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Outside with Charlie: Avalanche beware

Those heading to the back country during winter on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles or any other type of gear should first check with the Sierra Avalanche Center Website at sierraavalanchecenter.org. When there’s snow on the ground in the high country, avalanches are always lurking around the edges. Experienced back country travelers know that conditions may look […]

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 […]

Charles Krauthammer: Pluto and us

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift? Meet New Horizons, arriving at Pluto […]

Life as I know It: Bike and hike again

Our daughter Karen’s first child was scheduled to be born in July of 1987. I said that if Peggy was willing, we would take the pickup with my bike and camping gear. The idea was that somewhere in Idaho I would get out and start riding the bike and she would drive on to Townsend, Mont. […]

Crafting a perfect gift for Mom

OK, kids, don’t try this at home. Dumping gobs of paint on the dining room table is not allowed, nor is slinging the paint wildly about the living room — but you can do both and not get into trouble at the Craft Castle in Cameron Park. In fact, Mom might even say, “Thanks.” Kids […]

El Dorado County man in Nepal quake

Bud and Jeannie Earnshaw have been glued to CNN since April 25, the day of the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. Their son, Chris Earnshaw, 42, was hiking his way up to the Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet when the quake happened.

After a couple of anxious days with no word about Chris or the friend he was climbing Mount Everest with, Bud was contacted by representatives of Bio Bio Expeditions Travel Medicine Trek, with the news that his son was OK and so was his friend, Chris Pereira. The two, although not doctors themselves, were part of a medical expedition studying treatment for …

North Lake Tahoe celebrates Easter

North Lake Tahoe is offering an eggstraordinary range of celebratory events this Easter. Eggs hunts and Easter bunnies are springing up in the mountains and lakeside venues are offering family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. Included in the North Lake Tahoe activities are: Egg Hunts Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt returns with the popular […]

Outside with Charlie: Snowshoe trek

Up Highway 88 there’s some good news for the snowshoe and cross country crowd. It’s hard to imagine when you drop down from Luther Pass onto Highway 89 and  see Hope Valley devoid of snow, but there are a couple of possibilities. A small bit of snow dropped over the weekend and added a few […]

Bob Malone and Trysette perform in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Bob Malone and Trysette on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Malone, currently John Fogerty’s keyboardist, has an impressive list of CD releases, playing New Orleans style blues, rock and more. His high energy blues, ballads and rock, gutsy vocals, and amazing piano virtuosity have impressed audiences around the world for years. […]

Antarctic climate change effects on ice shelf monitored 24/7 with fiber optics

RENO, Nev. – For the first time ever, scientists have recorded temperatures continuously at the bottom of an Antarctic ice shelf where warmer sea water threatens to erode the massive ice which, if it collapses and glacial melting occurs, could cause a 3-meter rise in ocean levels around the world. “This is the first time […]

Outside with Charlie: Some snow

The storm door has cracked open a bit. The recent storms brought high winds, lots of rain, and in the high country, snow. Now if the East Coast would just ship its storms out here … The resorts in Lake Tahoe, the ones that are open, all reported good new snow and very good ski […]

January is safety month at Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner is celebrating the National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA) National Safety Month by hosting a variety of fun events at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area on Jan. 17-19 to help promote safety education. National Safety Month is celebrated to educate skiers and snowboarders on improving one’s level of safety on the slopes. As part […]

Outside with Charlie: Cold hard facts

Last Sunday, autumn switched to winter as they quietly passed each other on the Solstice. Each day will get almost imperceptibly longer, all the way to the Vernal Equinox, when spring will take over. In the mean time, there is a lot to pay attention to if you are headed into the great outdoors. This […]

SLT Fire launching new STAT program

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department is launching a new program called STAT: South Tahoe Action Teams. This program is for community members to be trained by the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department as responders during times of crisis. Living in the Sierras brings the potential for large scale emergencies from winds, heavy snow, flooding, […]

Part II: Leaving the cross country resorts behind

Editor’s note: Charlie Ferris is the Mountain Democrat’s columnist on outdoor activities throughout the year. Below concludes his two-part feature on the different types of cross country skiing. The first part ran in Wednesday’s issue.  Cross-country skiing, as pointed out Wednesday, doesn’t fit into a simple category — especially true once you leave the cross-country resorts behind. […]

Where are you on the hoarding spectrum?

But I might need it. But it was expensive. But it was Mom’s. But it still works. But it was a gift. But I might lose weight. But it might be worth something. But it’s irreplaceable. But I don’t have time to deal with it. But, but, but. And so the clutter begins. The piles […]

As we were: Dogs get it done

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1989 Rescue dogs aid in quake search By JOHN SAMMON Judy Graham’s dogs Pepper and Roxie sniffed and poked through the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake, among the most courageous and dedicated of the emergency volunteers. The expertise two such valuable animals exhibited in the aftermath of the disaster came […]

No to Prop. 48

California already has 60 Indian casinos. Compare that to Reno, Nev., which has 16 and La Vegas, Nev., which has 108. What happens in Las Vegas should stay there. We don’t need Las Vegas in California. What Proposition 48 seeks is to ratify a deal to let the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians build […]

District leaders endorse McClintock for Congress

In a sign of the broad based district-wide support for Congressman McClintock’s re-election to California’s 4th Congressional District, local elected leaders across the district have endorsed his campaign. Congressman McClintock noted, “I am truly honored to have the support of so many local leaders from across the district. We share a common goal of restoring […]

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 (TahoeSouth.com) 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, Amazon.com $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 […]

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