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Gaines’ bill offers some fire fee releif

SACRAMENTO – In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, today introduced legislation that would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $150 fee. “Problems with timely mail delivery can be an issue in mountain and rural areas of my Senate District,” said Gaines. “The […]

1 Comment / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

New undersheriff in town

Randy Peshon is El Dorado County's new undersheriff. He's worked with the department since 1987. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

During his career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Peshon consistently took on challenging jobs and every time he moved to another department, the one he left was better than when he came. On Feb. 17, the 59-year-old captain took on a new role — undersheriff. As a division commander running both El Dorado County jails, Placerville and […]

1 Comment / February 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

Blue Oak Elementary School Principal Paul Stewart gets his face painted blue at an assembly to celebrate the school's fundraising success. Left to right are fifth graders Jackson Cockrel and Iminias Marinko, fourth-grade teacher Dian Helldorfer, and fifth grader Brook Almaraz.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Comments Off / February 17, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marina rallies for sick student

Marina Village students Chloe Richardson, Reagan Hunt, Sammy Parham and Joey Cooper, left to right, collect cash for Joy Lanham's family last Thursday morning. The eighth-grader was recently diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Julie Samrick

As soon as Joy Lanham’s Marina Village ohana found out the eighth-grader was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, a fundraiser was planned for her family last Thursday. With the message “any amount will help,” Joy’s friends and teachers rallied to raise funds for the family so they don’t need to worry about things […]

Comments Off / February 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Juliette Geney

El Dorado Hills Rotary Student of the Month Juliette Geney holds her award with teacher Roxanne Simmons, dad Christian Geney, mom Kirsten Geney, Lakeview Elementary Principal Judy Chance, Rescue Union Superintendent David Swart and Buckeye Union Superintendent David Roth, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills honored Lakeview Elementary fifth-grader Juliette Geney at its Feb. 11 meeting. “She’s such a wonderful student,” Principal Judy Chance said. The teachers and staff like her so much, they don’t want to let her go to middle school next year, Chance joked. Juliette enjoys art and math and […]

Comments Off / February 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

McClintock introduces bill to honor fallen Marine Sky Mote

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, introduced on Feb. 13  H.R. 979, a bill to honor Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012. The legislation will designate a mountain peak in the John Muir Wilderness, under which the Mote family gathered to camp every year, as “Sky Point.” Every […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDUHSD student board member shines

Oak Ridge student Gabriel Garcia serves as the students' voice on the El Dorado Union High School District School Board. Courtesy photo

Junior Gabriel Garcia attends Oak Ridge High School every day. Dedicated to his education, he completes a full day of classes and enjoys the camaraderie with his teachers, administrators and his peers. Garcia also executes the crucial role of the El Dorado Union High School District School Board’s student member, providing a strong student voice and […]

Comments Off / February 13, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »