SSPCA RECEIVES OVER $100,000 IN GRANTS

By Sarah Varanini, SSPCA   |  2018-11-20

Sacramento SPCA Rescue Coordinator Emily Egle (on left) and Sacramento SPCA Foster Coordinator Palina Chordas with two transferred dogs from the Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. Photo courtesy SSPCA

Petsmart Charities Donates to Help Pets Find Forever Homes

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA– The Sacramento SPCA recently announced their receipt of two new grants of $50,000 and $51,821 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.  The grants are designed to increase intake and help the Sacramento SPCA transport and relocate pets so they can find forever homes.

Since 2016, the Sacramento SPCA has transferred close to 1,000 animals from overburdened shelters in Northern California to their location in Sacramento. In 2018 alone, the Sacramento SPCA transferred 328 animals from Antioch Animal Services, Contra Costa County Animal Services, Placer SPCA, Stockton Animal Control, Sacramento County Animal Control, and weekly visits to Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. The relocation of these pets not only allows the overburdened shelter to have open kennels for incoming animals, but gives the pets transferred the opportunity to find loving homes in a new environment. 

A $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities was used to purchase a new transfer van, allowing the Sacramento SPCA to transfer even more animals per visit to overburdened shelters. A $51,821 grant from PetSmart Charities will soon completely renovate a new area at the Sacramento SPCA for intake and assessment of these transferred animals before they are ready to find their new families.  

“In the past, we could rescue six large dogs, or eight medium dogs or about a dozen and a half small dogs or cats,” said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. “With the new PetSmart Charities van, we can load eight large crates and dozens of small and medium crates by using the folding shelves. We can bring back a wide mix of sizes that matches the needs of the partner shelter and the space availability here at Sacramento SPCA.” Employees from the Sacramento SPCA recently drove this new animal transfer vehicle to Kettleman City to transfer 15 dogs from areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

“Pet transport continues to play an important role in reducing pet homelessness and can provide a better chance for pets to find loving homes,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to not only provide funding to support the transport of these pets from overwhelmed areas, but also increase the Sacramento SPCA’s capacity to provide quality care to pets on the journey to find their forever home.” 

Pet Transport is one of PetSmart Charities’ seven  grant categories designed to provide year-round opportunities for animal welfare organizations and non-profits to apply for funding support.  Funding from PetSmart Charities can help to cover the costs associated with pet transportation, veterinary and shelter care and vehicle maintenance and modifications.  With the help of its animal welfare partners, since 1994, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 8 million pets in need find forever homes. 

InSight Now On Mars

Ashley Gudzak, Aerojet Rocketdyne  |  2018-12-02

NASA’s InSight Mars lander successfully touched down on the red planet with assistance of
Aerojet Rocketdyne descent and landing propulsion. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Delivers to Planet’s Surface

REDMOND, WA (MPG)  – Using sophisticated propulsion devices provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA’s Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet Nov. 26.

The final phase of lnSight’s descent was powered by 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-107N 50 lbf engines, providing variable pounds of pulsed thrust throughout its descent, which began firing after the lander jettisoned its parachute and heat shield. The engines maneuvered the craft clear of the falling parachute before bringing it gently to the Martian surface, where it will gather data on the planet’s seismology, rotation and internal temperature.

“We provided propulsion for every phase of this important NASA mission, from launch to landing,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “A mission like this leaves no margin for error and our systems successfully performed their critical roles as expected.”

Mars InSight began its journey May 5 with its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied the RL10C-1 main engine and 12 MR-106 reaction control thrusters for the rocket’s Centaur upper stage, as well as helium pressurization tanks for the vehicle’s first and second stages.

During InSight’s roughly six-month cruise to Mars, four Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-106B thrusters, each generating four pounds of thrust, kept the probe on target via five trajectory correction maneuvers. Meanwhile, four MR-111C thrusters, each generating one pound of thrust, kept the craft stable and pointed in the right direction.

These same thrusters provided the final trajectory and pointing adjustments as the lander approached the Martian atmosphere. Aerojet Rocketdyne also supplied two helium pressurization tanks on the lander.

Mars InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, examining in depth its crust, mantle, and core. Aerojet Rocketdyne engines have flown aboard every successful U.S. Mars mission, including orbiters and landers. Additionally, Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems have taken NASA probes to every planet in the solar system and even beyond. The agency’s two Voyager probes, which launched in 1977, are equipped with Aerojet Rocketdyne thrusters. Voyager 1 is in interstellar space, while Voyager 2 is in the heliosheath, the outermost layer of the heliosphere.

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ARC Breaks Ground on New STEM Center

By Ben Barber  |  2018-12-02

The STEM groundbreaking kicks off the next phase. ARC has launched a major fundraising effort for STEM Innovation and 21st Century Science. Photo by Tatyana Torgashev, courtesy ARC

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - This Fall the campus of American River College has provided new challenges for students and staff with the groundbreaking of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building.  The 38,000 sq. ft. three-story building will replace the Liberal Arts Wing that has existed at the college since the 1960s.  The demolition of the Liberal Arts Wing has forced students and staff to abandon routine parking lots, walkways, and drop off points formerly familiar, a necessary complication to a much needed infrastructural upgrade.

Design elements of the new building will provide shared, flexible and movable space and labs for programs and disciplines that include Business & Computer Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics and Engineering. The second phase of the project will benefit the Science division (which produces 47% of ARC's graduates and is the largest division in the Los Rios Community College District) with long-awaited lab space modernization and state-of-the-art wet labs for biology and chemistry.

Many successful and notable alums in the fields of science, healthcare, engineering, biotech and research have benefited from their start at American River College. This new STEM Center will offer greater opportunities to even more students.

ARC has launched a major fundraising effort for STEM Innovation and 21st Century Science. This campaign will seek to raise $3.5M in private support and provide a margin of excellence for students in both phases of the project. Private funding will be used to enhance the construction with industry lighting, technology and lab equipment. 

Sources:  Kirsten DuBray, http://www.arc.losrios.edu/STEM

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Railroad Museum CEO Cheryl Marcell to Serve on Prestigious HeritageRail Alliance

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2018-11-25

Railroad Museum CEO Cheryl Marcell. Photo courtesy Sacramento Railroad Museum.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – California State Railroad Museum Foundation President & CEO Cheryl Marcell has been named to serve on the prestigious board of directors for the HeritageRail Alliance, a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting the common interest of entities engaged in the business of tourist, scenic, historic or excursion railroading, railway and trolley museums. The official announcement was made at the HeritageRail conference held last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marcell will serve on the board for a three-year term ending in 2021. 

With an impressive and expansive background in business development and the airport industry, Marcell joined the California State Railroad Museum Foundation in April 2015 where she has been instrumental in helping to reinvigorate and pave exciting new paths for the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. 

Marcell’s new role on the board of directors comes at an important time for the rail industry. May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad when, along with the rest of the country, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation plan to present a series of exciting events, activities and exhibits to commemorate the historic achievement that helped to shape and connect the nation. For more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit www.californiarailroad.museumand for information the HeritageRail Alliance, please visit www.atrrm.org.

The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

Source: T-Rock Communications

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SMUD X-rays High-voltage Lines

SMUD Media  |  2018-11-25

Suspended from a helicopter, a lineworker conducts X-ray photography on a SMUD transmission line in the Sierra. The work helps SMUD identify potential issues in advance so they can be repaired and help avoid power outages that could affect thousands of customers. Photo courtesy SMUD Media

Working to Prevent Large Power Outages

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s high voltage transmission lines in the Sierra deliver large amounts of power from SMUD’s hydroelectric facilities to customers in the valley. A fault on one of those lines can significantly impact the electrical system, potentially leaving thousands of customers in the dark. Critical to the lines’ capability are splices that enable the lines to be continuous. As transmission lines are strung or repaired over time, the splices, which are tubular sleeves, can degrade.

To find potential faults SMUD is using state-of-the-art portable X-ray photography to inspect major transmission lines that feed the SMUD grid. Since the X-ray data collected is live, any potential issues are found immediately and repairs are promptly made to arrest future failure.

These high-voltage lines are strung atop high lattice-style towers. Maintenance and repairs on them can involve a lot of work, sometimes more than a hundred feet above the ground, and the work is typically done while the lines are energized so power can flow without interruption.

“Having this tool available to us helps eliminate the guesswork,” said SMUD Chief Energy Delivery Officer Frankie McDermott. “It provides another level of protection to help prevent outages on our transmission lines and helps us to harden the SMUD grid.”

To do the X-ray inspections that see inside the critical splices, they brought in lineworkers from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), who are certified to do what’s called “barehand” work on energized transmission lines high above the ground while suspended from a helicopter.

Barehanding is a technique that safely allows transmission lineworkers to “bond on” and have direct contact with energized, high-voltage lines to perform work. Special protective clothing, including gloves, socks and boots, place the lineworker within the field of electricity that surrounds the energized conductor, allowing the electricity to flow around their body.

The work is part of many ongoing projects to improve and enhance reliable power delivery. The transmission lines in El Dorado County enable SMUD to deliver power from the Upper American River Project (UARP), SMUD’s huge system of hydroelectric power plants in the Sierra. The UARP’s nearly 700 megawatts of clean power can provide about 20 percent of SMUD’s power in a normal water year, which can be crucial especially in summer months when market power is more expensive.

Reliability is a core value of SMUD, a policy set by the SMUD Board of Directors who is elected by SMUD customers. To fulfill that policy, SMUD continues to bolster the infrastructure that comprises SMUD’s grid. For more information about SMUD, visit SMUD.org.

 

Source: SMUD Media

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Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2018-11-25

"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" event at Sutter

"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" on December 8

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

Fort visitors will be delighted to have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1850s to enjoy festive holiday traditions from early in California’s early history when people from around the world passed through the Fort gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to experience a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants enjoyed. Complete with docents in period attire, entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions. As a special treat for kids of all ages, Father Christmas will be on-hand to hear holiday wishes.

Fort visitors can also participate in a number of hands-on activities such as dipping and creating their own holiday candles, crafting their own “keepsake” holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus making holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grinding raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” singing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more.  And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of the Fort’s cannon. Additionally, Friends of Sutter's Fort Trade Store will be open, providing complimentary samples of gold nugget chocolates and offering a special holiday sale. 

Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows: $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under.  For more information, please call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org

Source: T-Rock Communications

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Alsco Gives Support to Seniors Through Philanthropic Partnership Program

By Nina Canning  |  2018-11-20

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently joined the Eskaton Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner Program to better support senior citizens as they age, helping  them remain independent, but also provides volunteer opportunities and education forums about the aging experience for Alsco employees.

Seniors are an often overlooked demographic when it comes to charitable giving. In fact, in the United States, only two percent of all giving is directed to senior causes.

“Our donation allows us to support seniors through the innovative health, housing and social services the Eskaton Foundation provides to seniors,” says Mark Kotsios, general manager, Alsco Sacramento.

Eskaton, which means “the dawning of a new day,” is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is enhancing the quality of life of seniors to transform the aging experience. Eskaton Foundation supports the needs of seniors in the greater Sacramento area.

Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 129 years of business, Alsco provides linen and uniform rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On November 17, 2018, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received reports of a traffic collision on Winding Way at Rampart Drive. CHP and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and discovered a bicyclist had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old man from Carmichael was driving his red Lexus RX 400 eastbound on Winding Way and had entered the intersection at Rampart Drive. At the same time, a 75 year old man from Sacramento had been riding his bicycle southbound on Winding Way from a shopping center when he entered the intersection directly in front of the Lexus. Subsequently, a collision occurred and the impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the roadway surface.

The bicyclist was not utilizing a light while riding during hours of darkness and he was not wearing a helmet. The sobriety of the driver of the Lexus was evaluated and it was determined that drugs and or alcohol were not a factor in this collision.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. Any persons who can provide additional information regarding this collision are requested to contact the North Sacramento Area CHP office.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Takes Flight

By Rick Reed  |  2018-11-18

 2015 Fall Photo Contest Winner from Sac County. Photo courtesy Rick Reed.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and give us your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy.

Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attachment. Contest is open through December 31, 2018. Entries can be made in two categories- Under 12 years old you can enter FREE! Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. (Under 18 years old? Ask your parents to help!)

Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live.

The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram as a hero of nature!

Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.  Enter @wildlifecareassociation on Facebook.

One picture will be chosen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Snap some shots, submit them and let’s see if they fly! For more information call 916-965-WILD

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - With the election just weeks away, the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign has released government documents and records showing numerous examples of “epic levels” of waste, fraud and abuse of gas tax funds and other taxpayer resources at Caltrans and local transportation agencies throughout California.

The records and documents were obtained through the California Public Records Act (CPRA) process and cover only materials received back from the CA Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), local transportation agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. Other local government agencies also receive and spend gas tax funds - raising the question of how many more examples of waste of gas tax funds exist.

“These examples of outrageous waste of the gas tax and other taxpayer resources provide the best reason to vote YES on Prop 6 the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of the campaign. “Our existing gas tax funds are being wasted and we demand that these revelations of outrageous expenditures be immediately reformed before we give these people any more of our taxpayer dollars,” noted DeMaio.

“These outrageous examples of waste of our gas tax funds is proof that voters cannot trust California government agencies with even a penny more of their money until efficiency and accountability reforms can clean up these excessive expenditures,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign. “Voters can send a strong message by voting YES on Prop 6 to repeal the costly and unfair gas and car tax hikes,” DeMaio concluded.

Facts about this massive hike:

–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $779 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year - striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes”  they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

For more information go to GasTaxRepeal.org

 

 

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