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Lava Cap wine seminar helps you get more out of wine

Lava Cap wine seminar helps you get more out of wine

Love wine, but want to know more?  Come out to the Lava Cap Winery from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on April 16 for Wine 101.

Rick Rushman from the Sacramento Bee will cover the basics to help you get more out of a wine country experience and out of just drinking wine. That includes tips on tasting -- and some practice with Lava Cap wines -- keys to grape growing and wine making, and why any of that matters to you. He'll also decode some of the more annoying winespeak and even give pointers on how not to be a wine snob. This is the first class in a series.

The cost is $25 per person or $20 for wine club members with limited seating. Please call for your tickets - 530-621-0175. Tickets may also be purchased at our Wine Shop. www.lavacap.com

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Author Gaelyn Whitley Keith Book Signing Event

Author Gaelyn Whitley Keith Book Signing Event

WHEN: April 23

TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: It's a Grind, 189 Blue Ravine Rd., Folsom 95630

WHAT: Keith, a resident of El Dorado Hills, will be available to sign copies of her book, The Father of Hollywood.

The world has been fascinated by Hollywood, California, for years. The glamour, the sophistication, the scandal—the world can't help but follow the happenings of this incredible city. It is a city where stories are created, stories that come to life on a screen and allow viewers the chance to escape their everyday lives for a bit. But few people know the story of how Hollywood came to be. In this beautifully written biography, author Gaelyn Whitley Keith introduces readers to her great-grandfather, HJ Whitley, The Father of Hollywood.

Janitor held in principal's murder returns to court

PLACERVILLE, CA - A janitor accused of shooting and killing a principal at Schnell Elementary School in what district officials say may have been a misunderstanding had a court hearing Monday morning.

Placerville police investigators said John Luebbers confessed to murdering Sam LaCara in February, believing he had been fired from his job.

But Placerville Union School District Superintendent Nancy Lynch later said Luebbers was never terminated, but instead was sent home by the principal to cool off after the two had discussed a staffing issue.

Investigators said Luebbers, believing he had been fired, drove home and retrieved a handgun on Feb. 3. He then returned to school, walked into the principal's office, fired two rounds and killed LaCara, according to Placerville Police Captain Mike Scott.

Luebbers has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

El Dorado Irrigation District Redistricting Process—Frequently Asked Questions

El Dorado Irrigation District Redistricting Process—Frequently Asked Questions

The following responses were provided by EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston.

Q.1. Why is EID required to redistrict and how frequently must it be done?

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El Dorado County selected for progressive national education program

A partnership consisting of educators from the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, the El Dorado County Office of Education and the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club in El Dorado County has won a competitive bid to launch a new effort to improve services for youth and young adults.

The Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit “action tank” based in Washington, D.C., chose the partnership from El Dorado County as one of four communities nationwide to participate in the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 Challenge.

The selected communities will develop goals and plans to increase support for older youth, with an emphasis on helping more low-income, minority and first-generation college-goers obtain postsecondary credentials with labor market value.

The El Dorado County partnership – along with Montgomery County, Md.; Broward County, Fla.; and Sonoma County – will carry out the challenge by implementing the Forum’s Ready by 21 strategies, which help communities

Highway 50 closure could be delayed until May

UNDATED - The full closure of Highway 50 at Echo Summit could now start the first week in May, not April, according to Caltrans.

C.C. Myers, the contractor handling the work, is expected to take two weeks to replace the rock wall barrier in the area.

Caltrans was looking at weather projections to determine the best dates to start, and it appears the original date of April 15 may shift to the first week in May.

Detours will be in place once the closure takes effect, and more information can be found on the Caltrans project site: way2tahoe.com.

You can also keep track of traffic conditions with the News10 Traffic App.

By Melissa Crowley, mcrowley@news10.net

No plea deal in Garrido case; trial date set

PLACERVILLE, CA - Phillip Garrido returned to court in Placerville Thursday morning and did not plead guilty to kidnapping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years, and instead opted for an August trial.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape. 

Nancy Garrido's defense lawyer Stephen Tapson earlier indicated a plea deal was in the works for Phillip Garrido.  But after today's hearing, Garrido's defense attorney Susan Gellman contradicted Tapson and said, "There was no offer on the table."   

Garrido's trial has been set for Aug. 1.

Tapson also talked with reporters after the hearing.  He had been counting on Phillip Garrido's guilty plea so Garrido could testify at Nancy's trial in the hope of securing her a lighter sentence.

Wondering what's for dinner? Let MomsLikeMe help you!

Wondering what's for dinner? Let MomsLikeMe help you!

In the middle of the afternoon, the question flies through the mind of just about every mom -- what should we have for dinner?

Now the social networking site MomsLikeMe has you covered. The site has recipes posted from its partner Raley's and Bel Air, and it sends a Twitter message every day at about 3 p.m. with a suggestion.

You can browse through the recipes in the Recipe Swap group on MomsLikeMe and follow the site @MomsLikeMeSac on Twitter. There's a special hashtag as well -- #raleysmoms.

Return to snow chains and gusty conditions

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA -- Snow chains were required once again in the Sierra. The California Highway Patrol reported some cars were slipping along Highway 50 in the Tahoe region Thursday morning.

Snow chains on Highway 50 were required from Kyburz to Meyers and on Interstate 80 chains were needed from Baxter to Truckee. Chains were also needed on Highways 4, 20, 49, 70, 88, 89 and 108.

Gusty conditions were reported on Bay Area bridges. 

Some delays were anticipated around the River Cats ballpark as construction on the West Sacramento side of the Tower Gateway continues. The Tower Bridge is open during the construction, which is expected to wrap up mid-May.

You can keep abreast of traffic conditions with the News10 Traffic app as well.

Expert: Garrido's plea is conviction without trial

PLACERVILLE, CA -  Phillip Garrido will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. 

He's expected to plead guilty to the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. Legal experts said the plea deal is no luxury for Garrido.

"A lot of people think a plea deal means he got away with something, it only means there will be a conviction without a trial," Pacific McGeorge Law School professor John Myers said.     

Garrido is accused of holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years, he's expected to plead guilty to all charges and his wife, Nancy Garrido, will go to trial, said an attorney in the case.

"(Susan Gellman, Phillip Garrido's public defender) told me that ( Garrido) is going to plead guilty Thursday," Nancy Garrido's attorney Stephen Tapson said.

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