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Placer County Wine Trail

With 20 wineries and counting, Placer County has re-embraced its heritage as a viable California wine-producing region. Located in the S...

Race Day features Sacramento Asphalt Contractor's Car

As with any sport, the challenge is to engage young people early as fans and ultimately a few become competitors. That has been the story with auto racing, too.
NASCAR is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. NASCAR has campaigned to build the younger ranks. It helps to have a local race park which makes it fun to watch and engage with drivers. Such is the case with the All American Speedway in Roseville. Rebuilt earlier this year, is a terrific venue for family fun for all of the Sacramento region. Saturday, October 13th, the speedway will host a NASCAR K & N West Pro Series.

Kids today too often become glued to an electronic screen. Racing cars is still exciting on a small screen, but imagine the thrill of seeing it live, with all the sights and smells and sounds and excitement of a crowd! Folsom Lake Asphalt has been building, repairing, maintaining, fixing and keeping family driveways and parking lots prime for nearly 40 years, so it’s no wonder that they have affection for the track. They sponsor their own race car, and will be competing in Roseville on October 13th. Come join them at the track and cheer on a this Sacramento asphalt contractor to win.

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One of the best urban trails in the country - The American River Bike Trail

It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway. The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers.

This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Pearl on the River after your ride.
  • Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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Placer County Wine Trail

With 20 wineries and counting, Placer County has re-embraced its heritage as a viable California wine-producing region. Located in the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA), Placer County wineries offer a refreshing change from the more commercialized and less personal wine tasting experiences of larger wine regions. Most Placer wineries are family-owned and operated, have small vineyards and the winemakers themselves are part of the charm, making Placer County a newly sought-after destination for a more personalized and unique wine-tasting experience.

Placer County begins in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 100 miles east of both San Francisco and Napa Valley and 30 miles east of the state capitol of Sacramento and extends to the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe. Elevations range from approximately 500 feet above sea level in the west to 6000 feet in the east. Most of the vineyards are located in the rolling, oak studded hills at the 500 to 1500 foot level. Soils are generally some combination of decomposed granite and sandy loam, making them well-drained and ideal for growing wine grapes.

The climate is Mediterranean, with warm days (average low 90’s in summer) and nights cooler than the valley below, making it ideal for growing premium wine grape varietals of the great wine producing regions of Italy, Southern France and Spain. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, most of it falling in the winter and spring. This encourages dry-farming, where, once established, vineyards receive very little artificial irrigation, resulting in wines with complex and intense flavors.

Take Your Babe to the Jammie Jingle

Come dressed in your jammies or holiday wear to a fun morning for your toddlers and preschoolers to kick off the Christmas season with fun crafts, cookie decorating, snacks, a story, and singing! Jammie Jingle Tickets Bayside Church MOPS is happy to host this event to share the fun and joy of the season! You don't need to be a MOPS member to attend. Who are the MOPS? Bayside Church MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) meet Monday mornings in fall and spring to connect, learn, and grow as moms. Better moms make a better world.

Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs

Medscape's Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs: Report 2018 shows results from more than 6200 physicians and clinicians in the United States. We asked respondents about specific harassing behavior they have experienced or witnessed, where it occurred, how they responded, and how it affected them. We also asked whether they had been accused of sexual harassment. Our comprehensive report describes the current state of sexual misconduct in the healthcare realm by asking about instances occurring within the past 3 years, as opposed to instances of harassment over one's entire career.

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Complaints against goverment agencies have many tolls

During a nearly four-month investigation, the Coloradoan requested the number of sexual harassment complaints filed over the past five years by employees of the nine largest nonfederal, public employers in Larimer County. Colorado Open Records Act requests for the data were sent to: Front Range Community College, Colorado State University, the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland and their police departments, Larimer County and its sheriff's office, Poudre and Thompson school districts, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Poudre Fire Authority.

Fewer than half of those employers released data on the number of sexual harassment complaints they substantiated in response to the Coloradoan request.  
Four employers: CSU, FRCC, Larimer County and city of Loveland collectively confirmed 20 cases of sexual harassment in the five-year period. 
That's 20 substantiated complaints among more than 21,000 employees working at the nine agencies — a far cry from survey results released earlier this year in which 38 percent of women said they experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
The other public employers — the city of Fort Collins, Poudre School District, Thompson School District, Poudre Fire Authority and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority — refused to release the data. They said they either didn't track the number of investigations, couldn't readily find them, believe they are legally prohibited from releasing the records or would consider releasing them at a later time.
Because fewer than half the employers provided information, it's difficult to assess the difficulties women face in Larimer County's public agencies, even though sexual harassment is unwelcome, illegal and comes with a steep mental, physical and emotional toll on its victims and their workplaces. 
Beyond those tolls, sexual harassment can be catastrophic to an organization's bottom line. In 2015, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alone recovered $164.5 million for private and public workers alleging harassment, according to the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, published in 2016.
"The number (of cases in Larimer County) seems low," said Rachel Arnow-Richman, a law professor at the University of Denver and director of its workplace law center.
The 20 substantiated cases are likely the tip of the iceberg because sexual harassment is one of the most underreported workplace offenses. 


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