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Shauna Lea Sings for the Crowd
Shauna Lea of Hired Guns strikes a pose for the camera.
Photos by Richard Perez

Fair Oaks Concerts Rock

By Richard Perez
Posted: 7/17/2014

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The Fair Oaks Thursday night Concerts in the Park Series gets the weekend started early. The July 10th concert featured one of the region’s best musical groups, Hired Guns. Lead singer Shauna Lea and the boys (Mike, Toby, Rich and John) provided their version of Sacramento River rock, belting out a variety of country, hard rock, ballad and blues tunes that had everyone, including the famous Fair Oaks roosters, scratching in the aisles.

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Job Demand Hiring Trends for Local Companies in the 3rd Quarter

Posted: 7/17/2014

Job Seekers Look to the Future
A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014. In a direct telephone survey of Sacramento’s top regional employers, fifty percent (50%) say hiring is motivated by expansion of existing workforces, and eleven percent (11%) also attributed seasonal demands for seeking workers in July, September and October.

Attrition, or replacements among the existing workforce motivated the other half expecting to see applicants. Pacific Staffing discovered just twenty-nine percent (29%) of Sacramento companies contacted directly between May 21st and June 11th are not hiring. While service and manufacturing companies were driving the majority of hiring anticipated in the third quarter, construction firms were almost evenly split, and just one retail firm surveyed was not looking for help. Also signaling continued robust employment in the area, not one company noted any plans for layoffs in the next quarter. Several firms also mention that retention of current workers was a growing concern and noted finding adequate numbers of qualified applicants as another challenge.

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Statue of Liberty, US Flag, Flying Eagle, Silhouetted Against the Sky
“The flag of the United States is one of the most recognizable symbols on earth, more so than our monuments or presidents. From its creation, the flag has stood for freedom, liberty, and the prosperity of the United States. It was designed to accommodate the growth of a budding nation. Stars have been added, but it has retained the same significance. When you take your flag out to fly, hold it carefully, as it is a representation of our whole nation!” – Author Unknown

Saluting Our Flag

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/3/2014

There was a time not so long ago when our flag, I believe, did not have as much meaning as it does today. It was just a part of our lives, and we took it for granted. I know I did.

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I assumed it would always be around, always representing my country, and always respected by our citizens. But unfortunately this did not happen, and the flag began to be treated badly. Allowed to fly unmanaged, never folded or brought in at night, many became dirty and tattered. Disgruntled groups burned flags in protest. Yes, this is legal, but still sad. And our flag began appearing on inappropriate items.

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Fourth on the Field!

Posted: 7/3/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Raley Field will host its second-annual Fourth of July celebration this Independence Day. This family friendly event will feature some of the region’s best local food, live music from the band Nunchuck Taylor, and a fireworks extravaganza to cap off the night.

The event, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 4, from 6-10 p.m. at Raley Field, costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. New to 2014 will be an exclusive 21-and-up party in the Solon Club. Tickets for the Solon Club are $15.

“Fourth on the Field” will be set up similar to Brewfest, with food trucks parked along the warning track in the outfield—some trucks will even make their way on to the concourse. A special kids’ activity area, inflatable structures at the Coca-Cola Kids Corner, and access to Raley Field’s Beer Garden will make this a family-friendly, full-stadium event.

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Rising Temperatures and Spring Snow Melt Prompt Water Safety Warning

Posted: 6/19/2014

Two Jet Skis Race Across the Water
“We ask those enjoying the outdoors to be careful near mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs,” said Randy Livingston, PG&E’s Vice President of Power Generation. “Water flows will fluctuate with the warming and cooling of the day, so always be prepared for a change in conditions.”

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Water enthusiasts should take serious precautions against cold temperatures and swift currents when in or near water this spring.

Despite this year’s below-normal snowfall, the spring snowmelt can still result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists–waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers, and even hikers cooling off at the water’s edge. Lower water levels can also expose hazards or make them closer to the surface.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), California State Parks and its Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) caution that even though the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is below normal, the snowpack is rapidly melting as mid-spring temperatures continue to rise. As warmer weather and longer days speed up melting snow in mountainous regions, water temperatures will continue to drop and flows can change suddenly in waterways and reservoirs.

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Fifi on the Ground Surrounded by Admirers
The Commemorative Air Force’s fully restored B-29 Superfortress, Fifi flew in to Mather Field Thursday, June 5th.
Photos by Jennifer Trovato

Fifi, the World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress

By Jennifer Trovato
Posted: 6/19/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The name Fifi always had a specific connotation for me. It brought to mind a small, well groomed purse dog—until I flew with the Commemorative Air Force on Thursday, June 5th. When I hear the name Fifi now, I think of the huge, silver Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber that carried us from Modesto to Mather, the only airborne sister plane of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Bocks Car, which dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki three days later.

One of 3,970 B-29s, Fifi was built just a few weeks before the end of WWII. She was never intended for battle even though she was equipped to carry nuclear payloads; she served as a training vessel. The Air Force kept her in service until 1954 when she was lent to the Navy; this could have been the end for Fifi. She was forgotten, left to sit in the Mojave desert until 1971 when Vic Agather, a WWII Army Air Forces veteran, rescued her from her next planned transfer—to the scrap yard. Agather named the B-29 Fifi after his wife.

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New Sheriff Center Opens

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/5/2014


DA Jan Scully Honored With Top Leadership Award

Posted: 6/5/2014


AMGEN Tour Thrills

By Eric Hokom
Posted: 5/22/2014


Over 400 Attend Eppie’s Kids Duathlon

By Drisha Legget
Posted: 5/22/2014


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