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My Turn: Don’t just save the Earth, save your life

Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Protection Act, establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. He followed up with the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. If you are younger than 50 you probably have no memory of news headlines in 1969 of the Cuyahoga River in flames. You can drive through […]

No Comment / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Financial Focus: Guard against identity theft and protect your finances

Iain Marshall

In 2015 alone more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses? Here are some ideas to consider: Review your statements. Closely review the monthly statements from your checking and other financial […]

Comments Off / October 04, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans

Iain Marshall

You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies — you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future — because the more they know, […]

Comments Off / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Change your lice policy

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the Buckeye Union School District and the new principal at Oak Meadow Elementary School in El Dorado Hills. My grandsons attend Oak Meadow and last year we had an enormous outbreak of lice at the school. When we began looking at the lice policy of BUSD we found […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Coalition addresses underage drinking

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations and public agencies to address the topic of underage drinking. Youth will take a lead role as participants in the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria, […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

If you lost your pet

Check the El Dorado County Animal Shelter immediately; ask to fill out a lost animal report and check the Found Animal Reports. A picture is very helpful. If you live near the county line, check the other nearby shelters as well, just in case. The shelter staff here can tell you which other shelters might be […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your marriage silent?

Marriages where there is a lot of talking and listening seem to fare better than silent marriages. When I make this statement, I am talking about positive talking and listening. Yelling at each other is not productive and usually ends with insults or hurt feelings. The Cherokee advocate that, before you open your mouth, consider […]

Comments Off / May 04, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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