Attention Anglers! Hook a Trophy Trout at Rancho Seco

By SMUD  |  2018-03-09

SMUD’s Annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.

Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages

Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks

Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.


Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)


Rancho Seco Recreational Area

14960 Twin Cities Road

Herald, CA 95638

Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.

Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules,

The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit call (209) 748-2318.

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The Rogue Music Project with Pioneer Congregational Church

Press Release  |  2018-03-08

Rogue Music Project

Presents Kevin Doherty & Jennifer Reason in Concert Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rogue Music Project's Jennifer Reason and Kevin Doherty will present their concert, “Unfinished Business” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street.

Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Reason will perform their concert, “Unfinished Business”, with piano music by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart; famous scenes from two of opera's greatest composers, Puccini and Britten; a transcendent movement from Philip Glass's METAMORPHOSES; and the song cycle SONGS OF TRAVEL by Vaughan Williams. Artists Liisa Davila and Sarah Fitch will also perform.

Baritone Doherty is the Morning Classical Host on Capital Public Radio. In concert, he has appeared as a baritone soloist with orchestras across the United States. Pianist Jennifer Reason is Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, (RMP) a collective that cultivates adventurous music and theater experiences. She is also the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (

Tickets are available at the door for $20. This is the third concert of the historic Pioneer Congregational Church’s 2018 concert series. 

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Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location. 
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House


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Dear Friends,

As promised, here is an update.  The State of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it has taken action to transfer convicted Colorado rapist Christopher Lawyer back to Colorado.  As we all learned recently, he had been allowed to move to California and take up residence in Carmichael under an interstate compact agreement but he was discovered to have violated his parole which has kept him presently in County Jail.

This is positive news for the community’s safety and thanks is due to the hard work and investigative efforts by the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and CDCR that led to the determination that the parolee’s actions have violated the interstate compact that allowed him to be transferred to California in the first place.  As a result, CDCR notified Colorado on March 5 about sending him back.  Colorado must now either agree to take him back or request a Probable Cause Hearing.  CDCR says if Colorado agrees to retake the offender CDCR will work immediately to extradite him.  If Colorado requests a hearing that will require scheduling one before Sacramento Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office will represent us.  Colorado has 10 days to respond from the issuance of the notice so we all are now awaiting Colorado’s response.

We should all be grateful to District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones for the direction they gave to their staffs to leave no stone unturned with respect to investigating the conduct of the parolee which has resulted in keeping him behind bars thereby ensuring the community remains safe.  I also want to express my appreciation to State Senator Jim Nielsen who pressed the community’s concerns before the administration and to CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan for keeping me informed about the parolee’s status which has enabled me to keep you informed, too. 

As soon as I have more information, I will let you know.


Supervisor, Third District

District 3 - Susan Peters  

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Jazzing for Juniors

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-03-07

Presiding over the jazz festival named in his honor, Carmichael musician Wayne Reimers joins an ovation for Arden Middle School band members. Reimers taught at the school for 28 years. The sax player met fellow musician wife Barbara in an Idaho orchestra reed section.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Wayne Reimers’ vision has become a winter tradition for jazz protegees.  Presented at Rio Americano High School, his namesake jazz festival recently showcased 230 San Juan Unified School District musicians.

Retired teacher Reimers (84) this year took special delight in new performance facilities at Rio. “In past years, we’ve had to use a cafeteria and a little theater,” he recalled. “The distance between the buildings was a problem when it rained. This year, we had three good venues in one performing arts center.  After a cafeteria, hearing a band in a building with acoustical design was music to my ears.”

The 2018 festival featured 12 ensembles from seven schools. “As I listened, I got goosebumps,” said the mentor. “It does the soul good to hear kids playing at such a high level. Their teachers are doing a great job; many of their students play better than some adults I know.”

Kicking off in 1982, the annual festival has been a 36-year opus. Reimers was teaching at Arden Middle School and realized how many local school bands had no showcase for their efforts. A non-competing festival, he decided, would allow students to hear their peers and to blossom via professional critiques. Co-organizer Craig Faniani was then teaching band at Rio Americano; he persuaded his school to host the festival. The rest is musical history.

“All over the world, there are professional musicians who took part in our festival,” marveled Reimers. “They’re gigging in New Orleans, LA, New York. I feel we supported their love for music and gave them early experience of audiences.”

Reimers also started young. Picking up alto-sax at 10, he played all through high school and college; then in the Second Division Army Band during Korean War years. Post-war, he started a teaching degree and a romance.  An Idaho State College band orchestrated Wayne and Barbara Reimers’ love song. “He was the first-alto chair and I was way down the section, struggling,” remembered his bride of 60 years. “We finagled ways to sit together.”

The musicians married after graduation and have been sax partners ever since. They also bolster a big band sponsored by Carmichael Kiwanis Club.  The non-profit has co-sponsored Reimers’ festival almost from the first note. “Dr Les Chase was Assistant Superintendent for San Juan District,” explained Reimers. “He told me his Kiwanis club wanted to sponsor something artistic. I grabbed at the offer -- it was a match made in heaven.”

Through donations from Kiwanians and supporters, the event annually rewards chosen performers with scholarships.  “It’s also the only festival I know that offers free instrument repairs,” boasted the founder.  “I once took a school band to Luxembourg and a sax player dropped his horn on a stone floor. He was in tears. An unplayable instrument can be a disaster.” During 36 years of festivals, Carmichael-based Tim’s Music Store has offered off-stage repairs. “There’s usually a few emergencies,” said Reimers. “The kids are always overjoyed when they don’t have to sit out.”

Octogenarian Reimers—a 50-year member of Carmichael Presbyterian Church – vows to run his festival for as long as the Lord gives him breath. “For 30 years, it was the San Juan/Carmichael Kiwanis Jazz Festival,” he said. “Six years ago, our committee decided to re-name it after me.”

The musician accepted the honor gracefully.  “It was a real compliment,” he considered.  “I’m especially grateful they didn’t have to re-name the festival posthumously.”

The Wayne Reimers Jazz Festival is scheduled for January 2019. For information, visit

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Junior Tennis Fund Seeks a Match

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

JTFS members Joyce Williams (third from right) and Jolene Stinemetz (third from left) present the board members of Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District with a donation.

“Bringing Tennis to Underserved Kids”

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Established at the end of 2014, the Junior Tennis Fund Sacramento has donated over $16,000 to the greater Sacramento Region over the years. Mainly donating to parks and recs, the goal of the organization is to bring tennis to kids who may not have ever had a chance to set foot on the court otherwise.

The JTFS is a collective giving organization that supports public youth tennis in the greater Sacramento area. They harness the power of collective giving to support community philanthropy and help create new tennis opportunities for all kids, especially the underserved, at public facilities, parks and schools.

Among the years of contributions, they have donated to the Carmichael Recreation and Park, South Gate Recreation and Park District, Rio Linda Recreation and Park District and the Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District. Most recently they donated $1,800 to Woodland Park.

“We are a youth development program that helps with social skills and gets kids out of the house,” said Carol Rose, Founder and Director of JTFS. “Kids like tennis and enjoy getting out there and chasing the ball.” Rose explained the beauty of tennis entering these children’s lives. “Tennis is a sport that instills core values, teaches life skills and helps to develop productive citizens. It’s a sport that can be played for a lifetime.”

Expanding on that point, some kids pick up the sport and truly run with it, which led to the newest idea of JTFS. Beginning last year, the program, with the help of various coaches around the community, identify the kids that are working hard, taking the sport seriously and have the ability to take their skills to the next level. They award these kids scholarships for private lessons and then they automatically get signed up for an upcoming tournament through the Sacramento Area Tennis Association. SATA runs a series of tournaments throughout the year for all different age groups.

Upcoming for JTFS is one of the biggest fundraising days of the year, as they will once again be participating in the Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region’s annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program. The event takes place on Thursday, May 3 and this year JTFS will join powers with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and The Wish List Project at The Patriot Restaurant located in the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

These organizations are inviting friends and donors to stop by, say hello and enjoy some great food and drinks – all in the spirit of giving. Donors for any of the non-profits will be given a discount for dinner that evening at The Patriot. Last year the region raised nearly $7.2 million from tens of thousands of donors, according to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

For more information on becoming a JTFS member or sponsor, visit, e-mail or call 916-359-3667.

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Jeff Sessions Addresses Illegal Immigration; Protests Take Place

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration and California sanctuary laws downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning, speaking at the annual meeting of the California Peace Officers Association held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. 

Sessions informed those in attendance that the Justice Department sued the state of California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs and putting their lives at risk, but the state’s leaders believe otherwise and continue to deny any wrongdoing.

Last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff warned residents of a federal immigration agent raid, allowing more than 800 criminals to avoid arrest. This drew harsh criticism from both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the White House.

“So here’s my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda,” Sessions said on Wednesday. He also questioned Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for “bragging about the obstruction of law enforcement,” calling it an “embarrassment for the great state of California.”

Governor Jerry Brown thumbed out a tweet stating, “Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”

Dozens of protestors blocked traffic outside of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and the Golden 1 Center, holding signs and chanting in opposition of Sessions and the White House.

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