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Margaret Thatcher makes time for Larry Bassham

In the course of his career at Aerojet, Larry Bassham met a lot of important people, including Ronald Reagan, who only ate pie at lunch. His favorite such story is the April 2, 1990, briefing to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who hates formal presentations, preferring to talk to the presenter across a table. Bassham […]

No Comment / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Star Wars architect recalls ‘Rocket Ranch’

STAR WARS architect Larry Bassham reminisces about his time working on missile defense systems at Aerojet. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Like many original El Dorado Hills residents Larry Bassham can put that awesome “Aerojet — It IS rocket science” bumper sticker on his car. Bassham, who retired 10 years ago and lives with his wife Donna, worked at the “Rocket Ranch” in an atypical role. His largest contributions were in knocking missiles down rather than blowing […]

No Comment / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH treatment plant boosts capacity

WATER TESTING — El Dorado Hills Water Treatment€” Plant operator Jake Maker tests water samples. The water is constantly sampled daily and recorded. Mother Lode News photo by Mike Raffety
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A year and a half of construction at a cost of $8 million and now the El Dorado Hills Water Treatment Plant has increased its capacity 33 percent. But the biggest benefit of the Phase 1B upgrade is the eliminationof chlorine gas. The chlorine gas, used to kill bacteria, had always left El Dorado Irrigation […]

No Comment / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

El Dorado Hills CSD names new general manager

John Skeel

The El Dorado Hills CSD Board of Directors announced after a five-month national search they recently hired John P. Skeel as the new CSD general manager. Skeel joins the district with more than 22 years of related parks and recreation and private sector career experience. In order to meet the changing economic climate, over the past two […]

No Comment / October 29, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bail raised in sexual assault case

Jason Sigur

The bail amount for a Yolo County man suspected of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old El Dorado Hills girl was increased to $10 million last week, 10 times the amount it was initially set at. Jason Sigur, 35, of Dunnigan, was arraigned in a Yolo County courtroom on Oct. 19. He faces 11 charges, including six […]

No Comment / October 29, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Cal Fire announces ‘winter preparedness’

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CAMINO — At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit (AEU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will transition into their “winter preparedness” level of staffing. This means most seasonal fire fighting personnel will be laid off and some outlying fire stations will be closed. Keep in mind AEU’s […]

No Comment / October 29, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Habitat for Humanity reaches out to Shingle Springs family

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The El Dorado County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has selected its first family out of hundreds whom have applied to become homeowners for their new Cameron Park project. After an extensive and lengthy qualification process, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Peterson and their family from Shingle Springs were selected to purchase and help build one […]

No Comment / October 29, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »