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Debbie Olympius and Lilly, the Head Goat
Flock leader Lilly greets her boss.

Goats in the Moat

Wilhaggin Basin Has Eco-Friendly Trim

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - If it takes 100 goats two weeks to do what machines and herbicides might achieve in days, American River Drive residents have few complaints.

Employed by Sacramento County for brush clearing in Wilhaggin Detention Basin, the herd was recently trucked in from Herald. Over 14 days, the herbivores munched through the 10-acre trough that protects lowland Carmichael/Arden from floods. “It’s the second year we’ve employed them here,” said County senior engineer Rod Goss. “Goats take time to do the job but they’re more cost-effective than sending in men and machines. They’re good on steep terrain where human ankles have been turned. They free up County staff to deal with emergency situations at times of fire risk. After goats do their work, we’ve found weed regrowth is limited. Less ongoing maintenance is needed.”

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'Rabbit Ears' Contributors Discuss Comedic Contributions
Victoria Cain discusses Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and the art of movie riffing. Since MST3K ended in 1999, finding comedy in bad filmmaking has become something of an art among niche groups. Members of this panel have their own comedy riffing show called Rabbit Ears.
Photo by Christie Spurlock

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From June 19th through 21st, pop culture fans of all kinds swarmed into the Sacramento Convention Center to see their favorite celebrities, buy geeky wares, and show off their best costumes. Before the official start of the Con, Wizard World organized a Thursday pre-party and red carpet event, featuring Chris 51 (Epic Ink), Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints), and Jason David Frank (Power Rangers). It also included a 3D IMAX screening of Jurassic World.

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Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

The Band 'Lady Antebellum' Posed on Stage
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory.
Photos by Niño Munoz.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.

When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”

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Drop in Folsom Lake Levels Could Lead to Half Million Without Water

Posted: 6/19/2015

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - At its June 4th meeting, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors expressed grave concern over the projected drop in water levels at Folsom Lake. Reacting to an order last week by the State Water Resource Control Board to conserve cold water supplies in the Shasta Reservoir system, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is releasing water from Folsom Reservoir at a rate that could drop lake levels within a few feet of the water supply outlet that serves the City of Roseville, City of Folsom, and San Juan Water District.

“If the current plan remains unchanged and we experience a dry fall, we could see half a million people in the region without water,” PCWA General Manager Einar Maisch said. “This could, in effect, destroy the entire region’s economy.”

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Wizard World Comic Con Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 6/5/2015

Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead is just one of the scheduled celebrities set to appear June 19th-21st.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2015 schedule with its second trip to the Sacramento Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 19th to June 21st. Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Royal Pains), Kelly Frye (The Flash), WWE Divas The Bella Twins and Eva Marie, and Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza. The WWE stars will appear on Saturday only, while Winkler is scheduled for all three days of the event. Other guests listed above are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento guests include Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time, Breaking Bad), Reggie Lee (Grimm), Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Kevin Conroy (Voice Actor - Batman: The Animated Series), Jason David Frank and David Yost (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Chris 51 (Epic Ink), The Boondock Saints duo Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, and Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead).

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A Homeless Woman Gazes Into the Distance
May, a homeless woman who stays near Loaves and Fishes for daily access to their services, spends her afternoons sitting on the curb of North 14th Street with dozens of others who jump at the opportunity for a bottle of water or a free meal.

On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 6/5/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Pace begins his day calmly, climbing into his cruiser and reviewing his to-do list. His last two years assigned specifically to answering complaints about homeless campers and panhandlers have been a welcome change after a long career policing prostitution and narcotics.

Throughout the years, Pace has handled the emotional stress of his job the same way. “It’s just business; it’s not personal,” he said before leading this journalist on a ride-along. “At some point, you have to have a disconnect and go into cop mode.”

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Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 5/22/2015


Construction Begins on Emergency Drought Barrier in Delta

Temporary Barrier Will Deter Saltwater and Protect Delta Water Quality

Posted: 5/22/2015


EcoHousing Project Unanimously Approved

Posted: 5/8/2015


$10,000 Fine for Water Infractions, says Brown

Posted: 5/8/2015


Seconds Before the Crash

Distracted Driving Worse Than Previously Reported

Posted: 4/24/2015


Elton John Tribute Performs at Harris Center’s Folsom Lake College Campus

Posted: 4/24/2015


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