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Our Heroes’ Dreams Give Hope to Returning Combat Veterans

By Justin Bond and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/22/2015

Vetrans, Handler, and Elephants
Veterans with elephants during the Healing Safari event at Vision Quest Ranch.
Photos courtesy of Our Heroes’ Dreams

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day is a time to remember those brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. At the same time, it is imperative that people do not forget the brave warriors returning home from combat who have been wounded physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There are 22 veteran suicides a day, with over 90,000 since the current wars began. Today, we are looking at the most deadly killer that our troops will face: life after military service. Our Heroes’ Dreams (OHD) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Wounded Soldier and Family Relief Fund Inc., based in Hanford, California. It is OHD’s sole mission to improve the lives of warriors and their families by helping them accomplish dreams that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to fulfill because of their disabilities. In order to appreciate this mission, one must understand the world these wounded warriors return to when they leave the service and how Our Heroes’ Dreams is changing the lives of many of these veterans.

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More Upgrades of Citrus Heights Streets and Roads

By Chris Gilbert
Posted: 5/22/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Residents and motorists can look forward to another active road and street construction season. There will be three main projects going on this summer.

One is Phase Three of what’s called the “complete streets” project for Sunrise Boulevard, which covers Antelope Road to the north city limits along the west side.

“We will be constructing sidewalks all the way up to Placer County,” said Public Works Management Analyst Regina Cave, and “stormwater improvements, safety lights, and landscaping.” Resurfacing and restriping is also featured. The cost is $4.3 million.

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Shadi Rezaie is Miss Northern California 2015
The winner of the 2015 Miss Northern California pageant is Shadi Rezaie of Citrus Heights.
Photo by Joy Porter of Winding Road Imagery

Miss Citrus Heights Crowned Miss Northern California

Posted: 5/8/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Recently, 34 contestants competed in the Miss Northern California Pageant hosted by M3 Mall in Grass Valley. The contestants ranged in age from 3 to 60 and included men and women.

The pageant focuses on character and community service. Part of the application process to compete in the Northern California title division is to have won at least two previous titles. This does not include any awarded, elected, or win-by-default titles and proof of winning is required.

The three judges of the pageant were all ladies that serve their community extensively with their current Queen titles and who also had daughters as title holders. The judging sheets had questions about goals, community service, and platform. The two-day pageant consisted of private interviews with the three judges individually.

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Mandatory Cut Proposal Concerns Citrus Heights Water District

By Chris Gilbert
Posted: 5/8/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Of the 23 Sacramento-area water districts, 13 face the maximum water use cutbacks at a 36% water use reduction per month for June 2015 through February 2016 (compared to 2013 water usage) under the latest recommendations from staff for the State Water Resources Control Board. The Citrus Heights Water District is not among those 13 but would have a mandated reduced water use of 32%.

“We did write a letter of concern about the methodology,” said the District’s conservation specialist, Rex Meurer. “They’re using data that may not reflect the current conditions. It’s just a straight across cut for everyone.”

The cuts are based on gallons-per-person-per-day for September of last year. For the Citrus Heights District, that was 195 gallons. The statewide average was 124. The conservation rate for June 2014 to February 2015 was 19%, which was close to the Governor’s voluntary goal at the time of 20%. If that average were to continue this summer, the district would need to reduce usage by another 13%.

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EcoHousing Project Unanimously Approved

Posted: 4/24/2015

Residents Gather to Survey EcoHousing Project Property
Future and prospective residents tour the property at the site of the future Fair Oak EcoHousing project which was unanimously approved by the Sacramento County Planning Commission.
Photo courtesy of Fair Oaks EcoHousing

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks EcoHousing, a new cohousing community of 30 homes, was unanimously approved by the Sacramento County Planning Commission on April 13th by a vote of 4-0. Not one individual showed up to object to the project. Commissioner Eric Guerra called it “a wonderful neighborhood that will raise the quality of life in Sacramento County.” This is the first time cohousing will be available in the Sacramento suburbs.

This environmentally friendly infill project is sponsored by a group of 11 local households, who are all investors as well as future residents. The project had previously received unanimous approval from the Fair Oaks Community Planning Council (CPAC) and “enthusiastic, unanimous approval” from the Sacramento County Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) in September 2014.

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SMUD Takes Action After Truck Downs Power Lines

Posted: 4/24/2015

Cars Hold Very Still as Emergency Services Assure Safety
Downed power lines rest on a vehicle where a man calmly waits for emergency crews to confirm his safety.
Photo by Kelly Webster

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Witnesses reported pandemonium when a semi-truck caught low-hanging power lines, downing several poles on San Juan Avenue, just meters from the intersection with Greenback Lane on Friday, April 17th.

Kelly Webster, the owner of the UPS Store located just in front of the accident, said the poles were snapped “like twigs,” as the truck rumbled by at approximately 9 a.m. “As sparks flew, people were running from their cars when in reality their car was the safest place to stay in that situation. It was amazing no one died,” she added.

Webster said that a number of individuals remained in their vehicles until it was confirmed that the power had been shut off. Citrus Heights Police Department responded quickly and effectively according to Webster, and SMUD erected new poles and power lines in just a few hours.

“Power was back on by 5 p.m. and it is as if nothing ever happened,” said Webster.

Source: Kelly Webster

Vote for New City Hall Passes

By Julia Baum
Posted: 4/10/2015

LeAnn Rimes Brings Country to the Capital City

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 4/10/2015

Mayor Frost: City Hall Relocation Will Save Money

Story by Julia Baum
Posted: 3/25/2015

Anti-Domestic Violence Activist Named Woman of the Year

By John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 3/27/2015

Job Forecast Bright for Sacramento’s HIREvent

Posted: 3/27/2015


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