“Author Archive”
Stories written by dhodson
Last Login: Mon Sep 21 08:59:49 2015

A special graduation for Brittany

Brittany Gaines smiles as she holds her graduation photo with mom's help. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Graduating from high school is a major transition for any young adult as they move out of their parents’ home and head off  to college, work and, ultimately, live on their own. It promises to be an even bigger transition for Brittany Gaines, 23, whose motto in life seems to be to never give up. Born with cerebral palsy, Gaines […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Cameron Park looks to cut down weeds

The Cameron Park Community Services District board took a whack at a long list of agenda items at its Feb. 17 meeting including proposed changes to its weed and rubbish abatement ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance would have more teeth in forcing landowners to clean up their property, although staff would have discretion in how it’s administered. […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

EID directors trade insults over compensation

El Dorado Irrigation District directors’ compensation resurfaced Monday, prompting some harsh words between EID board members. The exchange began after Director Dale Coco brought up the topic first discussed at a board meeting last December and again in January. Coco maintained if the board was going to negotiate with staff regarding sacrifices to their salaries and benefits, it was prudent […]

Comments Off / February 10, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID’s water rates go up next month

Despite objections from a large crowd of ratepayers, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rate increases that go into effect Feb. 1. Voted on at the Jan. 11 meeting was a 5 percent increase in potable and recycled water rates this year; a 5 percent increase in potable, wastewater and recycled water in 2017; a 4 percent increase […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Development approved: Dixon Ranch gets the go-ahead

The Dixon Ranch subdivision is proposed on the south side of Green Valley Road near the intersection with Malcolm Dixon Road.
Courtesy photo

After a four-hour hearing the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the Dixon Ranch residential development at its Jan. 14 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, the development proposes 604 new single-family homes on 280 acres on the south side of Green Valley Road near Malcolm Dixon Road. A 5-acre lot is carved out to accommodate an existing residence in the area. […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Manansala selected as new superintendent

New El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, seated, smiles after being selected to fill the position. He receives applause from BOE administrative assistant Susan Carney, left, and Deputy Superintendent Robbie Montalbano. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The El Dorado County Board of Education played 20 questions Monday and answered the biggest question — who will be the new superintendent of schools? — with Ed Manansala, Ed.D, the county’s current deputy superintendent for Educational Services. One of four candidates interviewed for the job of superintendent, after a day of interviewing Manansala ended up ranked No. 1 by all trustees. […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »