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Folsom Marine coming home for first time since Kabul bombing

The Folsom Rodeo is a special event held every year in Folsom. This year it’s going to be even more special. Folsom native and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Tyler Justin Vargas-Andrews, 24, will be making his first trip home since being wounded Aug. 26, 2021, in a suicide bombing attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing killed 13 U.S. service members and wounded 18 Marines.
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Shark attack in Monterey leads to Folsom couple becoming heroes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A married couple from Folsom spoke out about saving a swimmer from a shark attack. Paul Bandy, a Sacramento Police Department officer and his wife Amy, an oncology nurse, were paddleboarding mid-morning on Wednesday, June 22 at Lovers Point Beach in Monterey Bay when they heard a loud and distinct cry.
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Man wanted in officer assault

Law enforcement officers are searching for 37-year-old Anthony Vincent Conti, Jr. after he reportedly assaulted two California Highway Patrol officers and fled June 24. The incident occurred in front of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Placerville Drive, where officers stopped Conti, said Placerville CHP Public Information Officer Andrew Brown.

Blue Ravine Road closed at Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom due to serious traffic collision

The Folsom Police Department has issued a traffic advisory as of 4:45 p.m. for travelers to avoid the area of Blue Ravine Rd and Oak Avenue Pkwy due to a serious traffic collision. Eastbound traffic on Blue Ravine Rd. at Oak Avenue Parkway is expected to remained closed for an undetermined amount of time into the evening. At this time there is no specific information on the collision.

In pictures: Patriotic pride strikes Sutter Street in 4th annual Hometown Parade

It was a parade for the ages Saturday as hundreds lined the streets of Historic Folsom for the 4th annual Hometown Parade. The event has become the official kick off to Independence Day week in the city, bringing the community together for an impressive display of celebration, fun and plenty of red, white and blue.

Folsom Pro Rodeo already a complete sell out

The Folsom Pro Rodeo has been entertaining spectators from Folsom and afar in the popular Dan Russell Arena for six decades and this week, it takes the first step towards its seventh. That’s right, it’s rodeo time in Folsom this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 61st annual event that has officially sold out as of Thursday morning.
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Alan Couchman becomes the new club champ

The June 20 competition featured battles for various flight championships and culminated in crowning our new club champion. Alan Couchman was the best by par, as he became our newest club champ. Carlos Lourenco rented his crown for a short time (he charges by the minute), so pictures could be taken of Alan.

Folsom Spray Parks and other fun places to cool off

Folsom, Calif.- Folsom Spray Parks provide a super convenient and free way for residents to splash around during the hottest parts of the day. For those looking for a little more ambitious level of fun and thrills, Folsom Lake and the South Fork of the American River provide easy nearby access to spend the day. Here’s a list of Folsom Spray Parks along with a brief list of ideas to escape that grueling summer heat. Happy Summer!
Mountain Democrat

Fire agencies to decide on ambulance services

The Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District Board of Directors will consider putting one ambulance out of service at its July 12 meeting. Fire officials say Station 49, currently housing Medic 49, is unable to properly staff the ambulance. The board previously voted to temporarily put the ambulance out of...

Conrad gets the job done for Eagles

Every team has an unsung hero or two, players who quietly go about their job, do it well and do it without complaint. Vista del Lago senior Rosie Conrad is that player for the varsity girls’ basketball team. For as long as she’s played basketball, Conrad has been more as a guard and played on the perimeter; it’s only the last two seasons at Vista that Conrad has turned into more of a post player and is playing more in the paint against bigger players.

Local photographer ‘Rooted in the West’

Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery is excited to feature Maresa Giovannini and her photography “Ramble On: Rooted in the West,” during the month of July. She will be presenting some of her favorite captures of the west as she continues the tradition of exploring, spending time in nature, sharing experiences and creating connections through photography.

4th Of July And First Weekend July Events

As detailed here today is the first day of the Mother Lode Fair. The Fair’s hours each day are from 3 PM to 11 PM. The theme of the Fair this year is “Sew it, Grow it, Show it” There will be carnival rides, food, crafts and animals. The annual Livestock Auction takes place Saturday afternoon. A free shuttle service (including the trolley) will provide runs to the fair from The Junction Shopping Center Friday through Sunday. Shuttles are highly recommended due to limited parking and additional congestion near the fairgrounds. Everyone who rides the trolley will receive a dollar off admission at the gate. Ticket, music, and details about the arena events are in the event listing here. From 1 to 4 pm on Friday Young Guns and Lawless, some of the pro modified trucks that will be featured pulling in the Arena Saturday night at the Fair, will be parked at Calaveras Lumber for display.

EDH Majors are 6-3 winners over Maidu

The El Dorado Hills Major All-Stars are a win away from reaching the championship game in the District 54 All-Star Tournament. Wednesday night at Mann Field in Folsom, El Dorado Hills defeated Maidu, 6-3, to advance in the winner’s bracket, while Maidu fell to the loser’s bracket and will play Lakeside at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game. El Dorado Hills will play Roseville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with the winner moving on to the championship game.

Pollock Pines Traffic Crash Injures Motorcyclist

Accident on U.S. 50 Caused When Motorcyclist Hits Object in Road. A traffic crash in Pollock Pines on June 25 caused injury to a motorcyclist and then the motorist fled the scene. The hit-and-run accident happened around 5:23 p.m. along westbound U.S. 50 just west of Sly Park Road in the Pollock Pines area east of Placerville. Authorities were notified that a motorcyclist was down in the center divider.

Calaveras Fires Destroy Duplex And Home

Valley Springs, CA — There were significant notable fires late yesterday that destroyed residences in Valley Springs and Burson. There was a fire in downtown Valley Springs last night that destroyed a duplex on Daphne Street and spread to some nearby vegetation. It destroyed both units and also spread to the attic. It ignited shortly before 6:10pm. Two firefighters were injured in battling the blaze. The Red Cross provided shelter for a family of three that was displaced.
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Highway for a hero

A stretch of Highway 50 in Placerville is now the Deputy Sheriff Brian “Ish” Ishmael Memorial Highway. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office unveiled signs for the memorial highway Monday morning before Ishmael’s family, friends and colleagues, all gathered at the sheriff’s headquarters for the special event.

Good Samaritan stamps out litter, weeds

“I walk here every day,” said Barry Gordon as he raked leaves outside the El Dorado Hills Post Office on a sultry Saturday morning. An unassuming, quiet fellow, the 71-year-old has taken it upon himself to clean up various areas around the community, including the post office grounds. “Anything in front of me when I walk, if it’s trash I pick it up.”

'He has the support of the community': Folsom Pro Rodeo honoring Marine injured in suicide bombing

FOLSOM, Calif. — Warfighter Overwatch is planning to honor U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews at the Folsom Pro Rodeo Sunday. Vargas-Andrews, a Folsom native, was injured in a deadly suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport while serving in Afghanistan last year. He lost his entire left leg, his right arm just above the elbow, and suffered several other injuries.