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EID drought restrictions remain … for now

Proposed changes to the El Dorado Irrigation District’s Drought Action Plan were put off, with the board split between those who voted to end all drought-related restrictions for customers and those who voted to make them less onerous. EID did receive one good piece of news as the level of mandated conservation for its customers is now 24 […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

UCCE Master Food Preservers: Drought-tolerant canning

Sue Mosbacher UCCE Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County Are you planning your summer gardens? If so, you’re probably including a low-water irrigation system. El Dorado County is still in a Stage 2 water warning. Even though we’ve received lots of wonderful rain recently we are still in a drought. How can home canners […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

My Turn: Restore local control for drought management

During its March 28 meeting the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to rescind the drought emergency that has been in continuous effect since Feb. 4, 2014. In fact, the board would have unanimously rescinded its drought declaration entirely were it not for the state’s mandate to continue to implement the district’s drought […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 »



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