Monday, October 20, 2014

The balancing act: Figuring out the ballot

During a presentation at the always spunky Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County meeting, District 4 supervisorial candidate Howard Penn said he believed in a “free market.” But when asked to explain that philosophy with his contradictory support of Proposition M, Penn said something to the effect that he was not “that free market.” A […]

McClintock fired up over fire and water

Congressman Tom McClintock got down to real basics in a talk to the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Oct. 8 at Red Hawk Casino. Describing two of the four elements, fire and water, McClintock lambasted those who have delayed harvesting of timber killed by the Rim Fire last year and the King Fire most […]

King Fire salvage operations continue

Salvage and restoration efforts in the aftermath of the King Fire are already underway with responsibility divided among the U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and Sierra Pacific Industries. According to Mark Egbert, district manager of El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District (GDRCD), of the 97,717 acres burned, 13,893 were the property of private landowners, 20,000 were […]

Camino manhunt ongoing

A manhunt in Camino began Friday morning after a deputy was shot at by a suspect.

Just after 8 a.m., a struggle occurred between a deputy and the suspect while on Cable Road, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Felton said. The suspect was able to retrieve a gun and fired a single shot at the deputy.

The deputy reported over the scanner that he had not been harmed; the shot hit his radio.

A manhunt began for the subject in Camino, though schools were only put on soft …

Roundup: Oct 17, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 5, Oakmont 4 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. by Arendain, 3-6, 1-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Smith, 6-3, 6-; Lexi Comstock def. by Sorgea, 4-6, 2-6; Natanya Akerly def. by Geissberger, 6-7, 6-7; Grace Guimont def. Lievares, 6-4, 7-6; Katie Johnson def. by Bartolome, 2-6, 0-6. Doubles (PHS first): Regan Blomquist-Taylor Cargile def. […]

Union Mine jumps back in the saddle

EL DORADO — Shaking off the bitter taste of two of its wins wiped away due to a CIF rule infraction, Union Mine looked impressive Friday in its 46-14 Sierra Valley Conference win over visiting Galt. Diamondbacks’ running back Austin Rigsby bursted through for a 7-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. […]

Cougar boys keep it rolling

Clanin gains 287 yards Tips for attending an El Dorado High football game: Save the concession stand visits for later; forgo postgame plans until the game is over; and, most importantly, take the Cougars seriously. A 60-43 homecoming victory over Rosemont again showcased El Dorado’s ability to outlast an opponent.Behind the clutch receiving of Zach Culp […]

Psychiatrist: Winkler has disorders

Day 11 of the Todd Winkler Trial, Oct. 15, began with Winkler questioned on re-direct by his attorney, David Weiner. “I should have had the strength to disable her” without it being a life or death situation, he said. He said he didn’t have the strength and “never had control of the situation.” He said […]

Golden Sierra runs out of time

SACRAMENTO — Trailing by 8 points and 99 yards away from the end zone with under three minutes left, a 22-yard run by Golden Sierra’s Brenden Nutt and a Nathan Anderson-to-Dominic Chamberlain 27-yard pass got the Grizzlies to the Bradshaw Christian 32 before the Pride’s Grant Dragmire sealed the home team’s Sierra Delta League 36-28 […]

Motorcycle fatal on Omo Ranch Road

A man was killed Thursday after being ejected from his motorcycle. Randolph Roberts, 30, of Amador City, was riding his 2008 Kawasaki 250 sport bike westbound on Omo Ranch Road east of Fairplay Road at about 8:25 p.m., a California Highway Patrol press release stated. He was traveling at an unknown high rate of speed […]

Volleyball: El Dorado sweeps Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — El Dorado’s “Dig Deep to Dream Big” 2014 fall tour made a stop in Garden Valley Thursday night — but only for three sets as the Lady Cougars swept host Golden Sierra 25-20, 25-8, 25-16. The Placerville team took the court upon entering the building and left quickly after its win. “Lately […]

Planning Commission halts Town Center apartments

On Sept. 11, the El Dorado County Planning Commission denied plans to build a 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center in the project’s current form, yet the commission’s recommendations for revisions were mixed. Stockton-based developer A.G. Spanos Companies requested to increase the maximum residential density allowed in the General Plan from 24 dwelling units […]

Oak Ridge drops third straight; playoffs in peril

LOOMIS — Hoping to reverse its two-game skid to Sierra Foothill League foes Friday at Del Oro to keep postseason ambitions alive, Oak Ridge instead fell victim to the Golden Eagles’ big plays and reverse field scores in a 35-14 loss. The Trojans had wanted their second Placer County trip in three weeks to be fruitful but Del […]

Water polo: Ponderosa inches near title; Hill nets 10 goals

EL DORADO — Two is the magic number for the Ponderosa boys water polo team. In a Capital Valley Conference contest Thursday at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center, the Bruins (10-0, 15-6) silenced the Del Campo Cougars, 24-10. Talon Green broke a 4-4 tie on a pass from teammate Connor Overstreet who, with Reilley Waterman, pitched in […]

Crime Log: Oct. 7-11

Oct. 7 1:00 p.m. A 91-year-old male victim had money stolen from his apartment on Golden Center Court in Diamond Springs. 1:37 p.m. Russell Crupi, 36, was arrested for out of county warrant on Blackwood Road in South Lake Tahoe. Sarah Groves, 24, was arrested for alleged possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, being under the […]

Schedule: Oct. 20-25, 2014

Monday, Oct. 20 Golf PHS @ CVC Tourney, Cameron Park CC, noon OR @ SFL Tourney, Auburn Valley Soccer *Oakmont @ PHS, 3 p.m. Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Cordova, 7 p.m. Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7 p.m. Volleyball Rosemont @ ED, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7 p.m. Water polo […]


In the article, “Murder defendant takes the stand,” Steve Clifford did not find any evidence such as e-mails that Todd Winkler had joined dating Websites for European areas, as the prosecution alluded Winkler did.

Bruins’ 4th quarter lead slips way

FAIR OAKS — A strong start set the tone Friday for Ponderosa in its Capital Valley Conference football game against Del Campo. But the host Cougars, who trailed 21-6 in the first quarter, rallied in the fourth quarter for a 42-35 victory. Ponderosa (2-2 in the CVC, 4-3) led 35-28 entering the final quarter, and appeared […]

Food bank to hold hunger walk

On Sunday, Oct. 26,  the Food Bank of El Dorado County, in partnership with Union Mine High School, local businesses, organizations and churches will host its first Hangtown Hunger Walk event at Benham Park in Placerville at 1 p.m. El Dorado County residents are invited to join the Food Bank of El Dorado County by walking from Benham Park […]

High school district delivers 21st century classrooms

In an extremely competitive and ever-changing global market, students must be prepared for college or a career upon graduating from high school. To meet this crucial demand the El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) enhanced its schools’ classrooms with the latest technology that will prepare students for success in the 21st Century. Besides the […]

Art series to spark creativity and interest

KVIE Public Television, in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access 100 Artists initiative, presents an exclusive screening of “Secrets from Art in the Twenty-First Century,” the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. on KVIE Public Television. This event will also feature […]

As we were: All shook up

25 Years ago Oct. 20, 1989 Local quake help sent By URSULA ROSE El Dorado County sent firefighting strike teams to the earthquake region within hours of the tremor. Engines accompanied by three people each were sent from Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Diamond Springs and Placerville to the Livermore staging area, just over Altamont […]

Fantasy glides on the ice

Disney On Ice Presents “World of Fantasy” presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, is coming to Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, Wednesday to Sunday, Oct.22-26. Rev up for non-stop fun with four of favorite Disney stories when this action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.” Thrill […]

New CD celebrates a life in Placerville

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease first strummed guitar on a Placerville stage in 1962 and went on to become a central figure in what was once a lively local music scene. With a little help from some long-time […]

Dedication unites two kindred spirits

They died 139 years apart, but as of Sunday, Oct. 12, the legacies of two women were joined for as long as a granite monument and a marble headstone can withstand the march of time. Friends and family of the late Joan Barsotti, author and philanthropist, gathered on a sun-washed hill overlooking the small Gold […]

Belltower: Oakland Aviation Museum

Recently I had occasion to visit the Oakland Aviation Museum, located at 8252 Earhart Road in Oakland. It’s not on the level of the March Air Force Base Museum in Riverside or the Pima Air and Space Museum in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Ariz. But it has one airplane none of the […]

No to Prop. 45

Proposition 45 will just drive up insurance rates by making it more complicated, more difficult and way longer for health insurers to adjust their rates when the cost of medical care rises. Not only that, this measure guarantees that the state will load more costs onto health insurers. Here are two ways this initiative that […]

Officials warn of jury duty warrant scam

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received several phone calls over the weekend from citizens stating they were called by subjects identifying themselves by the names of local law enforcement officers. The citizens were told that the callers have warrants for their arrest for failing to respond to a […]

Heard over the back fence: Arts Council moving to Fausel House

BRING TWO BLANKETS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin” quote: “This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.” ART COUNCIL MOVING: The following “moving” announcement is provided: “After five years at 459 Main St., the El Dorado Arts […]

Measure K goes too far

EDITOR: A few years ago Placerville city officials proposed a roundabout at corner of Cedar Ravine and Main Street. Its stated purpose was to ease traffic congestion and tie Clay Street into the existing intersection. It would also have required the removal of many of the parking spaces in the Ivy House parking lot. I […]

Vote Penn for smart economic development

EDITOR: El Dorado County is at a crossroads. Suffering from water shortages, afflicted with increasing traffic and faced with out-of-county developers who are pushing for tens of thousands more homes, we need a new kind of leadership at the Board of Supervisors. In my opinion, Howard Penn fits the bill. He alone has the technology […]

Old Sac continues Day of the Dead celebration

In honor of the 40th anniversary of “Day of the Dead” celebrations in Sacramento, Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation have teamed up to present the third annual “Souls of the City” Dia De Los Muertos series of events and activities in Old Sacramento that take place throughout October and culminate on Nov. 1. […]

Horoscope, Sunday, October 19, 2014

Change Week The change is going to come, and it’s all starting this week. With three luminaries changing signs (including the ever-changing moon) and one changing direction, it’s inevitable. Today is about noticing everything you can about the current state so you have a decent “before” picture to compare your “after” to. Take notes. ARIES […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 18, 2014

Leo Moon of Messes The forces of the cat will rule the early day, promising improbable jumps and landings in the action. Will anything get tipped over in the scuffle? If it does, the Virgo moon takes over tonight, insisting that everyone calm down and get to work cleaning up the messy aftermath of all […]