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Low levels bring hope for families of Folsom Lake tragedies

FOLSOM, Calif. -- There's a bright spot to the drought that's leaving Folsom Lake hovering around historic lows. The lower the level goes, the more is revealed along the lake's bottom. Family members of loved ones presumed drowned in the lake said every time the water drops, their hopes for closure rise.

"It's a fun place to be, it is," said Frank Wilcox. "It's a great recreational place, but for our family, it's a gravesite."

It's been roughly 50 years since Frank Wilcox's brother died in a New Years Day plane crash over Folsom Lake. Glen Emick was just 15-years-old. He was one of four people on the plane that officials said took a nosedive into the deepest waters.

"It's very difficult," he said. "Every New Year's Day. Every time you drive by the lake."

Skeletal remains found in Folsom Lake

The receding water levels at Folsom Lake have uncovered skeletal remains. They were found by a 12-year-old hiking in the area with some friends in the Red Bank area of the lake.

The real price families pay for youth sports

FOLSOM - A typical family dinner for the Jones family happens when they can make it happen, even at 9:30 at night when all four of their boys return from soccer practice. It is a balancing act between work for the parents, school and homework for the kids, practice, games and tournaments.

...the Jones spend 17 percent of their income just on soccer.

"It is a juggle, but is a juggle that works," Siobhan Jones said.

The juggle is because their four kids, 14-year-old Rhys, 13-year-old Kye, 11-year-old Taine and Bryn, who is 9 years old, all play elite competitive soccer with the San Juan Soccer Club-- a club that requires membership and dues.

"For us, with four in the club you get a sibling discount. We pay full prices for the most expensive two, and we get half price on the least expensive two," Steve Jones said.

Orangevale man arrested for "terroristic threats" to preschools and daycares

A man who was calling preschools and daycares in El Dorado County, threatening to harm staff and children, was arrested Wednesday. 

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said they arrested 23-year-old Michael McDermot in connection to the terroristic threats.

Several area preschools temporarily close because of the threats. 

McDermot was booked in the local county jail on related charges.  

Sheriff John D'Agostini said he appreciates the support of the community and cooperative efforts of the Placerville and Folsom Police Departments. 

Time-lapse video illustrates Folsom Lake's dramatic water level drop

A video posted on Facebook shows the dramatic water level drop at Folsom Lake. 

Folsom man overcomes language barrier, rescues neighbor from burning home

An insurance broker who recorded video of an early-morning house fire to potentially help his neighbor with a claim ended up rescuing a woman who had remained inside the house as the flames spread.

Crews installing $3.5 million "insurance policy" at dry Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake is headed for a record low level, and for the first time in its 60 year history there's genuine worry the level could drop below the seven-foot diameter pipe that provides drinking water to 200,000 people.

Let's start with the good news: as bad as Folsom Lake looks today, current projections show it may not go as low as the Bureau of Reclamation thought it might just a couple of months ago.

"It's not as bad as we estimated it could be in a worst-case scenario, yes. But it's still very dry," Shane Hunt with the Bureau of Reclamation. 

And that's the bad news: Folsom Lake still appears to be headed to a record-low level.

When full, the lake level stands at 466 feet above sea level. On Thursday, it was at 363 feet.