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Taz second behind Park Terrace

ROCKLIN — Despite edging its rival in the Park Terrace Penguins by 13 points in a Suburban Swim League dual meet last month, the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian squads came up short in the league championships held at Sierra College last Saturday. Combined team scores the Taz took second place with 1,268 points behind the […]

Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

With August upon us, it’s not only the temperatures that are going to be hot this weekend as Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night with a big night of racing. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series returns to action in the battle for the season titles. It’s also a duel night […]

Le brothers tee off on world course

EL DORADO HILLS — Brothers Justin and Nicholas Le are in North Carolina this week for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and career-wise, they’re just getting started. Proud father Kevin Le chalked up their success to hard work. “We think about Tiger Woods,” he said. “If he could do it, so can Justin and […]

Sports scene: July 30, 2015

Fall Ball Signups Hangtown Little League — formerly known Gold Rush Little League — is offering an instructional season of fall ball to further develop and improve player’s skills in order to get them ready for the next division next spring. Fall ball is also meant for both boys and girls ages 8-13 who have […]

On tap

Saturday Swimming Sac Valley Meet of Champions Taz, Sharks, Dolphins @ Roseville Aquatics Complex, 9 a.m. Speedway Championship Points Racing Sunday Swimming Sac Valley Meet of Champions Taz, Sharks, Dolphins @ Roseville Aquatics Complex, 9 a.m. Editor’s note: The Democrat’s swim coverage earlier this week for the Sharks incorrectly identified their SSL Meet as the […]

Gill completes elite East Coast event

EL DORADO HILLS — Jim Gill lined up with other elite athletes from around the world last weekend for a great cause: the iconic Ironman Lake Placid — part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Team for Cures. The El Dorado Hills resident completed the Ironman with an official time of 12 hours, 6 minutes. […]

County to buy more land for rare plants

Pronouncing the names of El Dorado County’s rare plant species almost requires a degree in Latin and botany. Found in the county’s Pine Hill Preserve, several of the species are considered rare because they are only found in a very specific and ancient kind of environment known as gabbro soil. Eight of them, in fact, […]

It’s wildfire season — watch for smoke

With the official arrival of summer, El Dorado County health officials remind residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District air pollution control officer, said wildfires in the county and region can produce smoke that causes health […]

Sports Scene: July 24, 2015

Placerville Rec and Parks 530-642-5232 Junior Lifeguard Camp If you want to become a lifeguard, you still have time at the Placerville Aquatic Center, located at 3071 Benham St. The fun team-building program teaches lifeguards to work together to save/protect lives every day. Participants will practices lifeguarding skills that include rescue procedures while in the […]

Sharks headed to SSL Championships

GRANITE BAY — Despite strong performances from their top swimmers, the Sierra Sharks squads lost their Suburban Swim League season finale to host Granite Bay 452-334 at the Gators’ pool last Saturday. Results split between the boys and girls. Sierra prevailed on the boy’s side 206-182 but its girls fell 262-125. Overall, the Sharks finish […]

DeCaires looks to continue momentum

Championship racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the 12th championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all […]

El Dorado douses Folsom Flames

In its first of four home games to close out the season this week, the El Dorado High School summer baseball team made Tuesday’s game against the Folsom Flames one for the scrapbook. Tied entering the final inning, El Dorado, which was behind early in the game, rallied to post a 5-4 win over the Flames. […]

Flying free

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Sidebar for Jeepers Jamboree

Jeepers Jamboree events July 22: Jeepers Jamboree Outdoor Expo (free to the public) will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Georgetown. July 23-26: Jeepers Jamboree four-day event July 24-26: Jeepers Jamboree three-day event July 31 through Aug. 2: Jeep Jamboree event plus Camp Rubicon activities

Terra Jerpbak takes talents to Yale

RESCUE — Terra Jerpbak’s graduation in May left a hole in the Ponderosa softball program maybe too big to fill. A four-year starter for the Lady Bruins, Jerpbak’s pitching and her bat will be sorely missed. To cap her senior season, Jerpbak was named an All-Metro First Team as a pitcher and separately, the Capital […]

Taekwondo sisters bring back gold

AUSTIN, Tex. — Three El Dorado Hills sisters, all El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center students, struck gold on USA Taekwondo’s largest stage this past week in Austin, Texas at the USAT National Championships. Amongst 7,000 competitors overall, Aleena, Sharlene and Catarina Duong were among the contingency of more than 700 competitors from California to make […]

King of the West invades Placerville

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo leads a hot and heavy King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point battle into the always action-packed Placerville Speedway tomorrow night. The Bullring Nationals had been held in 2011 and ’12 as an ASCS-sanctioned event, with the winners being Wayne Johnson and Mason Moore. The event name is being revived […]

First and goal: Boys of summer

For the last two summers, Mike Frank has taken a group of El Dorado Hills pre-teenage boys into All Star battle. Last week that squad, now the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Stars, played for the District 54 Tournament title against Woodcreek at Roseville’s Mahany Park. Members of the El Dorado Hills’ all star squad were: Cole […]

EDHCSD director Priest discusses goals, golf course

Allan Priest, the newest addition to the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, talked with Village Life about why he ran for the seat last fall and what influence he hopes to have during his four-year term. The married father of two teenagers has lived in El Dorado Hills since 2000. When […]

Living cake celebrates CSD

To continue the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s 25th birthday celebration, a live birthday cake made out of succulent plants is on display next to the pavilion. Approximately 1,500 cuttings were used to create the cake, according to creator and parks staff member Aimee Nunez. “The majority of the succulents are a species called […]

Sheriff’s OHV to the rescue

Dangerous weather made a Rubicon rescue a bigger than normal challenge last week. On July 8 at around 11:50 a.m. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies received a call about an injured man in Rubicon Springs in a secluded part of the Rubicon Trail. The injuries seemed significant and it was determined a Medevac was needed; however, helicopters could […]

Heinz-sight: Cage Part 3

Editor’s note: This is the third and last installment of a trilogy of columns about the stages of owning a batting cage; the good/bad, ups/downs and everything in between. It sat just off the back lawn, smack in the middle of the back 40. The remnants of the Juggs batting cage — most of its […]

Midget Lites join track regulars tomorrow

The action resumes tomorrow at Placerville Speedway with four divisions forming the evening roster at the quarter-mile bullring as the El Dorado County Fairgrounds welcomes The Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites back to competition to share the spotlight with Placerville’s competitive winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stock divisions. As the season […]

El Dorado Hills advances to finals

ROSEVILLE — A crack of the bat in the sixth inning led to joy for members of the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Star baseball team against Folsom National in the District 54 Tournament’s elimination game at Mahany Park Wednesday. Leading by a slim margin, El Dorado Hills made sure it landed a spot in the title game […]

Late rally falls short for EDH 10/11s

ROSEVILLE — An opportunity to break open a tied game fell short for the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All-Stars baseball squad, which fell to Woodcreek 3-2 in Tuesday’s winner’s bracket game of the District 54 Tournament at Mahany Park. The game was knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning with one out when Braden Frank walked […]

Boaters: Arrive at Lake Tahoe clean, drained, dry

Nine boats carrying invasive species intercepted to date LAKE TAHOE — With sunny skies and warm temperatures, boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry their boats before arriving at the roadside inspection stations in Tahoe to avoid delays and decontamination fees. All stations close at 5:30 p.m.; plan travel accordingly. Boat inspectors are required to […]

El Dorado Transit routes get new numbers, service enhancements

El Dorado Transit announces upcoming service enhancements that will mean some scheduling changes this week. The enhancements include an extension of evening service on all local fixed routes, expansion of service on the Cameron Park and the Iron Point Connector (re-named the 50 Express) and realignment of the Cameron Park, Placerville and Pollock Pines routes. In addition, El […]

Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up […]

Drought prompts fish evacuation at local hatcheries

With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving fish out of the American River and the Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row. Bureau of Reclamation models suggest water temperatures at the hatcheries could be at lethal levels […]

Join the sheriff’s citizens academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is excited to offer El Dorado County residents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in their community at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. By attending this academy, participants will develop a better understanding of the guidelines under which […]

Speedway: July Fourth Spectacular to provide exciting races

On Saturday night, the 50th anniversary of the July Fourth Spectacular at Placerville Speedway is going to be a night of continued great tradition and celebration with the thrill of local championship auto racing and the spectacle of a giant pyrotechnic display. The grandstands at Placerville Speedway is the place to be to enjoy El Dorado County’s […]

Baseball: Thrilling finish for El Dorado Hills, Ponderosa

FOLSOM — It was a battle to the last out between the Ponderosa and El Dorado Hills 9/10-year-old All-Star baseball squads faced off in the double-elimination game of the District 54 Tournament at Hazel McFarland Park on Wednesday night. After a grueling six innings, El Dorado Hills defeated Ponderosa 14-11. The win sends El Dorado Hills into today’s […]

Swimming: Sharks drop contest

FOLSOM — The Sierra Sharks swam hard in the pool in last Saturday’s road meet against the Broadstone Barracudas, but came out short with a 480-309 loss. The Sharks, 2-3 in dual meets this season, lost to the Barracudas in the boys division, 245-144. The Lady Sharks were bitten by a 227-162 margin. Setting a […]

On Tap: Locals squads prepare for tourney

The first-ever El Dorado High School Fourth of July Tournament, which will feature local and out-of-area baseball teams, starts today, Friday, through Sunday at the Cougars’ field. El Dorado and El Dorado Post 119 join Fairfield, Chico Kennedy of Sacramento and Reed of Sparks, Nev. in round-robin today and Saturday. El Dorado High joins Kennedy and Chico […]

Bruins squad capture Silver crown

WOODLAND — The Bruins 16U summer baseball travel team, consisting of mostly Ponderosa High student-athletes posted a 3-1 record at the All-World Tournament held at the Woodland Sports Complex that included winning the Silver Division Championship last weekend. In the first game on Saturday, the Bruins beat D-1 Tigers 8-3, led by top hitters Riley […]

Sports Scene: June 25, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Rockball Basketball Clinic (grades 1-8) This newly offered clinic provides the framework for new and experienced players to learn or build on existing skills and help elevate their game to the next level. Fun drills will teach basics as well as advanced skills sets are taught in small groups to […]

Taz torpedo Loomis, stay undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The Loomis Basin Dolphins were no match for the Tasmanian Devils swim team Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Community District Swimming Pool. After their 614-175 victory, the Taz are 4-0 on the regular season, positioned on top of the Suburban Swim League standings. Throughout the week, Taz coaches instructed athletes […]

Dolphin swim nets Blue Marlins

EL DORADO — Winning 49 of 84 events last Saturday, nearly all the relays, the host Dry Diggins Dolphins cruised past the Cordova Blue Marlins by an overall score of 1650.5-1237.5 at the Aquatic Center pool. The Dolphin girls out pointed their counterparts 866.5-623.5, winning 19 individual races and nine relays. The boys prevailed 784-614 […]

Racing back on track tomorrow

With the break for the El Dorado County Fair now in the history books, Placerville Speedway roars back into action tomorrow night with a big night of racing. Not only is it a battle for the season titles, it’s a ‘duel’ night of competition as the event is also the second leg of the high […]

Roundup: June 25, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 6, Fairfield TC 5 — The Cougars made three runs in the third inning and another three in the sixth hold up to take Tuesday’s first game at Laurel Creek Park in Fairfield. The host team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, forcing El Dorado High […]

Deputies make drug arrest

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Placerville after reportedly finding the suspect in possession of heroin. At about 10:42 a.m. on June 17, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Forty Niner Trail for a report of a person allegedly using narcotics. On-scene, they contacted Joseph Richard, 20. They also allegedly found […]

Local educator grading AP exams

NEW YORK — Terry Patten Armbrust of Placerville was recently selected for the fourth year to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in psychology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 […]

Fire fears prompt Cal Fire to suspend residential burn permits

CAMINO — As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties. This suspension takes effect 8 a.m. on Monday, June 22, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris […]

Heinz-sight: Dubs did it

Candlestick Park, third base line, day game. My answer to the question ‘do you know where you were the last time the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship?’ Fast-forward 40 years, the answer becomes less exciting: home, living room couch, next to the pooch. Forty years between titles is a long wait. For some […]

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