Monday, September 22, 2014

Roundup: Sewel, OR girls golf take 1st place

Waterpolo  Boys El Dorado 9, Rio Linda 8 — Goals: Dylan Thompson 4, Nico Camello 2, Josh Wienholz 1, Nathan Camello 1, Justin Jumper 1. Steals: Thompson 3, Nathan Camello 2, Nico Camello 1, Wienholz 1, Austin Davis 1. Assists: Wienholz 2, Thompson 1, Nico Camello 1, Nathan Camello 1, Keefe Pesko 1, Davis 1, […]

Trojans, Grizzlies compete at Josh Ruff Memorial

FOLSOM — Saturday was a good day for the Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra High cross country programs at the annual Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus. Twenty-five schools competed in the memorial of Josh Ruff, a 2007 Oak Ridge alumnus who died two years ago. The Oak […]

Roundup: Sept. 20, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 4, Del Campo 5 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. Bovdreau, 6-2, 6-2; Lexi Comstock def. by Yarmolyuk, 1-6, 0-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Kisel, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5; Laura Parkyn def. by Chrisco, 6-6, 0-6, 4-6; Natanya Ackerly def. Griffith, 6-3, 6-3; Grace Guimont def. Zaragoza, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles (PHS first): Katie Johnson-Regan […]

Ponderosa falls to Timberwolves

ROSEVILLE — Ponderosa High wrapped up preseason action Friday night at Woodcreek, falling 28-14 to an undefeated Timberwolves program in nonconference play. For the Bruins, it was a tale of missed opportunities in the red zone. Ponderosa fought its way inside the 20 four times but failed to find pay dirt against a stout Woodcreek […]

D’backs stumble against Bear River

EL DORADO — It wasn’t long after the start of Union Mine’s nonleague match with Bear River Thursday that for the Lady Diamondbacks to win they’d have to do so without their ‘A’ game. Not happening. Saddled with countless unforced errors and no one to blame but itself, Union Mine lost to the visiting Bruins […]

Help offered for dislocated workers

El Dorado County Connections–One Stop has programs and services to help individuals return to work. Through the Dislocated Worker Program, unemployed and underemployed residents who are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation can receive assistance. Displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals may also qualify. Applicants do not need to be low income to […]

Scheduled breakfasts cancelled

The Community Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Pollock Pines Community Center has been cancelled due to the fire conditions in Pollock Pines. The breakfast is sponsored by the Sierra Ridge Interact Club the second Saturday each month (except September). The next breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 […]

Be disaster aware, take action to prepare

September is National Preparedness Month. “Do 1 Thing” to be ready. Being prepared can make it easier to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster. During National Preparedness Month, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency–Public Health Division encourages residents and businesses of El Dorado County to prepare for local threats, such […]

Disaster preparedness presentation Sept. 23

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Northside Elementary School, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Animal Services and Public Health Preparedness and Response staff, along with the El Dorado […]

Wall of Fame

NEW INDUCTEES INTO El Dorado High School’s athletic Wall of Fame, located on the home side of the Cougars’ football stadium, were honored Friday at halftime of the El Dorado-Rio Americano varsity football game. The former players and coaches are, left to right, Marv Bukema, representing Kelley Kalafatich, who played girls basketball; Kyle Kenworthy, football/skiing/swimming, […]

Grizzlies light up Blazers

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High football team improved its record to 3-0 by utilizing the same recipe for success as in the previous contests with a stout defense and unrelenting ground attack against Lindhust, with a 42-0 victory Friday. Before the Grizzlies stormed the gridiron, Golden Sierra head coach Jeremy Nordby remarked about the success […]

Soaked Soroptimists

DSC_7798e THE GROUP recovers from the chilly experience. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Run For Courage co-sponsors human trafficking training at SMF

Run For Courage, Inc., a nonprofit established to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking, co-sponsored training for airline, airport and county employees on how to identify possible victims and perpetrators of human trafficking. The training, in collaboration with Sacramento International Airport, Airline Ambassadors and the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, was held on Sept. […]

Time to purchase six-pack ski tickets

LAKE TAHOE — Skiers and snowboarders are turning their attention toward the upcoming winter season, as timing is critical in finding the best values on lift tickets and multi-day passes. For those in the know, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket represents the ultimate deal in terms of variety, flexibility and savings for destination guests […]

Annual hunting contest taking entrants

A contest is underway for El Dorado County students ages 12 to 16 for a 4-night, 3-day pheasant hunt with a parent/guardian at R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, S.D., which is one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations. The program, which is in its sixth year, has a goal to tie together […]

SCC wrestling to hold alumni scrimmage

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento City College wrestling program will hold its 35th Annual Alumni Wrestling Scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. at the Campus’ North Gym. Included will be current and past SCC wrestlers from El Dorado County. Admission and parking is free. The tentative lineup for the SCC alumni has Robert Hart (El Dorado) at […]

Roundup: Sept. 9, 2014

Soccer Golden Sierra 2, Colfax 4 — The host Falcons scored two goals each in the first and second halves of Monday’s nonleague contest in Colfax. Golden Sierra (0-4) begins Sierra Delta League action today at Highlands. The Grizzlies’ next home game is Wednesday, Sept. 17 against Encina. Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Brunch Bunch […]

Union Mine falls 29-6

GRASS VALLEY — Nate Brown was all over the field for the Union Mine High football team, which fell to Bear River 29-6 in a nonconference game Friday. Returning kickoffs and punt returns, the Diamonbacks’ senior tallied 133 yards on special teams play, 68 on the opening kickoff to the Bruins’ 14 yard line. “He did the […]

Roundup: Sept. 4, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Davis 2 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Paw, 6-1, 6-1; Teja Chalamcherla def. by Duan, 2-6, 6-2, 8-10; Lily Wainwright def. Mould, 7-5, 6-2; Hannah Crookham def. Donahue, 6-3, 6-0; Kassidy Lyons def. Ewens, 6-1, 6-2; Kelly McMillen def. Murdoch, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles (OR first): Julia Van Boening-Lan Zhao def. […]

D’backs record 48-0 shutout

SACRAMENTO — Union Mine High’s varsity football program kicked off its 2014 season on a high note Friday, traveling to Foothill High and returning with a 48-0 preseason victory. Junior running back Austin Rigsby tallied four rushing touchdowns in the win — two he earned with change-in-direction runs and two that relied on brute strength, […]

Lady Bruins ready for fall season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High girls golf coach Steven King and his seven players are looking forward to competing in the Capital Valley Conference this fall. “We’re in a new league this year with teams that we have never seen or played before,” King said. This season, the Bruins has four players returning to the greens. […]

Amaral for Supervisor

EDITOR: I have been most impressed with the character and candor of Chris Amaral, who is running for District 2 Supervisor. I am also impressed that he is not a career politician and has a strong business background. We can use some of that on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He said something […]

Two letters’ reply

EDITOR: Two letters in your Aug 20 edition are standouts. Charlie Black, in his attack on Chris Daley’s column on immigration, listed some diseases he thinks immigrants are bringing us, and actually included this remark: “Obama is even allowing people to enter the country with Ebola.” Now, I don’t know how much information Mr. Black […]

Small farms

EDITOR: My name is John Millsap and I am not a small farm owner. I’ve lived in Greenstone Country in El Dorado County for over 20 years and I love living here, although I must say I’m a little disappointed with some of our elected officials. It seems we have some sore losers out there […]

Tabloid headline

EDITOR: I am writing to express my disappointment in your choice of headline “MURDER-SUICIDE? Elderly couple found dead” regarding the tragic deaths of our dear friends and neighbors. They were very good people who were very much loved by their many family members and friends and community and do not deserve to have such a […]

Ping-pong challenge

MEMBERS OF THE Oak Ridge High football team took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge — but with the use of ping-pong balls instead. Led by teammate Kyle Brown, No. 8, the Trojans dumped ping-pong balls onto their heads in taking a drought-friendly ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. According to Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavliere, […]

2014 Oak Ridge football roster

2-Dalton Santos, Sr. 3-Brock Martin, Jr. 4-Stephen Douglas, Sr. 5-Ryan Sullivan, Sr. 6-Camden Cicchetti, Sr. 7-Scott Douglas, Sr. 8-Kyle Brown, So. 9-Tanner Emmanuel, Sr. 10-Kevin Kassis, Jr. 11-Ian Book, Jr. 12-Adam Walter, Sr. 14-Brian Parker, Sr. 15-Quintin Graves Mercado, Jr. 16-Collin Poerio, Jr. 17-Max Augood, Jr. 18-Wyatt Maeva, Jr. 20-Luke Goins, Jr. 21-Wyatt Nelson, Sr. […]

Take the challenge at Crazy Eights Trail races

The third annual Crazy Eights Trail Run Series concludes Sunday at Lake Camanche, South Shore Recreation Area, Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground. The Crazy Eight’s trail runs was created for anyone of any ability to participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The past two trail runs offered runners a choice of either […]

Letter to original Miwoks

EDITOR: This is to all the original Miwoks who have resided in El Dorado County for more than 200 years. My name is Louie L. Smith III. The Smith family is just one of the real Shingle Springs Miwoks; I’m wondering where all the other Miwoks are. Whose families resided in El Dorado County for […]

2014 El Dorado football roster

1-Carter Meyers, Jr. 2-Conor Villines, Sr. 3-Colby Harrington, Sr. 4-Cody Miller, Sr. 5-Nik Bonniksen, Sr. 7-Jason Schostag 8-Zach Culp, Sr. 9-Andrew Benson, Sr. 10-Derick Bahn, Jr. 11-Austin McDaniel, Jr. 12-Zach Butts, Jr. 15-Matt Angi, Jr. 16-Louis Merlo, Sr. 17-Fernando Esparza, Soph. 20-Will Mathews, Jr. 21-Anthony Delgadillo, Jr. 23-Issac Bugbee, Sr. 25-Andrew Shinsato, Jr. 26-Talen Van Cleave, […]

Sand Fire help

EDITOR: As you know all too well, we suffered a devastating fire that claimed over 4,000 acres of our beautiful foothills as well as a number of homes in our community. Many of those folks did not either have adequate home insurance or insurance at all which means that they lost everything. Since 2012, my […]

GDPUD facts

EDITOR: I read Lon Uso’s letter to the editor. There are some things that the public needs to know. The GDPUD audit report that just came out encompassed the time between July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Hank White’s last day as general manager was Aug 1, 2013, just after the end of the […]

FENIX drifting in wind

EDITOR: A long overdue and postponed update on the county’s ailing FENIX $5.6 million computer system was given at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. According to the county staff’s own report, the project is being re-engineered on the fly with a multitude of changes — 23 change orders so far to a single software […]

EID water rate misrepresentation

EDITOR: EID’s water rate subsidy to small farmers is much greater than previously represented to the EID board and public by General Manager Jim Abercrombie. On April 25, and again on June 23, Abercrombie represented to the EID board and public that small farm rate recipients pay $514 per acre foot of EID water and […]

Small Farm water ‘subsidy’

EDITOR: In response to several recent letters decrying small farm water rates, I’d like to issue a challenge. Let’s agree that government policies selectively benefit certain people. The mortgage interest deduction benefits folks who buy nice, big, new houses, as well as all parties involved in the real estate business. Solar subsidies benefit people who […]

Nuts to another Nutting

EDITOR: Willie Brown begat Jerry Brown, crook-to-crook name recognition in a corrupt state. Now we have a convicted crook Ray Nutting giving us another tool of the builders and the casino giving us another Nutting to finish paying off the supporters. Did we the taxpayers not get enough from convicted Nutting that we deserve another […]

Four days negates five years

EDITOR: The volcanic eruption in Iceland since its first spewing of volcanic ash has in just four days negated every single effort we have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. There are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time — […]

Relaxing alternative to Lake Tahoe

PORTOLA, Plumas Co. — For all its inherent beauty, mystical waters and gorgeous mountain vistas, highly touted Lake Tahoe can be one congested vacation spot in the summer months. If avoiding crowds and experiencing a big dose of serenity is the goal, head north of Tahoe for the 45-minute drive to the Graeagle region, where the great outdoors abounds […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 10, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Adult 5×5 Basketball Teams play 7 games followed by play-offs for the top four teams. Games are played at the CSD Gym on Sunday evenings from Aug. 24 to Oct. 19 and again from Nov. 2 to Jan. 11 with a team fee of $425 for each season. Deadline […]

Main Street still matters

No, you haven’t heard the last of Main Street Matters — because all of Main Street matters. A committee, led by Matt Boyer of Matthew C. Boyer & Associates, is trying to keep the momentum of the Benjamin Moore “Paint What Matters” campaign going in Placerville, by spreading the word about “Main Street Placerville Matters […]

National Night Out

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Burke’s Corner: August 8, 2014

By Burke Bruttig Burke’s Corner is a once-a-week photo corner of answers to questions of  seriousness, controversy or lightness in El Dorado County. Look for me in the community each week to ask you the question of the week and get your answer! For future question suggestions, comments or contact, Burke can be reached at […]

Vendor letter coming to taxpayers

El Dorado County’s vendor (R.R. Donnelley and Sons) in an oversight omitted the return payment envelope for the 2014-15 unsecured property tax bills. The third-party vendor will be mailing the return payment envelope at no cost to the county. The return payment envelope will be sent from R.R. Donnelley and Sons with a letter of […]