Monday, September 22, 2014

Repave Main Street input needed

A community meeting to kick off the design of Main Street improvements is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main Street in Placerville. The intent of the meeting will be to define the base project, including roadway, utility and pedestrian improvements and to gather up-front input […]

Horoscope, Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jupiter and Uranus Do Standup Jupiter and Uranus form a lucky alignment for humor lovers everywhere. It’s like a cosmic standup comedy show, and we can all benefit from visiting the lighter side of life. It will be easier to see how most of our problems are not unique to us. In fact, so much […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Moon Resolution For those in the Pacific time zone, the new moon happened yesterday, and for the Eastern time zone, it happens today. The energy of this new moon focuses on partnerships, group unity and harmonious relationships of all kinds. If there’s someone you need to forgive, do it now, especially if the someone […]

Outburst puts pause to Winkler murder trial

The prosecution’s opening statement of the Todd Winkler murder trial was marred by an explosive outburst by the defendant, screaming at the prosecutor and bringing a pause to the proceedings. “This is a case about a mastermind, a manipulator, a murderer,” Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder began in her opening statement. On Feb. 27, 2012, […]

Master Food Preservers: What to do with that apple harvest

It’s apple time. Apples are wonderful; you can do so many things with them, and they stand up to it all so well. Freezing, canning, juicing, dehydrating, pickling — you name it, they can take it. We are lucky to live in an area where there are so many apple orchards if you don’t have […]

At a glance: Good sport

On Sept. 24, 1934 Babe Ruth played his last game with the New York Yankees. Soon Derek Jeter will play his last game with the Yankees. With so many athletes doing stupid things it is nice to honor an athlete that has represented his team and himself with good sportsmanship.   Tapping around The Cameron […]

Roundup: Sewel, OR girls golf take 1st place

Waterpolo  Boys El Dorado 9, Rio Linda 8 — Goals: Dylan Thompson 4, Nico Camello 2, Josh Wienholz 1, Nathan Camello 1, Justin Jumper 1. Steals: Thompson 3, Nathan Camello 2, Nico Camello 1, Wienholz 1, Austin Davis 1. Assists: Wienholz 2, Thompson 1, Nico Camello 1, Nathan Camello 1, Keefe Pesko 1, Davis 1, […]

Camino businesses undeterred by smoke

Despite the massive King Fire and the smoke covering the county, the wineries and farms of Camino and Apple Hill are doing relatively well. “It’s hard to say,” Bill Gunn of Jodar Winery said of the affects of the fire on business. “It’s cyclical anyway. The smoke over the weekend” affected those down the hill […]

Outside with Charlie: King’s toll

The King Fire has brought a screeching halt to quite a few outdoor recreation plans, including postponing several youth and high school athletic contests. The fire is massive, complex, and continues to be dangerous. While there are still outdoor recreation possibilities, you’ll have to check not only where the fire is actively burning, but the […]

The After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Weather brings red flag warning for King Fire

At 89,574 acres, the King Fire continues to grow but at a much slower pace as more and more resources are thrown at it, with containment at 35 percent as of Tuesday morning.

But with a return to dry conditions and wind, at a briefing Monday night, fire personnel issued a red flag warning from 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 until 8 p.m. Sept. 24, with temperatures expected in the range of 75-82 degrees on Tuesday and ridge top winds reaching 20 to 35 mph.

Held at the evacuation center located at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Camino …

California Wing locates missing pilot

Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing located a downed aircraft Sept. 16 that was missing since Sept. 15. The pilot, who was seen walking near the airplane, was transported from the crash site in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains via a National Park Service helicopter. CAP spotted the downed aircraft at 9:03 a.m. Sept. 16 near […]

Grow For It!: Divide and multiply — the easiest propagation technique

Check around the garden. Do you see great crowded lumps of Shasta Daisies? Are your potted mums sending out an SOS? Overcrowding in the Aster department? Massive Panzer divisions of sedums threatening to overrun every other plant in their path? Artichokes the size of the Empire State Building? Time to divide and multiply. Autumn is […]

Hangtown’s Smith a national champ

Will represent USA DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith of Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs regained the US National Championship Veteran-50 last month in Columbus, OH and was named by USA Fencing to the 2014 Veterans World Championship Team representing the US in Hungary this October. “Local girl makes good,” commented Hangtown Saber Head Coach […]

Linthicum a 3-time Length of Tahoe finisher

LAKE TAHOE — Conventional thinking for some feel the world’s natural wonders are there for specific reasons: A tall mountain should be climbed; a wilderness trail is for hiking; and a large body of water, like Lake Tahoe, is to swim. Tom Linthicum bought into the latter. The Fair Play resident is believed to be the only […]

Solo fatality in Mt. Aukum

A man died in a solo vehicle collision in Mount Aukum on Sept. 22. Allen Mosby, 69, of Somerset, was driving his black 1932 Ford Model B Hot Rod from westbound Grizzly Flat Road to southbound Mount Aukum Road, a CHP press release stated. After stopping at the intersection’s stop sign, he accelerated rapidly into […]

Discover the true gold in Coloma

The beautiful river gorge along the South Fork of the American that opens into a small valley enclosure called Coloma once saw a population of 10,000 harried souls digging in the dirt, blasting rocks and moving mountains as they clamored for gold. Today Coloma has fewer than 500 people who call it home, but they […]

Lady Diamondbacks win at Frogtown

ANGELS CAMP — Union Mine’s varsity girls cross country team continued its strong early season results with a win Saturday at the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. It was an opportunity for the D’backs to see both the course and many of the schools they’ll compete against later in the […]

Trojans, Grizzlies compete at Josh Ruff Memorial

FOLSOM — Saturday was a good day for the Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra High cross country programs at the annual Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus. Twenty-five schools competed in the memorial of Josh Ruff, a 2007 Oak Ridge alumnus who died two years ago. The Oak […]

Sullivan appointed to Superior Court bench

The Superior Court of El Dorado County announced the appointment of the Honorable Dylan Sullivan to Office 5 of the Superior Court of California, county of El Dorado, to fill the unexpired term of retired Judge Daniel B. Proud. Judge Sullivan was previously appointed as court commissioner on Sept. 12, 2011. She has been the […]

Crime Log: Sept. 9

Sept. 9 12:59 a.m. A male subject was arrested on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs for alleged possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. 6:38 a.m. The suspect did not let the 19-year-old female victim get out of his vehicle when she asked to on Broadway Drive in Placerville. The victim was in fear for her […]

Snowshoe gets new look

The Snowshoe Thompson mural on the building at 248 Main St. in Placerville is being restored. First completed in the spring of 2003, it reached its 10 year anniversary last May and had begun to show signs of fading. Pat and Beverly Blackwell, owners of the Snowshoe Thompson Building, decided to fund and move forward […]

Henry Ellis Carr

Oct. 7, 1947 — Aug. 30, 2014 A celebration of the Season of Henry Ellis Carr, 66, will take place at Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 3 p.m. He died at home watching a baseball game on Aug. 30, 2014, after a long battle with […]

June Ellen Abbott

June 14, 1929 — Sept. 14, 2014 June Ellen Abbott was born in Compton, Calif., and passed away peacefully at home in Pollock Pines, Calif. She was the loving wife of Avory Abbott for 38 years; mother of Kate Durkee, Robin Durkee, Sher Kirkpatrick and John Durkee; and stepmother to Lynne Sanchez, Layne Nelson, Andy […]

Carl Drysdale

Sept. 19, 1920 — Sept. 8, 2014 A military burial and a celebration of life for World War ll vet and resident of Cameron Estates since 1977, Carl Drysdale, will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon on I-80. A memorial […]

Bobbi Marie

July 22, 1942 — Sept. 4, 2014 Bobbi was a long time employee of Marshall Hospital, retiring in 2005. She had an ardent passion for respiratory home care, helping many patients in the community. It was her commitment to her patients and their needs that led to her involvement in the formation of the Helen […]

My turn: Closing waters to recreational fishing senseless

It took a change of leadership in Australia to bring some sense to marine reserves off their coastline, and it will take the same thing here in California before intelligent, science-based decisions can be made about our own Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A newly-elected leadership in Australia’s government has announced it will repeal the management […]

Weather stats 9-23-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: The opt-out syndrome

One of the most sacred rights we have as Americans is the right to vote. Yet citizens are opting out of the political system and not exercising this right in alarming numbers. In the last presidential election, 42.5 percent didn’t bother. No one expects a midterm turnout to approach that of a presidential year. For […]

Water politics

Make no mistake, there is a drought on. The rainfall season that began July 1, 2013, and ended June 30, 2014 was the fourth driest on record. Our rainfall records go back to the 1873-74 rain season. We remain optimistic that this is a one-off year like 1986-87 that recorded 19.42 inches and was followed […]

Heard over the back fence: Hitchcock movie on the lawn

STRAWBERRY ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Strawberry” T-shirt statement: “Blossom where you’re planted * Be tasteful * Drink in the sunshine * Keep close to the earth * Savor lifer’s sweetness * Let good ideas ripen * Jam with your friends!” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: On Oct. 4 at 7:45 p.m., you can […]

The state of Jefferson

EDITOR: There are many who don’t want to be a part of California. They want to form the state of Jefferson. The reason is they don’t want to pay taxes and believe that forming a smaller state will mean fewer taxes. That is fine. But had the rural counties broken off from California there is […]

Man found dead downtown

A man was found dead in downtown Placerville on Sept. 19. Placerville Police Commander Kim Nida said the man was found at the intersection of Clay and Locust streets at about 7 a.m. He was identified as a 59-year-old transient. Nida did not provide a name. There were no signs of foul play.

Red herrings

EDITOR: Wild Chinook salmon are the most prolific, most widely adapted, most farmed salmon in the world, from Washington’s Columbia River, Canada, Alaska, Kamchatka, the Sakhalin Islands to Patagonia, Chile and New Zealand, healthy populations abound. Yet California uses this species to manipulate water rights, hamstringing agriculture so urban folk can wash their Audis. The […]

Forest Hill PUD

EDITOR: About a year ago or so we read about the dire financial difficulties of the Forrest Hill PUD. They lost their manager, spent their reserves and had trouble paying their bills. They had deteriorating pipes they could not repair because of a lack of money and manpower. They required help from a neighbor. There […]