Friday, April 24, 2015
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Horoscope, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Virgo Moon Rollercoaster Ride First, the Virgo moon forms a square to Saturn and then later makes up for the tension with an auspicious angle to the Taurus sun. As a finale, the Virgo moon challenges our hopes and dreams with an opposition to Neptune. The result is something of an emotional rollercoaster, but, as […]

Horoscope, Monday, April 27, 2015

Leo Moon by Day, Virgo Moon by Night The day is ruled by the Leo moon, a playful, extravagant and exaggerated showman. People can tolerate more drama than usual and won’t mind a bit of posturing, bragging and the like — in fact, they might prefer the excitement. The evening has a different tone, as […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Writing coach to present Voices for Veterans workshop

Veterans’ Voices, an ongoing writing workshop for veterans, will resume on Thursday evening, April 30 at Placerville’s historical Fausel House. This six-week workshop is an opportunity for veterans — in particular those who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to write their stories, whether service related or not, vis-à-vis memoir, letter, poetry, fiction or drama. […]

Foothill gourmet: Saffron is the star

Saffron has starred in several previous columns. I delight in the flavor and color of saffron, so my opinion is that everyone should have the experience of enjoying saffron. Saffron is presumed to be expensive. By weight saffron is the most expensive spice. Since it takes only a small amount to flavor dishes, actually it […]

As we were: Tahoe appointment

25 Years Ago April 27, 1990 Vacancy on Lake Tahoe Conservancy Board filled Supervisor Pat Low’s retirement has created a vacancy on the Tahoe Conservancy Board, and board members decided Tuesday to fill it by appointing Supervisor Bob Dorr to the position. Chairman John Cefalu, who represents District 5 which includes part of the Tahoe […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to skateboard

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Students of Mr. Hodgin’s Oak Ridge High School’s history class will offer history presentations. The public is invited. DANCE NIGHT AT SHINGLE SPRINGS: On Friday, May 1, you can enjoy […]

Shingle Springs Subaru shares the love

From Nov. 20, 2014 to Jan. 2 Subaru of America Inc. announced plans to donate $15 million to charitable partners in its annual Share the Love event. In 2013, Subaru donated $10 million to Share the Love charities and, over the course of this six-year program, Subaru has donated a total of $35 million. Subaru retailers […]

Volunteers love their job

Dick Lawson thought it was “safe” for his wife to volunteer for a horse rescue group because the big-hearted Sue wouldn’t be able to bring them home with her. Guess again, Dick. Sue now has a favorite horse at the sprawling and lovely All About Equine horse rescue ranch in El Dorado Hills and she’s […]

Leave animal shelter out of it

EDITOR: I’m responding to the letters written by Ms. Carney and Ms. Davis in recent weeks. They, lamenting the lack of aid to the homeless by El Dorado County officials, indicated that the millions spent on the new animal shelter should have been spent on a homeless shelter. Gee. Suppose I suggest that public libraries […]

John Stossel: Freedom of and from religion

Religious oppression was one reason many of our ancestors came to America. They wanted to escape rulers who demanded that everyone worship their way. In Ireland, Catholics couldn’t vote or own a gun. I assumed that because many of America’s founders came here to escape such repression, they were eager to allow religious freedom in […]

California rambling: Evergreen Lodge a new type of Yosemite accommodation

It’s not every day that a decision to establish a youth employment program leads to the creation of one of the most successful businesses in its area, but that’s what happened at Evergreen Lodge outside the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park. The lodge is the creation of Lee Zimmerman, Brian Anderluh and Dan Braun, […]

Water input/output analysis

EDITOR: I met my old friend Fergle the other day, and while we were untangling bumpers I asked him about how he was doing in conserving water. He said that he did not have to conserve water as he did not actually use up any water. He explained that the water that flows down the […]

Man injured after baseball bat attack

A man suffered severe injuries after a suspect attacked him with a baseball bat Wednesday evening. Deputies responded to the 5800 block of Mother Lode Drive west of Placerville near the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road at about 5:50 p.m., a press release stated. An uninvolved caller reported an adult male had just hit another […]

An enviable position regarding water

EDITOR: Doug Leisz addressed the El Dorado County Taxpayers Association on Monday, April 13 about the water situation in El Dorado County. He began by summarizing Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 water proclamation and order. Gov. Brown is calling for a 25 percent potable water use reduction compared to 2013 use. His April 1 order […]

Horoscope, Sunday, April 26, 2015

Creative Leo Moon It starts with the impulse to put on a show. At worst, entertaining others is a means of getting attention. At best, it’s a wonderful gift you can give many people at once. The intention of delighting people leads to new creative vistas. Let your thoughts dance and play as you try […]

Horoscope, Saturday, April 25, 2015

Theatrical Leo Moon As it is on stage, costumes, lighting and setting can have as strong of a bearing on the action as the performers can. Environments, clothing, ambiance and the like will matter greatly, as the Leo moon brings a theatrical flair to the sensual Taurus energy that prevails in the sky. Revel in […]

Horoscope, Friday, April 24, 2015

House Party Moon People act differently in their homes than they do out in the general public. If you have a friend you only know in a public setting and would like to get to know more about this person, the Cancer moon suggests a house party tonight. Entertaining or being entertained where one lives […]

The lack of new water

EDITOR: It is entertaining to appreciate how paranoia can get the worse or the better of sensible people. The why of the reasoning for the lack of new water resource infrastructure is relatively simple: cost and complications. The further back in time you go you will find that it was relatively easy to build reservoirs […]

Purse snatched on Newtown Road

On April 20 at about 11:57 a.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. A female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 1960s to early 1970s, two-door […]

Roundup: April 22, 2015

Golf El Dorado 223, Galt 312 — 9 holes at Cold Springs, par 36.ED scores: Co-Medalist Auston Wells, 4; Co-Medalist Christian Grier, 41; Gabe Fierro, 43; Anthony Smylie, 46; Cody Pugh, 52; Aaron Morris, 55. Union Mine 229, Rosemont 329 — 9 holes at Cameron Park CC, par 36 — UM scores: Medalist Tyler Peterson, […]

Denny’s waitress saves man during heart attack

Denny’s waitress. Substitute teacher. Lifesaver.

Chandra Sousa, 26, of Camino, added that last identifier on March 31 at about 6:30 p.m. when she saved Jim LaBerge’s life after he suffered a heart attack.

The 72-year-old Pollock Pines man went out to his car to get the agenda for the Hangtown Kennel Club board meeting. He returned inside and had just put the agenda on the table in the back banquet room of the Placerville Denny’s, he said.

“That’s the last thing I remember.”

Sousa, who was typing in an order at the register, remembers about 10 people being in the banquet room and one woman came out and yelled for someone to call 911. She also asked if anyone knew CPR, Sousa recalled. Despite a fair …

Fight involving transient reported

A transient man was arrested following a report of a fight on April 19. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Halyard Lane and Halyard Court in Diamond Springs at 3:34 p.m., a press release stated. The caller told dispatch a fight was between two males with a female trying to intervene, and the caller […]

Crime Log: March 24-28

March 24 8:58 a.m. A 17-year-old female juvenile reported receiving threats from a fellow student at school on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Her purse was also taken. 9:17 a.m. A 45-year-old female subject in Cameron Park stated she is being harassed via a cyber bully Website. 9:30 a.m. 
 Mail was stolen from […]

Lake Levels: April 23, 2015

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. April 22, 2015 Elevation (feet) 425.14 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 571,100 58% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 496 Outflow 597 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. April 23, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,458.64 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,444 82% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 63.57 Outflow […]

Weather Stats: April 1-22

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain April 1 67 41 0.00 April 2 74 40 0.00 April 3 76 42 0.00 April 4 74 42 0.00 April 5 58 32 0.10 April 6 58 41 0.01 April 7 52 […]

Bruins’ defense blows lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The first rule on defense in softball is to catch the ball. The second rule is don’t screw up the first. By all accounts, Ponderosa pulled the latter in the field Tuesday and dropped its key Capital Valley Conference matchup with visiting Del Campo 7-5. Defensively, the Bruins had trouble in back-to-back […]

Grand Jury slams BOS over HR Dept.

Under the title “Board of Supervisors Neglects Human Resources,” the El Dorado County Grand Jury Report 2014-2015 rakes the board and the county’s Human Resources department over the coals. By way of introduction to a list of 16 “Findings,” the report states: “Failure to strengthen the Human Resources Department has led to personnel issues being […]