PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Michael Raffety

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 — $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 — and following that initial cup with […]

Weather stats 12-2-14

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 December rainfall 0.26 140-year average rain for month of December 6.64 140-year average cumulative total through December 13.75 Season rain total starting July 2014 4.65 Rainfall […]

November weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain No. 1 66 46 1.15 No. 2 59 37 0.00 No. 3 67 37 0.00 No. 4 67 36 0.00 No. 5 75 43 0.00 No. 6 75 50 0.00 No. 7 83 50 0.00 No. […]

Lake levels 11-26-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 26, 2014 Elevation (feet) 383.72 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 280,900 29% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 769 Outflow 1,048 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.05 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,646 67% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 2.63 Outflow […]

The balancing act: Living in a dream world

On Nov. 19 the Sac Bee in its inimitable style wrote an editorial entitled “El Dorado County deserves better” which repeated the same old lies by writing “Both an outside firm’s assessment of county government and a county grand jury found a deeply dysfunctional government in which bullying, intimidation and disrespect run rampant.” The editorial […]

Belltower: Time, time

Time, time is on our side, as the Rolling Stones sang. Not the way our government runs it. Whether it is fall-back or spring forward, changing one’s sleep rhythm is just plain unhealthy. And none of these time changes saves a lick of money. When Daylight Saving Time is forced upon us it runs up […]

Weahter stats 11-25-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain No. 1 66 46 1.15 No. 2 59 37 0.00 No. 3 67 37 0.00 No. 4 67 36 0.00 No. 5 75 43 0.00 No. 6 75 50 0.00 No. 7 83 50 0.00 No. […]

Sacto area unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in October, unchanged from a revised 6.6 percent in September, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.2 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.0 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 6.3 […]

Lake levels 11-20-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014 Elevation (feet) 384.13 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 283,200 29% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 818 Outflow 1,063 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.15 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,698 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.59 Outflow […]

Weather stats 11-18-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain No. 1 66 46 1.15 No. 2 59 37 0.00 No. 3 67 37 0.00 No. 4 67 36 0.00 No. 5 75 43 0.00 No. 6 75 50 0.00 No. 7 83 50 0.00 No. […]

Correction

The Herrick Building story on page 1 of Friday’s newspaper incorrectly identified the company installing the air-conditioning system on the Herrick Building in a caption and in the story. The correct identification is Jonas Heating and Cooling.

Belltower: Ground squirrels aren’t chipmunks

Reader Bruce Long of El Dorado Hills sent me an essay from the Marin Independent Journal that was published in the 1980s. Bruce moved here from there and likes getting the Mountain Democrat in the mail. It’s a nice sketch about someone who has a summer cabin along the South Fork of the American River. […]

Lake Levels: Nov. 13, 2014

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 13, 2014 Elevation (feet) 385.33 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 289,800 30% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 380 Outflow 1,042 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 13, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,448.60 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 27,931 68% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.59 Outflow […]

Prada censured

On a 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted Monday to censure Director Greg Prada for threatening a speaker at the Oct. 14 meeting when he said, “Best make sure your liability insurance is paid up.” Nov. 10 Prada issued a statement in defense against censure, writing, “I made a statement not […]

Building permits 11/3-7/2014

Permits issued 11/03 to 11/07/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – WAREHS $12,000 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $112,166 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – DECK $9,362 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $6,000 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $12,170 1 BUILDG – REACT – LIVSPC $120,600 4 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 11-11-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain No. 1 66 46 1.15 No. 2 59 37 0.00 No. 3 67 37 0.00 No. 4 67 36 0.00 No. 5 75 43 0.00 No. 6 75 50 0.00 No. 7 83 50 0.00 No. […]

Lake levels 11-6-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014 Elevation (feet) 387.12 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 299,900 31% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 385 Outflow 1,044 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.07 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,367 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.33 Outflow […]

Weather stats: Nov. 4, 2014

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain No. 1 66 46 1.15 No. 2 59 37 0.00 No. 3 67 37 0.00 No. 4 67 36 0.00 November rainfall 1.15 140-year average rain for month of November 4.37 140-year average cumulative total through […]

Building permits 10/27-31/2014

Permits issued: 10/27 to 10/31/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $12,379 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $20,000 3 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $2,224,777 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $33,980 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $20,221 1 BUILDG – NEW – STORAG $9,852 3 BUILDG […]

Best Patio Dining: Smith Flat House

Smith Flat House has the ultimate patio. It will seat 350. Covered and lighted dining extend the patio season. It is available for private events. On sunny summer evenings and fall days when it is not rented out, it also seats regular diners, featuring locally grown food prepared by expert chefs. Facing the keystone brick-lined […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Wine Tasting: Nello Olivo

Located in the original wine cellar of the historical Bee-Bennett House, now named the Sequoia, Nello Olivo’s tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Now bottled and ready for sale is Olivo’s Portonello. Once a month dinner is served, with seating for […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Garden Store: Front Yard Nursery

This is the time of year to plant spring blooming bulbs and fertilize with bulb food. Also, Front Yard Nursery recommends aerating your lawn. If you let it go to save water, now that it is cool and the rainy season is due you can reseed and fertilize your lawns before it gets too cold. […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Nursery: Front Yard Nursery

Now is the time to order bare root plants. Make your reservations at Front Yard Nursery for fruit and nut trees, table grapes and olive trees. Special orders can be made for chestnut trees. Try fruiting mulberry trees. There is nothing like a mulberry pie, if you can beat the birds to the purple berries. […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Hardware Store: Placerville Hardware

Continuing an unbroken line of 56 years of ownership by the Fausel family, Albert Fausel is the latest proprietor of the 150-year-old Placerville Hardware Store. It just makes you want to start singing, “You can get anything you want at Albert’s hardware store.” Excuse the spoofing of Arlo Guthrie’s lyrics, but it’s true, you can get […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Spa: Time Out Spa

Treat yourself to a spa on the weekend or get a group of five together for a Wednesday in Camino at Time Out Spa. Call 530-644-0314. Located at 2452 Apple Vista Lane in Camino, Time Out Spa features massage, facials and waxing, hand and feet massage and Vichy shower massage treatment. Overnight accommodations are available […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best bank: El Dorado Savings

Pretty good for a local bank that started in 1957, El Dorado Savings now has 34 branches plus its headquarters near the freeway on El Dorado Road. As of June 30, it had $1.86 billion in assets, $1.66 billion in deposits and made $5.9 million in profits. With 4,444 loans on the books, only 16 […]

September 27, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Shoe Store: Evergreen Footwear

UGGs! Yes, you can find UGGs in Placerville. The place is Evergreen Footwear at 1224 Suite B on Broadway. Open seven days a week, Evergreen also carries New Balance, Wolverine, Birkenstock, Dansko, Klogs, Taos, Rieker, Spring Step, Merrill, Soft Walk, Acorn, Naot, Born, Earth, Keen, Aetrex, Spira and SAS. Evergreen is shoe central for Placerville. And […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Suchi: American Ichi

Sushi has become such a favorite American meal choice that it is only natural there would be a blend of East and West. That blend happens to perfection at American Ichi at 1234 Suite A on Broadway in Placerville. Diners can choose a la carte or all-you-can-eat options for lunch and dinner. The sushi bar […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

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