COLLEGE STATION,Texas – A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean’s subsurface provides clues as to why the Earth’s climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns, according to climate scientists at Texas A&M University. Geological oceanographer Matthew Schmidt and two of his graduate students teamed up with Ping Chang, a physical oceanographer and […]
ROOKIE COMPUTER LESSONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering, by appointment, free beginning computer lessons for seniors. These three 1-hour lessons are offered to seniors, age 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers, including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. […]
Sixteen years ago this month, while covering real estate for the Los Angeles Times, I interviewed a little-known architect on the verge of becoming a household name. Seven months earlier, in October 1998, Sarah Susanka’s first book, “The Not So Big House” (Taunton Press), hit store shelves. By May 1999, “The Not So Big House” […]
California may be looking at a fourth year of drought based on the latest snow survey conducted Jan. 29 at Phillips Station.
With sunny weather and not much snow on the ground to measure, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources, stuck a pole into the ground and came up largely empty.
The survey found a snow depth of 7.1 inches and a water equivalent of 2.3 inches, which is just 12 percent of the long-term average for this time of year at that particular snow course.
These results are down from measurements done Dec. 30 when there was 21.5 inches of snow on the ground with a water content of 4 percent.
“In a normal year we’d have about five feet of snow depth at this location this time of year,” said Gehrke.
Statewide, the snow water equivalent as measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches, or 25 percent of the historical average. That’s down from …
EDITOR: During the early 1930s, 25 states revised their laws to authorize the issuance of script to remedy their shortage of currency. In addition to script issued by states, many business concerns and even individuals also issued script. Script was issued because there were not enough federal reserve notes in circulation to facilitate trade during […]
Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.” SECRETS OF SUCCESS: […]
Citrus plants are evergreen trees and shrubs that offer attractive form and glossy deep green foliage year round; they flower with a wonderful fragrance and produce delicious fruit. Citrus require full sun and require protection from frost. They are not cold hardy and need special care during the winter months. Some varieties are much more […]
MODESTY IS BETTER: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Unless you’re an owl, stop tooting your own horn.” DON’T FORGET THE PARADE: The annual Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, on Broadway and Main Street, Placerville. Come early and get a good spot. Don’t forget your lawn chair! HOLLY FAIR: Episcopal Church […]
Opening days • Boreal Mountain: Nov. 18 • Northstar California: Nov. 21 • Heavenly Montain Resort: Nov. 21 • Mt. Rose: Nov. 21 • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 22 • Squaw Valley: Today • Sugar Bowl: Today *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly earlier this month Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left […]
SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a consumer alert to Californians regarding a scam involving fake newspaper subscription mailings. Individuals throughout California have recently received deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions. The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a local newspaper, […]
Voted the best plumbing business for 12 years in a row is Conforti Plumbing. Locally owned and operated for 36 years, the company can be found at 6080 Pleasant Valley Road, #C, in El Dorado. Offering comprehensive plumbing services, Conforti can do faucet replacements, fix leaks, install recirculation pumps, do bathroom and kitchen remodels, do new construction […]
EDITOR: I’m writing this in response to two recent letters regarding the proposed Clay Street realignment project. Moving Clay Street across the Ivy House parking lot would create a four-way stop at Cedar Ravine and Main Street. The project is designed to improve traffic circulation and address increased traffic on each of these roads. It […]
The makeover may have taken several weeks, but the El Dorado County Library in Cameron Park has reopened looking ready to take on at least the next two decades. “The library got a 20-year face lift,” Cameron Park Library branch manager Nancy Owen-Hazard said. “We were on the (county) Capital Improvement Project list for 10 years and […]
As a result of successful litigation against the county, at its Sept. 16 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors was required to rescind its prior approval of the Green Valley Convenience Center. The development, which would include a convenience store, gas station, fast food outlet and car wash, was unpopular with many El Dorado Hills […]
What: Healthy Universe Expo Who: Healthcare practitioners Where: Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, June 28, 10 a..-7 p.m. Cost: Adults $5, 18 and under free, $5 parking fee Information: [email protected] If you haven’t got your health, what have you got? Before you can make the best choice for your health […]
FIRE IS NOT LOGICAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following quote: “How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?” HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK: Author Erin Dealey will offer tips and tricks regarding “Navigating the Wild World of Publishing” on Saturday, June […]
EDITOR: Many important topics are deemed unworthy of consideration by major mainstream media (MMM): 1) Fukushima: Considered perhaps 50 times more devastating than Chernobyl, the Fukushima atomic power plant continues to spew enormous amounts of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean each day. This potent radioactive material kills all life in its path, which is […]
The Mountain Democrat brought home five major awards from the 2013 Better Newspapers Contest Awards Show and Banquet held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose. The contest is sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. California’s oldest newspaper earned three first place and two second place awards in the category of weekly publications […]
The final draft of the Diamond and El Dorado Area Mobility and Sustainable Community Plan was adopted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission at its March 6 meeting. A report three years in the making, the plan is designed to address transportation circulation and other transportation improvements in the El Dorado-Diamond Springs area. Dan Bolster, […]
The value of reading as a predictor of success is well-documented, especially for children. Real-life reading, from newspapers and periodicals, broadens a child’s view of the world and the depth of their literacy. To support teachers and students in literacy and learning, the Mountain Democrat has participated in the Newspapers in Education program since 2002. […]
MATH IS NOT EASY: John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “There are 3 kinds of people in this world: Those that are good at math, and those that aren’t.” GET OUT THE GREEN! Today is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear green. When I was young, we had permission to pinch anyone who was not […]
Have a heart and treat that vital organ to the best possible care for a happy, healthy life. The importance of heart health is the focus of the annual Affair of the Heart, Marshall Medical Center’s popular event that includes guest speakers, health club vendors, health screenings, healthy food sampling, wine tasting and other treats. […]
A 4-1 majority of county supervisors created the Diamond Springs Parkway Underground Utility District Feb. 4. More precisely, the board passed a resolution that allows for formation of the district. The California Public Utilities Commission established tariff programs in 1967 whereby private companies such as PG&E and AT&T set aside funds exclusively for the purpose […]
Planners working on the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan must have thought they walked into a buzzsaw at Thursday’s El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting. As they sat in stunned silence, Dan Bolster, the senior transportation planner with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission and Adrian Engel of Echelon Transportation […]
With traffic flow being the driving force, a plan to enhance the communities of El Dorado and Diamond Springs is in the process of being drafted by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission.
Called the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan, the document not only addresses options for improving traffic circulation in the area, but also population growth, jobs and cityscape issues such as sidewalks, landscaping, bike paths and crosswalks with an eye for how those communities may look 10 to 20 years from now.
While a picturesque flurry of snow hit the Sierras this past week, it won’t have much impact on water supplies according to the most recent snow survey that was conducted last Thursday.
Part of a statewide assessment, the measurements at Phillips Station, near Echo Summit, revealed snow that was more air than water according to Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the California Department of Water Resources.
After taking seven measurements, he came up with an average depth of 12.4 inches of snow with a water content of 1.4 percent, which is only 7 …
Life’s hustle and bustle keeps people on the move. Work, school, kids and errands leave little time for anything else. Edie Bullard, owner of Time Out, wants all that worry and stress to melt away at her private resort and spa in Camino. The cosmetologist by trade celebrates 20 years of pampering this coming September. […]
The Pacific Northwest experienced a “cloud” of radiation after Japan’s monster tsunami sent three units of a power plant into meltdown following the March 11, 2011, Tōhoku magnitude 9.0 earthquake. That was pretty tame compared to what China has been sending us via the atmosphere — air pollution. It’s been going on for some time […]
Thirty years ago I was a light smoker. After several failed attempts to quit, I was able, for some reason, to go cold turkey and finally be done with tobacco. Maybe I got off easy. One thing is for sure: I don’t judge anyone who still smokes because I know some strong willed people who […]
Army National Guard Pvt. Avery L. Boothe has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT). During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first […]
Bass Lake Road area residents and developers again came up short on Tuesday Nov. 12, when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors quashed efforts to redesign Development Agreements it signed with the county a decade or more ago. Those DAs run for 20 years. The motion by District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago to continue […]
IS “EXERCISE” A DIRTY WORD? Neil Pfafman sent the following quotation: “Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise,’ I wash my mouth out with chocolate.” AVOID ADULTHOOD: John Chapman is to blame for the following T-shirt statement: “I have decided that I no longer want to be an ADULT! If anybody needs me, I’ll […]
Famous El Dorado County destinations such as Apple Hill, the Rubicon Trail and South Lake Tahoe are now easier to reach. In consultation with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, El Dorado County and the city of Placerville, Caltrans recently retimed the signal lights on U.S. Highway 50 in Placerville to facilitate eastbound and westbound […]
Are you the recipient of an orchid plant gift? Did the plant arrive with a beautiful and exotic-looking bloom but it hasn’t bloomed since? Read to find out how to encourage your orchid to bloom again. First, identify your orchid. If the plant did not come with a tag, the easiest way to identify it […]
To create your own space consider the following evergreen trees and shrubs to plant a screen. Popular and easy to grow is photinia, which is a dense growing shrub of bright green and red leaves that matures to dark green. It blooms summer white flowers and fall berries. Prune to shape the photinia before spring […]
So your garden has turned into a fountain of tomatoes, zucchini, peaches and cucumbers — how cool is that? You have them for dinner every night and give some away to neighbors and the local food bank. Now what? You might want to freeze, “can” or dry your harvest but that’s a topic for another […]
A year ago an assemblyman proposed a bill that would have allowed an Internet-only “news entity” to become adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation and thus qualified to publish legal notices. Fortunately that bill is dead. More than that the Internet scheme behind this whole bill is nearly deader than a doornail itself. We […]
Many drivers pass right by Sienna Ridge Road’s inconspicuous northern entrance off Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills, but soon that entrance will be moved to extend a new, realigned section of the roadway eastward from Serrano Parkway. Serrano Associates began the planned realignment of what was formerly known as Old Bass Lake Road […]
Placerville is one step closer to having a Ross Dress for Less store after the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the developer’s application on July 11. Up for consideration was a proposal by property owner, WRI Goldenstate LLC to tear down an existing 9,500-square-foot building in Prospectors Plaza and construct a new 25,000-square-foot building […]
Each year at this time thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaska stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas, and breathtaking vistas. In some places the ships can get up close and personal to dramatic scenes of glaciers “calving” ice that breaks off and falls into […]
As more and more Americans turn to alternative medicine in their pursuit of wellness, it is no wonder that similar treatments are finding their way into the world of animal care. Massage, acupuncture, laser and other techniques are now entering the mainstream. Pet massage Massage is a time-honored technique for improving blood circulation, gently breaking […]
Reducing traffic congestion while increasing economic development won out over arguments to keep the area’s rural appeal in the ongoing Diamond Springs Parkway debate. El Dorado County Supervisors voted unanimously late last month to authorize the department of transportation to keep moving forward on the estimated $25 million project. Part of the DOT’s recommended Capital […]
Staff from El Dorado County’s former Department of Transportation, now a division of the new Community Development Agency, presented its proposed Capital Improvement Projects list at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting. An annual exercise in long-range planning, the new CIP includes some projects from the 2012 list’s “future projects” element. “The purpose of the […]
The time has come. The time has come to pack my things and move on. With great regret and a heavy heart, I’m leaving the Mountain Democrat here at 1360 Broadway, my workplace for the past 13 years. I started here in this building a staff writer and leave as the Sports Editor. It’s been […]
Today’s newspaper is the last one this week that will be produced on a regular schedule. Friday’s and Monday’s papers will be produced early. The reason for this hurry-up schedule is that we are moving Thursday and Friday. At 2 p.m Thursday the computers and phones will be shut down and will be moved to […]