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My Turn: Understanding our budget

On June 2 I delivered to the Board of Supervisors and publicly released El Dorado County’s recommended budget. The 422-page document deserves some context. In theory, crafting a budget should be a relatively simple endeavor. You add up the money that comes in, subtract the cost of mandated programs that must be paid for and, if […]

June 14, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Guide dogs graduate, start new lives

El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind, a puppy raising group for Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., announces that since January of this year three of its pups have successfully completed all of their formal guide training and have graduated as professional Guide Dogs at the organization’s San Rafael campus. Lane, a black Labrador […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

My Turn: Working hard to protect Sly Park Recreation Area

As a result of California’s historic multi-year drought, the El Dorado Irrigation District has been managing an unprecedented tree die off due to bark beetle infestation. The trees’ natural defense mechanism is to repel the invader by pushing them out with pitch or sap. During a drought the tree cannot produce enough pitch and the beetle […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

June is the month to be “Set”

Tim Streblow Cal Fire Interim Unit Chief Amador-El Dorado As the weather begins to warm and we see our hills turn from green to brown, we must keep the threat of wildfire on our minds. June is the month to be “Set,” one component of the “Ready, Set, Go” wildfire preparedness plan.  After we have […]

June 06, 2017 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Tagged ,

My Turn: Letters of etiquette

As an English teacher at both the high school and community college level, over the years I have been asked to pen many letters of recommendation for students applying to institutions of higher learning. While most students who approach me manage to satisfy the demands of basic courtesy, some young applicants struggle with the etiquette […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Hometown Hero: Austin Thomas

U.S. Air Force Airman Austin J. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward […]

May 31, 2017 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

My Turn: Let’s have an honest talk about suicide

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and you may have heard the phrase, “Each mind matters.” Why does each mind matter? Mental health is something we all have. Just as our bodies need attention, our minds also need nourishment and care. Suicide rates are increasing and there is a relationship between mental illness and suicide. […]

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