Mike Roberts

Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Stormwater runoff in EPA’s sights

If you printed and shredded all the federal, state and local research and regulations on stormwater runoff, along with the reams of strategy and sustainability plans, the paper mountain would dwarf Bob Lilly’s 550 tons of shredded carpet. A landmark 2008 study by the National Research Council found runoff to be the major source of […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in News | Tagged

Carpet recycling gains traction

Californians began paying 5 cents per square yard to fund a carpet recycling program in 2011, courtesy of Assembly Bill 2398. The program is administered by the Carpet America Recover Effort, and overseen by CalRecycle. It currently costs $78 per ton to dispose of old carpet in El Dorado County. Area carpet recyclers, set up […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Old carpet fuels sustainability project

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Kyburz memorial celebrates family’s role in history

On a bright Saturday morning during the sesquicentennial year of the nation’s Civil War, Samuel E. Kyburz, a veteran of that war, received a proper military memorial service in the Clarksville Cemetery located on the rocky hill immediately east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, where records show he was laid to rest in 1917 […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Estimating transit demand is tricky business

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission recently unveiled a comprehensive assessment of public transportation alternatives and costs in El Dorado Hills, and took an analytical approach to the murky task of estimating transit demand. The study, conducted by LSC Transportation Consultants in Tahoe City, used data from the American Community Survey, which is part of […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Daily bus service unlikely in El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills is the largest foothill community along the Highway 50 corridor, and the only one without local fixed-route bus service. Would El Dorado Hills residents use local bus service if it were available? A recent study suggests that a flexible, well-planned route in the north-south core of El Dorado Hills on weekdays would […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

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