PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Michael Raffety

Weather stats October 214

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

Censuring Prada asked

Two veteran members of the El Dorado Irrigation District board asked Oct. 27 for a censure item to be placed on a future agenda. The censure target is Director Greg Prada. Leading off the censure movement was Director Bill George, who opened with a prepared statement. At the heart of the censure movement is a […]

Lake levels 10-30-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014 Elevation (feet) 388.34 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 306,900 31% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 333 Outflow 1,044 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.43 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 28,367 69% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.55 Outflow […]

Building permits 10/20-24/2014

Permits issued: 10/20 to 10/24/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $775,708 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $11,947 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $35,856 2 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $961,516 1 BUILDG – NEW – RETWAL $12,000 4 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $152,527 1 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 10-28-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

EID: Water saving gets personal

As the summer irrigation season comes to an end, El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported Oct. 14 that district customers had reduced potable water conservation 27 percent for the week, 20 percent since Feb. 5 and 17 percent since Jan. 1. The lower figure for January was a consequence of two things: […]

Lake levels 10-23-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014 Elevation (feet) 390.36 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 318,800 33% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 220 Outflow 1,035 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,449.97 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.59 Outflow […]

Weather stats 10-21-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

Building permits 10/13-17/2014

Permits issued 10/13 to 10/17/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $15,189 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $354,657 2 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $40,900 1 BUILDG – REMODL – WAREHS $7,500 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $75,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $17,880 1 ELCTRC […]

September unempoyment rate dips

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in September 2014, down from a revised 6.9 percent in August 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for California and 5.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Belltower: Oakland Aviation Museum

Recently I had occasion to visit the Oakland Aviation Museum, located at 8252 Earhart Road in Oakland. It’s not on the level of the March Air Force Base Museum in Riverside or the Pima Air and Space Museum in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Ariz. But it has one airplane none of the […]

EID backs state water bond

With the prospect of some Proposition 1 money coming their way, the directors of the El Dorado Irrigation District unanimously voted Oct. 14 to endorse the state water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. EID’s lobbyist, Rob Reeb, highlighted some beneficial aspects of the state water bond for the EID board. Reeb not only worked on […]

Lake levels 10-16-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014 Elevation (feet) 391.92 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 328,100 34% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 841 Outflow 1,033 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Oct. 16, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,450.64 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 29,005 71% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 1.07 Outflow […]

Tunnel repair to take 5 months

March 1, 2015, is the target date for completion of the Esmeralda Tunnel rehab. The 1,000-foot-long tunnel built in 1930 had a partial cave-in 150 feet in from the upstream entrance. The collapsed section of the timber-lined portion of the tunnel set off an alarm for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s hydro crew and automatically […]

Weather stats 10-14-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Oct 84 52 0.00 2-Oct 93 51 0.00 3-Oct 100 58 0.00 4-Oct 101 60 0.00 5-Oct 99 58 0.00 6-Oct 101 57 0.00 7-Oct 100 59 0.00 8-Oct 94 55 0.00 9-Oct 93 55 0.00 […]

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. […]

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