Monday, April 27, 2015

Outside with Charlie: Ready to launch

If you have a boat with a motor, and you want to float it in Lake Tahoe, your choices for launching have dwindled. So far, Sand Harbor, National Avenue in Tahoe Vista, Coon Street in Kings Beach and El Dorado Beach in South Shore won’t open this season. The boat ramp at Ski Beach in […]

Four divisions for 2nd Posse Challenge

Four divisions will converge tomorrow at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for inflated winnings in the second segment of the competitive Placerville Posse Challenge. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for two of the […]

El Dorado teams poised for banners

Under perfect weather conditions via limited sunshine, host El Dorado swept all divisions against Cordova at Wednesday’s meet. The varsity girls prevailed 92-44 while on the boy’s side, the Lancers made a run of it but fell to the Cougars 75-61.Both El Dorado teams remain undefeated in Sierra Valley Conference competition — the boys perfect since […]

Cal Fire offers debris burning advice

Debris burning is a common tool used to dispose of vegetation when creating and maintaining defensible space. Since January, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire (AEU), the U.S. Forest Service and local government cooperators have responded to over 25 escaped debris burns. “Don’t let recent rains give you a false sense of security while […]

Trojans take bite out of Bulldogs

Laut ties own record EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge vauler Austin Laut tied his own state-leading height at Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill league meet against Folsom, one of many highlights in the Trojans sweep of the Bulldogs. Laut’s 16-2 leads California prep levels. The old school mark was from Brian Hanson at 15-6 in 2010. […]

Roth receives new court date

In a short Monday hearing, a man accused of killing his wife received a new court date. Roy Roth, 51, appeared in court with his attorney Mark Ralphs for a hearing lasting only a handful of minutes. Ralphs told Judge Kenneth J. Melikian that he had not yet received any discovery, requesting the hearing be […]

October trial set for alleged King Fire arsonist

A trial for the man who allegedly started the King Fire was scheduled in a short Friday hearing. Wayne Huntsman, 37, appeared briefly in court, hiding his face behind court papers, with his attorney, Bob Banning, to set a schedule for trial. Banning, prosecutor James Clinchard and Judge Kenneth J. Melikian met in chambers prior […]

Oldest living pilot confirmed

On April 14, Peter Weber, Jr. received an e-mail from Guinness World Records confirming that he now holds the record as the Oldest Living Active (Current) Pilot. The World Record Website at shows Weber as the record holder. The record was set on March 30 at the Placerville Airport. The Cameron Park resident was […]

Committees and panels and boards, oh my

Editor’s note: Some definitions were found for committees, commissions and such entities on, to help clarify the differences between each. County supervisors and clerk of the board staff were able to find similar data on sites providing legal information and definitions.   A commission has powers delegated from above to it and is given […]

Speedway collision injures spectator

A collision at the Placerville Speedway on April 8 required an air ambulance while a spectator was transported to a hospital after being hit by debris. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched to a medical aid call at 9:29 a.m. to the Placerville Speedway, Division Chief Tim Cordero said, for a spectator hit by debris […]

Police Department getting new roof

On March 24, Placerville City Council approved a contract with Gordon Mott Roofing for $51,300 for the replacement of the Placerville City Police Department roof at 730 Main Street, next to the fire station. The project will include removing the roof from the police department and the fire bay and replacing it with sloped composition shingle […]

Ponderosa spikers power past ‘Pack

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Behind its ability to elevate its play, host Ponderosa completed its first Capital valley conference run-through with Tuesday’s 25-11, 25-14, 25-18 sweep of Cosumnes Oaks. The Bruins (6-1) easily took the first two sets before rallying from a 9-4 deficit in the third. Ponderosa’s lone CVC setback was to Roseville. “Cosumnes Oaks is […]

Roundup: April 9, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 8, Granite Bay 1 — The Trojans had “Lucke” on their side in Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League road game. Oak Ridge (7-0 in the SFL, 13-2) pitcher Kyle Lucke pitched six innings, striking out six and yielding three hits. Nolan Boggini pitched the final frame. Oak Ridge scored half of its runs […]

World of Outlaws: Schatz scores fourth victory

Donny Schatz battled past Kyle Hirst and forward from a fifth place starting position at Wednesday’s Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown to score his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season. Schatz’s win came as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1992. “The locals […]

Four divisions at points opener

With two high-profile preseason events already completed, Placerville Speedway is locked and loaded to officially open the 2015 Championship Series tomorrow. The inaugural leg of the new Placerville Posse Challenge offers inflated winnings for all three weekly divisions and the opportunity to cash in on additional bonus funds. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car […]

Oak Ridge girls in tie with Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — Although his Oak Ridge High girls soccer team ended Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League home game in a 1-1 draw to Folsom, head coach Joe Champion liked the Lady Trojans’ performance. For 80 minutes, the Trojans marked up the Bulldogs’ offense , allowing few shots and just one goal. “I was really pleased with […]

TRPA approves Heavenly Epic Discovery Project

LAKE TAHOE, STATELINE, NEV. — The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on March 26 unanimously approved Heavenly Mountain Resort’s proposed Epic Discovery Project to allow new year-round outdoor recreational opportunities on already developed portions of the ski area on U.S. Forest Service land. If also approved by two other agencies with jurisdiction, […]

Tip-A-Cop today

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will again be raising money for the Special Olympics at Applebee’s on Wednesday, April 8 as part of the Tip-A-Cop program. The mission of Tip-A-Cop is to raise money for Special Olympics in support of Special Olympic Athletes. Law enforcement personnel trade-in their badges for aprons and partner with […]

TIM Fee workshops this week

The county of El Dorado will be holding workshops to inform the public about the process for the Major Update to the West Slope Transportation Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program. The workshops will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on existing roadway deficiencies in El Dorado County. Workshops will […]

Track opens 50th Anniversary Season

High profile opener features live music and to-and-from shuttle service The much-anticipated 50th anniversary racing season is set to take the first green flag tomorrow at Placerville Speedway and open in grand fashion. The race features the fire-breathing 410 cubic powered sprint cars of the King of the West Series and Midgets of the Bay Cities Racing […]

Roundup: April 2, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 7, Sierra Canyon 3 — Nick Bonniksen scattered nine hits over seven innings in Wednesday’s win at Hoover High to give the Cougars a 3-0 record at the San Diego Lions Tournament. Bonniksen, who had two of El Dorado’s 10 hits, struck out eight and allowed just one earned run. Sierra Canyon, […]

Bruin cyclists back in the lead

LAGUNA SECA – The Ponderosa High School mountain bike team rode to victory at the cycling race at Laguna Seca last weekend. After three races the Bruins’ lead the five race NorCal series with 6,006 points. Second place is held by the Spartans, a composite team of local riders with 5,851 points. Marin Academy holds […]

Trojans host Next Level Combine

EL DORADO HILLS — In preparation for the upcoming season this fall, members of the Oak Ridge High football team competed in an NFL style combine Wednesday. The Next Level NorCal Combine was held at Oak Ridge’s stadium. According to Gabe Jackson, strength and conditioning coach for the Trojans’ football program, approximately 107 youth and […]

County Sports League Girls Basketball Tournament results

County Sports League Girls Basketball Playoffs Eighth grade  Championship Markham 37, Herbert Green 32 — Markham: Kyli Segura 18, Skylar Winter 9. HG: Danielle Sime 14, Kiersten Parker 12. Third place Golden Sierra 41, Gold Trail 23 — GT: Ashley Tolbert and Taylor Sexton 8 points each. Semifinals Markham 38, Gold Trail 12 — Markham: […]

Roundup: Mar. 31, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 10, Horizon Christian Academy 2 — Owen MacKendrick pitched six innings, struck out nine, gave up five hits, two runs and walked no one as the Cougars opened up the San Diego Lion’s Tournament with Monday’s win at Clairemont High. Offensively, Nick Bonniksen, Matt Smith (two doubles, four RBIs) and Nathaniel Erskine […]

Dead deer has neighbors crying ‘foul’

Who ya gonna call? When Waterford resident Ann Spade recently found a dead deer in her yard, she thought a quick phone call to El Dorado County Animal Services would solve the problem. Nearly a week later, the deer was still there. “It was rotting and smelled horrible, even half a mile away,” said neighbor Kim […]

Citizens can report wildlife mortality to CDFW online

Californians around the state can now use an online tool to report incidents of fish and wildlife mortality directly to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. By contributing to CDFW’s growing database, citizens can help state environmental scientists gather important information necessary to monitor and evaluate wildlife populations and help prevent and control emerging […]

Action plan made for mental health issues in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On March 5, more than 80 individuals made an action plan to address the gaps with mental health services in the South Lake Tahoe community. Donald Ashton, director of El Dorado County Health and Human Services, started the morning with the “the ugly, the bad and the good” to describe the […]

Committee vs. commission detailed at upcoming BOS meeting

Are you on a committee or a commission? The clerk of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Jim Mitrisin, intends to clear up, once and for all, the difference between a committee and a commission at the March 24 board meeting. In short, and without stealing his thunder, one of them has a degree […]

Volek honored by NFL chapter

El Dorado High A.D. and varsity football coach Joe Volek was honored by the National Football Foundation’s Sacramento Chapter at a Sunday banquet with the R.P. “Red” Smith Award for outstanding service as the chapter’s Coach of the Year.

Union Mine girls best El Dorado

Union Mine’s 1-2 top of the order Calista Almer and Madelynn Heape combined for six hits and five RBIs as the visiting Diamondbacks won their second straight Sierra Valley Conference game with Wednesday’s 12-3 victory over host El Dorado. Almer’s solo home run off Cougar starter Joshlyn Wright (six strikeouts) came on the game’s fourth pitch. […]

Round 2: Oak Ridge-McClatchy

EL DORADO HILLS — Fresh off Tuesday’s big win over Berkeley (see above), Oak Ridge squares off against McClatchy tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sleep Train Arena for the girls CIF NorCal title and the right to play the south winner for the state championship. The two met March 3rd at Stockton’s UOP in the section semifinals, […]

Outside with Charlie: Closures

By now you may have heard that Sierra-at-Tahoe has suspended operations due to the lack of snow. General Manager John Rice said that the lack of new snow, coupled with the recent warm temperatures, has made it necessary to shut the slopes down for now. Sierra-at-Tahoe is known for its varied terrain and very friendly/family […]

D’backs overtake Grizzlies

Editor’s note: Without delving deep into the varied messaging behind The Tortoise and the Hare, a loose interpretation of Aesop’s Fable is that those positioned to prevail don’t always …  GARDEN VALLEY — Racing out to the early lead by winning the first two sets, host Golden Sierra fell victim to Union Mine’s measured, methodical […]

Lady Trojans reach NorCal finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge signed, sealed and delivered its ticket to Sleep Train Arena Tuesday night at home via a commanding victory over post-season rival Berkeley, 58-49, in girls CIF NorCal Division I semifinal action. A flawless 12-0 regular season, high seeding and victory over Oakland Tech merited a home playoff game against Berkeley. […]