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Horoscope, Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Sun and Neptune Square Perception and reality are the theme while the sun squares Neptune. In this social media-driven world, it’s wise to be careful about how one might be perceived, but don’t be too careful. No one likes the one who does everything right. It’s not relatable. What’s really attractive is a person […]

Horoscope, Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sun and Mercury Mutual Respect Respect is big in the animal world, where crossing territorial lines or exhibiting threatening behavior can cause creatures to ostracize or eat one another. Humans are hardly more civilized when disrespected. An alignment of the sun and Mercury will ease yesterday’s tension and remind us that self-respect draws the respect […]

Horoscope, Friday, May 29, 2015

War and Peace Sky The second difficult square of the week features Mercury in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces. People have a way of saying the exact thing that could most trigger deep unrest in another. They don’t even have to try. Countering this aspect is the peaceful Libra moon. When you feel your fist […]

Bruins sign for college

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High had its signing ceremony for athletes last week who will play sports at the college level. Signing their Letter Of Intent forms were: Angelica Huettl (Soccer, Dominican University), Haward Gomes (Volleyball, Bristol College), Elle Estes (Soccer, Cal State Bakersfield), Alyssa Herrman, Soccer, CSU Stanislaus), Terra Jerpbak (Softball, Yale), Jake Hilliker (Baseball, […]

Workshop offered to overcome guilt and transform shame

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at 438 Main Street, Suite D, in Placerville on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will help participants become aware of the thinking that creates guilt […]

Budgets reviewed by water agencies

Board members of the El Dorado County Water and Power Authority and the El Dorado County Water Agency previewed next year’s budgets for their respective agencies at their May 13 meeting. EDWPA board members also received an update on what has been spent to date on the water rights project and what they will be asked to […]

EID resets watering days for summer

After a series of motions that failed due to a lack of votes, on Tuesday the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to allow three days of outdoor watering per week effective June 1 through Sept. 30. Customers’ watering days will remain based on the residence’s street address ending number, with irrigation limited to before […]

Firefighter injured as house fire contained

A house fire on May 24 burned the second floor of a home in Placerville. The house at 100 Bison Lane in Placerville suffered “extensive damage to the second floor,” El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Paul McVay said. But the fire was contained to the second floor, with only minor damage to the first […]

Placerville City Council: Medical marijuana dispensaries discussed

Placerville City Council heard a report on the status of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Placerville at the May 26 meeting. The report, drafted by City Attorney John Driscoll in response to a request by Councilman John Clerici, detailed the history of the Compassionate Use Act and SB 420, which established the Medical […]

Rescue Raceway back on track

On the backburner for a while, the Rescue Raceway is once again up and running with a full contingent of racing enthusiasts revving up their engines in the name of getting first to the finish line.

Located next to the Rescue Community Center on Green Valley Road, the return of the raceway is like the story of the comeback kid.

Originally it was a racetrack for remote-controlled cars powered by gasoline engines.

“But they were very noisy and the neighbors …”

Placerville native bused to the top

Susan Dreier, 56, may have started her career as a bus driver, but she’s since traveled a whole lot further with her most recent accomplishment being named the chief executive officer for the Pierce County Public Transit System in Pierce County, Wash. Originally from Placerville, where her mother still lives, Dreier said she began her career […]

DUI stats for Memorial Day weekend released

The number of DUI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend increased by 400 percent from 2014. Between 12:01 a.m. May 22 and midnight May 25, four people were arrested for DUI in the county, a press release from the District Attorney’s Office stated. In 2014, no arrests were made over the same holiday weekend. No […]

County home to three Gold Ribbon schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. […]

Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

E-WASTE COLLECTION The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste […]

Old wood given new life with El Dorado High School class

On May 15, students in Lance Gunnersen’s woodshop class at El Dorado High School had an opportunity to see the culmination of one of their projects and learn a little bit of history about Diamond Springs. When Linda Wells, Mother Lode Lion and good friend of Clara Scheiber, saw the knotty pine ceiling boards being […]

Lake Levels: May 28, 2015

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. May 27, 2015 Elevation (feet) 421.94 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 544,000 56% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 830 Outflow 1,502 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. May 28, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,461.10 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 34,889 85% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 6.77 Outflow […]

Mary Valerie Majewski

June 16, 1913 — May 21, 2015 Mary Valerie Majewski was born on June 16, 1913, of Polish immigrant parents in Detroit, Mich. She passed away peacefully on May 21, 2015, surrounded by her family in Placerville, Calif. She was a beloved wife and mother whose strong faith and love of family sustained her for […]

Cara D. Hutchinson

Feb. 17, 1962 — May 15, 2015 Cara D. Hutchinson passed away suddenly at home in Rancho Murieta, Calif., on May 15, 2015. She was the loving daughter of Helga Tixel and the late Reinhard Tixel and brother of Arno Tixel. She leaves behind many relatives in the U.S. and in Europe. Cara was born […]

Lance Dorian Callender

July 2, 1960 — May 11, 2015 Drifting into our hearts, Lance Dorian Callender left an imprint that will last an eternity. In 2011, nomadic Lance drifted into Hangtown on his steel horse, sporting a Stetson hat and Langlitz jacket in quest of an aromatic vintage cigar. Driven by an old historian soul and adventurous […]

Richard S. Taylor

Sept. 16, 1943 — May 21, 2015 Richard passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 21, 2015. He had lived in Rescue, El Dorado County, Calif., since 1980 with his wife of 47 years, Marilyn. Richard is survived by his wife; daughter, Karen Carter of Placerville; two grandchildren; and his son, John Taylor of […]

Larry Hansen

Nov. 24, 1954 — May 12, 2015 Larry was born in Eureka, Calif. He was the son of Edie and Earl Hansen; loving husband of Debora Hansen; and father to Dannan Dittmar, Amie Muramoto, Rachel Baxley and Amy Mason. He was greatly adored by many grandchildren. Larry lived on the Divide for the past six happy […]

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

EL DORADO HILLS — New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Today, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has accumulated a 4.1 grade point average, will receive his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the CSD pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend Yale in New […]

Quartet enjoyed final game

SACRAMENTO — Five El Dorado County high school softball players ended their diamond prep careers at the 38th annual Optimist High School Softball All-Star games on the Capital Christian High diamonds Wednesday night. Oak Ridge utility player Sky Divinagracia and outfielder Kelsey Sather joined Ponderosa pitcher Terra Jerpbak and catcher Erin Anderson on the South squad for the large […]

Things to do: May 29, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, June 1 through July 5, is featuring the creative photography of Jack Nissen. His latest work includes a series of exquisite flowers. Other works include wildlife, scenery, old farm equipment and buildings and some of his work explores the digital infrared technique. Also showcased in […]

Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing on the home court the final time in his prep career, Haward Gomes’ impressive hitting display carried host Ponderosa to a comeback 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Saratoga Tuesday night. The win made area history. The Bruins, the Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up, became the first-ever county boys team to make […]

The weekly Daley: Spare ‘climate’ change?

I’ve had a couple of interesting conversations lately with two climate change deniers. Smart, respectable, world-wise guys who have been around as many, if not more, blocks than I. They simply do not believe any of the reports of climate change, melting glaciers, rising seas. Lies, all lies, they say. Cooked up by corrupt “greener […]

Keep Chris Daley on the opinion page

EDITOR: I noticed just recently that long time opinion column writer, Chris Daley has started writing news items for the Mountain Democrat. That is a major editorial gaff. In several recent articles authored by Mr. Daley, it is apparent that he is having a hard time separating the facts surrounding an issue from his opinion. […]

Attention graduates

Many El Dorado County high schools and even area colleges will be hosting graduation ceremonies this weekend. Years of hard work have been completed, and a bright future lies ahead for many. We wish all graduates good fortune going forward. For the high school graduates, welcome to adulthood. Whether you’re off to college after the […]

Response to ‘Harn talks budget to Taxpayers group’

EDITOR: I have been frequently fascinated by Joe Harn’s stories to the Taxpayers Association, but I have yet to be able to reconcile the veracity of any that I have heard. Americans can buy a new Ford Escort with all the bells and whistles for less money than a stripped down 1938 version. We enjoy […]

The socialist agenda

EDITOR: I read Gene Altshuler’s article demanding we continue compromising. He, a socialist, wants to force a business owner to bake him a cake. If the proprietor refuses to bake it, Altshuler will sue him. A conservative would simply spend his money elsewhere. Altshuler believes there should be a law informing us that we have […]

Engagement: Meghan Irene Brand and Scott Allen Sanstad

Meghan Irene Brand of Rancho Cordova and Scott Allen Sanstad of Orangevale have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Brand of Rancho Cordova and is a partner at Opportunity Acres in Shingle Springs. The groom-to-be is the son of Stanley and Carole Sanstad and is a computer technician at Intel Corporation in Folsom. The […]

PPD Bike Patrol Unit gets two new rides

The community harnessed the power of social media to purchase two new bicycles for the Placerville Police Department Bike Patrol Unit, compliments of the community. It all started with the Facebook group “The El Dorado County Watch” wanting to find a way to show support for the stepped up presence of police patrols on bike […]

Wagonmaster Downer is back for year two

Last year, the Highway 50 Wagon Train had a new wagonmaster for the first time since 2001. Steve Downer, a seven-year veteran of the Wagon Train took over for Dianna Newborn with the help of the whole train and this year he’s back again as wagonmaster for the 66th Highway 50 Association Wagon Train which […]

Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

What: 2015 Spring Art Studio Tour Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association Where: Studios and galleries in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and Folsom When: Saturday and Sunday. May 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: eldoradohillsarts.com or 408-429-4832 Two local artists, one of whom expresses the beauty of life through her wonderful photos, the […]

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