The Birds are Back for Another Hoot

By Margaret Snider  |  2017-10-13

Member Mary Corral holds barn owl, Ms. Whisper. Whisper was found as a very young owl in April 2017 with head trauma after falling out of a very tall palm tree. Photo courtesy Kelli Moulden

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Nearly 100 people attended the August performance of Hawks, Honkers & Hoots at the Rancho Cordova Library. For those who missed the first program or just want to see it again, the bird ambassadors will return to the library at 4 p.m., Thursday, October 19.

“We’re known to have a lot of fun with our educational programs, and we’re known to involve the audience quite a bit,” said Kelli Moulden, president of the non-profit group. 

The organization’s purpose is to provide a home for birds with injuries that make them non-releasable to the wild, and to disseminate information on local and migratory birds.  It is based in El Dorado County and staffed entirely by volunteers. 

“People of all ages come, and I find that adults enjoy it just as well (as the children),” Moulden said.  “We not only present our birds, but we have a discovery table.  On that discovery table are actual wings, feathers and talons from birds that have unfortunately passed away . . . You can feel what a great horned owl wing feels like and feel how sharp their talons are.”

The performance offers fun, interactive natural history, and interesting facts about the birds of prey living in and around the Pacific Flyway. 

For more information on the organization or to donate, please see http://www.hawkshonkersandhoots.org.  

Rancho Cordova's History

Cordova ‘Peaking’ at Right Time in SVC Win over Galt

By Mike Bush  |  2017-10-13

Cordova quarterback Johnele Sanders, shown here about to pass the ball against Foothill during a non-conference home game at Lancer Stadium toward the end of last month, scored many times in the Lancers

GALT, CA (MPG) – A series of early mistakes haunted the Cordova High School football team for most of one quarter.

But the Lancers refocused the rest of the way that led to a 52-13 Sierra Valley Conference opener victory over Galt on the Erv Hatzenbuhler Field at Warrior Stadium on Oct. 6th.

Cordova (1-0 in the SVC, 4-2 overall) was marred by early mistakes, thanks to Galt (0-1 in the SVC, 3-3), which picked off a Lancer pass and recovered a fumble in the early part of the first quarter. On one of its offensive possessions, Cordova drove to the Warriors’ 10-yard line, only to watch the drive come up short in which a holding call was called against the Lancers.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” said Cordova head coach Darrin Nill of the opening quarter. “It was one of those things where we had to get the mistakes out of the way first before we could start playing football.”

Toward the end of the quarter, Cordova scored its first touchdown when quarterback Johnele Sanders threw a scoring pass to wide receiver Jordan Colvin. The Lancers opted and made the 2-point conversion. Galt scored its first of two touchdowns in the quarter to make it an 8-7 score entering the second quarter.

The Warriors turned the ball over after a missed 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. Then the Lancers’ offense went on a scoring spree that led to a 32-7 halftime advantage.

Leading the way for the Lancers were Sanders, who completed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Alvin Banks. Sanders, who completed 10-of-14 passes for 192 yards and threw three touchdowns, scored on rushing touchdown, and rushed 10 times for 133 yards and two more scores for a combined five in the game.

Yusef Pugh had a punt returned 70 yards for Cordova, which was successful on all of its 2-point conversions in the quarter.

The Warriors was focused on the Lancers’ passing attack led by Sanders, who has completed 84 of 120 passes for 1,425 yards and 17 touchdowns for the season. That’s when Cordova opted for its running game that finished with 271 combined yards.

“They knew we had a really tough passing attack,” Nill said. “(Cordova running backs) were giving us six, seven yards a carry. When they (Galt) tighten up the box a bit, we threw the ball.”

Cordova scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, along with Galt adding another one to make it 45-13 going into the fourth quarter. After the Lancers scored their final touchdown, game officials called for a running clock when the game became more than a 35-point difference.

After giving up 39.3 points per game on defense in the pre-season, Nill and his assistant coaches were pleased to hold a Galt squad that has many offensive weapons to only two touchdowns.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Nill said. “We’re getting it together with the right people at the right places.”

Leading the Lancers’ defense were linebackers in Elijah Jenkins, who had 13 tackles, Pugh 10 and Chase Allen seven.

On Friday, Oct. 13th, Cordova will have its homecoming game against SVC foe Union Mine (0-1 in the SVC, 2-4), which rallied from a 26-8 deficit but fell short to Liberty Ranch, which posted a 40-35 win in the conference opener in El Dorado last Friday. Game time for Union Mine-Cordova is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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Vice President Pence Visits Rancho Cordova

MPG Staff  |  2017-10-13

VP Mike Pence. US Gov. photo

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) – United States Vice President Mike Pence made a visit to Rancho Cordova on Monday of this week to talk about federal tax reform.

VP Pence was joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and met with local leaders at Stroppini Enterprises while touring the manufacturing plant.

Stroppini Enterprises has been doing business in Rancho Cordova for the past 40 years and is a full service contract manufacturing center which specializes in production machining and fabrication.

VP Pence was also on a western fundraising swing for other Republican candidates facing coming elections. Pence’s visit to Rancho Cordova came before a GOP dinner fundraiser at the downtown Sacramento Hyatt Regency.

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Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - At 6:02 p.m. on October 6, 2017, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center began receiving 911 calls regarding a male being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Mather Field Road and International Drive in the City of Rancho Cordova.  Additional callers indicated the victim was crossing the street in his wheelchair, travelling across Mather Field Road.

Officers from the Rancho Cordova Police Department immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers located the victim and found he had sustained major injuries.  Officers immediately began life saving measures in an attempt to aid the victim.

Personnel from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department arrived on-scene and pronounced the victim deceased.  At this time, the victim has been identified as a male in his 60’s from Rancho Cordova.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.  Investigators are in the process of conducting the accident investigation and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to determine what caused the collision.  At this time it appears the victim was travelling within the crosswalk.

The identity of the victim in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.

 

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Nearly 4,000 Volunteers Celebrate Five Years of Caring

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-10-13

Volunteers celebrate as United Way collects school supplies for its Stuff the Bus campaign, one of dozens of projects that took place during United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring in September. Photo courtesy United Way.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) -  Since United Way California Capital Region held its inaugural 2013 Day of Caring, 3,692 volunteers have spent one day caring for their community over the last five years. Volunteers donated 18,054 hours of service, valued at $366,572, for 182 projects with nonprofits, parks and schools across the region, including on United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring that took place Sept. 22-23. 

“In just five years, Day of Caring has become the single largest volunteer day in our region,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Thousands of volunteers have dug their hands in to help hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”

Hundreds of volunteers donated time for United Way’s 2017 Day of Caring at dozens of volunteer projects, including building garden beds at schools, painting nonprofit program facilities and cleaning up parks. The event began with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo that included an appearance by Mayor Darrell Steinberg. As part of this year’s Day of Caring, United Way held its inaugural Stuff the Bus campaign, which raised more than $11,000 in school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento. 

Nationwide has been the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring since it began in 2013. Project sponsors for 2017 included Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, TaxAudit.com and Zurich. Media partners included Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. 

Day of Caring is part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org

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TAKE FLIGHT Opens at Aerospace Museum

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2017-10-13

The Aerospace Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Aeropsace Museum.

To Debut Interactive Exhibit in October
 

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to present an interactive new exhibit titled TAKE FLIGHT that will be available for guests to explore and enjoy from October 17, 2017 through January 9, 2018. With a variety of dynamic elements and multiple activity stations, guests of all ages will begin to understand the fundamentals needed to achieve flight. The new TAKE FLIGHT exhibit will occupy approximately 2,000-square feet of space on the ground floor inside the impressive Museum.

The new exhibit will help Museum guests learn about the evolution and history of flight before they begin their own exciting journey of discovery with a series of building activities that help them create different forms of flying machines. The exhibit is designed to help visitors explore and understand how the physical characteristics of lift, thrust, drag, rotation and gravity are important to achieve flight. Guests of all ages will especially enjoy the activity stations such as Make it Fly--Planes, Make It Fly--Rockets and Make It Fly—Copters. Museum guests will have a chance to test out and fine-tune their designs with the help of elements such as the Wing Zinger, Rocket Launcher and Wind Tube. 

Museum Guests Can Enjoy Special “Rocket Talk” Presentations by a NASA Solar System Ambassador on October 21 Only

As an added element on Saturday, October 21 only, Museum guests will have the opportunity to see a special “Rocket Talk” presentation by NASA Solar System Ambassador Jayce Pearson as he discusses the fascinating world of rocketry. Ambassador Pearson will lead three presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on that one day only that will each include a lively discussion of the history of rocketry, how rocketry works, and what is happening in rocketry now. Between presentations, Ambassador Pearson will be available to answer questions about rocketry, space exploration and the solar system.

The TAKE FLIGHT exhibit and special activities are included with Museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and teachers (with ID), $8 for children and youth (ages 6-17), and is free for children ages 5 and younger along with active duty military (with ID) and Museum members. The Aerospace Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and school or special groups of 20 or more are encouraged to book tours in advance with the reduced admission pricing of $7 per person. 

As a companion experience to the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the Museum is also home to a popular and fun Flight Zone flight simulator that is a state-of-the-art STEM learning laboratory featuring 10 digital flight stations (note there is an added fee for the Flight Zone flight simulator: $5 for a 20-minute session, available for purchase in the gift shop). Flight Zone is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the “Rocket Talk” presentations on October 21, the Flight Zone flight simulator or the Aerospace Museum of California in general, please call 916-643-3192 or visit www.aerospaceca.org.

Located in a spacious facility at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento, the Aerospace Museum of California is one of aviation’s greatest showcases that captures the allure of flight. With a wide range of impressive military and civilian aircraft on display – from biplanes to Russian MIGs -- and an extensive engine collection, the Museum also offers a state-of-the-art STEM learning laboratory or “Flight Zone” with 10 interactive digital flight stations. The Museum is committed to providing a world-class experience along with the opportunity to learn about and celebrate aviation’s past, present and future. For more, visit www.aerospaceca.org

For more information about the TAKE FLIGHT exhibit, the “Rocket Talk” presentations on October 21, the Flight Zone flight simulator or the Aerospace Museum of California in general, please call 916-643-3192 or visit www.aerospaceca.org.

 

Source: T-Rock Communications

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Metro Fire Rolls Out in Pink for Breast Cancer

Story by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-10-13

For the last two years, Metro Fire has won the contest for most money raised for Movember’s “First Responder Challenge,” which involves fire departments and others across the region. Photo courtesy Sac Metro Fire

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month with the debut of one of its Pierce manufactured fire trucks decked out in a pink wrap, ribbon and a touch of blue Oct 5, part of its two-month campaign to raise funds and awareness for breast and other forms of cancer.

The big pink truck made its debut at Metro Fire headquarters in Mather as part of the centerpiece of the campaign “All Cancers All People.” Metro Fire has partnered with the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and the Movember Foundation to put the focus on men’s health and cancer awareness in November.  

“The centerpiece of its multi-month campaign was the transformation of one of our Pierce Manufactured fire trucks from fire engine red to “October Pink” and just a touch of blue ombre,” says Christopher Vestal, Metro Fire captain/paramedic and public information officer.”

Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director Cindy Love, alongside cancer survivors from Metro Fire and others who have been impacted by cancer attended the roll out for the campaign. Albie Aware, founded in 2007, offers assistance for life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education and compassionate support to individuals battling breast cancer.  

The Movember Foundation was founded in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia to essentially fund research and programs dealing with education and treatment for prostate cancer.  In 2007, Movember launched in the United States with a partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Today, the foundation works to conduct outreach and fund research for men’s cancer and various other health-related causes, including suicide prevention, with a global reach and roughly 5 million participants.               

Metro Fire’s pink truck, which has been named “All Cancers All People,” got its makeover courtesy of Sacramento-based Vehicle Wraps Inc., with a little help from Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 and the Sacramento Metro Firefighters Association, Vestal said.  In addition to the debut of the pink and pale blue truck, Vestal said Metro Fire was teaming up with the Sacramento Kings to conduct “surprise visits” to patients across the region and deliver free tickets to the Kings’ Oct. 9 game against the Portland Trailblazers, during which Albie Aware breast cancer survivors will be participating in the half-time ceremony.

This is the fourth year Metro Fire has been involved in promoting cancer awareness in the county. The way Metro Fire sees it, the outreach goes hand-in-hand with its normal duties.

“We view this as something that extends our mission to providing services to our community throughout the region, not just emergency situations, but also preventative outreach,” Vestal said. “We have a duty to let people know about how early detection helps save lives and about the services available to those who are diagnoses with cancer.”

For the last two years, Metro Fire has won the contest for most money raised for Movember’s “First Responder Challenge,” which involves fire departments and others across the region.  Metro Fire collected $32,000 in donations for 2016 and $28,000 in 2015.

“Metro Fire will be working hard again to win Movember’s “First Responder Challenge” for the third year in a row after setting a record in 2017 record of $32,000,” Vestal said.

Wanna join in the fun?  You can engage, socially that is, with Metro Fire by sharing your cancer related story or message of support using the hashtag #AllCancersAllPeople on the department’s social media pages on Facebook (Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District), Instagram (@metro_fire_sacramento), and Twitter (@metrofirepio).

For more information: visit www.metrofire.ca.gov

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Cordova Football Preparing for SVC Opener

By Mike Bush  |  2017-10-04

Cordova running back Raymond Fite (12) finds room to run against Foothill during a non-conference game at Lancer Stadium on Sept. 22nd. This Friday, Rite and the Lancers open SVC action at Galt. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – For three days during its bye last week, the Cordova High School football team broke away from its weekly game preparation.

“We concentrated on heavy fundamentals instead of game prep,” said Cordova head coach Darren Nill, “and it’s always nice to refocus and put an emphasis on (the basics) in the middle of the season.”

Now with its pre-season in the rear view mirror, Cordova (3-2) opens Sierra Valley Conference play at Galt (3-2) on Oct. 6th. Last Friday, Franklin beat Galt 34-28 in overtime in a non-conference game on the Erv Hatzenbuhler Field at Warrior Stadium in Galt. The host Warriors and the Stockton school traded scores that led to a 28-28 tie after four quarters. The visiting Yellowjackets scored the winning touchdown on their first offensive possession in overtime after the Warriors had limited success to move the ball from Franklin’s 10-yard line. The football is placed on an opponent’s 10-yard line when a game is sent into overtime.

Cordova will be facing a Galt squad that still runs the I formation, but also spreads out the offense. The Warriors have used many players to score on both sides of the ball this season, and were just plays away from beating Franklin.

“We control our own destiny as we go out and do what we need to do,” Nill said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does.”

Cordova won a share of the SVC title with Liberty Ranch and El Dorado last season. But this season, the Lancers, plus Galt, Rosemont, El Dorado, Union Mine and Liberty Ranch are opening new chapters entering conference play on the same page. El Dorado is 3-2, while Rosemont and Union Mine are 2-3 and Liberty Ranch 1-4.

“I think anybody can beat anybody in the SVC,” Nill said. “We are all very competitive, evenly matched. We’re not taking any game lightly.”

In its first five non-conference games this season, Cordova’s offense has been led by junior quarterback Johnele Sanders, who has completed 74-of-206 passes for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also leads the team in rushing at 416 yards and six mores touchdowns. Running backs Raymond Fite and Alvin Banks, both juniors, have rushed for 143 and 122 yards respectively.

Banks have proven to be a multi-threat for the Lancers on offense. He leads the team in receiving with 33 receptions for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns. Fite has 125 yards and Jeremiah Bankett 107.

On defense, Lancer outside linebacker Ryan McMoore leads the team in tackles at 50, and another outside linebacker in Yusef Pugh follows at 48. Linebacker Elijah Jenkins is next at 45, and free safety Tyreke Tate has 42.

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Sacramento County Growers Smash Crop Output Records

By Bill Bird, SCFB  |  2017-10-04

The high prices for wine grapes and other commodities in Sacramento County masked troubling news that yields in several commodity areas dropped significantly last year. Stock photo

2016 Crop and Livestock Report Tops $500 Million for the First Time

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Led by a dramatic increase in the price for wine grapes, Sacramento County farmers and ranchers set a record for overall agricultural output last year. The 2016 Crop and Livestock Report released by the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner's Office revealed that the gross value of all agricultural production in Sacramento County reached a record high of more than $507 million. The figure represents a 7.9 percent increase over last year's numbers, despite a record fifth year of drought that hurt many agricultural operations.

"Wine grapes continue to rule as King in Sacramento County as they have for the past eight years and milk continues to hold onto the number two slot," said Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner Juli Jensen during her presentation to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. "California is the third top producing state in pears, behind Washington and Oregon. Sacramento County is the top pear producing county in California."

The high prices for wine grapes and other commodities in Sacramento County masked troubling news that yields in several commodity areas dropped significantly last year. The numbers for field crops such as rice, wheat, silage corn, oats and irrigated pasture all suffered significant declines. Yields for other crops such as cherries and walnuts also dropped, as did cattle and calves and other livestock. The value of aquaculture also fell sharply in Sacramento County, led by a steep decline in the price for caviar.

Sacramento County Farm Bureau Executive Director Bill Bird admitted that while drought may be to blame for the lower output for some commodities, other factors may also be playing a role.

"Our farmers and ranchers are forced to pay the highest labor costs in this country," said Bird. "The high minimum wage coupled with very expensive workers compensation insurance, liability insurance and health care benefits costs our growers millions of dollars. These are costs that growers in other states are not forced to shoulder."

The 2016 Crop and Livestock report also revealed that nursery stock climbed back into the top five agricultural products produced in Sacramento County, which is attributed to a recovering housing market and efforts by homeowners to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping.

The dollar figures in the report do not reflect the cost of the production of these agricultural commodities. The figures also do not reflect grower costs such as processing, transportation and labor.

Sacramento County farmers put food on your fork.  Our agricultural operations and products are as diverse as the lands we carefully manage.  We are proud to provide healthy, fresh food for your family and ours.

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Washington, DC (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an Oct. 16 filing deadline: The adjusted gross income (AGI) amount from their 2015 return may be needed to electronically file their 2016 tax return.

For those taxpayers who have a valid extension and are in or affected by a federally declared disaster area may be allowed more time to file. Currently, taxpayers impacted by Hurricanes HarveyIrma and Maria as well as people in parts of Michigan and West Virginia qualify for this relief. See the disaster relief page on IRS.gov for details.

As a reminder, taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax returns and supporting documents for a minimum of three years. Prior year tax returns are even more important as the IRS makes changes to protect taxpayers and authenticate their identity.

Extension filers should plan ahead if they are using a software product for the first time. They should have kept a copy of their 2015 tax return or if not, will need to order a tax transcript, a process that may take five to 10 calendar days. The AGI is clearly labeled on both the tax return and the transcript.

Taxpayers who prepare their own electronic tax returns are required to electronically sign and validate their return. Using an electronic filing PIN is no longer an option. To authenticate their identities, taxpayers will also need to enter either of two items: their prior-year AGI or their prior-year self-select PIN and their date of birth. If married filing jointly, both taxpayers must authenticate their identities with this information.

Generally, tax-preparation software automatically generates the prior-year AGI and/or self-select PIN for returning customers. However, taxpayers who are new to a software product must enter the prior-year AGI or prior-year self-select PIN themselves.

How to Find AGI; Plan Ahead if a Mailed Transcript Needed

The adjusted gross income is gross income minus certain adjustments. On 2015 tax returns, the AGI is found on line 37 of Form 1040; line 21 on Form 1040A and line 4 on Form 1040EZ. Taxpayers who e-filed and did not keep a copy of their original 2015 tax return may be able to return to their prior-year software provider or tax preparer to obtain a copy.

Those who lack access to their prior-year tax returns also may go to irs.gov/transcript and use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail. A transcript is a summary of the tax return or tax account. There are various types of transcripts, but the Tax Return Transcript works best. Look for the “Adjusted Gross Income” amount on the transcript.

Taxpayers must pass Secure Access authentication in order to access Get Transcript Online and immediately access their transcripts. Those who cannot pass Secure Access authentication should use Get Transcript by Mail or call 800-908-9946, and a transcript will be delivered to their home address within five to 10 calendar days.

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