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Dixon Ranch off the agenda

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors opted 4-0 to indefinitely postpone a hearing on the development plan known as the Dixon Ranch. Board Chairman Ron Mikulaco recused himself from the discussion and the vote, citing a potential conflict of interest because he owns property within 500 feet of the project’s boundaries. Beginning on a quirky […]

1 Comment / March 11, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Budget shows cautious optimism

El Dorado County’s budget is expected to remain balanced for at least the next three years based on a number of trends and assumptions. Chief Administrative Officer Larry Combs recently submitted the optimistic news to the Board of Supervisors as part of the annual mid-year budget update. The 2015-16 budget was based on projected revenues […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Survey shows lower snow depth but more water content

DWR official Frank Gehrke, right, weighs the snowpack on a scale held by Brian Brown of the Legislative Analyst's Office during a snow survey at Phillips Station on Echo Summit on March 1. Matthew Dumlao with the Senate Natural Resources Committee and Rachel Ehlers with the Legislative Analyst's Office, at rear, also assist in collecting snowpack data. The statewide snowpack was found to be 83 percent of the March 1 average. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Sunny skies did not bode well for the snowpack as Department of Water Resources staff conducted a March 1 snow survey at Phillips Station. Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, and his survey team measured snow that averaged 58.3 inches deep, with a water content of 27.1 inches on the snow […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A special graduation for Brittany

Brittany Gaines smiles as she holds her graduation photo with mom's help. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Graduating from high school is a major transition for any young adult as they move out of their parents’ home and head off  to college, work and, ultimately, live on their own. It promises to be an even bigger transition for Brittany Gaines, 23, whose motto in life seems to be to never give up. Born with cerebral palsy, Gaines […]

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Bodine report notes ‘corrosive’ culture at ORHS

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Feb. 29 to not renew Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke’s contract for the 2016-17 school year, a decision denounced by many Oak Ridge students and parents. Late last week Village Life received a copy of the Bodine Group’s report that addresses the issues surrounding […]

3 Comments / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: Feb. 25 through March 2

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Feb. 25 9:46 a.m. An Arenzano Way resident reported that a suspicious person came to his door and identified himself as a police officer. Feb. 26 10:55 a.m. Thieves stole items from a pickup bed on Arrowhead Drive. 11: 18 a.m. Items were reported stolen […]

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Dancer’s hard work pays off

Photo by Tim Engle.

Oak Ridge High School senior Madeline Bertoy, a dancer at the Northern California Dance Conservatory in Roseville, was recently selected as one of 23 finalists out of 12,000 applicants to receive a much-coveted scholarship from the National YoungArts Foundation. In January the dance finalists, along with the finalists in other arts, were flown to Miami for National […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »