 to secure the conference’s No. 3 playoff seed.  

Fifth race in the books; last Giant Slalom planned for today

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Back on track after several delays to start the season, South 1 Division held its fifth ski and snowboard race, third slalom, Thursday at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The season was expected to conclude with today’s final Giant Slalom race followed by the awards ceremony. Heading into the regular season finale, El Dorado appears unsurpassable as it […]

Oak Ridge advances 13

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge 145-pounder Brandon Claiborne was one of three Trojans who won titles at Saturday’s Sierra Foothill League championships at Folsom High — joining teammates Josh Ploke (106) and Patrick Irwin (220). Five Oak Ridge matmen advanced to the finals. Two Trojans took second: Mikey Mello (113) and Jackson Redhair (120). Thirteen Trojans finished […]

Write on topic

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Sylvia Medley’s letter about my objection to Mr. Altshuler’s columns. I am sorry that she has endured “venomous diatribes” by Larry Weitzman and Chuck Norris. (She also mentioned “despicable political cartoons,” but she needs to understand cartoons are in a different category than editorials and columns.) I don’t […]

Hold him accountable

EDITOR: The arrogance of the man is astonishing and frightening. Taking a revered occasion such as the National Day of Prayer and turning it into an equivocation of Islamic terrorism by comparing it to Christianity of a thousand years ago leaves me flabbergasted. The stultifying level of this man’s arrogance was further demonstrated when he […]

Sports Scene: Feb. 10, 2015

Youth wrestling fundraiser The Camino Elementary School wrestling team is holding a fund-raising brunch at the Apple Blossom Cafe, 4077 Carson Road in Camino this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cafe will provide a one-time special menu. Local artist Lauren Murphy will perform live music. A percentage of the gross sales will […]

Chelini to play for Cal Lutheran

SACRAMENTO — St. Francis High senior Izzy Chelini, an El Dorado Hills resident, signed a Letter of Intent to attend and play at Cal Lutheran. She plays for a San Juan soccer club. “Izzy has been playing with us since the under nines,” said San Juan director Tony Perez. “She has always stood out as […]

Roundup: Feb. 10, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings 1. Bowlin Baggs 11-5 2. Pin Pals 10-6 3. Knotty Girls 9.5-9.5 4. Sometimers 9-7 5. Hillbilliettes 8-8 6. Alley Oops! 7.5-8.5 7. Team Effort 5-11 8. Fun Gals 4-12 High games: 180 — Jeanne Valentine; 173 — Connie Harding; 170 — Bonnie […]

Swearing in concerns

EDITOR: I am troubled by the front page and picture story on the Wednesday, Jan. 7 paper of the swearing-in of our current Superior Court judges at the Red Hawk Casino and conducted by their tribal chairman. I have great respect for our judicial system and its personnel, but can we assume there will be […]

Toys for Tots

EDITOR: The Placerville Police Department is proud and thankful to have partnered with the Toys for Tots organization this past holiday season to help the children of Placerville. We are thankful for all the hard work put in by Sue and Hollis Henderson along with all of the hardworking volunteers that make this program successful […]

Quilt of Valor

EDITOR: On Jan. 26, my father Arnold Rowell received a Quilt of Valor from the Freedom Quilters of Placerville. These handmade quilts are being presented to veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice. Unable to serve in the regular service due to a childhood hip injury, my dad joined the Merchant Marines and was […]