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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. […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / June 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire Chief Roberts sworn in

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

ROBERTS TAKES THE OATH — El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Jim Hartley, right, administers Dave Roberts, left, the Fire Chief’s Oath of Office. The pinning of the badge was subsequently handled by Roberts’ father, retired Army Master Sergeant Dave Roberts Sr., with help from Roberts’ wife Sondra. Later in the ceremony recently promoted Capt. […]

No Comment / June 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: In the immortal shout of Alice Cooper, “School’s out!” Got any plans for the summer?

Beth McBath, Cameron Park "I'€™ll spend most of it worrying about replacing Shirley. Ha Ha. I'm flying to New England and taking a cruise up the Canadian coast with my mom and sister."

Asked at Oak Ridge High School by Mike Roberts Shirley Jensen, El Dorado Hills “I’€™ve retired after 27 years at Oak Ridge. Back then the biggest problem we had was cows getting onto the football field. After today Beth here will have my job. I’m heading to South Dakota to visit my oldest son. I’€™ll […]

No Comment / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: In the immortal shout of Alice Cooper, “Schools out!” Got any plans for the summer?

Kathy Fritschie, Diamond Springs “I’m going to Great Basin National Park in Nevada. My daughter is serving in AmeriCorps there. We’ll do some anthropology and geology. I’m also taking Brian Hayes’ raku class at Folsom Lake College.”

Asked at Ponderosa High School by Mike Roberts Kathy Fritschie, Diamond Springs “I’€™m going to Great Basin National Park in Nevada. My daughter is serving in AmeriCorps there. We’€™ll do some anthropology and geology. I’€™m also taking Brian Hayes’ raku class at Folsom Lake College.”€ Kim Wood, Cameron Park “We’€™re going camping at Stinson Beach. […]

No Comment / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Redistricting could mix Cameron Park with El Dorado Hills

The county’s recent “redistricting road shows” laid out goals for the upcoming redistricting process, specifically the boundaries of El Dorado County’s five supervisorial districts should be as close in population as possible all the while respecting the ever-evolving but loosely defined “communities of interest,” including Cameron Park. El Dorado County Chief Assistant County Counsel Ed […]

No Comment / June 02, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »