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Outside with Charlie: Avalanche awareness

Winter has returned with a roar thanks to a freight train of storms that graced us over the last week. If you’ve been here very long, you know that predicting what winter brings is risky. The storms came in with lots of moisture and higher snow levels. The Pineapple Express has rolled over us before […]

Be aware of avalanche danger

Sheriff John D’Agostini and the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services along with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit want to remind all backcountry enthusiasts to be cautious of current avalanche conditions. As of this morning, avalanche conditions are being reported as considerable. This latest storm brought heavy wet snow, which adds to the […]

Backcountry Ball benefits avalanche center

Sugar Bowl Resort will host the Backcountry Ball on Friday, Dec. 13 — an evening of food, drink and music benefitting the Sierra Avalanche Center that will feature a presentation by legendary big mountain snowboarder, Jeremy Jones. The event will be held at Sugar Bowl Resort’s Mt. Judah Lodge from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Outside with Charlie: Avalanche awareness

Snow in the mountains always brings unfettered joy and fun. But Snow in the mountains also means avalanches. Recently, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Donner Ski Ranch had avalanches in which skiers were trapped and subsequently died. If avalanches can happen at the ski resorts, what happens in the back country? What happens are avalanches. Some […]

Excessive snowfall heightens the dangers of avalanches

El Dorado County is fortunate to have many opportunities for downhill and cross country skiing. From late fall through late spring, snow falls on the eastern side of the county. Sometimes it snows just a bit and other times, the snowpack measures 50 feet or more. This is one of those years. Snow started falling […]

Baseball: Crushers takes tournament

ELK GROVE — The El Dorado Hills Crushers 14U baseball team notched another championship after winning the All World Baseball Edge of Darkness Tournament in Elk Grove. The combination of good pitching, strong defense and abundant hitting up and down the lineup allowed  the Crushers to go a perfect 4-0 against tough opponents, including local […]

University professor to be honored at National Groundwater Expo

RENO, Nev. – Scott Tyler, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, will receive the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo in Nashville, Tenn., in December. “The National Groundwater Association is an organization that I have benefited from tremendously over a long period of time,” […]

Horoscope, Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cancer New Moon Eve The eve of the new moon warrants a you-to-you meeting. The agenda should include a review of what did and didn’t work over the past four weeks. (With Mercury retrograde, we’ve been thinking about this anyway, so there are probably a few standout examples.) Set new goals. Tomorrow is an ideal […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Up in the air

For search-and-rescue dogs, saving lives is all in a day’s work. But these furry heroes don’t all work the same. Nose to the ground. Nose in the air. Not to oversimplify things, but up or down, it’s all in the position of the nose. Trackers, or tracking dogs, put their nose to the ground and […]

A dose of Dan: Who do Americans trust? Actors and athletes apparently

For years, Sports Illustrated has collected and featured bizarre, zany or just plain disappointing weekly reports from the world of sports entitled, “This week’s sign the apocalypse is upon us.” I haven’t read Sports Illustrated recently, but I fondly recall the unique section of the magazine and consciously apply its title in my mind to […]

Outside with Charlie: Scenic treks

Snowshoe enthusiasts have to go high into the mountains for good conditions. The area around Echo Summit is a good place right now. Echo Summit is 7,382 feet in elevation. Just short of the summit if you come from the west is Johnson Pass Road. Take this road and drive 1/2 mile to the Snow Park. The […]

Kirkwood offers backcountry tours

KIRKWOOD — With over 260 inches of snow for the season allowing the resort to build the cat road to access out-of-bounds terrain, Kirkwood Mountain Resort has launched their signature Expedition:Kirkwood Cat Tours. E:K Cat Tours take advanced skiers and riders on an adventure to hunt down fresh turns with a focus on backcountry education […]

Mosquito Bridge replacement studied

Residents who use Mosquito Road are more than familiar with the old bridge that crosses the South Fork American River a few miles northeast of Placerville. It’s been there a long, long time.

Now, the Transportation Division of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency is …

January is Learn to Ski/Snowboard Month

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Following one of the snowiest starts to the season in recent years, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort have a broad offering of learning opportunities for those who want to improve their skiing and riding skills this winter. January is recognized nationally as “Learn to Ski […]

Outside with Charlie: Less rain needed

Just when it looked like a never-ending season of snow, the pineapple express shows up. Lots of moisture coming out of the pacific straight from Hawaii, which when translated means “warm,” meeting up with the low pressure that pushes it onshore. The result is rain, lots of it. The other result is high snow levels. […]

See celluloid adventures at Tahoe film fest

When it comes to adventure sports films, there’s the edge of insanity and then there’s the abyss. For 10 years the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival has taken its viewers on a celluloid and digital tour filled with rapid-succession footage and no-holds-bar outdoor drama played out across continents, continental shelves and all points in between. The […]

California rambling: Farming snow

Farmers and ski area operators have a lot in common. Despite their best planning, ski areas are, ultimately, at the mercy of the weather. Last winter, the weather wasn’t kind to California’s ski areas. Snow needed in November and December didn’t fall until March. By then, skiers and riders had committed to other sports. Things […]

It is a perfect storm of activities at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Visitors to America’s favorite lake (USA Today, Aug. 2012) can expect a winter of major content as Tahoe South ( resorts are poised with prime attractions, sizzling special events and a combination of unmatched outdoor recreation and nighttime amenities. “The destination is on a major uptick with a record-breaking summer and […]

‘Tahoe Trap’ is captivating

Book review Book: “Tahoe Trap” Author: Todd Borg Publisher: Thriller Press, 351 pages, published August 2012 Available: Local book stores, $16.95 soft cover or $4.99 Kindle version. It’s a long drive from Stockton to Tahoe, but with author Todd Borg at the controls, it’s a fast one. “Tahoe Trap,” Borg’s 10th and newest novel, […]

‘Little Sluice’ restoration brings e-mail flood

Within the space of a few hours on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Mountain Democrat had received well over 100 e-mails — copies of letters sent to each of the five members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Most in a similar format, the writers pleaded, asked politely, urged, cajoled and begged supervisors not to move ahead with planned maintenance on the Rubicon Trail scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28.

Many of the letters came from off-roading clubs and residents of Northern California, but a significant number were sent by folks from Utah, Georgia and parts in between.

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California rambling: The hidden wonder

There’s a great engineering accomplishment near El Dorado County that was once described as rivaling the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt. Its construction changed our nation and world history and yet, today it is mostly hidden and forgotten. The transcontinental railroad is a storied chapter in the history of the West. […]

Belltower: Rubicon Springs Hotel a fascinating story

I was intrigued and just plain astounded when reading staff writer Wendy Schultz’ account of Sierra Nevada Phillips. What impressed me most was the fact that Sierra bought the Rubicon Springs in 1888 from George and John Hunsucker for $5,500 in gold coins. Assuming those were $20 double eagle gold pieces, the gold content alone […]

The Weekly Daley — It’s just not that bad

Rick Santorum was screeching the other night about how our American Republic is no more, and only Mitt Romney (now) can restore it. He used to say only he could do that but of course that’s a whole other issue. The illegal,” unconstitutional Obamacare” was Armageddon a year ago, according to John Boehner. Then it […]

Agenda 21: The 1% solution

Editor’s note — Agenda 21 is a topic of conversation at Tea Party meetings and coffee shops. This is Part IV of a four-part analysis series examining the issues associated with Agenda 21. Part I ran May 18,  Part II ran Monday and Part III ran Wednesday.   “In the next century, nations as we […]

Missing skier found at 10,000-foot level

Searchers located and are in the process of retrieving the body of a skier, who has been missing in Mono County for nearly two weeks. Boris Avdeev, 31, of Ann Arbor, Mich., an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19. His body […]

Outside with Charlie: An inside look at snow control on Highway 50

From the early snow in Autumn to the closing day at Tahoe ski resorts, you’ve been heading up Highway 50 for fun on the slopes and in the back-country. Through rain, wind and all kinds of snow storms over Echo Summit, you and yours have made it to Sierra-at-Tahoe, or into the Lake Tahoe Basin, […]

Outside with Charlie: Cross country skiing

The ski resorts are absolutely thrilled with the new snow that’s fallen. In conversations with Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Steven Hemphill, PR Director, the news is simple: continued good conditions, and a season that has gained some additional time. Back-country skiers are finally finding enough snow to make it worth their time. For those of us who stick […]

Heavenly Mountain Resort helps non-profits with grants

Heavenly Mountain Resort announced that 47 local non-profit organizations will receive cash grants and in-kind donations for the 2011-12 season through the Vail Resorts Echo program. “We are very proud to be able to give back to the local communities where our employees live, work and recreate. These local non-profits should be recognized and rewarded […]

UNR using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

RENO, Nev. — Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno, is funded by the […]

Closet hang ups

There’s always a trigger, experts say. When someone finally checks into rehab or jumps off a bridge or breaks down and organizes his closet, some event sets it off. For me it was moving to a house with smaller closets. While I considered pitching myself off a bridge, I settled on getting smarter about closet […]

Heavenly Resort wins safety awareness award

The National Ski Areas Association recently honored Heavenly Mountain Resort with one of its annual National Ski Area Safety Awards. Heavenly won the Best Safety Week Program, given to the resort that did the best job of educating employees and guests about skiing and snowboarding responsibly. Heavenly shared this honor with Vail Mountain. “Our Safety […]

Kayakers eye loose logs

Reports of hundreds of stray logs turned loose into the South Fork of the American River had local kayakers, property owners and river users buzzing Wednesday morning. In a widely circulated e-mail, Bert Wells, a resident in the Chili Bar area noted that he had counted as many as 60o big logs floating downstream from […]

‘Know when to walk away, know when to run’

Sometimes our ego gets us into situations where we should not be and our pride keeps us there. If you live long enough you develop the good sense of walking away from bad situations. Years ago I nearly lost a good horse and came close to killing myself while crossing an avalanche slide on the […]

Caltrans to close Hwy 50 for repairs

Local motorists traveling to South Lake Tahoe next month will have to go the long way around. The state Department of Transportation will close Highway 50 for approximately two weeks while construction crews work to replace the old stone barriers that have kept eastbound vehicles on the road for seven decades. Weather permitting, the project […]

All volunteer group patrols the backcountry

Cross country skiing has always been part of the fabric of winter recreation in El Dorado County. The most famous cross country skier from our area was Jon Torsteinson-Rue, a Norwegian who grew up in the Telemark region of Norway. He emigrated to America and changed his name to John A. Thompson. We know him […]

Outside with Charlie: Be safe

Going into the forest any time of year requires planning and common sense. Heading out in the winter requires more planning, more common sense and a good deal of knowledge about winter in the woods. Downhill skiers know that ski resorts take safety quite seriously. Ski area boundaries are well defined and qualified members of […]

Heliskiing offered on more than 100,000 acres in the Lake Tahoe area

LAKE TAHOE — Pacific Crest Heli-Guides in partnership with HeliTahoe has officially added heliskiing to the world-class skiing and snowboarding options available to guests visiting Lake Tahoe. Capitalizing on the deepest early season snowpack in more than a half century, a lucky group of eight pioneering souls joined two of the company’s founding guides on […]

Expedition: Kirkwood expands into new hub

KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood Mountain Resort is hosting the grand opening of Expedition: Kirkwood Outfitters on Saturday, Jan. 29. Expedition: Kirkwood is North America’s first and California’s premiere resort-based high alpine adventure program offering guests a range of specialty clinics, private guiding and intro to backcountry courses. The flagship product for Expedition: Kirkwood is a Powder Cat […]

Snowboarder’s death brings heightened safety awareness

Each ski season tragedy occurs on the slopes nationwide and awakens people to the inherent dangers that can occur in this winter sport. The latest reminder that skiing and snowboarding can result in tragic consequences occurred last week when emergency search crews discovered the body of snowboarder Shawnte Marie Willis at Alpine Meadows ski resort. […]

Tahoe Rim Trail celebrates Tahoe’s winter trails

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for its annual National Winter Trails Day. Come participate in a day of winter recreation, presentations and activities on Saturday, Jan. 8, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be held near the west end of Tahoe Meadows on the south side of […]

Search called off for missing hiker

Tahoe Daily Tribune INCLINE VILLAGE — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has suspended its search for a Reno hiker, saying it’s unlikely he’s still alive after four days in the heavy snow and bitter cold. The announcement was made late Wednesday after a 76-hour search by regional rescue crews. Rick Gentry, 55, of Reno, was […]

Search for missing hiker suspended due to weather

Tahoe Daily Tribune INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Regional emergency crews, including Search and Rescue personnel from El Dorado County, have temporarily suspended a search for a missing hiker due to concerns over visibility and avalanche potential, officials said Tuesday. “As soon as conditions permit, we will resume the search,” said Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman […]

Tahoe Rim Trail group offers speaker series

The winter season is right around the corner, and soon the Tahoe Rim Trail will be under snow. But that doesnÕt mean you canÕt get out and enjoy it during the winter months. What should you do? ThatÕs the focus of the TRTAÕs October Speaker Series. Learn how to survive an avalanche, the tricks of […]

A dose of Dan: Longing for nature in the digital age

Democrat columnist You have to love living in the digital age. Admittedly, there are times when we all experience information overload, but advancements brought on by the digital age have benefited all walks of life in areas too vast to name. Yet many of us go through times when being connected digitally causes us to […]

Global warming mass delusion

Placerville EDITOR: The following quote from Lawrence Solomon of CanadaÕs National Post quite aptly addresses John GaronÕs stubbornly clinging to the myth of anthropogenic global warming: ÒFour years ago, when I first started profiling scientists who were global warming skeptics, I soon learned two things: Solar scientists were overwhelmingly skeptical that humans caused climate change […]

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