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Neal, Posner poised for RUSD board

Tagg Neal captured 36 percent of the vote in a three-person Election Night race for the first of two seats on the Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees while incumbent Serena Posner narrowly held the second seat as of press time. A parent and former student of the district, Neal said his story and commitment to […]

No Comment / November 15, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mattock, Paulsen score EDHCSD seats

Noelle Mattock and Ben Paulsen won two open seats on the five-person El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors. They will be sworn in before the next regular board meeting in December. The only incumbent running in the four-person race, Mattock won her third consecutive term with 41 percent of the vote. Throughout […]

No Comment / November 15, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Hidahl tops Gaines in District1

John Hidahl celebrates his win with supporters at the El Dorado Saloon in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Steadfast community volunteer and El Dorado Hills resident John Hidahl can soon add District 1 El Dorado County supervisor to his long list of ties to the place he’s called home since 1978. Hidahl ran on a grassroots campaign buoyed by many volunteers, spending a fraction of what his competitor, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, did on her […]

No Comment / November 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

District 1 race: Hidahl v. Gaines this fall

District 1 supervisor candidate John Hidahl, center, celebrates with seven of his nine grandchildren at The Purple Place on election night. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It looks like El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director John Hidahl and District 6 Assemblywoman Beth Gaines will face off in November for the El Dorado County District 1 supervisor seat. The unofficial election night report shows Gaines coming in first with 2,431 votes and Hidahl close behind with 2,202. There are still votes to […]

1 Comment / June 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH hero gets warm homecoming

Staff Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez with the U.S. Army National Guard stands by The Rock in El Dorado Hills, painted to celebrate his return home after seven months of service overseas. Courtesy photo

Staff Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez, U.S. Army National Guard, of El Dorado Hills returned home Friday after serving seven months in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf of Aden. The Rock was painted in his honor and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District posted a sign for him on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Rodriguez plans to […]

Comments Off / March 28, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge says it’s better than racial slurs

Nearly two weeks after hosting the McClatchy girls’ basketball team, Oak Ridge High School is being called out as intolerant because members of the student cheering section reportedly made racial slurs at the Feb. 25 playoff game. McClatchy parent Glen Kumamoto made the incident known March 8 with a public post on Facebook. “So a […]

9 Comments / March 14, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bodine report notes ‘corrosive’ culture at ORHS

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Feb. 29 to not renew Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke’s contract for the 2016-17 school year, a decision denounced by many Oak Ridge students and parents. Late last week Village Life received a copy of the Bodine Group’s report that addresses the issues surrounding […]

3 Comments / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »