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Blue Shield gives employees healthy options

A Blue Shield employee makes a healthy vending machine selection. The El Dorado Hills office received the new machine Friday, Dec. 10.Courtesy photo

On Friday not-for-profit health plan Blue Shield of California unveiled its newest addition to the El Dorado Hills facility — a healthy vending machine. The vending machine “2bu” is part of Blue Shield’s wellness efforts and will contain locally grown and sustainable items, including dried mangos, dried roasted Edamame and more. The LCD screen on the […]

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Knitters team up to help foster youth

Nearly 20 volunteers from United Way’s Women in Philanthropy wrap gifts and stuff stockings for foster children in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program, as well as emancipated foster youth. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Seventy-five women donated 66 stockings and more than 140 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so 116 local foster youth, and those emancipated, would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Fifty foster youth in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program received the holiday gifts they requested, and 66 emancipated foster youth at Linkage […]

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Zanon sentenced to death; CHP officer’s mom says, ‘I’m finally taking a breath’

DAVID ZANON sits with his attorneys at the sentencing hearing. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

Three years after he struck and killed California Highway Patrol officer Douglas “Scott” Russell, David Charles Zanon was sentenced to death Monday morning by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner. The sentencing came three months after jurors recommended Zanon, 41, be put to death for his first-degree murder conviction. Several uniformed CHP officers […]

No Comment / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Developers push lower fees

Development fees still hovering at housing bubble peak levels have made all but the most expensive new homes economically infeasible. That was the conclusion of a presentation made by Jamie Gomes and Tim Youmans, both partners in Economic and Planning Systems, a land economics consulting firm with offices in Sacramento, to the El Dorado County […]

No Comment / December 09, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Take a time out for fire safety

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CAMINO — Unit Chief Bill Holmes of the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit of Ca Fire would like to remind everyone of some life saving fire safety tips as we enter the holiday season. “Think about fire safety. This may sound obvious but with the hectic pace of the holidays, reminding ourselves to “think fire safety” can help […]

No Comment / December 09, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Academic decathletes hit the books

MMMM — Fried dough sizzles in the pan. This food, common in the 1930s during the Great Depression, was served at the Academic Decathlon's kick-off presentation last month. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

The 2010-11 Academic Decathlon will tackle a heavy topic — the Great Depression (not to be confused with the economic drag of today). On Nov. 18 students and coaches for the four participating El Dorado County high schools got into the spirit of the 1930s with Dust Bowl-era music and food as they prepared for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom names fire chief

Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips

Folsom City Manager Kerry Miller recently announced the appointment of Ron Phillips as fire chief, effective immediately. Chief Phillips has served as Folsom’s deputy fire chief since 2005. He replaces former Chief Dan Haverty, who retired in October. “We had a stellar crop of candidates and Chief Phillips successfully competed against some of the best […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »