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‘Mik’ names picks

Supervisor-elect Ron Mikulaco won his District 1 seat in the June primary, giving him ample time to decide on an administrative assistant and fill a couple dozen appointments that go with the job. He named former manufacturing executive Michelle Elliston, 45, as administrative assistant and also announced Rich Stewart, 53, as his choice for the […]

No Comment / December 10, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Retiring fire chief Ballenger to volunteer back

Rough day at the office — Then-Capt. Brad Ballenger enjoys a moment with his wife Laura after the 2005 Souza fire, which threatened the lives of firefighters when a portion of a tile roof collapsed. Ballenger went on to become a division chief with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. He officially retires on Dec. 28, and plans to volunteer as a much-needed back-up chief.

Brad Ballenger began his fire service career in 1987 as a barely paid reserve for the West Sacramento Fire Department and landed a roster spot on the El Dorado Hills Fire Department the following year. On a clear winter morning 24 years later he stood at attention and received his department’s highest honor, its “colors,” […]

1 Comment / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

UPDATED: Del Rio outlasts Muse for second high school board seat

David Del Rio beat out Mary Muse for the second contested seat on the El Dorado Union High School District Board. Lori Veerkamp retained the other contested seat.

El Dorado County election officials worked late on Thanksgiving eve to finish counting an estimated 2,400 provisional ballots that remained after the Nov. 6 election, including 1,800 cast by residents of the El Dorado Union High School District. The Official Final Report, posted at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday night, was good news for challenger Dave […]

3 Comments / November 22, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Seniors get a new tree

Crews tip the tree into its new home in front of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. The Coastal Redwood will become the new "€œunofficial"€ El Dorado Hills Christmas tree, replaing a tree that died earlier this year. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

It’s been a rough year for the trees on El Dorado Hills thoroughfares, with stalwart sentries on El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Francisco Drive either struck down by disease or condemned for the crime of busting buried water pipes. The most recent victim was the landmark Christmas tree that towered above the El Dorado Hills […]

No Comment / November 19, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Parker Development unveils new projects

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Projects include Marble Valley, Serrano Westside, Pedregal and Lime Rock Parker Development officials unveiled proposals for four large residential projects this week. If approved and built, the projects will further shape the community Bill Parker helped define, pumping more than $1 billion into the local economy, bringing jobs and providing rooftops local business owners say […]

No Comment / November 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Foothills Moving Forward celebration

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No Comment / November 12, 2012 | Posted in Gallery Posts | Read More »

Obama’s ground game in El Dorado Hills

“We did it” – Members of Foothills Moving Forward celebrate on election night. They made an estimated 10,000 calls to battleground states from their headquarters in the El Dorado Hills Business Park Tuesday, part of the Obama campaign’s sophisticated “ground game,” deftly executed by thousands of volunteers across the country. The local organization was led by Joni Remer, center-left, hands folded and mouth open. Other celebrants include Robin Carter at left, Lynn Hadjian, seated with mouth agape, Sam Phelan at far right and Daniel Stephenson, right front. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

In the days following last week’s election, pundits on both sides, including the respective campaign managers, cited the Obama campaign’s ground game strategy as a huge reason the president did so well in critical battleground states. The business end of that strategy was executed by a couple hundred enthusiastic volunteers in an El Dorado Hills […]

6 Comments / November 12, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »