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New Landscape Watering Limits Set by SSWD

Offers Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 7/17/2015

Fight the Drought!  Make Every Drop Count!

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) has put new outdoor watering restrictions in place that limit landscape irrigation to two days per week on specific days and times.

The new watering guidelines are designed to encourage water reductions in light of the severe drought plaguing California and new directives from the Governor and State Water Resources Control Board to reduce water use. SSWD is required to reduce its water use by 32%.

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SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Massachusetts, and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18th during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento.

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'Rabbit Ears' Contributors Discuss Comedic Contributions
Victoria Cain discusses Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and the art of movie riffing. Since MST3K ended in 1999, finding comedy in bad filmmaking has become something of an art among niche groups. Members of this panel have their own comedy riffing show called Rabbit Ears.
Photo by Christie Spurlock

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From June 19th through 21st, pop culture fans of all kinds swarmed into the Sacramento Convention Center to see their favorite celebrities, buy geeky wares, and show off their best costumes. Before the official start of the Con, Wizard World organized a Thursday pre-party and red carpet event, featuring Chris 51 (Epic Ink), Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints), and Jason David Frank (Power Rangers). It also included a 3D IMAX screening of Jurassic World.

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State Urges Californians to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As temperatures begin to warm up throughout the state, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith advises California residents to prepare themselves for what could be a very hot, dry summer.

“Because this hot spell has come on rather suddenly, many people may be caught off guard by the warm up,” Dr. Smith said. “It is important that all Californians take precautions to prevent heat-related illness and stay hydrated.”

In areas where air quality is impacted, people with heart disease, asthma, or other respiratory diseases should minimize outdoor activities. Summer schools and programs with children who have sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory diseases should not participate in outdoor physical activity and should stay indoors as much as possible.

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Gordon Garcia, Kimberly Bankston-Lee, Sue Schooley, and Paul Adams
From left: Gordon Garcia, MD with Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly Bankston-Lee, Breathe CA; Sue Schooley, Board Member-Breathe CA and Transportation Management Systems Management Coordinator for the City of Roseville; and Paul Adams, PhD, Chair of Board, Breathe CA.
Photos courtesy Clifford Wong

Clean Air Awards Recognize Dedication to Air Quality Improvement

Posted: 6/19/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Breathe California of Sacramento – Emigrant Trails (BREATHE) announced its 2015 Clean Air Awards winners at the organization’s 39th Annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon, held at Sacramento State Union Ballroom May 27.

“In recognition of May being Clean Air Month, we want to recognize and reward those who have gone above and beyond in the pursuit of better air quality in our region,” said BREATHE CEO Kori Titus. “This year’s winners truly are Clean Air Champions. They don’t just talk about what can be done to improve air quality. They are making a difference through their actions every single day.”

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Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

The Band 'Lady Antebellum' Posed on Stage
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory.
Photos by Niño Munoz.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.

When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”

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The Crocker Art Museum Presents ‘David Ligare: California Classicist’

Posted: 6/5/2015


State Indian Museum Presents Annual Gathering of Honored Elders

Posted: 6/5/2015


Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 6/5/2015


Seconds Before the Crash

Distracted Driving Worse Than Previously Reported

Posted: 5/22/2015


Use Birds of Prey to Control Pesky Rodent Populations

Posted: 5/22/2015


Unveiling a United Passion

Posted: 5/8/2015


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