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Heard over the back fence: Pooch Plunge Time

 On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Cameron Park Country Fest will take place at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park. Guests can enjoy live music, show off grilling skills in a barbecue competition, take part in old-fashioned games or one of the ‘just for […]

As we were: Book sparks interest

25 Years ago Aug. 3, 1990 First edition of book about one room school is now available Since June, one-third of the first edition of “Mother Lode of Learning: One Room Schools of El Dorado County” has been sold. Interest, in this cultural history book, is high due to the nature of the material ie., our […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lucky in Love, Lucky in Life The goddess of love and the mack daddy of abundance get together today for a second conjunction of the year, resulting in a stroke of luck for all things involving the heart. There will be jumping for joy, general giddiness and smiles for miles. When it comes to love, […]

Horoscope, Monday, August 3, 2015

Love Stars Are Aligning Venus and Jupiter are volleying for position and will make a tight deal tomorrow. The anticipation permeates this day. Of all the fortuitous arrangements, the ones that have to do with love tend to rock the world the most. Mankind has conquered nations, scaled mountains and done thousands of impossible things […]

Where’s the party? Right here …

National Night Out parties that will be celebrated in Placerville, besides the “big four” mentioned in the related article, will include 16 neighborhoods where attendees will enjoy free hot dogs and other goodies. Local law enforcement officers and Search and Rescue and fire personnel will try to visit as many locales as possible Tuesday evening, […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate rum

With the warm-weather days flying by, squeeze every last drop out of summer by celebrating National Rum Day on Aug. 16 and National Rum Punch Day on Sept. 20 with Caliche, the aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making. Masterfully blended by Roberto Serralles, a sixth-generation rum maker, Caliche Rum is a versatile […]

EDHS Athletic Clearance reminder

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport must turn in a completed Athletic Packet prior to tryouts on or before Monday, Aug. 10. Athletic Packets are available in the El Dorado High School front office and can be turned in for processing beginning Monday, Aug. 3 between 8 a.m. and […]

National Night Out — no bad guys allowed

You can tell looking at the faces in a crowd that sometimes when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, perhaps not every word is sinking in with the meaning it truly deserves. Maybe if you heard from an 11-year-old just how she feels about the venerable pledge of freedom it would have a bit more […]

Bottom line

EDITOR: It’s hard to argue against utopia. A recent letter made the case for looking at more than the bottom line and that minimum wage should give everyone a shot at the good life. Sounds great. Let’s look at this a little more closely. Unless the letter writer is suggesting that the government pay employers […]

New video targets StemExpress

A small movement is building in El Dorado County to shut down StemExpress after a series of videos were released alleging that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal body parts and tissues to the Placerville biomedical company. Mark E. Smith from Garden Valley demanded that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors “revoke the firm’s business license” during […]

Search effort expands for missing rider

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue teams and volunteers continue looking for 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh, who was last seen on July 17 riding his motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system near Georgetown. To assist in their efforts, the California National Guard launched a remote piloted aircraft — the MQ-9 Reaper, from March […]

West Nile virus kills Nevada County resident

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County. “This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Smith. “West Nile […]

Order blocks secret StemExpress video

 Los Angeles District Court Judge Joanne O’Donnel signed a temporary restraining order July 28 that prevents the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress from releasing an undercover video of a dinner meeting between StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, other company officials and people pretending to be prospective customers from a biological materials procurement firm. The meeting […]

McCain a hero?

EDITOR: Donald Trump claims John McCain is not a hero. As a Vietnam aviator, I agree that being shot down or being captured by the enemy does not make one a hero. One becomes a hero by a specific act of heroism. John McCain became a hero when he refused release, saying those who had become prisoners […]

TRPA approves Tahoe Valley Area Plan

LAKE TAHOE — The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently unanimously approved the Tahoe Valley Area Plan the city of South Lake Tahoe created to guide community revitalization and environmental restoration in a district centered around the “Y” intersection of Highways 89 and 50. Area plans are comprehensive land use and zoning documents. They […]

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune For more than a decade, a golden shovel waited for its time to shine. Over the years its intended use shifted. The sparkle from the original tool faded. Last week, some 37 years after Cheryl and Tom Millham began efforts to preserve wildlife at Lake Tahoe, the reconditioned shovel rested […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.” I am not sure what Mother Teresa meant by her statement. Knowing her, I suspect she had compassion for everyone, especially those in need. All of us were potentially part of her family. At times, my compassion […]

Open letter to Bill Cosby

EDITOR: To Mr. Bill Cosby, I was a fan of yours for over 50 years. You were a powerhouse in the human community. You had good and positive things to say to people who needed to hear certain things and looked for advice. But now you need to tell the truth, step up and take responsibility […]

My Turn: A breathtakingly dangerous act

The following is a statement Congressman Tom McClintock shared on the nuclear deal with Iran shortly after the agreement was announced: I don’t know how adequately to express my alarm and outrage at the president’s agreement with Iran. It is a breathtakingly dangerous act. Some have compared it to Neville Chamberlain’s Munich Accord with Nazi […]

Living Water projects purify the soul

It’s a long way between the multi-million dollar homes of El Dorado Hills and the rural villages of South America.

Helping bridge that gap are volunteers whose mission is to make a difference, one well and one water pump at a time. Operating under a faith-based organization called Living Water International in Houston, Texas, they travel to developing countries all over the world and put in wells and pumps.

The need is acute, with one-eighth of the world’s population not having access to safe water, according to Living Water. Millions suffer illness or die from water related diseases. Many people who have no running water must spend a quarter of their time collecting water for everyday use.

Adopt a pet

We at the Mountain Democrat are fully behind the movement to help animals find a permanent, loving home. That’s why we continually publish animals available for adoption in the newspaper. It’s been a longtime service and we appreciate the kindhearted advertisers and supporters who make this possible. Seeing animals waiting for adoption pulls at the heart-strings. Finding good […]

Shooting suspect behind bars

Placerville resident David Stetler was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after the suspect allegedly shot a 46-year-old man in Mosquito on July 27. Stetler, 35, reportedly called dispatch to report the shooting on the 2900 block of La Paz Road just before 8 p.m., according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. He […]

Horoscope, Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturn Direct For nearly six months, some of the more major dreams and goals have been sitting on the back burner of life, thanks to Saturn’s retrograde in Scorpio. Now it’s time to move those simmering pots of life stew to the front, turn up the heat and smell the aroma of sweet success in […]

Horoscope, Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturn Goes Direct The second hand spins on its own. The minute hand ticks alone. Time waits for no man and thinks nothing of leaving the women and children in the dust, either. However, if you’d like to join time, just link your arm and try to keep up with its steady march on. This […]

Horoscope, Friday, July 31, 2015

Carpe Blue Moon! Carpe blue moon! It’s just the excuse you needed to do the scary thing you’ve long wanted to do. You know, the thing that puts butterflies in your belly and ties your thoughts in knots. Just because you now want to run in the opposite direction doesn’t mean you should. In fact, […]

Taz second behind Park Terrace

ROCKLIN — Despite edging its rival in the Park Terrace Penguins by 13 points in a Suburban Swim League dual meet last month, the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian squads came up short in the league championships held last Saturday. Combined team scores the Taz took second place with 1,268 points behind the Penguins, who had […]

Local players in national tournament

ROSEVILLE — This week’s 55-team 2015 ASA/USA 12u National Championship softball tournament that began Monday has several local players participating. Considered one of the five biggest fast-pitch softball tournaments in the nation, the National Championship brings together the best 12u softball players from the United States. The seven-day affair began with opening ceremonies at Woodcreek High […]

Storm warnings to continue

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is down in Southern California for a third consecutive year to play in the West Zone Championship in Whitter, with a shot to advance to the PONY Bronco Division World Series. The Storm is hoping to weather the storm through competition from teams […]

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