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Fire district watchdog helped find MLK’s assasin

Dick Ross, left, questions spending at an El Dorado Hills Fire District committee meeting, with Director Jim Harley, right, and District CFO Connie Bair looking on. Ross enjoyed a colorful FBI career before undertaking a variety of state agency leadership roles. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Near the close of a January committee meeting, a nuts-and-bolts sit down where El Dorado Hills Fire District policies are hammered out before going to the full board, Director Lou Barber turned to the lone member of the public in attendance. “Dick, do you have anything else to add?” “I’m good,” replied Dick Ross, who’d just […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mormon Island Dam foundation stabilized

The top of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam is currently a narrow, 900-foot long gravel strip. Dam foundation reinforcements under way include a 1.3 million cubic yard €œdownstream overlay€ that will widen the dam top an estimated 400 feet to a steep bank 100 feet above Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Board seats in play this November

Note – This story has been udated since the print version was published. The filing period for the November general election has opened. It’s probably too late to run for president or congress, but if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves at the grass roots level, several spots on local school, fire and recreation […]

Comments Off / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Soroptimists give back

Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills held their annual Grant Awards on June 27. These awards are funded by the proceeds of Chocolate Affair and represent the organization’s return to the community of the support received.  This year the club gave in excess of $10,000. The recipients of awards were: • The Upper Room feeding […]

Comments Off / July 22, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: July 11-18

Revenge July 11: A 51-year-old allegedly disgruntled employee reportedly stole property belonging to a Golden Foothill Parkway medical office. Taking the car July 11: A Tam O Shanter Drive resident reported a suspicious subject arriving to take possession of their arrested daughter’s vehicle. The vehicle was not released to the suspicious subject. Grand theft July 12: […]

Comments Off / July 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Clarification on recent Grace Foundation stories

The July 11 story about the Grace Foundation’s lawsuit stated that legal documents recently uncovered by foundation representatives indicate that bank attorney Tim Ryan’s advice served his bank clients at the expense of the foundation. The statement was made by foundation Director Beth DeCaprio. Village Life did not review all the court records specifically. The […]

1 Comment / July 18, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Grace case heats up

The Grace Foundation’s recently filed lawsuit targeting Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and Orange County attorney Tim Ryan was met with a counter-suit threat from Ryan, who told Village Life he’s days away from filing a claim for $5 million plus punitive damages for “trade libel” against foundation Director Beth DeCaprio, citing “grotesquely and verifiably factually […]

2 Comments / July 16, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »