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Caples Spillway project in planning

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors received an update on the Caples Spillway channel stabilization plan at a recent meeting. The spillway channel takes water released from the Caples Lake Auxiliary Dam down to Caples Creek. Over time the spillway has sustained erosion and has widened. As a requirement of its Project 184 FERC license, EID is required to […]

State’s unemployment rate drops

SACRAMENTO — California’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.8 percent in October, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 41,200 during the month for a total gain of 2,131,800 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data recently released by the California Employment Development Department from two separate surveys. The U.S. unemployment rate also decreased […]

Outside with Charlie: Open trails

What a wonderful Thanksgiving treat! If you are an Alpine skier, you can hit the slopes over this long Thanksgiving weekend. Sierra-at-Tahoe opened last Friday. Thea Hardy, who handles public relations at Sierra, said that while it’s early season conditions and skiers and riders need to pay attention, the conditions on the open trails are simply […]

Nine Tahoe area resorts open for Thanksgiving

Lake Tahoe opening dates: Alpine Meadows – Open Boreal Mtn.– Open Diamond Peak – Dec. 3 Donnor Ski Ranch – TBA Granlibakken – Dec. 11 Heavenly Mtn. – Open Homewood – Dec. 11 Kirkwood Mtn. – Open Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe – Open Northstar – Open Squaw Valley – Open Sierra-at-Tahoe – Open Soda Springs […]

Markham student enjoys South Dakota trip

Markham seventh-grader Paris Hokanson, the youngest-ever winner of the annual academic hunting contest, cashed in on her trip to the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, South Dakota, the last week of September. “I was so excited when they called me and told me I had won … my brothers (Hunter, twin Stone) were jealous,” […]

Sports Scene

Youth wrestling The El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club is accepting new membership applications. Middle school and elementary school ages. All experience levels welcome. The location is 1230 Glenhaven Court, #300, El Dorado Hills, Business Park 3. Practices are Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for beginner and intermediate grapplers and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for experienced wrestlers. For […]

Pereira flexes to top California finish

On Mother’s Day five and a half years ago, Gabriela Pereira posed for a picture that led to mixed feelings. “I didn’t realize how much weighed I gained,” said Pereira, who noted she was 30 pounds over her actual weight. “I looked like a brick.” Then 38, Pereira, an El Dorado Hills resident, went proactive […]

Age 16 to 24 and need a job or training?

Help is available El Dorado County Connections – One Stop has free services to help people who need a job. “We have special programs and services for youth ages 16 to 24,” said Jenny Wilson, program supervisor with Connections – One Stop. “We are especially looking to assist youth ages 16 to 24 who are not […]

Line up for good grub

DSC_2586w Wyatt Jeffrey, 8, of Rescue gives a thumbs up before digging into his Cluck ‘n’ Chuck sandwich. He came to the event with his grandmother Debbie Jeffrey to support the Military Family Support Group. DSC_2584w Lobster wranglers Chanell Hartman, right, and Jeremy McLaughlin craft a variety of lobster dishes inside the Cousins Maine Lobster […]

Residents get behind-the-scenes at sheriff’s academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy wrapped up another session earlier this month with lots of good food and laughter. The 12-week academy was established in 1994 to familiarize community members with the many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Department plays in the county. The first class was a meet-and-greet and overview of the […]

Different year, same result for Griz

RIPON — Scoring an even six touchdowns, three per half Friday, host Ripon Christian bounced Golden Sierra from the playoffs for the second straight year, this time by a 42-7 score. The Grizzlies’ ground game of Brenden Nutt, Chris Mejia, Reily Prine and Jeff Gale met stiff resistance from the Knights’ defensive front. Forced into […]

Union Mine loses tough one

MANTECA — Despite outscoring host Sierra by a 2-to-1 points margin in the second half, Union Mine couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost 24-21 to open the Division IV section playoffs. Several fourth-down stops stalled the D’backs’ comeback that started with Josh Middleton’s third-quarter interception — setting up Brody Pearman’s 21-yard strike to Trevor […]

Early snow shows promise for major winter at Tahoe

El Nino delivers on forecasts with 5-7 inches  SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Welcome El Nino! The season’s first significant winter storm delivered 5-7 inches snow (and counting) to Tahoe South area resorts and 2-3 inches at lake level this week, sending celebratory signals throughout the area. The pre-season forecasts are proving accurate as Tahoe […]

Horoscope, Thursday, November 5, 2015

Joining Under the Virgo Moon This Virgo Moon questions: Should you join the group, or not? These critical skies bring forth many reasons not to become a member. You’ll have to give something up, for starters — your time and attention at the very least, and possibly something else, too, such as money. If the […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Leo Moon Wink The path with no obstacles is boring, and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Not that you need to search out the rocky and perilous. That’s not the point. The point is, when life provides those obstacles (as it will with the current Jupiter situation) throw your hands in the air and assume that […]

Frightfully fun

IMG_2049 w The Baughman family, dressed as “Wizard of Oz” characters, won Best Costumed Family or Group at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Spooktacular. From left to right, Adam, Greyson, Sophia and Jill pose for a photo after winning the top prize. Photo by Lisa Couper IMG_1942 ec Little Frankenstein Hudson Schwartz, 4, hugs […]

Grizzlies drop key match

GARDEN VALLEY — Wasting a golden opportunity to catch first-place Vacaville Christian and situate itself for the Sierra Delta League volleyball title, Golden Sierra instead fell in four sets to the Falcons 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 11-25 Tuesday. Playing on the Grizzlies’ court, Vacaville looked beatable but Golden Sierra failed to capitalize. Considering the stakes, the […]

Halloween Carnival on the lake

Crazy characters and families looking to have a good time headed to Cameron Park Lake last weekend for the Cameron Park Community Services District’s Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Patch. The Lego Man made an appearance at Saturday’s event. Democrat photo by Jackie Penn Families and friends enjoy a hay ride around the park. Democrat photo […]

Showcasing the finest

IMG_6716e Sheriff John D’Agostini, center, stands near the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office booth at the Cameron Park Community Showcase Oct. 15. EDSO staff and Explorers were present to answer questions from the public. IMG_6707e Almost Live duo Tony Quinn, left, and Jim Hall perform for the crowd at the Cameron Park Community Center. IMG_6717e […]

Community invited to FLC’s Rancho campus

Folsom Lake College will celebrate the grand opening of its new Rancho Cordova Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. at 10259 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova (corner of Mather Field Road/Paseo Drive. and Folsom Boulevard). “We are thrilled to open this beautiful state-of-the-art educational center,” […]

Cops and Rodders

IMG_6739 ec IMG_6719 ec CHP officer Tim Kinyon with the Grass Valley office shows off something a little more modern — a CHP academy training vehicle. The event also features great music, food, children’s activities and more. IMG_6698 ec The Placerville California Highway Patrol’s Cops and Rodders “Revivial” show filled the El Dorado County Fairgrounds […]

‘Risky decisions’ lead to rescue

Three Sacramento hikers were stranded overnight on a ledge in Desolation Wilderness and rescued Saturday morning. James Lerude, 20, Todd Syper Jr, 20, and Kayly O’Connor set out Friday afternoon in hopes of an outdoor adventure that ended in a chilly overnight stay on the side of a mountain with no food and not water. “It […]

Best in the Basin named

LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently announced and recognized award recipients for its annual Best in the Basin program. This is the 25th year for the program created to recognize and showcase projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with Lake Tahoe’s environment and communities. The projects that were recognized upgraded highways, built […]

Los Rios students say ‘yes’ to public transit

SACRAMENTO — Los Rios Community College District students have overwhelmingly passed Universal Transit Pass Measure A, with 96 percent of voting students supporting affordable public transit access. “This vote is a great victory for Los Rios students, access to public transit and the environment of our region,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King. “So many of our students rely upon […]

Roundup: Oct. 6, 2015

Volleyball El Dorado def. Liberty Ranch 25-17, 25-23, 25-3 — Kills: Makayla Hoyt, 10; Kylie Haverson, 9; Serena Franz, 3. Aces: Sam Chavez, 3; Bella Danker,2; Blocks: Hoyt, 6; Franz, 2; Lauren Tigue, 2, Samantha Klinkenborg. Digs: Chavez, 6; Haverson, 4; Olivia Kemp. Service receive: Franz, 12; Gavin, 8. El Dorado JV def. by Liberty […]

Use it or lose it, senior taxi service beginning in EDH

El Dorado Hills residents 60 and older or adults with disabilities have a new door-to-door transportation option beginning Oct. 19. El Dorado Transit, in partnership with Gold Rush Taxi, will offer qualified residents discounted taxi vouchers for travel anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District seven days a week from 7 a.m. to […]

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