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Union Mine rolls out red carpet

Union Mine senior Sean Tow talks about life at the rural school with Lucy Carluccio and her mom Elizabeth at a recent presentation for prospective transfers from Oak Ridge or Ponderosa. The Carluccios live in the Oak ridge boundaries but Lucy has decided to attend Union Mine. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Union Mine High School Principal Tony Deville invited west El Dorado County families to the annual back-to-school night on Jan. 24, playing master of ceremonies for a special presentation beforehand that extolled the virtues of the district’s newest and smallest school to incoming freshmen and their parents and hoping to convince them to take advantage […]

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Standoff at Grace saves horses from snowy fate

The 43 horses taken from the Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville will stay at the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills. Legal wrangling over the months has left the ultimate fate of the horses up in the air. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

“This thing would make a great movie,” said Grace Foundation Executive Director Beth DeCaprio. She’s played a leading role in the drama currently unfolding at the El Dorado Hills nonprofit which garnered national attention by rescuing 56 horses from a squalid Susanville ranch in 2011. Grace Foundation has since spent $1.13 million rehabilitating 43 of the […]

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EDH woman appointed to EDD

Sharon Hilliard

El Dorado Hills resident Sharon Hilliard, 48, was recently appointed as chief deputy at the California Employment Development Department by Gov. Jerry Brown. Hilliard, who has worked for EDD her entire career, will earn $128,064 in the new position. The El Dorado Hills woman said she started with EDD at the age of 17 when […]

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Tahoe updates watercraft inspection program

LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board approved  an annual update to the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection Program during their January meeting on Wednesday.  The approval  keeps nearly all boater fees the same and improves efficiency of service at watercraft inspection stations around the Basin in an effort to keep the $1.4 […]

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Officials, law enforcement discuss school safety

On Jan. 16 Dr. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, and El Dorado County school district superintendents met with local law enforcement agencies to continue collaborative efforts regarding school safety.  Sheriff John D’Agostini, Placerville Chief of Police George Nielson, South Lake Tahoe Chief of Police Brian Uhler and El Dorado County District Attorney […]

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Rescue USD opens kindergarten registration

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, junior (transitional) kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration will begin Feb. 1. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms will be available to parents at all school sites beginning Monday, Jan 28.    Students must be 5 years of age on or before […]

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Mike Lilienthal loves to lead

El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Mike Lilienthal has always loved firefighting and fire engines. His father was a fire captain in Los Angeles. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Mike Lilienthal knows the exact day he questioned his decision to become a firefighter: Feb. 6, 1997. Just three months after taking a job with the Stockton Fire Department he and fellow firefighters responded to a residential structure fire with an elderly victim trapped inside. Firefighters rushed in and, Lilienthal recalled, “As I was walking […]

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