Rural Economy Technology Blog

Hello my six loyal Readers,

I have launched a new blog Rural Economy Technology to cover rural broadband issues and their relationship to rural economic development. Many families and business in the rural areas struggle to gain the same broadband access that their peers have in urban cities. This digital divide creates significant economic, education, and healthcare issues for rural families.

My blog will address these critical infrastructure issues, those that currently exist and some that are on the horizon, including the Trump Infrastructure Initiative which is reported to include funding for expanding rural broadband.

The RET blog will track all the issues, and I invite readers to comment on current and future broadband issues.  Please share the URL with friends, family and businesses owners who have broadband issues.  Thank You!

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La Niña Winter On the Way

Note: Headline corrected.

According to Joe Bastardi at Westherbell we are going to have an El Niño Winter Here is his snow forecast:

El Ninio Winter

Note that the southern half of California will be relatively dry, with the upper part near normal. Nevada County is in the dividing line, we could be normal or dry.

Here is the bigger picture of El Niño Winters from the West Without Water.The drought will return, save our water.

West With Out Water page 54

Posted in Drought, Local, Weather | 1 Comment

Eclipses and How Glaciers Get Started

Ellen Eclipse Watching

Ellen Steele with husband built ellipse viewer

Ellen and I went to Idaho to observe the Total Eclipse with some friends in a mountain valley across from Mt Bora, the highest peak in Idaho. On our way to the observation camp site, we observed snow glistening in north side cirques near the peak of the mountain. Waiting for the eclipse, we took a trip over the Trail Creek Pass to Sun Valley and saw more snow in the shaded cirques on the north facing slopes. Lots of snow for the end of August in Idaho. There is a good chance it will start snowing again before all the snow melts. New snow on old snow is how glaciers get started.

In the photo below you can see white patches of snow in Northern Nevada mountain cirques.



Again if there are some September snow storms, there will be new snow on old snow.

Snow Pic NV

Northern Nevada Snow Fields

All this potential glacier building is taking place during global warming, who knew that was possible? It is possible only if Idaho and Nevada have some early September snow storms. Stay Tuned.

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Putting the New York Times leaked US Climate Report in perspective.


Government Climate Scientists Attempting To Extort Money From President Trump

Posted in Analysis, Climate, Climate Change, Solar

Hilary Hodge For Supervisor in District 3

Thought I would check out Hilary’s web site to see what her solutions are too critical issues that will get her elected.

Searching for Hilary Hodge on Google, I came up with

Which produced this result:

Hilary Hodge

The real Hilary Hodge Website is here:

Issues are here:

  • Crime
  • Housing
  • Economy
  • Homelessness

Solutions are here:

  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?

It is going to be an interesting election season. Stay Tuned.

Posted in Local, Politics

Sea Level Rise Has Paused

Editors Note:  Title was changed from Stopped to Paused. 

It appears that sea level rise started declining in early 2016 and has continued as the snowpack piles up in Greenland, Antarctic and Sierra.



Here is a more detailed look at the decline.


It looks like it is time for the STATE OF CALIFORNIA SEA-LEVEL RISE GUIDANCE DOCUMENT to be updated once again. Originally published in 2010 and updated in 2013. This report was developed the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT), with science support provided by the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust.

Look at this chart from the report, how credible is it?

CA Sea-Level Rise


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Nevada County Competing Gig Cities

Gig City

Plaque for Lincoln


Ishmel and Mayor

Ishmel Goodrum and Lincoln Mayor Peter Gilbert

This noon I attended a presentation by Wave Broadband, Ishmel Goodrum, Executive VP for Operations in the California Region. He presented plaques to the Mayors of Lincoln and Rocklin, declaring them to be Gig Cities. He mentioned they were joining Loomis and Auburn as Gig Cities, all cities which have access to Gigabit Broadband. According to Goodrum, Gigabit Business Services will be available in these cities starting in the fall. “Business will have access to the speed they need for cloud services,” he said. “Business will not have to move to Sacramento anymore for high-speed access.”

The initial price for 1 Gig of broadband is $69.95 with the cost going to $89.95 after the first year according to a staff member at the meeting. One of the advantages of moving to Lincoln.  No indication of what the cost of business services would be in the fall.

Posted in Broadband, California