Friday, November 28, 2014

The film ‘Wrenched’ screens at the Cozmic Café

“Wrenched,” a documentary about environmental activist Edward Abbey, will be shown at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wdnesday, Dec. 10. Abbeyʼs tactic of throwing a “monkey wrench” into actions he believed were a threat to the environment began in the 1950s with his cutting down of roadside billboards in his beloved […]

It’s a gouda day for cheese expert

“Let me tell you about this cheese I just had.” Whether customers asked him where to find bulk granola or the paper towels, Reed Pattison couldn’t stop telling people about cheese. Easy to see why three years ago Pattison became a Nugget Markets cheese specialist and he’s turned the El Dorado Hills cheese counter into his […]

Homes for the Holidays dazzles

What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes and a business in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger Information: Get into the Christmas spirit with the fifth annual Assistance League of Sierra […]

Merchants Open House welcomes shoppers with extended hours

Historic Main Street merchants will welcome visitors with coffee, cider and seasonal goodies at this year’s Merchants Open House on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29. Enjoy holiday shopping, extended hours, festive decorations, delightful window displays and friendly, hometown hospitality in one convenient setting. Free two-hour parking, entertainment and stagecoach rides (on Saturday, in […]

Stagecoach rides available most weekends this season

Through the generosity and goodwill of Davy “Doc” Wiser and his crew, stagecoach rides will be available throughout the season on most weekends in Historic Downtown Placerville. If you have never experienced a ride on the Wiser Overland Express, or if it has been awhile, come down and ride with the crew for a really […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

Festival of Lights to brighten historic Main Street tonight

One of the best traditions in Placerville and all of El Dorado County is bringing the whole family down to the Festival of Lights on historic Main Street the Friday after Thanksgiving. And it’s a great way to show off your new hat, scarf and gloves, too! The Placerville Downtown Association’s Festival of Lights is […]

Holiday entertainment

Entertainment will be provided most weekends at the Belltower and will include Holiday favorites from local musicians or from DJ Norm with Hammonds Hits (weather permitting). It is sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For more information visit or call 530-672-3436.

My Time support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month. The next group meeting is […]

As we were: Departments merge

25 Years ago Dec. 1, 1989 Board OKs Clerk-Recorder merger The ordinance introduced Nov. 21, calling for eventual consolidation of the County Clerk and County Recorder offices was formerly adopted Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. All four supervisors attending the regular morning session voted “Yes” on the issue. Chairman Bob Dorr […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lunar Peace Trine On this day in 1782, the Treaty of Paris was drafted to bring an end to the American Revolutionary War. Peace is the theme today, as well, with a lunar trine involving Saturn followed by a hazy, void-of-course moon. The cosmic consensus: Fighting is pointless because it will accomplish nothing but destruction […]

Horoscope, Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thoughtful Pisces Moon A thoughtful vibration rides this Pisces moon, and it may be the best day for coming up with inventive, sweet, soulful holiday gift ideas. Creativity won’t ask permission to visit; it will come uninvited and stay longer than seems polite. If you make room for the intrusion, you won’t be sorry. The […]

Horoscope, Friday, November 28, 2014

Giving Moon The moon moves from Aquarius to Pisces, insisting that we answer the call of a higher purpose. The Sagittarius sun draws us out of ourselves and emboldens our actions. Those who need help will be more likely to ask for it, and those who have help to give will be generous. The exchange […]

Geoffrey Paul Conine Sr.

Nov. 7, 1936 — Nov. 21, 2014 Geoffry Paul Conine Sr. was born in Cornwall on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 1936, to Charles and Anita Bergen Conine. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jacquelyn; his three children, Geoffrey P. Conine Jr., Derek W. Conine (Ai Hong) and Deirdre M. Walke (Rich); his […]

Man sleeps in cave, rescued from American River

A man was rescued from the American River in Pollock Pines Wednesday morning. Robert Douglas, 47, of Pollock Pines, was hiking near the Forebay Road area on Tuesday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton told the Mountain Democrat. While hiking, Douglas slipped and fell down a steep embankment. After finding the embankment too steep […]

Outside with Charlie: Plan ahead

Autumn can be a bit of a challenge for outdoor types, whatever outdoor venture you participate in. It’s not a difficult challenge, it’s just necessary to adjust what you do a bit. Alpine skiers aren’t immune from it. Snow can fall early or late in the early weeks of autumn. When and where to start […]

Signal Service Inc. to start annual fire code seminar

Signal Service Inc., an Amador-county based alarm and security company, hosted a seminar on Oct. 10 with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department on fire codes. The workshop was so well-received, the company has committed to holding the event annually. “Fire code is constantly changing,” said Signal’s Erin Wilson, who coordinated the event. The one-day […]

Hoops up next

The transition to the winter prep sport’s season means that basketball rakes to the court. Monday, local teams compete in the Foundation game. Next weekend, beginning Thursday, El Dorado boys host the annual Gold Dust Tournament (see bracket) that includes Union Mine. To open, El Dorado plays South Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. followed by […]

Job fair Dec. 1

Northern California Inalliance is hosting a job fair to fill more than 10 positions at the agency. Inalliance has provided services to adults in the greater Sacramento area since 1952 and is looking for staff in Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Folsom. The fair will be held9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Inalliance […]

Ex-Bruin Curto gets ‘in shape’

First competition nets 3rd place open-class trophy SHINGLE SPRINGS — A twist of fate, stick-to-itiveness, will power and determination has elevated Jen Curto in the world of amateur bodybuilding. The 20 year-old from Shingle Springs, a personal trainer at In-Shape El Dorado, entered her very first competition last month and placed third amongst an experienced […]

1 ton of food collected

EL DORADO HILLS — During the last two weeks of October, Hands4Hope hosted a fall food drive to benefit Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. Twin Lakes, which provides services to people in need from El Dorado Hills to Orangevale indicated it was in desperate need of community support, with their inventory of food being […]

Things to do: Nov. 28, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Dec. 1 is showing the unique, colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. Her lovely folk art style shows a wonderful sense of originality and design. Also featured are the award-winning pastel landscapes of Judy Perry and the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. […]

City sales tax measure loses by 9 votes

After the final vote was counted and double checked, Measure I, the city of Placerville’s initiative to raise city sales tax by 1/2 percent, failed to pass by the tiny margin of nine votes, according to the certified election results released by the El Dorado County Elections Department on Nov. 25. “In addition to the […]

It’s official — Knight a Los Rios trustee

Shortly after the Nov. 4 election, Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 3, candidate John Knight said he was “cautiously optimistic” about his apparent win. The El Dorado Hills resident and former El Dorado County District 1 supervisor was ahead by 150 votes. As provisional ballots were counted, the lead slimmed but […]

County squads ready for big race

Two El Dorado County high school boys cross country teams will conclude their season Saturday at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra High boys squad, which won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys title two weeks ago, is one team along with El Dorado’s boys. The Grizzlies won the […]

New Morning, Juvenile Hall groups bring Thanksgiving dinner

Three families will have full Thanksgiving dinners thanks to the efforts of employees from New Morning Youth and Family Services and Juvenile Hall. “Each year, the Juvenile Hall employees pool money,” said New Morning’s Lara Anderson. For the past eight years, two or three families have been provided a full Thanksgiving dinner — and breakfast […]

Lake levels 11-26-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 26, 2014 Elevation (feet) 383.72 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 280,900 29% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 769 Outflow 1,048 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.05 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,646 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 2.63 Outflow […]

Sonora Christmas Festival is a wonderful wonderland

Forty years ago, stained glass artist Richard Burleigh started the Sonora Christmas Festival. The festival with its folk, bluegrass, blues and vaudeville street performers and quality fine arts and hand-made goods opens at Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

12 Days of Christmas in Placerville

There is no partridge in a pear tree on Main Street and probably not eight maids a-milking, but the 12 days of Christmas are alive and well in downtown Placerville. From Dec. 5-17, shoppers with purchases of more than $15 will receive tickets for a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with $250 worth of Main […]

Christmas trees are ready

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Apple Hill Growers’ farms as the Christmas Tree Growers are sharpening their saws for the annual holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas trees. Many of the Apple Hill Christmas Tree Farms opened the weekend of Nov. 22, while others open officially on the day after […]

Parade favorite returns

If you’re on the fence about going to this year’s Hangtown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 7, Chaco has some great advice: Get off your … donkey and get on down there! Chaco the white burro will be there with his pal Sherian Kutzera, making the trip from Shingle Springs to star as one of […]

Domestic violence stats summarized non-profits

Organizations providing services to county victims of domestic violence submitted their annual reports to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors during its Nov. 4, meeting. Although the item was accepted by supervisors without direct comment, documentation of data gathered over the last fiscal year shows a significant need for the services of the Center […]

Placerville PD’s new commander sworn in

The Placerville Police Department swore in a new Commander on Nov. 17. Commander Kay Iida assumed command of PPD Support Services Division, including records, communications, investigations, volunteer organizations connected to PPD and fleet services. Growing up in a law enforcement family, Iida heard stories from his cousins and uncles that made him want to join […]

A year on the job: CHP celebrates senior volunteers

The Placerville CHP office celebrated a year of senior volunteers on Nov. 20 with an awards ceremony and luncheon. The program, which Sgt. Chris Sahagun called “hugely successful,” sees senior volunteers helping the CHP with follow-ups on various matters, vehicle inspections, sending letters, manning the front counter at the office, coordinating radar trailers, registration issues […]

Artists present holiday show

Paul Cockrell is hosting a holiday gift show at his Root Cellar Gallery in Placerville over Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Eleven local artists are participating in this show including Cockrell, photography; Jack Nissen, photography; Katie Caulk, linocuts; Lori Anderson, art tiles; […]