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Collie gets a shot with the Niners

Oak Ridge alum Austin Collie craddles the football during a San Francisco 49ers training session. Collie previously played for the Indianapolis Colts. Photo courtesy of the 49ers

Austin Collie is fighting for his professional football life, vying for a spot on a San Francisco 49ers team that many believe will return to the Super Bowl next January. The former Oak Ridge standout is now 27. He gained a reputation for hard work, dependability and intelligence with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, a […]

No Comment / August 12, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Housing projections questioned

The largest implementation measure of the 2004 General Plan will soon enter the hearing process alongside four major western El Dorado County residential development projects. County supervisors hint that they want a “time-out,” but don’t want to deny anyone’s due process. With that backdrop, the number of approved parcels in the 2004 General Plan and […]

1 Comment / June 24, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Measure Y guys: Lower growth projections will lower road fees

Measure Y authors Bill Center and Jim Moore argue that large residential developments currently in the approval process fail to create jobs, which is reason-enough to oppose them. In fact, the Marble Valley proposal has 42 freeway-adjacent acres set aside for a possible corporate campus. Center blames the large residential developers for forcing commercial buildings […]

No Comment / June 24, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Anti-growth attitudes nothing new

Raft resort owner, former supervisor and slow-growth superhero Bill Center blames El Dorado County’s exurban sprawl on 40 years on pro-growth supervisors and weak planning. He points to the 1996 General Plan as an example. “Right in the preamble … it said that gridlock traffic was an acceptable tradeoff for economic growth,” he said, shaking […]

No Comment / June 24, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Center, Moore hoping for repeat ‘slow-growth’ success

Bill Center and Jim Moore became household names in El Dorado County politics during the decade straddling the millennium, shaping public opinion and policy with a growth-inhibiting ballot initiative, lawsuits both real and threatened, all executed with deft and sometimes ruthless political moxie. Recently the former El Dorado County supervisor and a Democratic pollster have […]

No Comment / June 24, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Officials explain Marble Valley by the numbers

Parker Development’s management team defended the proposed Marble Valley project during the June 13 El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting. The proposed specific plan calls for 2,800 to 3,200 homes in the vacant and historic four-plus mile valley located immediately southeast of the Bass Lake freeway interchange. Project Manager Tom Howard […]

2 Comments / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Future of rock performs at the fair

Max, left, and Nick of Haunted by Heroes perform at the El Dorado County Fair. The band from Pacifica could likely be the future of rock and roll. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

It was a gut-punch … loud, uncomplicated rock and roll. The pure stuff the Who and AC/DC cranked out in their prime — soaring guitar solos, follicle-raising power chords, blistering drum solos, bone-shaking bass riffs and spot-on vocals, and it was coming from the skatepark from a band born while George W. Bush was president. […]

No Comment / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »