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Horoscope, Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Moon and the Nature of Beauty John Keats said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” and yet the very nature of beauty is temporal. It goes through ugly stages to get there, is there for a moment and then it fades. What’s really everlasting is not the “thing” itself, but the moment […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mercury Enters Cancer Mercury’s entrance into protective Cancer may bring back that scenario that makes your blood boil to think about. You’d love to let them know how you really feel, though expressing yourself may not help in the current climate. If holding yourself back is too hard, concentrate on holding only one small part […]

Tourism in Placerville

EDITOR: I read with interest in the subject of tourists stopping in Placerville on their way to Tahoe. Placerville is a quaint and interesting town with a lot to offer. There always seems to be a however … twice a year my family travels from all over California and various other states to Tahoe. We have a […]

Silencing the hate

EDITOR: Whenever Al Roker goes outside on the Today show, the gathered fans (mostly the women) behind the rope barrier give out with high-pitched “Wooo-ooo” yells. Whenever some comical host on an evening talk show says anything the least bit provocative, the audience members (again, mostly women) give out with that same high-pitched scream. The […]

Forest management gone wrong

EDITOR: I was heartened to see that they are going to do some thinning and fire suppression work on Highway 50. We can sure use it. But the story misses the bigger fire suppression issues that continue not to be addressed. Due to ineptitude by the Forest Service and tree-hugger lawsuits, many hundreds of thousands […]

Prevent backyard wildlife conflicts

Have you ever woken to the sound of a scampering animal in the ceiling above your bed or been startled by a strange scratching noise in your walls? If so, you understand the frustration of having wildlife take up residence in your home. Skunks, squirrels and raccoons are among the common culprits that end up […]

Pierson urges taxpayers to focus what’s really important

It was billed as a talk by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson on department functions and budget considerations. Instead the June 29 meeting of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County turned into a discussion about casinos, the Supreme Court, the fall of the Roman Empire, grand juries, the shooting of an unarmed suspect in South Lake […]

Drought prompts fish evacuation at local hatcheries

With a fourth year of extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving fish out of the American River and the Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row. Bureau of Reclamation models suggest water temperatures at the hatcheries could be at lethal levels […]

John Stossel: Heroes, villians

Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, “Jurassic World?” It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed since our independence, the anniversary of which […]

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Never patriotic: The real meaning of the Confederate flag

By Joe Conason In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face. Dozens of those clues were posted by an angry, glaring Dylann Storm Roof on the “Last Rhodesian,” website, where the confessed Charleston killer pays homage to certain flags […]

Suspected DUI rollover lands one in jail, one in the hospital

Shannon Laney South Lake Tahoe Police Department SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle rollover traffic collision on Pioneer Trail near Woodbine Road at 2 a.m. on July 3. When officers arrived on scene, they found a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer resting on its roof. Witnesses identified the driver […]

Join the sheriff’s citizens academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is excited to offer El Dorado County residents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the many aspects of law enforcement and role the Sheriff’s Office plays in their community at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. By attending this academy, participants will develop a better understanding of the guidelines under which […]

Roundup: July 6, 2015

Baseball El Dorado Post 119 14, Fairfield 9 In Friday’s opener of the first-ever El Dorado High School Fourth of July Tournament at El Dorado High, Post 119 trailed 9-2 after four innings. Then in the fifth inning, a combination of walks and hits, plus two errors trimmed Fairfield’s lead. In the sixth inning, Post 119 turned […]

Comeback not in Post 119’s deck

One day after rallying from a 9-2 deficit to win 14-9 its first game in the first-ever El Dorado High School Fourth of July Tournament, the El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion baseball team found itself in another come-from-behind situation last Saturday. Behind 3-0, Post 119 appeared ready for another come-from-behind win in Saturday’s pool play game against […]

Independence Day racing is ‘Spectacular’

DeCaires, Stone, Murphy fend off on-track fireworks to score July Fourth victories Saturday night saw a sold-out grandstand with one of the largest crowds in several years for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. This annual night of racing lived up to its name this year with one of the best racing surfaces the holiday […]

Tahoe Basin fire restrictions in effect

Fire restrictions on National Forest system lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Wednesday, July 1, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in […]

EID bills add ‘gallons per day’

In an effort to provide additional tools for customers to better understand their household’s water usage, all El Dorado Irrigation District bills will now show gallons and give a “gallons per day” total alongside the standard usage in cubic feet. The new information is located directly below the utility account information. This provides an easy-to-understand […]

Divorces: May & June 2015

Linda S. Farrell and Daniel R. Farrell, June 29, 2015 Jason Beckett and and Lisa Beckett, June 29, 2015 Emory Helton and Jane Helton, June 29, 2015 Sherri Anderson and Eric Anderson, June 29, 2015 Charene L. Whorton and Steven M. Whorton, June 29, 2015 Shauna M. Young and Erike J. Young, June 29, 2015 […]

El Dorado High splits first two

A smaller lead became bigger and an eventual 6-0 victory for the El Dorado High School summer baseball team over Kennedy at Friday’s first-ever Fourth of July Tournament on El Dorado’s field. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when El Dorado (17-2) pushed across its first run as Chris Pederson […]

Schedule: July 6-12, 2015

Monday, July 6 Baseball Little League All Stars Juniors @ Mahany Park, Roseville Ponderosa vs. Folsom National, 6 p.m. 10/11s @ Mahany Park, tbd Tuesday, July 7 Baseball Little League All Stars 10/11s @ Mahany Park, Roseville El Dorado Hills vs tba, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 Baseball Liberty Ranch @ EDHS (2), 4 p.m. Little […]

Crime Log: July 1-3

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: July 1 8:19 a.m. Vandalism was reported on Robin Lane in Cameron Park. 8:56 a.m. A burglary was reported at the Coloma Post Office. 10:44 a.m. An 80-year-old man reported a grand theft on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. 11:58 p.m. A petty theft […]

California Rambling: Southern California’s Lake Tahoe

Northern California has Tahoe, and Southern California has Big Bear. Though Big Bear Lake is a reservoir (created in 1884 by damming seven-miles of the San Bernardino Mountains’ Bear Valley) and Lake Tahoe is a natural Sierra Nevada basin, the two mountain lakes and their resort communities have much in common to compare and study. […]

Check your facts first

EDITOR A letter to editor in Monday’s Mountain Democrat complained of EID giving away 3,100 acre-feet of water to Fresno and Kings County, without press coverage about it. I think this has been in the local press, but will answer from memory of discussion at an EID board meeting. EID has surplus water from Project […]

Where are the service organization logos?

EDITOR: I read in the Monday, June 29, Mountain Democrat that there is a controversy regarding the Placerville sign and whether to include event advertising or not. I feel that, before any changes are made, the city of Placerville (should) find and reinstall the service organization logos that were taken down when Highway 50 was […]

Placerville home burns down

A Lumsden Park Drive home burned to the ground in the early morning hours of July 2.

El Dorado County firefighters responded to the blaze at 2:23 a.m. and found the Placerville residence fully engulfed, according to Division Chief Tim Cordero. One acre of property around the home also burned.

No one was injured as the home was empty at the time, and no other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Farmers market defense

EDITOR: Greg Homer’s snide letter of June 17 disparaging the Placerville Farmers Market was irritatingly condescending. After stereotyping the clientele, he racially profiles the sellers. He claims their wares are likely from Mexico and Southern California via Safeway. Mr. Homer, you are so off base; it does make a person wonder why you feel compelled […]

Holiday terror alert: Law enforcement always prepared

No increased threat for El Dorado county Security agencies all around the country are in a heightened state of alert as the July 4th holiday approaches. A number of news organizations report that their sources have described a high, even the “highest ever terror alert,” since 9/11. The FBI has set up command posts throughout the nation […]

Thanks for the help

EDITOR: I wanted to take a moment to commend and thank Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and his assistant Kathy Witherow for their help in resolving an important issue I was having with the city of Folsom. Even though El Dorado County was not directly impacted by my immediate issue with Folsom, they were willing and able to […]

Fireworks are illegal

Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

The Weekly Daley: Ain’t love grand!

“I’m in love with at least one if not two or more convicted murderers. He and/or they are who I want to spend the rest of my life with, maybe have his/their baby or babies one day. We’ll be so happy. Ain’t love grand! But first I have to help them bust out of prison, […]

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