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Truck slams in to Taco Bell

Debris litters the Taco Bell dining room after a vehicle drove into the building. Two people were injured. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

A Toyota pickup truck crashed through a wall and window of the Taco Bell on Coach Lane in Cameron Park at approximately 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. Two patrons were injured and the driver of the truck appeared to be “having a seizure and convulsions,” Assistant Manager Julie English said. She described the couple as […]

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Cameron Park Library has a fresh look

Cameron Park Librarian Nancy Owen-Hazard shows off the more spacious young adult area at the library, which also got new carpet and a fresh coat of paint. Cameron Park Life photo by Julie Samrick

The makeover may have taken several weeks, but the Cameron Park library has reopened looking ready to take on at least the next two decades. “The library got a 20 year face lift,” Cameron Park Library Branch Manager Nancy Owen-Hazard said. “We were on the (county) Capital Improvement Project list for 10 years and finally made it to […]

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Burke Junction Express back on track

ENGINEER BILL ANDERSON stands next to the train at Burke Junction on Sept. 17. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“The Little Engine That Could” has nothing on the Burke Junction Express Train, which has come back to life once again. The train, beloved by locals and tourists alike who have found the hidden treasure tucked into a small shopping center in Cameron Park, has run off and on for decades. And now it’s on […]

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Board approves engine purchase, reworks ordinances

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors recently approved the purchase of a new Smeal Type 1 fire engine, an expected $484,791 expense. The new engine will be financed using a lease purchase agreement with delivery expected in four to six months. The purchase plan requires yearly payments of $74,416 over seven years. When the lease expires, the […]

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Penn looks to build partnerships, plan for the long-term

Howard Penn hopes to represent District 4 on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year El Dorado County resident and self-described “big picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House in […]

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Ranalli’s a ‘gentleman farmer’ with a strong business background

Mike Ranalli is one of two candidates vying for the District 4 supervisor seat. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in District 4 is Mike Ranalli, a 30-year county resident. Currently retired but a “gentleman farmer” with a vineyard in Lotus, Ranalli’s background includes 40 years of business experience, including 22 years with Intel Corporation. His volunteer work includes being a board member of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County, vice […]

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Kelly family facing cancer challenge, times two

STRONG FOR EACH OTHER — Brian Kelly holds his son Mason in the Roseville hospital where Brian is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of acute leukemia and Mason is undergoing chemotherapy for neuroblastoma. Courtesy photo

Just days after Mason Kelly, 2 1/2, survived a stem cell transplant at University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital to treat his neuroblastoma cancer, the toddler’s father Brian Kelly was diagnosed with a rare form of acute leukemia. “I am in a state of shock,” said Thi Kelly, mother of Mason and Brian’s wife. “I feel saddened, overwhelmed […]

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