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Mountain Counties keeps tabs on key water issues

At the joint meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Region 3 this fall in Auburn, approximately 85 people heard from state, legislative and water agency leaders about statewide efforts to reconcile competing water interests. Mountain Counties has been an active participant in these efforts. The […]

Caucus connects with Mountain Counties

Rich in natural resources, but with a small slice of the state’s population, the rural counties of California often band together to speak with a stronger voice on their issues of concern. California’s Legislative Rural Caucus was formed in 2003 as a bipartisan group of 50 members from both the Assembly and the Senate. The […]

Mountain Counties tour highlights Bear River Watershed

Bear River is not the longest river, nor is its watershed the largest, but it encapsulates many conditions found throughout the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Situated between the Yuba River to the north and the American River to the south, the Bear River is only 65 miles long from its source in Nevada County to […]

Mountain Counties water districts explore small hydro options

Until recently, small hydroelectric projects were too expensive and permits and licensing too time-consuming for water districts to consider. Now, a number of factors are coalescing to improve the desirability of adding small hydro projects to their district operations. On March 22 the Technical Advisory Committee of the Mountain Counties Water Resources District held a […]

Mountain Counties addresses climate change

On March 15, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, in conjunction with the Association of California Water Agencies Region 3, met at The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center in Auburn to hear the latest on climate change. THE QUESTION NASA defines climate change as changes in the long-term averages of daily weather. Long-term forecasts are […]

Mountain counties protecting source water

In view of recent and potential changes in water laws and regulations, water leaders in the Sierra Nevada mountain counties are concerned that the historic rights to the use of their waters are in jeopardy. At the quarterly joint meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) […]

Mountain Counties brings water and ag leaders together

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of County Water Agencies held their joint quarterly meeting on Sept. 18 at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis. The Blue Goose Event Center is a renovation project of the South Placer Heritage Foundation. Mountain Counties Chair Bill George, El Dorado Irrigation District president, welcomed 124 […]

Mountain Counties talks about connecting water and forest

Four specialists in water and forest management came together to talk about the connection at the quarterly meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association recently. The meeting was held at EID headquarters in Placerville. The panel members were: • Jim Branham, Sierra Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is a state agency under […]

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association grows in stature

The Mountain Counties Water Resources Association is exactly what the name describes. It is an association of 57 districts, agencies, cities, counties, professional consultants and regional agricultural interests that are dedicated to the management of water resources in California’s mountain counties. The Mountain Counties include the foothills and mountains of the western slope of the […]

Mountain Counties hears mixed panel speak

Members of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and the Association of California Water Agencies met jointly in Placerville last month at the El Dorado Irrigation District conference room in Placerville. The two organizations held their respective business meeting in the morning. The afternoon was devoted to a three-hour forum of experts on “The Future of […]

Mountain Counties association gears up for action

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, or Mountain Counties, as it is commonly called, has come full circle since it was formed in the 1950s. At that time, California initiated its State Water Plan that led to the creation of the dams, reservoirs and other water infrastructure operated by the state Department of Water Resources. It […]

Bird watching opportunities in Merced, Santa Barbara and Yolo counties

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program is offering new bird watching opportunities throughout the state. A total of 62 SHARE access permits will be awarded through a random drawing for 31 bird watching periods. Successful applicants will receive a SHARE access permit valid for […]

Mountain climbing mayor bids adieu

Placerville Mayor Pierre Rivas is off the City Council and on to other adventures. Tuesday, Dec.14, is Rivas’ last City Council meeting and the Kilimanjaro-climbing, Colorado River-rafting, adventure-loving former mayor will go off into the sunset after newly elected City Council members Wendy Mattson, Patty Borelli and Carl Hagen are sworn in. “The timing is […]

The grand jury is a wonderful thing; Mountain Democrat not so much

Pollock Pines EDITOR: Periodically, but every so often, the Mountain Democrat, has to bring up the fact that in its opinion, El Dorado grand juries are a bunch of uneducated idiots. In an editorial dated June 2009 after the 2008-2009 Grand Jury released its report, it states, ÒPeriodically Ñ at 10-year intervals, it seems Ñ […]

Retain Joe Harn as auditor

Whether it’s $150 haircuts for welfare recipients or secret pay raises for some favored appointed department head, we have always counted on El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn to bring these government misdeeds to light. When Supervisor Charlie Payne disappeared from office, moving to Honduras with his girlfriend, Harn stopped his automatic check deposit and […]

State officials detail drought grants

Key state officials appeared in Placerville on April 4 to give area water purveyors the keys to the drought grant kingdom. The event was sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and took place in the large downstairs meeting room of the El Dorado Irrigation District headquarters on Mosquito Road. After the morning meeting […]

Everyone wins at the Nature Bowl

The spring-green grass at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma was crawling with kids on two recent sunny days — students from area schools intent on getting close to nature and taking their classroom learning to the source itself. The students participated in the 29th annual Nature Bowl, with the competition in Coloma […]

As we were: How steep is too steep?

25 Years ago March 10, 1989 Board requires agreement for steep driveways Before granting a variance of county encroachment standards for a driveway with a 35 percent grade in Marina Village Subdivision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is requiring both the property owner and the lien holder on property at 1998 Driftwood Circle to […]

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 […]

My turn: The view from the top

After three dry years, California and the nation are understandably focused on the immediate problems associated with water shortages. As stewards of the source of one-third of the waters that flow from the mountains to the valleys and through the Delta, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association takes a longer view and holds that investment in […]

The weekly Daley: Me and Shirley Temple

Reflecting on the death of beloved child star and later U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black took me way back in time to the day Shirley and I began our relationship. Now, my brother the conservative, as we reminisced the other night, tells a Shirley Temple story that I cannot corroborate, not that I doubt his […]

Dawn Durrett helps customers design their own

Dawn Durrett, owner of Dynamic Designs Screen Printing in Diamond Springs, has a big heart for young people. “I remember when my son was growing up. It cost quite a bit to participate in sports and other activities,” she said. “I do what I can to help.” As the owner of a screen printing business, […]

Water execs briefed on Water Action Plan

Going into the third year of minimal snow and rain, and with a long-term forecast for more of the same, a draft public review of the California Water Action Plan was released on Oct. 31. A briefing of the plan was presented to regional water agency and district managers, board members, and county supervisors in […]

Meet dog trails author

Dogs are certainly welcome (well-behaved, of course) to attend this free photo presentation on dog-friendly hiking trails which will inspire dogs to get out and take their humans for a hike. Debbi Preston, local author and dog-hiking enthusiast, will be discussing the benefits and tips about hiking together 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 22 […]

Petition brings reactions

By Wednesday afternoon, the local political grapevine was in full bloom. As county leaders learned about the petition filed Tuesday by the Rural Communities United, the Mountain Democrat tried to contact several county officials and other individuals involved in the initiative process. “I’m not quite certain what it means,” District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting said […]

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GDPUD reviews drought plan

With the state continuing to experience a dry winter, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Tuesday discussed what actions it might need to take in case of a drought. Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann reported that the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir is currently at 12,070 acre-feet — a reduction from last month of […]

Water conservation is the watchword

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors has not been asked to declare a Stage 1 Drought, but unofficially the district is urging customers to “reduce water consumption and conserve in every way possible,” according to a Water Supply Update presented by Director of Engineering Brian Mueller Jan. 13.

EID runs its fiscal year on a calendar basis and its water year begins in October. But Mueller noted that calendar year 2013 was the “driest on record.” He added that this is the second dry year in a row.

The seasonal rainfall total, beginning July 1, 2012 …

Drought worries

Rainfall so far this year has been stingy. There are two kinds of water years. The rain year started July 1, 2013, and ends June 30, 2014. All our local weather stats from PG&E and ourselves dating back to 1873 are based on that type of season. Water managers use a water year that starts […]

EID Q&A on Delta Plan

Q&A: Update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan In this edition of the Q&A, EID Director of Communications and Community Relations Mary Lynn Carlton talks with EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston and Deputy General Counsel Brian Poulsen about the progress on the BDCP. Q. In the May/June 2012 issue of the Waterfront, I spoke with […]

Briggs disagrees with editorial

EDITOR: Regarding your Jan. 1 “Goofy gavel” editorial I am not sure where to start. What comes to mind is my dad’s fond paraphrase of an Abraham Lincoln quote: “If you cannot beat a man with logic, you can always resort to calling him names.” I thought the Mountain Democrat stood for democracy and for […]

County labor negotiations

EDITOR: On Monday, Nov. 11, the Mountain Democrat ran a story about the recently ratified contract between the county and Local 1. Your readers may not be aware the county is also currently negotiating with a number of other employee groups. These employees include: probation officers, dispatchers, correctional officer and Department of Transportation employees, among […]

Elected department heads’ pay chopped

What began as a panel of red-faced county supervisors a couple of weeks ago has turned into an all out rout of county ordinances and policies regarding elected official compensation. Monday, during a special board meeting, supervisors voted 3-1 to overhaul a number of special bonus programs that benefited elected department heads for longevity, special […]

Nissensohn

EDITOR: Being intimately familiar with various death penalty cases in El Dorado County for the last 40 years, I must extend kudos to the DA’s office (a rare occasion) for the Nissensohn verdict. It was a complex, ancient case that lasted many months. Lawyers from both sides lasted in motel rooms far from home and […]

Discover Gold Country’s winemaking roots

Between the covers Book: “Images of America: Wineries of the Gold Country” Author: Sarah Lunsford Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, September 2013, 128 pages, softcover Cost: $21.99 In a sweep from Nevada County to Tuolumne County, including Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties, Sarah Lunsford takes the reader on a historical and pictorial journey into Gold Country […]

Who will protect water rights?

EDITOR: Two days after endorsing Richard Englefield’s opponent for EID Division 2, the Mountain Democrat leads its editorial “Water rights under attack,” with “the real challenge for the two new directors … is to hold on to what we have,” referring to current and potential water rights. Mr. Englefield’s opponent has on several occasions in […]

The Weekly Daley: Civic duty

I consider myself a pretty good citizen, reasonably community minded, generally willing to do my fair share. I don’t go out of my way to be involved but I don’t go out of my way not to be involved either. So it was that when I received a summons for jury duty last month, I […]

Supes want early look at development

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors took a tentative step toward altering how the process of future development might unfold. A 12-hour special board meeting Monday, Sept. 30, concluded with a 4-1 vote to create a new policy that will require development proposals to be submitted for early review by the Board of Supervisors. […]

Ordinance restricts future medical marijuana dispensaries

Following recommendations from its planning commission, El Dorado County ‘s Board of Supervisors Tuesday enacted two county ordinances governing medical marijuana cultivation and distribution. The new laws replace a two-year “urgency ordinance” adopted in October 2011 and establish guidelines for future regulation of medical cannabis within the unincorporated areas throughout the county. Empowered by California’s […]

My Turn: Watershed issues and natural resource management

When James Marshall knelt by the tailrace of his lumber mill on the bank of the American River in El Dorado County 150 years ago, the riches foretold by the nugget of gold he had found consumed his thoughts. Today, Californians understand the true, lasting riches around him were the renewable resources: the trees on […]

EID candidates: Dr. Dale Coco, Division 4

Running in El Dorado Irrigation District Division 4 is Dr. Dale Coco, 67. Coco’s campaign Website is coco4eid.com. A retired physician who lives in Cameron Park, Coco has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate from the University of Texas. He was chief of staff at Barton Memorial Hospital and served […]

EID candidates: Richard Englefield, Division 2

Running in El Dorado Irrigation District Division 2 is Richard Englefield, 71, of El Dorado. Englefield’s campaign Website is englefield4eiddirector.com. Englefield was employed for 32 years as an administrative analyst specialist in the computing support Department at California State University, Sacramento. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources from the same university. He served on […]

County critiques yellow-legged frog studies

Congressman Tom McClintock and seven other California representatives successfully petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the public comment period regarding the mountain yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad. The federal agency has proposed listing the two amphibians as endangered species and recommended a critical habitat designation that would effectively close about 2 million […]

Not believable

OK, so the County Economic Development Committee didn’t “want to clutter the Website with advertising. I didn’t think that was the direction we were going in,” Michael Ranalli told the Mountain Democrat. Ranalli also said,”But we do want ideas from vendors on how to pay the ongoing cost of maintaining the portal.” And that is […]

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Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

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Past due state taxes bring arrest

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Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

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Woman, dog back from Oso

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DA candidate to remain on ballot

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Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

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CPCSD seat unfilled

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District 4 candidate

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Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

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King of the West roars into Placerville

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First and goal: Bunt etiquette

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Roundup: April 17, 2014

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Plantastic sale this Saturday

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Spring art brightens government center

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Things to do: April 18, 2014

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Time out: A grand time at Grand China

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Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

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Student art featured for Third Saturday

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Promenade in high style

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Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

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Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

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Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

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See what is inside the vault

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Eggstravaganza

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Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

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Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

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Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

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Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

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Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

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Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

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KVIE calls for artists

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A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

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America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

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Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

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See wildflowers on train ride

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Easter at Northstar is family friendly

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Crime Log: March 28-30

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Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

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Fraud workshop scheduled

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