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King Fire continues to grow

The King Fire's thick smoke cloud dwarfs downtown Placerville.

Update: The acreage burned by the King Fire has climbed to 18,544 acres as of Wednesday morning. It remains at 5 percent containment. Two injuries have been reported, and 2,448 structures (1,632 residences) have been threatened, according to an Inciweb update. The California Highway Patrol Facebook originally stated the fire had crossed over Highway 50 near […]

No Comment / September 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

As reliable as an anvil — After 11 years of ownership, Bob Wheatley still loves his classic 1993 Alfa Romeo 2.0L Spider Veloce. Wheatley says the totally stock engine makes about 125 hp and has been virtually bullet proof (along with the car) for 139,000 miles. He uses it as a daily driver at times and the entire car is completely original and in great shape, inside and out. Photo by Larry Weitzman

FOLSOM — The Mountain Democrat’s own Ken Deibert perhaps said it best when he described the third annual Italy on Wheels car, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle show at the Murer House Museum in Folsom as a “hidden gem.” An estimated 300-400 people of all ages filled the parking lot and park along with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, […]

No Comment / September 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Come on out for summer finale

MUSIC LOVERS dance to the music during the 2013 Saturday in the Park event in El Dorado Hills.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Say goodbye to summer at the annual Saturday Night in the Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the last concert at Community Park for the 2014 season. Cover Me Badd, […]

No Comment / September 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD pavilion gets a makeover

Guests admire the EDHCSD pavilion's makeover, complete with new color and light fixtures. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

With the finishing touches complete, approximately 200 residents came out to see the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion’s new look last week. A popular meeting space for community organizations including the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and Vision Coalition, the 24-year-old pavilion is also where CSD […]

No Comment / September 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge students tackle hunger

Oak Ridge students Courtney Hutchins, Jennifer Sink and Daphne Benguerel, left to right, sold Tackle Hunger T-shirts every day at lunch during a week-long event to help the Food Bank of El Dorado County. The event ended with a check presentation at the Tackle Hunger football game Friday night. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge leadership students and staff spent last week spreading the message that people in our community struggle to put food on the table as part of the third annual Tackle Hunger week in partnership with Rolling Hills Christian Church and the Food Bank of El Dorado County. ASB students Jennifer Sink, Daphne Benguerel and Courtney […]

No Comment / September 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Special election: Frentzen wins District 2 Supervisor race

Shiva Frentzen

In a rout of the other five candidates running for the job, Shiva Frentzen handily won in the Sept. 9 special election for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat. The Elections Department’s official final report gives Frentzen 2,617 votes, more than 1,000 votes ahead of her nearest competitor. In second place was George Turnboo […]

1 Comment / September 10, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local soccer star goes pro

Oak Ridge alum Rachel Mercik, seen here playing for Cal, is now professionally playing soccer in Germany. Courtesy photo

Rachel Mercik’s soccer skills just keep getting stronger. Fulfilling a childhood dream to professionally play the sport, the 2010 Oak Ridge alum and recent UC Berkeley graduate left for Germany Sept. 1 after signing to play with the Division 1 team FFC Turbine Potsdam through June 2015. While on scholarship at Cal, the forward and […]

1 Comment / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »