Two fireworks nights and an appearance from Barry Zito highlight quick homestand

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats will welcome the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres) to Raley Field this weekend (August 9 – August 12) for the final time this season. The season’s tenth homestand is presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and includes Thirsty Thursday, Orange Friday fireworks featuring an appearance by former San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito, Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday to go along with Faith & Family Night, as well as and K-LOVE Sunday Funday.

Thursday, August 9 – River Cats vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Thirsty Thursday – Craft Beer Edition: 12-oz craft beers are just $5 in the beer garden, and 12-oz beers are just $2 in the Sactown Smokehouse BBQ area!

·         Tito’s Shuttle: A free shuttle service, courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Part of the Spare The Air Road Relief Program, the shuttle makes stops at deVere’s, Punch Bowl Social, and Sauced before arriving at Raley Field for the game. More route information, including times, available at rivercats.com/parking.

·         Canned Food Drive: Supported by Bush’s Baked Beans, donate canned goods at the ballpark which will benefit local Sacramento area food banks.

Friday, August 10 – River Cats vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

  • Food Trucks: It’s Nacho Truck food truck will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.
  • Barry Zito Appearance: San Francisco Giants postseason hero Barry Zito will be at the ballpark to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

·         #OrangeFridayLive music from Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield and $2 off craft beers in the Knee Deep Alley from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., postgame fireworks, and of course, orange Sactown jerseys.

Saturday, August 11 – River Cats vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Television Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on CW31/KMAX. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m.

·         Radio Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Faith & Family Night supported by K-LOVE: Live pregame music in the beer garden from Thrive Worship of Bayside Church, and a Q&A with River Cats players who will discuss how their faith has impacted their baseball career.

  • Food Trucks: Drewski’s and Bacon Mania food trucks will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         Saturday Night Fireworks: Enjoy themed fireworks shows after every Saturday game, courtesy of Sutter Health.

Sunday, August 12 – River Cats vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 12:00 p.m. 

·         Radio Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Sunday Funday: K-LOVE Sunday Funday features pregame player autographs and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, over the phone by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487), emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

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Grants Fund Tahoe-Central Sierra Forest Health Projects

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Today, CAL FIRE awarded four grants totaling $27.5 million to fund high-priority forest health projects designed to combat climate change and reduce the risk of wildfires.

Awarded to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Tahoe Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, and American River Conservancy, the grants fund forest health projects in Placer, Nevada, Sierra, and El Dorado counties. The grants provide significant investment in the 2.4-million-acre Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative area where state, federal, environmental, industry and research representatives are working together to restore the resilience of forests and watersheds. The U.S. Forest Service Tahoe National Forest, Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit serve as the critical federal counterparts in this work.

“With much of the state battling large, damaging wildfires, it’s more important than ever to make long-term investments that reduce wildfire risk and protect carbon storage,” says Jim Branham, Executive Officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. “These grants show a real commitment on behalf of the state of California to improving forest health and carbon sequestration in the Sierra Nevada.”

The grants, funded by CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments Forest Health Grant Program, use proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program to combat climate change. Through the California Climate Investments Grant Program, CAL FIRE and other state agencies are investing in projects that directly reduce greenhouse gases while providing a wide range of additional benefits – such as prevention and reduction of wildfires -- for California communities.

“Healthy forests are one of our best climate regulators,” says Mary Mitsos, president and CEO of the National Forest Foundation. “However, the forests surrounding the greater Tahoe area, like much of the Sierra Nevada region, need significant restoration if they are going to withstand wildfires, insects and disease and continue to provide the myriad benefits we rely on them to provide.”

The four grants awarded fund projects that are part of an all-lands regional restoration program and will be implemented by a collaborative of national forests, state agencies, nonprofits, and private land owners. The USDA Forest Service manages a large portion of the landscape within the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative area and will complete much of the work. The lands draw visitors from around the world and restoring their resilience will ensure that they continue to be an asset for the public.

“By protecting and restoring the health of our headwaters, we are also protecting the many benefits that flow from them,” says Alan Ehrgott, Executive Director for the American River Conservancy. “This work is important both to those of us that live and work in the headwaters, and to the state as a whole.”

Today also marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative. The partnership was launched at the 2017 Tahoe Summit, and to date has secured nearly $32.5 million in grant funds and $3.5 million in investments from water agencies and beverage companies to restore forest and watershed resilience.

“We are thrilled that our efforts to coordinate federal, state and private projects across a 2.4-million-acre landscape are paying off,” said Patrick Wright, Executive Director of the California Tahoe Conservancy. “These large-scale efforts are essential to effectively manage our forests in the face of rising temperatures and increasing megafires.”

In additional to the grants awarded within the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative area, several grants were also awarded for similar work throughout the Sierra Nevada region.  Information about the focus of each of the grants awarded and the dollar amounts awarded is available on CAL FIRE’s website: http://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/downloads/ForestHealth/17-18_CCI_FH_Grant_Awardees_Web.pdf

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The largest wildfire burning in California has now claimed the lives of seven Redding residents, with a dozen or more missing. More than 38,000 Shasta County residents have been evacuated because of the Carr Fire.

Cal Fire estimates there are more than 300 fires burning across California as of Sunday morning. But the current CalFiremap shows 18 active fires burning and five contained.

"Since 2012, according to state emergency management officials, there has not been a month without awildfire burning — a stark contrast to previous decades, when fire officials saw the fall and winter as a time to plan and regroup," the New York Times reported about California's wildfires.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, and requested help from the federal government. President Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency granted California's request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to provide extra support.

Many are asking why there are so many fires burning again in California.

I am a California native. In my five decades in this state, wildfire "season" was limited to summer into fall, and the raging, violent explosive infernos were rare.

What's the significance of 2012? It is interesting that the New York Times mentioned the 2012 date, but only attributed the wildfire increases to "the recent historic drought," and "rising temperatures," caused by... Climate Change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

California wildfires are historically either natural occurrences, accidental equipment or auto spark started, or arson. Many Californians have been asking why the increase in wildfires in the last five years. And as the NYT pointed out, there is no longer a "wildfire season;" rather the wildfire season never seems to end. Today's non-stop wildfires are government created.

Obama-Era Eco-Terrorism Enviro Regs

Under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, "The Obama administration finalized a rule governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development," the Washington Post reported in 2012. "The rule will serve as the guiding document for individual forest plans, which spell out exactly how these lands can be used."

And that's exactly what happened. The Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs. This is the result of far too many radical environmentalists, government bureaucrats, leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn, than let anyone thin out overgrown trees, or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle kills, or even selectively cut timber. Forests are the ultimate natural renewable resource.

But now California burns 12 months of the year. If you wanted to tear a state down economically, what better way than to burn it down?

In a 2016 Townhall column, Paul Driessen explains:

"Eco-purists want no cutting, no thinning – no using fire retardants in "sensitive" areas because the chemicals might get into streams that will be boiled away by conflagrations. They prevent homeowners from clearing brush around their homes, because it might provide cover or habitat for endangered species and other critters that will get incinerated or lose their forage, prey and habitats in the next blaze. They rarely alter their policies during drought years."

"The resulting fires are not the "forest-rejuvenating" blazes of environmentalist lore. They are cauldron-hot conflagrations that exterminate wildlife habitats, roast bald eagle and spotted owl fledglings alive in their nests, boil away trout and trout streams, leave surviving animals to starve, and incinerate every living organism in already thin soils ... that then get washed away during future downpours and snow melts. Areas incinerated by such fires don't recover their arboreal biodiversity for decades."

The left does not care that homes and businesses burn down, or that people die. They do not care that deer, bunnies, snakes, raptors, bears, squirrels, bluejays, coyotes, mountain lions or wolves are incinerated by wildfires. If they did care, proper forest management would be the priority.

Government Intervention

In the early 1990's the Clinton administration embraced the Forest Stewardship Council following the Rio Earth Summit. The FSC was created "to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests."

Yale 360 contributor Richard Conniff explained: FSC was to work with the timber industry "to set standards covering the conservation and restoration of forests, indigenous rights, and the economic and social well-being of workers, among other criteria. For industry, FSC certification promised not just a better way of doing business, but also higher prices for wood products carrying the FSC seal of environmental friendliness."

It was an epic fail. All industries using timber-related products were extorted into becoming "FSC Certified." Paper products, furniture, construction, cabinets, power poles, and hundreds of industries use timber. At the time I worked as the Human Resources Director for my husband's large commercial printing company. We bought a lot of paper – $10 million worth each year –  and found ourselves under pressure to achieve FSC Certification, which I knew was a scam. It was also very expensive, which made it clear that it was extortion. When my BS meter goes off, it's like a small atomic bomb.

"A quarter-century later, frustrated supporters of FSC say it hasn't worked out as planned, except maybe for the higher prices: FSC reports that tropical forest timber carrying its label brings 15 to 25 percent more at auction," Conniff reported. "But environmental critics and some academic researchers say FSC has had little or no effect on tropical deforestation."

Prior to FSC Certification, environmentalists and eco-crooks refused to acknowledge that for millennia, timber had been prized as a renewable, recyclable natural resource, and the timber industry prioritized proper care of forests.

Fast forward to the George W. Bush administration: "In June 2009, a federal judge sided with environmentalists and threw out the Bush planning rule that determines how 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands develop individual forest plans, governing activities from timber harvests to recreation and protecting endangered plants and animals. Clinton appointee, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Forest Service had failed to analyze the effects of removing requirements guaranteeing viable wildlife populations (Greenwire, July 1)."

By 2012, the Obama administration issued a major rewrite of all of the country's forest rules and guidelines.

In 2015, Washington D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, rejected claims from a coalition of timber, livestock, and off-highway vehicle organizations that the Obama sustainability provisions in the 2012 Planning Rule would cause an economically harmful reduction in timber harvest and land use and an increase in forest fires. "Defendants Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, as well as The Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife, represented by Earthjustice, argued that existing federal law provided ample authority for the Forest Service to promulgate the Planning Rule provisions, which place emphasis on ecologically sustainable forest management," Earthjustice reported.

"'Hotter, drier, longer' forest fires we are witnessing today have nothing to do with 'dangerous manmade climate change,'" Driessen said. "They have a lot to do with idiotic forestmismanagement policies and practices."

As with the Clinton administration in the 1990's, the Obama administration worked against all drilling, mining, ranching, farming, property ownership, and made it happen through the 2012 eco-terrorism regulations.

So-called environmentalists have a very narrow view of nature, not recognizing that without management, which means an appreciable amount of logging, they are actually hurting wildlife and the long term health of the forest. And now California is on fire.

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Smoke-Related Health Statement

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, in consultation with Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, is issuing a Smoke-Related Health Statement. Residents are advised to continue to take precautions and minimize outdoor activities from Monday, August 6, through Friday, August 10, due to smoke being transported into Sacramento County from fires in Northern California. 

If you smell or see smoke, take the following actions:

•      Everyone should minimize outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy  

•      Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure when air quality is poor  

•      Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible  

•      Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan  

•      Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke  

•      Those with heart disease should especially limit their exposure since particulate pollution from smoke can cause heart attacks  

“Smoke in the air from wildfires can aggravate pre-existing conditions for those with respiratory issues,” says Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “Older adults, people with chronic diseases and young children are most at risk and should avoid outside activities if they see or smell smoke.”

Check current conditions for the Sacramento region at www.SpareTheAir.com/wildfire.cfm. 

To know what you’re breathing, download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app or sign up for Air Alert emails at www.SpareTheAir.com.

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Partnerships that Really Work

Story by Trina L. Drotar; Photos by Trina Drotar and Sandy Thomas  |  2018-08-03

Agencies Share Resources at Monthly Networking Lunch

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, July 25, more than two dozen Sacramento area non-profit community service providers descended upon the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership (FCCP) building for an afternoon of lunch and sharing at the monthly Connections Café networking event. Attendees enjoyed presentations from Molly Mix, Program Manager at Sacramento Children’s Museum, and Valarie Scruggs, Program Manager at One Community Health.

Dignity Health, Wellspace Health, Birth and Beyond, Omni Youth Programs and River City Medical Group staff joined FCCP staff for lunch of rice, beans, chicken, salad and churros. Chatter filled the room as co-workers and friends caught up, talked shop and laughed.

Laughter increased during the round of introductions that kicked off July’s event. Each attendee stated their name, agency, and answered the icebreaker question of where they would travel for vacation and why. Only one location could be given by participants, although some snuck in two. Iceland and Alaska were the day’s winners to escape July’s triple digit heat wave.

The icebreaker, said Leslie Adorno De Chacing, SMUD’s Customer Program Outreach Coordinator, is her favorite part. Although unable to attend Wednesday, she spoke by telephone about SMUD’s five year sponsorship.

“SMUD is community owned,” said Leslie, adding that SMUD, FCCP and the attending organizations often work with the same populations and SMUD supports resource sharing and exploring means to get resources to the community, including this type of networking.

With many non-profit organizations in the greater Sacramento area, resources are sometimes duplicated or underused. The monthly event strives to “decrease duplication of services and increase knowledge of services provided in the Rancho Cordova, Folsom and greater Sacramento area,” said Akia Holland, FCCP’s Family Support Specialist.

Two tables held informational brochures from SMUD, Volunteers of America, National Safe Kids Campaign, Cal-Fresh, Sacramento Family Regional Justice Center, Sacramento Public Library, Covered California, My Sister’s House and other agencies, including the day’s presenters.

At 12:30 promptly, Molly Mix was introduced. Although not originally scheduled to speak, she made an impact on several representatives as she described two of the free programs offered by Sacramento Children’s Museum – ExplorABILITY and The Beary Special Play Date.

ExplorABILITY, held every first and third Sunday, provides an open, sensory friendly space for children from two to ten years old on the autism spectrum. A maximum of 25 children may attend.

“Children are not expected to participate in any certain way,” said Molly.

“In order for play to be meaningful, it has to be spontaneous, and it has to be fun.”

Beary Special Play Date, a free quarterly event, is open to all children with any special needs and their family and friends. The next event is Rhythm and Grooves on September 22. The winter holiday party with Santa will be held December 14. There is no attendance cap.

Molly answered questions and highlighted other museum events and programs.

One Community Health’s Valarie Scruggs was introduced to the eager group. The current name is eight months old, but the organization’s roots are nearly 30 years old. Beginning as CARES (Center for AIDS Research, Education, and Services) in 1989, the group changed to Cares Community Health three years ago and became a Federally Qualified Health Center able to serve more of the general community through its plethora of services at one of its three locations – midtown’s main campus, downtown and Arden-Arcade.

Forty-seven exam rooms and nine heated dental chairs are the tip of this deep iceberg. A teen clinic with a teen-specific doctor is also available as are women’s health care, pediatrics, podiatry, chronic pain management and acupuncture. Vision services will be available by the end of the year, and dental services for women and babies are expanding.

“And we are still a center of excellence for HIV,” Valarie said.

Valarie’s co-worker, Alondra Thompson, spoke about the integration of behavioral health services and the importance of having resources available in a single location.

“We know that the whole person includes the mental wellness,” she said, and that includes having case managers assist patients with housing or transportation.

The 4,000 square foot pharmacy fills over 900 prescriptions daily and, like the laboratory services, is available to anyone. Patient education, nutrition counseling and classes are also available in English and Spanish.

“We have eleven different languages that are represented on our staff,” Valarie said.

During National Health Center week, from August 12 through 18, One Community Health will hold various activities in the clinics. On August 13, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., an open house at the center’s Arden-Arcade location will be held with activities for children and a chance for adults to meet the providers.

Several questions were answered before the floor was open to others for event sharing and time to meet and collaborate. Omni Youth Services met with One Community Health as did the Sacramento Children’s Museum.

August’s Connections Café features speakers from Parenting Youth Program and Legal Services of Northern California.

FCCP Executive Director Robert Sanger highlighted some of the partnership’s offerings – family resource and job center, free Zumba classes, quarterly community baby showers, family fun nights and annual events like October’s Harvest Festival. Community support includes assistance with food, diapers, and utility shutoff prevention. “All Sacramento County residents can access services,” he said.

For additional information, visit www.sackids.org. If you go: Sacramento Children’s Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 120, Rancho Cordova. Visit www.onecommunityhealth.com. Visit www.TheFCCP.org.   

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Cordova Recreation and Park District Recognized at State Level

By Alyssa Rasmussen, CRPD  |  2018-08-03

Cordova Recreation and Park District’s District Administrator Patrick Larkin. Courtesy photo

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Flipping through the pages of the current volume of the California Special Districts magazine, you’d come across a familiar name. Cordova Recreation and Park District’s District Administrator Patrick Larkin is featured in a question and answer piece covering Senator Kevin de León’s Proposition 68, which, according to de León, was crafted to address several issues including “park access, repairs to existing park resources, flood control, water quality and preserving our water resources.”

The Cordova Recreation and Park District’s appearance in the statewide publication demonstrates that the District’s mission of “leading the region in recreation and parks through excellence and transparency” is advancing. The District is being sought out to represent legislation that will impact recreation and parks across California.

This is an exciting time for the District. The organization just celebrated 60 years and recently secured funding for the much anticipated two-pool concept for Hagan Community Park. The District has already received a wealth of positive recognition this year – in awards, resolutions, and press – for its innovative and thoughtful park designs. Also, staff have been launching programs and projects that have been bolstered by newer and stronger partnerships.

Larkin became District Administrator at Cordova Recreation and Park District over a year ago – just long enough to help drive these needed and positive changes across the District, its programs and parks. Larkin is a supporter of proposition 68 and believes the bond will “help our neighborhoods in providing an enhanced quality of life by replacing amenities and updating parks that are in need to provide safe, fun places for our residents to gather and play. Our future is very bright, and we look forward to continuing to serve this established and growing community.”

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Cordova Recreation and Park District Celebrates 60 Years of Service

By Alyssa Rasmussen, CRPD  |  2018-08-03

Back Row (left to right): Laura Taylor, Park Planning & Development; Bob Thurbon, CRPD Legal Counsel; John Biundo, Construction Inspector; Alyssa Rasmussen, Marketing and Communication Specialist; Danielle Jones, Clerk of the Board/Executive Assistant; Matt Goodell, Finance Manager.

Front Row (left to right): Cristina James, Park Planner; Pam Wickens, Administrative Assistant; Andrea White, Human Resource Manager; Jill Nunes, Recreation Superintendent; Patrick Larkin, District Administrator. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Cordova Recreation and Park District residents of all ages celebrated the District’s 60th Anniversary at the Neil Orchard Senior Center and Lincoln Village Community Park on July 20, 2018. District Administrator, Patrick Larkin, said the occasion exemplified what the organization stands for:

“The 60th Anniversary community celebration was a great opportunity for our residents to see firsthand the benefits and value of recreation and parks. The smiles and fun the attendees were having; dancing, swimming, playing and just enjoying the band and park environment is what CRPD is all about. We create community and facilitate its positive growth. We strive to maintain and sustain a high quality of life for our residents through our parks and recreation services.”

The District’s Party in the Park highlighting the 60th Anniversary celebration was well attended. Hundreds of residents joined the District in playful reflection of its past, present, and future goals in the Cordova community; with July being National Parks and Recreation month it is the perfect time to celebrate the role of parks and recreation.

In recognition of this role, Larkin said, “We look forward to continuing to provide excellent service to the Cordova Recreation and Park District community to the best of our abilities and are honored that so many people joined us to help celebrate the past 60 years. Our future is very bright. We thank you for your support, partnerships and friendships.”

In attendance and presenting the Cordova Recreation and Park District Board with Resolutions were Congressman Ami Bera, Mayor Linda Budge, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Senator Jim Nielson, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce President Diann Rogers. 

The Party in the Park and 60th Anniversary event was made possible by local sponsorships from KP International, California American Water and ‘Ol Republic Brewery. The incredible music was provided by the local City of Trees Brass Band.

Please join the Cordova Recreation and Park District at their next event, visit www.crpd.com to see the calendar.

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