Local Fishing Team Takes on the Delta

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-06-01

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors. Photo by Barry Sibert

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Folsom Bass Team took on the Delta waters on a perfect spring day for a fishing tournament. Boats were launched and fish were weighed in at the Delta Loop’s B&W Resort for the team’s May tournament.

Jerry Lawler and Marshal Smith took home first place honors with a big fish of 7.27 pounds and a total weight of 22.03 pounds.

Tom Manley and Michael Allen placed in second with a big fish of 5.40 pounds and a total of 19.96. Allen credited Manley for his familiarity with the waters. “He took us to the right spot,” said Allen.

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors.

Overall, the 19 boats and 38 fishermen caught 88 fish combining for 207.25 pounds on the day, averaging 2.36 pounds per fish.

Ryan McGinnis currently ranks atop the team’s Angler of the Year standings, followed by Pat Rounds and Mike Bugliarello. With their second place finish, Michael Allen and Tom Manley have moved into the top 10 overall and now rank eighth and tenth place, respectively.

“The Folsom Bass Team started in 1988 as a group of Folsom prison guards who had a passion for bass fishing. In fact, the club meetings used to be held at the prison itself,” according to the team’s mission statement. “Since its humble beginnings the membership has grown and we now have members of all skill level and age. FBT’s mission is to provide its members opportunities to learn about bass fishing in our local area through monthly meetings and tournaments. We emphasize the camaraderie and fun that comes from the sport of bass fishing.”

Now in its 30th year, the team has seen a lot of faces come and go throughout the decades, but one thing remains the same – no one reveals any secrets. “We were all tight lipped back then,” said Kris Sisto, an original member and former correctional officer himself. “Now, everybody lies.”

The team’s next tournament is a two day event on June 2 and 3 at Lake Shasta’s Bridge Bay.

For more information visit www.folsombassteam.com.

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5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival  Adds Wresting

Sac Taco Fest Release  |  2018-06-01

This year’s Festival has attracted the nationally recognized disc jockey and TV personality Big Al Sams.

DJ Big Al Sams to Host This Year’s Taco Eating Contests

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival, which is held on Del Paso Boulevard between El Camino Ave. and Arden Way, is comprised of several event components that has made it fun and unique among Northern California festivals.  Three of these events have become especially popular among Taco enthusiasts, the Taco Eating Contest, Northern California’s Chihuahua Beauty Contest, and Professional Wrestling.  But it’s the new contests that will focus on culture and history.

This year’s Festival has attracted the nationally recognized disc jockey and TV personality Big Al Sams, a favorite among fans of KHYL 101.5 (V101fm) and “Mark at the Movies.”  Big Al, originally from Chicago, will be hosting this year’s Taco Eating Contest, which is being sponsored by V101fm/iHeart Radio.  It is a contest that measures the person who can eat the most regular size tacos in 60 seconds, with the winner walking away with The Taco Trophy, a guaranteed $100 prize money plus the pot collected from the $5 entry fee.  Last year’s winner set a new record of eating 6 tacos in 53 seconds.

“We’re very excited to have Big Al Sams join us this year as host of the Taco Eating Contest,” Says Festival Coordinator Mina Perez.  “He’s going to make this annual contest much more fun than what it already is and I understand some of the wrestlers a joining the competition too.”

Speaking about wrestlers, Action Coast Empire is back for its third year providing some action-packed grappling, that will include some of Northern California’s most popular wrestlers, including “The Russian Wolf” Alexis Darevko and North Sacramento’s own Brittney Wonder.  The afternoon wrestling will feature for the first time, a much sought after wrestler – the very ominous “FunnyBone.”

“We were perhaps the first festival to feature professional wrestling as part of the entertainment,” says Perez.  “And our tradition continues this year because of its popularity and we always make sure we have men and women wrestling.”

Perez adds that the unique entertainment throughout the festival is what makes it fun, interesting, and ideal for the whole family.

“The contests and people winning prizes is one of things the Taco Festival is becoming known for,” she says.  “This year we’re adding a singing contest where all contestants must sing at least a minute and a half of the Academy Award winning song “Remember Me” from the Disney/PIXAR move “COCO,” and we also have a Crazy Hat contest - it’s a light-hearted attempt to rival the Kentucky Derby’s hat wearing tradition, and which history we share.”

Once called Rancho Del Paso, in the mid to late 1800s North Sacramento was the world’s largest racehorse breeding and pasturing ranch owned by James Ben Ali Haggin, whose horse “Ben Ali,” became the only Kentucky Derby winner from the region.  But it was the great stallion “Salvatore” that won international fame by beating Tenny in a challenge race that captured the hearts of millions.  Ridden by legendary Jockey Issac Murphy, an African American whose tragic story is yet to be formally told, Salvatore beat Tenny by a nose in the June 25, 1890 race.

The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival is scheduled for June 2, 2018 from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on Del Paso Boulevard in Old North Sacramento.  Tickets are $7 online (Eventbrite) and $10 at the gate.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information or tickets visit www.sactacofest.com.

Source: Sacramento Taco Fest Media Release

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - To help ensure voters can get to the polls on Election Day, June 5, California law allows workers to take up to two hours off work to vote if they are unable to during non-work hours.

“Californians should make a plan now for how they will cast a ballot on Election Day,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Every registered voter has a right to cast their ballot before the polls close. If you can’t make it to your polling place outside of working hours, you have the right to take time off to vote, without a loss of pay.”

California Elections Code section 14000 allows workers up to two hours off, without a loss of pay, to vote if they do not have enough time to do so in their non-work hours. The law requires workers to notify their employers two working days before the election if they need to take time off to vote.

Polling places are open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Also, every California employer is required to post, in a visible location, a notice informing employees of their rights at least 10 days before an election. The Secretary of State’s office offers these free, print-ready notices in 10 languages at: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/time-vote-notices/

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City of Citrus Heights is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for professional engineering design and community engagement services for the following project: Old Auburn Road Complete Streets Plan.

The Old Auburn Road Complete Streets Plan (Project) is funded from a Caltrans Sustainable Communities grant. The primary focus of the Project is to address challenging transportation conditions including excessive speeds, skewed intersections, inadequate bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure, and a history of collisions along nearly 2-miles of Old Auburn Road. 

Proposals shall be submitted in the manner specified in the RFP. Submittal deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. An electronic copy of the Request For Proposals is available on the City's Website at no cost. All proposers are responsible for registering with the General Services Department to ensure they are placed on the List of Proposers for this project. To view the RFP and related documents, please click the View Documents at the bottom of this page. 

We also recommend you sign up for the City's "Notify Me" service to be notified of any updates or addenda to the Request For Proposals. Click http://www.citrusheights.net/list.aspx to sign up. Please scroll down to select Bid Postings. 

Firm(s) must meet all municipal, state and federal affirmative action and equal employment opportunity practices. 

It is the policy of the City of Citrus Heights to ensure full and equitable opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). Inclusion of DBEs in the proposal is encouraged. 

The City of Citrus Heights reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals and to accept any or all Proposals, as deemed to be in the best interest of the City of Citrus Heights. 

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Wildlife Care Volunteers Critical

By Rick Reed  |  2018-05-29

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation group has taken in over 1000 birds and small animals in May that need a real friend - right now! Thousands more are coming in June and July.

Volunteers to help care for and feed injured and orphaned wildlife give them a second chance to live. Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento has a variety of roles including that filled by volunteer Dave Gish.  As a community volunteer he’s given over 1600 hours and logged hundreds of miles returning over 500 creatures to the wild in releases across the Sacramento region since 2016. WCA volunteers like Dave return wildlife to the area it came from originally on release back to nature.

Volunteers have fed, raised and rehabilitated wildlife while others from across the community staff the Hotline, manage the office and keep the WCA facility up and operating thru the busy season.

Dave Gish also volunteers as a facility gardener working to maintain the grounds when not on the road to release rehabilitated wildlife back to nature. Wildlife Care volunteers provide 98% of the critical skills needed to keep these heroes of wildlife on track. Working with skilled animal care staff and our community volunteer coordinator, it’s the people from across the region from all walks of life that make the difference in life or death for wildlife.

By taking in thousands of creatures to live again and return to the wild, the WCA heroes of nature help keep the balance in our environment to preserve our quality of life.  Volunteers are the most critical part of the mission to save wildlife across the Sacramento region that began more than 45 years ago. Visit volunteer@wildlifecareassociation.com to take part in saving wildlife!

If you find wildlife injured, orphaned or displaced by human activity call the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento Hotline at 916-965-WILD.

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Nature Center Hosts Fundraiser

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-05-25

Canvases donated by high profile Sacramento artists like Pat Mahony (left), Marcy Friedman and Boyd Gavin will be among art auctioned for the benefit of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Judges awarded sculptor Sandy Whetstone (at right) the Best of Show prize for her creation called "Leda and the Swan." The Wild Things exhibition can be previewed at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Now in its ninth year operating as a non-profit, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is preparing for its “Art Where the Wild Things Are” fundraiser with new patronage. As honorary chair, Pat Mahony Getz and her husband Randy follow such luminaries as Magazine publisher Cecily Hastings, artists Marcy Friedman and Greg Kondos, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and the late Russ Solomon.

Administered by the American River Natural History Association, the facility and its preserve welcome almost 100,000 visitors per year. “The Center has a special history in this community,” notes retired Effie Yeaw executive Betty Cooper. “Caring supporters keep us open and available for future generations.” Part of the funds raised on June 9 will provide free nature enrichment programs for schools that could not otherwise afford them.

The Sacramento Fine Arts Center is a vital gala partner and an art show that supports the fundraiser and offers work from throughout Sacramento.  Jurists are artists Marcy Friedman and Boyd Gavin. Celebrity artists contributing this year include Jian Wang, Pat Mahony, Boyd Gavin, David Peterson, Gregory Kondos, Maria Winkler and Terry Pappas. Celebrated landscapist Earl Boley will be remembered with a canvas donated by his widow, Susan Leith.  Keith McLane of KLM Auctions will wield the gavel.

Silent auctions will offer more award-winning work. From May 15, these can be viewed in a free “Art Where the Wild Things Are” exhibition at the Fine Arts Center (Gibbons Drive), Carmichael. This year’s selection includes several entries by nature photographers.

A sunset supper and beverages are part of the $100 per person gala admission, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park. Valet parking is free. Table sponsors are welcome. For information on the event, visit www.sacnaturecenter.net.

To learn about the Sacramento Fine Arts exhibition, visit www.sacfinearts.org.  “Lake bottom” by Boyd Gavin and a study of Carmichael creek by Jian Wang are among VIP donations to be auctioned at the June 9 gala.

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Dunmore Wins National Coach of the Year

By Scott Crow, ARC Communications  |  2018-05-25

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has named American River College tennis head coach Steve Dunmore the National Junior College Coach of the Year.

ARC Women’s Tennis Coach Earns Top Honor from Intercollegiate Tennis Association

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - American River College (ARC) women’s tennis head coach Steve Dunmore has been honored as the National Junior College Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). This award recognizes Dunmore as the top women’s tennis coach for all community and junior colleges in the US. It follows Dunmore’s selection as the ITA’s California Coach of the Year.

“This is a richly deserved honor for Steve,” said Athletics Dean Derrick Booth. “Steve is hard-working, dedicated to the art of coaching, cares for his athletes off and on the court, and is tireless in his efforts to strengthen our program.”

The ITA praised Dunmore for being highly respected in the northern California community college tennis community for his team’s quality of play and sportsmanship. The coaching award recognizes more than just success on the court, as it also credits those coaches whose teams have a track record of sportsmanship and service off the court.

“I’m very humbled and honored by this award,” said Dunmore. “This award recognizes the great things happening here at ARC and I’m very excited about our program’s future.”

In 2018, ARC women’s tennis finished second in northern California and enjoyed a 13-2 record. Several student athletes made deep runs in the state championships tournament in both singles and doubles competition.

Dunmore has helped turn around a tennis program that in 2016 did not win a single match. The Beavers were 9-4 in 2017 and then were NorCal runners-up this year.

In addition, the ARC men’s tennis program has finished second in the state for the past three years, winning the NorCal title all of those years.

“We’ve got something special going here at ARC,” Booth noted. “I encourage local tennis athletes to check us out and think about the opportunities we have to offer.”

For more information, please visit http://www.arcbeavers.com

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