Friday, October 24, 2014

Story discussion group to start

There will be a series of discussions in the Fifty-plus Room at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The Short Story Discussion Group will discuss a variety of famous short stories and their themes. The group will be facilitated by Carly […]

‘Aladdin’ makes magic happen

What: “Aladdin” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 31 through Nov. 16 with shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Cost: $18 to $26 with premium seats available for $36 Information: or Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 […]

Footing the bill

EDITOR: Placerville’s City Council is set to spend millions of our tax dollars on realigning Clay Street with Cedar Ravine. The Clay Street Bridge is no more functionally obsolete than many other of our cities narrow roads. Why is it being singled out? Why are we being asked to pay millions here? So that people […]

Dying for your right to vote

EDITOR: So, when I read the letters in the Mountain Democrat, and look at the plethora of campaign signs that are costing their owners a small (or not so small) fortune, I’m struck with the frustration of the numbers of idle and blind eyes that don’t “see” or “hear” these fervent pleas to make the […]

No to Prop. 48

California already has 60 Indian casinos. Compare that to Reno, Nev., which has 16 and La Vegas, Nev., which has 108. What happens in Las Vegas should stay there. We don’t need Las Vegas in California. What Proposition 48 seeks is to ratify a deal to let the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians build […]

Bipolar Insights: May I introduce Jon

For the past 16 years many individuals have attended the Bipolar Insights classes and many have stood out due to their amazing and compelling stories. Allow me to share one story that touched my heart and is certain to impact you, as well. This is his first person story.   Jon My name is Jon […]

Lane closures due Hwy 50 in EDH

Beginning Tuesday night, Oct. 28, the Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency  will be implementing full one-directional closures of Highway 50. The closures will facilitate the needed falsework operations for the Silva Valley Overcrossing. Oct. 28-29: • Westbound lanes from Bass Lake Road to El Dorado Hills Boulevard will be closed from […]

Confab aims at conserving water

Innovative water technologies that help conserve and protect California’s water resources was the main topic at a conference held Oct. 15 in Folsom. Sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and underwritten by Parjana Inc., a long list of speakers covered diverse topics, including groundwater management, climate change, small-scale hydropower opportunities and conjunctive water use. Volatile rainfall […]

As we were: Prints to help raise funds

25 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1989 Limited edition signed prints to be released “Christmas at the Courthouse” will be unveiled by artist Thomas Kinkade 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Placerville Inn, announced Mountain Democrat Editor Michael Raffety. Signed and certified limited edition prints of the new oil painting by Placerville’s nationally-known artist will be offered […]

Foothill gourmet: Favorite clam chowder recipes

If you’re a clam chowder aficionado, read on. Clam chowder is today’s highlight. We visit the stunning coastal area of San Luis Obispo County and enjoy bird watching and fresh seafood. Besides 250 species of birds, San Luis Obispo County (SLO, in the local vernacular) hosts a decadently rich, creamy clam chowder at the Splash […]

California rambling: Skiing and snowboarding with benefits

Being loyal has benefits, particularly when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. Ski areas used to compete with one another for a skiing and riding public that was expanding, but for the last few decades skier and snowboarder visits have been declining. Last winter, 56.2 million skier visits occurred at U.S. ski areas, according to […]

Saw mill boy finds a little Texas in Vietnam

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Val Pease hails from a long line of infantrymen. When his draft notice arrived in late 1967, he never seriously considered avoiding service. When he entered the service in early 1968, the Tet offensive was raging. Two important skills kept him off the front line, and make his military experience far less unpleasant […]

The rural life: Beastly crimes

Change is in the air. Starting next year, the FBI will begin tracking animal cruelty as a top-tier offense, categorizing it individually in the agency’s uniform reporting system. Traditionally, animal abuse has been lumped with smaller crimes under a generic “other” category, lessening its priority and making it difficult to find, count and track. Now, […]

San Francisco is no place for a saw mill boy

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease credits his longtime friend Pat Swansborough with teaching him guitar in 1962 and kick starting a half-century local music legacy. The two old friends recently attended their class reunion, where Pease enjoyed hearty […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a magical mystery wine tour

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPER: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we offer the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.” MYSTERY WINE TOUR: A “Mystery Wine Tour” is available for ages 21 and older. “Let ‘About Time Limousines’ take you to three or four wineries right in your backyard. […]

Horoscope, Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mars Enters Capricorn Got plans? Responsibilities? Big hopes for this last part of the year? Mars will bring us into the holiday season in Capricorn, a dynamic and forceful station for the warrior planet and just what we need to assist us through the intensity of the final stages of 2014. Assert your will. Energy […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mercury Storm In high school, the jocks and the artists tend to separate if only because their schedules are so intensely specific. In life, both sports and the arts are a celebration of life. Why not do it all? This Mercury storm period, which lasts until October 29th, is a good time to be more […]

Horoscope, Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooky Scorpio Regime There’s some corner of your mind that won’t accept that you can’t control things that you, in fact, have absolutely no control over. Thinking you can will it not to rain doesn’t give you weather-power. However, you can bet that the universe is listening to all intentions, and under the new spooky […]

Closing arguments present new possible story in Winkler case

The jury was sent to deliberation in the Todd Winkler murder trial 10 minutes before the court closed down on Oct. 21, essentially to begin deliberation on Oct. 22. Prosecutor Lisette Suder began her closing arguments by calling Winkler a “mastermind, a manipulator, a murderer.” He walked into his wife Rachel’s room “with the intent […]

Water rights pursuit on the bubble

El Dorado County supervisors sent their Water Agency staff back to a drawing board of sorts at their Oct. 14 meeting. The county has been pursuing a project to increase its access to local water for several years. The project is managed by the El Dorado Water and Power Authority whose executive director, Dave Eggerton, […]

Roundup: Oct. 22, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Granite Bay 2 Singles (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. by Rajakumar, 2-6, 3-6; Lily Wainwright def. Hilburn, 6-3, 7-5; Hannah Crookham def. Menta, 6-3, 6-0; Kassidy Lyons def. Rowe, 6-1, 6-1; Julia VanBoening def. by Hielfer, 3-6, 2-6; Mansi Gupta def. Hrodz, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles (OR first): Jessica Williams-Lan Zhao def. […]

El Dorado teams sweep SVC crowns

Union Mine runners take 2nd FOLSOM — Not one but four Sierra Valley Conference titles have been bestowed onto the El Dorado cross country program — and then some — after Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference finals at Willow Hills in Folsom. The Lady Cougars edged intra county and conference rival Union Mine for the crown. The El […]

Kinkade’s hometown gallery closing

Neon pink and green signs fill the window of 262 Main Street in Placerville — “Store closing. Everything must go!” While a group of about 20 people waited outside on Thursday, Oct. 23, people inside, like Elsie Katich, the gallery’s curator for almost 18 years, are preparing for the liquidation of 2,000 Thomas Kinkade paintings […]

Donna Lee Owings Gray

April 11, 1960 — Aug. 24, 2014 Donna Lee Owings Gray, born Placerville April 11, 1960, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2014. Please come share a celebration of life Luncheon on Nov. 1, at 11 a.m., at Cold Springs Community Church in Placerville.

Things to do: Oct. 24, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1022 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 2, is featuring Jean Stiles painter in watercolor, oil and paste. Woodworker Ken Jones whose amazing pieces with inlaid woods draw much attention is also featured along with Dory Schachner, graphic artist. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

EID: Water saving gets personal

As the summer irrigation season comes to an end, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Oct. 14 that district customers had reduced potable water conservation 27 percent for the week, 20 percent since Feb. 5 and 17 percent since Jan. 1. The lower figure for January was a consequence of two things: […]

Camino shooting suspect sketched

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the subject of a manhunt on Oct. 17. As seen in the accompanying sketch, the man was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 200-250 pounds, with a shaved head and […]

EDH Fire Board: Incumbents say experience matters

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Directors Greg Durante, Wallace Fullerton and Barbara Winn face three challengers this November. All three incumbents are endorsed by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association. Greg Durante has served on the Fire Board for more than six years. His service on the board began as an appointee after Moni Gilmore […]

Winkler convicted of first-degree murder

A jury found Todd Winkler guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel, on Wednesday afternoon.

The verdict from the jury of seven men and five women was read at 2:20 p.m., almost exactly 22 hours after deliberation began. Jurors also found that he used a deadly weapon — scissors — adding a year on to his potential sentence.

Rachel had been having an affair with James White, intending to divorce Todd and marry White instead. Prosecutor Lisette Suder posited that Todd found the computer she had used to calculate child support and alimony, leading him to stab her while she slept. Believing she …

Cougars split with McClatchy

EL DORADO — Nathan and Nico Camello accounted for all the scoring in a frantic fourth-quarter Wednesday as host El Dorado held off McClatchy 10-8 in a key Metro Conference match at the Aquatics Center. The win guaranteed the Cougars second place with a shot to tie River City atop the standings. In the girl’s matchup, El Dorado’s […]

EDH Fire Board: Bryan Elkins is done sitting on the sidelines

Bryan Elkins knows how to work hard and get results. The 1988 Mr. California hits the home gym every day and on the job as a private investigator, he’s used to digging deep to get answers. Using that work ethic to serve the public only seemed right and so Elkins is running for one of three seats […]

EDH Fire Board: Matt Fillmore wants to ensure the department’s success

Involvement in Boy Scouts and church programs taught Matt Fillmore the value of community service, something he hopes to continue as a member of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board. “I’ve always been a service-oriented individual,” Fillmore said. “I think El Dorado Hills has an amazing fire department and my goal would be to keep it […]

EDH Fire Board: Doug Hus wants to do the right thing

El Dorado Hills Fire Board candidate Doug Hus is comfortable in everything from overalls to a suit and tie. But no matter what dress code the job requires, his goal is to do what’s best for the community and that’s why he said he’s running for one of three available seats. “It just feels like […]

Area produces two girl’s champions

IONE — Two local varsity prep girl’s golf teams, Union Mine and Oak Ridge, captured league titles earlier this week after winning their respective league tournaments to close the regular season. Both went undefeated. For each, the journey to end up league champ is unique — the Lady Diamondbacks in what was thought to be a […]