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Warden Grizzly With Junior Volunteers
California Fish and Wildlife Department spokes-bear Warden Grizzly congratulates junior Creek Week volunteers.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Clean Sweep for Creeks

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/17/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A party celebrating creeks last weekend caused a big splash in Carmichael Park.

Over 1500 volunteers snagged tee shirts and scarfed down snacks. Exhibits by many sponsoring non-profits and agencies were added attractions. The clean-up army included members of about 50 youth and neighborhood organizations.

Many area streams benefitted from their work. Creek Week is a 24-year-old spring project designed to rejuvenate waterways that drain and nourish Sacramento County. For Saturday’s work-a-thon, volunteers scoured 70 creek locations from the Delta to Folsom and from Galt to Antelope. Garbage was hauled away and invasive plants were removed to make room for beneficial native species. Though this year’s results are still being tabulated, the 2013 haul netted 20 tons of stuff that did not belong in healthy streams.

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SMUD Executive Paul Lau Plugs-In His Electric Vehicle
SMUD Assistant General Manager Paul Lau plugs in an electric car to the new fast charger located at SMUD. The fast charger is the only one in the region that charges most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes. The station features the only fast charger in the region with dual capability to accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by domestic and foreign automakers. It is also one of the first fast-charge stations in the U.S. installed by a utility.

SMUD Unveils Electric Vehicle
Fast-Charge Station

Pilot Project Enables EV Drivers to Recharge in 30 Minutes or Less

Posted: 4/17/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Drivers of electric vehicles need not fear running out of juice too far from home in the Sacramento area. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has a new EV fast-charge station at the SMUD campus that is open for business. The pilot project’s technology charges most fast-charge EVs in less than 30 minutes, giving drivers the range confidence to fully realize the tremendous potential these cars offer.

The station features the only fast charger in the region with dual capability to accommodate most types of EVs manufactured by domestic and foreign automakers. This station is one of the world’s first commercial installations of certified DC fast-charge hardware that meets the new industry standard. It is also one of the first fast-charge stations in the U.S. installed by a utility and the first that SMUD will open in the area in 2014. The electric to gasoline comparison is about $2 a “gallon” to fast charge versus $4 for a gallon of gasoline.

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Proposed Fire Assessment Put on Hold

District Reassessing Proposal Based on Extensive Public Input

Posted: 4/17/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Fire Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) announced today he will not ask Metro Fire’s Board of Directors to proceed with the balloting process for a fire suppression benefit assessment. For this reason, Metro Fire’s Board of Directors will not meet on April 16, as scheduled, to vote on the question of whether to commence with the vote-by-mail proceeding.

“After conducting extensive outreach, including two public hearings on the assessment proposal, we believe the most prudent course of action is to not pursue this fire assessment at this time,” said Fire Chief Kurt Henke. “Although there is widespread recognition we cannot restore service levels without additional revenue, I want to spend more time consulting with my Board members and key stakeholders to evaluate our options before asking my Board to commence a balloting process.”

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River Cats Mascot Dinger Poses With Young Fans
As part of the Oakland Athletics farm system, the River Cats will continue to develop “home grown” talent that contributes to future success at the big league level. Last season, a total of 26 River Cats were called up by the A’s to contribute at the Major League level. Many of these players had a significant role in the Athletics winning the 2013 American League West Division title.
Photo courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats

It’s River Cats Season!

Posted: 4/10/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s time to catch the feeling! The 2014 baseball season is underway and your home grown Sacramento River Cats are primed to make a run at their 12th division championship in 15 years.

This season, the River Cats will strive to highlight many of the great people and places in the Sacramento area, as well as celebrate the region’s strong agricultural background by embracing the eat-local food movement, “Farm to Fork,” by serving food from local bakeries, donut shops, and other restaurants in the area.

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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Returns to All American Speedway in Roseville

Two NASCAR Racers Speed Around a Bend
Photo by Doug Day

By Linda Harper
Posted: 4/10/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - For race fans, opening day of the six month NASCAR racing season brings exhilaration and anticipation, no matter what track you’re visiting or what series you’re watching. The Sprint Cup series has the market cornered on big names, big sponsors and big happenings.

NASCAR Nationwide Series is a place many drivers go to prepare for the “big show.” Owners often use this series to groom their potential Sprint drivers and to fine-tune their cars for the “move up.” Although there are several additional series, none are more action packed as short track community racing. This is where enthusiasts evolve into racing participants, where track sportsmanship in learned and where confidence is built. It’s where friends and family are often the crew that build the cars and keep them racing week after week. Throughout the season, fans create alliances and life long friends are made in the stands. Short Track community racing is true, raw racing at its best.

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Maestro Jerry Lopez Raises the Baton on his Final Season
Under the baton of retiring Director Jerry Lopes, the Capitol Pops Concert Band will present a free April 12 concert in Citrus Heights.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Maestro in Final Pops Season

Posted: 4/3/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In his farewell year with the Capitol Pops, director Jerry Lopes plans an entertaining spring concert for Saturday, April 12 at Rusch Park. The event heralds a full 2014 season of Capitol Pops performances in the Sacramento area.

The Rusch Park date also marks the 17th anniversary for the 60 piece ensemble. “Maestro” Lopes, whose career includes 50 years as a music educator, helped form the group in 1997. Membership ranges from teens to nonagenarians and includes many professional musicians.

For April 12, Lopes promises a diverse program that includes show medleys, patriotic tunes and vocal numbers. As a fundraiser for the non-profit band, spring plants (provided by Eisley Nursery of Auburn) will be offered for sale. The two-hour performance is sponsored by the City of Citrus Heights and the Sunrise Park District.

The Capitol Pops concert kicks off at 7 p.m., April 12. The Rusch Park facility is located at 7801 Auburn Boulevard. Admission is free and anyone may attend. For more information, visit www.capitolpops.org.


IRS Warns of New Email Scheme

Posted: 4/3/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.

The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

‪Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media.

For more on scams to guard against see the “Dirty Dozen” list on www.IRS.gov.


Get Ready for a Headache

Caltrans to Rehabilitate Hwy 50

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 3/27/2014


61% of California Renters Unable to Afford Modest Two-Bedroom Apartment

State Action Needed to Get California Building Affordable Homes Again

Posted: 3/27/2014


Two Historic Parks Unite To Host Shopping Weekend

Sutter’s Fort & State Indian Museum Present Traders’ Faire and Indian Arts & Crafts Market

Posted: 3/20/2014


Change to Zero Water Delivery Policy Welcome News to Agriculture

Posted: 3/20/2014


Baroque Soloists Seduce

Posted: 3/13/2014


A Man and His Faithful Dog Stranded, Then Rescued Together, on the Bluffs

Posted: 3/13/2014


Batter up! Senior Softball Capital of the World

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/20/2014


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