Friday, August 22, 2014

Drought affects some well owners; storage is key

As a Stage 2 drought alert continues to plague the state of California and water users are urged to continue conservation measures, people with private wells on their property are finding their wells going dry. “A lot of people have what we call ‘marginal’ wells,” said Tony Segarra of Gary Tanko Well Drilling, “wells that […]

Italy on Wheels ready to roll

A taste of Italy is getting close. The festival celebrating Italian cars, motorcycles, bicycles and food is scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Murer House Museum at 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the admission is free. If you like Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, […]

Tomorrow’s racing honors Mark Forni

Past Forni Classic winners 2013- Andy Gregg 2012- Andy Forsberg 2011- Andy Forsberg 2010- Mason Moore 2009- Sean Becker 2008- Sean Becker 2007- Greg DeCaires 2006- Kyle Hirst This Saturday will be the richest night of the season at Placerville Speedway as the evening will pay tribute to the late Mark Forni. At the end […]

Meet the Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — On Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., the 2014 Oak Ridge High football team will be the center of attention at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Amphitheater. In addition to meeting players on this year’s varsity roster, plus the junior varsity and freshman grid squads, the Oak Ridge High dance […]

Outside with Charlie: Trail dos, don’ts

Taking your trusty mountain bike out on the trails is always a good thing to do. You’re out in the forest, or perhaps an urban/wild land setting, and it’s pedal time. Whether you are on a hard tail or a fully sprung unit doesn’t matter. It’s just good being out there. The recent thunderstorms gracing […]

Kid’s clinic has British ambience

CAMERON PARK — Learning how to play futbol, British style, made its way to Christa McAuliffe Park recently. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, conducted a week-long soccer clinic at the park through Cameron Park Community Services District. Almost a dozen kids, ages 4-8, competed in morning sessions. The kids learned the basics of soccer that included ball control and foot skills. […]

Grizzlies’ Nordby ready for new challenge

GARDEN VALLEY — Jeremy Nordby knows Golden Sierra High football very well. He started at fullback and outside linebacker on the 1994 Golden Sierra squad that won the Golden Empire League crown. The Grizzlies went deep in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs but lost to Bear River 3-0 in overtime for the title at the […]

Things get heated at Charter Review Committee hearing

One action to delete a section was taken by the Charter Review Committee amidst a heated debate and one committee member announcing that she was planning on introducing a bill to the state Legislature. The hearing began with Cherie Raffety, the county treasurer-tax collector, asking the committee to review the Grand Jury candidate process at a […]

Region Builders pulls support of own ballot measure

In a surprise announcement last Wednesday, Joshua Wood, executive director of Region Builders, notified the Mountain Democrat that it was withdrawing its support from the ballot measure it sponsored. In a written statement from Wood, he said, “Region Builders sponsored Control Growth to Fix Our Local Roads Committee has decided to close down and withdraw our support […]

Camp draws good numbers

While there’s bubbling anticipation at El Dorado High for the start of the fall volleyball season, it’s too soon. Being July, it’s first things first so the order of business last month was the annual Girls Volleyball Camp at El Dorado High. Ran in conjunction with the City of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, the four-day […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

El Dorado County varsity high school football head coaches have mixed feelings regarding a new state law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week. The bill, AD 2127, limits full-contact football practices to two hours a week during the season and prohibits summer full-contact camps, including those out-of-state. The bill’s aim is to reduce the number of concussions […]

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

If your summertime fun includes heading up to Tahoe City to rent a raft for the float down the Truckee River to the River Ranch restaurant, you won’t like this. Sad but true, the river rafting outfits in Tahoe City have had to close. The flow of water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River […]

Racing returns with big 5-division card

After an unexpected cancellation last Saturday due to the area wildfire support, racing action is back tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Five divisions will be on the race lineup as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions, […]

Help SWR with squirrel babies

If you or your community, scout or other group is looking for a worthwhile project to help our wildlife, building a squirrel pre-release cage on your property would be a tremendous help to successfully rehabbing our young squirrels. Out of over 1,200 animals received each year for rehab, we take in more squirrels than any […]

Outside with Charlie: Still time

It’s time to take a hike or ride a bike. Really, it is … before school starts in early August. Once school is back in session, trips are relegated to the weekends. If there’s football, soccer, cheerleading, school work or band, all bets are off. Take advantage of what’s left of the summer break to enjoy […]

Hansen walk-off gives Rush title

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Rush baseball team has won one tournament championship and is looking for another. Competing in the Intermediate 50/70 division of the Nor Cal Divisional Tournament last week in Chowchilla, the Rush posted a 4-1 record that included winning the title game, 7-6, on a walk-off home run by Nate Hansen. Prior to […]

Last visit for KWS Series

Red clay high-banks of Placerville Speedway host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the final time this season on Saturday. The always challenging unique confines of Placerville Speedway welcomes the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars tomorrow for round 12 of the series. Kyle Hirst holds a commanding 102-point advantage but come in […]

Johnson out as D’back football coach

EL DORADO — Union Mine is looking for a new varsity football coach less than a month before the season starts. Dave Johnson, who has taught physical education and ran the Diamondbacks’ grid program since Union Mine’s inception at the start of the 1999-2000 school year, is no longer running the program, according to Union Mine […]

El Dorado bats stay hot in 10-run win

In recent weeks, hitting has been contagious for the El Dorado High summer baseball team. Against Pro Players in the first game of a doubleheader at Escobar Field Tuesday. El Dorado banged out 18 hits, including eight in one inning, en route to a 17-7 victory. The game was called after five innings because of the […]

Long is Serrano AJGA qualifier

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s Austin Long is a qualifier to this week’s American Junior Golf Association tournament at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. Monday’s AJGA qualifier, an 18-hole stroke play event, was for the AJGA Junior Tournament which got underway yesterday with the opening round and ends Thursday. Monday, Long […]

Saturday’s race benefits Boys and Girls Club

Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night with the 11th points race of the season. Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will all return to compete for the season crown with the addition of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Saturday’s event benefits one of the area’s most popular non-profit organizations, the […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Heinz-sight: Darn it!

Heading into last weekend, three of our Little league All Star teams — albeit all from El Dorado Hills — sat in very good shape. All three were undefeated going to semifinal play and … get this … at two of the levels long-time nemesis Woodcreek had already been dispatched to the loser’s bracket — […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Comebacks not enough

ROSEVILLE — Behind 5-0 after the first inning, the El Dorado Hills 9-10 All Stars baseball team put on its rally caps in the second inning to take a 6-5 lead in the District 54 title game against Woodcreek at Richards Field Tuesday. But Woodcreek scored often in the final two innings that led to a 20-8 […]

El Dorado Hills 9/10s oh so close

ROSEVILLE — For the third time in four days, the El Dorado Hills 9-10 All Stars baseball team played Woodcreek and, for the second time in two days, had the chance to claim the District 54 title at Richards Field. Depsite a 45-minute delay, both teams provided excitement from the first pitch to the last. In the […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Pleasant Valley parade

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July 07, 2014 | Posted in Gallery Posts | Tagged

Pickett picks up National Award

BOSTON, Mass. — Ponderosa High graduate Zach Pickett was presented the National High School Spirit of Sport Award last Sunday at the National Federation of State High School Associations 95th Annual Summer Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. zach_award

July Fourth Spectacular is tonight

Patriotism and auto racing come together tonight at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the July Fourth Spectacular at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. This annual event is expected to draw thousands as it’s the only Fireworks display in El Dorado County taking place west of South Lake Tahoe on the Independence Holiday. Gates will open […]

Sports Scene: July 3, 2014

Advanced passing/receiving school West Coast Youth Football is having an advanced passing and receiving school at Oak Ridge High from Monday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. This school will group players by age, grade, experience and ability. Players from the same team — playing together on the same youth […]