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Oak Ridge ready for student surge

Principal Paul Burke and student greeters welcome each student back to school Monday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A chorus of greeters could be heard from blocks away Monday morning as Oak Ridge students returned to school. Principal Paul Burke and student Link Crew members clad in matching blue shirts welcomed each student who walked into the school’s main entrance with rousing cheers and high fives. “It’s always fun,” Burke said about the first […]

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Slain deputy’s wife supports immigration reform, creates foundation

The Oliver family continues to grieve the loss of Danny, seen here with wife Susan and daughters Melissa and Jennie. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County resident Susan Oliver has joined the illegal immigration debate, speaking up about the Davis-Oliver Act, an immigration enforcement bill named after her husband Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Davis Jr. who were killed in the line of duty last year. Accused murderer Luis Bracamontes, AKA Marcelo Marquez, an […]

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Life without parole for murderer

Anderson Swift walks toward the elevator in the courthouse after being sentenced to life without parole on Aug. 7. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Tears and hugs followed murderer Anderson Swift’s sentencing Friday. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner sentenced the Oakland man to life in prison without parole for the murder of Khrista Ibarolle in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 7 and other crimes related to a crime spree that began with a carjacking in Oakland and […]

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Hasta la vista, DJ

Raeann Jones, left, will take over as El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition executive director. She gave her now-retired boss DJ Peterson well-earned praise at his retirement fiesta last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When DJ Peterson is at a party, even his own party, you can bet he’s got a deck of cards in his pocket. Wearing a mischievous smile, he pulls them out and asks his wife Judi to select a card. She pulls out the 2 of diamonds. Holding it up high, the retiring El Dorado Hills […]

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Possible ‘peeping’ victims sought

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives are looking for female victims who were allegedly secretly recorded by “peeping Tom” suspect Andrew Lee. Officials arrested the 49-year-old El Dorado Hills resident on July 14. “After the arrest, a search warrant was executed on Lee’s home and his business,” states a Sheriff’s Department press release. “El Dorado County […]

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Rubik’s Cube no puzzle for Speed Cuber

El Dorado Hills teen Paul Mahvi solved a 3x3 Rubik's Cube in 6.32 seconds at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

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New dance studio leaps onto scene

Ponderosa grad and Kinetic Dance founder/artistic director Bianca Wilde will open her new dance studio in El Dorado Hills this month. Dancers of all ages are welcome. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

There’s a new dance studio in town and its founder and artistic director Bianca Wilde can’t wait to open doors at a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 8. Wilde, 25, a Cameron Park resident, graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2008 before being accepted into Brigham Young University – Idaho’s prestigious dance baccalaureate program. While in […]

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