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Mike Roberts

Valley View Elementary gets held back

The Valley View Elementary School is nearly complete, but won’t open its doors to students until more homes are sold in the Blackstone master planned community it serves. Until then, the $16 million school will become an interim district headquarters. Woodland-based Broward Construction is on track to turn the site over to the Buckeye Union […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Spontaneous combustion avoidance tips

Oil based wood stains, paints, sealers, polyurethane finishes, varnish and other finishing products often contain highly flammable Volatile Organic Compounds, or “VOCs.” Paint brushes get cleaned with mineral spirits or paint thinner, but what about the rags and other materials used that do not get cleaned but just get thrown away? How do you safely dispose […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Lake Hills home spontaneously combusts

A Planeta Drive home in the Lake Hills neighborhood burst into flames at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, with no one home. There were no injuries, and investigators have ruled out criminal activity. They initially suspected oily rags as the ignition source but haven’t reached any concrete conclusions, said El Dorado Hills Fire […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Public transportation in El Dorado Hills?

Seniors and other non-drivers have bemoaned the lack of bus service in El Dorado Hills for years. Here’s a chance to do something about it. El Dorado Transit and the El Dorado County Transit Commission are currently conducting a Transit Needs Survey for the El Dorado Hills area. If you’d like to see better public transportation […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Fire district watchdog helped find MLK’s assasin

Near the close of a January committee meeting, a nuts-and-bolts sit down where El Dorado Hills Fire District policies are hammered out before going to the full board, Director Lou Barber turned to the lone member of the public in attendance. “Dick, do you have anything else to add?” “I’m good,” replied Dick Ross, who’d just […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Mormon Island Dam foundation stabilized

An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Board seats in play this November

Note – This story has been udated since the print version was published. The filing period for the November general election has opened. It’s probably too late to run for president or congress, but if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves at the grass roots level, several spots on local school, fire and recreation […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,
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