SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The largest wildfire burning in California has now claimed the lives of seven Redding residents, with a dozen or more missing. More than 38,000 Shasta County residents have been evacuated because of the Carr Fire.

Cal Fire estimates there are more than 300 fires burning across California as of Sunday morning. But the current CalFiremap shows 18 active fires burning and five contained.

"Since 2012, according to state emergency management officials, there has not been a month without awildfire burning — a stark contrast to previous decades, when fire officials saw the fall and winter as a time to plan and regroup," the New York Times reported about California's wildfires.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, and requested help from the federal government. President Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency granted California's request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to provide extra support.

Many are asking why there are so many fires burning again in California.

I am a California native. In my five decades in this state, wildfire "season" was limited to summer into fall, and the raging, violent explosive infernos were rare.

What's the significance of 2012? It is interesting that the New York Times mentioned the 2012 date, but only attributed the wildfire increases to "the recent historic drought," and "rising temperatures," caused by... Climate Change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

California wildfires are historically either natural occurrences, accidental equipment or auto spark started, or arson. Many Californians have been asking why the increase in wildfires in the last five years. And as the NYT pointed out, there is no longer a "wildfire season;" rather the wildfire season never seems to end. Today's non-stop wildfires are government created.

Obama-Era Eco-Terrorism Enviro Regs

Under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, "The Obama administration finalized a rule governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development," the Washington Post reported in 2012. "The rule will serve as the guiding document for individual forest plans, which spell out exactly how these lands can be used."

And that's exactly what happened. The Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs. This is the result of far too many radical environmentalists, government bureaucrats, leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn, than let anyone thin out overgrown trees, or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle kills, or even selectively cut timber. Forests are the ultimate natural renewable resource.

But now California burns 12 months of the year. If you wanted to tear a state down economically, what better way than to burn it down?

In a 2016 Townhall column, Paul Driessen explains:

"Eco-purists want no cutting, no thinning – no using fire retardants in "sensitive" areas because the chemicals might get into streams that will be boiled away by conflagrations. They prevent homeowners from clearing brush around their homes, because it might provide cover or habitat for endangered species and other critters that will get incinerated or lose their forage, prey and habitats in the next blaze. They rarely alter their policies during drought years."

"The resulting fires are not the "forest-rejuvenating" blazes of environmentalist lore. They are cauldron-hot conflagrations that exterminate wildlife habitats, roast bald eagle and spotted owl fledglings alive in their nests, boil away trout and trout streams, leave surviving animals to starve, and incinerate every living organism in already thin soils ... that then get washed away during future downpours and snow melts. Areas incinerated by such fires don't recover their arboreal biodiversity for decades."

The left does not care that homes and businesses burn down, or that people die. They do not care that deer, bunnies, snakes, raptors, bears, squirrels, bluejays, coyotes, mountain lions or wolves are incinerated by wildfires. If they did care, proper forest management would be the priority.

Government Intervention

In the early 1990's the Clinton administration embraced the Forest Stewardship Council following the Rio Earth Summit. The FSC was created "to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests."

Yale 360 contributor Richard Conniff explained: FSC was to work with the timber industry "to set standards covering the conservation and restoration of forests, indigenous rights, and the economic and social well-being of workers, among other criteria. For industry, FSC certification promised not just a better way of doing business, but also higher prices for wood products carrying the FSC seal of environmental friendliness."

It was an epic fail. All industries using timber-related products were extorted into becoming "FSC Certified." Paper products, furniture, construction, cabinets, power poles, and hundreds of industries use timber. At the time I worked as the Human Resources Director for my husband's large commercial printing company. We bought a lot of paper – $10 million worth each year –  and found ourselves under pressure to achieve FSC Certification, which I knew was a scam. It was also very expensive, which made it clear that it was extortion. When my BS meter goes off, it's like a small atomic bomb.

"A quarter-century later, frustrated supporters of FSC say it hasn't worked out as planned, except maybe for the higher prices: FSC reports that tropical forest timber carrying its label brings 15 to 25 percent more at auction," Conniff reported. "But environmental critics and some academic researchers say FSC has had little or no effect on tropical deforestation."

Prior to FSC Certification, environmentalists and eco-crooks refused to acknowledge that for millennia, timber had been prized as a renewable, recyclable natural resource, and the timber industry prioritized proper care of forests.

Fast forward to the George W. Bush administration: "In June 2009, a federal judge sided with environmentalists and threw out the Bush planning rule that determines how 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands develop individual forest plans, governing activities from timber harvests to recreation and protecting endangered plants and animals. Clinton appointee, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Forest Service had failed to analyze the effects of removing requirements guaranteeing viable wildlife populations (Greenwire, July 1)."

By 2012, the Obama administration issued a major rewrite of all of the country's forest rules and guidelines.

In 2015, Washington D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, rejected claims from a coalition of timber, livestock, and off-highway vehicle organizations that the Obama sustainability provisions in the 2012 Planning Rule would cause an economically harmful reduction in timber harvest and land use and an increase in forest fires. "Defendants Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, as well as The Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife, represented by Earthjustice, argued that existing federal law provided ample authority for the Forest Service to promulgate the Planning Rule provisions, which place emphasis on ecologically sustainable forest management," Earthjustice reported.

"'Hotter, drier, longer' forest fires we are witnessing today have nothing to do with 'dangerous manmade climate change,'" Driessen said. "They have a lot to do with idiotic forestmismanagement policies and practices."

As with the Clinton administration in the 1990's, the Obama administration worked against all drilling, mining, ranching, farming, property ownership, and made it happen through the 2012 eco-terrorism regulations.

So-called environmentalists have a very narrow view of nature, not recognizing that without management, which means an appreciable amount of logging, they are actually hurting wildlife and the long term health of the forest. And now California is on fire.

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Smoke-Related Health Statement

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, in consultation with Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, is issuing a Smoke-Related Health Statement. Residents are advised to continue to take precautions and minimize outdoor activities from Monday, August 6, through Friday, August 10, due to smoke being transported into Sacramento County from fires in Northern California. 

If you smell or see smoke, take the following actions:

•      Everyone should minimize outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy  

•      Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure when air quality is poor  

•      Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible  

•      Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan  

•      Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke  

•      Those with heart disease should especially limit their exposure since particulate pollution from smoke can cause heart attacks  

“Smoke in the air from wildfires can aggravate pre-existing conditions for those with respiratory issues,” says Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “Older adults, people with chronic diseases and young children are most at risk and should avoid outside activities if they see or smell smoke.”

Check current conditions for the Sacramento region at www.SpareTheAir.com/wildfire.cfm. 

To know what you’re breathing, download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app or sign up for Air Alert emails at www.SpareTheAir.com.

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Goodwill for Fashion: Who knew?

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-08-03

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Goodwill Industries in the Sacramento area is busily preparing for Style with a Purpose, at the Alta Arden Goodwill location on Saturday, August 4.  Though this particular event has a Back to School theme, fun and fashion is in store for all who attend.  According to Goodwill representatives, the goal is to make fashion accessible to everyone, to break down the stigma attached with thrifting, to promote eco-fashion and to have on-hand style advice for shoppers free of charge.  Regional Manager for Goodwill Industries, Hope Pearson, extends her invitation to customers of all ages and expects them to be impressed.  “It’s not your average thrift store,” Pearson maintains.  “Our quality is much higher than most thrift stores.”

The happening will feature a number of fashion experts in the Sacramento area, and welcome men, women, and children to get their fashion groove on.  Stylists will pre-select clothing items for people of all sizes, and other items will also be showcased.  During the event, guests will be able to browse “style stations” where stylists will offer personalized fashion advice.  This is Goodwill’s second stylists event in the Sacramento area.  The first one, held on April 28, was a rousing success.  In the process, Goodwill attracts new shoppers to its organization by pointing out how people can, through a little hunting, acquire amazingly inexpensive ways to enhance their wardrobe. 

While Style with a Purpose is designed to be a fun event, it supports a serious cause.  Each purchase to Goodwill helps improve lives of people who use the organization’s services.  All purchases of merchandise from Goodwill’s stores benefit the nonprofit’s mission of helping people with disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency.  In 2018 alone Goodwill Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada provided more than $20 million worth of resources to those in need.  Some community organizations benefitted are Next Move Homeless Services, Francis House Center, Wind Youth Services, People of Progress, and Community Link Capital Region.  “Our business wouldn’t be possible without donations from our community,” Pearson asserts.  What’s more, Goodwill is instrumental in helping people in the community rebuild their lives with its job assistance programs.

Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Methodist minister Rev. Edgar H. Helms.  Helms enacted the progressive idea of collecting household items and clothing in upper class sections of the city.  These goods were resold or given to people in need.  Thus, the Goodwill credo of not charity, but a chance was put into place.  Helms’ simple vision is now a nonprofit organization with assets of more than $5.5 billion.  Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise… a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources are depleted.”    

Goodwill Industries gets results.  In 2017, more than 38.6 million people utilized in-person and technological services from the organization to build their professional lives.  Also last year, the organization’s Good Neighbor program, which provides emergency assistance on a referral basis to agency clients, directly served 72,937 people across 35 countries. 

More than a century after Goodwill’s founding, events such as Style with a Purpose help perpetuate the success of the organization by bringing in a new, often younger clientele.  Betsy Appleton, who puts together the blog goldwilldigger.com, reminds people that dressing snappy is affordable, thanks to Goodwill.  On the blog, Appleton describes herself as “a 20-something navigating the waters of adulthood with champagne taste on a beer budget.”  As a guest on NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town program in Nashville, Appleton provided frugal fashionistas with a few tricks of the trade.  When asked about her best tip for going through the racks, Appleton advised that it’s a different experience than walking to a rack in a department store.  In fact, she claimed, some elbow grease is required.  Appleton explained the digging in being a Goldwill digger.  “One is to be patient,” she asserted.  “Things aren’t going to jump out at you.  You have to spend time there, be patient, and be persistent.” 

Appleton added that the reduced monetary investment in clothing bought from Goodwill lends itself to experimentation.  A recreational fashion designer can feel free to take the scissors to alter a Goodwill garment, because it didn’t cost a lot of money.  “There’s no harm in doing a little DIY with Goodwill pieces.  You don’t have a lot invested in them to make them unique and fit you.”  Appleton was awarded Goodwill of Middle Tennessee’s 2016 Ambassador of the Year.

Heather Donaldson, creator of Style with a Purpose, received her inspiration for this event from a similar happening in Nashville, in which her sister Elisabeth participated.  A critical care nurse, Heather Donaldson started thrifting out of financial necessity, and now keeps doing it for fun and with a sense of social consciousness.  “When I was musician living in Los Angeles, I never had any money but needed clothing that would make me look like a star. Goodwill quickly became my best friend,” she reflects.  “I could find unique items made of rich fabrics that were often hardly worn. Now that my pocketbook is not as tight, I don’t thrift out of necessity, I thrift because I worry about this planet and the effects of fast fashion on the environment. I still find beautiful clothes for a fraction of retail prices and I use what I save to travel and enjoy life.” 

Donaldson will serve as a stylist for the event along with Caitlin Alfstad, Dev Anglin, Hagen, Keia Mae, Tuyen, Vince Vicari, and Xochitl. Each stylist in the event will be on hand to provide personalized fashion advice.  All attendees will be welcome to pick the brains of these local “bloggers, artists, and fashionistas,” as described by Donaldson. 

Style with a Purpose will take place on Saturday, August 4, at the Alta Arden Goodwill location, on 2040 Alta Arden Expressway, from 1-4 PM.  Light bites and beverages will be served.  For more information about Goodwill in this area, go to www.goodwillsacto.org.

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Disabled American Veterans Help Send Kids to Summer Camp

MPG Staff  |  2018-08-03

Disabled American Veterans California Chapters 35 and 93 have raised a grand total of $31,296 since 2015 for their support of Camp Corral, a summer camp unique to children of veterans.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – For the fourth consecutive year, DAV California Chapters 35 and 93 in the Sacramento region have joined together to support Camp Corral. The mission of the camp is to transform the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.

“The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of military service members and veterans,” according to an official statement. “We partner with some of the best camps around the United States to host each session. Camp Corral has proven to be a ‘week of a lifetime,’ providing kids non-stop fun with activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, ropes course challenges, horseback riding, and more. Campers have the priceless opportunity to connect with other kids who understand the unique challenges that come with military life. Each of our host camps provides top-quality programming that teaches the skills needed to build emotional resilience. The positive effects may follow a child for a lifetime.

This year, DAV California Chapters 35 and 93 were able to raise over $9,000. Since 2015, the Chapters have raised a total of $31, 296 for their support of Camp Corral.

For more information visit www.campcorral.org.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is advising residents that smoke from wildfires burning outside the county and high concentrations of ozone pollution are expected to continue through at least Sunday, August 5.

A Spare The Air alert is in effect through Sunday, August 5, due to high forecasted levels of ground-level ozone, also known as smog. Residents are asked to drive less to reduce air pollution when Spare The Air is in effect.

In addition, smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Northern California continues to impact Sacramento County. The worst smoke impacts are expected between noon and 5 p.m. each day.

“The District provides many tools so residents can be aware of smoke exposure. We hope they utilize these tools to protect their health and the health of their families,” said Alberto Ayala, Sac Metro Air District’s Executive Officer.

The public can access and receive real-time air quality readings by:

  • Visiting SpareTheAir.com
  • Downloading the Sacramento Region Air Quality App
  • Signing-up for Air Alert email notifications at SpareTheAir.com

The District works in collaboration with the Sacramento County Department of Public Health and recommends the following precautions:

  • Minimize or eliminate outdoor activities when you can see or smell smoke
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure when air quality is poor
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their exposure since particulate pollution from smoke can increase the risk of heart attacks
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Citrus Heights, CA Sunrise MarketPlace Business Improvement District in collaboration with 101.5 K-Hits will be hosting a drive thru coin drop for the Carr Fire Victims on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8 AM – 11 AM in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot near Vitamin Shoppe.

A drive thru drop-off location will be setup in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot, in between the Vitamin Shoppe and the Men’s Wearhouse on Sunrise Blvd in Citrus Heights. Motorists can drive up, roll down their window, drop change in the bucket and be on their way. The donation site will also be accepting cash, checks and gift cards; but will not be accepting any clothing or other physical items as these have not been requested at this time.

All donations will go to the Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Carr Fire Fund. The funds will be distributed to people in need through the United Way of Northern California and local non-profit emergency relief agencies directly serving fire victims with immediate needs. According to Tri-Counties web site, these non-profit organizations have been vetted as trusted and well-managed direct emergency service providers. Funds will be allocated to local agencies based on proportionate need and expected impact.

“Last year we co-hosted a donation drive for the Napa fire victims with 101.5 K-Hits, which was overwhelmingly supported by residents and radio listeners.  We look forward to a similar result this year”, said Julie DePrada, Special Events and Projects Coordinator for Sunrise MarketPlace. 

About Sunrise MarketPlace

Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants and professional services in one of the region's most heavily travelled commercial corridors in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA.  The Shopping and Business Improvement District is located along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive (just north of Greenback Lane) and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The District was created in 1999 to advance the commercial vitality of the business corridor.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com.

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Eppie’s Great Race Concludes After 45 Years of Tradition

By Susan Peters, County Supervisor  |  2018-07-27

Photo by Rick Sloan

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Eppie’s Great Race (otherwise known as the World’s oldest no swim triathlon) concluded after its 45th year on Saturday, July 21, and celebrated its contribution to our area’s history.

Founded by the late Sacramento-area restaurateur/entrepreneur Eppie Johnson in 1974, the race became an annual summertime tradition for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts and families.  This last contest featured a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike route and a 6.35-mile kayak paddle held along the scenic American River Parkway.  It started and finished at the William B. Pond Recreation Area located at the end of Arden Way.

The race was organized by the Eppie's Great Race Foundation and the primary beneficiary is the Therapeutic Recreation Services Division within the Department of Regional Parks which provides therapeutic recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities residing in Sacramento County.  To date more than one million dollars have been raised for therapeutic recreation services since the race’s inception.

The Foundation and the Johnson family decided to end the Great Race after its 45th year, noting that Eppie was 45 years old when he started the event.  While this unique challenge will fade into history, the Foundation will continue to sponsor Eppie’s Kids Duathlon, featuring running and bicycling, for children ages 3 to 13, in the fall – and the Foundation is set up to continue funding Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services despite the triathlon’s demise.

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