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Legislature suspends fire tax in return for cap-and-trade extension

In an apparent bid to ensure passage of Assembly Bill 398, which extended the state’s cap-and-trade program out to 2030, on Monday the Legislature included in the bill the suspension of the current fire prevention fee.

The suspension of the fee went into effect July 1 and continues through 2031.

The repeal is good news for many who call it a double hit to rural residents who already pay to receive fire protection from local fire departments.

Arnold’s American experience

Prior to coming to the United States Arnold Gauthier had never set foot in the ocean. Just two days after landing in Sacramento to begin his Rotary Youth Exchange year in El Dorado Hills the then 18-year-old got his chance to feel sand under his toes and the cool Pacific Ocean.

“It put me in the best mood for my trip,” Gauthier said.

And the smiles (as well as trips to the ocean) lasted all year long.

Trail tree trim adds fuel to debate

Between July 8 and July 11, a section of  New York Creek trail was cut back, widened to 8 feet in many parts — another wrinkle in an already contentious debate over trail use.

In January the El Dorado Hills Community Services District notified homeowners backing up to the most secluded section of New York Creek Trail near Jackson Elementary School that landscape work would be done to improve sight lines and widen the trail, which could open it up to multi-use; the trail is currently advertised as pedestrians only but often used by cyclists. This notice prompted residents who want to keep bicyclists off the trail to ask the EDHCSD to enforce the posted rule while cyclists argue that the trail has been shared for years with few problems.

Local teen vies for national crown

El Dorado Hills teen Violet Joy Hansen is headed to Orlando to compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant after winning the Miss California Outstanding Teen title in June. “I can’t believe this is happening,” the 17-year-old said she thought when her name was announced at the state competition in Fresno. “To say I […]

Hometown Hero: Draven Palmer

U.S. Air Force Airman Draven Palmer 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 an […]

EDH Crime Watch: July 7-12

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: July 7 9:20 a.m. A sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a disturbance the night before on Governor Drive. 9:38 a.m. Property was reported lost on Francisco Drive. July 8 8:45 a.m. Vandalism was reported at an El Dorado Hills Town Center business. […]

Folsom Lake College fall semester starts soon

Registration is currently under way for the Folsom Lake College fall 2017 semester. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer, career and technical education and personal enrichment courses — offered both on campus and online — are available. The fall semester runs Aug. 19 through Dec. 14. Other shorter-term or Fast-Track classes begin throughout […]

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