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Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation, says Texas A&M team

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 […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in News | 1 Reply

Close your eyes & relax

Make time for a massage; your body and mind will thank you Brooks Rollins Massage Envy Benefits to getting regular massage Massage can help with the physical and the mental/emotional, from the everyday to the life-long: improved posture, range of motion in joints, circulation and enhanced immune system; reduced pain and headaches, lower blood pressure, […]

County roads budget a wrong turn

EDITOR: Readers who read my letter about forming a Transportation Commission will understand my reasoning after a review of the Transportation Department proposed 2015-16 budgets available at budget information FY 2015-16. In the department overview section, the magic number is $87,686,012 in expenditures vs. revenue of $87,134,790 thus leaving net cost to the county of $551,222 […]

Thieves steal the Democrat’s change

Thieves busted the locks off multiple coin-operated newspaper racks, including those belonging to the Mountain Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, in the early morning hours of July 11. Racks affected include those in front of the Pollock Pines Post Office on Sanders Drive, in front of the Valero gas station on Pony Express Trail […]

Carson Creek plans moving forward

Two Carson Creek planned development housing projects were reviewed by the El Dorado County Planning Commission at its July 9 meeting. Part of the 1997 Carson Creek Specific Plan, 140 residential lots in Unit 3 of the plan gained approval from the commission. Consisting of a little more than 19 acres, the El Dorado Hills property is located south of Golden Foothill […]

More grand jury gobbledy-gook

While the precursor of the grand jury system dates back beyond the Magna Carta (which just had its 800-year anniversary on June 15), after reading the political claptrap from the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury it appears that its usefulness has passed. One of the 2014-15 reports, “Time to Admit & Correct a Mistake,” […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago July 13, 1990 Road fees passed by supervisors By URSULA ROSE The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved of road improvement fees for Bassi Road in Lotus, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills at its meeting on Tuesday. All fees will be charged this fall, said Scott Chadd, transportation director. The Department […]

El Dorado Transit overhauling services

El Dorado Transit on July 6 will introduce a package of new and improved services that will make riding public transit in El Dorado County easier and more affordable. El Dorado Transit’s local route network, which includes service in Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, is getting an overhaul. […]

Feeling sorry for Chris Daley

EDITOR: After reading a negative letter to the editor regarding Chris Daley’s column on May 20, and yet another on May 25, I had to offer a different point of view. Chris takes current topics and with much humor and common sense and puts out an entertaining piece. I personally look forward to reading his […]

Heard over the back fence: Find a friend

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. […]

Not so small impact of ‘not so big house’

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” […]

Another drought year ahead? Survey says: Most likely

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a little poetry

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: […]

Grow For It! Citrus Basics

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade Sunday

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 […]

Resort openings and tips for skiing attire

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 […]

Consumer alert: California newspaper subscription scam

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, […]

Best Plumbing: Conforti Plumbing

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 […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Clay Street Project

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 […]

Library in Cameron Park has a fresh look

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 […]

Approval of Green Valley project rescinded

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 […]

Expo to showcase everything healthy

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Book publishing tips offered

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 […]

Not worth mentioning

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 […]

Mountain Democrat wins five statewide newspaper awards

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 […]

Diamond, El Dorado plans adopted

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, […]

Newspapers in Education gives students new learning opportunities

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. […]

Heard over the back fence: St. Patrick’s Day March 17

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 an Affair of the Heart

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. […]

County OKs underground utilities for Diamond Parkway

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 […]

Community plan gets chewed up

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 […]

El Dorado, Diamond plans percolating

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.

Snow survey confirms drought

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 …

Edie Bullard invites you to her palace

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. […]

Toxic cloud

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 […]

Rock doc: Kicking the habit this year

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 […]

Duty: Army National Guard Pvt. Avery L. Boothe

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: No improvements likely anytime soon

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 […]

Hwy 50: Signal shift to ease fall backups

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 […]

Grow for it!: Ever-blooming, ever-beautiful orchids

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 […]

Grow For It! Plants for privacy

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 […]

Grow For It! Storing the harvest: A cool problem

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 […]

Hyperlocal meltdown

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 […]

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Google puts El Dorado Transit “on the map”

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Sports scene: July 30, 2015

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On tap

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Le brothers tee off on world course

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Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

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Taz second behind Park Terrace

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Local players in national tournament

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Storm warnings to continue

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Mother Lode Art Exhibit — poetry in art

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Things to do: July 31, 2015

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Tahoe homes match the priceless view

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New dance studio leaps onto scene

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August is Toy Train Month at Railroad Museum

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Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda L. Elsom

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Duty: Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard

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Duty: Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes

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Music Circus presents ‘West Side Story’

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Tribe of the Red Horse plays Sutter Creek

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Memorable fundraiser at Imagination Theater

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All were aboard for Train’s Tahoe stop

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Take a musical journey at SummerFest

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Free painting demo by renowned artist

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