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My turn: In defense of legal immigration

America is a nation of immigrants. We are all either immigrants ourselves or we are the sons and daughters of immigrants. America’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum” – from many, ONE. From many nations we have created one great nation – the American nation. There is only one way to accomplish this remarkable feat and […]

Comments Off / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Retiring fire chief Ballenger to volunteer back

Rough day at the office — Then-Capt. Brad Ballenger enjoys a moment with his wife Laura after the 2005 Souza fire, which threatened the lives of firefighters when a portion of a tile roof collapsed. Ballenger went on to become a division chief with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. He officially retires on Dec. 28, and plans to volunteer as a much-needed back-up chief.

Brad Ballenger began his fire service career in 1987 as a barely paid reserve for the West Sacramento Fire Department and landed a roster spot on the El Dorado Hills Fire Department the following year. On a clear winter morning 24 years later he stood at attention and received his department’s highest honor, its “colors,” […]

1 Comment / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fluke mishap injures Ponderosa swimmer

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Ponderosa High swimmer Zachary Pickett suffered a serious injury days before the start of the 2012-13 school year, leaving a void on the Shingle Springs’ campus. Lifeguarding at Cameron Park Lake, the junior class president simply ran into the water and dove in to cool off, according to his dad Tod. Tragically, Zachary struck an unseen […]

Comments Off / August 29, 2012 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Dardano makes All West Elite Lacrosse team

Christian Dardano is one of the top eighth-grade lacrosse players in Northern California. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills’ Christian Dardano was selected to the All West Elite Travelling Lacrosse team after an intense three-day tryout where Christian left it all on the field to be selected among the top eighth-grade boys lacrosse athletes in Northern California. All West Elite Lacrosse is centered on three core principles: Respect, Attitude and Effort. Along […]

Comments Off / March 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Folsom veteran parade salutes newest generation of warriors

About 3,000 spectators are expected to line the streets at Folsom’s 11th annual Wayne Spence Veterans Parade, featuring marching bands and drill teams, Shriner mini cars, floats and flag waving veteran, scout and youth groups. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Home Goods store on East Bidwell Street and follows East Bidwell, […]

Comments Off / November 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Janitor-turned-sculptor cranks out political satire

A COLLECTION of sculptures depicting political figures including Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot, Willie Brown and George Bush are among the many satirical, political sculptures created by Laura Harling. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Retired state worker Laura Harling is a trim 64-year-old with an engaging smile and a humble demeanor. Whatever stereotypes exist for political satirists, she certainly doesn’t fit them. But that’s what the former casino dealer, state file clerk and janitor has become. In a series of delightful interviews over the last couple weeks, Village Life […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Colver trial: Read letter day in court

The third week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial began Tuesday morning with witnesses reading a good-bye letter penned by Colver who, along with his former teenage lover, had planned on killing himself after the June 2009 slaying of Joanne Witt. Jeremy Buckman, an El Dorado County sheriff’s crime scene investigator, read aloud a letter […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »



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