SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Regional Parks offers miles and miles of multi-use trails and over 15,000 acres of open spaces for residents and visitors to explore. Whether hiking, biking or horseback riding, we want to make sure our parkway users are safely enjoying our beautiful open spaces.

Here are some tips to help you do just that: Pay attention to your surroundings; Bikes are not allowed on unpaved trails outside of the off-paved cycling area; Horses are only allowed on the equestrian trails; Pedestrians should use the left shoulder of paved trails when available;

Make yourself known; Bikers – use your voice and/or bells to let others know you are approaching; Horseback Riders – call ahead and communicate to other trail users how to approach; Hikers/Walkers/Runners – make eye contact with other trail users. Don’t be afraid to say “hello!”; Make sure you can hear other trail users. This may mean limiting the use of headphones/earbuds;

Know who has the right of way. Those traveling uphill and horses have the right of way. If traveling downhill on a narrow path, step aside to allow uphill traffic to pass. When necessary, travel single files and do not block the trail.

Watch your speed. The MAXIMUM speed on Regional Parks multi-use trails is 15 mph. If you can’t see well ahead of you, slow down!

All dogs must be on leashes. Leashes must be no more than 6 feet in length;

Yield to horses and don’t crouch. Horses are naturally skittish animals; always ask for permission before approaching or touching a horse. Watch out for snakes. As the weather warms up, the snakes come out.

Obey all posted signs; Emergency call boxes can be found along the multi-use trail. If you require assistance and are not near an emergency call box, call 911. For non-emergencies, you can call 916-875-PARK (7275) or make a report through 311.

Other tips for enjoying your Regional Parks: Please do not litter. Take out what you bring in; Be kind to your surroundings; Be careful when touching plants and do not remove them from the ground.

For more information on safely enjoying your regional parks, visit the Regional Parks website at www.regionalparks.saccounty.net/Parks

 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - At its May 21 meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution supporting the designation of the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

Cal-Trans and representatives from Adventure Cycling Association reached out to the Department of Regional Parks to request that the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail be included in the pilot route for the California USBRS designation, as part of USBR 50.

“We are thrilled that our world-renowned trail is going to be included in the pilot route for the California USBRS designation,” said Liz Bellas, Director of Regional Parks. “We’re hopeful that this designation will increase awareness of our trail from both local residents and experienced, long-distance riders from across the country.”

Currently, USBR 50 traverses the states of Utah and Nevada, with the connection point to California starting at South Lake Tahoe. The proposed route heads west from Tahoe through Sacramento and ultimately connects to the North Bay Area.

The USBRS started in 1982 with two routes established, USBR 1 in Virginia and North Carolina and USBR76 in Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois. These routes were approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a nonprofit and nonpartisan association representing transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In an effort to establish an official national network of bicycle routes across the United States, AASHTO and Adventure Cycling Association have designated of 13,000 miles of trails as part of the USBRS.

To view the network of designated bike routes across the U.S., check out the USBRS corridor plan map.

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Hot Summer Carnivals

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-06-14

Dinosaur Kingdom, a Bakersfield entertainment and special event company brought some of their more exotic species for the kids! Photo by Patrick Larenas

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Starting with the 2019 Sacramento County Fair, the carnival of hot summer days began for the Capital City, extending the opportunity for happy crowds, groups, and families to experience the ‘whole farm’ in town and enjoy the usual share of cotton candy corn dogs and fairground rides.

Most people feel a natural sort of kinship with animals and this was the event to bring out those affections for the Animal Kingdom. Friendship bonds formed between children, adults, and all those furry or feathered “pets”. Sympathizing with animals gave a chance to experience an individuality which is so different and yet so similar to humans’ that it always brings smiles and amazement.

Domestic animals, which give the event its earthy feel, filled the Sacramento Fair Grounds’ stages, stalls and aisles. Filled with pigs, goats, horses, chickens, circus dogs and many others shared their unique characteristic and awed us with their training and tricks.

Galt farmers too got to practice their own ‘Right to the Fair’ in Sacramento, bringing their best to the show

More exotic and wild animals were there to represent the more Wild Animal Kingdom. Tigers slept and snakes slithered while children and adults marveled at their presence. People even seemed to enjoy the presence of some really sweet and tame velociraptors– courtesy of Dinosaur Kingdom, a Bakersfield entertainment company.

We thank an installment of the U.S. Army there for keeping an eye on that Velociraptor Situation for us. We salute Staff Sargeant SSG William Myers and the Capital Company in Natomas.

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‘Blue Star Museums’ Free to Military Personnel and Families

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-06-13

A U.S. Air Force F-4 McDonnell Douglas Phantom II at the Aerospace Museum of California. Photo courtesy of the Aerospace Museum of California.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Seven Sacramento area museums are participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America by offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day (September 2), 2019.

The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Powerhouse Science Center and the Sacramento History Museum.

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019. This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military –

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Before planning a visit, guests are encouraged to contact the individual museums for hours of operation and note some are normally closed on Mondays and in observance of holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day.

For more information or a complete list of participating Blue Star museums, please visit https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums. For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

About the Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)
Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions. For more information, visit
www.SacMuseums.org.

*Some museums closed on Memorial Day (Mon., May 27, 2019) and Labor Day (Mon., Sept. 2, 2019); please check participating venues for holidays and hours.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Old couches. Left-over lumber. One-legged chairs. Used laptops and TVs. Broken refrigerators. Beat-up mattresses. Does this sound like your backyard or garage? Did you know the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling will come to your home and pick these items up from your curb at no charge?

One Bulky Waste Pick-Up per calendar year is included in your garbage rate. The no-charge pick- up is good for an 8’ x 4’ x 4’ pile, with a maximum material amount of 5 cubic yards – about the size of a pickup bed loaded to the top of the cab. Additional pickups are only $25!

Bulky Waste Pick-Up services are available by appointment only. To schedule your pick-up, call (916) 875-5555 or complete the Waste Management and Recycling form online.

Acceptable items include: Appliances, E-Waste (TVs and computer monitors), Universal Waste (household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs less than 4 feet, and cell phones), Furniture/Mattresses, Pipes, Lumber, Lawn/Tree/Shrub Trimmings.

Please use your green waste container as much as possible for leaves, grass, weeds and prunings. The more you use your green waste cart, the more space in your Bulk Waste Pick-Up for items that cannot go into a cart.

Place these items to the side of your pile: Tires (no rims; maximum of 5); Junk.

Lumber, pipes and trimmings should be no more than four inches in diameter and five feet long.

Unacceptable items include: Commercial Waste, Dirt, Rocks, and Bricks, Glass Panes, Concrete, Vehicle Batteries, Household Garbage, Hot Ashes, Heavy Materials (like auto bodies, engines, etc.), Hazardous Waste. This includes paint, oil and chemicals. This material may be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the North Area Recovery Station. Call (916) 875-5555 for hours.

Customers are asked to place the materials in front of their property and on the same side of the street 24 hours before scheduled pick-up.

The County offers this service to help customers keep their neighborhoods and homes tidy. It also helps reduce illegal dumping.

Sometimes, people without access to trucks or trailers will illegally dump unwanted items along roadsides or in rural areas of the county. This causes blight and costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year to address.

Ted Horton, superintendent of operations for the Department of Waste Management and Recycling, says that each year the county removes about 23 million pounds of household junk through the Bulky Waste Pick-Up program.

Couches, beds and wood are the most commonly disposed of items. “But we’ll even take old hot tubs, as long as they are cut in half,” said Horton.

Appointment availability varies. Depending on demand there may be a wait of up to 3-4 weeks.

If you’d like to get rid of household junk or have questions about the program, please email sacgreenteam@saccounty.net or call Customer Service at 916-875-5555, Monday – Friday,

8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

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SMUD and CDFW Stock Thousands of Trout in Reservoirs

SMUD Press Release  |  2019-06-12

SMUD and CDFW will be stocking three separate reservoirs for recreational fishing.

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - SMUD and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are again stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The fish planting will run into August with SMUD stocking 25,000 pounds of fish into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. This is the fifth consecutive summer SMUD and CDFW have combined efforts to stock the reservoirs.

The trout plants are intended to enhance angling opportunities for the public. Surveys say fishing tops the reasons folks visit the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. On average, the stocked trout weigh one to two pounds each, including some trophy fish. SMUD, along with the owners of the Ice House Resort, have installed the “Crystal Basin Bragging Board” where anglers can post pictures of their catch from Crystal Basin reservoirs. There is also a scale available if anglers wish to weigh their catch and claim biggest-fish bragging rights. Anglers are also encouraged to tag SMUD on social media and show off their catch.

SMUD proactively works to improve the quality of life in El Dorado County, where many SMUD employees call home and work, and where the electric utility owns and operates the Upper American River Project (UARP), a system of hydroelectric generation facilities.

SMUD was awarded a new 50-year license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014 to continue operating the UARP, which provides nearly 700 megawatts of low-cost, clean, non-carbon-emitting hydro power, enough to provide about 15 to 20 percent of SMUD’s energy capacity during an average water year. The fish-stocking effort helps SMUD meet conditions of operating its FERC license for the UARP.

SMUD will coordinate six separate trout plantings starting in early June and continuing into early August. Union Valley, the largest of the three reservoirs, will get 9,600 pounds; Loon Lake, 7,750 pounds; and Ice House, 7,650. The fish provided by SMUD will come from Mount Lassen Trout Farms of Payne’s Creek. The company also stocks SMUD’s Rancho Seco Lake, which annually hosts the very popular Trout Derby.

Fishing licenses are available for purchase from more than 1,400 license agents throughout the state and can also be obtained online at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing.

For more information about UARP and associated projects, as well as current reservoir and stream release conditions, please visit smud.org and the Community and Recreational Areas Web pages.

 

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Optimists Hold High School Boys Volleyball All-Star Games

John Yoshikawa, Optimist Sports Director  |  2019-06-06

Volleyball players Matthew Yovzhiy and Jordan Tobey. Photo courtesy Optimist

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The 22nd Annual Optimist High School Boys’ Volleyball All Star games were held on June 2, 2019 at Capital Christian High School, 9470 Micron Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95827.

The Small Schools North team won after playing four (4) sets; 25 – 21; 14 – 25; 25 – 19; and 25 – 17. The North Team Outstanding Player was Matthew Yovzhiy from Mira Loma High School. The South Team Outstanding Player was Jordan Tobey from Vacaville Christian High School.

The Large Schools North Team won the 2nd match after playing five (5) sets, 25 – 20; 20 – 25; 21 – 25; 25 – 21; and 15 – 11.The North Team Outstanding Player was Griffin Walters from El Camino High School. The South Outstanding Player was Miles Judd from Roseville High School.

The Small Schools North Team team was coached by Kay Tindelll from Mira Loma High School and Bill Evans from Wheatland High School. They were assisted by Marissa Tindell from Mira Loma High School. The Small Schools South Team was coached by Bryson Grant and Greg Grant from Capital Christian High School, and Carla Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. They were assisted by Alicia Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. The Large Schools North Team was coached by Winston Prather from Granite Bay High School, and assisted by Brian Jew from Woodcreek High School and Jamie Mathias from Del Oro High School. The Large Schools South Team was coached Dave Amituanai from Laguna Creek High School, and assisted by Theresa Dark from Oakmont High School, and Jill Smith from Elk Grove High School.

 

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