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Two USAF Thunderbirds Planes Nearly Touching in Flight
Rockin’ the runway at this year’s daytime shows are the spine-tingling USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and USN F-18 Super Hornet military jet demonstration teams as well as world-class aerobatics, pyrotechnics, barnstorming, and miles of entertainment.
Photos courtesy of California Capital Airshow

Airshow for the Ages

California Capital Airshow Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted: 9/25/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been 10 years, and it is time to celebrate…with a BANG! The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, has announced the addition of the Airshow After Dark on Friday, October 2nd. The hottest ticket in town is on sale now, and tickets are expected to sell out fast!

“We’re excited to kick-off our 10th anniversary with Airshow After Dark, an exclusive nighttime Airshow,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “As the sun sets on Friday, October 2nd, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers light up the sky with streaming flares, showers of colorful bursts from their wings, and thundering pyrotechnics. These phenomenal performances will be skillfully choreographed to awesome concert quality music with a fiery grand finale—it’s nothing like the Sacramento region has ever seen or heard before!”

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Our Boys Are Back in Town

Hometown Heroes Honored in Capitol Parade

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2015

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler
Riding a hero-mobile on Capitol Mall, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, bask in cheers from 10,000 admirers - their actions to thwart a terror attack brought international fame for the Carmichael and Rancho Cordova-raised trio.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos began a European vacation as ordinary tourists. The chums returned home as international heroes.

Armed with quick wits and aided by luck the Christian trio regard as divine intervention, they prevented a massacre that might have turned a train ride from Amsterdam into murder on the European express. Disabling an armed-to-the-teeth terrorist is now their legend—and probably inspiration for future movies. Meantime, France’s Legion of Honor award, TV appearances, and hero worship are their overwhelming lot.

But homecoming topped all previous thrills. “We’ve been all over the world these last couple of weeks,” an emotional Anthony Sadler said at last week’s Sacramento rally. “All the thanks we’ve received don’t compare to being in front of our home crowd like this.”

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Local Heroes Thwart Train Terror Attack

Three Americans Save French Train Passengers from Certain Death

Story by Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 8/28/2015

Francois Hollande, Alek Skarlatos, Jane D. Hartley, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler
French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler leaving the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, August 24th. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, August 21st.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - While enjoying a European vacation, three friends were on a high-speed train to Paris when a possible terrorist attempted an attack, opening fire on the crowded train. These three friends—Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos—became international heroes by overpowering the gunman and averting a possible terrorist attack.

Stone serves in the U.S. Air Force; Sadler is a senior at California State University, Sacramento; and Skarlatos is a National Guardsman recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. Both Stone and Skarlatos attended Albert Schweitzer Elementary School in Carmichael, CA, and Stone graduated from Del Campo High School in 2011.

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IRS Warns Taxpayers About New Tricks by Scam Artists

Victims of These Scams Report Losses Totaling Over $20 Million

Posted: 8/14/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people.

These schemes—which can occur over the phone, in emails, or through letters with authentic-looking letterhead—try to trick taxpayers into providing personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up going to the criminal.

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An Epic Day for Eppie’s Athletes

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/7/2015

A Dozen Cyclists Race Along the Path
Last weekend, Eppie’s Great Race tested athletes from across the nation. 1,300 cyclists turned bike trails into speedways.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG)- Almost two years after its founder died, Eppie’s Great Race endures as restaurateur and philanthropist Eppie Johnson’s legacy. Inspired by his love of the American River Parkway and dedication to fitness, Arcade resident Johnson began an annual event that has become almost as central to Sacramento summers as Independence Day.

For the 42nd Eppie’s Great Race last weekend, the American River flowed cool and fast. In contrast, morning Parkway temperatures rose to challenge more than 1,300 athletes. As it has since 1974, the “world’s oldest triathlon” set a cracking pace through stretches of Sacramento, Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, and Rancho Cordova. Participants ranged in age from 11 to over 80 years old. The overall winner was a 57-year-old Sacramento orthodontist, Dr. Vic Vicari. The Ironman sealed his 11th Eppie’s victory in less than one hour and 50 minutes.

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DMV Issues Nearly 400,000 Licenses Under AB 60

Posted: 8/7/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - During the first six months of implementing Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued approximately 397,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented applicants who have met all requirements necessary to enjoy driving privileges in California. This figure represents more than half of the total 759,000 original driver’s licenses that have been distributed during the first half of 2015.

“The latest numbers reflect the continued successful implementation of AB 60,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “The DMV was determined to develop a process that would not only meet the stringent requirements of this new law, but also the unique needs of our newly expanded customer base.”

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Records Shattered During 2015 California State Fair

Posted: 7/31/2015

On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 7/24/2015

New Landscape Watering Limits Set by SSWD

Offers Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 7/17/2015

SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

Goats in the Moat

Wilhaggin Basin Has Eco-Friendly Trim

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/3/2015

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

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

Local Filmmakers Premiere Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 7/3/2015


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