PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Building permits 10/6-10/2014

Permits issued: 10/06 to 10/10/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – 1-FMLY $738 2 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $60,933 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $964,896 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $3,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – DECK $65,398 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $7,500 2 ELCTRC […]

Lake levels 10-13-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 13, 2014 Elevation (feet) 392.3 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 330,400 34% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 426 Outflow 1,035 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 9, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,451.44 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

EID among regional projects backed by state

The Department of Water Resources is proposing to allocate $9.7 million in state grants to the Regional Water Authority (RWA) for 17 projects designed to expand the ability to recharge, store, extract and move groundwater around the community to help reduce the region’s reliance on Folsom Reservoir, it was announced Oct. 2. Among those projects […]

Building permits 9/29-10/3/2014

Permits issued 9/29- to 10/03/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $110,630 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $5,305 3 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $56,670 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $98,000 4 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $116,698 1 ELCTRC – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,200 14 ELCTRC […]

Belltower: Lessons from SEAL training

I only volunteered for two things before getting married. No. 1, I enlisted in the Navy. The draft was on then and I didn’t want to be an Army draftee. No. 2, I volunteered for Antarctic duty. The back of the Antarctic Service Medal says, “Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion.” Everybody called it “Courage, Sacrifice and […]

El Dorado County August unemployment drops to 6.6%; 1,400-job cutback

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.0 percent in August 2014, down from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.4 percent for California and 6.3 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Lake levels 10-2-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014 Elevation (feet) 394.24 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 342,400 35% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 562 Outflow 1,371 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,152.30 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,893 73% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

September 2014 weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

Heard over the back fence: Octoberfest in EDH

STRANGE PRIORITIES? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me!” quote: “How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?”  OKTOBERFEST TIME! Families are invited to join “good ol’ German” entertainment, dinner and contests. Tickets are $10 for adults and […]

Lake levels 9-25-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014 Elevation (feet) 395.82 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 352,300 36% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 706 Outflow 1,372 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,452.96 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

EID finds Esmeralda Tunnel cave-in

Notified by a high water alarm on the canal Sunday night, El Dorado Irrigation District hydro personnel discovered Monday there was a collapse in the Esmeralda Tunnel. The 1,000-foot-long tunnel was built in 1930 and is held up by treated timbers for the first 450 feet, then natural rock for about 400 feet, with the […]

Weather stats 9-23-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

Lake levels 9-18-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Sept. 18, 2014 Elevation (feet) 397.94 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 365,900 37% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 686 Outflow 1,373 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Sept. 18, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,453.58 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 30,596 75% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Weather stats 9-16-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

Building permits 9/8-12/2014

Permits issued 9/08 to 9/12/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $30,000 2 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $29,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – DECK $105,208 1 ELCTRC – NEW – 1-FMLY $600 9 ELCTRC – NEW – SOLAR $272,549 1 GRADNG – NEW – GRADNG $35,000 3 MECHAN […]

Lake levels 9-15-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Sept. 15, 2014 Elevation (feet) 398.71 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 370,900 38% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,182 Outflow 1,371 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Sept. 11, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,454.22 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 30,949 75% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Building permits 9/1-5/2014

Permits issued 9/1 to 9/5/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – GARAGE $1,200 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – WAREHS $28,000 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $30,981 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $338,665 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $35,543 2 BUILDG – NEW – TEMP-C $15,7127 1 BUILDG […]

EID board gives nod to future bonds

On a 3-2 vote Monday the El Dorado Irrigation District board paved the way to a future discussion of specific bonds two years from now. Approving a “resolution of intention” put the maximum possible bonding for water system improvements at $41.6 million. The biggest project that would seek funding in 2016 is Forebay Dam, now […]

Weather stats 9-9-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Sept. 1 98 62 0.00 Sept. 2 101 69 0.00 Sept. 3 101 61 0.00 Sept. 4 100 61 0.00 Sept. 5 100 63 0.00 Sept. 6 99 61 0.00 Sept. 7 91 61 0.00 Sept. […]

Belltower: Echo Summit

Recently I received a book called “Echo Summit.” It’s 126 pages of historical pictures and captions. The cover is a photo of a huge snow bank left near the summit that had been cut through to allow freight wagons to pass through. The snow bank was higher than the wagons. The book’s intro notes that […]

Lake levels 9-4-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014 Elevation (feet) 400.24 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 381,000 39% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,282 Outflow 1,376 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,454.83 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,282 76% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Building permits 8/25-29/2014

Permits issued 8/25 to 8/29/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 3 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,631.543 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $32,145 1 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $374,995 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $2,500 1 BUILDG – REMODL – OFFICE $18,000 1 BUILDG – REMODL – RETAIL $15,000 1 BUILDG […]

Weather stats August 2014

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Aug. 1 107 72 0.00 Aug. 2 110 68 0.00 Aug. 3 105 68 0.00 Aug. 4 93 70 0.00 Aug. 5 85 69 0.00 Aug. 6 81 68 0.00 Aug. 7 99 69 0.00 Aug. […]

Camp 2 Bridge deconstructed

Since Aug. 1 contractor Excavating Engineers Inc. out of San Diego County has been working on the Camp 2 Bridge reconstruction project for the El Dorado Irrigation District.

The first order of business was deconstructing the rickety Erector Set-like bridge and its wooden bridge deck. The remains are stacked in the marshaling yard a short walk before the bridge abutment. Other pieces are on the east abutment where they will serve as a protection for the stacked rock abutment in case a rock falls on it.

To lift out the old superstructure and its timber …

Lake levels 8-29-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Aug. 29, 2014 Elevation (feet) 400.48 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 382,600 39% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,573 Outflow 1,479 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Aug. 28, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,455.47 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,635 77% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0 Outflow […]

Washabaugh 50th anniversary

 Henry A. (Bill) Washabaugh and Ruthie M. Washabaugh celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and firends. They were married Aug. 22 in Carson City, Nev. The couple have two children — Rick Washabaugh and Stacey Washabaugh — four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill retired from Michigan Cal Lumber in Camino and Ruth retired from Bank of America in […]

Weather stats 8-26-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Aug. 1 107 72 0.00 Aug. 2 110 68 0.00 Aug. 3 105 68 0.00 Aug. 4 93 70 0.00 Aug. 5 85 69 0.00 Aug. 6 81 68 0.00 Aug. 7 99 69 0.00 Aug. […]

Building permits 8/11-15/2015

Permits issued: 8/11 to 8/15/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 6 BUILDG – DEMLTN – FNDTN $0 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – PUBBLD $4,144 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $113,156 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $576,955 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $17,207 1 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $586,520 1 BUILDG […]

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2014

Foodies and wine lovers alike will gather in South Lake Tahoe this Labor Day weekend as Sample the Sierra celebrates its fifth anniversary on noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Bijou Community Park. For the past four years, this Farm-to-Fork event has supported regional talent by showcasing only locally grown and cultivated food paired with wine, beer […]

Building permits 8/18-22/2014

Permits issued: 08/18 to 08/22/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $36,885 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $10,000 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCSTR $13,819 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $15,533 5 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $257,500 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – GARAGE $3,000 1 BUILDG […]

Lake levels 8-22-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014 Elevation (feet) 401.43 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 389,000 40% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 828 Outflow 1,480 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,456.11 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 31,993 78% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Things to do 8-22-14

Bracelets by Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork glass artisan, will be featured at Gold Country Artists Gallery through Sept. 1 The Sand Fire Benefit fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Tickets will be […]

Thanks to the sponsors

The American River Music Festival deeply appreciates the support of our sponsors and partners who back the event and ask the public to thnk of these merchants and entrepreneurs when shopping, dining and looking for services. Thank you!   The Mountain Democrat El Dorado Arts Council El Dorado Savings Bank KVMR Community Radio Cal.net Earthtrek […]

Belltower: Cat stories

After reading about Walt and Hadley Kopps’ misadventures on the way to having feral cats fixed, I was reminded of our family’s cat stories. Especially after reading Jennifer Forsberg Meyer’s defense of cats and some of the wacky things her cat does. She has a very impressive cat. My first cat came flying in the […]

Weather stats

Placerville Weather Statistics Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Aug. 1 107 72 0.00 Aug. 2 110 68 0.00 Aug. 3 105 68 0.00 Aug. 4 93 70 0.00 Aug. 5 85 69 0.00 Aug. 6 81 68 0.00 Aug. 7 99 […]

1 dies in plane crash

A biplane crashed on a residential street less than half mile east of the Swansboro Airport Saturday, according to Mosquito Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Chris Johns. One of two on the airplane died, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and a second was transported by Calstar to Sutter Hospital in Roseville, Johns said. The Sheriff’s […]

County unemployment up to 7.2 percent

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 7.4 percent in July 2014, up from a revised 6.9 percent in June 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.8 percent for California and 6.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Camino plant getting improved remote control

The Camino Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the process of getting a nearly $60,000 upgrade to its remote control system.

Called SCADA, it stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. It is a secure system that operates completely independently of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s business systems.

Currently the plant is somewhat remotely controlled from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is a remote control system in effect, but “the automation lacks proper integration, resulting in increased labor hours to respond to facility start-up, general operational changes…

Lake levels 8-15-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014 Elevation (feet) 402.06 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 393,300 40% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,956 Outflow 1,496 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Aug. 14, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,456.79 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Building permits 8/4-8/2014

Permits issued: 08/04 to 08/08/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – 2NDDWG $101,779 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – GYMNSM $2,222 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $3,833 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – GARAGE 414,978 1 BUILDG – NEW – CHURCH $122,601 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $40,790 4 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 8-12-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain Aug. 1 107 72 0.00 Aug. 2 110 68 0.00 Aug. 3 105 68 0.00 Aug. 4 93 70 0.00 Aug. 5 85 69 0.00 Aug. 6 81 68 0.00 Aug. 7 99 69 0.00 Aug. […]

Belltower: From aluminum to plastic

When I lived on Bernal Heights in San Francisco my landlord, who lived upstairs, was working on his Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State. His oeuvre was using an airbrush to paint large oil paintings of Swanson TV dinner trays lit by colored lights. He held his master’s show at his house. […]

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