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Spontaneous combustion avoidance tips

Oil based wood stains, paints, sealers, polyurethane finishes, varnish and other finishing products often contain highly flammable Volatile Organic Compounds, or “VOCs.” Paint brushes get cleaned with mineral spirits or paint thinner, but what about the rags and other materials used that do not get cleaned but just get thrown away? How do you safely dispose […]

No Comment / July 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Lake Hills home spontaneously combusts

A Planeta Drive home in the Lake Hills neighborhood burst into flames at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, with no one home. There were no injuries, and investigators have ruled out criminal activity. They initially suspected oily rags as the ignition source but haven’t reached any concrete conclusions, said El Dorado Hills Fire […]

1 Comment / July 27, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Public transportation in El Dorado Hills?

Seniors and other non-drivers have bemoaned the lack of bus service in El Dorado Hills for years. Here’s a chance to do something about it. El Dorado Transit and the El Dorado County Transit Commission are currently conducting a Transit Needs Survey for the El Dorado Hills area. If you’d like to see better public transportation […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fire district watchdog helped find MLK’s assasin

Dick Ross, left, questions spending at an El Dorado Hills Fire District committee meeting, with Director Jim Harley, right, and District CFO Connie Bair looking on. Ross enjoyed a colorful FBI career before undertaking a variety of state agency leadership roles. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Near the close of a January committee meeting, a nuts-and-bolts sit down where El Dorado Hills Fire District policies are hammered out before going to the full board, Director Lou Barber turned to the lone member of the public in attendance. “Dick, do you have anything else to add?” “I’m good,” replied Dick Ross, who’d just […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mormon Island Dam foundation stabilized

The top of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam is currently a narrow, 900-foot long gravel strip. Dam foundation reinforcements under way include a 1.3 million cubic yard €œdownstream overlay€ that will widen the dam top an estimated 400 feet to a steep bank 100 feet above Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Board seats in play this November

Note – This story has been udated since the print version was published. The filing period for the November general election has opened. It’s probably too late to run for president or congress, but if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves at the grass roots level, several spots on local school, fire and recreation […]

No Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Clarification on recent Grace Foundation stories

The July 11 story about the Grace Foundation’s lawsuit stated that legal documents recently uncovered by foundation representatives indicate that bank attorney Tim Ryan’s advice served his bank clients at the expense of the foundation. The statement was made by foundation Director Beth DeCaprio. Village Life did not review all the court records specifically. The […]

1 Comment / July 18, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »