11 December 2018
  Day of year: 345
        Time: 23:10


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Quotes from Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.

"A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal sized billiard balls.
The Light Fantastic "

"He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk."
The Light Fantastic

"What is it that a man may call the greatest things in life?"
"Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper."
Cohen the Barbarian in conversation with Discworld nomads The Light Fantastic

"Sodomy non sapiens," said Albert under his breath.
"What does that mean?"
"Means I'm buggered if I know."
Mort and Albert discussing a problem Mort

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View from Japanese fighter over Pearl Harbor

The 77th Aniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
7 December 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, led to the United States' entry into World War II. Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with its planned military actions in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. Over the course of seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Click to read the full article in a separate window We need to talk... 15 Questions for your Home Fire Insurance Broker

Here are the questions for you to ask your fire insurance agent. Take good notes on their answers, and follow up in writing (email counts) to recap what you discussed and that your goal is to have enough insurance to cover a total loss. Underinsurance continues to be a BIG problem after serious and total losses and you'll have no remedy without documentation that you had this conversation with your insurance agent. The above assumes you actually have fire insurance.

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Low-Cost Chipping Available in Placer County

Under direction from the Board of Supervisors, the county worked with the Resource Conservation District to establish a reasonable and sustainable cost-share rate structure to keep the program running. The full cost of the chipper service is estimated at $80 per hour. With the applicable cost-share rate, the minimum charge is $40 for up to one hour of service. The minimum service time will be a half hour. Call 530-367-2465 to arrange an appointment.

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   Foresthill / Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council Meeting

    Tuesday 11 December 5:30 pm
    Foresthill Fire District Admin Office
    24320 Main Street

    Everyone in the Foresthill community is invited. There will bea discussion of Firewise
    Communities, Fuel Reduction Projects, Defensible Space and Bug-killed Trees.

Click to open the full FPUD Agenda in a separate window Foresthill PUD - Regular Monthly Board Meeting

Wednesday 12 December 2:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall
24601 Harrison Street


  1. Organizational Meeting and election of officers per Policy 5010.50
    Recommended Action: By motion, elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer and appoint the Board Clerk and Ex-Officio Secretary
    Public comment:
  2. Board President to appoint Standing Committee members and Chairpersons
    Public comment:
  1. Action Item: Presentation of the annual audit for fiscal year 2017/2018 as presented by Finance Manager, Roger Carroll
    Recommended Action: Receive and file annual audit for fiscal year 2017/2018
    Public comment:
  2. Action Item: Consideration of Finance Committee recommendation for a 3.5% cost of living adjustment to salary schedule (Policy 2390)
    Recommended Action: Consider recommendation and direct staff accordingly
    Public comment:
  3. Action item: Consider proposal from Starnik to provide utility billing software at a cost not to exceed $5,000 for startup fees and $840 monthly maintenance fees adjusted annually
    Recommended Action: Authorize staff to execute a contract with Starnik for utility billing software
    Public Comment:
  4. Action item: Ratify contract with CBC Geospatial Consulting, Inc. for a deformation monitoring survey at Sugar Pine Dam for an amount not to exceed $9,000
    Recommended Action: Ratify agreement with CBC Geospatial Consulting, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $9,000
    Public Comment:
  1. General Manager's Report
  2. Director Reports

Conference with Legal Counsel including existing Litigation Subdivision (a) of Government Code Section 54956.9. Name of Case: Miner's Camp vs. Foresthill Public Utility District.

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Foresthill Fire Protection District Board Meeting

Thursday 13 December - 6:00 pm
FFPD Admin Office
24320 Main Street

Click to read article on a separate webpage Not All Drivers Pull Over in Emergencies (Click to See Video)
  From the California DMV Driver Handbook


  You must yield the right-of-way to a police car, fire engine, ambulance,
  or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red light. Drive as close
to the right edge of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) has passed. However, don't stop in an intersection. If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right as soon as you can and stop. Emergency vehicles often use the wrong side of the street to continue on their way. They sometimes use a loud speaker to talk to drivers blocking their path. Yield to Emergency Vehicles. Traffic in Both Directions Must Pull to the Right Edge of the Road and Stop.

Click to read article on a separate webpage Algae Converted to Crude Oil in Under an Hour

It used to take a million years to convert algae to oil, but scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), say they have developed a process to do the job in minutes.

Click to read the full article in a separate window Foresthill Forum and Supervisor Montgomery Coffee Videos Available

Full videos of these monthly events are available by clicking on the Vimeo logo. The Foresthill Forum take place on the first Monday of the month. The Supervisor Montgomery Coffees take place every fourth Monday of the month. Also videos of the Foresthill Fire Board, the Foresthill PUD and                               other community meetings are available.

Click to read article in a separate window Placer County State’s Second Healthiest

Placer County is the second healthiest county in the state, according to a recent study. Only Marin County placed better than Placer County on the 2013 County Health Rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Click to read article in a separate window Looking at Human Beings as Ecosystems

A healthy adult human harbours some 100 trillion bacteria in his gut alone. That is ten times as many bacterial cells as he has cells descended from the sperm and egg of his parents.   Source: The print edition 18 Aug 2012

Click to go to the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce website for more information Deadliest Gunfight in U.S. History Happened in Foresthill

In the case of Jonathan Davis, the news account placed the former Army captain in Rocky Canyon near Todd Valley on the American River with two other prospectors the day of the battle. They were attacked by 14 men who had robbed and killed 10 people hours earlier. VFW article

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New Web Site for the Foresthill Fire Protection District


Everything you always wanted to know our local fire district.
If your web browser is pointing to www.foresthillfiredept.org/ you
are looking for an obsolete web site.

Click to read the full article in a separate window Fire Safe Communities Association

The mission of this organization is to connect organizations involved with making their communities safe from wildfire. One of the objectives of the FSCA is to facilitate group interaction and action, which will result in projects being defined. Some projects will have their own web page, which will be posted here with a brief description.

Click to go to the website in a separate window Roof Saver Sprinklers

P.O. Box 274 Foresthill, CA 95631
cell (530) 913-1339
Tim Gunn, Owner

Click to go to the Foothill Inquirer website in a separate window The Foothill Inquirer Opens New Website

The Foothill Inquirer is an independent newspaper/newsletter located in Foresthill California that covers news-of-interest mostly about the surrounding foothill area, but also covering some state and national issues.
Our goal is to provide current and accurate news for the Foothill area in general, and Foresthill in particular.

Due to increased costs in paper and ink, the FHI will no longer availible in hard copy format after June 2010. However, anyone wishing to receive it regularly can sign up for the e-mail loop by contacting fhinquirer@ftcnet.net Or you can read the newsletter on our website.

Click to read article in a separate window A Midday Nap Markedly Boosts the Brain's Learning Capacity

U. C. Berkeley 02/21/10 - New research shows that an hour's nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that napping not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter. Source: EurekAlert - AAAS

Click to read article on a separate webpage What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?

On 4 July scientists at CERN in Geneva declared that they had discovered a new particle 'consistent' with the long-sought Higgs boson. Although further research is required to characterize the new particle fully, there can be no doubt that an important milestone in our understanding of the material world and of the evolution of the early universe has just been reached.

Click to read article on our Fire News webpage   Getting Your Animals Out in an Emergency

  Sadly, the devastating 49 Fire that swept through north Auburn in late
  August affected not only homes and residents, but many pets who lived
  in the fire zone. Despite herculean efforts made by first responders
  and Animal Services officers, at least 20 pets died, estimates Animal
  Services Program Manager Mike Winters. The fire moved too swiftly to
  save all the animals trapped by smoke and flames. Click image at left to
  read more. Source: Placer County Animal Services Newsletter

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  Know the Impact of Your Purchases

  Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be.

Click to read the article on the wikipedia website    New Wikipedia Article on Local Fire Safe Councils

   Fire safe councils are grassroots community-based organizations which
   share the objective of making California's communities less vulnerable
   to catastrophic wildfire. Fire safe councils accomplish this objective
   through education programs and projects such as shaded fuel breaks or
   firebreaks which protect property and provide fire fighters with a
   place to fight the oncoming fire.

Click to open the full article in a separate window   Potentially Harmful Chemicals Found in
  Forest Fire Smoke

  Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect
  human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires.

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Click to go to the network of weather observers page. New California Weather Watch Network

Michael Anderson, State Climatologist with the California Department of Water Resources,
is looking for much-needed volunteers. He wants to get as many rain gauges as possible
in backyards all around the state to help forecasters and climatologists map California's
diverse rain patterns. "There is no substitute for accurate, local measurement of the
weather. This data will help not only short time-scale events like storms and floods,
but also serve as an added tool for recording and analyzing climate change.

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Click to go to the USA National Phenology Network website
   Join the USA National Phenology Network

The USA NPN brings together citizen scientists, educators and students of all ages to monitor
the impacts of climate change on plants and animals. The network harnesses the power of
people and the Internet to monitor some 200 plant species found across the United States.
Phenology is the study of the seasonal timing of plant and animal life-cycle events such
as bird, fish and mammal migration and the leafing, blooming and fruiting of plants.

  1. Sign up to become an observer
  2. Select your site and your plants and register them online.
  3. Learn the phenophases for your plants and begin making observations.
  4. Report your observations online.

Click to go to our Foresthill Library Page. Fire Safe Books on our new Foresthill Library Page

On the Foresthill Library page, click on "Fire Safe Resources in the Foresthill Library".
The librarian has prepared a list of Books, DVDs and Videos available in our local library.

  UC Davis - Arboretum All-Stars

  The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum have identified
  100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum.

  These plants are easy to grow, don't need a lot of water, have few
  problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in
  the garden. Many of them are California native plants, support native
birds and insects and many are fire-resistant. These plants are available at selected retailers,
including Eisley's Nursery, Auburn. Pictured above is the Chinese fringe tree - Chionanthus

Sierra Nevada Yard & Garden

A Homeowner's Guide to Landscaping in the Sierra

The Sierra Nevada Alliance presents a new, first of its kind resource helping Sierra homeowners create a beautiful yard and garden that guards against wildfire, needs little maintenance, flourishes with native and adapted plants, exists in harmony with wildlife, and protects and conserves Sierra water-in other words, a Sierra friendly yard and garden.

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WUI Products Handbook - New Building Codes 07/08

Starting January 2008, the new 2007 California Building Code (CBC) becomes effective. For
products to be used in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), there are some regulations that
required building products to comply with specific standards. In an effort to provide the
home owners, industries, designers, local fire and building officials a readily list of
"compliance WUI products", the State Fire Marshal is publishing this "WUI Products Handbook".

Open PRC 4291 in a separate page.

  Full Text of Public Resource Code 4291

Open Senate Bill 1595 in a separate page.

  Full Text of Senate Bill 1595

Click to see a larger version of this photo in a separate window The Fall or Autumnal Equinox

Sunday 22 September 6:54 pm PDT

The name is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long. It may be better understood to mean that latitudes +L and -L north and south of the equator experience nights of equal length.