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Children Smile Over Gifts
As the holidays draw near, please share your blessings with those who need your help.

Season of Giving Begins

By Paula Mosqueda
Posted: 11/19/2014

AUDBURN, CA (MPG) - The holiday season is nearing. Now, more than at any other time of year, we stop and consider everything for which we can be grateful. We count our blessings. We also look around and see those who are not as fortunate as we. The Christmas season is the time we generously share our blessings with those who need a helping hand.

For over 30 years, the Auburn Area Christmas Basket Program has annually served some 500 families and over 2,500 individuals. This program provides less fortunate families and individuals with two weeks of food such as meat, bread, vegetables, and even new toys for the children.

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Placer Land Trust Assistant Director Receives “40 Under 40” Award

Posted: 11/19/2014

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce that Assistant Director Jessica Daugherty has been selected as one of the 2014 “40 Under 40” business professionals by the Sacramento Business Journal (SBJ). Daugherty will be presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by SBJ at the Mix Downtown on November 19th.

Each year the SBJ honors 40 people under age 40 from the Sacramento Region who excel in their profession and make a difference in their community. The awardees are selected by a panel of independent judges from the nominations received. In 2013, Daugherty was a runner up for the award and was selected among the top 100 nominations.

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20th Annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering

Posted: 11/5/2014

Cowpokes Gathered at 2011 Roping Event
Left to Right: Dr. J. Patrick Johnson, Jeff Severson, Bert Braun, Bridget Johnson, Pat Richardson, Chris Issac, John Kintz, Donna Roddy, Jack Roddy.
Front Row: unknown cowboy and dog, Larry Maurice.
Photos courtesy Cowpoke Fall Gathering

LOOMIS, CA (MPG) - If you’ve never been to the Cowpoke Fall Gathering, now is your chance. This year’s schedule is full of great poets, singers, and storytellers, and the audience will be full of cowboys, cowgirls, and western folklore enthusiasts who return year after year for a dose of western folk art and fun.

This year’s performers are Paul Zarzyski, Juni Fisher, Pat Richardson, Larry Maurice, Jeff Severson, John Kintz, and Bill Brewster. There will also be Cowboy Church, featuring spiritual poetry and music on Sunday.

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Oakmont Student Starts “Got Balls” Program to Help Juvenile Victims of Crime

Posted: 11/5/2014

Scott Owens, Jeff Wilson, Mallory Mason, and Fiona Tuttle
Pictured left to right: Scott Owens, Placer County district attorney; Jeff Wilson, assistant district attorney; Mallory Mason, Oakmont High School student; and Fiona Tuttle, MDIC coordinator.

ROSEVILLE, CA (MPG) - Oakmont High School Junior Mallory Mason (17) has always wanted to do something to make a difference in the lives of children. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut was a reminder of innocence interrupted, and when a teacher challenged Mallory’s class to take a dream and put it into action, Mallory decided to take her love of sports and help children in need.

Armed with flyers to share with her soccer team and friends at school, and to distribute at her parents’ offices, Mallory started a 30-day challenge to collect sports balls for the children seen at the Placer Multi-Disciplinary Center (MDIC), an organization where children are interviewed as victims or witnesses of felony crimes. “I hoped to collect 26 balls in memory of the children and teachers at Sandy Hook and was so excited to deliver 108 balls to MDIC. It was great,” exclaimed Mallory. The delivery included footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, foursquare balls, and even a Frisbee. “Knowing what those kids have to go through when they are ready to talk about tough situations is really hard, but giving them something to keep their mind off it helps.”

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This Business Executive Is Missing a Limb, But Does Not Let That Limit Her
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/22/2014

A Happy Family Washing Their Car ith Hose and Bucket
“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customers at 14 Sacramento-area agencies (listed below) reduced water use by 20 percent or more in August compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of August water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, which makes the temptation to ramp up sprinklers hard to resist. But the data shows that residents have made a serious commitment to preserving our limited resources during the severe dry conditions.”

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55 Tons of Trash Removed During Great Sierra River Cleanup

Posted: 10/8/2014

Sierra Business Council Announces Launch of Development Center

Posted: 10/8/2014

High Street Restoration Update

Posted: 10/8/2014

Join the Sierra River Cleanup

Posted: 9/17/2014

BMXers Race to Placer

Riders compete for spot in Race of Champions

Posted: 9/17/2014


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