Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Floating body not a body

A report of a floating body on Cascade Lake on April 9 was later believed to be a piece of wood. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a floating body at 2:51 p.m., a press release stated. The reporting party, born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, was hiking on […]

Roundup: April 10-12

Baseball Oak Ridge 13, Sheldon 3 — Oak Ridge (5-1, 7-5) had 14 hits and scored eight times in the bottom of the third inning in Friday’s home game. Jake Hathaway led the attack, going 3-for-4 and 3 RBIs. Tyson Solis (2-for-3, double) and Jon Seim (2-for-3) followed in multiple hits. Ryan Sullivan and Erik McNeill […]

El Dorado falls to Cosumnes Oaks

Visiting Cosumnes Oaks erupted for nine first-inning runs and another four in the second to coast to the five-inning 19-1 over El Dorado in a Sierra Valley Conference softball game Thursday. The Cougars scored their lone run in the first as Monigue Wilson singled to center, moved around on two groundouts and came in on […]

District 4 candidate

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to warn voters in District 4 of the mistake they would be making by voting for Scott McNeil to be their supervisor. I have watched this man for three-plus years as a board member of the Cameron Park Community Services District and he has been a complete disaster, not […]

EID’s $49 small farm rate

EDITOR: EID’s $49 per acre-foot small farm water rate has barely increased since 2008 while residential rates have sky-rocketed to $829 per acre-foot. In 2009, EID reduced the small farm rate 37 percent. In 2012, EID reduced the small farm rate another 15 percent more. EID’s two major small farm rate reductions in 2009 and […]

It is easy to be anonymous

EDITOR: When a person requests for a letter to the editor be printed in the Mountain Democrat, the person’s name is printed along with the letter. I believe this is a good policy. But unfortunately, when the same letter is posted on the Mountain Democrat Website, the anonymous comments come out. Usually many of the […]

True Christian

EDITOR: My letter is in response to Steve Tapson’s letter titled “Christians” in your March 10 newspaper. He states, “A true Christian when offered money for a product or service will accept it regardless of who tendered it.” This is absurd. There is nothing in God’s word to the world, the Holy Bible, which states […]

Open meetings

EDITOR: To begin this communication we first must understand the meaning of the words used … “bureaucracy,” according to Wikipedia is: “a body of non-elective government officials” and/or “an administrative policy-making group.” The word bureaucracy is from the French word bureau (desk or office) with the Greek word kratos (rule or political power). Republic according […]

Volunteers and homeless camps

EDITOR: We were going for a walk one day, in the merry, merry month of May, flip flops on our feet, walking trail our goal to meet. Much to our surprise, we came upon a prize. Fecal matter did surround us, toilet paper all around us. Compassion was not my thought, anger more than naught. […]

Bicycle events and traffic control

EDITOR: On Saturday, March 29, my wife and I were driving down Marshall Road on our way to the Coloma Club Cafe for our usual Saturday breakfast. As we approached the stop sign at the intersection of Marshall Road and Highway 49, we were forced to quickly slam on the brakes as a horde of […]

Sheriff’s Office bonanza

EDITOR: Our sheriff this Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting wants a 106,331-square-foot building the size of a Home Depot on a 12-acre campus, six times the size of the current administration building he occupies built in 1970. A county consultant estimates a $52 million construction cost at $490 per square foot. You need […]

Roundup: March 27-29

Baseball El Dorado 9, Liberty Ranch 0 — In the first game of a doubleheader in Galt on Friday, Nick Bonniksen pitched six innings, and Owen MacKendrick tossed the final inning of the Sierra Valley Conference contest for the Cougars (7-2, 10-2). El Dorado 0, Liberty Ranch 2 — In a  tough loss, the Cougars’ Zach Terry pitched seven […]

Roundup: Mar. 26, 2014

Baseball Oak Ridge 1, Del Oro 0 — Austin Root pitched another gem Tuesday, a six-hitter, and Erik McNeill drove in the game’s only run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly. Tanner Ales went 2-for-3 and Logan Denholm doubled. Root fanned three and didn’t walk a batter for the Trojans (2-2). Golden Sierra […]

Trojans open league play with tie

EL DORADO HILLS — Two minutes into Tuesday’s Delta River League opener, the Oak Ridge High girls soccer team appeared to have momentum on its side. Trojan forward Hannah Miller drove the ball down her team’s sidelines while battling a Folsom mark and fired the ball into the net for the goal. Oak Ridge wouldn’t […]

Roundup: Mar. 24, 2014

Softball El Dorado 13, Folsom 12 — The Lady Cougars overcame a 12-6 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning and scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win Monday. Kelsey Liddell went 4-for-5; Ty Henderson was 3-for-5 with a double; Shelby Rowan was 3-for-5; and Sammie Rowan went 3-for-5. […]

Roundup: March 20, 2014

Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Placer 5 — The visiting Grizzlies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win Saturday’s nonleague contest in Auburn. Golden Sierra (4-5) scored the tying run in the seventh. Jeffrey Klahn (2-for-5, RBI) and Nick White (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs) led the Grizzlies’ attack while Cameron Stephens, Carter […]

Roundup: March 13, 2014

Baseball El Dorado 6, Cosumnes Oaks 5 — The Cougars (2-1, 5-1) won in the bottom of the ninth on Michael Green’s two-out RBI hit to the gap after Louis Merlo had reached on an error and Matt Smith singled. Zach Terry started and minimized the damage while Owen MacKendrick pitched from the fifth inning […]

Health care workshop coming to county

Sacramento Covered, a local nonprofit organization, is expanding its health coverage outreach and education services into El Dorado County with a Covered California Workshop, focusing on one-on-one counseling and enrollment assistance. Scheduled to take place at the El Dorado County Library Main branch in Placerville, the workshop will provide a space where individuals and families […]

County Sports League

County Sports League Girls Basketball Playoffs Eighth grade Championship Herbert Green 42, Gold Trail 30 — HG: Madi Ball, 10; Maisey Bruno, 10; Sarah Holm, 7; Maddie Dean, 7. GT: Sydney Emmons, 8; Lexi Tarailo, 6; Danae Ford, 6; Shelbey Miller, 6. Third place Sierra Ridge 24, Markham 23 OT — SR: Cynthia Gooley, 9; […]

Roundup: Mar 11, 2014

Track and Field King/Gilbert Invitational Granite Bay High School Varsity boys (4th place, 45 points) TJ: 6-Kasian Strawick, 39-2.75. 100: 1-Dominick Worsham, 11.55; 3-Brandon Jetter; 5-Bryce Williams, 11.66. 110hh: 6-Jetter, 16.46. 300h: 5-Griffin Prather. HJ: 2-Will Vaught, 6-6. PV: 2-Austin Laut, 13-6. 4×100: 3-Jetter, Kasian Strawick, Williams, Worsham, 44.65. SP: 4-Nathan McHone, 42-9. Varsity girls […]

Roundup: Mar. 8, 2014

  Baseball Union Mine 14, Casa Roble 0 — The D’backs erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning to win the mercy rule-shortened game. Ronnie Hatrje went 3-for-4 while RJ Blake, Joel Pedretti and Nate Brown each had two hits. On the mound, Blake spun a one-hitter. Golden Sierra 3, Vacaville Christian 13 — […]

Cougar boarders take third

TRUCKEE — The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships concluded with Thursday’s slalom snowboard race at Northstar. El Dorado’s Taylor Caldwell duplicated her third place Giant Slalom standing, placing third from a field of 57 riders. The Cougar senior, who won all six South 1 Division races, was also third on the […]

Green perfect in season opener

Perfection doesn’t normally occur right off the bat but don’t tell that to El Dorado starting pitcher Mike Green who tossed a perfect game against Golden Sierra in both teams’ 2014 season opener Tuesday. Behind Green and plenty of offense, the home Cougars rolled through the Grizzlies 12-0 in an intra-county, mercy rule-shortened affair. Green faced […]

Public input sought on Mental Health Services Act Plan

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is inviting members of the public to provide input on the County’s Mental Health Services Act Programs Plan for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. Community members can provide input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by […]

Roundup: Mar. 2, 2014

Golf Apple Mountain Resort Hole in ones Raymond Costley aced the 17th hole from 149 yards out using a 9-iron. David Gorans aced the 15th hole from 102 yards out using a ping sandwedge. Dean Petzold aced the second hole from 132 yards out using a 9-iron. A.J. Kenyon aced the 17th hole from 171 […]

CNISSF races open today

TRUCKEE — South 1 Division alpine racers are at Northstar this week for the California Nevada Interscholastic ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships. Local skiers and boarders from El Dorado, Ponderosa, Oak Ridge, Union Mine and Golden Sierra High will compete in the four-day event beginning today and running through Thursday. Friday is a makeup […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office distributes seized proceeds to EDSO, DA

The U.S. Attorney’s Office distributed $263,500 to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office from seized narcotics proceeds. The two agencies participated in an investigation of an interstate marijuana-trafficking ring that led to federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced in a press release. The final payment was delivered in January, […]

It’s Oak Ridge-Kennedy tomorrow

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team face a familiar foe tomorrow to open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I section playoffs when Kennedy rolls to town. The Trojans (23-4) grabbed the No. 2 seed after winning their second consecutive Delta River League title. The Cougars (16-11, 9-5), fourth in the Metro, are seeded […]

First 5: Is your child ready?

Raising a healthy child begins even before you hold him or her for the first time. The choices you make about things such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, doctors, child care and even bedtime stories shape your child’s future. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90 percent of brain […]

Marshall opens pediatric office with integrative focus in EDH

Marshall Medical Center was pleased to expand pediatric care offerings to El Dorado Hills recently with the addition of Marshall Whole Child Health. Nicole Shorrock MD has been providing pediatric care with an integrative/functional medicine focus at Marshall Pediatrics in Placerville for 10 years. Her new practice in El Dorado Hills more distinctly aligns with […]

Roundup: Feb. 17, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 47, San Juan 60 — The Grizzlies dropped Friday’s Sierra Delta League road game. Peter Biersteker led Golden Sierra with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assist; Jason Yurgelevic added 14 and Nick White (16 boards) and Micah Wever each had six points. Oak Ridge 43, Sheldon 60 — Justin Priest led […]

Oak Ridge falls to Folsom in OT

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Oak Ridge High basketball players scored in double digits in Friday’s Delta River League home game against Folsom but the Bulldogs escaped with a 73-64 overtime victory. Trojan guard Tyus Millhollin scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter including two, three-pointers. Forward Connor Sende scored five of his […]

UCCE does not recommend cover cropping in drought years

EDITOR: As the local UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Farm Advisor, I was surprised to see the Feb. 3 Mountain Democrat editorial “A water-saving ag practice” misrepresent UCCE and the important conservation tillage research conducted by UC Specialist Jeff Mitchell in the Southern San Joaquin. Cover cropping (not to be confused with letting any groundcover grow) […]

Sign the petition

EDITOR: Just as Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows,” so today you don’t need full page ads paid for by chambers of commerce, real estate developers or San Francisco speculators to persuade you that the gridlock traffic you experience on Highway 50 […]

Don’t sign the petition

EDITOR: The usual suspects are at it again. Bill Center and his acolytes — John Hidahl, Ellen Van Dyke, Shiva Frentzen and Howard Penn. These folks are not talking slow growth, they are talking no growth. What does that mean for El Dorado Hills? Retail businesses with no new business, churches with no new believers, schools […]

Roundup: Jan. 28, 2014

Sacramento Area Wrestling Association Folkstyle Wrestling Championships  EDH Club had 8 champions. First place: Kaden West, Justin Lamson, Brody Deatherage, Kade Roeder, Zane Roeder, Josiah Ramos, Riley West, Payton Gunter. Second place: Christian Pebley, Caleb Humbird, Jose Sanchez. Third place: Riece Pollard, Kai Schaefer, Julian Sanchez. Fourth place: Jackson Ramos, Caleb Challen, Anthony Whiting. Fifth place: Justin Ramos Natomas […]

D’backs fall to Vista 57-41

EL DORADO — Union Mine wasted a solid defensive effort on one end of the court by a lack of consistent offense on the other and fell to visiting Vista del Lago 57-41 Thursday in a Sierra Valley Conference matchup. Stout man-to-man coverage by both squads dictated all 32 minutes. Union Mine held the Eagles […]

Roundup: Jan 18, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 63, Highlands 53 — Jason Yurgelevic scored a team-high 24 points and Peter Biersteker recorded his first triple-double of the season Friday as the Grizzlies held off the host Scots in Sierra Delta League action Friday in North Highlands. Yurgelevic sank four, three-pointers and scored a season high in points. Biersteker […]

Thrower’s Clinic held Saturday

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The fourth annual Foothill Winter Shot Put and Discus Clinic featuring an all star coaching staff, led by former Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton, took place Saturday at Ponderosa High. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene SRT_0070e

Cougars too technical in setback

Three El Dorado basketball players scored in double figures in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference opener against Vista del Lago at LA Brown Gym. But despite the scoring efforts from Aaron Line, Ian Spencer and Tommy Williams, the Cougars, who had a 31-25 halftime lead, were dealt with three technical fouls in the second half that […]

Griz drop two

GARDEN VALLEY — Bradshaw Christian ventured over to Golden Sierra for the first Sierra Delta League games of the year, defeating both the Grizzly girls, 66-10, and boys 75-38 Wednesday. Despite the lop-sided score, the girls put up a fight. Maylene Coetzee, Jenna Pendzinski, Emily Alexander, Lindsay Dorosh and Carley Kuaffman accounted for Golden Sierra’s […]