Friday, January 30, 2015

Fan of Mr. Altshuler

EDITOR: In your Jan. 28 issue, Denise Siino threatens to stop reading your newspaper if you continue to carry Mr. Altshuler’s column. I want you to know that I look forward to his column and have read every one because I like his telling-it-like-it-is in an intelligent and readable way. I am surprised and delighted […]

Tahoe vibe rocks at Hard Rock

It’s a shot in the arm for the Lake Tahoe action, a beacon for those who hunger for the glamour of Vegas and a blend of vintage and modern, but the newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has its own Tahoe vibe. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe held its grand opening party on Jan. 28 […]

Too much zinc in sewer system?

Too much zinc in our effluent — could it be that hundreds of Placerville residents are taking zinc for their health and urinating it back into the sewer system? It’s probably not the case, but the city of Placerville has been releasing a bit too much zinc from the Hangtown Creek Water Reclamation Facility. On […]

Jeep donated to EDSO commemorates Mark A. Smith

The Jeep corporation has donated a Jeep to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office for use on the Rubicon Trail. The Mark A. Smith Special Edition Jeep was donated to commemorate Smith, founder of the Jeepers Jamboree, an annual trail event on the Rubicon. “The Rubicon Trail is a home away from home for Jeep […]

Kirkwood advances

Kirkwood ski resort, now part of Vail’s collection of ski facilities along with Heavenly, is getting a major upgrade. The resort and its meadow that straddles three counties, has replaced its diesel generators. Originally serving the lodge and a few homeowners, the generators became part of a public utility district as more vacation homes were […]

Foothill dining: Cocktail recipes give whiskey an added twist

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks. Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea. A […]

California rambling: Final Honors

While serving as a Navy Ensign in Washington, D.C., many years ago, I was assigned collateral duty as a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. In the Navy and Marine Corps, CACOs are those military officers who, with a chaplain, must notify next of kin that a service member has died. The duty involves informing the service […]

Common Core: Parents need to be watchful

EDITOR: Parents need to be watchful and do their homework regarding the effect Common Core Standards might be having on your children. Some states where Common Core was implemented two or three years ago have filed litigation to opt out of these new education standards. There are efforts underway in ours and neighboring counties, to […]

New law

EDITOR: I have been asking my friends this question: “What law or Supreme Court decision during the last 10 years are you proud of?” Most of them stare at me in deep thought and then shake their heads. There have been very few praiseworthy laws or Supreme Court decisions during the past decade. Too few. […]

As we were: New president of school board

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1990 Bob Laurie will head county school board By JOHN SAMMON Attorney Robert A. Laurie has been elected president of the El Dorado County Board of Education. The announcement was made by Ken Lowry, county superintendent of schools. An attorney with Cameron Park law firm of Laurie, Maloney and Wheatley, Laurie has […]

Railroad Museum announces Tuesday train rides

As an expansion of the well-established weekday train ride program for local school groups, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are once again offering excursion train rides to the general public on 14 pre-determined Tuesdays in Spring 2015. Tuesday Train Rides are available on the following dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and […]

Horoscope, Sunday, February 1, 2015

Venus Conjunct Neptune Romantic Venus and dreamy Neptune connect in unpredictable Pisces to mixed results. Some will be fooled by their own expectations of what love should be, projecting onto potential mates an idealized personality that may have nothing to do with who the other person really is. Others will take a “wait and see” […]

Horoscope, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Social Stars for the Weekend Just as a sculptor understands that every material is different and will respond differently to weather, movement, weight and other factors, a “people person” understands that each individual is unique and must be worked with to be understood. The social Aquarius sun and intuitive Cancer moon aid the getting-to-know-you process. […]

Horoscope, Friday, January 30, 2015

Venus and Saturn Strife Venus has been in Pisces for three days and is already shaking up the romantic scene, issuing demands and causing doubt. Weather this square of Venus and Saturn by calmly refusing to identify with another person’s expectation of who you’re supposed to be. Mercury and the sun align to highlight the […]

South 1 season gets underway

OLYMPIC VALLEY — Making up for lost ground, South 1 Division alpine racers shifted to Alpine Meadows for a Slalom/Giant Slalom doubleheader Tuesday. Individually, Ponderosa’s Tori Castaneda was a dual winner, posting large margins over second place. Teamwise, the Lady Bruins, led by Castaneda, Morgan Minch, Cora Nuttall and Rylee Anderson, took first in each […]

Limited Prop. 90 extension approved

Despite a full court press by local real estate interests Jan. 27, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave only a lukewarm approval to extending the controversial Proposition 90 tax reduction program. Buyers and sellers involved in certain categories of real estate transactions are eligible to receive reduced property tax rates under the state […]

Placerville PD testing out body cams

Placerville police officers will soon have another tool to assist with police-citizen encounters — body cameras. At the Jan. 27 Placerville City Council meeting, the council approved the acceptance of $1,515 in grant funding from Northern California Cities Self-Insurance Fund to purchase two body-worn cameras. “The current technology of in-car video systems is good technology,” […]

El Dorado sets up Sr. Night showdown

Mounting an invincible lead before its first challenging match, host El Dorado rolled over Galt 56-16 in Sierra Valley Conference mat action. The Cougars, behind five pins, sit at 3-1 heading into next week’s Senior Night match with Union Mine (4-0). Against the Warriors Wednesday, just one match went the distance. “Tonight went well, we were […]

DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking or […]

Clay Street bridge plan reactivated

The Main Street-Cedar Ravine Realignment and Clay Street Bridge Replacement Project is back in action after Placerville City Council’s approval of a design concept for a four-way stop at the intersection at the Jan. 27 meeting.

The project, approved in 2011, replaces the functionally obsolete Clay Street bridge and realigns Clay Street to face Cedar Ravine. The contentious roundabout that was proposed as an alternative for the intersection of Main, Cedar Ravine and Clay streets in 2006 was removed as an …

Pink Floyd tribute at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents House of Floyd — The music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. The group is back by popular demand and offers great sound, great video, lasers, fog — this show has it all. House of Floyd, a reverent tribute to Pink […]

Mustang strikes tree on Latrobe Road

A woman was taken to the hospital Jan. 20 with unknown injuries after hitting a tree with her car. Julia-Ann Aguon, 18, of Sutter Creek, was driving her white 2004 Ford Mustang north on Latrobe Road north of Sun Ridge Meadow Road at about 10:05 a.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. She was allegedly traveling […]

Things to do: Jan. 30, 2015

ONGOING put gold 130 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Feb. 2 through March 1, will present an all-gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much […]

Multi-car collision causes major injury

A multi-car collision necessitated one man being taken by helicopter for internal injuries Tuesday afternoon. Peter Martinez Jr., 28, of Rio Linda, was driving a white 2012 Chevy box van southbound on Latrobe Road, making a left turn on to South Shingle Road at about 12:30 p.m., CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Joaquin Robello, 82, […]

American River Inn: Duo maintain Georgetown landmark

When Will and Maria Collin purchased the American River Inn in Georgetown, they made a major move from Beverly Hills to the Sierra Foothills. Both were involved in sales and other businesses at the time — Will in the textile industry and Maria in the acting industry. In 1983, the couple saw an ad for […]

Bruins pin down Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — One goal the Ponderosa High wrestling team set this season was to win the Capital Valley Conference crown. Now the Bruins are a step away after Wednesday’s home conference finale/Senior Night 60-10 victory over Roseville. Ponderosa jumped out to a 24-0 lead thanks to the middleweights who won the first five matches. […]

Cougars edge Union Mine

Ian Spencer and Matt Smith each scored a game-high 23 points Tuesday as host El Dorado held off Union Mine 72-68 in a Sierra Valley Conference intra-county battle. The Cougars’ win, before a big crowd, spoiled the return of Diamondback head coach Brad Visman who prepped at El Dorado and then coached five years there. […]

El Dorado races past D’backs

EL DORADO — A four-point halftime lead expanded to double digits in the third quarter of Tuesday’s El Dorado-Union Mine girls basketball game at the Snake Pit. The visiting Lady Cougars (15-7, 5-0) led 20-16 at halftime but finished with a 48-34 win over the Lady Diamondbacks (12-10, 2-3) to conclude the first round of SVC […]

Alpine Race results

South 1 Division Race No. 1 & 2 Alpine Meadows Skiing Girls Giant Slalom   1-Fiona Zeier, PO, 1:08.21; 2-Allena Thompson, OR, 1:09.15; 3-Amanda Pinski, PO, 1:13.47; 4-Ally Roemer, ED, 1:17.25; 5-Danica Stevenson, OR, 1:17.92; 6-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:21.00; 7-Marina Neill, PO, 1:21.12; 8-Kat Porter, PO, 1:25.44; 9-Jordan Hardt, PO, 1:25.64; 10-Gillian Davidson, OR, 1:26.64. […]

The weekly Daley: I’m not a scientist, but…

“I’m not a scientist,” but I know that climate change is not affected by human activities. “I’ll leave that to the scientists,” to figure out whether or not humans are responsible for any amount of climate change — or that there even is climate change. “I’m not a scientist,” so I won’t comment on the […]

William Charles “Chuck” Terry funeral notice

Dec. 12, 1924 — Jan. 19, 2015 William Charles “Chuck” Terry, born Dec. 12, 1924, died Jan. 19, 2015. A memorial will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m., at Placerville Moose Lodge, 4310 Eight Mile Road in Camino. A potluck will follow. Call 530-644-6596 for more information.

Jerald Warren Bennett

May 11, 1935 — Jan. 25, 2015 Jerald “Jerry” Warren Bennett, 79, of Placerville, Calif., died on Jan. 25, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born May 11, 1935, in Pocatello, Idaho, he was the son of Mary and Glenn Bennett and the brother of Alvin Bennett and Trena Bennett (Vance), all of whom preceded […]

Janet Louise (Percy) Ostlund

Dec. 17, 1938 — Jan. 20, 2015 Janet Louise (Percy) Ostlund, 76, died peacefully in Somerset, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2015. She was born Dec. 17, 1938, in Wayne, Mich. She lived in Camarillo, Calif., for 44 years and had a second home in Somerset, where she spent countless happy times with family and friends. […]

Roundup: Jan. 28, 2015

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 65, Folsom 56 — Behind season-highs from Isamar Conde and Hailey McCoy, the host Trojans improved to 7-0 in the Sierra Foothill League after Tuesday’s overtime win. Conde scored 21 points while McCoy pumped in 19. Oak Ridge outscored the Bulldogs 9-0 in the extra session. Troy, which trailed 21-13 after […]

Lake levels 1-29-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 29, 2015 Elevation (feet) 409.75 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 448,000 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 965 Outflow 918 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Jan 29, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,448.41 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,833 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 5.41 Outflow […]

I hope his friends read Altshuler’s column

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler raised a lot of good points in his recent column. I hope his friends on the left took them to heart. He mentions the gap widening between the rich and poor, which is a real problem. Unfortunately, the left’s answer to it is increased welfare and making minimum wages high enough to […]