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State of the Union: Our education union

Vicki Barber

By Dr. Vicki Barber El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools  President Obama’s State of the Union address last month had a good deal to say about education. Rightfully so, high quality education does require a large portion of our nation’s budget. The federal government has directed 15 percent of its budget towards education, which is […]

No Comment / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Sierra Valley Storm prepares for blustery season

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This March the Sierra Valley Storm PONY baseball program kicks off its foruth year with extremely high expectations. Now with seven teams ages 8U-14U, the Storm program has grown steadily into one of the most competitive PONY baseball programs in California. Over the past three years the program has won four section and two region all-star […]

No Comment / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

ImPORTant facts about a delicious dessert wine

Independent in Placerville is serving a rhubarb berry crisp with the 2002 and 2008 New-World Port from Madroña Vineyards during New-World Port Month. Many El Dorado County restaurants are participating with special desserts to go with the port. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

El Dorado County celebrates local port By Doug Noble Paring wine and food, if done well, enhances the culinary experience. Normally this is done at a wine dinner or special event where several wines are paired with several different dishes. However, Paul Bush, co-owner and winemaker at Madroña Vineyards, has come up with a different […]

No Comment / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Oak Ridge students get scientific at competition

Oak Ridge students Nathan Somavarapu, David Bryant, Kaythan Somavarapu and Shefali Pandya, seen here with coach Dave Warren, left to right, showed off their smarts at the Science Bowl. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School reentered the Science Bowl competition this year with a strong team. On Feb. 4 students David Bryant, Shefali Pandya, Nathan Somavarapu and Kaythan Somavarapu, along with coach/math teacher Dave Warren, battled wits against 24 other teams at the  U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the Sacramento Regional Science Bowl at Rio Americano High School. The […]

No Comment / February 08, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The Knightly News: Getting down to business

Supervisor John Knight

By John Knight My wife Georgi and I have lived in our home for more than 18 years now and we decided it was time to begin an updating process for the house. So far all updates are going very well. We started with the exterior and replaced the roof two years ago and are continuing […]

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Oak Ridge Jr. Trojans celebrate scholastic excellence

More than 110 Jr. Trojans were honored for scholastic excellence last month at the Scholastic All Stars Award Ceremony. Courtesy photo

On Jan. 26 The Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan Football and Cheer program recognized 112 athletes for maintaining scholastic excellence during the 2011 season at the annual Scholastic All Stars Award Ceremony. The Scholastic All Star Program honors athletes that maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.   The athletes were recognized in four categories — Gold […]

No Comment / February 06, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Local trainer wants you to be the Biggest Loser

Sharon Thompson of El Dorado Hills is an official Biggest Loser Pro. She achieves success by customizing plans to each client'€™s abilities and personal goals and incorporating the best of weight training, kickboxing, plyometrics and yoga to achieve optimal results. Courtesy photo

By Lynn Machon Following an extensive application and evaluation process, local personal trainer Sharon Thompson, CPT, founder of Thompson Training, has been selected by NBC/Biggest Loser executives to function as an official Biggest Loser Pro. Thompson, who lives in El Dorado Hills, will serve as the Northern California expert for the “The Biggest Loser Live […]

3 Comments / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »