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Colver trial: Inside Room 2204

Shortly after Joanne Witt’s brutal, violent killing in June 2009, Steven “Boston” Colver and his then-girlfriend, Tylar Marie Witt, checked into a San Francisco Holiday Inn for one final hurrah before killing themselves. At least, that was the plan. But the self-styled star-crossed lovers failed in their suicide attempt and were arrested by San Bruno […]

No Comment / May 25, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Gravestones to be removed; process unclear

HEAVY LOAD — Larry Ealem, of Stockton, member of Black African American Association and Mike Contreras, owner of Stockton Monuments, carry a sample replacement tombstone after the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

Racially offensive grave markers that have been in place since 1954 will be removed from the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery at the west end of El Dorado County. Who will do the work, when it will be done and how the ugly chapter in history will be closed are questions yet to be answered. The […]

No Comment / May 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hot Dog! It’s The Stand

THE FAMILY STAND —€” John Koogle his daughter Jennifer Curtsinger and son-in-law William, left to right, enjoy selling hot dogs at local Little League games. They donate a portion fo their proceeds back to the program. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

There’s a new fixture on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District  baseball fields these days and with its bright umbrella and swarms of new fans it’s easy to spot. The Stand, a mobile hot dog cart owned and operated by El Dorado Hills residents William and Jennifer Curtsinger and her parents, John and Suzann […]

8 Comments / May 24, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

El Dorado Hills, Tahoe offer redistricting challenges


The redistricting process must adjust the boundaries of El Dorado County’s five supervisorial districts to equalize populations, all the while respecting its ever evolving but loosely defined “communities of interest.” County attorney Ed Knapp, who’s helping oversee the process, contends that two things are certain: It won’t be easy, and someone’s not going to like […]

1 Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

War stories: Korean War hero opens up, part 1

MARINE VETERAN Dick Grinnell, 75, recalls his days of service in the Korean War. Grinnell lied about his age and first enlisted at 16. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It’s been 58 years since El Dorado Hills Korean war veteran Dick Grinnell told his story to a reporter. Back then he was lying flat on his back at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, healing from wounds suffered during a heroic rescue mission in what’s now called North Korea. A grateful military awarded him the […]

5 Comments / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Colver murder trial delves into strained family dynamic

Life inside of Joanne Witt’s El Dorado Hills house might have appeared normal to outside observers, but testimony from the first week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial revealed Witt’s daughter felt her relationship with her mother was far from idyllic. Tylar Witt, 16, pleaded guilty to murdering Joanne Witt in September 2010 as part […]

No Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

People talk: How would you rate President Obama’s job performance?

Al Rodriguez, Cool "I'm apolitical and it doesn't matter to me who's in office or what they've done. I think one guy is just as bad as the next."

Al Rodriguez, Cool “I’m apolitical and it doesn’t matter to me who’s in office or what they’ve done. I think one guy is just as bad as the next.” Floyd McIntosh, Cameron Park “Given the circumstances he’s managed the country. I think the Osama bin Laden thing was a matter of good timing.”   Jen […]

1 Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »