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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 […]

No Comment / 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, […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / July 06, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

‘No confidence’ in CSD board

EDH CSD General Manager John Skeel was asked by the board to take a break from his job. The move had some residents and CSD staff members angry.

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board didn’t flinch Thursday night when union representative Phil Stamborsky delivered an uncomfortable and unprecedented vote of no confidence on behalf of district employees for “the past two years of inappropriate actions by the board” and, more specifically, their potential dismissal of popular CSD General Manager John Skeel. Last […]

1 Comment / July 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: Who’s your favorite football player?

Chandler Thomas, 12, El Dorado Hills "€œTroy Palamalu. He'€™s really good and has big hair."

Asked at Rockin’ Frog … Chandler Thomas, 12, El Dorado Hills “€œTroy Palamalu. He’s really good and has big hair.” Cole Tilley, 12, El Dorado Hills “€œJoe Montana. He’s one of the great quarterbacks of all time, and my dad met him.” J.D. Marsh, 12, El Dorado Hills “€œReggie Wayne. He’s fast and always catches […]

No Comment / July 01, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Austin Collie chills with prize winner

COLLIE IN THE COMMUNITY —€” Oak Ridge star reciever Ausin Collie, right, who now plays with the Indianapolis Colts, took time to chat at Rockin' Frog Yogurt with, left to right, Victor and David Rudd, both 12, and Kyle Smith, 14, who won the "meet and greet" at Marina Village Middle School. Collie talked about life in the NFL and swapped injury stories with the starstruck middle schoolers. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Fourteen-year-old Kyle Smith and friends David and Victor Rudd, both 12, shared frozen yogurt and football stories with Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie last week. Smith won the honor in a drawing at Marina Middle School’s Family Jam fundraiser. The teen, his friends and his parents Jodi and Parveen Lal met the NFL star at Rockin’ Frog Frozen Yogurt Thursday. Collie […]

No Comment / July 01, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: Did you see last year’s Summer Spectacular fireworks?

Anna Pagcaliuagan, 7, El Dorado Hills "I cried. It was cool but too loud."

Anna Pagcaliuagan, 7, El Dorado Hills “I cried. It was cool but too loud.” Jayden Wagner, 8, Cameron Park “€œI enjoyed all shapes and rockets in the sky, and the activities were fun.” Jen Wagner, Cameron Park “We went for the first time last year after eight years here, how bad is that? It was […]

No Comment / June 30, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »