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More details emerge in ‘Susanville 70’ case

Peanut was the second Whispering Pines horse rescued by the Grace Foundation that died because of her poor health.

Recent developments in the Grace Foundation’s rescue of 56 abused and starving horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville include evidence that ranch owner Dwight Bennett was also a foster parent to at least one child while the rotting carcasses of 28 horses and three dogs lay in plain sight on the ranch. […]

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EDH Crime Watch: Nov. 17-23

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: While you were out Nov. 17: Burglars took advantage of absent homeowners a burglarized a Hensley Circle residence. Too good of times Nov. 18: A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication on White Rock Road. Burgled Nov. 18: A Town Center […]

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PG&E wants everyone to have a bright and safe holiday

As customers decorate homes and trees this holiday season, PG&E encourages them to keep safety and energy efficiency in mind. PG&E offers the following holiday lighting tips: Holiday lighting energy efficiency • Purchase energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights. LED lights can reduce energy consumption by as much as 90 percent when compared to traditional […]

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People Talk: What will you ask Santa for this Christmas?

Asked at the Town Center tree lighting event while everyone awaited Santa’s arrival.  

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Family fights to keep abuser behind bars

SUSAN HAMLIN, left, sits with her family in their El Dorado Hills home. From left, the children are Jenn, 14; Clare, 16; and Alec, 19. The family is hoping that a Dec. 5 parole hearing will leave Susan's ex-husband and their father, Richard Hamlin, behind bars. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The last time Susan Hamlin saw her now ex-husband Richard Hamlin a free man was just before his February 2004 arrest. The criminal defense attorney from El Dorado Hills had called police to report a threat on his life, but it was he who ended up in handcuffs after an investigation revealed he had abused […]

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Grace Foundation volunteers help heal wounds

Jean Acosta goes nose to nose with Rusty, a Grace Foundation resident that she plans to adopt. The two met at the Whispering PInes Ranch in Susanville where she helped other volunteers rescue the abused and starving horses. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

On a gusty and bright fall afternoon on the Grace Foundation ranch dozens of volunteers feed, socialize and exercise horses, many of which suffered starvation and abuse at Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Intel Project Manager Jean Acosta works with her “project horse,” a spirited and affectionate 2-year-old gelding mustang named Rusty. She plans to […]

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EDH sewer lift station to get facelift

A sewer lift station in El Dorado Hills will get a nearly $1 million facelift and none too soon. “Extremely, extremely bad” is how Wastewater/Recycled Water Division Manager Vicki Caulfield described the Timberline lift station. “This is an emergency. We’re not waiting,” said Director George Wheeldon. “We have to replace these things before they fail. […]

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