EDC News Roundup for Thursday 6-26
Ross sets opening date for Placerville store
Sonya Sorich | Sacramento Business Journal | Jun 25, 2014
A new Ross Dress for Less store will open in Placerville next month. The store in the Prospector’s Plaza shopping center will hold its grand opening July 19, according to Ross spokeswoman Connie Wong. The center is located on Missouri Flat Road north of Highway 50...
Read more here: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/06/25/ross-sets-opening-date-for-placerville-store.html
El Dorado County wants ideas for balancing business growth
Ben van der Meer | Sacramento Business Journal | Jun 24, 2014
After hearing business owners say traffic mitigation fees are a barrier to expansion, El Dorado County is looking for new ideas on how to balance growth with economic development.
The county released a request for proposal last week on two topics: New financing mechanisms for two phases of the Missouri Flat traffic plan, and new ways to pay for infrastructure necessary for expansion of three existing business parks. Claudia Wade, a senior civil engineer for the county, said the idea is that professional engineers, development and financing firms will step up with new ways to help the county create a sustainable jobs base...
Read more here: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/06/24/el-dorado-county-ideas-business-growth.html
Small farms: Big crowd at EID
Dawn Hodson | June 25, 2014
Almost 350 people attended a workshop on Monday as board members of the El Dorado Irrigation District held a hearing during the day and well into the evening on proposed new regulations that would determine who is and isn’t eligible to receive the Small Farm Rate for water. EID’s General Manager Jim Abercrombie explained the issue first arose after it was learned that certain customers were using agricultural water to fill their ponds. But that wasn’t the intent of the rate, he said, saying they wanted to protect the integrity of the rate program...
Read more here: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/small-farms-big-crowd-at-eid/
Lake Tahoe region rattled by 5 quakes – region long overdue for 7 magnitude quake
The Extinction Protocol | June 22, 2014
In less than 30 minutes, the Lake Tahoe area had 5 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 0.8 to 2.8 Friday evening. The first quake hit at 5:13 and was the strongest of the quintet, while the epicenter was 4.4 miles from Mt. Rose. A tsunami-producing fault in Lake Tahoe is overdue for another earthquake, scientists said in 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The West Tahoe Fault is capable of producing a magnitude-7.3 earthquake and tsunamis up to 30 feet (10 meters) high in the clear blue lake, where million-dollar homes line the shore, researchers said...
Read more here: http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/lake-tahoe-region-rattled-by-5-quakes-region-long-overdue-for-7-magnitude-quake/
Study: Groundwater withdrawals uplifting Sierra Nevada ???
Tom Lotshaw | Tahoe Daily Tribune |
Maybe man can move mountains. Researchers at University of Nevada, Reno, think rapid, ongoing uplift in the Sierra Nevada mountain range might be caused by extensive groundwater withdrawals in California’s Central Valley. The withdrawals have long been known to cause ground subsidence, with the valley floor falling as groundwater is pumped out. But the loss of the groundwater and its weight is actually causing the hard rock crust underneath to rise up, and lift the mountains with it, according to research published Wednesday in the science journal, Nature. “We first wrote two years ago about the rapid rise of the Sierra, with its 14,000-foot peaks in the south and 10,000-foot peaks at Lake Tahoe moving as much as 1 to 3 millimeters per year,” said Geoff Blewitt, at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology...
Read more here: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/snews/11421147-113/nevada-groundwater-valley-california
Person sought after Tuesday rollover wreck on U.S. 50
Tom Lotshaw | Tahoe Daily Tribune | 6/25/14
Authorities are looking for a person believed to have run away from the scene of an accident after a car flipped over on U.S. 50 near Echo Summit on Tuesday evening. The single-car wreck was reported at about 6:45 p.m. The wreck clogged traffic on the narrow two-lane highway east of South Lake Tahoe until authorities could drag the overturned car out of the roadway. A person was spotted running away from the wreck and down a steep embankment on the side of the highway.
Read more here: http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/11963211-113/person-wreck-car-highway
A GUIDE TO STAND UP PADDLING IN LAKE TAHOE: THE ABCS OF SUP
Lindsey Skinner | Tahoe's Best | 6/23/14
A Guide to Stand Up Paddling in Lake Tahoe. SUP (stand up paddleboarding) has been attracting people from all walks of life for awhile now, probably because it works great to tone the body and it’s just plain fun. Because you have to balance your body on the board, your core and legs get a workout in order to keep you from falling off, while the paddling itself incorporates cardio and strength training for an entire body, but low impact workout. SUP began long ago in Hawaii as a plausible way for beach guides to keep a watchful eye on tourists. It is now one of the most popular sports across the globe. Not only is it easy and fun, it’s a great way to stay in shape...
Read more here: http://www.tahoesbest.com/guide-stand-paddling-lake-tahoe-abcs-sup
Chateau Project Almost Finished in South Lake Tahoe
Paul Nelson | KTVN | Jun 24, 2014
Construction started on the Chateau Project back in August. In just a few weeks, 30,000-square-feet of retail space will be open for business just across the state line from Harvey’s. Crews are in the final stage of a $15 million project that's been in the works for the past several years. "The landscaping is going in, right now, as we speak. The painting is done. The walls are built. The structures are built, and they're ready for tenants to start moving in, the beginning of July," says B Gorman, President & CEO, Tahoe Chamber...
Read more here: http://www.ktvn.com/story/25861634/chateau-project-almost-finished-in-south-lake-tahoe
Fireworks shows get new sponsor
Griffin Rogers | Tahoe Daily Tribune | June 25, 2014
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority has turned over the financial reigns of two popular fireworks shows, following a recently settled lawsuit that nearly led to their cancellation. Funding for the Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks demonstrations will now be the responsibility of the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, which has already helped pay for the events in the past and has now agreed to be the sponsor. “I’ll just say that Nevada is a much friendlier place to shoot fireworks,” said LTVA Executive Director Carol Chaplin at a Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, “and that’s why we’ve done that.”...
Read more here: http://www.recordcourier.com/news/11962028-113/fireworks-july-shows-ltva
Donner Party had issues beyond cannibalism
Kathryn Reed | Lake Tahoe News | JUNE 24, 2014
Successfully crossing the Sierra in the winter of 1847 was part survival of the fittest, part luck and part tenacity. For the Donner Party, it was mostly tragic. And while much has been written about cannibalism that took place, that is not the focus of Mark McLaughlin’s book “The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm”. McLaughlin spoke last week to a full room at the South Lake Tahoe Library. His book, published in 2007, centers much on the weather. It was one of those epic winters, where winter started in October.
Read more here: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2014/06/donner-party-had-issues-beyond-cannibalism/
El Dorado Hills Town Center needs housing to thrive
Patrick Stelmach | June 25, 2014
Strolling down Town Center Boulevard recently during a festival, seeing the streets and sidewalks packed with smiling faces, makes me proud to be a resident of El Dorado Hills. Open street events, when our Town Center is closed off to vehicle traffic and transformed into a public plaza, like the recent Art & Wine festival or the upcoming 4th of July celebration, make me feel like we have something really special in the foothills. Musicians, painters, vintners, brewers, jewelers, carpenters, sushi chefs – all coming together to create community, if only for a Sunday afternoon. Why can’t we have this scene every day?...
Read more here: http://www.edhtelegraph.com/article/town-center-needs-housing-thrive
El Dorado County vintner gambles on business
Penne Usher | Jun 24 2014
It was a gamble 100 years ago to purchase the property and the Estey family is gambling on success with their new winery. William Estey said his grandfather won the property, about 12 miles south of El Dorado Hills, a century ago in a poker game. “For a single gold piece, he ended up buying the property on April 14, 1914,” he said...
Read more here: http://www.edhtelegraph.com/article/el-dorado-county-vintner-gambles-business
Drought hasn’t dried up thirst for pools
Art Garcia | Telegraph Correspondent | Jun 25 2014
Despite one of the worst droughts in California history, swimming pools are still making a splash with homeowners and homebuyers in the El Dorado Hills and Folsom areas. Pool construction sales are “going gangbusters,” said Mike Gootee, owner with brother Jim and their wives of American Pools in Folsom. “Pools use up less water in the same space that grass takes up,” he said when asked how the drought and watering restrictions have impacted the company, which has been in business almost 30 years. “Pools use less water in an area, if grass is being replaced,” he said...
Niello announces he will step down as Sacramento Metro Chamber’s CEO
Cathy Locke | Jun. 24, 2014
Roger Niello, president and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, announced that he will leave the post he has held for the past 21/2 years. Niello notified the chamber’s executive committee Tuesday that he will not seek renewal of his contract at the end of the year. “I accepted the job on the basis of what I called a limited term not to exceed five years,” Niello said. At the end of two years, he asked to continue on a year-to-year basis.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/24/6509459/niello-announces-he-will-step.html