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Coffee with a mission

COFFEE FARMER “Raphael" manages the Las Marias Estate in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua, one of the collectives the El Dorado Coffee and Tea Company sources its beans from. Courtesy photo

Retired fireman’s family coffee business serves local non-profits and women-run coffee farms in developing countries. Coffee roaster Dennis Planje enjoys telling people that he lives between the first and the second crack. Just ask him. The retired fireman will explain how the water inside a green coffee bean suddenly boils off right around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

Comments Off / September 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire district fires back

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board questioned the basis for the El Dorado County Grand Jury’s investigation of their agency, but actually agreed with many of the findings, asserting in a just-released response that the organizational changes called for were already under way when the grand jury released its highly critical report in June. The […]

Comments Off / September 03, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

CSD GM Skeel tentatively reinstated

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors announced Friday afternoon it has suspended the termination of General Manager John Skeel. The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, less than six months after hiring him, and moving his family from Colorado. The case against Skeel seemed to unravel in the last […]

10 Comments / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Skeel, CSD board dispute performance evalaution

In a recent development on the John Skeel case, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors released its general manager’s disputed 90-day written performance evaluation from his personnel file last week. During the Aug. 23 meeting Skeel claimed that the evaluation in his file contained far more negative feedback than the one […]

3 Comments / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Jennifer Tegley remembered

THE ROCK on El Dorado Hills Boulevard stands as a memorial to Jennifer Tegley. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Eighteen-year old Oak Ridge student Jennifer Tegley was diagnosed with a rare cancer last year and died at home in El Dorado Hills on Monday, Aug. 29. Jennifer is survived by her parents Jim and Michelle Tegley, two sisters, Heather and Anna, and many close family members and friends. A memorial service is planned at 1 […]

Comments Off / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: What was the highlight of your summer?

Comments Off / August 30, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

CSD board questions Skeel’s ‘honesty and trustworthiness’

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors legal counsel Bob Thurbon issued a preliminary reaction to General Manager John Skeel’s “response to charges” delivered by Skeel and his legal team during a boisterous Aug. 23 board meeting. The response reiterates the board’s concern over Skeel’s “trustworthiness, honesty and character,” and informs the […]

14 Comments / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »