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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.

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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.

MORE COVERAGE: Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case

Snowline Hospice to Host 18th annual Living With Grief® Program

Snowline Hospice to Host 18th annual Living With Grief® Program

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals – including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors – to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

This year HFA’s 18th Annual National Bereavement Program focuses on “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.” The program will discuss differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief; spiritual assessment and empowerment, and life review.

Holly’s Hill: Sommelier's choice for white wines

Holly’s Hill: Sommelier's choice  for white wines

El Dorado’s wine area is known for having great Zinfandels, Mourvedres and other reds. But what is out there for the white wine lover? A visit to Holly’s Hill Winery may be just what you need to stock your wine fridge.  

“These are the first legit white wines I’ve run into,” said Sandford Wragg, sommelier and wine buyer for Tuli Bistro in Sacramento. “They are solid. They are dry. They don’t over power things. I can think of food I can eat with them. Their Roussanne had fruit to it, yet it was still dry.”

Wragg enjoyed both the winery's Roussanne and Viognier. He says Holly’s Hill has a different take on things than some of the other wineries, but their philosophy is similar to Sierra Vista Winery.

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Hands4Hope food bank blitz April 2

EL DORADO AND SACRAMENTO COUNTIES, CA - Hands4Hope "Youth Making A Difference" is hosting its Annual Spring Food Bank Blitz this Saturday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at grocery stores from Placerville to Orangevale. Shoppers will be given a wish list to help purchase and donate needed items.

The organization's goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food and $8,000 in cash and gift cards. All food collected will go to local food banks, including the El Dorado County Food Bank and Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. Cash and gift cards will be divided 50/50 between the food banks and Hands4Hope.

Participating stores are Safeway, Food 4 Less, Nugget Market, Raley's, SaveMart, Bel Air and Walmart.

For more information, visit www.hands4hopeyouth.org.

If you'd like to volunteer for this very worthwhile event, email volunteercoordinator@hands4hopeyouth.org, or call Jennifer Bassett at 916-919-5695.

 

200 Volunteers needed for Fill It Up Food Bank Blitz this Saturday

200 Volunteers needed for Fill It Up Food Bank Blitz this Saturday

Hands4Hope is hosting Youth Making A Difference event this Saturday, April 2.  This annual Spring food bank blitz runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at grocery stores from Placerville to Orangevale.

Two hundred volunteers are needed to collect donations of food, cash, and gift cards. Shoppers will be given a wish list to help purchase and donate needed items. Volunteer shifts are two hours.

To volunteer, go to https://hands4hopeyouth.i-volunteeronline.com/and pick a store and a shift.

The organization’s goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food and $8,000 in cash and gift cards.

El Dorado Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Sierra Vista Winery

El Dorado Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Sierra Vista Winery

Family owned and operated, Sierra Vista winery is one of the 26 wineries participating in El Dorado’s Passport weekend April 2 & 3.   Owned by John and Barbara MacCready, the winery crushed their first grapes in 1977 and were the first to plant Syrah in 1979 followed by Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Viognier.

“John started the Rhone movement in the El Dorado County area,” said Diana, one of the pourers. 

But it’s not just the wines that keep people coming back to visit the winery again and again.  It’s John’s humble personality and his integrity to keep his wines honest.

“John is very salt of the earth.  He leaves his wines alone for the most part, but what I’ve always liked about him is that even in these times of high alcohol and high extraction wines, he’s always made wine for the dinner table,” said Sandford Wragg, sommelier and wine buyer for Tuli Bistro.