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Sierra Vista Bank Celebrates First Anniversary in Fair Oaks Village

Story and Photos by Bill Martin
Posted: 7/17/2015

Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Michele Brand, Linda Aseltine, and Gary Gall
A photo from the Grand Opening ribbon cutting in 2014. From left to right: Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Michele Brand, Linda Aseltine, and President and CEO Gary Gall.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On June 26th, Sierra Vista Bank celebrated their one-year anniversary with a gala celebration at its newest branch, located in the quiet and quaint setting of Old Fair Oaks Village. The entire staff of Sierra Vista Bank was on hand to help serve customers cold drinks on a warm Sacramento summer day and to participate in the day’s festivities.

President and CEO of Sierra Vista Bank Gary Gall also joined in on the fun, along with Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Business Development Manager; Michele Brand, Assistant Operations Manager; Linda Aseltine, Senior Vice President Branch Banking; and Nathan Carlson, AVP Marketing Administrator.

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SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Massachusetts, and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18th during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento.

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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


On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

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


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


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