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Mountain lion sighting

EDITOR: The other day my neighbor came running over to inform me that he had just seen a mountain lion in the ravine behind his home. He said, ‘That’s a rare sight here in Diamond Springs.” I said to him that I had once seen a Democrat on Fowler Lane. He asked if I thought […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

Education board to discuss Meyers’ DUI

Following the sentencing last month of El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers for driving under the influence, El Dorado County Office of Education Trustee Heidi Weiland asked that the issue be placed on the next board meeting agenda. Reading a prepared statement at the Board of Trustee’s Aug. 27 meeting, Weiland said she struggled with what the board should […]

Drug investigation clouds Union Mine

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly selling Adderall on the Union Mine High School campus. The arrest announcement came shortly after officials acknowledged drug rumors during a Monday press conference focused on the conditions of two junior varsity football players who collapsed after Friday’s home game. Adderall, a […]

My Turn: California needs to address its lack of technical training

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers that are entering […]

My turn: What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture? It was taken on Aug. 19 at the Placerville Aquatics Center. The pool was clean and ready for use, but closed! Taking a drive last Sunday, in the heat of an 90-plus-degree day, I drove past Lotus Park near Coloma and found the beach packed with users and the parking […]

The removal of Judge Dylan Sullivan

EDITOR: The Honorable Dylan Sullivan was elected by this county’s voters by an overwhelming majority. For her to be removed suddenly, without warning, from proceedings in Department 7 by District Attorney officials is a travesty of justice. Do you really think that the voters are going to stand by the District Attorney’s Office’s decision without […]

Charles Krauthammer: What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too […]

Body recovered in the American River

COLOMA — A missing Colorado man’s body was found in the South Fork of the American River last week. El Dorado County’s Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the body of Luke Matson, 33, mid-morning on Aug. 25, a day after he was reported missing. The body was found about 20 feet off shore and 12 feet below the surface […]

Report: Cross-dressing burglar caught in the act

Lo-Hi Court residents nabbed an apparent burglar as he exited their home last Wednesday night, reportedly wearing one of the female victim’s pants. Tryston Alvarez-Ross, 19, of Placerville was released from the El Dorado County Jail just hours before he was re-arrested on suspicion of burglary after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway […]

Placerville Police testing body cameras

Invasion of privacy or another tool that protects both officers and the public? The Placerville Police Department has joined the debate over body cameras, implementing a test run in March. Nearly six month later, officials report they are “pleased with body-worn cameras” and will expand the program. The Placerville City Council was recently given an […]

Fantastic experience at Gold Country Retirement Community

EDITOR: On behalf of my mom, Frances Brett, I want to compliment the Gold Country Retirement Community staff for such a wonderful experience during her transition into the nursing care center and then into independent living. All of the staff has been nothing but professional and courteous throughout the three-week process and my mom is […]

3 dead in Hwy. 50 wreck

FRESH POND — A man and two women died after they were thrown from a vehicle that crashed into a tree Sunday night. A surviving passenger flagged down help after the wreck at approximately 11:50 p.m. Neither the survivor or the victims, said to be in their 30s, have been identified. The silver 2007 Dodge Nitro […]

Volunteers adopt Tahoe gateway signs

LAKE TAHOE — Volunteers have stepped up to adopt and maintain the decorative gateway signs that were installed along the three Nevada highways that lead motorists into the Lake Tahoe Basin. The gateway signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed – Help Protect It!” They are meant to remind the millions of people who visit […]

Senior Nutrition Program hungry for volunteers

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is currently looking for dedicated, caring volunteers to help in a variety of capacities. “Volunteers are a vital asset to the Senior Nutrition Program,” said Ruth Green, program coordinator for the Senior Nutrition Program. “Without this valuable community support, many of the county’s senior services would simply not […]

Hangman’s dummy responses

EDITOR: Ms. Counts, I would like to apologize to you on behalf of the more measured residents of our fair county for the responses you received previously in the Mountain Democrat by Gene Nelson and Wayne Woolsey. Their letters shifted dramatically from the concern you shared regarding our Hangman’s Tree dummy. The mannequin stands as […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 3, 2015

Aesthetic Taurus Moon Why does a clean car or a certain pair of shoes matter so much? Because the symbols of our lives are important. They say something about who we are and why we do what we do. Under this aesthetically inclined Venus-ruled Taurus moon, it will be bothersome if our symbols don’t accurately […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Neptune Sun Opposition of Constant Craving The appeal of illusive, unobtainable goals is part of the deal these days with the sun pulling across the sky at Neptune. The opposition of these major players creates such a tension between what we want and what is reasonable that frustration becomes a fixture of the day. It’s […]

News briefs

School district updates its website The El Dorado Union High School District invites students, parents and community members to explore the new district-wide websites and social media pages. This initiative is in response to the Board of Trustees establishing communication to parents and all stakeholders as a top priority of the district. With the support […]

Ponderosa girls sweep Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — Ponderosa and host Golden Sierra met up for Monday’s annual Foundation Game with the Lady Bruins taking the win in three sets 25-7, 25-11, 25-17. The intra-county exhibition, a lead-in into the regular season, benefits the A. Dale Lacky scholarship fund. Outcomes do not count for or against a team in the standings. […]

Timing is now for Union Mine varsity

Team: Union Mine Mascot: Diamondbacks Head Coach: Davy Johnson Assistant Coaches: Matt Cathey, Mike Springer, Bryan Middleton, Andrew Middleton, Michael Scott. League: Sierra Valley Conference (El Dorado, Cordova, Galt, Liberty Ranch, Rosemont) Division: IV 2014 record: 5-5, 3-2 SVC, third place Key losses: Nate Brown Key returners: Austin Rigsby, Brody Pearman, Key games: Home and season […]

Darlene Herman

May 26, 1934 — Aug. 27, 2015 Darlene Herman, 81, a former resident of Placerville, Calif., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Herman. She is survived by her brother, Ronnie Ballard of Alabama; daughter, Terri (Martin) Bland of Suisun City, Calif.; son, Lyle Herman of […]

Richard Scott Washington

Oct. 13, 1930 — Aug. 28, 2015 Richard was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Douglas, Ariz., and passed away at the age of 84 in Camino, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Ann; his sons, R. Scott Washington and wife Mary, […]

Building permits issued Aug. 24-29

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – 1-FMLY $0 1 BUILDG – NEW – BARN $60,478.52 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $35,388.36 1 BUILDG – REACT – ROOF $12,000 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $23,033 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $18,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $21,000 18 ELCTRC – […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

The dog days of summer are here. Less than a month left, which means changes are on the way. If you are a cyclist — it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride — and you’ve planned to ride in Apple Hill, now is the time to do it. Once the apple season starts, […]

UM Football Schedule

Aug. 28 — Foothill @ Union Mine Sept. 4 — Bear River @ Union Mine Sept. 11 — Union Mine @ Casa Roble Sept. 18 — Union Mine @ Calaveras Sept. 25 — Union Mine @ Lincoln Oct. 9 — Rosemont @ Union Mine Oct. 16 — Union Mine @ Galt Oct. 23 — Union […]

UM Football roster

1-Andrew Vaughn, Sr. 2-Justin Beckham, Jr. 3-Hank Hasemeier, Sr. 4-Austin Rigsby, Sr. 5-Zach Cherrington, Sr. 6-Bradley Brittain, Sr. 7-Christian Beck, Sr. 9-Brody Pearman, Sr. 10-Nate Eschleman, Jr. 11-Cruz Rodriguez, Sr. 12-Mason McLaury, Sr. 13-Kameron White, Jr. 15-Max Fitzpatrick, Sr. 21-Hayden Dunne, Jr. 27-Matt Springer, Jr. 28-Nick Evans, Jr. 32-Joe Ferrand, Jr. 33-Cameron Cathey, Jr. 34-Trevor […]

Lady Cougars return with athleticism

El Dorado High volleyball coach Shelly Bishop had plenty of reasons to smile Monday in the Lady Cougars’ Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation home match against Vista del Lago. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the contest inside L.A. Brown Gym, the Cougars lost the next two sets but rallied to win the rubber game; final scores were 25-22, […]

Correction

In the Monday, Aug. 31, article “New cancer center elevates care” the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce elite sponsors were inadvertently listed as the cancer center’s elite sponsors.

New Morning looking brighter with help from car show

What: Automotive Excellence Car Show for New Morning Youth and Family Services Who: Automotive Excellence Where: 4600 Missouri Flat in Placerville When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: (530) 622-2701 or at [email protected]   Growing up, Randi Mitchelson remembers playing with some of the kids from the New Morning shelter in Placerville, simply because her parents lived […]

At a glance: Making money

The Department of the Treasury was established by an Act of Congress on Sept. 2, 1789. The department takes care of the revenue, prints and mints all the paper currency and coins in circulation and collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and manages U.S. government debt instruments. The first Secretary of the […]

Artisanal coffee-house opens downtown

The words ambiance and high-end come to mind when ordering at ToTEM Coffee Company, Placerville’s latest coffee-house addition. Located in the Foundation Plaza next to the historical Cary House Hotel, the boutique coffee-house is a place where guests can get a custom-brewed cup of joe, healthy organic food plates as unique as the coffee blends, roasted coffee beans […]

Nonfiction writers unite and unblock

Got a book in you that needs writing but you just can’t get crackin’ without some pushing and prodding? Well filling that bill is a new group that is starting up in September called the El Dorado County Chapter of Nonfiction Authors Association. Sponsored by Barbara Thompson and John Roe, two Cameron Park based therapists, chapter meetings promise to […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets big check

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County has received $85,000 from Waste Connections Inc. (El Dorado Disposal) as a result of the firm’s seventh annual Golf Classic for Kids in Houston, Texas. Waste Connections Inc. continues to be an outstanding community sponsor and supporter of children in need, according to Brenda Frachiseur, executive director […]

Grow For It! The grand opening is coming

Last-minute preparations are currently ongoing for the grand opening of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, the crown jewel of the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no entrance fee, parking is free and the garden is open to all. The […]

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