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El Dorado County participates in statewide store survey

El Dorado County health officials have released the local results of a statewide retail store survey. The survey, conducted in all 58 California counties last summer, examined the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and food products in stores that sell tobacco. This was the first time all three products were analyzed together in one […]

No Comment / March 06, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Affordable Care Act extends Medi-Cal coverage for foster children

Children in foster care in California typically lost their Medi-Cal health insurance coverage once they turned age 21. Under the Affordable Care Act, former foster youth can now continue to have health insurance until the age of 26. The change went into effective Jan. 1, 2014. The Foster Care Program of the El Dorado County […]

No Comment / March 05, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Women’s Fund grant available

The Women’s Fund El Dorado is now accepting applications for its 2014 grants from nonprofit and educational organizations on El Dorado County’s western slope. Donor members voted to focus on the following areas-of-need: $40,000 in providing solutions to mental health challenges $15,000, divided three ways, to programs and/or services supporting women and children, breaking the […]

No Comment / March 04, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

New pastor, church serve as ‘instruments of grace’

Pastor Drew Sodestrom has revived the community church in northern El Dorado Hills. Vintage Grace holds services every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Marina Village Middle School. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

Vintage Grace held its grand opening inside Marina Village Middle School’s gym last Sunday, where Pastor Drew Sodestrom delivered the first sermon about finding joy in Jesus in front of more than 300 people. Parishioners enjoyed food, bounce houses and live entertainment once the celebration moved outdoors. “The word ‘church’ is absent from the name […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley’s vocab parade sparks wit, curiosity

Lucy Bunce, 10, of El Dorado Hills enjoys the spotlight in her sirloin costume on stage at Silva Valley Elementary on Feb. 28. Junior Kindergarten through fifthth-grade students dressed up as vocabulary words and held a parade in the multipurpose with family and friends in attendance. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Some children flaunted their way to the stage while others shyly strolled, but every student at Silva Valley Elementary participated in last Friday’s costumed vocabulary parade inside the gym. Set to upbeat music, students from junior kindergarten through fifth grade got to show off the one word they’d chosen to emulate. From everyday words like […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Weile reappointed to state commission

Doug Weile

Bringing a developer’s perspective to the table is Latrobe resident Douglas Wiele, 61, who was recently reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wiele was first appointed to the commission in September of last year but that term expired in December. Wiele has been the founding partner and president of […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Deputy DA Ashworth seeks judgeship

Vicki Ashworth

Veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth Feb. 21 announced her candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. With more than 16 years of experience successfully prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault to special-circumstance homicide, Ashworth is endorsed by an El Dorado County Superior Court judge, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, fellow prosecutors, investigators, law […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »