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It’s time to sign up for the 2013 Citizens Academy

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini announced the scheduling of the 2013 Citizens Academy for county residents. The academy is a great way to learn the many facets of the Sheriff’s Office. The courses provided during the academy are presented by sheriff’s personnel who carry out the duties outlined in the course content: •Criminal investigations […]

Comments Off / February 05, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

When poets speak, people listen

El Dorado Arts Council launches fourth season This winter El Dorado County high school students are among thousands across the state interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for Poetry Out Loud, a competition run by the California Arts Council and launched by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. At stake are […]

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Sheriff releases annual report; crime slightly up

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office annual crime report was released to the public, showing a slight increase in most types of crime, along with detailing facts about the department as a whole. The Sheriff’s Office, which has 358 employees and six K-9 officers, spent about $49 million to cover the approximate 180,600 citizens of […]

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EDAC pitches TOT tax shift

A tireless collection of land-use and economic development activists attended the Jan. 28 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting to show support for the Economic Development Advisory Committee’s three-plus year quest to untangle inefficient, contradictory or outdated county regulations that they say stifle the local economy and inhibit job creation. The resulting collection of […]

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Beekeeper battles mites and insecticide

New Clarksville residents —€” Bryan Williams, right, of High Sierra Bee Ranch and his father Dave show off their bees. They'€™ve got a couple hundred hives spending the winter in the old ghost town of Clarksville. The hives are all headed to almond orchards later this spring.

Maybe you’ve seen them off to the right while driving up Bass Lake Grade, hundreds of green and white crates scattered around the old Clarksville town site. They’re bee hives, and they belong to Bryan Williams of High Sierra Bee Ranch in Rescue. In some ways they represent a desperate last stand against parasitic mites […]

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Family remembers Hal Nelson

Hal Nelson

Former El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition President Hal Nelson died peacefully on Dec. 15, 2012, at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville with his family at his side. He’d suffered a debilitating stroke 15 months earlier. The family held a life celebration and remembrance at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in El Dorado Hills on Feb. 1, attended […]

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Fun for Francie

For 20 years Francie Dillon has entertained children throughout the Sacramento area. Now the communities are giving back to help her while she battles a neurological disorder. The El Dorado Hills Library hosts a fundraiser for Dillon on Friday, Feb. 15. Courtesy photo

When Francie Dillon walked into the El Dorado Hills Library the room lit up with excitement. That’s what library Branch Manager Carolyn Brooks remembers about the children’s entertainer, who, along with her guitar, enchanted toddlers and their parents during her Jazz Babies programs. “The crowd got so big we had to add another show,” Brooks […]

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