Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Horoscope, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Clean, Green Full Moon A higher-minded perspective allows us to observe the battle between the selfish bipeds and the rest. We think we’re better, but our use of plastic bags and water bottles doesn’t just hurt the other creatures of the world. If we create extinction, we go on the list, too. This message was […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mercury and Jupiter Fire Trine One of the ways the universe teaches patience is by annoying us. If the whole world were just 10 percent more tolerant, it would be like paradise came down. Whatever ruffles your feathers, you can thank Mercury and Jupiter for the bothersome gift. You’ll be a better person for it. […]

Outside with Charlie: Keep the hope

A nice, cold storm blew through over the weekend and Monday. It wasn’t a drought buster by any means. It did coat the high country with a bit of wonderful, powdery snow. The amounts varied from around 6-8 inches in Hope Valley, to over a foot at South Lake Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe reported over 17 inches, while […]

Main Street Rehabiliation Project to be done in three phases

The long-awaited Main Street Rehabilitation Project was separated into three phases of construction at the Feb. 24 Placerville City Council meeting and a construction contract was awarded for part of the first phase. Vinciguerra Construction will construct Phase 1-A of the project, which includes the replacement of about 1,700 feet of water line. The work began on […]

Bruin Jaclyn Fields sixth best in state

VISALIA —  Determined, focused and unwilling to give in, Ponderosa High senior Jaclyn Fields met her goal by winning a medal at last weekend’s CIF Girls State Wrestling Championships at the Visalia Convention Center. Fighting back in the consolation bracket, the Bruin senior took sixth place in the 160-pound weight division. As a junior, she went […]

Costa 10th at CNISSF Giant Slalom race

MAMMOTH — South 1 Division snowboarders faced tough competition in Monday’s Giant Slalom race to open the week-long California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships at Mammoth Mountain. Just one local rider, El Dorado’s Sofia Costa, made the top 10. Behind a ninth place run followed by an 11th, Costa placed 10th with a […]

Roundup: Mar. 3, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Homes sought for 30 horses

El Dorado County Animal Services is diligently looking for homes for the remaining 30 horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far,” said Alexis Shaw, operations manager of Animal Services. “We are now down to […]

Insurers not renewing in King Fire area

Thanks to the King Fire, Reverend Pattie Weber and her wife, Lisa Maslack, have to change their home insurance. While they have more than the recommended defensible space and were not affected by the fire, Liberty Mutual will not renew their wildfire insurance — a matter that is strictly business.

“A lot of people are experiencing this,” Weber said. After speaking with neighbors, many are suffering the same fate — their insurance companies, mostly big-name, national companies — will not renew wildfire insurance due to the King Fire and previous wildfires in the county. “We’re not special in this whole thing.”

Weber, a minister at the Cameron Park Spiritual Center for Positive Living, describes herself and her wife as “mindful stewards of the land…”

Dixon Ranch dissenters point to project’s flaws

El Dorado County staff hosted a public workshop to discuss the proposed Dixon Ranch residential project before the Planning Commission last Thursday. While no action was taken, it was an opportunity for the commissioners to learn about the project and hear from concerned residents prior to public hearing on the applications and final environmental impact […]

Cell tower in SLT shot down in three

A special use permit to erect a cell phone tower in South Lake Tahoe was denied by the El Dorado County Planning Commission. But it took three hours and three motions to get it done. It was controversial because the tower was to be located on leased single-family property in a high-end residential area; a request for […]

Sentencing for burglar pushed back

A man found guilty of a crime spree of burglaries had his sentencing hearing pushed back a week as he faces a possible addition of 55 years to his sentence. Craig Ivan Adams, 35, who has been in custody since November 2010, was due to be sentenced on Feb. 27. But, defense attorney James Clark […]

Truck causes chain reaction of collisions

A truck veered off the road Feb. 26 in Placerville, crashing into parked cars but causing no injuries. The Chevy pickup was traveling northbound on Placerville Drive when, near the Raley’s entrance, the truck crossed over the double yellow lines, Placerville Police Commander Kay Iida said. The truck jumped the curb, hit a fire hydrant […]

Weather stats Feb. 2015

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Feb. 1 76 41 0.00 Feb. 2 73 41 0.00 Feb. 3 75 45 0.00 Feb. 4 76 40 0.00 Feb. 5 75 42 0.00 Feb. 6 71 51 0.00 Feb. 7 68 50 2.50 Feb. […]

Crime Log: Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Jan. 31 1:47 a.m. A suspect on probation, Alexander Netto, 29, was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia on Highway 49 in Diamond Springs. 2:15 a.m. Deputies responded to Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Sprigns for a report of a domestic battery at a business. Suzann Williams, 62, was subsequently arrested. 7:04 a.m. Deputies […]

My turn: A squandered opportunity

Editor’s note: Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in January. I rise to express my deep disappointment in the address by the president last night in this chamber. Twenty years ago, President Clinton was in a similar position. He realized his policies […]

HUD helps disabled people

SAN FRANCISCO — To help prevent thousands of people with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly becoming homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced it is awarding nearly $12 million in rental assistance to California. In turn, the California Housing Finance Agency will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services […]

Ponderosa uses PK to defeat Trojans

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Five goals were scored between the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa girls soccer teams in Monday’s intracounty/nonleague match at Bruin Stadium, but the most important one favored the host Lady Bruins who posted a 3-2 win over the Lady Trojans. In the 74th minute of the contest, Bruin midfielder Sarah Pacheco drove the ball toward the […]

Singlehood slowing down home sales

The residential real estate market is a fascinating study in behavior and free-market dynamics. Although home prices are influenced by proven economic principles such as supply, demand, liquidity and leverage, there are also non-economic elements that must be accounted for when attempting to establish the value of a home or when projecting the future direction of […]

At a glance: Swan dance

The ballet “Swan Lake” debuted on March 4, 1877 and was considered rather unremarkable with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography by Julius Reisinger. The ballet did have a number of performances and was part of the Bolshoi’s repertory for six years. During that time a new ballet master jazzed up the […]

Seniors’ downsize lightens their load and their kids’

“My husband and I have very different approaches to saving things,” said Lee Switz, of Richmond, Va., speaking for — I am going to wager — nine out of 10 couples in America. Am I right? I am talking with Lee, age 72, to uncover some secrets to successful downsizing. She and her husband, age 78, moved […]

Chad Edward Westbrook funeral notice

Nov. 15, 1972 — Feb. 14, 2015 Chad Edward Westbrook, born Nov. 15, 1972, died Feb. 14, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, March 15, at Para Vi Vineyards, located at 2875 Larsen Drive in Camino, Calif., with a celebration of life to follow immediately.

County Fire donates engine to Miwok tribe

The El Dorado County Fire Protection District donated a surplus fire engine to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on Feb. 26. After a traditional prayer, Chief Mike Hardy presented the 1985 GMC Beck engine, capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute, to Chairman of the Tribe Nicholas Fonseca. “It’s our honor to be […]

Dorothy Fay Elrod

Aug. 9, 1919 — Feb. 12, 2015 Dorothy F. Elrod passed away peacefully at home in Garden Valley on Feb. 12, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. Elrod, in 1993. She leaves behind two daughters, Patricia Whitaker of Garden Valley and Marilyn Kemp of Annandale, Va.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; […]

Leighton John Welda

Oct. 6, 1924 — Feb. 9, 2015 John was born on Oct. 6, 1924, in LaCrosse, Wisc., to Claude and Maude Welda, the youngest of their six children. He met his wife, Elnora, while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Battle Creek, Mich., and they were married in May of 1946. John was […]

John Stossel: Kochs and Unions

Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers. The Kochs get death threats like this: “If I had a chance to murder a Koch brother in cold blood, I would surely take it.” Jim Dean doesn’t want to kill the Kochs, but he does want new laws to limit their influence. Dean’s brother Howard was […]

My turn: Consider hospice care at end of life

I have no qualms about the decision of an individual to opt for an alternative to traditional medicine and choose to end their life early and with dignity. After all, the hospice movement was also born as an alternative to the medical establishment, and also ushered in right-to-choose preferences for end-of-life care. I just hope […]

California wines fuel $1.49 billion in exports

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, reached $1.49 billion in winery revenues in 2014, the second highest dollar value for U.S. wine exports and a 64 percent increase from five years ago. Challenged by a strong dollar and the West Coast port slowdown that began last July, U.S. wine exports were slightly down compared […]

Grow For It! Rewards of shade gardening

Light shade, filtered shade, dense shade, open shade; what’s a gardener to do? The same things that make a gardener a successful gardener in sun: know the conditions of the garden. Whether planting in sun or shade, it is important to understand the type of soil: • Is the soil acidic, alkaline or neutral? • […]

Big Brother and Little Brother rock on

Lynn Van Erden and Devin Texara kept glancing at the cloudy sky over Placerville on a recent Friday, a day when forecasters were calling for two days of snow in the Sierra. That’s because the two were headed for Squaw Valley over the weekend to enjoy a skiing trip together, courtesy of Big Brothers Big […]

Big and Little share many good times

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

Felines for friends

Cisco, a gray, green-eyed charmer meets you at the gate at Fat Kitty City, followed by Chip and Dale, striped tabby brothers who politely come up and ask for a pat. Sebastian, a huge, fluffy clone for Deuteronomy in the musical “Cats,” catches some rays in the play structure while Mystery, white with tortoiseshell markings, […]

Life as I know it: Church trips to Arizona

Two other trips to Chinle, Ariz., for work by our youth group at the outpost church had an absolute spectrum of things that were so different. There were several “one of a kind” experiences for all our family. First though, a word or two about Ned Bia and his family. Ned had become a Christian […]

Foundation hosts an uplifting day for nonprofits

Feb. 20 was a day of training and inspiration as 70 representatives from nonprofit agencies in El Dorado County attended an all-day workshop hosted by the El Dorado Community Foundation. Held at the Cameron Park Community Center, experts in the fields of accounting, public relations, board development, social media and more conducted different breakout sessions in their area […]

Miwok tribe shooting range

EDITOR: I applaud Chris Daley’s article in Friday’s Mountain Democrat regarding the proposed shooting range on Shingle Springs Drive. While I agree that the Miwok tribe has the sovereign right to do what it wants to on its own land, the homeowners around the area of the proposed range have their rights, too. We’ve worked […]