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CSD GM Skeel takes unexplained leave

John Skeel

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors. Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January 2011. Neither Skeel or CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources […]

5 Comments / June 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk – What’s your opinion of Gov. Brown’s budget rejection?

David Allen, El Dorado Hills "I was surprised. He's been very no-nonsense. I'€™m waiting for what'€™s next. As an educator. I hope there'™s no cuts to school funding."

Dan Haul, El Dorado Hills “That budget didn’€™t work. Do the math. It was full of tricks. Rejecting it was right.” David Allen, El Dorado Hills “I was surprised. He’s been very no-nonsense. I’€™m waiting for what’€™s next. As an educator. I hope there’™s no cuts to school funding.” Jeri Wenger, El Dorado Hills “It’€™s […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: Were you worried the world might end on May 21? What about Oct. 21?

R. Eugene Meyer, El Dorado Hills “I was amused from the beginning. Never once did I think this guy had any inside track on the fate of the world.”

(Harold Camping’s revised prediction for the end of the world)   R. Eugene Meyer, El Dorado Hills “€œI was amused from the beginning. Never once did I think this guy had any inside track on the fate of the world.” Dennis Nomer, El Dorado Hills “€œI was not worried about a cataclysmic event. What’€™s happening […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Suspended EDH fire captains exonerated after two years

Fire district faces federal lawsuit The El Dorado Hills Fire Board has reinstated Capt. Dave Merino, who spent two years on paid administrative leave along with fellow Capt. Steve Maranville for allegedly violating the district’s Non-Harassment Policy. Both captains were placed on leave when firefighter Robyn Toy, the subject of the alleged harassment, filed a […]

1 Comment / June 10, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Life is anything but drag for racing family

FAMILY IN DRAG — Team Clevenger€ is an El Dorado Hills family that includes three generations of drag racers. Josh and Makinna Clevenger, back and front, are 16 and 18 respectively, and have been racing since they were 8 and 10 years old. Their father, Curtis Clevenger, back right, has been racing with his father, Ron, not pictured, since the late 1970s. Melanie Clevenger, left, is team mom and marketing director. The team hopes to land a sponsor for Makinna, who at 17 was the youngest person to ever qualify as for an "Advanced E.T." license. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Makinna Clevenger wants you to believe she’s a normal teenager. She just graduated from Oak Ridge High School, where she was a good student, played rugby and was a popular cheerleader. But unlike the other cheerleaders, this 18-year-old spends her free time rocketing down a race track at 200 miles per hour. So much for normalcy. […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2011 | Posted in News,Sports | Read More »

Kings come to El Dorado Hills

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

ROYAL TREATMENT — Town Center Magnate Tony Mansour, right, chats with Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof, left, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, in Town Center on June 8. The mayor and the Kings brought an optimistic message about the team’s future in Sacramento, especially in a new sports arena, and encouraged a VIP audience […]

Comments Off / June 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santo Cielo! Sogno Winery blossoms into Cielo Estates

BEAUTIFUL VENUE —€” Cielo Estates co-owner John Quiroz hopes he and his business partners can turn their Shingle Springs vineyard and winery into a family desitnation. The grounds are also ideal for weddings and special events. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

  There’s new wine, new grapes and new blood at the former Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs. There’s also a new name: “Cielo Estates.” John Quiroz of El Dorado Hills and his partners Bill Manson and Carrie Nave-Manson have taken the reins of the 41-acre estate which holds the distinction of being the Sacramento region’s […]

Comments Off / June 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »