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Academic decathletes hit the books

MMMM — Fried dough sizzles in the pan. This food, common in the 1930s during the Great Depression, was served at the Academic Decathlon's kick-off presentation last month. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

The 2010-11 Academic Decathlon will tackle a heavy topic — the Great Depression (not to be confused with the economic drag of today). On Nov. 18 students and coaches for the four participating El Dorado County high schools got into the spirit of the 1930s with Dust Bowl-era music and food as they prepared for the […]

No Comment / December 08, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

2010: A year of high profile retirements, gold-plated benefits


Former El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves retired in late 2009, a full year before his term ended. He offered up the tried-and-true but paper-thin “time with family” exculpation to explain his departure. Neves’ CalPERS retirement benefit, a tidy $15,202 per month, might have also factored into the decision. With pension reform in the wind, Neves […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Senior programs, vets escape budget ax

AN OVERFLOW crowd at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Monday waits to hear grim news about which programs will fall victim to the budget ax, which has been sharpened to a worrisome edge. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

Led by Jack Sweeney, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted Monday morning not to cut $1.5 million in programs recommended for reduction by the chief administrative officer — saving senior programs, University of California Cooperative Extension programs (4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers), the county museum and Geographical Information Services. Library services and […]

No Comment / November 15, 2010 | Posted in News | Read More »

Seniors fear empty tables at lunch sites

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting talks with seniors at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. Nutting said he hopes to save the county's Senior Nutrition Program. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Five senior lunch sites, including one in El Dorado Hills, could end up on the budgetary chopping block. The proposed cuts are a starting point in Human Services Department budget negotiations scheduled Nov. 3. El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, searching for ways to shave $11 million from the county’s $450 million budget, has […]

No Comment / October 25, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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