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Elena Dreisbach, more than a pretty face

MISS TEEN California contestant Elena Dreisbach hopes to bring attention to her favorite charities and causes. Village Life photo Shelly Thorene

By Jessica Pratt Glitz. Glamour. Beauty. That’s solely what pageants are all about, right? Not for Elena Dreisbach. For this Oak Ridge High School sophomore, the Miss Teen California 2012 Pageant is not just a place to showcase beauty and good looks — it is an opportunity to give back, show compassion and make a […]

No Comment / September 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Auditor shows county’s $100K+ retirees

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn

El Dorado County has a 16-member group of individuals with one thing in common. They retired from county employment or county service with pensions of more than $100,000 a year. Three were elected officials — former sheriff Jeff Neves, former assessor Tim Holcomb and former surveyor Dan Russell. Neves’s retirement package tops the chart at […]

3 Comments / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fire district fires back

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board questioned the basis for the El Dorado County Grand Jury’s investigation of their agency, but actually agreed with many of the findings, asserting in a just-released response that the organizational changes called for were already under way when the grand jury released its highly critical report in June. The […]

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

CSD GM Skeel tentatively reinstated

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors announced Friday afternoon it has suspended the termination of General Manager John Skeel. The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, less than six months after hiring him, and moving his family from Colorado. The case against Skeel seemed to unravel in the last […]

10 Comments / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Rolling Hills church to host 9/11 tribute

Rolling Hills Christian Church invites the public to a 9/11 memorial on the 10th anniversary of the terrorists’ attacks. The church at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills will host two, one-hour services on Sept. 11 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. “I think (9/11) had very big spiritual implications,” said Pastor Jeff Bigelow. […]

No Comment / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Skeel, CSD board dispute performance evalaution

In a recent development on the John Skeel case, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors released its general manager’s disputed 90-day written performance evaluation from his personnel file last week. During the Aug. 23 meeting Skeel claimed that the evaluation in his file contained far more negative feedback than the one […]

3 Comments / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Auditor gulps over water bill

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn castigated the county Department of Transportation for mishandling a utilities statement from the city of Placerville. According to the original bill, the county’s Buildings A and B at the government center consumed 1 million cubic feet of water more than the actual amount used during a two-month billing period […]

No Comment / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »