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Tornado rocks El Dorado Hills


The last time anyone saw a tornado touch down in El Dorado County was 1972, the year Hewlett Packard introduced the first scientific hand-held calculator. El Dorado Hills construction engineer Doug Veerkamp and a couple dozen of his employees reset that calendar Tuesday afternoon. At about 1:17 p.m., while they worked inside the company’s headquarters […]

No Comment / November 24, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Town Center hosts holiday fun

Santa, carriage rides, strolling carolers, date nights and the Rat Pack will all spread Christmas cheer in Town Center this holiday season. The Tree Lighting community extravaganza kick off the season on Saturday. File photo

Like any 7-year old, El Dorado Hills Town Center can’t wait for Christmas. It’s all dressed up early and eager for the festivities to begin. This year promises more family fun than ever, as muggles from around the region flock to Town Center’s magical kingdom not just to see the lastest episode of Harry Potter […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fashionistas teach kids to redesign old clothes

FASHION 101 —€” Hopeful Arts Members Gabby Zeagler, left, and Jade Smith, second from right, teach siblings Marissa and Mason Flickinger how to update and transform their old clothes. The teens tought the "Recycled Fashion" class at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. Photo by Stacie Smith.

Hopeful Arts fashionistas brought their flair for design to the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. The challenge: Update those old clothes so they look hip and stylish. More than 20 kids participated, happily consulting with Hopeful Arts teachers Jade Smith, 14, and Gabby Zeagler, 15, while Jade’s mom Stacie Smith sewed. A […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Safeway pharmacy robbed; suspect captured

THE SUSPECT IN THE BLACK SWEATSHIRT stands with authorities while the officers confirm his identity with the pharmacy at Safeway. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado County deputies arrested a 22-year-old man shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday following an armed robbery about 90 minutes earlier at the Francisco Drive Safeway pharmacy. Suspect Andrew Schultz, 22, reportedly had gone to the pharmacy prior to the robbery and told a clerk he had a prescription there to be filled. He gave […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

How do you cook your Thanksgiving turkey?


Photos by Diane Orciuoli

No Comment / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dangerous Green Valley Road intersection may get ‘quick fix’

GREEN VALLEY RANCH ENTRANCE - Deputy DOT Director Matt Smeltzer surveys the intersection of Green Valley and Deer Valley Roads, at the entrance to Green Valley Ranch, trying to confirm there'€™s enough room on the shoulder to squeeze in temporary turn lanes. The "quick fix"€ would protect left turners until the promised full-scale intersection improvement, currently planned for 2011. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The intersection where Deer Valley Road meets Green Valley Road has gained a dangerous reputation. Green Springs Ranch residents want El Dorado County officials to do something about it. Last week District 1 Supervisor John Knight and county Department of Transportation Deputy Director Matt Smeltzer began dialogue with concerned residents of the semi-rural development, a […]

1 Comment / November 15, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rolling Hills team shows compassion, love in the time of cholera

SAVING LIVES —€” Nurse Jill Gambetta, Dr. Dario Gambetta and Dr. Guy Guilfoy, left to right, tend to 12-year-old Jude, a severely ill patient whose serious condition brought to light the cholera outbreak in Haiti's northwest region. Photo by Nick Sharples

Rolling Hills Christian Church parishioners have seen poverty. But never like this. They’ve worked long hours. But never like this. People have touched their hearts. But never like this. One week in Haiti forever changed 60 volunteers who set out on one mission but, as God works in mysterious ways, something completely different happened. On […]

No Comment / November 15, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,Featured Stories,News | Read More »