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Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

Placerville Boys and Girls Club kids got an early Christmas present from Aerojet executives, who built 24 bikes as part of a team building exercise. The bikes were presented to the children, much to their surprise, at the Rancho Cordova Marriott Hotel on Dec. 7. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

CJ Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

Comments Off / December 12, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD board fires John Skeel

John Skeel received the news that he had been fired Thursday night. File photo

On Friday morning John Skeel tried to describe his reaction to the news that he’d been fired the night before. “I was stunned … It’s still sinking in … I wasn’t expecting this … I’m very disappointed.” Following the public portion of the Dec. 8 El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, […]

12 Comments / December 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pressure to bring back Skeel intensifies

Plot thickens with reinstatement petition, recall meeting and dissension on board   El Dorado Hills residents frustrated with stalled negotiations to reinstate Community Services District General Manager John Skeel, who’s now spent more time on paid leave than he did working, have begun taking matters into their own hands. An online petition calling for Skeel’s immediate […]

3 Comments / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: How has your cell phone changed your life?

Comments Off / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

More details emerge in ‘Susanville 70’ case

Peanut was the second Whispering Pines horse rescued by the Grace Foundation that died because of her poor health.

Recent developments in the Grace Foundation’s rescue of 56 abused and starving horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville include evidence that ranch owner Dwight Bennett was also a foster parent to at least one child while the rotting carcasses of 28 horses and three dogs lay in plain sight on the ranch. […]

1 Comment / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation volunteers help heal wounds

Jean Acosta goes nose to nose with Rusty, a Grace Foundation resident that she plans to adopt. The two met at the Whispering PInes Ranch in Susanville where she helped other volunteers rescue the abused and starving horses. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

On a gusty and bright fall afternoon on the Grace Foundation ranch dozens of volunteers feed, socialize and exercise horses, many of which suffered starvation and abuse at Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Intel Project Manager Jean Acosta works with her “project horse,” a spirited and affectionate 2-year-old gelding mustang named Rusty. She plans to […]

Comments Off / November 27, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People Talk: What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

Comments Off / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »