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2008-07-21 18:00:27

By Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 21--As the water gets shallower, the boats must go slower. That's the reality at Folsom Lake as dam releases that exceed inflow from the reservoir's water sources draw down lake volume and make cruising on the shrinking surface less safe. State park officials, noting the lake elevation dropping to near 400 feet above sea level, are anticipating having to set a 5 mph speed limit on the man-made lake that, when water is abundant, is a...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

A bear cub is recovering at a California animal center after a firefighter spotted it wobbling along the road on burned paws, officials say. Adam Deem, 32, a forester with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, was driving Thursday through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest outside Redding, Calif., when he saw the black bear cub in the road, the Los Angeles Times reported. Deem said noticed the lost cub had scorched fur and paws. He said he decided to take the cub with...

2008-07-18 12:00:45

White Oak Landing, LLC today announced the official grand opening of the 89 acre spectacular lake front development on Smith Lake, Alabama. Reservations are now being taken to view home sites on Saturday, August 2, 2008. White Oak Landing is a premier property located on the #2 cleanest lake in America behind Lake Tahoe, makes it a perfect location for a vacation home or permanent living. Location, Location, Location...White Oak is nestled on the lake about 1 hour north of Birmingham and...

2008-07-03 09:00:43

By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 3--With high energy prices and the push for environmentally friendly power sources, the El Dorado Irrigation District and El Dorado County Water Agency have commissioned a study of potential hydroelectric projects on the county's western slope. The district board late last month unanimously approved a contract with the Placerville consulting firm EN2 Resources Inc. Cindy Megerdigian, acting co-manager of the district's hydroelectric...

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2008-04-03 14:10:00

Preliminary results from DNA analysis of wolverine scat samples collected on the Tahoe National Forest do not match those of historic California wolverine populations, according to U.S. Forest Service scientists.Geneticists with the agency's Rocky Mountain Research Station recently began analyzing samples, when wildlife biologists with the Tahoe National Forest and California Department of Fish and Game began sending hair and scat samples they collected from wolverine detection sites on the...

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2008-03-27 13:20:00

During ongoing investigations by an Oregon State University graduate student, the Forest Service, and California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), two additional wolverine photographs were captured this past week. A variety of hair, track and scat samples were also sent for analysis to determine if these were from a wolverine. After the initial photograph of a wolverine was taken by a remote camera on Feb. 28, 2008, in the Tahoe National Forest, researchers, biologists and volunteers...

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2008-03-26 15:55:00

Lake Tahoe's ecosystem could be in danger of being altered by global warming, according to a study conducted by researchers at University of California, Davis.The Tahoe Environmental Research team sought to answer crucial questions about the lake's temperature, algae concentration and clarity. Until now, the only measurement of Lake Tahoe's status had been available to the public was the Secchi depth, an annual clarity report.Researchers hope to determine if lowered global greenhouse-gas...

2008-03-11 18:00:19

By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Mar. 11--An Alpine County lake that is popular with Sacramento area fishing and recreation enthusiasts is getting an expanded boat ramp. The El Dorado Irrigation District board on Monday approved $2.8 million for a boat launch on the northeast side of Caples Lake, off Highway 88 in Alpine County. The project, a joint effort with the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, will include an access road, a parking...

2007-07-06 00:20:53

By David Richie, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 5--State parks officials confirmed today that two people drowned Wednesday during separate incidents at Folsom Lake. The victims were identified as Kalen McCoy, 20, Roseville, and Thomas Le, 16, Elk Grove, by the Placer County Coroner's Office. "It was a very, very busy day," said Michael Gross, superintendent of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. "We went to closure at 11 a.m. on all of our day use areas." The first drowning...

2006-06-14 17:35:00

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Officials are looking to capture some of Lake Tahoe's biggest polluters: Canada geese. A sewage spill at the lake last summer "is nothing compared to what's happening with these geese," said Jack Spencer, a federal Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist. Spencer said the bottom of Lake Tahoe is covered by up to two inches of goose feces in some areas. A 10-pound Canada goose can produce four pounds of nitrate- and phosphate-rich feces every day it...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.