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District 1 candidate: Hidahl focused on long-term planning

John Hidahl

“A natural fit,” is how John Hidahl described his decision to run for El Dorado County District 1 supervisor. After a long history of volunteering in the community, the recently retired aerospace engineer said it’s time to focus full time on the district he’s called home since 1978 when he and his wife Eileen moved […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

DUI checkpoint helps CHP nab three

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Placerville California Highway Patrol organized a sobriety checkpoint in El Dorado County Wednesday night and surprised some drivers; three people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The checkpoint was set up at 7 p.m. and continued through the evening at El Dorado Hills Boulevard at Crown Drive in El Dorado Hills. CHP officers were on […]

Comments Off / April 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student film encourages others not to stay silent

Oak Ridge drama student Julianne Yonano plays a bully with a change of heart in a locally made student film that has gone viral.
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In the locally made student film “Silent” a deaf teenager is bullied by her classmates until another girl realizes the pain they are inflicting. Oak Ridge sophomore Julianne Yonano plays the bully with a change of heart and explained why she believes the film’s message is resonating with so many. Since it was posted on […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rescue settles, Buckeye declares impasse

Teachers picketed in front of Rolling Hills Middle School during Open House April 14 to draw attention to the impasse the district and teachers have reached due to stalled contract negotiations. Courtesy photos

The Rescue Union Federation of Teachers accepted a 4.5-percent salary increase from the Rescue Union School District last week, while negotiations at the Buckeye Union School District remain stalled. Buckeye Union made its “last, best and final” offer of a 1 percent ongoing salary increase and a 3.5 percent, one-time bonus at an April 7 […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Camellia Cup: Sacramento sailor wins seventh championship

Day sailors start their race at the 50th annual Camellia Cup Regatta on Folsom Lake. The weekend event was hosted by the Folsom Lake Yacht Club. Photos by John Poimiroo

Sacramentan Charles Witcher, representing the Folsom Lake Yacht Club, earned recognition as the best sailor in the greater Sacramento region on Sunday, April 17, by ranking first among 59 sailboats in the 50th Camellia Cup Regatta sailed on Folsom Lake. Witcher finished first in four of five races sailed by the 13-boat Banshee class during two […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Ian Hunt

Student of the Month Ian Hunt, center holding plaque, celebrates his award with, left to right, Principal Bruce Peters, Rescue Union School District Superintendent David Swart, Teacher Lynn Howard, sisters Olivia, Addison and Elsa, dad Jon Hunt, mom Carey Hunt and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Dave Roth. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills celebrated Lake Forest Elementary School fifth-grader Ian Hunt at last week’s breakfast meeting. “He’s an excellent student,” said teacher Lynn Howard, noting that Ian gives 100 percent in the classroom. Howard said she appreciates Ian’s sense of humor. “He gets all my jokes,” she said, adding that Ian […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen’s event keeps tails wagging

El Dorado Hills eighth-grader Michaela Elliston hosted a puppy petting event in her home (here with a chihuahua mix) to raise funds for Foothill Dog Rescue and to socialize young puppies so that they may find permanent homes. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

When it was time for El Dorado Hills eighth-grader Michaela Elliston to pick a school project, her teachers at Golden Valley Charter School thought she might have chosen something too difficult. She had chosen to host a fundraiser for Foothill Dog Rescue and pulled it off, earning $1,000 for the non-profit earlier this year. “They […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »