PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Michael Raffety

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. […]

Lake levels 8-7-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Aug. 7, 2014 Elevation (feet) 402.89 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 398,900 41% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 890 Outflow 1,480 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. Aug. 7, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,457.45 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 32,759 80% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0.03 Outflow […]

Weather stats

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 August rainfall to date 0.00 140-year average rain for month of […]

Lake levels 8-1-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. Aug. 1, 2014 Elevation (feet) 403.97 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 406,400 42% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,383 Outflow 1,480 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. July 31, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,458.15 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,130 86% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0 Outflow […]

Weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Jul 105 70 0.00 2-Jul 106 69 0.00 3-Jul 101 68 0.00 4-Jul 99 69 0.00 5-Jul 106 68 0.00 6-Jul 101 68 0.00 7-Jul 105 69 0.00 8-Jul 102 70 0.00 9-Jul 104 69 0.00 […]

Relief temporary for Outingdale

El Dorado Irrigation District temporarily lifted drought watering restrictions in the Outingdale service area during the Sand Fire. General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported July 28 that the Outingdale water tank was filled and an emergency generator was ready to keep the water lines charged for fire suppression purposes. Once the threat of fire has passed, […]

Building permits 7/21-25/2014

Permits issued 7/21 to 07/25/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – TOWR-C $25,000 2 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,402,009 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $98,956 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $24,964 3 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $1,359,420 1 BUILDG – NEW – TEMP-C $56,192 4 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 7-29-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Jul 105 70 0.00 2-Jul 106 69 0.00 3-Jul 101 68 0.00 4-Jul 99 69 0.00 5-Jul 106 68 0.00 6-Jul 101 68 0.00 7-Jul 105 69 0.00 8-Jul 102 70 0.00 9-Jul 104 69 0.00 […]

Belltower: Bring on the killer robots, but not grizzlies

The same people who brought us the Internet are now working on robots for the Army. I’m talking about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known DARPA. While DARPA is working on killer robots, there are groups working to stop the Army robots, specifically Human Rights Watch. Look for the United Nations to next work […]

Lake levels 7-24-14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. July 24, 2014 Elevation (feet) 405.6 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 417,900 43% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 1,317 Outflow 2,023 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 8 a.m. July 24, 2014 Elevation (ft) 3,458.85 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 33,567 82% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 0 Outflow […]

Building permits 7/7-11/2014

Permits issued: 7/7 to 07/11/2014 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $29,582 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $127,093 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $19,361 3 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $1,229,964 1 BUILDG – REACT – 1-FMLY $55,999 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $8,000 2 BUILDG […]

Weather stats 7-22-14

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Jul 105 70 0.00 2-Jul 106 69 0.00 3-Jul 101 68 0.00 4-Jul 99 69 0.00 5-Jul 106 68 0.00 6-Jul 101 68 0.00 7-Jul 105 69 0.00 8-Jul 102 70 0.00 9-Jul 104 69 0.00 […]

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