SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On November 17, 2018, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received reports of a traffic collision on Winding Way at Rampart Drive. CHP and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and discovered a bicyclist had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old man from Carmichael was driving his red Lexus RX 400 eastbound on Winding Way and had entered the intersection at Rampart Drive. At the same time, a 75 year old man from Sacramento had been riding his bicycle southbound on Winding Way from a shopping center when he entered the intersection directly in front of the Lexus. Subsequently, a collision occurred and the impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the roadway surface.

The bicyclist was not utilizing a light while riding during hours of darkness and he was not wearing a helmet. The sobriety of the driver of the Lexus was evaluated and it was determined that drugs and or alcohol were not a factor in this collision.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. Any persons who can provide additional information regarding this collision are requested to contact the North Sacramento Area CHP office.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Takes Flight

By Rick Reed  |  2018-11-18

 2015 Fall Photo Contest Winner from Sac County. Photo courtesy Rick Reed.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and give us your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy.

Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attachment. Contest is open through December 31, 2018. Entries can be made in two categories- Under 12 years old you can enter FREE! Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. (Under 18 years old? Ask your parents to help!)

Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live.

The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram as a hero of nature!

Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.  Enter @wildlifecareassociation on Facebook.

One picture will be chosen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Snap some shots, submit them and let’s see if they fly! For more information call 916-965-WILD

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Deputy French Added to Wall of Honor

Story and pictures by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-11-18

Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPH) - Dozens of uniformed Sacramento Sheriff’s officers last weekend joined families who sacrificed loved ones in service to community or nation.

The gathering saluted Deputy Robert French, who was inducted to the Wall of Honor at Patriots Park. The ceremony added French’s plaque to those of 13 previous honorees. Erected by Carmichael Park District, the monument salutes heroes who fell since the District was established in 1945.

A Los Angeles native, French perished during a criminal incident in August 2017. The 52-year-old father of three fell while protecting fellow officers during a gun fight at the Ramada Inn, Auburn Boulevard. A 21-year Sheriff’s Department veteran, he had worked with Problem Oriented Police in the North Area Division. Speaking at Patriots Park, his daughter Kaylen French praised the dad who raised her and siblings in Arden Arcade. “It’s heartbreaking, but I am very proud and honored to celebrate his life today,” she said.

 “We recognize the passage of time does not shield you from the emptiness you feel,” County Supervisor Susan Peters told families of the men whose names are recalled by 14 plaques. “We nevertheless hope Patriots Park is a source of comfort and pride in remembering your loved ones. Whatever uniform they wore, we will be forever grateful for their dedication. The community will never forget their sacrifice.”

Congressman Ami Bera, Sheriff Scott Jones, Carmichael Park District directors were among other dignitaries at Saturday’s memorial.

Patriots Park monument honors the following heroes:

Deputy Robert French, Deputy Danny P. Oliver, CHP Officer Ronald E. Davis, Army Specialist James E. Schlottman, Army Leiutenant Robert S. Byrnes, Airforce Captain Olin E. Gilbert Jnr, Army Sergeant Larry H. Morford, Firefighter Dean W. Rhoades, US Navy pilot Lieutenant  J. G. David A Warne, Marine and firefighter Sergeant Brian E. Dunlap, Deputies Kevin P. Blount and Joseph M. Kievernagel, Army Sergeant Ronald L. Coffelt, Army Specialist Raymond N. Spencer Jnr.

Anyone may visit the Wall of Honor. Patriots Park is located at 6825 Palm Avenue, Fair Oaks.

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Salute to Our Heroes

Story and Picture by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-11-18

Military veterans and supporters joined a salute during November 11 observances in Carmichael. The Vietnam monument names students of La Sierra high School who died in the Vietnam War.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael's Vietnam Memorial was central to this week’s Veterans Day commemorations. Flags, music and remembrances were shared by nearly 200 visitors.

The first-known California monument to the Vietnam War is in Earl J. Koobs Nature Area, beside the old La Sierra High School on Engle Road. First dedicated in 1973, the lofty steel edifice honors La Sierra graduates who died during Vietnam years. The nature preserve is named for La Sierra science teacher Earl J. Koobs, who fostered its establishment. Before his 2015 death, WW II veteran Koobs presided over many ceremonies honoring fallen La Sierra students.

Under the aegis of Carmichael Kiwanis, the nature area is now a center for community service. Many Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects have been completed in its five acres. Carmichael Organic Gardening Club maintains a butterfly garden and recently erected a Blue Star Marker honoring US those serving the US military.

Heroes named on the nature area’s monument are: Robert D. Anderson, Mark W. Burchard, Robert S. Bynes, Jerry Cowsert, Kenneth R. Escott, Gary R. Field, Herbert Frenzell, Frank Thornburg, Ralph Guarienti, Larry H. Morford, Thomas C. Pigg, Randall B. Rainville, Kim Richins, Jeffry Tharaldson, Robert A. Willis.

Earl J. Koobs Nature Area is open to visitors on the second Saturday of each month, from March to October. For information, go to  or visit the Koobs Nature Area site on Facebook.

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ARC Presents "In Love and Warcraft"

ARC Love and Warcraft  |  2018-11-18

Romantic and Rowdy Opens Soon at ARC

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “In Love and Warcraft,” a romantic comedy with a modern twist that will ring true to anyone with a smart phone, a computer, or a social media account, opens November 23 for a three-week run at American River College.  Set on a college campus reminiscent of ARC and CSUS, this play by Madhury Shekar also takes brief forays to into the video game World of Warcraft with truly unexpected results.  The production takes place at ARC’s intimate Stage Two Theatre and is Rated R for adult language and content.

Directed by Pamela Downs, “In Love and Warcraft” follows the exploits of Evie Malone (Kloe Walker), a smart, socially awkward gamer girl and English major who commands a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend Ryan (Adam Garn). Despite being a confirmed virgin, Evie has discovered she has a knack for writing love letters (and texts and Facebook posts) for her less articulate peers, and the skill has become quite a money-maker.  When she meets the handsome and sensitive Raul (Naum Josan), however, she finds herself in a non-virtual relationship of her own and no amount of gaming expertise will help her! Critics, both online and in print, agree that Shekar’s lively perspective with this play is a breath of fresh air.

All performances of “In Love and Warcraft” will be at the American River College’s Stage Two Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento. Parking is $2 at the recommended Lot D (corner of College Oak and Myrtle).  SEATING IS LIMITED.  Ticket prices are $15/general, and $12/student/seniors/sarta. For tickets and information, go to or call the ARC Box Office at (916) 484-8234. 

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks residents recently voted on Measure J, a $26.9 million general obligation bond, which would give the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District (FORPD) the funds necessary to upgrade and renovate existing parks and acquire and develop land for new parks in the District. The language in the measure ensures that the funds can only be spent within the District on physical improvements to the parks. None of the money will go to increase District salaries.

Ralph Carhart is the current vice-chair of the FORPD board of directors. His term ends this year, and he ran for re-election on the November ballot. Carhart has thus far received the majority of votes, so a December vote by the FORPD board will likely result in Carhart’s appointment as board president, a term that will begin in January 2019.

According to Sacramento County’s office of Voter Registration and Elections, ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election are still being processed and results are not final. Certified results will be reported by December 6, 2018. Of the ballots that have already been counted at the time of this writing, 67% are in favor of Measure J, so it is likely that the measure will pass.

Carhart said the District is “on pins and needles” waiting for the final results: “We are really hoping Measure J gets the necessary majority because otherwise it would take us 30 years to make the capital improvements in our Master Plan.” Because it is a bond measure, Measure J requires a two-thirds majority vote instead of a simple majority. Carhart explained that they wanted to put the proposal to the voters in this way to ensure the measure would only pass with solid local support.

Carhart said the District will use Measure J funds to begin some of their priority projects, such as repairing or replacing outdated restrooms, increasing safety in the parks by improving the lighting, and ensuring the parks are meeting all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Other major projects will include installing new softball fields at Phoenix Park and implementing the first phase of replacing McMillan Center in Fair Oaks Park. Carhart’s plan is to create additional recreation space at McMillan Center by building an initial replacement structure that can be expanded and added to in the coming years.

Carhart is also excited about a new four-acre park in Gum Ranch, north of Bella Vista High School, which should be ready by this time next year. Carhart explained that Elliott Homes is building the park as part of their construction of a new community in the area. To mitigate for the construction’s environmental impact, Elliott Homes will be planting an oak mitigation bank of approximately one acre adjacent to Arcade Creek. The District is in negotiations with Sacramento County to acquire the mitigation land along with approximately four acres of flood plain in the area. Carhart hopes to use Measure J funds to develop the land into an extensive nature and recreation area.

A new park on Swallow way is also in the plans for Measure J funds. The parcel has already been deeded to the District by Sacramento County, and Carhart said that neighbors in the area are anxious for development to get underway.

A local independent citizens’ oversight committee will be established to oversee the expenditure of Measure J funds and ensure transparency and accountability. Carhart explained that this committee is vital to ensuring that the District does not act unilaterally, but instead is spending the money on what the community wants to see for the future of Fair Oaks parks.  

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - With the election just weeks away, the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign has released government documents and records showing numerous examples of “epic levels” of waste, fraud and abuse of gas tax funds and other taxpayer resources at Caltrans and local transportation agencies throughout California.

The records and documents were obtained through the California Public Records Act (CPRA) process and cover only materials received back from the CA Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), local transportation agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. Other local government agencies also receive and spend gas tax funds - raising the question of how many more examples of waste of gas tax funds exist.

“These examples of outrageous waste of the gas tax and other taxpayer resources provide the best reason to vote YES on Prop 6 the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of the campaign. “Our existing gas tax funds are being wasted and we demand that these revelations of outrageous expenditures be immediately reformed before we give these people any more of our taxpayer dollars,” noted DeMaio.

“These outrageous examples of waste of our gas tax funds is proof that voters cannot trust California government agencies with even a penny more of their money until efficiency and accountability reforms can clean up these excessive expenditures,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign. “Voters can send a strong message by voting YES on Prop 6 to repeal the costly and unfair gas and car tax hikes,” DeMaio concluded.

Facts about this massive hike:

–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $779 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year - striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes”  they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

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