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Jr. Trojans help Cal team win in Florida

Congratulations to five El Dorado Hills Jr. Trojans. Eighth-graders Bailey Smith, Jack Laing, Cameron Allie, Nate Otto and JT Eichorn were selected to be on the 2013 South Youth Shrine football team benefitting Shriners Hospital. Collectively they raised more than $4,000 for the hospital. On Nov. 16 the California South team defeated the California North […]

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Art and Wine Festival pops with color

By Peter Tyner Two of the numerous delights you’ll discover at Placerville’s Art and Wine Festival this year are the, uh, art and the wine. Seriously. This is in addition to the lively music, tasty hors d’oeuvres and wholesome, rip-roarin’ celebration that Hangtown always delivers. The Placerville Downtown Association hosts this 16th annual Art and […]

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Jacob Starr brings Japanese customs home

When Jacob Starr enters a home he instinctively takes off his shoes. He also can’t seem to stop bowing and don’t get him started on his frustrations that local cable companies don’t carry many amine programs. Though unusual in America, this behavior is perfectly normal in Japan where Starr, 19, spent the last nine months […]

Comments Off on Jacob Starr brings Japanese customs home / July 29, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

My turn: In defense of legal immigration

America is a nation of immigrants. We are all either immigrants ourselves or we are the sons and daughters of immigrants. America’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum” – from many, ONE. From many nations we have created one great nation – the American nation. There is only one way to accomplish this remarkable feat and […]

Comments Off on My turn: In defense of legal immigration / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Retiring fire chief Ballenger to volunteer back

Brad Ballenger began his fire service career in 1987 as a barely paid reserve for the West Sacramento Fire Department and landed a roster spot on the El Dorado Hills Fire Department the following year. On a clear winter morning 24 years later he stood at attention and received his department’s highest honor, its “colors,” […]

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Fluke mishap injures Ponderosa swimmer

Ponderosa High swimmer Zachary Pickett suffered a serious injury days before the start of the 2012-13 school year, leaving a void on the Shingle Springs’ campus. Lifeguarding at Cameron Park Lake, the junior class president simply ran into the water and dove in to cool off, according to his dad Tod. Tragically, Zachary struck an unseen […]

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Dardano makes All West Elite Lacrosse team

El Dorado Hills’ Christian Dardano was selected to the All West Elite Travelling Lacrosse team after an intense three-day tryout where Christian left it all on the field to be selected among the top eighth-grade boys lacrosse athletes in Northern California. All West Elite Lacrosse is centered on three core principles: Respect, Attitude and Effort. Along […]

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