PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Michael Raffety

State info order affects EID

The State Water Resources Control Board has demanded information on “persons claiming senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.” That broad brush order directly affects the El Dorado Irrigation District. The order follows complaints that senior water rights holders in the Delta were diverting water released from reservoirs by the state and the […]

Belltower: So long to a hot year

At the end of each calendar year, we total up the average monthly temperatures to see what the overall average daytime and overnight temperatures for the year are. As most of you might have guessed, after the fourth driest rainfall year on record here (Jul, 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) the year was generally warm. Totaling […]

Lake levels 2-5-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Feb. 5, 2015 Elevation (feet) 409.62 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 447,000 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,107 Outflow 959 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Feb 5, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,448.12 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,682 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 4.63 Outflow […]

January 2015 weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Jan. 1 58 36 0.00 Jan. 2 50 26 0.00 Jan. 3 58 30 0.00 Jan. 4 58 31 0.00 Jan. 5 59 33 0.00 Jan. 6 65 38 0.00 Jan. 7 76 38 0.00 Jan. […]

Lake levels 1-29-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 29, 2015 Elevation (feet) 409.75 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 448,000 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 965 Outflow 918 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Jan 29, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,448.41 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,833 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 5.41 Outflow […]

Weather stats 1-27-15

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Jan. 1 58 36 0.00 Jan. 2 50 26 0.00 Jan. 3 58 30 0.00 Jan. 4 58 31 0.00 Jan. 5 59 33 0.00 Jan. 6 65 38 0.00 Jan. 7 76 38 0.00 Jan. […]

Esmeralda Tunnel work on schedule

Work on the Esmeralda tunnel is on schedule to start water flowing through it March 1, project engineer Daryl Noel told the El Dorado Irrigation District board on Jan. 26. Right now the mining crews on the upstream end of the tunnel has 6 feet of debris left to excavate. As described by Noel, the […]

EID insurance bill shrinks

Insurance premiums for the El Dorado Irrigation District this year will be nearly $64,000 less than they were last year. Effective Jan. 1 EID got a 9 percent cut in its rates. The insurance coverage includes property/inland marine/crime, general liability, public officials and management liability, automobile and excess liability insurance. General Manager Jim Abercrombie was […]

Awards for innovative EID workers

Awards ranging from $50 to $100 were made to three employees of the El Dorado Irrigation District who invented ways to more safely operate sewer and water plants. Called the H.R. Bounty Safety Awards, they came from the California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority for promoting safety in the workplace, and were announced at […]

Employment percentages improve locally

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.2 percent in December 2014, down from a revised 6.7 percent in November 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.7 percent for California and 5.4 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate […]

Belltower: New York impressions

How we came to travel to New York on Christmas Day began a couple of months before when I read that Nathan Lane was starring in “It’s Only a Play.” Nathan Lane just lights up the stage. But the real decision point was that his last appearance in the play would be Dec. 31. As […]

Building permits 1/12-1/16/2015

Permits issued 01/12 to 01/16/2015 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 2 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,574,105 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $17,500 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $17,000 8 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $187,218 2 GRADNG – NEW – GRADNG $0 7 MECHAN – NEW – 1-FMLY $66,725 8 PLUMBG […]

Water savings continue as expenses mount

El Dorado Irrigation District customers continue to save water, aided by nearly 3 inches of rain in November and nearly 9 inches in December. General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported at the Jan. 12 meeting that district customers had reduced potable water consumption 24 percent between Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; 17 percent between Jan. 1, […]

Lake levels 1-22-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 22, 2015 Elevation (feet) 409.67 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 447,400 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,402 Outflow 935 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Jan 22, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,448.68 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,973 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 5.81 Outflow […]

Weather stats 1-20-15

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Jan. 1 58 36 0.00 Jan. 2 50 26 0.00 Jan. 3 58 30 0.00 Jan. 4 58 31 0.00 Jan. 5 59 33 0.00 Jan. 6 65 38 0.00 Jan. 7 76 38 0.00 Jan. […]

Building permits 12/29/14-1/2-15

Permits issued: 12/29/2014 to: 01/02/2015 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – GARAGE $45,639 3 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $54,675 1 ELCTRC – NEW – 1-FMLY $2,500 9 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $237,164 5 MECHAN – NEW – 1-FMLY 432,766 3 PLUMBG – NEW – 1-FMLY $7,891 1 POOLSP […]

Building permits 12/22-26/2014

Permits issued: 12/22 to: 12/26/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $637,223 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $23,445 1 ELCTRC – NEW – 1-FMLY $18,141 1 ELCTRC – NEW – CHURCH $9,950 5 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $165,690 1 GRADNG – NEW – GRADNG $0 2 MECHAN […]

Lake levels 1-15-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 15, 2015 Elevation (feet) 409.26 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 444,300 45% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,212 Outflow 937 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Jan 15, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,448.87 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,072 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 7.11 Outflow […]

EID finds the ‘unicorn’

By a 5-0 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District concluded a 10-year quest to get a contract for additional water delivery from Folsom Lake. “I’m amazed,” said Director Alan Day. “I thought it was a unicorn.” The water delivery contract is for half of the 17,000 acre-feet of water EID gained the rights to when […]

Weather stats 1-13-15

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Jan. 1 58 36 0.00 Jan. 2 50 26 0.00 Jan. 3 58 30 0.00 Jan. 4 58 31 0.00 Jan. 5 59 33 0.00 Jan. 6 65 38 0.00 Jan. 7 76 38 0.00 Jan. […]

Substantial progress on Esmeralda Tunnel

Despite confronting what was initially “unstable” conditions, Mark Suden and the crew of Mining Construction Inc. have made substantial progress in shoring up the timbered sections of Esmeralda Tunnel. The 1,500-foot-long tunnel was built by PG&E in 1930 to bypass a section of canal that was prone to blowouts. The tunnel and the 22 miles […]

Lake levels 1-8-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 8, 2015 Elevation (feet) 408.76 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 440,700 45% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,550 Outflow 917 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Jan 8, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,449.08 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,182 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 7.6 Outflow […]

Weather stats 1-6-15

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Jan. 1 58 36 0.00 Jan. 2 50 26 0.00 Jan. 3 58 30 0.00 Jan. 4 58 31 0.00 Jan. 5 59 33 0.00 Jan. 6 65 38 0.00 January rainfall 0.00 140-year average rain […]

Lake levels 1-3-15

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Jan. 2, 2015 Elevation (feet) 407.46 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 431,200 44% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,667 Outflow 930 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.21 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,251 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 7.6 Outflow […]

December 2014 weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Dec. 1 52 50 0.25 Dec. 2 67 48 0.01 Dec. 3 53 51 0.90 Dec. 4 53 51 0.50 Dec. 5 58 51 0.30 Dec. 6 60 50 0.25 Dec. 7 67 45 0.00 Dec. […]

Lake levels 12-24-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 24, 2014 Elevation (feet) 403.78 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 405,100 41% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 3,353 Outflow 925 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 23, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.00 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,140 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 23.73 Outflow […]

Weather stats 12-23-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Dec. 1 52 50 0.25 Dec. 2 67 48 0.01 Dec. 3 53 51 0.90 Dec. 4 53 51 0.50 Dec. 5 58 51 0.30 Dec. 6 60 50 0.25 Dec. 7 67 45 0.00 Dec. […]

Belltower: Christmas past and present

For many years our family would get our Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We would go to a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm that was not part of the association and therefore had very affordable prices β€” $15 for white fir at that time. My wife would not join us trudging up the slightly muddy […]

Building permits 12/15-19/2014

Permits issued: 12/15 to: 12/19/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $18,724 10 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $5,394,836 1 BUILDG – NEW – TEMP-C $58,999 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $12,000 1 ELCTRC – NEW – OFFICE $37,000 14 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $339,840 6 MECHAN […]

Local unemployment up slightly in November

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.7 percent in November 2014, up from a revised 6.6 percent in October 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Lake levels 12-19-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 19, 2014 Elevation (feet) 400.1 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 380,100 39% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,595 Outflow 930 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.55 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,905 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 11.63 Outflow […]

Lake levels 12-18-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014 Elevation (feet) 399.58 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 376,600 39% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,774 Outflow 928 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,447.93 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,584 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 4.63 Outflow […]

Building permits 12/8-12/2014

Permits issue: 12/08 to 12/12/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 2 BUILDG – CNVRTO – OFFICE $363,108 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – TOWR-C $5,000 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $54,505 2 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $12,500 2 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $2,498,919 2 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $104,230 2 BUILDG […]

Weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Dec. 1 52 50 0.25 Dec. 2 67 48 0.01 Dec. 3 53 51 0.90 Dec. 4 53 51 0.50 Dec. 5 58 51 0.30 Dec. 6 60 50 0.25 Dec. 7 67 45 0.00 Dec. […]

Belltower: Paul Strand and Berlin Airlift

As someone who taught photography part-time for 17 years and film and art history another six years after that, I recognize a lot of names of famous photographers from the past. One of those is Paul Strand. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is doing a major retrospective on Strand. That museum, according to a review […]

Lake levels 12-10-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 10, 2014 Elevation (feet) 391.4 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 325,000 33% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 2,890 Outflow 948 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.03 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,636 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 36.93 Outflow […]

Weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Dec. 1 52 50 0.25 Dec. 2 67 48 0.01 Dec. 3 53 51 0.90 Dec. 4 53 51 0.50 Dec. 5 58 51 0.30 Dec. 6 60 50 0.25 Dec. 7 67 45 0.00 Dec. […]

EID budget options hinge on varying rate hikes

Five budget options on the agenda for Monday’s El Dorado Irrigation District board meeting include five different options for rate hikes. The operating budget for the 2015 calendar year with the smallest rate hike would be no rate hike in 2015. Part of the budget set for adoption Dec. 8 includes a five-year Financial Plan. […]

Lake levels 12-4-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014 Elevation (feet) 385.32 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 289,700 30% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 5,010 Outflow 921 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.03 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,636 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 36.93 Outflow […]

Rock doc: Wake up and smell the genes

Like millions of Americans, my day starts by plugging in the coffeepot. In my case, it’s an old fashion percolator. It clears its throat and brews my coffee while I rub sleep out of my eyes and brush my teeth. My habit of starting my day with coffee β€” and following that initial cup with […]

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