Monday, December 22, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Collision Log: Dec. 1-4

Note: Information used to create the collision log is provided by the CHP. The causes for collisions were investigated by the CHP.  Dec. 1 1:35 a.m. Two subjects were injured in a collision caused by speeding on Highway 49 south of Ramales Road. 5:52 a.m. An unsafe turn caused a collision on Highway 50 east […]

Crime Log: Nov. 23-25

Nov. 23 2:21 a.m. Two subjects were contacted at a gas station on Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park. The male subject, Justin Brown, 37, allegedly lied about his identity to the deputies to avoid being arrested for a felony no-bail warrant. The female subject, Heidei Glockner, 36, allegedly provided false information to deputies regarding […]

California State Fair receives international recognition

The California State Fair received the Judges’ Choice Award and Best of Division Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was received for the State Fair’s development of the Save Mart Supermarkets California’s Kitchen to the California Building adjacent to […]

Transplant recipients and donor families to decorate float

Twenty-four-year old Marissa McVey of Placerville, whose 17-year-old brother, Scott, saved five lives as a donor in April 2011, knows that organ and tissue donations truly represent “the never-ending story” of life. She will be one of 26 transplant recipients and donor families who will fly to Pasadena from Sacramento on Friday, Dec. 26 at […]

Gracie’s Christmas wish

EDITOR: The morning was cold, feeling it produced shivers as we stood outside the store, and there was Gracie, as she freely swung her legs, her feet barely touching the ground. She announced to us that she was 8 years old, small for her age but her cheerfulness charmed you to stop and admire the […]

Placerville Webcam

EDITOR: We are privileged to have placervillewebcam.com to enjoy and view the happenings at the Belltower 24/7. It is a pleasure to see the decorations change from season to season. I check in often to see what the weather is like downtown compared to the action at my home. It’s interesting to see what the […]

Wood shop becomes toy shop

Thirty children from Pinewood Elementary School entered the “Toy Shop” at El Dorado High School on Monday, Dec. 15 for a special evening. The wood shop classroom had been transformed into a toy wonderland, where they played with many amazing handmade wooden toys built by “student elves.” The toys in the shop ranged from a giant marble […]

Altshuler advice

EDITOR: In Gene Altshuler’s Dec. 10 column titled “Fair and Balanced,” you asked for “constructive and well-intentioned” advice as to how to improve your column. Here is an open letter response. Our voting public is composed of a variety of political groups ranging from the far left to the far right. The vast majority of […]

Mitchell wines receive top marks

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is excited to announce that its 2012 Estate Grand Reserve received an 89 ­point rating in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast. The Grand Reserve joins three other Charles B. Mitchell wines that have recently received high marks from the national wine magazine — the 2012 El Dorado Syrah received 92 […]

Tremendous community involvement

EDITOR: Saturday, Dec. 13 Rescue held its annual Santa’s Pancake Breakfast. During that event, over 400 people showed up taking part in a yummy breakfast, an opportunity to meet Santa and just take part in some friendly conversation. I was so impressed with the dedication of our community to make this wonderful event happen. Our […]

Building permits 12/15-19/2014

Permits issued: 12/15 to: 12/19/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $18,724 10 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $5,394,836 1 BUILDG – NEW – TEMP-C $58,999 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $12,000 1 ELCTRC – NEW – OFFICE $37,000 14 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $339,840 6 MECHAN […]

Raider press stifles Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa battled a tough River City squad for its Trojan Toss-Up opener Saturday and despite coming in with momentum, the Lady Bruins hit an obstacle with the Raiders’ press and couldn’t recover, falling 48-33 in the matchup. “We didn’t play well at all,” Danielle Craft said after the game. “They (River City) […]

Roundup: Dec. 21, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Oak Ridge 68, Lawndale 60 Ponderosa 64, Kennedy 74 — After a 49-49 tie after three quarters, the Cougars outscored the Bruins 25-15 in the fourth. Leading Ponderosa was Marty Padilla with 15 points; Brennan Wheeler had 14 and pulled down eight rebounds; Jordan Brennan added nine points; and Josh […]

Tears and hugs highlight last meeting for Santiago and Briggs

The sometimes stodgy and tedious, day-in, day-out management of the people’s business was interrupted for at least a full hour last Tuesday when county supervisors, employees and just folks from the Western Slope and Tahoe sang paeans to Ron Briggs and Norma Santiago. Both the District 4 and District 5 supervisors have completed two terms […]

Oak Ridge girls deliver when it counts

EL DORADO HILLS — Given a run for its money Saturday by Inderkum during its own Trojan Toss-Up opener, host Oak Ridge assembled a solid final three minutes to pull out a 62-52 victory in front of a supportive home crowd. The win came together in a final collage of productive plays in the last […]

Cal Fire warns of home heating danger

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire is reminding residents to take steps to heat their homes safely. While the cooler weather and rain is a welcomed event during a time of severe drought in California, it also means that many will need to turn on home heating sources to keep warm indoors. Cal Fire is encouraging everyone to […]

High school district approves raises for all

Yes, Tiny Tim, there is something in all the Christmas stockings of El Dorado High School District employees — at least for this year. Certificated employees received a pay increase of 5.75 percent and a 0.26 percent increase in the district’s contribution to the Health Plan Cap; classified employees received a pay increase of 5.75 […]

Community service key for retiring mayor

On Dec. 9, 2014, Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen turned over his gavel to Vice Mayor Patty Borelli and walked into a life a little different from the one he has led for the past 10 years as a member of the Placerville City Council.

Hagen, 69, who has been mayor twice, was appointed from a pool of nine candidates to replace Councilman Robert Salazar, who died during his term in 2004. In 2006, Hagen was elected to his first full term on City Council and to his second in 2010.

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Teen killed by fallen tree

The body of a missing 14-year-old was found under a large pine tree in the backyard of a vacant South Lake Tahoe residence on Dec. 13. Dejon Smith left home on Dec. 11, telling his parents that he would be out for the evening as school the next day had been cancelled due to the […]

SDL Fall All League

Cross Country Most Valuable Player Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Coach of the Year Mike Brown, Golden Sierra Diego Bartolome, Golden Sierra Chris Lopez-Pugh, Golden Sierra Nick Blanton, Golden Sierra Hunter Hughes, Golden Sierra Thomas Christner, Golden Sierra Max deBecker, Golden Sierra Tristan Rollins, Golden Sierra Football Most Outstanding Lineman Wyatt Alexander, Golden Sierra First Team […]

Campbell Outstanding Player in Optimist contest

North teams post split SACRAMENTO — Union Mine’s Kara Campbell had a stellar performance in the 31st annual High School Optimist Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game at El Camino High last Thursday. The Lady Diamondback was one of three El Dorado County volleyball players on the North small school squad coached by El Dorado’s Shelley Bishop. Cougar […]

Schedule: Dec. 22-27, 2014

Monday, Dec. 22 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up Boys basketball ED boys Alumni Game, 7 p.m. PHS, OR @ St. Hope’s Classic, Sac High UM @ Mesa Verde Tourney Tuesday, Dec. 23 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up GS @ Lincoln, 7 p.m. UM @ Del Campo, 7 p.m. Boys […]

Amy Melissa Crouss

Dec. 29, 1962 — Dec. 19, 2014 Amy Melissa Crouss, daughter of Rachel Aguilera, stepdaughter of Andy Aguilera and sister of Timothy Whitman (Monica), of Brawley, Calif., passed away peacefully at her home in Ione, California, on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the age of 51. Amy was the beloved wife of Cary Crouss and […]

Alice Patricia Oliver

March 10, 1938 — Dec. 12, 2014 Alice Patricia Oliver unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 12, 2014, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76. She is survived by her children, Anne-Marie Funk (Matthew Secrest), Marga Lisa O’Donnell and Paul Andrew Funk (Karen Clifton); sister, Dorothy Sousa; and grandchildren, Ryan John O’Donnell, Jasmine Perri Funk, Kyle […]

Joseph Janowiak

Dec. 22, 1928 — Nov. 23, 2014 Joseph Janowiak, a wonderful husband and father, passed away quietly and peacefully on Nov. 23, 2014, at home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, at the age of 85, while surrounded by family. He was born in Maryland on Dec. 22, 1928. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Saturn Change The sixth planet from the sun represents the cosmic discipline delivered by the universe before we learn to discipline ourselves. It’s parental, authoritarian and practically no fun at all — that is until it reaches the realm of Sagittarius. Things begin to lighten up with this transit, as optimism becomes the new default […]

Horoscope, Monday, December 22, 2014

Saturn’s Last Day in Scorpio Currently, the shroud of fog is a most pleasant diffusion of light. Later, you’ll just want the sun. Saturn in Scorpio is observing below the surface, examining the undercurrents, checking the inner workings. Tomorrow the planetary taskmaster slips into Sagittarius. Today you will savor the mystery. Tomorrow you’ll just want […]

Cal State Fair to offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at CAstatefair.org. Twenty-seven scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture and past exhibitors to the California […]

As we were: Tanks but no tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 22, 1989 Gas tanks fuel controversy By JOHN SAMMON Bulk fuel storage tanks were removed from the site of former Toms Sierra petroleum company Thursday, the first stage in what El Dorado County Environmental Health officials say could be an expensive cleanup. The site is located next to El Dorado Irrigation […]

Lake levels 12-19-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 19, 2014 Elevation (feet) 400.1 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 380,100 39% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,595 Outflow 930 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.55 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,905 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 11.63 Outflow […]

Grants beef up technology in the classroom

After a thorough application process last spring, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) awarded more than a dozen classroom grants up to $12,000 to help teachers enhance student engagement, provide innovative instruction and close the achievement gap. Building on a crucial partnership, funding for these grants came from EDCOE and the El Dorado […]

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends […]

Heard over the back fence: After the holidays time to lose weight

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Merry Christmas from Ken and Enid Deibert and Bob and Monika Billingsley. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael […]

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Foothill gourmet: Wild recipes

Several years ago I made wild mushroom-shallot cream sauce. It is so delicious, that I now make it every year. It also provided me with an exciting new technique for peeling shallots, to add to my repertoire. Because the cream sauce is rich, I save the recipe for special occasions. While I’ve always loved the […]