Q: Who paid to rent Harvey Auditorium for the recent Pray for Rain event and if no one did, why would this group avoid paying the Kern High School District when everyone else has to pay to use its facilities?
-- Craig Holland
St. Francis of Assisi Parish rented Harvey for an "interfaith prayer service," according to the Kern High School District. The cost to use the facility was $288; labor costs included $118.50 for management services and $153 for custodial services, the district said.
So the total cost paid by the church was $559.50, KHSD said.
Q: There is a drought in California. Without water we can't grow any crops. I saw a picture on TV of all the ice blocks in the rivers back East and how they have to be broken up.
Is there any way those ice blocks can be transported to California? If so we would help them and we would get the so much needed water. Of course there will be a cost, but wouldn't that offset the so much higher cost of veggies and milk?
-- Barbro Riffo
A: The Sacramento Bee just tackled a version of this question, after a reader asked what it would take to transport snow from the eastern United States to California. The answer: a lot.
The Bee calculated that wet snow weighs about 12 pounds per cubic feet and contains about 1.5 gallons of water. A typical tractor trailer, the newspaper said, can haul about 3,200 cubic feet, and that doesn't include the equipment to keep it frozen.
The Bee said Sacramento city customers use roughly 106 million gallons of water per day, meaning it would take 20,000 tractor-trailers full of snow to meet the city's needs -- for just one day.
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