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Teen finds strength in scuba

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman recently earned her Junior Master Scuba Diver certification, a rare feat worldwide because of arduous requirements. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge sophomore Michelle Koopman has achieved something only a few youth around the world can claim and she carries this license more proudly than a new driver. Days before her 15th birthday in June, Michelle earned the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ Junior Master Scuba Diver rating. PADI is the No. 1 certifying scuba agency […]

No Comment / November 23, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Residents begin community planning; Parker moves forward with project

After 91 percent of El Dorado Hills residents who voted Nov. 3 voiced their support for open space, a group of about 40 residents kept the momentum going by offering next steps at a kickoff meeting last Monday night. The United Neighborhoods of El Dorado Hills aims to bring all 72 villages together to develop […]

No Comment / November 23, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

4 Comments / November 09, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Crib Notes: The best place for veterans

Watching them beam with pride gives me goosebumps every year. For 12 consecutive years, American veterans from every war since World War II have stood in front of Lake Forest Elementary students and their families, scanning the room as the applause grows louder. One by one, they stand in front and state their names, branch of […]

No Comment / November 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Lopsided Measure E vote favors open space

More than 90 percent of Measure E voters sent a loud message to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday — deny Parker Development Company’s pending application asking to rezone the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course from its current open space-recreation designation to residential housing and commercial. Thirty-six percent — 8,024 of the 22,240 registered voters […]

1 Comment / November 06, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mik eyes Assembly seat

Supervisor Ron Mikulaco

El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco is considering a possible job swap with Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. The El Dorado Hills resident is forming an exploratory committee to determine whether he should run for the 6th Assembly District seat currently held by Gaines, who earlier this year announced she will run for the District 1 supervisor seat […]

No Comment / November 02, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Why not wrestling?

Oak Ridge teacher/wrestling coach Casey Rhyan wants sixth to 12th graders to consider wrestling when signing up for winter sports. “Wrestling is such a great alternative people don’t realize,” Rhyan said. “There is so much money and politics surrounding many sports in El Dorado Hills, but in wrestling no one sits on the bench and […]

No Comment / October 29, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »