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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 »

Academic Decathlon students and volunteers are all winners

As students representing Oak Ridge, El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa high schools filed into the theater of Union Mine High School last Saturday afternoon, the question on everyone’s mind was who would win this year’s 30th annual El Dorado County Academic Decathlon. Ponderosa High School entered the contest with 19 consecutive wins under its […]

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

Please don’t forget about the Swinney family

EDITOR: There was a high school dance Friday, Feb. 3, at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym to benefit the Keegan Swinney Memorial. The proceeds were to be used to help the family. For whatever reason the word didn’t get out and there were only about 10 kids who showed up. With the […]

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EID water rates to surge another 49 percent

EDITOR: EID trivializes the new water rate hikes included in its just-sent Prop 218 Notice as just a few dollars. But they do a great job hiding that the Prop 218 Notice includes a 15 percent increase for the average water user in 2012 (counting the 5 percent increase just implemented in January): PLUS 11 percent in […]

No Comment / February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | 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 […]

1 Comment / February 08, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

More than oil spewing from Keysone pipeline decision

Richard Esposito

It’s been several years since the public last debated oil pipelines and the need to move this vital commodity from its source to the refinery. When oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay in 1968 the entire country was abuzz. Environmentalists back then cast gloom and doom with tales of oil spills and their harm to […]

No Comment / February 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: 5th Child (the sequel)

Julie Samrick

I’m not proud to admit it, but we’ve given away our 6-year-old lab. Some of you may have remembered the Christmas letter Dillon wrote on behalf of our family last year.  We adopted him when he was 3, thinking, perfect! He’ll already be trained and ready to play with the kids! A puppy would’ve been […]

No Comment / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »