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Drought relief hopes melting away

Frank Gehrke, Department of Water Resources chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys, uses a hollow tube to collect a snow sample during the March 3 snow survey at Phillips Station near Sierra at Tahoe. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The results of Tuesday’s snow survey at Phillips Station were disappointing with an average of 6.7 inches of snow on the ground and slightly less than 1 inch of water content. At only 5 percent of the historical average for the site, the results were actually down from last month’s average of 12 percent. “It’s pretty grim,” said Frank Gehrke, chief […]

No Comment / March 04, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Longtime editor of the Mountain Democrat retiring

After almost 37 years at the Mountain Democrat — virtually all of it as an editor — Mike Raffety is retiring as of Feb. 23. The Mountain Democrat is a sister publication of Village Life, Cameron Park Life and other McNaughton-owned newspapers. A fixture at the paper for more than a generation, Raffety has served in multiple capacities — reporter, […]

No Comment / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mohr named to CPCSD

Margaret Mohr was selected to fill the vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District las month. The opening was created after Vicky Neibauer resigned in December. Mohr is the chief marketing officer for e.Republic. Her current duties with the company include company branding, external marketing efforts, public relation campaigns, developing advertising campaigns […]

Comments Off / January 29, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Car chase ends in EDH

A spike strip deployed on Highway 50 near El Dorado Hills Boulevard ended a 20-mile chase that started in Placerville early Friday morning. The incident began at 1:23 a.m. on Placerville Drive after a Placerville police officer spotted a 1998 Subaru Forester reported stolen in Pollock Pines and attempted to stop the vehicle. The stolen vehicle’s driver, later […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Marshall pursues baby friendly designation

Tania Valdez of Camino holds her newborn Melani Pelayo close at Marshall Hospital. Melani, born Jan. 18, spent the majority of her first hours of life "rooming in” where babies stay in the hospital room with mom to encourage skin-to-skin contact, another baby-friendly practice. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Looking to add to its credentials, Marshall Medical Center hopes to earn the Baby Friendly Hospital title next month. Part of a global Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s fund, the designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. In particular, the […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH resident earns top CSLB job

Cindi Christenson

El Dorado Hills resident Cindi Christenson, 57, is the newly promoted Registrar of Contractors of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The Contractors State License Board is one of 40 bureaus, boards or commissions under the Department of Consumer Affairs. It is responsible for the licensing and regulating of 285,000 licensed contractors statewide, 2,540 of […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Dry snow in season’s first survey

A snow sample is weighed as part of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources Tuesday Dec. 30. Left is Dave Schmalenberger who volunteered to help with the first survey of the season but otherwise works for the East Bay Municipal Utility District Water Agency, and right is Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey team, joined by TV and newspaper reporters. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A small blizzard and sub freezing temperatures greeted Frank Gehrke as he conducted the first snow survey on Dec. 30 at Phillips Station. Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, measured the depth of the snow at 21.3 inches. But with a water content of just 4 inches, Gehrke noted it […]

Comments Off / January 05, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »