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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 »

Local Youth tapped for NTIS

spo Brent Jones

Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS prospect games earlier this […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Best Place to Take a Date: Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye opened his new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater on Feb. 2, 2015. “I’m a French chef,” Chalaye said. “It is who I am. This doesn’t feel like work to me.” Less than three months later, it’s already winning awards. GM Jeff Watson called Café C a bar atmosphere with an […]

Comments Off / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »

Best gymnastics center: All Star Gymnastics & Cheer

Since 2005 Andrea and Michael Van Ry have owned All Star Gymnastics & Cheer. From the popular “climbing & crawling” classes for toddlers to competitive gymnastics and competitive cheer teams for older kids, more than 500 children ages 18 months to 18 years old take classes taught by coaches trained by the highest level instructors […]

Comments Off / April 29, 2015 | Posted in Best of 2014 | Read More »