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Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - February 25, 2000, Placerville, California Wrestler's dedication reaps results Weekend B-1 Theater company for kids begins Real Estate C-1 Private woods retreat in Audubon Hills WKKKEHD FEBRUARY 25, 2000 Vol 3 Supplements 'Continuous publication www.mtdemocrat.com aaemntrat DIGIT 94u 604 BAY AREA 1115 E AROLIEZ AVE SUNNYVALE CA Measure Y could kill plans for Impending frog report may absolve shopping center SMITH 506 includes tax By ROB COLE Staff writer The redlegged frog may be hopping away as a road block to Sundance Plaza shopping center, but Measure Y has taken its place. Simply put, million worth of trans- portation impact mitigation fees may old plan to develop the Sundance Plaza wetlands and the adoption of shopping center on Missoun Flat Road, have to this point all but decided the A slew of environmental and political retail project, just north of Highway existing just west of Placerville Plaza. But a soon-to-be-released red-legged fate of the proposed frog study may change that. 94036-3904 --------f__ mci vyn s It is a project designed to attract big- name stores such as Target, Mervyn's and JC Penney. It is also a project esti- mated by the El Dorado County Planning Department in 1998 as a potential source at least million annually of property see MEASURE Y, page A-9 McCain campaign comes to Sac State Grad El Dorado County residents honored with 'VIP' status By ERICA BROOKS Staff writer When presidential hopeful John McCain came to Sacra- mento Thursday morning, Placerville icsident Rich Buchanan got a front-row seat Buchanan was honored with VIP status for the town hall event, along with other veterans involved in the cam- paign. "Quite said Buchanan in a confidential tone, looking just a little ner- vous, "I've never been a VIP before McCain held the meeting at the California State Universi- ty at Sacramento, drawing see MCCAIN, page A-6 loaded deck jr Mccain naviaates a crowd puwic an M 8. audifnce member at the Above, El Dorado County residents Rich Buchanan and Bob V 9 re8efVed SeatS' Ri9ht> Cameron Park David W.lham shows off his credits, exams tougher By ELIZABETH BUCCERI Staff writer High school students m the class of 2004 will have more work to do in order to earn their diploma. The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees, has approved new graduation, requirements, which include an increase in the total number of credits including language and mathematics, competency in tech- nology and passage of the exit exam, said district officials. Currently, .students need 220 see EXAMS, page A-6 MTBE cleanup continues By MEGAN MARSHACK Staff writer Discharge of MTBE, the gaso- line additive into Hangtown Creek near Pierroz Road in Plac- erville has flared up with winter rains, but cleanup efforts contin- ue, say state water quality offi- cials Methyl tertiary butyl ether was found at the site that includes two gas stations with underground tanks see MTBE, page A-7 grant launches Oak Ridge business, technology academy By ELIZABETH BUCCERI Staff writer Oak Ridge High School students hop- ing to pursue a career in the world of busi- ness and technology will now have a cur- riculum tailored just for them. Following in the footsteps of 250 high schools throughout California, Oak Ridge will be home to the county's only Busi- ness and Technology Academy. It begins this fall. The academy is made possible by a grant from the Department of Education and will be maintained by annual state grants The academy will consist of a strict class schedule of technology-related courses and core courses, internships, job shadowing and mentoring as well as sum- mer employment, said Sara Branstetter, academy director Branstetter said the most important part of the academy will be the partnership of "The exciting thing is high school kids will be able to network with adults. This will give them a much better sense of what employers are looking for." -Glen SwedeLson, director of guidance, Oak Ridge High School local businesses Not only will business owners provide the much-needed job shadowing and mentoring to their pro- teges, but they will also give field trips and be invited to classes as guest speak- ers "They can be adult role models to help guide said Glen Swedelson, Oak Ridge director of guidance. While some local business owners have expressed interest in the project, Branset- ter said the academy can never have enough community involvement "We are actively recruiting more ness partners." she said Swedelson said the academy is benefi- cial for students because it gives them the opportunity to network with business leaders who may someday be their employers. It also gives them a taste of what the real world is all about "The exciting thing is high school kids see ACADEMY, page A-6 Youth wins state grant for chicken project By ERICA BROOKS Staff writer Alec Saitman knows chickens. The 13-year-old Miller's Hill student has spent years perfecting the art of hatching and raising the birds, and now the state of California has decided to recog- nize his ingenuity with a grant. Saitman will use the money doing what he does best. "I've had a pietty good success rate so far with the he said. At Saitman's south Shingle Springs home, six or seven chickens of various colors and sizes run loose in the yard, greeting a visi- tor's car with as much confidence as any guard dog. The real business happens in the garage, where four hens and two noisy roosters reside in huge cages. A cardboard box, complete with bedding and a warm lamp, houses a handful of chicks no bigger than mice, and a plastic foam incubator nurses about a dozen tiny eggs. Saitman handles the eggs careful- ly, demonstrating the way the plas- see GRANT, page A-7 ,_ Democrat photos by Joanne McCubrey ALEC SAITMAN, toft photo, received a stele grant to further chicken embryo studies. Incubating eggs into little chicks, above, has turned into quite a project for the Latrobe School District student. vs w JIM vUco
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