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Horoscope, Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sun and Saturn Conjunct One reason the human species has changed much more than other animals who have shared the Earth with us for the last few hundred thousand years is that humans are perpetually dissatisfied. It’s a survival instinct that has kept us striving, solving problems, trying to improve. Sun conjunct Saturn suggests you […]

Horoscopes, Saturcay, November 28, 2015

Sun/Moon Quandary The Sagittarius sun has one idea about how to spend the hours — investigating foreign territory, taking in the world, expanding our minds — while the Cancer moon’s urgings are to stay home with all the creature comforts. Somewhere in the middle of those two prerogatives will be a lovely, balanced day. ARIES […]

Horoscopes, Friday, November 27, 2105

Comfort Moon The conflict between Saturn and Neptune still lingers somewhere “out there,” or at least our imaginations would have us believe it. The Cancer moon, which is the cosmic equivalent of comfort food, will entice many to spend the evening at home with things known to bring a cozy feeling. ARIES (March 21-April 19). […]

Fall 2015 All League

Sierra Foothill League Soccer Most Valuable Player Nico Carpignano, Oak Ridge Clayton Smith, Oak Ridge Julian Garcia, Oak Ridge Alec Hester, Oak Ridge Capital Valley Conference Soccer Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Ian Pierce, Ponderosa Andoni Oaks, Ponderosa Ricardo Miranda, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Savanah Schroeder, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Cora Nuttall, Ponderosa Football Clayton […]

Playing and winning for Nick Brown

High school and travel ball teammates of Nick Brown went to Reno, Nev. last weekend for a Thanksgiving baseball tournament, playing on behalf of Brown who is recovering from a severe brain injury he suffered playing football for Union Mine this fall. Named PFNB (Play For Nick Brown), the 11 players had the name ‘Brown’ […]

XC times

*El Dorado boys — Division III Personal records this season listed next to names Dalton Douglas-Hiley — 16 minutes, 21 seconds Jordan Reams — 16:12 Grayson Egbert — 16:50 Diego Bartolome — 17:17 Robert McGowan — 17:43 Ben Hicks — 18:01 Charlie Plamondon — 18:18 Oak Ridge girls — Division I Maddy Denner — 19:42 […]

Anticipated snow fall at resorts

Turkey with a side of winter was served thanks to Mother Nature as 1-2 feet of pre-Thanksgiving snow was expected at Tahoe South ski resorts earlier this week. Along with Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort anticipated opening more terrain for Thanksgiving weekend. According to NOAA, snow accumulation was expected through Wednesday night […]

Playoffs: It’s Oak Ridge-Elk Grove tonight

EL DORADO HILLS — Then there were four. Oak Ridge is one of four Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football teams that have the honors of playing the day after Thanksgiving when it plays at Elk Grove tonight. After hosting their first two playoff games, the Trojans (10-2), the No. 3 seed, take on the Thundering […]

Peter H. Beese

Oct. 3, 1934 — Nov. 14, 2015 Peter Heinrich Beese, 81, died peacefully at home under the loving care of hospice on Nov. 14, 2015, following a five-year battle with bladder cancer. He leaves his loving wife of almost 37 years, Michelle (Dwyer) Beese; daughter, Loraine Jennings of Boulder, Colo.; son, Jeffrey Beese and his […]

Diana Kay Clarke

July 1, 1947 — Nov. 16, 2015 My lovely and sweet wife of 34 years joined our savior in heaven after a three-month battle with brain cancer on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at her home in Cameron Park, Calif., surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Dorothy Rhoades of Placerville, […]

Dalton Douglas-Hiley leads the pack

In his freshman year in the El Dorado High cross-country program three years ago, Dalton Douglas-Hiley vividly remembers the practices. One of the runs Douglas-Hiley and his Cougar teammates participated was running through Main Street in Placerville. At times, they were tempted to stop at local coffee shops or restaurants for water, the latest coffee craze […]

Things to do: Nov. 27, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1127 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Lisa Aikenhead, photographer, who’s beautiful scene “Iceberg Fantasy” leads into the gallery’s winter theme. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes and wild animals of Africa, Alaska and Tanzania and recently landscapes with horses in the wild. […]


Luis Enrique Granados, 20, from Rancho Cordova, booked on Nov. 19 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Brandon Pivin, 42, from Diamond Springs, booked on Nov. 19 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $20,000. Kiev Bolden, 23, from Cameron Park, booked on Nov. 21 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Matthew Brickley, 26, from El Dorado […]

Railroad Museum to showcase a ‘Small Train Holiday’

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum have exciting plans to dazzle, delight and engage post-Thanksgiving visitors with a special “Small Train Holiday” on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. For this special two-day holiday extravaganza, the museum brings together a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an […]

The Christmas Tree Lane that Bob built

Ever wonder whose idea it was to put Christmas trees all along Highway 50 in downtown Placerville, a cheerful and uplifting sight that has warmed travelers’ hearts for almost 45 years? Robert Conrad. No, not the Hollywood actor — Bob Conrad of Placerville, who owned the Ford dealership that conducted business in the 1970s and […]

Search begins for new superintendent of schools

The El Dorado County Board of Education finalized a timetable for selecting a new superintendent of schools at its Nov. 23 special meeting. While board members began the meeting by acknowledging how much internal talent there is to draw from within the district, they decided they wanted to open the recruitment process as they go about replacing former […]

Senior Shuttle looking for volunteers

El Dorado County Senior Services is currently looking for volunteer drivers for its Senior Shuttle program. “Our volunteer drivers provide a valuable service to our local seniors,” said Johanna McGillivray, program assistant for Senior Services. “Without the Senior Shuttle, many seniors would not be able to get to places like the grocery store or other […]

CDFW completes wildlife plan update

After a multi-year effort involving conservation groups, agencies, tribes, private landowners and other stakeholders, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan update. The action plan is now under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and should receive final approval in February 2016. “The State Wildlife […]

Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver.

Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency in the world and issues less than 20 Junior Master licenses annually in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean combined.

Fatal crash on Hwy. 49

A Placerville man died after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a boulder early Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Nov. 24 at approximately 1:19 a.m. Forrest Garrison, 42, was driving a 1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 northbound on Highway 49, just south of El Dorado. As the vehicle entered into a part of the road that […]

CHP out in force this week

​SACRAMENTO — Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a maximum enforcement period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. In 2014, over the Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people died in collisions on California roadways […]

Joseph Hinds’ trial date set

An anticipated five- to six-day day long trial is set for assault suspect Joseph Hinds on May 3, 2016, in Department 1 in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner. Hinds’ counsel Todd Jones requested a readiness and settlement hearing be put off until closer to the trial as, he said, “discovery is still […]

Fats, oils and grease — Don’t FOG your drain

A special category of harmful waste includes kitchen fats, oils, and grease — collectively known as FOG. Found in most kitchens and restaurants, waste FOG (cooking oil, fat, lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening and margarine are all examples) is generated during food preparation and the cleaning of kitchenware and equipment. Sending fats, oils and grease […]

Proper food handling keeps Thanksgiving guests healthy

SACRAMENTO — With the holiday season upon us, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness. “Bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter can be present in foods, such as meat and poultry, and can cause […]

Meyers’ resignation agreement released

The resignation agreement for Jeremy Meyers, El Dorado County’s former superintendent of school, has been released. Meyers, who resigned Nov. 14 after two DUI arrests, will receive a gross lump sum payment of $114,822 — equivalent to Meyers’ continued receipt of his current salary through June 30, 2016. In addition, he will receive a gross lump sum of $10,930 — equivalent of […]

County gets water grant

The El Dorado Water Agency approved two agreements at its Nov. 18 meeting that will allow it to access $1.7 million in grant funding. The grant stems from a $6.2 million Proposition 84 grant to the Nevada Irrigation District from the California Department of Water Resources. Under the terms of the two agreements approved by the board, the El […]

Cal Fire now hiring

SACRAMENTO — Have you ever dreamed of working for one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world? Now is the time to apply. Cal Fire is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. “Working for Cal Fire can open the door to many exciting opportunities for someone […]

Recall them all

EDITOR: I see that Placerville is recalling all supervisors. Why don’t we just bundle up the sheriff and the district attorney and get them all out at once? WES ENGLE Placerville

My Turn: Presidents and Thanksgiving

Responding to a request from Congress, President George Washington issued our nation’s first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. Only in the midst of the crucible of civil war, however, did presidential proclamations of Thanksgiving become customary. Every year since 1863 our chief executives have urged Americans to recognize God’s bounty and blessings on the fourth Thursday in […]

Robbery suspects caught

Two men were arrested and taken into custody in Sacramento County a day after they allegedly pulled off a home invasion in Greenwood. On Nov. 19 at approximately 11:27 a.m El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion robbery in the 4000 block of Edgewater Drive in Greenwood, where they discovered several victims in […]

Safety tips to keep the holiday shopping season jolly

SAN FRANCISCO — With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued consumer tips for safe shopping this holiday season. The holidays are a festive time of the year that unfortunately leave consumers vulnerable to monetary scams and online hackers. This season’s online holiday sales are predicted to reach a record […]

An increased risk of fire is a reality of Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, Cal Fire officials remind Californians about the dangers that lurk during the holiday season. When most people think about Thanksgiving, they envision turkey, pumpkin pie and time spent with their loved ones. Who thinks of fire at this time? “During the holidays we tend to have multiple items […]

Charley Krauthammer: Obama’s phony war

Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins. A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it […]

News Bites 11/25

Hunter education clinics scheduled The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its schedule of Advanced Hunter Education classes for 2016. Several new offerings have been added, including hunter marksmanship, hunt planning and basic game processing. Other popular clinics are still on the roster, including wilderness first aid, wild pig hunting, deer hunting, turkey […]

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