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

Austin Bennett Speaks October 18 for Your Kids

By Karen Klinger  |  2017-10-17

Austin Bennett

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Austin Bennett (Bennett4Senate) is running against Senator Richard Pan in California Senate District 6.  Please attend and hear Austin Bennett speak at the Eagle Forum of Sacramento Meeting on Wednesday October 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Arden Park Recreation and Park District, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento 95864. 

A father of 5 children Mr. Bennett is well aware and concerned about the loss of parental rights through legislation authored by Senator Pan's "Mandatory Vaccination Bill SB 277", which became law; principal author of Sanctuary State SB 54, which became law, and "Bill of Rights for All Children of California SB 18", which will be reheard January 2018.  Join others who want to hear a vision for a better future for California families.

...Read More!  
  |  

Flick-or-Treat returns to Raley Field

Sacramento River Cats Media  |  2017-10-17

Annual community Halloween event features movie screening and trick-or-treating

West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Flick-or-Treat is back for its fourth year at Raley Field. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, this generation-defining story will play on the videoboard following an evening filled with trick-or-treating, games and prizes, and more at Raley Field on Saturday, October 28th. Flick-or-Treat is part of Dinger's Drive In, a two-part movie series at Raley Field.

Pre-movie trick-or-treating on October 28th is offered from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. before the movie screening begins. Various local partners and organizations, including Sacramento State, Sacramento Public Library, WestSacramento Police, Yolo County Library, and more will be in attendance, handing out treats and other goodies. Local media, including KCRA and K-LOVE will also be participating. Additional pre-movie activities include Harry Potter themed games, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and much more.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Warner Bros’ wizard-filled fantasy film – based on the novel series by J.K. Rowling – stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. The adventurous movie follows Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education, and is rated PG.

The screening is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Trick-or-treating and family friendly activities will begin when gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for all children are $4 while adults are $6. Tickets can be purchased online or by visiting the Round Table Ticket Office at Raley Field. This event is rain or shine.

For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Source: Sacramento River Cats Media

...Read More!  
  |  

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Students in Folsom Cordova schools continued to make progress and, districtwide, perform above state and local averages in English-language arts (ELA) and math, according to new 2016-17 state test results released this month.

Locally, FCUSD experienced the largest year-over-year rates of growth: a 2% increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding state math standards, and a 3% increase in students meeting or exceeding ELA standards.

“Our mission is to provide a pathway to success for every child so they can cross the finish line of graduation prepared to pursue their dreams,” said Superintendent Sarah Koligian, Ed.D. “In recent years our district has invested in a variety of areas that help us better personalize instruction for students, including additional academic coaches, intervention teachers, and mental health professionals who support students’ emotional wellness for success in the classroom.

“We’re confident that as our educators review our student performance data more closely and the District continues to target resources toward our schools’ highest needs, we will keep seeing progress and achievement gaps narrowing,” Koligian said.

About 10,600 students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the state’s Smarter Balanced assessments last spring, part of California’s comprehensive testing program. The scores are one tool educators, students and families can use to better understand how our students are performing and to personalize instruction for all learners. The state is field-testing a new dashboard (www.fcusd.org/dashboard) for the community that measures other indicators of school performance like school climate, suspensions, college and career readiness, and more.

In ELA, 61.3% of students districtwide met or exceeded state standards. Similar growth was seen in math performance, where 51.5% of Folsom Cordova students met or exceeded state standards. Some additional growth highlights include: Fourth-graders districtwide grew 5% in ELA performance; Fifth-graders grew 4% in math; Some 73% of 11th-graders in FCUSD schools are meeting or exceeding ELA standards; The District’s most vulnerable student populations - including English learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities - continued to show steady growth in all areas.

Statewide, 48.6% of students met or exceeded English language arts standards, while 37.6% of students met or exceeded standards in math.

For details on how to understand your child’s score reports, parent resources, answers to common questions, and more, please visit www.fcusd.org/testing.  

...Read More!  
  |  

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - After five years of drought, the 2017 water year brought unexpectedly heavy precipitation, ranking second only to 1983 as California’s wettest year for statewide runoff. The dramatic swing in water conditions highlights the need to develop better long-range weather forecasting to cope with the state’s highly variable annual precipitation. 

DWR begins water year 2018 intent on narrowing the forecasting gap with improved sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) forecasting. Working with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, DWR is developing innovative technology to forecast land-falling atmospheric rivers.

“Current short-term forecasting for seven days out is 70 percent accurate, while the 14-day forecast is only seven percent accurate,” said DWR Director Grant Davis. “That isn’t adequate for water management. Advancing accurate, even longer-range forecasting is critical for our ability to plan for California’s highly variable weather.”

The water year that ended September 30 saw an extraordinary number of atmospheric rivers that created high water conditions throughout the state. The Feather River watershed received record runoff in January and February, which led to some of the highest inflows into Lake Oroville ever recorded. More accurate forecasting would have helped DWR manage reservoir levels to deal with significant inflow in the days following the February 7 discovery of erosion on the main spillway at Lake Oroville. Better forecasting also would help inform the spillway’s reconstruction timeline based on predicted precipitation.

The record-setting precipitation in Northern California and above-average rainfall elsewhere contributed to flooding in several river systems. Fifty-two counties declared states of emergency due to the January storm sequence, and flood fight materials and specialists were pre-positioned in Merced, Butte, Stanislaus, Fresno, and San Joaquin counties based on the forecasts in anticipation that local agencies would request support.

Despite record-breaking rainfall in Northern California in water year 2017, drought impacts still linger. Governor Edmund Brown Jr. issued an executive order in April to end the statewide drought emergency, but maintained a state of emergency for the counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne, where homes with dry or contaminated private wells continue to receive emergency drinking water deliveries.

One success story stemming from the drought is the East Porterville Emergency Water Project, which will see 756 unincorporated East Porterville homes connected to the City of Porterville’s municipal water supply by the end of 2017. Similar projects are underway in the communities of Okieville, Monson, and Seville-Yettem to connect an additional 195 homes to a sustainable water supply.

Another highlight of the 2017 water year was the announcement that 99 percent of the state’s high- and medium-priority groundwater basins met a key deadline to form local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the state’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014. California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, particularly during times of drought. The long-term planning required by SGMA will reduce the impacts of groundwater overdraft, including subsidence, and provide a buffer against drought and climate change.

Although a wet 2017 minimized the risk of subsidence in historically affected parts of the San Joaquin Valley, DWR continues to fund satellite- and aircraft-based radar monitoring of subsidence by NASA to support local implementation of SGMA.

Looking ahead, DWR is preparing for the uncertainty of water year 2018 and beyond. In August, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board adopted the 2017 update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, prepared by DWR, which recommends long-term multi-benefit actions to improve flood risk management. This past year DWR awarded more than $4.2 million in Delta Flood Emergency Response grants to improve Delta flood response and increase public safety.

In the past five years, DWR has awarded 46 grants totaling $25 million to develop and update flood safety plans, and increase coordination, training, and flood fight supplies for local agencies across the state.

Ongoing SGMA implementation will bring overdrafted groundwater basins into balance to protect our water supply against the impacts of prolonged drought and climate change.

California WaterFix will upgrade California’s water supply infrastructure to more reliably transport water through the Delta, protecting against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change. The project provides a more flexible and environmentally-responsible way to convey water during significant precipitation events for use in dry years. Construction could begin in 2018, pending support from public water agencies.

The first phase of reconstruction on the Lake Oroville spillways will be completed by November 1, 2017, ensuring the spillway can handle 100,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) this water year. Phase 2, which will be completed by end of 2018/early 2019, will bring the spillway to final design with a capacity of 270,000 cfs. The emergency spillway will be reinforced with several erosion-prevention features, including a cutoff wall to prevent head-cutting erosion.

In the face of California’s highly variable weather patterns, DWR and our local, state, and federal partners are working together to ensure that Californians are prepared. Infrastructure improvements and advances in accurate, long-term forecasting are critical to public safety and sustainability. When it comes to water, California must prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Read more about water year 2017 in the report “What a Difference a Year Makes.”

Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.

Source: DWR

...Read More!  
  |  

Sacramento, CA  (MPG) - J.D. Power announced recently​ that the Sacramento International Airport​ (SMF) has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among medium-sized airports in North America. The ranking is based on J.D. Power’s 2017 customer-satisfaction survey of almost 35,000 travelers.

The J.D. Power Customer Service Satisfaction Study measures satisfaction among customers in medium, large and mega airports across the United States by examining six factors: Terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage and retail amenities.

Sacramento International Airport ranked highest in the categories of security check and terminal facilities. 

“Customer satisfaction is the essence of our brand, and this survey underscores our commitment to giving customers an excellent experience,” said John Wheat, Director of Airports for the Sacramento County Department of Airports. “We have beautiful facilities, fast security lines, and we’re easy to get to. We’re very fortunate that our partners in our airlines, the TSA and concessionaires share this commitment to great service.”

The security checkpoint was singled out for praise by customers. 

“Over the last year, TSA Sacramento has worked hard to refocus on our core security mission and improve communication, both with our public and private stakeholders and within our organization,” said Sid Hanna, Federal Security Director for Sacramento International Airport. “We have involved our supervisors in routine security meetings with the airport and airlines to improve our effectiveness and teamwork.” 

View the J.D. Power survey results. 

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) offers more than 150 daily nonstop flights on nine domestic and international carriers to more than 30 destinations.  The Sacramento County Department of Airport is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field.  The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit http://www.smf.aero

Source: Sacramento County Media

...Read More!  
  |  

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.

...Read More!  
  |  

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.

...Read More!  
  |  

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.

 

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/

Rancho Cordova Police Department

...Read More!  
  |  

Sacramento, CA (MPG) -California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. today (October 13th) declared a state of emergency to help control the state’s hepatitis A outbreak and increase the supply of adult hepatitis A vaccines to meet current needs.

“Vaccinating people at risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of hepatitis A infection during an outbreak,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

To help combat the outbreak, CDPH has already distributed nearly 80,000 doses of the vaccine that were obtained through the federal vaccine program, but those supplies must be increased to continue to address the outbreak. Today’s declaration allows CDPH to immediately purchase additional vaccines directly from manufacturers and coordinate distribution to people at greatest risk in affected areas.

The adult hepatitis A vaccine is different than the one given to children, of which there is ample supply.

The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with poor sanitation and hygiene and is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and drink or through direct contact with an infectious person. The current outbreak has largely impacted people experiencing homelessness and some illicit drug users. The virus can live for months in a contaminated environment, particularly in the absence of good sanitation.

To control this outbreak and prevent further spread, CDPH recommends the vaccination of people in affected areas who are homeless or using illicit drugs. CDPH also recommends vaccination of people who have frequent, close contact with at-risk populations in affected areas. CDPH is working with impacted counties to monitor the outbreak and implement vaccination efforts and is also providing guidance on improving sanitation, including access to handwashing facilities and toilets, to lessen the spread of the virus.

“Local public health officials are working hard to offer vaccines to people who are at the most at risk of infection, including homeless Californians,” said Dr. Smith. “Today’s order will help ensure communities can continue to deliver the vaccines where they are needed most.”

Hepatitis A infection typically causes fever, a general ill feeling with lack of appetite and nausea, and, later in the course of the infection, yellowness of the skin and eyes. Severe hepatitis A infection is rare but does occur in people with underlying liver disease and can cause the liver to fail, potentially leading to death.

For more information about hepatitis A, review our frequently asked questions and visit CDPH’s website.

Source: www.cdph.ca.gov

...Read More!  
  |