Friday, August 29, 2014

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 […]

Local spiker shines

El Dorado High boys volleyball player Elijah Magat, located second to right in the bottom row, was chosen to participate in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Okla. This team of high-performing athletes represented the Northern California Region at this annual tournament. It is an honor to be selected to compete against other boys representing […]

Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

Cameron Park CSD 530-677-2231  Swim lessons Registration is still available for the last session swim lesson July 28 to Aug. 7. Lessons are scheduled in two-week sessions that include 25-minute classes that run from Monday through Thursday unless noted otherwise. Private lessons are also available. Kids Summer Day Camp Allows the children to participate […]

Rush sit a win from Series

NOGALES, Ariz. — The El Dorado Hills Rush doubled up Southern California 6-3 Wednesday night to move to 5-1 at the West Regional Tournament at Fleischer Park. The victory set up a rematch with Nogales (Arizona District 8), the host team who earlier dealt El Dorado Hills a 7-6 setback. The winner advances to the […]

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils concluded their regular season Saturday by defeating the Granite Bay Gators 432-353 during the last dual meet of the Suburban Swim League. With the win, the Taz held top placement in the league with a perfect 7-0 record. As tradition, eight graduating seniors were honored poolside. Ashley […]

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

… still relevant, still time-tested and still a heap of fun. That describes an early summer dodgeball class offered by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and held at the CSD gym. Everyone’s had a brush with dodgeball at the grade school level, The sport, around for generations, was made into a major motion picture […]

Sophia Barden wins strut title

STOCKTON — El Dorado Hills native Sophia Barden recently won the National Title in Strut at the 56th annual U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships held July 7-12 at the Stockton Arena. Competing amongst the best 13 year-olds in the nation, Barden captured first place in Strut with 18.30 points and was second in solo, 2-Baton […]

Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available

The El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging has a limited supply of Senior Farmers’ Market check booklets available for qualified El Dorado County seniors. Farmers’ Market check booklets will be distributed on first-come, first-served basis to seniors who are at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines (one person household with annual […]

Connections – One Stop offers services for disabled job seekers

El Dorado County residents who are disabled and looking for work are invited to take advantage of free services and special funding offered through Connections – One Stop. “The El Dorado County Connections – One Stop program can help disabled individuals search for a good job, develop a quality resume, enhance job interview skills and […]

Sports Scene: July 14, 2014

NFL Flag Football  Enjoy football without the physical contact? League focuses on fundamentals, teamwork and improving individual skills in a competitive, yet fun environment. Practices and games are held at the Promontory Synthetic Field in El Dorado Hills. Participants receive an official NFL Jersey, a set of NFL flags and a personalized award. Practices are […]

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Roundup: July 14, 2014

Baseball El Dorado 13, Rio Americano 0 — Nick Bonniksen struck out nine Rio batters in Saturday’s night cap game for El Dorado (19-4), and Josh Wienholz tossed the final inning. The game was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. El Dorado had 15 hits, and scored in every inning that included […]

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Burke’s Corner: July 11, 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 […]

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CDFW to hold public workshop on lead bullet ban

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, July 29 to discuss the implementation of the lead bullet ban. The workshop will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento from 7-8:30 p.m. A CDFW representative will detail a proposed implementation plan; the PowerPoint […]

Roundup: July 7, 2014

Baseball Lodi Summer Slam El Dorado 10, Fairfield 3 — Owen MacKendrick pitched into the fifth inning and Ian Philbrick finished up as the Cougars won their second game at Zupo Field Sunday to reach the finals. Offensively, Louis Merlo was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs; Kent Schardt went 3-for-4; Zach Culp was 2-for-4 with 3 […]

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Jeepers Jamboree Outdoor Expo

For the first time ever, on Wednesday July 23, the small town of Georgetown will be transformed into an outdoorsman and off-roader’s paradise. Take the opportunity to see the newest Jeep products along with hundreds of custom Jeep builds coming through town for the Jeepers Jamboree. There will be semi-trucks full of deals on products […]

Roundabout initiative makes it to Nov. ballot

It is official; the anti-roundabout initiative passed the last step to go before voters in the November general election, according to Friends of Historic Hangtown, the petition sponsors. Group member Evelyn Veerkamp said Friends of Historic Hangtown approved the following statement at its meeting on Wednesday, June 4. “City Clerk Susan Zito informed us Tuesday […]

Ham radio operators to give public demo

The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club will be participating with amateur operators from around the U.S. and the world in the Amateur Radio Relay Leagues “ARRL” Field Day exercise the weekend of June 28-29. Local “hams” will camp at the site starting Friday night in order to get ready for the drill that begins […]