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Best Travel Agency: El Dorado Hills Travel

Photo by Julie Samrick

For 30 years El Dorado Hills Travel has brought the world to its town’s residents. Owner Genny Arietta said when a potential client calls or walks through the doors, she or one of her staff begins with the person’s interested destination. “By asking more questions, we then customize the trip,” she explained. One perk of […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Parents, teachers rally for smaller classes, better pay

Jackson teacher Gerry Neal holds up signs supporting teachers at the RUSD board meeting. Photo by Julie Samrick

Emotions ran high at last week’s Rescue Union School District board meeting where parents and teachers implored the five-person board not to lay off more teachers, but instead spend some of the district’s surplus funds to save jobs and give all teachers a pay raise. Fourteen of the lowest tenured, or non-tenured, teachers in the district received pink […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: How are kids affected by same-sex marriage?

Marriage equality is in the headlines once more because of oral arguments presented before the Supreme Court both for and against striking down California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules later this year, the movement has more support than ever and […]

7 Comments / April 04, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Run, don’t walk, to see ‘Girl Rising’

Every once in a while a book or a movie opens our eyes to things we haven’t thought much of before, things that really matter. Last night I had such an experience when I went to a screening of a new documentary called “Girl Rising.” In it we see and hear nine heartbreaking stories of […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

Girl Scout Kaitlyn Shedd shows off Japanese sushi (sort of). The sushi served at World Thinking Day was made with rice krispy treats, gummy fish and green fruit wrap in place of seaweed.  Photo by Julie Samrick

More than 200 El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts ages 5 to 16 years old met at Lake Forest Elementary’s multipurpose gym Saturday afternoon to celebrate the organization’s annual World Thinking Day. According to the Girl Scouts, each year on or around Feb. 22, the official World Thinking Day, “Girls honor their sister Girl Guides and […]

Comments Off / March 11, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: Good things can happen in prison

Hayley was a happy, 17-year-old high school senior before she became a convicted felon.  “I was the Homecoming Queen,” she said, reflecting back on her life before making terrible, life-altering decisions. “As a kid I had a good group of friends. And as an only child I was, and still am, very close to my […]

Comments Off / March 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Women adjust to Folsom Prison

Dorm B at Folsom Prison houses 201 female inmates, who are currently helping set up Dorm A, which will take another 202. Photo by Julie Samrick

For the first time in nearly 90 years Folsom Prison has a female inmate population. The women moved into the new Folsom Women’s Facility in January. More than 151 female inmates have been transferred to FWF, with more arriving every week. Prison officials expect to be at capacity of 403 by late summer. The women […]

2 Comments / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »