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Inmates spread cheer to refugee children

Female inmates have made blankets, totes, backpacks, hats and scarves to be distributed to the children by the non-profit group Border Angels. Courtesy photo

Female inmates enrolled in Folsom State Prison’s Women’s Facility’s Hooks and Noodles program have partnered with Craft Castle in Cameron Park to knit and crochet gifts for the thousands of Central American refugee children held in border detention centers. Since August the female inmates have been making blankets, totes, backpacks, hats and scarves to be […]

1 Comment / November 17, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Morrison, Blackmon join CPCSD incumbents

The Cameron Park Community Services District board will see some old faces along with some new ones as a result of Tuesday’s election. Re-elected for four-year terms were incumbents Scott McNeil with 20 percent of the vote and Greg Stanton with 19.5 percent. Joining them will be newcomer Holly Morrison, who received 18 percent. “I am […]

No Comment / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,News | Read More »

EDUHSD: 5 vie for 3 seats

This November, five candidates are running for three positions on the Board of Trustees for El Dorado Union High School District. Three of the candidates are incumbents and two are first-time candidates. The Mountain Democrat asked each one about why they were running, what qualities a new superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Chris Hoffman should […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories | Read More »

Winkler convicted of first-degree murder

A jury found Todd Winkler guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel. The verdict from the jury of seven men and five women was read at 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 22, almost exactly 22 hours after deliberation began. Jurors also found that he used a deadly weapon — scissors — adding a year […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Opportunity Acres: Ranch is a special choice

MICHELLE WENELL, founder of Opportunity Acres, left, visits the mini-horse and goat pen with adult day program team members Blair, center, and Sam. Team members maintain the ranch and care for its livestock. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At long last, youths with autism have a place they can call their own: Opportunity Acres. Located in Shingle Springs, the ranch is a mix of uses that at first glance don’t seem to fit together. For example, what does boarding horses and dressage have to do with rescued horses, goats and a petting zoo? And what […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Major General Collens looks to the sky

Retired Major General John Collens still fits into his uniform. As an Air Force pilot, he flew missions during three wars. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I got shot at in three different wars, but being in those three wars paved the way to opportunities in my life,” said retired USAF Major General  John W.Collens, 90. “If not for WWII, I’d have been pounding pills in a Louisiana drugstore.” Collens, a Cameron Park resident, was an aviation cadet visiting his aunt in […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

CPCSD race: Meet the candidates

Four positions on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District will be filled by voters in November. Three of the spots are for four-year terms and one is to fill a two-year spot. Running to fill the two-year term are: Gerald Lillpop Lillpop said the reason he wants to serve on the board of directors […]

No Comment / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »