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El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce awards three scholarships

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce recently award three $750 scholarships 2013 graduates who plan to continue their education at a university, college or technical school. The Chamber congratulates the following scholarship recipients and wishes them much success: Nathan Somavarapu, Kirsti Buckendorf and Sumner Caesar of Oak Ridge High School. The scholarships are funded […]

Comments Off / May 29, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Supervisor Nutting arrested

Ray Nutting was booked into the El Dorado County Jail Tuesday

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was arrested Tuesday morning on felony charges of failing to disclose income, filing false documents, perjury and failing to recuse himself from votes in which he had a financial interest. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced the District 2 representative’s arrest in a press release issued Tuesday […]

3 Comments / May 28, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Sibling barbecue team Nicole Burton, left and Brandon Ivey own and operate Boucane in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

6 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

More Homes or parks: Director begins debate

El Dorado Hills Community Services District Director Bill Vandegrift has called a special meeting to discuss alternative uses for the old El Dorado Hills golf course. The property, owned by Parker Development, shares a border with Highway 50. Last year, the developer unveiled a new plan for the space called Serrano Westside. The 155-acre area westward […]

3 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Stormwater runoff in EPA’s sights

If you printed and shredded all the federal, state and local research and regulations on stormwater runoff, along with the reams of strategy and sustainability plans, the paper mountain would dwarf Bob Lilly’s 550 tons of shredded carpet. A landmark 2008 study by the National Research Council found runoff to be the major source of […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Carpet recycling gains traction

Californians began paying 5 cents per square yard to fund a carpet recycling program in 2011, courtesy of Assembly Bill 2398. The program is administered by the Carpet America Recover Effort, and overseen by CalRecycle. It currently costs $78 per ton to dispose of old carpet in El Dorado County. Area carpet recyclers, set up […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Old carpet fuels sustainability project

Josh, left, and Bob Lilly have a plan to turn old carpet into water filtration. They operate out of the old Westel-Oviatt lumber mill south of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »