Local Growers and Ag Officials Work to Increase Awareness of Citrus-Killing Insect

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-05-24
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It’s a small insect the size of a grain of rice that by itself is fairly innocuous. But the Asian citrus psyllid is capable of carrying a bacteria that will kill every citrus tree it infects.

A large-scale infestation can be devastating. Both the insect and the disease have been discovered in a handful of home citrus trees in Southern California and pose no immediate threat to Placer County. However, local citrus growers and agricultural officials both here and throughout the state are carefully watching.

The psyllid can carry Huanglongbing disease, HLB, also known as citrus greening disease. The psyllid has been found as far north as San Joaquin County, but so far HLB has only been found in Los Angeles County. The insects infest citrus trees by laying larvae into new growth. If the psyllid carries the disease, the tree will slowly die, though symptoms will not show up for several years.

“The concern for Placer County, and our world-renowned mandarins, is people unknowingly transporting the Asian citrus psyllid into the county,” said Agricultural Commissioner Joshua Huntsinger. “The psyllid can only fly a short distance and is almost always spread by people transporting infested plants or plant material.”

Placer County wants to increase the public’s awareness of not only what the disease can do, but how to avoid bringing it to the foothills.Transporting citrus trees, rootstock or fruit with attached leaves can give the psyllid the avenue to bring disease to our citrus trees.

The agricultural commissioner’s office has increased surveillance for the psyllid and is reminding everyone of the importance of not moving citrus trees or fruit into the county from other locations. The office also is asking the public to only buy citrus trees and root stock from reputable, licensed nurseries and to cooperate with county staff who do inspections.

Placer County has a robust inspection program. The county agricultural commissioner’s office has traps placed in about 40 commercial groves, in addition to 220 traps in urban and residential trees. All incoming shipments of citrus trees going to nurseries for retail sale are inspected, as are trees going to growers who are planting or augmenting existing orchards.  

For more information:
http://www.californiacitrusthreat.org/
http://ucanr.edu/sites/ACP/


California Pioneer Day, the Legacy Lives On

By Margaret Snider  |  2016-05-20

Continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. until closing time at 3 p.m. will be part of the California Pioneer History Day at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. Parking is $8 inside the park, and some areas outside the park provide free parking, with shuttle service every 20 minutes. 
--Photo by Richard Montgomery

On May 21st, 2016, California Pioneer History Day is coming to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. Admission is free, and the event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., with parade at 10 a.m.  It is sponsored by the Pioneer Heritage Foundation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The event will focus on the wide range of methods the pioneers used to cope with significant dangers and challenges of traveling and making a home in unfamiliar and, sometimes, inhospitable circumstances. Even with the difficulties, the pioneers found ways to enjoy the journey.

Dennis Holland, who serves in the LDS Church as California LDS living history mission president, said that looking at what pioneer ancestors have done can enhance people’s pride in their past. It can suggest ways to build on and improve our own lives and civilization. “We don’t want our youth growing up without a proper appreciation of the heritage they have been given and want them to appreciate the sacrifice made by others for them and their well-being,” Holland said.

Among the many interactive exhibits, the ship Brooklyn display will re-create the type of berth that the 250 plus Latter-day Saints had to occupy for six months while sailing from New York Harbor to the pueblo of Yerba Buena in San Francisco.  “It is one of my favorites,” Holland said, “because we don’t realize what it took to travel by ocean sailing ship in the old days.”

In addition, periodically there will be black powder musket firings, and the firing of a replica of the cannon purchased from Captain John Sutter in 1848.  Special occasional firings of the “Candy Cannon” will shoot candy to kids who are gathered for the event.

Visitors can try their skills making bricks, candles, and dolls. There will be quilting and kids can roast a biscuit on a stick to get a feeling for how the pioneers had to improvise. Families can bring lunches to dine in the picnic areas, and a hamburger stand will raise funds for the State Park. The picnic area is also the location of the stage entertainment.

Jeri Clinger, co-founder with her husband Richard of the Galena Street East singing and dancing troop, is one of the organizers of the entertainment for California Pioneer History Day. “Singers will sing songs of that period, ones they might have been singing at some of the mining camps.”  Entertainment is continuous from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will be centered at the picnic area. Visitors are encouraged to come in period costume if they wish.

Many cultures made important contributions to California’s history. Hawaiians helped to build Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and Hawaiian songs and dancing will be included, as well as Mexican song and dance. A booth will trace the role of the Chinese. The part of Latter-day Saints as they fled from persecution and headed west will also be incorporated.

Historical groups will participate including the Pony Express Association, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Buffalo Soldiers. Bill Terrell of Sacramento is one of the Buffalo Soldiers, and said that though blacks fought in the Civil War and in state militias, they could not be members of the U.S. military until 1866. The 150th anniversary of the official formation of U.S. black cavalry and infantry divisions is being celebrated this year. The “prowess, bravery, and tenaciousness on the battlefield” inspired the Native Americans to call them Buffalo Soldiers and the name has carried forward to the present day.

“My father was a Buffalo Soldier, he was in the 9th cavalry back in 1942,” Terrell said. “That’s what really got me started and involved in the Buffalo Soldiers, so we ask everybody to stop by and listen to our story.”

The setting at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma is the historic spot of John Sutter’s sawmill, where gold was discovered in 1848.

“It’s a very family oriented day,” Clinger said. “It’s ideal to help people in California feel the pioneer heritage here.” It is hoped that the day will become an annual event.

Parking will be available inside the park for $8. Some parking areas outside the park will be free and shuttles will run every 20 minutes. Come early to beat the crowds. For more information, please see www.californiapioneer.org/cphd.


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Olympians to Teach Water Polo Skills

By Ella Tomlin  |  2016-05-20

Jessica Steffens, Olympian at the Attacker position earned a Gold Medal in 2012 and a Silver Medal in 2008.

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner and our area will welcome four decorated Water Polo Olympians to Rio Americano High School on June 4th. American River Water Polo Club is offering an opportunity for our local athletes to learn from the best of the best. During three, one-hour clinics, the athletes will learn skills, strategies, and competitive mind-set from some of the most elite athletes in the world.

Jessica Steffens, Olympian at the Attacker position earned a Gold Medal in 2012 and a Silver Medal in 2008. Sean Nolan, Olympian at the Goalie position was with the 2000 Olympic team. Sean Nolan, is currently the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program - National Goalie Technical Director. Peter Hudnut was an Olympian Defender on the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Team. Joining the group will be four-time Olympian, Ryan Bailey; He was part of the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Men’s water polo teams and is considered one of the all-time great centers in the sport of Water Polo.

After the clinic, Peter Hudnut, Ryan Bailey, and ARWPC’s own Heather Moody, will be the guests for meet and greet event at Ten22, a restaurant in Old Sacramento. From 6-8 p.m., they will share their Olympic experiences, chat about the sport of water polo and what the sport means to them. Tickets are available for purchase tickets www.ARWPC.com.

American River Water Polo Club actively supports growing the sport of water polo throughout the Sacramento region. The club offers recreational and competitive water polo programs with their main location of Rio Americano High School along with some programs also located at the Folsom Aquatic Center and MC McClatchy High School. During the summer, the club offers a non-competitive swim team at Rio Americano. It runs for 6 weeks. The club recently added summer swim lessons at El Camino to help promote water safety in our community. ARWP’s Performance Director, Heather Moody, a two-time Olympian as a player and two-time as a coach, heads up a dedicated staff that focuses on fundamental development of core water polo skills and quality swim programs for all ages.

Each year, the club offers three free water polo clinics and the next clinic is June 5th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Rio Americano High School. This free clinic is open to kids from 5-13 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards. The youngest group, 5- to 8-year-olds, use a pool float noodle to help support them while in the pool. The clinic groups are divided up by age and time so check out www.ARWPC.com for a detailed list of times found at the register button.

Join ARWPC for their free clinic and other aquatic programs. Check out a great sport that combines swimming skills, basketball and a lot of fun!


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No Child Wet Behind hosts their 1st annual 5K fundraiser Saturday, May 21st at Willow Creek in Folsom, CA.

No Child Wet Behind’s (NCWB) mission is to get diapers to those in need via monetary donations as well as diaper donations. NCWB is a nonprofit; it was started by Northeast Doulas, LLC, a for-profit company based out of Peekskill, NY that provides professional doula services to families in Greenwich, Westchester, and New York City

“I remember us hopping in our car, filled to the brim with diapers, and driving around Peekskill handing out diapers to desperate parents,” says Randy Patterson, co-owner of Northeast Doulas. “The need was so great: we had people knocking on our door looking for more diapers. We knew we had to do something.”

NCWB is just one of a few organizations aiming to educate about and prevent diaper deprivation. Taylor Made Doulas has teamed up with several other agencies around the nation to make this event national. Each agency will host the event on the same day, May 21st.  The efforts of the event here Folsom will benefit the Ripples to Waves; a local Folsom non-profit that supports families in Folsom and surrounding areas. Diapers will also benefit The Tubman House of Sacramento.

NCWB will make a sizable diaper donation to these organizations as a result of this event.

The family-friendly day will start with a 5k run/walk around Willow Creek, followed by activities for all ages, including: a bouncy house, vendor boutique, food and beverage trucks, raffle prizes, children’s area and more. All participating organizations will be represented that day, with various ways to give and get involved.

The proceeds of the event will benefit No Child Wet Behind; diapers will be (even partially opened packs) accepted the day of the event and after by calling 530 401 1798.

Registration is still open for the 5k. You can get details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1262633473763042/.  To learn more about sponsorship and other donations, please email info@taylormadedoulas.com.


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Nielsen: State Needs to Prioritize Spending and Proceed with Caution

Source: Nghia Nguyen, Senator Jim Nielsen’s Office  |  2016-05-19

Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s release of his revised budget:

“Fortunately, we have a Rainy Day Fund – that we must preserve and not touch. The Rainy Day Fund is for real, catastrophic emergencies.

“We have more revenue now, but we may not sustain this amount in the future, which is why the Governor has wisely chosen to set aside money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

“With additional money as compared to prior years, we must prioritize the basic health and life needs of California citizens.

“We should keep promises that were made to Californians in need by restoring much critical programs, not creating new ones.”

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba.


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State Theatre Presents: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2016-05-19

Cinema at the State Theatre in Auburn
presents

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Thursday, June 16, 2016 ~ 7 pm

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family with its rivalries, tensions, and greed.

One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives (reprising his stage role). The movie was honored with six major Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director.

Elizabeth Taylor’s role was as the passionate, sexually-frustrated, feline Maggie ("The Cat" in the film's title) whose advances and lustful sensuality are thwarted by the unloving temperament of her alcoholic, apathetic husband Brick (Paul Newman).

The action occurs on the occasion of the 65th birthday of 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the patriarchal plantation head (who is secretly suffering from terminal cancer), when the greater Pollitt family gathers and inevitably quarrels over the granting of the expected inheritance.

MGM's posters proclaimed: "ALL THE SULTRY EXPLOSIVE DRAMA OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' PULITZER PRIZE PLAY IS NOW ON THE SCREEN.”

Date and Time: Thursday, June 16, 2016 ~ 7 pm

Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes

General Admission: $8

Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156


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Dutch Bros Granite Bay Supports Del Oro High School

Source: Dutch Bros Coffee  |  2016-05-19

On Friday, May 20, Dutch Bros Granite Bay, located at 8663 Auburn Folsom Rd., will donate proceeds from the day’s sales to support Grad Night at Del Oro High School.

"We care about the well-being and safety of our community's teenagers and if us being a part of it helps them stay safe and sober we're happy to do it!" said Mattie Place, Dutch Bros Granite Bay owner.

Del Oro’s Grad Night is fundraised and hosted by parent volunteers. The night is to celebrate graduating high school seniors as they finish up their high school careers. The event is held in a safe and sober environment where teens are able to commemorate their educational success with their peers before embarking on their futures.

Proceeds from May 20 sales will directly benefit the celebration of Del Oros’ seniors at Grad Night.

About Dutch Bros Granite Bay
Locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Brian and Mattie Place.  Their first Granite Bay location opened in early 2014.

“Granite Bay was a place that held so many qualities we wanted in a home. We are excited to be a part of this great community,” said Brian and Mattie

Serving specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, freezes, teas and a private-label Dutch Bros. Blue Rebel™ energy drink, Dutch Bros is known for a special focus on its communities and customers.


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BIG Day of Giving Raises $7.1 Million for Local Nonprofits

Source: Sacramento Region Community Foundation  |  2016-05-19

Despite technical difficulties, the Sacramento region rallied to help our annual giving day exceed its $6 million goal!

The Sacramento region's BIG Day of Giving - the annual 24-hour giving event that was extended due to a technical interruption that impacted similar events across the country - generated a record $7.1 million in contributions to local nonprofits earlier this month, exceeding its $6 million goal and surpassing the $5.6 million raised during the giving event last year.

"Together, our community overcame unexpected obstacles and persevered -- and, once again, demonstrated a truly generous spirit during BIG Day of Giving. The 570 participating nonprofits and our entire region rebounded from those technical challenges and rallied in an extraordinary way," said Linda Beech Cutler, chief executive of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which organizes the event with the support of its community partners.

Given the giving platform's failure during the May 3 fundraiser, the Foundation encouraged donors to give to participating nonprofits directly and elected to extend BIG Day of Giving into the following afternoon, allowing nonprofits an additional 15 hours to leverage the event's momentum. The Foundation also announced its commitment to covering the fees Kimbia assessed on donations that were made to nonprofits at www.bigdayofgiving.org.

"Faced with the technology challenges on BIG Day of Giving, our region's response illustrated the essential character of this community -- resilient, generous, and above all, caring," said Cutler.

The disruption to the event was caused by nationwide outages on the Kimbia fundraising platform that the Foundation has used to host the region's prior successful giving days, which had raised over $9 million for local nonprofits since 2013. Cutler says the Foundation has convened its peer institutions across the country to negotiate with Kimbia and assure an independent assessment of its technical failures.

"We offer our most enthusiastic appreciation to the nonprofits, donors, and community partners who rallied to make this year's BIG Day of Giving remarkable, in spite of the day's difficulties," Cutler said.

BIG Day of Giving was made possible by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Placer Community Foundation, the Yolo Community Foundation, and the generosity of their community partners.


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Supervisors Approve Contracts Furthering the Placer Ranch Development

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-05-19

Placer County is now one step closer to bringing more economic, education and residential opportunities to south Placer County, as the board of supervisors today awarded two contracts for planning of the Placer Ranch project and the Sunset Area. The contracts will help county staff prepare plans, studies and analysis for the proposed development.

The Sunset Area is the largest contiguous underdeveloped area in the region. Surrounded by the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville, Sunset offers excellent opportunities for business and education development. For several decades, Placer County has viewed the approximately 8,200-acre Sunset Area as its primary location for possible economic development. Placer Ranch makes up approximately one third of the Sunset Area.

Placer County today awarded a $1,271,140 contract to Mackay and Somps Civil Engineers Inc. to prepare the Placer Ranch Specific Plan and complete associated technical studies for the master-planned development. Some of the technical studies needed to complete the plan include: design standards and development guidelines, traffic impact studies, potable water guidelines, water conservation plan, recycled water master plan, sewer master plan and more.

Mackay and Somps prepared many of these documents when the project was being developed by a private company, but in the fall of 2015, the company withdrew its development application. Placer County has since decided to process the application itself, because Placer Ranch is considered critical to the future of the Sunset Area. Awarding the contract to Mackay and Somps saves the county time and money from having to replicate those key documents allowing the firm to complete the technical studies from where they last left off.

The board also authorized the Department of Public Works and Facilities to execute an agreement with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. to conduct a sewer services alternatives analysis for the area surrounding Athens Avenue in the Sunset Area. Under the contract, $200,000, which includes an estimated $150,000 for consultant services and $50,000 for labor and ancillary costs, Stantec will explore the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver sewer services to the greater Sunset Area.

Placer Ranch would host a 300-acre satellite campus for California State University, Sacramento which could support up to 25,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff along with a Sierra College transfer center that would serve an additional 5,000 students. With the proximity to William Jessup University, Sierra College and eventually the University of Warwick, which is currently preparing to offer graduate-level classes as soon as 2018, together these projects would form an unmatched higher education cluster that offers countless connections to the technology and research sectors.

Placer Ranch is a critical component to the overall success of the Sunset Area Plan and is envisioned as a catalyst for development for the rest of the Sunset Area. Placer Ranch will also provide critical backbone infrastructure and support the development of Placer Parkway as a planned alternate to Interstate 80 for traffic to Sacramento, eventually connecting Highways 65 and 99.


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North Tahoe Program Hopes to Kick Start Redevelopment and Environmental Improvements

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-05-19

A new Placer County program approved at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting is intended to spark investment in private projects that will spur economic development and improve Lake Tahoe’s environment.

The Economic Incentive Program came before the board in April and staff was directed to make minor refinements. They returned Tuesday with a revised plan that addressed board questions and concerns.

The program was created to deal with the extraordinarily high costs of development, redevelopment and environmental improvements in the Lake Tahoe Basin. There have been no new tourist accommodations built in North Lake Tahoe in more than 40 years. The program will focus on town centers - Kings Beach and Tahoe City - in the county’s portion of the basin. The program aims to offset two contributors to the high cost of development: acquiring tourist accommodation units and infrastructure costs. The program is also intended to work in concert with the other county initiatives recently put in place to help shorten project approvals.

Tourist accommodation units are a commodity required by hotels and motels and other lodging accommodations where visitors stay less than 30 days. In the Tahoe Basin, each guest room requires a TAU and they are a finite number and difficult and expensive to acquire. The program will allow the county to fund and acquire TAUs and bank them so they may be issued for projects meeting certain criteria.

According to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, approximately 72 percent of the sediment polluting Lake Tahoe originates from developed areas, where most construction was completed before many current environmental regulations were established. Environmentally-sensitive redevelopment is widely seen as the path to improve lake clarity, air quality, retain and create new jobs, increase full-time residency, encourage walkable and pedestrian-friendly business downtowns, and beautify and strengthen the town centers and region.

The program is structured on the principle that redevelopment projects of a certain size and scale will produce an environmental and economic ripple effect creating additional investment. Now that the program is up and running, the county can continue acquiring TAUs, so that they are available for potential future projects. Interested developers will need to complete an application that will be scored according to a specific rating system, and then qualified projects will come back before the board of supervisors for final approval.


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