Camino, CA

Auburn man arrested for concealed firearm at Newcastle gas station

An Auburn man was arrested June 17 on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle at the Speedway gas station in Newcastle. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported a deputy observed two males sitting in a vehicle at the gas station with open containers of alcohol just before 10 p.m. and told them having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle was against the law.
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Competitors weigh in on the most challenging part of Western States Trail

With more than 18,000 feet of climbing and 22,000 feet of descent, the Western States Trail is one of the hardest ultra-running courses in the world. From the start, Western States Endurance Run competitors will climb nearly 3,000 feet in just five miles before descending another 2,000 just after the 10-mile mark. By the time runners reach that point, they will be just one-tenth of the way done with the race.
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Pet Adoption Specials at Placer County Animal Services

Auburn, Calif.- Interested in adopting a furry friend to your family? Now through July 2, 2022, Placer County Animal Services is holding pet adoption specials for Adopt-A-Palooza!. $10 discounted adoptions for cats and dogs through July 2, 2022 at Placer County Animal Services. An additional licensing fee may be required....

Auburn Folsom Road repairs coming soon

City of Auburn officials are working with contractors to schedule dates next month for repair work on one of the city’s busiest roads. Public Works Manager Mengil Deane said there will be two sets of roadwork, an overlay and slurry seal, which should start in July. He said the overlay work will begin in early July, and the slurry seal will occur in late July.

El Dorado County man arrested for alleged battery and stalking

Originally published as an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post:. “Yesterday, EDSO deputies located and arrested 34 year old Jesse Okamoto of El Dorado Hills and booked him into jail for battery and stalking charges. EDSO has received multiple complaints of a male harassing and assaulting female pedestrians...

Tevis Cup Ride is on deck

While the Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile ultra-running event in the world, it was conceived by the Tevis Ride. And with the Western States stepping to the plate June 25 from Olympic Valley to Placer High School, the Tevis Cup Ride is on deck, scheduled for July 16 from Robie Park near Truckee to the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Meet the only Chicago runner attempting rugged 100-mile ultramarathon

WGN reporter Mike Lowe and photojournalist Kevin Doellman spoke with a Chicago man taking on one of the most extreme tests of human endurance. Financial advisor Anthony Severino is the only Chicagoan competing in the exclusive Western States 100-mile ultramarathon.  Three hundred and eight five people from more than 30 countries won a lottery to compete this weekend in California. […]
Daily Californian

The only way out is through: 2022 Western States 100 preview

During the last full weekend in June in the ultra-running world, there’s only one place to be: the Western States 100. Arguably the most prestigious ultra-running race on the planet, the Western States 100 starts in Olympic Valley and ends in Auburn. It snakes through the North Sierra Nevada along the infamous Western States trail for 100 miles, following a route carved into the mountains by gold and silver miners of the 1850s.
San Luis Obispo Tribune

Sacramento couple saves California man attacked by shark during vacation

A group of good Samaritans including a vacationing Folsom couple rallied together Wednesday to help rescue a man who was seriously injured in a Central California shark attack. The unusual shark encounter happened about 10:35 a.m. at Lovers Point Beach, according to police in the town of Pacific Grove. Before...

From walk-on to ultra runner: a Chico State alum's path to ultramarathons

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State alum Tim Tollefson will run in the Western States 100 this weekend. Western States is a 100-mile ultramarathon that begins near Lake Tahoe and ends in Auburn. Tollefson has completed one in 13 hours and 28 minutes, which comes out to just over eight minutes a mile.

Runs, races and rides: A look at some of Auburn's endurance events

What: 50k, 35k, half marathon and 13k races at Overlook Park in Auburn. The website describes the 50k, a UTMB World Series qualifier, as “one of the most challenging in the Auburn/Cool area” with more than 6,000 feet of climbing on four hills: Cardiac, K2 (aka Training Hill), Knickerbocker (the old Auburn Dam site) and Overlook. There were 187 finishers in the most recent February race.

Penryn man sentenced to over five years for stalking 16-year-old girl

On Thursday, the Honorable Judge Howell sentenced Gregory Elvis Hyde, 30, of Penryn to five years and four months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. On Sept. 8, 2021, Hyde followed, stalked and threatened a victim while she was out for a run. The victim felt unsafe and...

Western States Endurance Run a boon for Auburn economy

John Donlevy was a busy man Wednesday. On top of his daily duties as Auburn’s city manager, he was at Fire Station No. 1 preparing enough food to feed 170-200 people for the Western States Endurance Run international dinner at School Park Preserve. Donlevy said he cooked 10 pork...

How old are the cities in the Sacramento region?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — On July 1, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove will have been incorporated cities for 19 years and 22 years, respectively.  The two cities are also among the youngest of the seven incorporated cities in Sacramento County. According to the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions, Sacramento is the oldest incorporated […]
Mountain Democrat

Fan Halen to rock Placerville stage

Fan Halen, the world’s most authentic tribute to Van Halen will play at Saureel Vineyards — bringing non-stop entertainment to the stage. Fans will get to enjoy all of the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen. Based in Southern California, Fan Halen’s members have been together for more than 10 years, playing to enthusiastic crowds all over the U.S. as well as the globe, including Japan, South and Central America, Canada and Mexico.
Mountain Democrat

Ronald Darr Jr.

Ronald Darr Jr. passed away June 6 peacefully in his sleep from heart disease and asthma. He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Margaret Darr. He is survived by seven siblings Michael Sr. (Linda) Darr, Kevin Sr. (Terri) Darr, Rosemary (Patrick) Pendola, Eileen (David) Butterfield, Hanora (Robert) Morris, Mary (Jimmie) Owens and Thomas (Anne) Darr, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Celebration of life will be held at Lyons Park 3633 Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville from 2-4 p.m. on July 10. No flowers please.
Mountain Democrat

Homelessness: effective solutions

This is in response to recent letters regarding the complex issue of how to help the homeless while preserving public health, safety and the livability of cities. If we are going to have a constructive debate in this county, it’s important to first acknowledge where the disagreements lie. The...
Mountain Democrat

Head to Apple Hill for lavender, blueberries

The farms of the Apple Hill Growers Association are known for their amazing apple crops, but the area produces much more, including wine grapes, stone fruit and a variety of vegetables. A few that might come as a surprise are lavender and blueberries and at this time of year purple and blue blooms transform the fields in the Sierra foothills.