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Folsom Lake is 102% of average

Folsom Lake is now 102 percent of the historical average for this time of year, according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

I had some concerns this might be due in part to snow melt so I did some checking.

DWR Reservoir Coordinated Operations Section Chief Boone Lek told me the models they run to calculate snow melt and inflow are not showing a significant amount of water coming from snow melting.

Even with the record setting warmth in the Sierra, it appears the snow pack is staying in place. Lek said there are a couple of reasons the warm temperatures aren't quickly melting the snow. First, he said "the density of the current snowpack is not primed for snowmelt." Second, the sun angle at this time of year is still fairly low and doesn't create a suitable environment for melting.

Drought drags on for farmers with no water coming from feds

Drought drags on for farmers with no water coming from feds

Drought-plagued farmers in the Central Valley shouldn’t be looking to the federal government for help when it comes to water for their fields. ... Read More

Former Fox40 reporter Sabrina Rodriguez sentenced in theft case

Former Fox40 reporter Sabrina Rodriguez pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor grand theft charge for her role in the March 2013 theft of ten wallets from the Coach outlet store in Folsom.

She entered the plea in Sacramento Superior Court to avoid a trial on three felony charges.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail but is expected to serve only half that time in home detention. She will also participate in three public speaking engagements as community service and pay $2,484 in restitution to the Coach store.

Shortly after the sentencing, Rodriguez proclaimed her innocence in an interview with News10. She said she only accepted the plea deal to avoid risking prison time if a jury refused to believe that she had nothing to do with the planning and execution of the crime.

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced Saturday they had reached a tentative nurses’ contract with Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will cover their 18,000 California RNs. The deal will give the RNs increased pay, a stronger voice on patient care and improve workplace protections according to the union.

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the RNs, also provides significant raises and adds to their retirement package... Read More

Muslim prison guard sues state for religious harassment

A California Muslim man is suing his employer, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for workplace harassment because of his race and religion.

Elsiddig Elhindi is a legal California resident who fled the violence of Sudan when he was 19. He began working for CDRC in 2002. Just into his third shift at California State Prison in Sacramento, he claims his co-workers and supervisors began to bully him about his accent and skin color. When coworkers learned that Elhindi was a practicing Muslim and performed daily prayers, the reported harassment worsened. When Elhindi reported the harassment to his supervisors, they told him his coworkers were just blowing off steam and he should retire if he had a problem.

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume Elected Chair of Southeast Connector JPA

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume Elected Chair of Southeast Connector JPA

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume was elected Chairman of the Capitol Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board of Directors at their regular monthly meeting

Hume, who has been on the Elk Grove City Council since 2006 and was elected unopposed to a third term in November, has served on the JPA's board as the city's representative since 2007. Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky has been elected vice chair... Read More

Folsom theater to screen 'The Interview'

After initially pulling its film "The Interview," Sony Pictures had a change of heart. The company plagued by a hacking scandal announced Tuesday a limited theatrical release of the comedy film.

The Palladio 16 Cinema in Folsom is a handful of theaters that will show the movie on Christmas Day. Management said they will have seven daily screenings and tickets are already selling fast online.

The Interview gained notoriety over its fictional plot to kill the leader of North Korea. That sparked an international cyber-attack against Sony.

The studio's initial plans to cancel the Christmas Day release brought outrage.

Now, it says it will be "in a number of theaters" on that day. Moviegoers in the Sacramento area are looking forward to watching it, even if they have to come to Folsom.