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Oak Ridge principal out longer than expected

One person was noticeably absent at the Oak Ridge High School eighth-grade orientation last week. Principal Paul Burke wasn’t there to welcome the incoming freshmen class despite many families believing he would be back on the job by now. Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, 2015, for undisclosed personnel reasons. At […]

No Comment / February 10, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Mik running for Assembly

Ron Mikulaco

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman and District 1 representative Ron “Mik” Mikulaco has officially declared his candidacy for the California State Assembly District 6 seat. Mikulaco hopes to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, who moved to El Dorado Hills last year and is running for Mikulaco’s District 1 supervisor seat. “The challenges we face as […]

2 Comments / February 08, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

CAO contract details questioned

El Dorado County Interim Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs’ contract is getting a closer look after county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn questioned whether its language follows California Public Employees Retirement System requirements. “Based on my limited review of PERS law and limited review of the CAO’s contract, it appears that the county has been violating PERS law,” Harn […]

No Comment / February 08, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

EDH firefighter/paramedic Tom Zarbach, right, helps special trainees Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, center, and EDH Fire Board Director John Hidahl douse a burning car during training exercises on a Joerger Cutoff Road property in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Dubbed the “Joerger Incident,” the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, along with Cameron Park/Cal Fire, Folsom and Rescue fire departments, career and volunteer firefighters and explorers, EDH Fire Board directors, the Mountain Democrat and District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen successfully burned a building to the ground (on purpose) at the hands-on training event Jan. 28-30. EDH Fire Chief […]

No Comment / February 08, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crime Watch: Jan. 28 through

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Jan. 28 2 p.m. A firearm was reported lost or stolen on Riviera Circle. Jan. 29 7:28 a.m. An attempted burglary was reported on Knight Lane. 6:03 p.m. Trespassing was reported on Wilson Boulevard. Jan. 30 11:28 a.m. A woman took food from a Post […]

No Comment / February 08, 2016 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Community shines after Oak Ridge theft

Oak Ridge junior Bryce Parker uses the TIG welder donated by Todd and Julie Ford to the Oak Ridge Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program, which lost a lot of its equipment during a recent break-in at the school. Courtesy photo

Authorities have arrested two men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in equipment at Oak Ridge High School on Jan. 17. Three suspects remain at large. On Jan. 29 El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced the arrests of 51-year-old Mike Zivkovich of Sacramento and 35-year-old Matthew Fleeman of El Dorado Hills. Searches of their homes led […]

No Comment / February 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponderosa coach arrested

Shane O'Rourke

Ponderosa water polo Coach Shane O’Rourke, 22, of El Dorado Hills was arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with high school students, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced last week. The criminal investigation was launched after the school resource officer received information on Jan. 26 that O’Rourke was possibly having an improper relationship with a student […]

No Comment / February 01, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »