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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 […]

Comments Off / 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.; […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / January 05, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Taking a chance on Logan

Logan Wright, 17, carries a sack of grain on his shoulder to a waiting customer at Lee's Feed in Shingle Springs. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It’s not unusual for a sophomore in high school to have a part-time job, but Logan Wright is a little different. He’s a gold medalist, part of the leadership class at El Dorado High School, an avid hunter and fisherman, and he has Down syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder which causes lifelong intellectual disability and […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

Tom Vano holds a portrait of himself taken when he was in the Army during World War II.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

Ponderosa FFA members Andrew Laraway, Courtney Hyden, Tripp Moore, Sarah Friedmann, Quaid Moore, Blake Wilson and Ashley Bolger, left to right, spend some time with one of the program's four-legged projects.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Bling, bubbly and more at Cameron Park event

Linda Siqueido of Cameron Park makes a necklace in her home-office.  This is the second year she plans to sell her jewelry at the Red, White and Jewels event.  Photo by Laurie Edwards.

Linda Siqueido had barely gotten the necklace she was working on finished when a lady came up to her table and insisted on buying it. That’s the way it is with Siqueido’s handmade jewelry, pieces she sells at bargain basement prices. Siqueido will be among the dozens of vendors and crafts people at the fifth […]

Comments Off / December 30, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »