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Christmas tree farms see green on Black Friday

Grant Merryman, 2, and brother Broderick, 4, get ready to load up their 10-foot-tall Christmas tree, held by dad Ryan Merryman, into the cart after Uncle Michael Berezin, far left, cut it down at Hillside Tree Farm in Camino. The family came up from El Dorado Hills to find the perfect tree. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

El Dorado County’s Christmas tree farms and area shops bustled Friday as families traveled from near and far, searching for that perfect, fragrant tree. Hillside Tree Farm in Camino opened the day after Thanksgiving. Hillside’s staff greeted customers bright and early with a fire to warm the soul (and chilled hands) and cookies. In addition to trees, visitors also […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Latrobe fire station finally getting repaired

Repairs will soon begin at Station 91 in Latrobe, where mold forced fire crews to move out nine months ago. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board voted last week to spend no more than $200,000 to repair mold damage at Station 91 in Latrobe. The decision came after two meetings, hours of debate and a site tour where directors saw firsthand the damage done to the building at the corner of Latrobe and South Shingle […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Puppy broker sentenced to jail

Ginger Turk, 46, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced Nov. 18 in El Dorado County Superior Court by Judge Kenneth Melikian for felony animal cruelty, operating without a license and 11 other counts related to her sale of puppies imported from South Korea. Turk, a puppy broker, imported tiny, underaged, un-weaned, high-priced ($4,000 plus) puppies from […]

1 Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: Nov. 17-23

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Nov. 17 9:26 a.m. A grand theft was reported on Starmount Way. Nov. 22 8:20 a.m. Vandalism at an Alexandra Drive construction site was reported. Vandals damaged a tractor and stole more than 50 gallons of diesel fuel. 12:47 p.m. Someone sprayed graffiti on […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Sex offender found guilty

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony conviction of 39-year-old Eric Lee Hatfield. A guilty verdict came back on 11 felony counts of forcible penetration of a person younger than 14 years and 12 felony counts of forcible oral copulation of a person younger than 14. One of the counts of forcible penetration of a person younger than 14 years […]

No Comment / November 29, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Prop. 57’s passage worries local officials

Local officials say the passage of the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, aka Proposition 57, on the November ballot could potentially cause an upswing in criminal activity. Speaking on behalf of El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini, Sgt. Tasha Thompson called Prop. 57 “deceptive.” “With the passing of Prop. 57 California is going to witness the overturn […]

1 Comment / November 28, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Make sure you pay your taxes on time

The first installment of the secured property tax bill will be delinquent if not paid on or before Dec. 12, according to El Dorado County Tax Collector C. L. Raffety. This year the date takes into account the fact that the normal delinquent date falls on a weekend and consequently the law provides for an extension […]

No Comment / November 27, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »