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Escape the drought with ‘Three Days of Rain’ at Big Idea Theatre

Big Idea Theatre continues its 2015 season, The New Classic, with the Pulitzer-Prize nominated “Three Days of Rain” by Richard Greenberg. Directed by long time company member, Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith, this will be her Big Idea Theatre directorial debut. “Three Days of Rain” explores the emotional backstory of a family’s past shrouded in mystery and betrayal […]

Comments Off / August 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Brightening up entryways during drought

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During the heat of summer there are many plants that can still add a little color to your landscape. A favorite and easy to grow is salvia, or sage, in hundreds of species. Salvia has fragrant foliage and flowers. Pineapple sage is stunningly bright and does smell like pineapple. Salvia prefers well-draining soil and some […]

Comments Off / July 30, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

My Turn: Bad policies fuel California’s drought crisis

We are currently in the midst of the fourth year of serious drought in California. Our politicians have worsened the crisis associated with this drought through bad policies for decades. Our state population has nearly doubled since 1979 but not a single storage reservoir has been built since then because of environmental opposition and lack […]

Comments Off / July 19, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Rid your garden of aphids: The drought-weakened plants are in peril!

By Charlie Basham UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  If you’re nurturing a small summer veggie garden, or just trying to keep your favorite plants alive during our merciless drought, you need to be on guard and protect your garden investment from bugs. The dry summer weather is a veritable vacation for hungry bugs — […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: This drought emergency is ‘nuts’

“This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law … It affects lawns. It affects people — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” — Gov. Jerry Brown So there you have it. Our drought-time governor has officially declared an emergency. We’re still in a drought […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Drought relief hopes melting away

Frank Gehrke, Department of Water Resources chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys, uses a hollow tube to collect a snow sample during the March 3 snow survey at Phillips Station near Sierra at Tahoe. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The results of Tuesday’s snow survey at Phillips Station were disappointing with an average of 6.7 inches of snow on the ground and slightly less than 1 inch of water content. At only 5 percent of the historical average for the site, the results were actually down from last month’s average of 12 percent. “It’s pretty grim,” said Frank Gehrke, chief […]

Comments Off / March 04, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mind the drought

EDITOR: I think it is important to participate in one’s own government by taking ownership in your own community. One of our current problems is the drought issue. The government is searching for solutions, the El Dorado Irrigation District has issued a stage 2 water warning and we should be reflecting on our own households […]

Comments Off / February 27, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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