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Michael Raffety

EID OKs computer upgrade

The Information Technology Division of the El Dorado Irrigation District will get new servers following approval Dec. 12 by the Board of Directors. The $110,400 bid is being piggy-backed onto a competitive bid by the city of Tuscon, Ariz. Another $15,000 was part of the approval to include cabling and software. It replaces a server […]

Weather stats 12-16-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain Dec. 1 0.00 Dec. 2 0.00 Dec. 3 0.00 Dec. 4 0.00 Dec. 5 0.00 Dec. 6 0.00 Dec. 7 0.00 Dec. 8 0.00 Dec. 9 0.00 Dec. 10 0.00 Dec. 11 0.00 Dec. 12 […]

Belltower: San Franciso on my mind

Broadway and Main Street have really stepped up their Christmas lights the past two years. Though I have to wonder what’s going on with downtown. Twice I have driven down there after leaving the office here on Broadway after dark and found few lights downtown. I’ve walked around downtown and inspected all the building rooftops […]

Lake levels 12-15-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 15, 2011 Elevation (feet) 409.75 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 448,000 46% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 934 Outflow 2,085 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 15, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,455.72 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,774 77% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 11 Outflow […]

Day finds chair squeaky

New Division 5 Director Alan Day found his chair a little squeaky after he was sworn in Dec. 12 along with Directors George Osborne and Bill George. At the public forum at the start of Monday’s meeting El Dorado Hills resident Paul Raveling criticized Day for having an “anti-EID Website”  and said his “campaign arguments […]

Kane retires; Heinzer promoted

Liz Kane, 70, retired Dec. 13 after 11 years as the Mountain Democrat’s fourth sports editor. Working with Kane for the past 11 years is sports writer Jerry Heinzer, who takes over as sports editor Dec. 14, announced Editor Michael Raffety. Liz Kane began as a sports correspondent in January 1994 and five years later was […]

New courthouse on track despite cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO — The Judicial Council Dec. 12 endorsed several cost-cutting measures for court construction while affirming its commitment to much-needed improvements in the judicial branch’s statewide infrastructure. The council approved recommendations from the Court Facilities Working Group to cancel two construction projects in small counties and to seek cost-savings on others. The two dropped […]

Lake levels 12-8-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011 Elevation (feet) 411.76 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 463,000 47% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 900 Outflow 1,986 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,456.15 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,015 78% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 8 Outflow […]

Weather stats 12-8-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Nov. 1 0.00 Nov. 2 0.00 Nov. 3 0.00 Nov. 4 2.60 Nov. 5 0.00 Nov. 6 0.27 Nov. 7 0.10 Nov. 8 0.00 Nov. 9 0.00 Nov. 10 0.00 Nov. 11 0.00 […]

Belltower: Remembering my first editor

Thirty-five years ago in my last year at San Francisco State University I had a poster printed up of my best photos and sent out query letters to every newspaper in the Pacific Northwest. On spring break I got interviews in Bellingham and Longview, Wash., at Pendleton and Medford, Ore., even though I mistakenly addressed […]

Lake levels 11-23-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 23, 2011 Elevation (feet) 416.69 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 501,300 51% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 825 Outflow 2,202 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,457.08 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,541 79% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 3 Outflow […]

EID beefs up its computer system

Following a presentation and tour of the computer server room, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved $305,000 in the first of three phases of computer upgrades at its Nov. 14 meeting. The six-month project by Information Technology Manager Tim Ranstrom will expand the backup capacity in the system by adding a […]

EID recognized for electrical savings

The El Droado Irrigation Districtg received a PG&E Golden Spotlight Award for the district’s 2010 efforts in excelling in power conservation by participating in PG&E’s voluntary demand response program’s peak day pricing events. This is the fifth consecutive year that EID has received this award for its efforts in power curtailment for the El Dorado […]

EDH sewer lift station to get facelift

A sewer lift station in El Dorado Hills will get a nearly $1 million facelift and none too soon. “Extremely, extremely bad” is how Wastewater/Recycled Water Division Manager Vicki Caulfield described the Timberline lift station. “This is an emergency. We’re not waiting,” said Director George Wheeldon. “We have to replace these things before they fail. […]

Snowline Hospice shindig highlights organization’s founders

Highlighting the three remaining founding directors of Snowline Hospice was a 30-year celebration held Sunday at the Thompson Hill home of Tom and Judith Dillon. The three still living founders are Dr. Doug Tustin, attorney George Applebaum and Jim Upshaw, retired reverend of the Federated Church. Tustin, inspired by a hospice organization that formed in […]

GDPUD wins Kaiser Siphon case

A Jan. 11, 2010 lawsuit seeking damages against the Georgetown Public Utility District over a pipeline right of way went against the plaintiff in a decision filed Nov. 16 by Superior Court Judge Nelson Keith Brooks. The court decision was announced Nov. 21 by GDPUD General Manager Hank White in an email sent to the […]

Lake levels 11-21-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011 Elevation (feet) 417.5 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 507,800 52% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,318 Outflow 2,424 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,457.08 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,541 79% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 3 Outflow […]

Weather stats 11-21-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain Nov. 1 0.00 Nov. 2 0.00 Nov. 3 0.00 Nov. 4 2.60 Nov. 5 0.00 Nov. 6 0.27 Nov. 7 0.10 Nov. 8 0.00 Nov. 9 0.00 Nov. 10 0.00 Nov. 11 0.00 Nov. 12 […]

Correction

A page 5 story Friday about the contracts for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s general manager and counsel stated each received a $500 annual fitness benefit. We since have been informed, that these provisions were eliminated by the board in 2009.

EID chief, lawyer contracts extended; no raises

Following a closed session it was announced that the contracts for El Dorado Irrigation District’s general manager and district counsel were extended three years. Both had requested 1 percent cost-0f-living adjustments, but the board declined to grant that. Both contracts did not expire until 2013, but were extended without changes to 2016. The terms are […]

Correction

The correct number to volunteer as a Salvation Army bell ringer is to call Rose Fast at 622-6217. An incorrect phone number appeared in the Monday Back fence column.

Rubes cartoonist to speak here

Rubes cartoonist Leigh Rubin will appear at the Mountain Democrat 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. This is Rubin’s second appearance at the Mountain Democrat. He proved a popular and entertaining speaker last year for an audience of more than 100. Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes Publications. […]

Weather stats 11-15-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Nov. 1 0.00 Nov. 2 0.00 Nov. 3 0.00 Nov. 4 2.60 Nov. 5 0.00 Nov. 6 0.27 Nov. 7 0.10 Nov. 8 0.00 Nov. 9 0.00 Nov. 10 0.00 Nov. 11 0.00 […]

Emotional farewell for Harry Norris

In a special meeting before the regular meeting Nov. 14 the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution praising outgoing Director Harry Norris. “I find that you have been the most frugal member of this board,’ said Director Bill George. “This board has been criticized. We’re not perfect. We’re as perfect […]

Winery events center breaks ground

Construction is under way, with local officials handling ceremonial shovels Nov. 9, for a winery events center at David Girard Winery and Vineyard in the Gold Hill area. Replacing a 2,500-square-foot tent and portable toilets will be a 6,700-square-foot building with indoor toilets and changing rooms and storage. The architectural design complements the Tuscan-style tasting […]

GDPUD down to 1 treatment plant operator

GEORGETOWN — The lure of higher pay has whittled the number of water treatment plant operators at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District from three to one, General Manager Hank White reported to the Board of Directors Nov. 8. Besides technical education, it requires two years full-time on the job to become certified as a […]

Chlorine gas gone from Camino water plant

CAMINO — The chlorine gas cylinders were removed from Water Treatment Plant No. 1 Oct. 13. That coincided with the shutdown of the El Dorado Canal as Flumes 39 and 40 are reconstructed. Replacing the chlorine gas that was used to kill off germs in the water will be a chlorine bleach called sodium hypochlorite. […]

Weather stats 11-9-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date Rain Nov. 1 0.00 Nov. 2 0.00 Nov. 3 0.00 Nov. 4 2.60 Nov. 5 0.00 Nov. 6 0.27 Nov. 7 0.10November rainfall to date 2.97 138-year average rain for month of November 4.37 138-year average […]

Lake levels 11-4-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 4, 2011 Elevation (feet) 424.41 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 564,900 58% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 560 Outflow 2,435 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,457.81 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,961 80% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 20 Outflow […]

Weather stats 11-4-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 9  a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain Nov. 1 0.00 Nov. 2 0.00 Nov. 3 0.00 Nov. 4 2.60 November rainfall to date 2.60 138-year average rain for month of November 4.37 138-year average cumulative total through November 7.14 Season rain total […]

Belltower: Unusual Pissarro paintings collected from around the world

To see this many paintings of Impressionist Camille Pissarro in one place one would probably have to go back in time to the 19th century and visit his studio. Currently on display through Jan. 22 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, “Pissarro’s People” includes paintings not exhibited in decades plus a revealing anarchist […]

October weather stats

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date Rain 1-Oct 0.00 2-Oct 0.00 3-Oct 0.00 4-Oct 0.00 5-Oct 0.00 6-Oct 2.75 7-Oct 0.19 8-Oct 0.00 9-Oct 0.00 10-Oct 0.00 11-Oct 1.55 12-Oct 0.00 13-Oct 0.00 14-Oct 0.00 15-Oct 0.00 16-Oct 0.00 17-Oct 0.00 18-Oct […]

Lake levels 11-1-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Nov. 1, 2011 Elevation (feet) 425.87 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 577,400 59% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 748 Outflow 2,545 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 27, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,458.37 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,245 81% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 12 Outflow […]

EID crew rebuilding 2 flumes

Four regular construction crew members and four temp workers are busy hammering away at 336 feet of wooden flumes the El Dorado Irrigation District is rebuilding from the ground up. They began Oct. 3 and by Oct. 26 had all the framing in place. The EID construction crew is rebuilding two flumes, identified as Flumes […]

Small turnout for EID workshop

CAMERON PARK — On a night that saw the Texas Rangers take a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie had a quiet evening at the Cameron Park Community Center. He came to explain the newly completed Cost of Services study and answer […]

EID hydro revenue strong this year; will help pay bond early

In a mid-year update of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s two-year budget, Finance Director Mark Price reported that hydropower income was so strong that he suggested putting $2 million in an escrow account to pay off a bond coming due in 2012. That recommendation won a unanimous endorsement from the Board of Directors Oct. 24. […]

Wild tag for Upper Truckee in hibernation

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Supervisor Norma Santiago sought a board resolution to support designating the Upper Truckee River in the Meiss Meadows area a Wild and Scenic River. But in the end she moved to table the issue at the Oct. 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting in the South […]

Lake levels 10-13-11

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011 Elevation (feet) 436.94 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 677,300 69% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,447 Outflow 4,133 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011 Elevation (ft) 3,459.47 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,933 83% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 11 Outflow […]

Weather stats 10-13-11

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date  Rain 1-Oct 0.00 2-Oct 0.00 3-Oct 0.00 4-Oct 0.00 5-Oct 0.00 6-Oct 2.75 7-Oct 0.19 8-Oct 0.00 9-Oct 0.00 10-Oct 0.00 11-Oct 1.55 12-Oct 0.00 13-Oct 0.00 October rainfall to date 4.49 138-year average rain for […]

TMDL is an $11 million acronym

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — TMDL, which stands for Total Maximum Daily Load, is one expensive acronym. It refers to limiting the amount of sediment going into Lake Tahoe. Enforced by the Lahontan Water Quality Control Board, it is estimated to cost El Dorado County $11 million, according to Supervisor Jack Sweeney. “I’m thinking we’re wishing […]

Meyers dump nears completion

The Meyers dump off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe is being capped with a porous geotechnical material. Completion is expected by Oct. 15. The project, which included excavating the old dump, covering it and installing an 800-foot-long French drain, originally was estimated at $5.5 million, but during a recent tour of the site El Dorado […]

New project planned on Mo. Flat Rd.

Combining three parcels into a 4.32-acre commercial development at the northeast corner of Misouri Flat and Forni roads is the sole item on the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s Oct. 13 agenda. Developer Grado Equities plans 30,572 square feet of commercial buildings on the property. The square footage includes a two-story mixed-use professional office/retail building, […]

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