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Arena committee pitches regional benefits

THINKING BIG - Chamber Board President Linda Ellen Anderson talked up the Kings, the El Dorado Hills Chamber and the California Welcome Center during the El Dorado Hills stop on the July 14 Think BIG bus tour in support of a new entertainment and sports complex in Sacramento. Arena supporter Kevin Nagle, right, also addressed the media.

Members of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “Think BIG Sacramento” arena committee canvassed the region by bus last Thursday, drumming up regional support for a new downtown sports and entertainment facility. The committee is about half way through Johnson’s self-appointed 100-day deadline to develop a funding strategy for the new arena. The combination of a stalled […]

4 Comments / July 15, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

John Skeel’s office sits empty while things ‘play out’

EMPTY CHAIR —€” El Dorado Hills CSD General Manager John Skeel cleared out his office last week. He was asked to take a personal leave by the CSD's Board of Directors in mid June. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills Community Services General Manager John Skeel still has a job, for the moment. CSD Board Vice-president Noelle Mattock opened the July board meeting on Thursday night by reporting that, “Our attorney and John’s attorney are working together amicably to resolve the situation.” After the meeting Mattock added, “We’re optimistic for a resolution” […]

4 Comments / July 15, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fender bender snarls traffic on Highway 50

TRAFFIC SNARLED — Capt. Dave Brady escorts Larie Littlejohn of Minden, Nev., after she smashed up her car in what Brady called a freeway fender bender  Thursday morning. The accident occured around 9:15 a.m., and had traffic backed up to Cameron Park by 9:45. No serious injuries were reported. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

A three car collision on westbound Highway 50 between Bass Lake Road and El Dorado Hills Boulevard backed traffic up all the way to Cameron Park Thursday at approximately 9:15 a.m. No serious injuries were reported, but one driver was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Folsom. Newly promoted El Dorado Hills Fire Department […]

Comments Off / July 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Businessman rallies to keep the Kings

Kevin Nagle

El Dorado Hills business owner Kevin Nagle attended his first Sacramento Kings game in 1994. He remembers a team long on desire but short on victories. Despite the team’s losing record, he said, “The fans were passionate and Arco Arena was consistently sold out.” The former Lakers fan — he moved from Minnesota to L.A. […]

6 Comments / July 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Wildland-a-palooza: Firefighters battle pretend ridge fire

MOBILE ATTACK —€“ El Dorado Hills Volunteer Firefighters Raymond Phillips, right, and Kyle Mattson, left, practice a “mobile attack,” taking the water to the front line of the fire with the engine trailing behind.  Engineer Rob Karnow, center, supervised the crew, with volunteer Jon Dillon, behind engine, bringing up the rear. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills was ablaze June 25, at least in the imaginations of approximately 50 firefighters and volunteers from around the region brushing up on their brush fire battle tactics in a seven-plus hour training exercise dubbed “Wildland-a-palooza,” the third annual such event hosted by the El Dorado Hills Fire District. Neighbors east of Ridgeview […]

Comments Off / July 08, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: What did you think of the fireworks?

Gabe Villaba, 3 "I liked the colors."

Asked by Mike Roberts after the El Dorado Hills Town Center Fireworks Jubilee on July 3. Gabe Villaba, 3 "I liked the colors." Gabe Villaba, 3 “I liked the colors.” Max Villaba, 12 “It was really cool. I liked it when they all went off at once.” Sage Martinez, 4 “It was a little scary, […]

Comments Off / July 07, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fireworks shell goes awry, injures boy

BRAVE BOY - Kiran Belgal, 9, was struck by an errant firework during the July 3 Fireworks Jubilee at El Dorado Hills Town Center, suffering a second degree burn to his neck. El Dorado Hills firefighter/paramedics Jason Smith, Dale Hemstalk, Ryan Hathaway and Jeff Cummins, left to right, treated the injury and comforted the boy, who was surprisingly calm throughout the experience. A girl received a lesser injury from the same firework, and was also treated by paramedics at the scene.

One of the aerial displays apparently detonated at a low altitude during the fireworks jubilee at El Dorado Hills Town Center on July 3, sending hot embers into the crowd.  There were two reported injuries, the worst of which was Kiran Belgal, 9, who suffered a second-degree burn on his neck. Kiran, his mother Menka and his sister Anisha, 11, were standing […]

Comments Off / July 06, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »