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Vigil celebrates Khrista Ibarolle’s life

Crystal Wilson, a member of Rolling Hills Church, left, reads a message on her phone from Khrista Ibarolle's family in South Dakota to mourners at a candlelight vigil held at 39 Handles Sunday night. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Friends and supporters held a vigil for Khrista Ibarolle Sunday evening. They gathered at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, the bar Ibarolle was leaving when she was allegedly murdered by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, who reportedly tied to carjack Ibarolle and her friend Kesha Patrice. The well-attended candlelight vigil was organized by nearby […]

No Comment / January 13, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation animals caught in limbo, county paying bill

Animal Services and volunteers are now caring for about 50 horses and several other animals that were in the Care of the Grace Foundation when the animal rescue organization closed last year. Village Life file photo by Noel Stack

Since the Grace Foundation’s land lease was terminated Nov. 20, El Dorado County Animal Services has taken custody of 90 horses and other livestock, including several goats, pigs and chicken, that made their home at the 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. While a county is responsible for animals […]

No Comment / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD pavilion needs new roof; options weighed

The 25-year-old EDHCSD pavilion's roof started leaking during the last storm. Staff say patching it up isn't going to work anymore; it needs to be replaced. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Heavy rains in December were the last straw for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion’s roof. Despite a recent interior makeover, the 25-year-old roof needs to be replaced before more heavy rains, according to Parks Facilities Supervisor Kent Malonson. At last Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting, Malonson requested a funding transfer of […]

No Comment / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Friends remember Khrista

Khrista Ibarolle

Khrista Ibarolle was a people person. “She was the kindest person, she would do anything for others,” said Marina Texeira, owner of the Torch Club in Sacramento, where Ibarolle frequented. “That’s the irony.” Ibarolle was allegedly killed during a carjacking just after midnight on Jan. 7 in the parking lot of the 36 Handles Pub […]

2 Comments / January 11, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Swift arraigned on murder charge

Accused killer Anderson Swift enters an El Dorado County courtroom Friday for an arraignment. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The man accused of murdering a woman during a carjacking in El Dorado Hills was arraigned Friday afternoon. Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, was arraigned in Department 7 by Judge Dylan Sullivan. After being appointed by the Public Defender’s Office as Swift’s counsel, attorney Mark Ralphs entered a not guilty plea to all seven counts and […]

No Comment / January 09, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

Vinal Perkins and Laura Sommers enjoy a plateful of crab at a recent Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Crab Feed. Don't miss the fun at this years event on Jan. 31. Get your tickets now at edhcrabfeed.org. File photo by Mike Roberts

Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills presents its 22nd annual Crab & Tri Tip Feed — featuring all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab and barbecue tri-tip steak, a fabulous dessert auction and dancing — at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane (behind Regal Theater). Doors open at 6 p.m.; […]

No Comment / January 08, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dry snow in season’s first survey

A snow sample is weighed as part of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources Tuesday Dec. 30. Left is Dave Schmalenberger who volunteered to help with the first survey of the season but otherwise works for the East Bay Municipal Utility District Water Agency, and right is Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey team, joined by TV and newspaper reporters. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A small blizzard and sub freezing temperatures greeted Frank Gehrke as he conducted the first snow survey on Dec. 30 at Phillips Station. Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, measured the depth of the snow at 21.3 inches. But with a water content of just 4 inches, Gehrke noted it […]

No Comment / January 05, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »