Monday, March 30, 2015

Two Cougars voted Spider Sabich Award winners

El Dorado High snowboarder Cameron Peeters and skier Ally Roemer were this year’s recipients of the annual award which exemplifies, embodies and represents the spirit of the sport as voted on by their peers. Cameron’s brother Tyler won the award two years ago.

Three development projects awarded

Three development projects in El Dorado County have been named projects of the year. The American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section’s 2014 Small Project of the Year went to the Green Valley Road at Tennessee Creek Bridge Replacement project. It was subsequently nominated for and awarded the Region 9 Small Project of the Year […]


In a story that ran Friday, March 27, regarding the Collina di Mela olive oil ranch, it was reported that Ron Sbragia is president of the Apple Hill Growers Association. He is vice president. Lynn Larsen is the current president.

Roundup: Mar. 27, 2015

Golf El Dorado 228, Union Mine 238 — 9 holes at Cold Springs CC, par 36. ED scores: Christian Grier, 40; Gabe Fierro 41; Auston Wells, 44; Cody Pugh, 49; Anthony Smylie, 54; Mason Porter, 58. UM scores: Medalist Tyler Peterson, 36; Nate Jetton, 40; Johnny Cray, 49; Zack Gutierrez, 54; Curtis Regan, 59; Zach […]

Courthouse debate results in letter from city

The Placerville City Council voted unanimously at the March 24 meeting to send a letter to the California Judicial Council in support of relocating the courthouse within Placerville city limits and requesting assistance with mitigating the anticipated economic impact to the downtown area.

Recent concern expressed by downtown business owners prompted both the letter and a special community meeting on March 22 with City Council members and members of the community to talk about the courthouse, both the Main Street courthouse and the proposed new facility. The conversation that began at Cozmic Cafe continued at the City Council meeting, clarifying issues for many on both sides of the debate.

Trojans fall in 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys volleyball program squared off against Nevada Union Thursday night, fighting hard but falling in four to the Miners in conference action, 19-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-27 at home. No game was a runaway victory for either side, which gave Troy fans an optimistic estimate for what […]

All aboard: And breakfast is served

Ron Mikulaco noted a history-making event at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. He claimed the “unanimous vote on a Rails to Trails issue” was the first ever. Often contentious events, Rails to Trails has pitted the so-called “train guys” against the “trail people” in numerous board meetings over the past five years. In general, the […]

Supervisors take on Rails to Trails: Board memebers unite on second item

County supervisors denied a proposal by the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad to extend its excursion train trips to 30 for this year. In the second train-related item of its March 24 agenda, the board compromised by allowing two of the 30 requested excursions as special events. A charter trip for the local California Native […]

Combine at Oak Ridge

Are you a youth or returning high school football player who wants to work on his skills this week? The Oak Ridge High football program will be hosting the Nor Cal Next Level Combine at the Trojans’ stadium on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is for fourth through eighth graders, and incoming freshmen […]

Schedule: Mar. 30-Apr. 4, 2015

Monday, March 30 Baseball GS @ UM, 4 p.m. Spring Tournaments PHS vs. Casa Roble, 9:30 a.m. PHS vs. River Valley, 12:30 p.m ED vs. Horizon @ Clairemont HS, noon Soccer GS @ Yuba City, 6 p.m. Softball Valley Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 Baseball Spring Tournaments OR vs. Clovis West, 4 […]

Crime Log: Feb. 27- March 1

Feb. 27 12:29 a.m. A subject was contacted sitting in a vehicle in the back parking lot of a motel on Coach Lane in Cameron Park with another occupant. Upon contact, the male, Michael Cooper, 19, allegedly displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also allegedly found to be […]

Lake Levels 3/26/15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. March 26, 2015 Elevation (feet) 425.41 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 573,700 59% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 751 Outflow 684 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. March 26, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,455.71 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,769 77% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 63.6 Outflow […]

Under the scoreboard: Mar. 30, 3015

Former Ponderosa Bruin and Shingle Springs’ native Brad Waldow leaves St. Mary’s as its fourth all-time scorer in program history. Waldow, whose Gaels career ended with an opening-round NIT loss to Vanderbilt recently, also ended up top five all-time in rebounds, blocked shots, games played and games started. Waldow racked up awards. All West Coast Conference […]


Imagination Theater is presenting the Tony Award-winning production “Spamalot” with performances through April 26, not April 6 as printed in the Friday, March 27 edition of the Mountain Democrat. The musical is playing at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, with Thursday and Friday shows at 7 […]

Lady Cougars post shutout win

One goal and a fine defensive play led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to a 1-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Rosemont at Harvey E. West Stadium Thursday night. In the 31st minute of the contest, Cougar forward Rachael Beam received a pass from teammate Mariah Thomson. Despite a battle for control with […]

Laut leaps high at Cougar Coed Relays

Individual and top place team placing was the theme at Friday’s 4th annual Cougar Coed Relays at El Dorado High’s Harvey E. West Stadium. Oak Ridge pole vaulter Austin Laut cleared the bar at 16 feet for a new personal and school record. Entering the event, Laut was tied for second in California at 15-10. […]

Bernice Farris

July 11, 1920 — March 15, 2015 Bernice Farris passed away on March 15, 2015, at the age of 94. She was born in Auburn on July 11, 1920, becoming the third generation in her family to be born and raised in the Motherlode region. She was the fourth daughter to Joseph and Minnie Castillo […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mars Moves to Taurus Today through May 12, Mars will spend aggressive energy in Taurus helping us earn to meet financial goals, obtain quality resources and gain a comfortable advantage wherever possible. In this part of the sky, Mars is tenacious — and also stubborn. Interests can become obsessions if one isn’t careful, so place […]

Horoscope, Monday, March 30, 2015

Mercury Gets in the Fight While Mercury is in Aries, fighting words fly. Counter through kindness, even when the others aren’t. Giving considerate thought to inconsiderate people may seem like a waste of time, but you’d be surprised what an impact it can make. Those who don’t register the kindness in a moment may come […]

As we were: Water woes

25 Years ago March 30, 1990 Maps on hold due to moratorium By URSULA ROSE “Until they take the moratorium off or find a way to resolve it, your tentative map is in suspense. I hate to tell you that, but I can’t read it any other way,” said Supervisor Jack Sweeney. Supervisors have already […]

FoodCorps supporters wanted

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Gardens to Grow In are seeking a FoodCorps service member to work in Calaveras and El Dorado counties to run a high school farm program, increase the marketing and procurement of local produce for the school cafeteria and assist two schools in developing sustainable school garden programs. Next […]

Haute cuisine comes home

It’s not that she’s a great cook — which she is — or that she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet — and she is — or that she goes out of her way to make sure her clients are happy — which she does. But put it all together and you’ve got […]

Lois Payne: Do you smile when you drive?

Have you ever looked at the expressions on the faces of people when they are driving? I do that just for fun. However, it isn’t always fun. Simultaneously humorous and jarring, most expressions are mug shot-worthy. Some are downright scowls. Now, as I am driving I catch myself. I hadn’t noticed that I was frowning […]

Foothill dining: Simple seafood recipes for Lent

For those finding the recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes families will love. In fact, there may be new dishes to serve all year long. Seafood makes a delicious centerpiece of any meal and preparing seafood can actually be quite […]

Heard over the back fence: Home and Garden Show

The Mother Lode Lions Club, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads, Diamond Springs, has scheduled its grand re-opening for Saturday, April 18 from 1-9 p.m. Activities include face painting, raffles, music from 6-9 p.m. provided by The Fabulous Liars band. For a minimal fee, barbecue lunch and dinner will […]

Celio to cultivate a happy career

An old Chinese proverb says: “If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, plant a garden.” Planning for lifelong happiness is Tracy Celio, 42, who was recently hired as the new Master Gardener […]

Mark Shields: Laughter, still pretty good medicine

“There are three things which are real,” said John F. Kennedy, “God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.” As a national candidate, the then-senator did just that. Sensitive to the charge that his multi-millionaire father was trying to buy the […]

The rural life: New birds on the block

When the new birds began showing up, I realized how familiar I’d become with the old ones. After 35 years in Latrobe, you can’t mistake that bald, red face of our turkey vulture, for example, for anything else. And I’d never confuse the black phoebe, that petite, two-note songster in black-and-white evening attire, for any […]

California rambling: The Rhônes of Pleasant Valley

Wine has been made in El Dorado County since the start of the Gold Rush, though it took until the 1970s to discover that Pleasant Valley, southeast of Placerville, is ideal “terroir” for Rhône style wines. These are the wines made in southeast France’s Rhône River Valley, from Côte Roti south to the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape. […]

County budget shortfall

I must take exception to Jack Sweeney’s comments regarding the deficit the county is facing by placing blame entirely on the employee’s raises. As a former county employee, there were many years we got no raise, or the raise was equivalent to the increase of health insurance costs to the employee because the county didn’t […]

Prom and graduation: Safety first

EDITOR: Prom holds lifelong memories, and I did not go. I played sports at high schools in San Joaquin County but graduated from Tracy High in 1993 in a wheelchair. I never planned to end school like that. As my holiday letter of 2014 stated, a drunken driver hit me head-on in 1992 when I […]

Die off

EDITOR: On page 166 of “Behold A Pale Horse” by William Cooper, the need for world population reduction is explained. Not only are there presently too many people, longevity is increasing due to improved information on life extension. Mr. Cooper believes that many of the programs recently devised by elitists had population reduction as their […]

We are all people

EDITOR: Years ago growing up in Georgetown, at that time a logging community, my grandfather told me three lessons of life. First, there are good people and there were bad people no matter what their ethnic origin. Secondly, treat all people with respect and dignity until proven they do not deserve the consideration. Thirdly, never […]