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Auditor shows county’s $100K+ retirees

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn

El Dorado County has a 16-member group of individuals with one thing in common. They retired from county employment or county service with pensions of more than $100,000 a year. Three were elected officials — former sheriff Jeff Neves, former assessor Tim Holcomb and former surveyor Dan Russell. Neves’s retirement package tops the chart at […]

3 Comments / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Youth recognized for outstanding community service

KIRSTI BUCKENDORF, president of Team Inspire and the Hands4Hope Club at ORHS, addresses the audience during Hands4Hope's third Annual Youth Recognition Dinner. Kirsti talked about why she joined Hands4Hope and about her experiences over the last three years with the organization, noting, "Through H4H, I learned the power and positive impact that can come from compassion and action on our community. Serving someone else doesn't just make an impact on their life, it also helps us get a better perspective on our own life." Courtesy photo

More than 100 people were in attendance to applaud local students at Hands4Hope’s recent Youth Recognition Dinner at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Hands4Hope youth volunteers were recognized for collectively dedicating 3,442 hours of community service to those in need in our community over the 2010-11 year.  Additionally, several local youth were singled […]

No Comment / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth find asylum at New Morning

NEW MORNING Executive Director David Ashby and Associate Director Kathy Brook-Johnson stand in the newly built New Morning Youth and Family Services facility off Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

Shelter: to cover, protect, defend; provide refuge.  PLACERVILLE — For 41 years, New Morning Youth and Family Services has quietly sheltered the youth of El Dorado County, providing a safe place with a listening ear and an open heart. It’s the only shelter for runaway and homeless youth in El Dorado County. Now New Morning is […]

No Comment / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Coffee with a mission

COFFEE FARMER “Raphael" manages the Las Marias Estate in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua, one of the collectives the El Dorado Coffee and Tea Company sources its beans from. Courtesy photo

Retired fireman’s family coffee business serves local non-profits and women-run coffee farms in developing countries. Coffee roaster Dennis Planje enjoys telling people that he lives between the first and the second crack. Just ask him. The retired fireman will explain how the water inside a green coffee bean suddenly boils off right around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

No Comment / September 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

McClintock to Tea Party: Keep your eye on 2012

CONGRESSMAN TOM McCLINTOCK takes questions after a rousing speech at the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills meeting last Wedesday evening. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Congressman Tom McClintock rallied the troops last Wednesday night at the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills meeting, telling the crowd of nearly 100 they have the power to restore the Republican Party and “turn Barack Obama out of office in the biggest landslide in American history.” “It’s the perfect time to get bold, […]

No Comment / September 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire district fires back

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board questioned the basis for the El Dorado County Grand Jury’s investigation of their agency, but actually agreed with many of the findings, asserting in a just-released response that the organizational changes called for were already under way when the grand jury released its highly critical report in June. The […]

No Comment / September 03, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

CSD GM Skeel tentatively reinstated

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors announced Friday afternoon it has suspended the termination of General Manager John Skeel. The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, less than six months after hiring him, and moving his family from Colorado. The case against Skeel seemed to unravel in the last […]

10 Comments / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »