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Local Dance Company Takes Home National Dance Awards

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

Gathered With Ribbons and Prizes
Despite being one of the smallest studios competing at the July event, KM took awards in almost every category entered. This included winners from almost three dozen dance routines entered at the national level. More than 10 routines received top five awards and four KM dancers placed in the most competitive title competition.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Long hours and hard work paid off this summer for eight dancers with the KM Dance Arts Studio in Citrus Heights. Upstage, a competition dance group of girls, ages 11 to 18, competed and won in numerous categories at the Sheer Talent nationals competition held at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fifty-two dance studios from the United States and seven other countries competed during the demanding weeklong competition. Tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, musical theater, and contemporary were just some of the genres of dance represented in dozens of categories from solos, duets, trios, and group productions.

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Don Hall, Jimmy Rivers, Carole Elbert, Michael Murr-Conley, Marie Hall, and Janessa Lucero
Dressed for a hayride, Be Money Smart owners Don and Marie Hall (standing left and right) joined Armor Mini Storage owner and fundraiser host Carole Elbert (center). Event volunteers pictured included entertainer Jimmy Rivers, Janessa Lucero and Michael Murr-Conley.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Fair Dealing at Storage Fundraiser

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/9/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Be Money Smart USA’s new venture, a program that helps veterans start their own businesses, got a recent funding boost with a county fair themed gala. The event was hosted by the Armor Mini Storage facility on Auburn Boulevard.

Visitors enjoyed a barn dance, carnival contests, and a tri-tip barbecue. Some guests endured brief incarcerations in the “county jail”—a storage unit repurposed as a prison cell. Bail was negotiable.

A success story for founding eight farmers markets in Carmichael and other suburbs, the Be Money Smart USA non-profit was launched in 2008 to help high-schoolers develop business skills through running these weekly markets. Owners Don and Marie Hall were named business people of the year 2014 by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Their new Veterans Build Your Own Micro Business Academy aims to help service people transition from military to civilian life. Enrollees will learn to own and manage their own businesses by partnering with farmers market merchants.

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Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/9/2014

A Happy Family Washing Their Car ith Hose and Bucket
“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customers at 14 Sacramento-area agencies (listed below) reduced water use by 20 percent or more in August compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of August water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, which makes the temptation to ramp up sprinklers hard to resist. But the data shows that residents have made a serious commitment to preserving our limited resources during the severe dry conditions.”

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Mark Wells
Deputy Chief Mark Wells has been selected to be the next Metro Fire Chief.

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/18/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) Board of Directors announced on September 6th their selection of Deputy Chief Mark Wells to be the next Fire Chief. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the Board.

“The Board of Directors is very excited to work with Chief Wells to lead Metro Fire into the future,” stated Board President Randy Orzalli. “We are confident that Chief Wells’ vision, experience and expertise will ensure Metro Fire remains amongst the most progressive and innovative in the state. Continued strong leadership from the Fire Chief is critical, as we seek to deliver the best possible public safety service within our limited resources.”

Last month, Fire Chief Kurt Henke announced his plans to retire in October after 33 years in the fire service. Subsequent to Henke’s announcement, the Metro Fire Board of Directors approved a recommendation from its Executive Committee to conduct an internal search process among the ranks of Deputy Chief to select the next Fire Chief.

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Young Entrepreneurs Have a Sizzling New Business

By Charles Stone
Posted: 9/18/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Two 12-year-old Citrus Heights entrepreneurs are joining the ranks of serious BBQ competition at the Citrus Heights Sunday FunDay, September 28th at Rusch Park. This year, among the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, vendor booths and community service organizations, there will be two young entrepreneurs with their very first business.

Ethan Stone and Mason Lewis are close friends who share a passion for everything barbeque. The two met in kindergarten at Woodside K-8 School and have been friends since second grade, playing on the same soccer team nearly every year since 2009. Eventually, they took their sports rivalry off the field and onto the barbeque grill, each claiming their barbeque formula was the best.

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A Harrier Jump Jet at Rest on the Tarmac
No runway? No problem! Arguably, one of the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the unique Harrier jump jet is capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, providing the U.S. Marine Corps with mobility, flexibility and firepower. Don’t miss the rare chance to see this remarkable aircraft show off!
All photos courtesy California Capital

You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 9/5/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The ninth annual California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County, announced that discounted general admission tickets are now available for purchase at all SAFE Credit Union branch locations throughout the region in addition to the event’s website. The Airshow will be held at Mather Airport on September 6-7th, 2014 featuring all things shiny, fast, and loud.

Airshow attendees won’t want to miss spine-tingling F-22 Raptors, Harriers, and the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team while experiencing thrilling aerobatics, barnstorming, pyrotechnics, vintage aircraft, music, choreography and so much more!

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Family – The Glue That Holds Circus Vargas Together!

Citrus Heights Sept 11-15 & Roseville Sept 18-22

Posted: 9/4/2014

Alex Acero on Stage with Other Performers at Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas’ connoisseur of comedy, Alex Acero, has the uncanny ability to make even the most austere of audience members erupt into fits of laughter!
Photo courtesy of Circus Vargas

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MG) - Circus Vargas is indeed a family operation. Owned and operated by a talented young couple who together with their immediate and extended family have managed to produce some of the most incredible productions in live family entertainment in generations all under the Big Top!

Every member of the family is involved in the day to day operations of the circus and together they function like a well-oiled machine. From the most veteran member of the family to the youngest child everyone works together. Like a village of artists and performers, when you visit them, it’s almost impossible not to feel at home! “Our goal is to make everyone who comes to Circus Vargas feel welcomed, like part of the family”, says Katya Quiroga, Co-Owner-Producer along with husband Nelson.

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Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/4/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Jan Scully joins 25 other California district attorneys in announcing that West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket was ordered to pay $1,599,000 in civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects, as part of the settlement of a civil enforcement prosecution, which includes a final judgment and permanent injunction. Raley’s cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste. The lawsuit claimed that more than 130 Raley’s supermarket stores improperly stored, handled, and disposed of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products into company trash bins. Instead of being sent to authorized disposal sites, hazardous wastes and contaminated materials were being unlawfully transported to area landfills. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Raley’s failed to take sufficient steps to preserve the confidentiality of their pharmacy customers’ information.

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Back to School Night at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/22/2014

Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Needs Your Help

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/8/2014

Hash Oil Explosions in Sacramento County

Posted: 8/8/2014

Race Day Fun in the Pits at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/8/2014


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