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At the July 21st Foresthill Divide School Board Meeting, Board Trustee Sean Salveson stated that he was now a permanent resident of Arizona. As required, he offered his resignation to the Board to be effective as soon as they wished. The pending resignation created a flurry of conversation a…

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The Foresthill community has endured a whirlwind of “Letters to the Editor” from the Foresthill Public Utilities District (FPUD), as well as community members debating their issues and accuracy thereof. The FPUD blames Miner’s Camp litigation as the central core of the ongoing argument, resu…

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At the Foresthill Union Divide School District Regular Board Meeting on March 9, 2020, I was greatly distressed to observe demeaning and bullying behavior by the Board President, Mr. Sean Salveson. He spoke about the lack of substitute teacher availability because as he stated “…they do not …

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Many in the Foresthill community who are receiving water service from the Foresthill Public Utility District have vehemently criticised the District  for the price of water and how the District conducts business. Complaints have been lodged over the charging for “phantom meters”,  which incr…

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In an attempt to curtail additional legal expenses for the Foresthill community ratepayers, Miners Camp made a settlement offer to FPUD in order to stop the legal appeal they initiated. In fact, Miners Camp offered a couple of different solutions to FPUD for consideration.

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Thus far in the saga of Miner’s Camp vs Foresthill Public Utility District the water ratepayers, you and I, have had our pockets picked by the ongoing litigation of the utility company. Exactly how much money the ratepayers have lost is not fully known due to FPUD’s refusal to disclose their…

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The FPUD attempted to hold their regularly scheduled Board Meeting at the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall on November 14th, but it quickly turned into fiasco. Loud voices and the pounding of the board president’s gavel echoed throughout the room. Board President Helen Rogers West lost cont…

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A parcel tax for emergency medical and fire services was on the ballot for the Foresthill Fire Protection District voters in Placer County, California, on September 18, 2018. The official certified results were released late yesterday by the Placer County Elections Office. Unfortunately, the…

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The Foresthill Wildfires Cheerleaders started their 2018-2019 cheer season with tryouts in late April. Eight girls from last year’s team returned, while we added five new girls to our little family. Our summer was filled with many practices and fundraisers to get ready for our UCA cheer camp…

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Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced that Governor Brown has signed his Senate Bill 1246, a bill that will streamline and modernize the process for expediting property tax refunds to California taxpayers.

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In human history education has been seen as a threat to the established order. We can see that in cultures today that limit or restrict education to certain classes or gender. Even though education was prized by the early colonists to North America as essential to self-government, certain cl…

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Ours is a God of diversity. Everywhere we look, we see variety. If you or I were in charge of creation, we might have come up with a dozen different kinds of animals or flowers. But God came up with literally thousands of different varieties of each. The same thing can be said of colors or o…

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When it comes to maximizing a home’s selling price, first impressions matter. You want everyone - from serious buyers to those with a casual interest just passing by - to come away with a lasting impression. While large-scale, high-impact renovations often are not necessary, you do need to f…

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Given our life expectancy today, it is very difficult for us to imagine and appreciate that our planet is 4.5 billion years old, or even that civilization began five or ten thousand years ago, or that our ancestors wandered about their homeland freely looking for shelter and food for thousan…

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It happens every year at this time, but we never seem to be ready for it (or is it just me, and I don’t even have school-age kids anymore). So how can essential oils make going back to school healthier and happier, while maintaining sanity? Let’s take a look.

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Have you seen the road signs in support of Measure F to ‘Save’ the District and ‘Reopen the Closed Station’? Concerned residents are using this visual aid prompting us to learn about the financial and staffing challenges facing the Fire District. Our Fire Board, doing their job, adopted a re…

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Some are attempting to compare the current housing market to the market leading up to the “boom and bust” that we experienced a decade ago. They look at price appreciation and conclude that we are on a similar trajectory, speeding toward another housing crisis.

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Way back when Hippocrates was the medical guru, he knew the importance of gut health for your physical and mental well-being. Did you know there are more neuro-transmitters in your gut than there are in your brain? That is why the gut is known as “the second brain”. Are you suffering from ot…

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Buying a home is possibly one of the largest investments you will make and can be an emotional process. Here are some steps that can put you in a winning position.

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August is Kids Eat Right Month, an initiative sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy’s Foundation. It focuses on healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families. Here are some steps to get you started:

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I can’t believe we’re already halfway through my favorite season- it always goes way too quickly. I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day and I also hope you’ve had a chance to get out to enjoy some of the fabulous activities throughout Placer County. It’s easy to stay busy around here w…

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As a result of my many interactions with people regarding essential oils, I have come up with the top three (in my estimation, anyway) mistakes that are made by new essential oil users. Notice that automatically leaves out the biggest mistake: Not using them AT ALL! But that is for another column.

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When my husband and I first moved to Foresthill, we loved seeing the deer lumbering through Todd Valley and the sight of the spotted fawns was truly thrilling!! This is NOT something you see living in the city and we were elated to have several deer families living on our property! The year …

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It is that time of year again friends and neighbors! Let’s all do our part to guard against wildfire with some basic preventative measures. Remember, humans are by far the largest contributing factor when looking for the cause of these devastating fires.

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I have been writing about how essential oils work and the uses of different oils for specific issues, and have only occasionally written about how they have worked for me. Because they have impacted my life and health so significantly, I figured it was time to list a few of the specific resu…

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In garden rhyme, these words are used in the designing of a successful container garden. If you keep this concept in mind, you will produce wonderful container combinations for your decks, sidewalks, and front entries. Of course there are other things to consider when putting together a beau…

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Summer is here, and that means picnics, barbeques, and long hot days. The food safety rules that you follow at home are just as important at your outside gatherings. Also, keep in mind that bacteria grow more quickly in warm weather. By following these tips, you can ensure your foods will be…

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Check Out Your ContractorDid you contact the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to check the status of the contractor’s license? Contact the CSLB at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752) or visit our web site: www.cslb.ca.gov.Did you get at least 3 local references from the contractors you are consideri…

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Sometimes, my clients will suggest going a little higher than market value on their sale price so they have negotiating room. What they don’t realize is that they will limit the number of potential buyers that even see their home.

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Have you noticed the temperatures starting to climb? With some minor planning, everyone can enjoy the blue skies and warmer weather. Below is a list of easy things we can do to improve our comfort and safety during the hot summer months.

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Last time I wrote about using essential oils to keep the summer bugs from biting as a way of avoiding the use of DEET. Before I go further with information on other non-toxic summer potions, let me say a word about the importance of reducing our toxic load, and the impact it can have on our health.

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Gardening often expands into other champion interests such as attracting birds, butterflies and bees. Growing specific plants to attract these helpful and friendly pollinators is very rewarding. Different plants attract particular pollinators but this article concentrates on sunflowers and birds.

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If you are a seller, you’ll probably love the multiple offers that create a bidding war. If you are a buyer, bidding wars are dreaded.

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About 15 adults and children from Foresthill recently visited Horton’s Iris Garden in Loomis and WOW – what a place! While we were only able to see the late blooms of the season, Marian Horton was a wealth of information. Here are a few tidbits we learned:

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One thing I have noticed since I started ingesting CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils on a daily basis, mosquitos don’t bite me as much as they used to! Why is this, I wondered? It seems mosquitos are attracted to various things, from how much heat emanates from your body…

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On behalf of the Foresthill Heritage Community Garden and the Foresthill Friends of the Library, we’d like to thank all of you who donated and purchased plants at the third annual Spring Plant Sale! We very much appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the new additions to your home and gardens!

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Most homes in the Foresthill area are custom. Local full-time realtors have the experience, intimate knowledge of the market and resources at their fingertips to value your home and position it for maximum value. They also know the communities that make up Foresthill and what draws people to…

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Ticks are blood-sucking arthropods that can transmit a wide variety of diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF), tularemia, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and erlichiosis. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Placer County.

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After my last column on Taming the Sugar Monster, we should all be on our way to finally kicking that nasty sugar habit! This is a key step in achieving and maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance, because as long as we keep adding sugar into our bloodstreams, it will continue to wreak hav…

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The Spring Plant sale is planned for May 5th starting at 9:00 am at the old elementary school, 24750 Main Street, Foresthill.

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Foresthill is a unique market where we sell a “Lifestyle.” Most of our homes are custom and appeal to buyers that want to “leave the city behind.” If you live here, you know about the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, local wild life, amazing night sky, outstanding views and soari…

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By sugar monster, I am not referring to your kids the day after Easter, I am referring to the way sugar works in the reward center of your brain to trick you into thinking you need it. A column or two ago I wrote about how I was able to kick this habit and told you about the essential oils I…

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Is there a place on your property where nothing seems to grow? A possible solution to a barren area is a rock garden. To get started, plan what kind of rock garden you would like. Do you want a small, compact rock garden or do you want to cover a significant area? Also do you want the area t…

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“Each morning, when I wake, I say, ‘I place my hand in God’s today.’” Those words from Helen Steiner Rice were at the beginning of a poem that my mother always had tucked inside her Bible.

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You may have guessed from this title that using essential oils in the childbirth process was a recent experience for me. BUT WAIT, I am the grandma here! So how can they be used?

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Placer and Nevada Counties UC CalFresh staff recently placed second in the state in a physical activity challenge sponsored by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and UC CalFresh State Offices!

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Winter storm warning are common this time of year in Placer County, presenting risks to a variety of animals, who can suffer from deadly frostbite and exposure, become dehydrated when water sources ice over, and die - especially when overnight temperatures drop below freezing, as is forecast…

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Do you want to make healthy meals for your family, but think eating healthy is too expensive? Not familiar with how to read Nutrition Facts Labels, but want to learn? The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program of Placer/Nevada Counties is offering a 2-part series of workshops called “Plan, …

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