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Chairlift malfunction addressed by Forest Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following a comprehensive assessment by four independent agencies, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit approved the reopening of Heavenly Mountain Resort’s North Bowl chairlift last month after a chair malfunction caused the closure. The chair was closed Jan. 3, when an equipment failure caused an unoccupied chair to […]

NAMI Peer-to-Peer class offered

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ El Dorado County affiliate will host a Peer-to-Peer Education class to the West Slope community. The 10-session class is designed to help anyone experiencing mental health challenges achieve and maintain recovery. The session is available free of charge to participants and taught by trained teachers who are in recovery. […]

Wallace appears in court

The man accused of killing his mother and brother on Nov. 11, 2015, appeared briefly in court Monday for a felony in custody arraignment. Milo Wallace, 49, faces two counts of murder for allegedly killing his mother Sandra Wallace, 71, and brother Matthew Wallace, 38, on the family’s Rocky Ridge Road property southeast of Placerville. Prosecutors told […]

New city clerk on the job

A 13-year veteran of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is the new City Clerk/Human Resources officer for the city of Placerville. Kelly Witt trained with Susan Zito, who retired in December after serving the city for more than 26 years. Although city officials say they will miss Zito, City Manager Cleve Morris said he is looking forward […]

Supes take aim at human trafficking

El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation establishing January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month during its Jan. 12 meeting. Defined as a form of modern-day slavery, U.S. federal law cites three categories of victims in this country — minors younger than 18 who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC); adults older than 18 […]

Del Oro powers by Troy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge’s late-match bid to overcome Del Oro stalled in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League dual meet when the visiting defending section champs clamped down in the middle weights to emerge 42-24 victors. The Trojans were within 31-24 with three matches left. In need of points, Oak Ridge managed just escapes and […]

Sports Scene: Jan. 14, 2016

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Join the Cameron Park CSD for another season of the NFL sponsored Flag Football League. This league for grades 2-8 allows players the opportunity to learn and develop skills necessary to be succeed in football. For more information please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231, via email at [email protected], […]

Seasonal firefighters sought

The Eldorado National Forest will hire as many as 35 wildland firefighters for a temporary appointment that will run approximately May through November 2016. The online application for these jobs is open for one week, Jan. 11-15. “Our fire crews are essential to our organization,” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “We need a strong and diverse […]

Conquer Winter Day tomorrow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Sierra-at-Tahoe will host Subaru Conquer Winter Day tomorrow. This free event highlights an athlete signing with Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Olympian, Maddie Bowman. “This is a unique opportunity for guests and inspired young adults to meet a professional athlete who represents the heart and soul of this mountain,” says John Rice, […]

El Dorado falls to CBS

El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball had its hands full Wednesday night at home, falling 75-34 to a talented and deep Christian Brothers squad in preseason action. The Falcons were off and running early, relying on a fast-paced offensive surge that left El Dorado trailing 27-7 after the first quarter, and 40-15 heading into halftime. […]

Young golfer continues to impress

CAMERON PARK — Ten year-old Julian Monas, a fifth grader at Blue Oak Elementary School, had an excellent 2015 on the golf course with more to come this year. The Cameron Park resident and younger brother of Ponderosa High golfer Jasmine Monas compliled an incredible 18 tour wins. Julian’s victories made him the Sacramento Winter […]

Throwers clinic next week

The Foothill Throwers track group will be holding the 5th annual  Shot Put and Discus Clinic on January 16 at Ponderosa High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic features 3-time Olympian, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, current American Record Holder and 2016 Olympic hopeful in the women’s discus, Stephanie Brown-­Trafton, leading up the […]

Bicyclists — don’t daydream in 2016 — new laws on the books

If you’re used to dawdling while riding your bicycle on public roadways, heedless of the cars, trucks and other vehicles stacking up behind you — you’re in for a rude awakening come Jan. 1. The New Year brings with it some changes to existing California roadway laws, and the Legislature has decided that bicyclists must […]

2016 declared the Year of Foster Youth in El Dorado County

Both the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the Placerville City Council issued and presented proclamations proclaiming 2016 as the Year of Foster Youth. South Lake Tahoe is anticipated to do so as well. After a number of years of planning and preparing by Foster Awareness Network, in collaboration with a group of foster youth service providers […]

Horoscope, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Lunar Forecast for the Last Day of 2015 The last day of 2015 features a rather conservative Virgo moon, indicating responsible choices will also happen to be appealing ones. A harmonious lunar trine with chatty Mercury in confident Capricorn suggests that party talk may get competitive and status-oriented. The late night is ruled by an […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Venus Changes It Up People in the same room together at mealtime often eat the same thing. Who decides? Later they may watch a television program. Whose choice? All of these small decisions and compromises speak to the balance of power in relationships, which, considering the recent Venus change, is slightly different than it was […]

Priest shines as Optimist All Star

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge senior Megan Priest was named the North’s Outstanding Player of the Game at last Saturday’s Annual Optimist All Star Volleyball Game at El Camino High School. Priest’s North squad prevailed in four sets 25-15, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15. Priest’s Trojan teammate Elizabeth Cameron was also on the North roster.

Outside with Charlie: Snowshoeing

Autumn gave over to winter last Monday at 8:49 pm. Monday was the longest night, and shortest day, of the year. From here till the Spring Equinox, the days will slowly get longer, the nights shorter. Winter is here, complete with rain, snow and cold. It’s wonderful! With the snow in the high country giving […]

Trojans overpower Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Hailey McCoy’s 11-point explosion, part of her 14-point second quarter, allowed host Oak Ridge to pull away from Pleasant Grove Monday night for a 63-39 victory in second-round play at the annual Toss Up Tournament. McCoy’s run turned a 23-19 lead into a 34-21 advantage after she went strong with a baseline move […]

Clayton’s banker sinks River City

EL DORADO HILLS — Madison Clayton provided the spark for the Ponderosa High girls basketball team in Tuesday’s consolation game against River City at the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up. The Lady Bruin senior forward jump started a run that was anchored by a smothering defense on the Lady Raiders’ backcourt. Later, she hit the game-winning shot as […]

El Dorado girls fall to Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — In the battle of the Cougars in Monday’s consolation bracket at the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up, El Dorado was no match for Kennedy, which posted a 60-38 victory. The loss sent El Dorado into Tuesday’s seventh place game against River City, which fell to Ponderosa 57-56 after holding a 15-point […]

EDH man gets prison time for embezzlement

Jeffrey Lamson, 51, of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced on Dec. 15 to two years and six months in prison for wire fraud in connection with a plot to misappropriate money from his former employer, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Lamson plead guilty to wire fraud in August. Lamson was sentenced by United […]

Carts full of joy

IMG_6947e Volunteer Eric Jack shows off the warm gloves he wears to keep his hands warm while placing frozen turkeys in carts at the El Dorado County Food Bank. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene IMG_6942e Nai Mann, 10, of Cameron Park, right, helps her mom Amber fill a shopping cart with food at the Food […]

Parade of lights

12-5-15 Georgetown Parade of Lights-7 e w Above, Leanne Crocker hands out gift bags of candy to the kids while Santa watches. The parade featured participants in tiny cars, monster trucks, horses, a school bus and more — all decorated to celebrate Christmas. Photographed by Ace Anaya 12-5-15 Georgetown Parade of Lights-4 e w Georgetown […]

Roundup: Dec. 6, 2015

Girls basketball Clovis East Tourney Oak Ridge 53, Clovis East 34 Oak Ridge 73, Orosi 41 Oak Ridge 47, Edison 42 Oak Ridge 49, Clovis West 65 Lady Viking Classic Golden Sierra 38, Mesa Verde 17 Golden Sierra 39, Victory Christian 28 Golden Sierra 18, Calaveras 56 Placer Tourney El Dorado 59, Granite Bay 49 […]

PG&E offers scholarships

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently announced that scholarship applications are now available for college-bound high school as well as current college and continuing students. The awards from the company’s employee resource groups will mean that at least 150 students in PG&E’s Northern and Central California service area will receive from $1,000 to $6,000 […]

Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors Dick’s Carpet One owners

On Nov. 11 representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, paid a special visit to Jared Sattler and Tim Botting at Dick’s Carpet One Floor and Home in Diamond Springs to personally thank them for their generous support of the foundation’s Building for America’s […]

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