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Ryan’s Rockin’ Halloween Closet needs your costumes

Help 11-year-old Ryan Manriquez. No, he doesn't want you to help him break out of prison. He wants your Halloween costumes for Ryan'€™s Rockin'€™ Halloween Closet. Courtesy photo

Eleven-year old Ryan Manriquez loves Halloween and gets a huge kick out of dressing up each year. Putting on a costume is an annual treat he feels every kid should get to experience. So for his Rolling Hills Middle School sixth-grade community service project, the charismatic Manriquez is launching Ryan’s Rockin’ Halloween Closet to provide […]

3 Comments / October 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Harry Norris seeks third term

Harry Norris

El Dorado Irrigation District Division 5 Director Harry Norris said a “big fallacy” out there is that “the district’s spending is out of control.” Norris recently defended the current board’s policies over the past several years to cut costs and streamline services. More than $7 million has been cut from the budget and nearly 35 […]

1 Comment / October 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Alan Day: A challenger with a message

Alan Day

Alan Day is “mad as (heck), and he’s not going take it anymore.” That’s what his campaign Website says. Day is running for El Dorado Irrigation District’s Division 5 director post. A 15-year resident of El Dorado Hills, Day says his EID bills were a shock back then, and now rates “have gone through the […]

No Comment / October 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Remembering the fallen

PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL teacher Linda Griffiths-Gish stands inside the school's memorial honoring students who died serving their country. Right now the memorial only has one plaque — dedicated to Mathew Taylor, who died in 2007. The military mom — her son Joshua Griffiths, an Army sergeant, will be going back to the Middle East next year — said she doesn't want to see any more plaques. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Ponderosa High School unveils memorial A single, solemn plaque placed in a quiet nook next to Ponderosa’s football field will remind all who walk by that a life was lost. And the honor to SPC Mathew Taylor, a 2004 Ponderosa graduate who died in September 2007 after suffering severe injuries in a rocket-propelled grenade attack […]

2 Comments / October 28, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation takes in neglected, pregnant horses

PREGNANT AND ABUSED — The mare named “Friday” was visibly pregnant when she arrived at the Grace Foundation in April from Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Veterinarians at Grace have since found that an estimated 17 other mares from the 56 abused horses recovered from the derelict ranch are pregnant. Sadly, Friday experienced complications giving birth and her foal did not survive.

She hates to do it, but Grace Foundation Director Beth DeCaprio is asking for help. Her El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue and rehab organization has accepted 56 starving and abused horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch of Susanville. At least 18 of the recovering horses are pregnant. “This case has truly haunted us,” DeCaprio […]

No Comment / October 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Racist headstones finally replaced

FOLSOM PRISON INMATE Derrick Bonar, 26, places a 90-pound grave marker with fellow inmates Steve Abujen, 50, left, and Larry Plummer, 60, right, Wednesday at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetary. Village Life  photo by Krysten Kellum

Truth and a measure of justice were served Wednesday when the last of three dozen new gravestones were installed at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery. The project helps close a controversial chapter in race relations, government insensitivity and ignorant foul play. In 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dug up the remains of hundreds of bodies […]

No Comment / October 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Looking for gruesome fun?

Ghoulish babies haunt the nursery in the Ravenblood Mortuary Haunted House in El Dorado Hills. This house of horrors is open from 7 to 11 p.m. through Halloween. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Ravenblood Mortuary Haunted House now open When Nathan Ravenblood lost his beloved he made a chilling deal with the Angel of Death. Collect souls and he will be reunited with those who have passed on. Desperate, Nathan agreed and turned the Ravenblood Mortuary into a house of bloody horror. George Frey with America Screams brings […]

2 Comments / October 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »