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Dangerous Green Valley Road intersection may get ‘quick fix’

GREEN VALLEY RANCH ENTRANCE - Deputy DOT Director Matt Smeltzer surveys the intersection of Green Valley and Deer Valley Roads, at the entrance to Green Valley Ranch, trying to confirm there'€™s enough room on the shoulder to squeeze in temporary turn lanes. The "quick fix"€ would protect left turners until the promised full-scale intersection improvement, currently planned for 2011. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The intersection where Deer Valley Road meets Green Valley Road has gained a dangerous reputation. Green Springs Ranch residents want El Dorado County officials to do something about it. Last week District 1 Supervisor John Knight and county Department of Transportation Deputy Director Matt Smeltzer began dialogue with concerned residents of the semi-rural development, a […]

1 Comment / November 15, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Green Springs Ranch has fun history

Green Springs Ranch is one of the oldest documented pioneer settlements in El Dorado County, according to the Rescue Historical Society, which traces the community’s roots to Rufus Hitchcock’s Green Springs House — an inn and supply stop established in 1848 along the Old Coloma Road, a portion of which is still visible from the […]

Comments Off / November 15, 2010 | Posted in News | Read More »

Bodacious Babes help get P.A.R.T.Y. started

SIMULATED ACCIDENT — Vista High School sophomore Brandon Kim gets loaded into an ambulance by Folsom Police Sergeant Chris Emery and paramedic Colleen Youngblood as part of a simulated crash scene, complete with a demolished car, in last Friday'€™s P.A.R.T.Y program. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Crash victims Kathi Sturgeon and Kathy Hurd “P.A.R.T.Y.ed” with Vista High School sophomores Friday. But this party at Folsom’s Mercy Hospital didn’t include balloons and music; it replaced the fun with drama and serious life lessons. The Bodacious Biking Babe cyclists of El Dorado Hills took the Folsom students through the “Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related […]

2 Comments / November 08, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Huber coasts to victory in Assembly District 10

ASSEMBLYWOMAN ALYSON HUBER, center, watches election night results with supporters in Rancho Cordova. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills Democratic Assemblywoman Alyson Huber jumped out to a quick lead in her District 10 race Tuesday night and coasted to victory with 51 percent of the vote. Republican challenger Jack Sieglock garnered 43.5 percent as of mid-morning Wednesday. Huber gathered with supporters at Chevy’s in Gold River to watch the results roll […]

Comments Off / November 03, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Rogozinski, Lowery, Hammond lead in EDHCSD race

Tony Rogozinski, right, talks with support Rich Downing at the Purple Place on election night. Rogozinski will keep his seat on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

So far it appears El Dorado Hills voters have chosen their former general manager and two strong youth sports advocates for the three open spots on the Community Services District Board of Directors. Two popular incumbents could be unseated — Justin Masters and Billy Vandegrift. Between 15,000 and 17,000 mail-in ballots, plus 1,300 provision ballots, […]

Comments Off / November 03, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Margaret Thatcher makes time for Larry Bassham

In the course of his career at Aerojet, Larry Bassham met a lot of important people, including Ronald Reagan, who only ate pie at lunch. His favorite such story is the April 2, 1990, briefing to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who hates formal presentations, preferring to talk to the presenter across a table. Bassham […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Star Wars architect recalls ‘Rocket Ranch’

STAR WARS architect Larry Bassham reminisces about his time working on missile defense systems at Aerojet. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Like many original El Dorado Hills residents Larry Bassham can put that awesome “Aerojet — It IS rocket science” bumper sticker on his car. Bassham, who retired 10 years ago and lives with his wife Donna, worked at the “Rocket Ranch” in an atypical role. His largest contributions were in knocking missiles down rather than blowing […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »