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Cassidy McKee Shares Her Project on the Effects of X-Ray Radiation on the Germination of a Seed
Cassidy McKee shares her project on the effects of X-Ray Radiation on the germination of a seed to a judge at the Synopsys Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
Photos courtesy of E.V. Cain Charter Middle School

Young Scientists Score Big at Regional Science Fair

Posted: 4/9/2014

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - E.V. Cain STEM Charter Middle School is a breeding ground for up and coming scientist. A group of about 35 students, along with science teacher Don Scott, traveled down to Sacramento on March 22nd to compete in the annual Synopsys Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair. When all was done, thirteen of the students returned back up the hill with 25 awards in hand.

Those awards included two second places, three third places, four fourth places, one fifth place, an honorable mention, four outstanding project, plus ten BroadCom Masters Nomination awards. Also, sixth-graders Cassidy McKee and Anne Lillis were nominated to compete in the state science fair on April 28-29 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles with Dana O’Brien and seventh-grader Sydney Haupt as alternates.

Scott said it was definitely “one of the best showings in regard to the quantity of awards won by Cain students.”

The students competed with 391 other students representing schools from ten counties in the Sacramento Region, with separate divisions for middle and high school students and seven categories for projects: behavioral sciences, biological science, chemistry, engineering, math and computer sciences, energy and transportation, and physics.

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Snowpack at 35% of Average

NID Special Report
Posted: 4/9/2014

GRASS VALLEY, CA (MPG) - In snow surveys taken Wednesday and Thursday (Apr. 2-3), the Nevada Irrigation District measured 35 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies the NID water system.

“With the weather changing to a more wet pattern in February and March, we have finally seen an improvement in the snowpack,” said NID Operations Administrator Sue Sindt, who oversees the district’s snow survey program.

The water supply outlook has improved significantly since Feb. 1 when NID snow surveyors measured just 7 percent of average water content.

Sindt said water storage is continuing to rise and although all of the district’s reservoirs will not fill this year, the outlook has improved for water deliveries. The NID Board of Directors is expected to make a final decision on a drought declaration on Apr. 9.

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Visitors at Fawnridge Winery Tasting Event Enjoy Locally Grown Vintages
CHEERS! Placer County Wine Trail vintners honored with 52 awards including two Best of Class, seven Gold, 20 Silver and 23 Bronze medals at Toast to Best of Class Awards at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Photo: Placer County Vintners Association

Placer Wineries Win Big

Posted: 3/19/2014

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - A region with a rich heritage in winemaking, Placer County Wine Trail wineries have much to celebrate after earning several Best of Class wins at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Boasting a climate similar to that of Mediterranean grape-growing regions, the Placer County Wine Trail is winning big for its European blends, such as Tempranillo, in addition to its classic varietals. This year, Placer County Wine Trail vintners took home two Best of Class awards, seven gold, 20 silver, and 23 bronze medals at the competition.

The 13th annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, evaluates wines from around the nation, and this year received a record 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries. The competition judges included 60 wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries.

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There’s Something For Everyone At Power Club, An Irish Pub And Brewery

Alfred Lee Salutes You With One of the 110 Craft Beers On Tap at Power Club Irish Pub and Brewery
Alfred Lee, owner and Brew Master at Power Club, an Irish Pub and Brewery show off one of his 110 Craft Beers on tap.
Photos courtesy Power Club

By Linda Harper
Posted: 3/5/2014

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - For most of us, California Blonde, Barbarian Headlock and Scotland’s Brave Heart are all names that conjure up images of movies or characters in a favorite book. But for Alfred Lee, owner and Brew Master of Power Club, an Irish Pub and Brewery, these are labels he’s given to three of the 110 Craft Beers he’s brewed and keeps on tap.

Alfred’s passion for brewing Craft Beer began in 1979 when President Carter passed a law, making it legal for individuals to make Microbrew beer. He was a UCLA engineering student then. He and his friends began brewing beer for their own consumption, and Alfred found it to be fun and fascinating. After graduating from college, he worked as an Engineer for several companies and on the side, invented the Modular Italian Charm Bracelet. The bracelets became a phenomenon, and Alfred became a multi-millionaire. In 2004, he and his wife Peggy bought the Power Mansion. It had been built during Placer County’s gold mining era by the gold tycoon, Honorable Harold T. Power. They turned the mansion into a quaint Bed and Breakfast, an English Tea House and Wedding Venue. Lee then purchased the adjacent 40,000 SF building and half acre parking lot. He constructed a ball room, and opened Power Club, an Irish Pub and Brewery in memory of his best friend, Jim Visel, who was of Irish decent.

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PCWA Board Holds Off on Drought Measures

Posted: 3/5/2014

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Directors of the Placer County Water Agency on Thursday (Feb. 20) agreed to wait a few weeks before deciding if water delivery restrictions will be needed in what continues to be a very dry year.
“We’re still in a very serious drought and we’re asking everyone to conserve water on a voluntary basis, but a month from now we’ll be in a better position to know about this year’s water availability,” said PCWA General Manager David A. Breninger.

The Board of Directors heard a detailed staff presentation on local water supplies that have improved as a result of the Feb. 6-10 storms. The wet weather produced 11.4 inches of precipitation at Lake Spaulding (elev. 5,014 ft.).

PCWA Deputy Director of Technical Services and drought project manager Tony Firenzi said water availability is up 20 percent due to the large storms but that precipitation is still well below average for this time of year.

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San Juan Water District Board Approves Enhanced Conservation Measures

Water District Preparing For Dry Conditions To Impact Folsom Lake Water Supplies

Posted: 3/5/2014

GRANITE BAY, CA - On February 26th the San Juan Water District’s board of directors approved moving into a Stage 3 water warning. This level of conservation requires all customers in the retail service area to reduce their water use so that, overall, the District can achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use to sustain water levels in Folsom Lake through the summer.

This increased conservation effort comes after the district enacted a Stage 2 water alert in August 2013 asking customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. In January, the Board furthered their request, asking customers to eliminate all outdoor irrigation. The district is one of many water providers in the Sacramento region requiring customers to reduce their water use as drought conditions persist.

“Recent storms have definitely improved our outlook on the drought,” said General Manager Shauna Lorance. “But we need to continue conservation efforts to sustain water supplies in Folsom Lake that are well below average for this time of year.”

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Affordable Home Crisis Grows

Posted: 2/19/2014


Water at Zero

Posted: 2/5/2014


Enjoy Fun and Games at a Valentine’s Wine Tasting Weekend

Posted: 2/5/2014


Website Helps You Keep Your Tax Refund

Posted: 1/22/2014


New Motor Laws Take Effect

Posted: 1/8/2014


Hiring Pace and Economic Expectations Rising

Pacific Staffing Special Report
Posted: 1/8/2014


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