American Pickers to Film in California

Source: American Pickers on History Channel   |  2016-01-29

This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Photo courtesy American Pickers on History Channel

California is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series American Pickers throughout California. Filming is scheduled for early March.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

American Pickers is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm E.T. on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: (855) OLD-RUST.

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With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent.

“Our modest increase underscores the fact that we still have a critical water shortage after four-plus years of drought that we don’t know when will end,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “One look at our low reservoirs tells us that we need a lot more wet weather before summer.”

Although there is no exact formula for ending the drought and conditions vary region by region, a rough guidepost is that approximately 150 percent of average winter precipitation — rain and snow — would significantly ease statewide conditions, with the major exception of groundwater depletion.

The State Water Project (SWP) delivery estimate (allocation) may be increased further if storms continue to build rainfall and snowpack totals. The 29 public agencies that receive SWP water (State Water Project Contractors) requested 4,172,786 acre-feet of water for 2016. With today’s allocation increase, they will receive 631,115 acre-feet.

Collectively, the SWP Contractors serve approximately 25 million Californians and just under a million acres of irrigated farmland.

It is important to note that nearly all areas served by the SWP also have other sources of water, among them streams, groundwater, and local reservoirs.

Key reservoirs are beginning to rise from early winter storms, but remain low.

Lake Oroville in Butte County, the State Water Project’s principal reservoir, was recorded recently as holding 1,366,061 acre-feet, 39 percent of its 3.5 million acre-foot capacity and — 60 percent of its historical average for the date. Shasta Lake north of Redding, California’s and the federal Central Valley Project’s (CVP) largest reservoir, was holding 2,138,566 acre-feet, 47 percent of its 4.5 million acre-foot capacity and 71 percent of its historical average. San Luis Reservoir, a critical south-of-Delta pool for both the SWP and CVP, reflects the same trend of lower reservoir storage this year. San Luis was holding 641,729 acre-feet, 31 percent of its 2 million acre-foot capacity and 41 percent of normal for the date. Folsom Lake, a CVP reservoir near Sacramento, is holding 398,523 acre-feet of its 977,000 acre-foot capacity, 79 percent of average for the date.

Though still critically low, many reservoir levels have dramatically risen from recent storm runoff. Groundwater aquifers recharge more slowly, with many in the Central Valley sinking toward record levels.

Last year’s (2015) 20 percent allocation was the second lowest since 1991, when agricultural customers of the SWP got a zero allocation and municipal customers received 30 percent of requests. In 2014, SWP deliveries were five percent of requested amounts for all customers.

The last 100 percent allocation — difficult to achieve even in wet years largely because of Delta pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish species — was in 2006. SWP allocations in recent years:

2015 – 20 percent

2014 – 5 percent

2013 – 35 percent

2012 – 65 percent

2011 – 80 percent

2010 – 50 percent

2009 – 40 percent

2008 – 35 percent

2007 – 60 percent

2006 – 100 percent

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought state of emergency on Jan. 17th, 2014 and followed up with statewide water conservation mandates. Since then, the state has been swept by drought-fueled forest fires, vast tracts of farmland have been fallowed and some communities have scrambled for drinking water.

Long-range weather forecasts are uncertain, and there is no way to know if this winter will deeply dent the state’s historic drought.

DWR’s California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) Web sites show current water conditions at the state’s reservoirs and weather stations.




While the early winter rain and snowpack are promising, this may yet prove to be a fifth consecutive year of drought in California. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Every Californian should take steps to conserve water; find out how at

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From Senator Jim Nielsen: “The State’s first priority must be saving money for the Rainy Day fund to ease the pain of budget cuts in an economic downturn. Programs that provide care to the most vulnerable Californians like Developmental Disability Services have not been adequately funded.

“To better serve people with developmental disabilities, I introduced Senate Bill 818, a bill similar to the one I introduced in Special Session last year. My commitment to make this funding permanent in the State's General Fund is unwavering.

“And I am so glad to hear that the Governor reaffirmed his commitment to build water storage. We must increase the state's above-ground water storage.

“Conservation alone won't get us out of this historic drought nor will it help get us through the next drought.

“Sites Reservoir is shoveled-ready to store up to 1.8 million acre feet of water.

“Planning for access to clean water is essential to the prosperity of future generations.”

Source: Office of Senator Jim Nielsen


From Senator Gaines: “In a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation, hundreds of billions in unfunded liabilities, and some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads, I hoped to hear more about the Governor's vision for solving those massive problems without crushing taxpayers.

“I’m happy that the state revenues are surging, but that should be viewed as an opportunity to pay down debt and fund one-time, high-priority projects. This month's stock market meltdown shows that our budget picture could change dramatically in just one year proving again that California needs to be a model of prudent, careful spending.

“I want the Governor to put some money back into working families' pockets. No tax increase extensions, and no new taxes on gas and health plans. Let’s—for once—grow the quality of life instead of growing bureaucracy.”

Source: Office of Senator Gaines


From Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner: “I share the governor’s optimism when it comes to California's future. Our state has a diverse economy, a strong commitment to education and more than enough revenue to fully fund roads, schools, and water storage without raising taxes.

“As the governor himself warns, we must continue to exercise fiscal prudence. The true test of his leadership will be whether he can hold the line on spending against the tax-and-spend liberal legislators of his own party.

“Instead of raising taxes, our focus should be on providing greater value for Californians by improving quality of life and by seeking solutions that make this state a more affordable place to live and work.”

Source: Office of George Runner


From Assemblymember Rocky Chávez: “Today, the Governor continued his theme of fiscal caution and hopeful planning for the future in his comments. While I applaud his recognition of this important principle, Governor Brown needs to focus on practical government solutions that cut back on waste and gets our State back to common sense governance,” said Chávez.

“We have a major hole in our Healthcare system, we have a backlog of billions of dollars in infrastructure repairs and we continue to face one of the worst droughts in California with no adequate water storage. The rubber band can only stretch so far until it snaps. We need to put practical solutions into place to take care of these issues while continuing to budget for our rainy day fund.”

“In his closing, the Governor discussed being courageous yet cautious. With the changing world markets, the uncertainty of how foreign affairs will affect our state and our volatile income tax dependency, Brown made one thing certain today, 2016 will not be 2015,” said Chávez.

Source: Office of Rocky Chávez

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Take a Sentimental Journey via Cabaret

Source: River City Chorale  |  2016-01-29

The River City Chorale, 60 voices strong, has been presenting the Cabaret for many years and it is by far its most popular concert. Photo courtesy River City Chorale

The River City Chorale presents its ever-popular Cabaret on Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th, with two shows each day: 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It’s conveniently located at the Serbian Church Hall, 7777 Sunset Ave (between Sunrise and San Juan), in Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628.

With the theme of Sentimental Journeys you will be transported back to the era of such songs as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Route 66,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

Upon entering the hall you will be greeted by the sounds of a traditional jazz combo and escorted to your reserved place at decorated round tables seating up to eight persons. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at your table by the singers and you can partake of libations at an open bar. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for one of four fun prizes, with winners to be announced at the end of the concert.

Then the show begins! In keeping with the tradition of the cabaret you will be entertained by small groups, soloists, a chamber choir as well as the whole ensemble who will be perched—cabaret style—on stools onstage. A combo led by Richard Morrissey, the director of the Chorale, with piano by the very talented Kathy Earl Midgley, will provide the accompaniment.

The River City Chorale, 60 voices strong, has been presenting the Cabaret for many years and it is by far its most popular concert. So get your tickets early by going online at or call (916) 331-3810.

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Are You Ready to Rugby?

Ray Schwartz  |  2016-01-20

Today, top high school rugby players have often grown to compete over six or eight seasons, and in some cases, played under the same coach, or program, the entire time. The quality at the top keeps growing finer each and every year. 
--Photo courtesy David Barpal Photography

Sacramento Valley Rugby Foundation Set to Host The 32nd Annual “Kick Off Tournament” at Cordova High, Jan. 30th And 31st

What started from humble beginnings—an opportunity to get pre-season playing time for lots of young high school rugby squads—has blossomed into the largest Youth and High School Rugby Tournament in the United States (and likely the entire Western Hemisphere!).

The Kick Off Tournament, affectionately referred to as the KOT, is still run today by some of the pioneers who first took this on in 1984, when seven high school clubs were featured. Jerry Ahlin, Ray Thompson, Pete Deterding, Bob Lutrell, Joe Cavallero, Zack Finney, and a posse of their finest friends, come together in a massive volunteer effort to pull off quite a show, each and every year. They do so for the love of the game, and for the kids who love to play!

Many of the finest players, coaches, and rugby clubs in America have been featured over the years, including Jesuit High, many times over National Champions. Other top local clubs to have begun their season at the KOT, and gone on to compete that Spring at the National Championships include Cougars (Del Campo), Islanders (Burbank), Vacaville, Christian Brothers, and most recently Dixon, Granite Bay, and Sierra Foothills.

By 2005, the event had grown to 30 clubs, playing on three fields at Granite Park. The popularity of youth and high school rugby was beginning to explode at that time, not simply locally, but across the Bay Area and indeed America. In fact, a recent report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (according to the Maryland-based organization’s U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report) reveals participation in tackle football fell 21 percent from 2008-2013, while rugby experienced the biggest gain of all youth and high schools sports, growing a whopping 81 percent during that time!

The KOT, a large, established structure on the game’s competitive calendar, was uniquely positioned to help foster this growth. 2006 saw the addition of Girls play, while 2007 saw the event expand to two days and include a free Middle School clinic. For the past three years, now at Cordova High, seven to nine fields have seen play all day, both Saturday and Sunday, featuring an average of 130 sides playing a staggering 205 30-minute matches!

Clubs have visited the KOT in the recent past, seeking some warm California sun, and the chance to compete with locals, the likes of the Jesuit Marauders…, clubs from across the Bay Area (Santa Rosa to Morgan Hill), but also from as far away as Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Washington, SoCal, and even several from Alberta, Canada.

Referees visit from even further, with several coming each year from Canada, but also Pittsburg, New York, Massachusetts, Idaho, Germany, and South Africa! In order for the KOT to grow, and to continue to provide quality matches, the word went out across USA Rugby, “Send us your refs!” Four brave souls answered the call in 2006, and more and more refs have come every year since.

As the KOT grew, however, the need to help produce and develop a local crop of refs came with the territory. So the KOT leveraged our wealth of sunshine and matches needing officials, to create a unique Referee Development Program. The KOT RDP features a free day of referee training Friday at Sac State, and two full days of valuable referee coaching throughout the event. Our own Raley’s College Greens donates all the food for the ref tent!

As richly rewarding as hosting young stars of the game can be (many ruggers who’ve played at past KOTs have gone on to play for, and even Captain, USA National teams), there’s no greater joy than watching U-8s and U-10s blossom into feisty U-12s and eventually become skillful, competitive middle schoolers!

It’s at these junior levels that the popularity of rugby has finally taken off. Today, top high school rugby players have often grown to compete over six or eight seasons, and in some cases, played under the same coach, or program, the entire time. The quality at the top keeps growing finer each and every year.

So why rugby?
To some rugby is a muscular ballet with mud and blood, while to others it just looks like a brawl. A violent contact sport with no padding? In this day and age of heightened concerns over sports concussions? But to those who take the time to peel back the veneer and take a closer look, they see adults mentoring children; coaches who carefully teach players to respect themselves, their opponents and the game itself.

With top notch coaching, confidence and skills grow over time. Fitness reigns supreme. The head and neck must never be a part of the rugby tackle. Speed and power, choreographed teamwork, brilliant ball handling and precision kicking are often on display. But look closer still and you'll notice there are no timeouts. The coach, who runs practice, has little to no input once the match has started. The coach elects a Captain, who is the only conduit to the Ref.  The Ref, in turn, tries to manage a fair contest between two sides through the Captains.

Rugby is certainly an interesting contradiction. Though the players seem to be trying to tear each other’s head off, they help each other up off the ground, and cheer each other (and meet to shake hands) after every match. And players will always refer to the referee as “sir.” While the ref is just trying to keep heads from being torn off, a good ref can bring a competitive match up to a boil, while never allowing it spill over. All players contribute, all get to handle the ball, and all shapes and sizes of players are welcome. Passion created from this game is measureable.

Why Sacramento Rugby?
Students of sports history know the oldest sport offered at Cal (UC Berkeley) is rugby, which started playing in the 1880s. Other local rivals, St. Mary’s, Santa Clara and Stanford, all share long, rich rugby traditions as well, with St. Mary’s having just won their first National Championship (in any sport), May 2014, at Stanford (featuring many local ruggers), and repeated in 2015!

As the First World War concluded, the Olympics embraced rugby, offering a Gold Medal (won by the USA) in both 1920 and ’24. Graduates of these Universities combined, with rugby players from San Francisco’s Olympic Club, to train, as they traveled by ship, and win these medals. Captaining the ’24 team was Colby “Babe” Slater from nearby Woodland. But after the Gold Medal match in Paris, where unruly French fans nearly rioted as USA beat France, rugby was dropped from the Olympic program.

The tradition of rugby, however, lingered across Northern California. Though college and then pro football took over, 1953 saw a small rebirth of rugby when the first Monterey Rugby Classic was held. Clubs and tournaments popped up everywhere throughout the 1960s (UC Davis and Sac State have both recently celebrated their 50th year of rugby). In 1982, a sturdy group of Sacramento sportsmen travelled to Europe on a rugby tour.  They went as players, only to return with a newfound desire to teach the game they grew to love. So a new high school rugby competition began in Sacramento, kicking off with our first ever KOT!

Most years, weather permitting, Sacramento offers a long winter/spring playing season, as local clubs draw upon a wealth of coaches, referees, and administrators to help develop young players and squads to enjoy the game, the same game played in Olympics of old. The size and depth of the local competition here remains unrivalled across American rugby’s landscape. It is no coincidence that as soon as Sacramento built a top notch soccer facility, USA Rugby scheduled an International match here.

As USA beat Canada in front of a sold out crowd, 8,000 made it out to Bonney Field, June, 2014, the blazing Sacramento sunshine proved a valuable advantage. When USA played the mighty New Zealand All Blacks at sold out Soldier Field in Chicago, November 1st, three Jesuit grads suited up for USA (Lou Stanfill, Eric Fry & Blaine Sculley) while another three players came from Bay Area high school programs.

A doubleheader then came back to Bonney Field last July (during the State Fair) as we witnessed USA beat Japan, and Fiji tie Samoa. And as PRO Rugby announced its inaugural season (this coming April-June), Sacramento was awarded its first of six teams!

An abbreviated brand of the game of rugby called “Sevens” has traditionally been played locally, though only in the summers. Sevens is now introduced to the Olympics, with the first Gold Medals, Men’s and Women’s, on offer in 2016 in Rio de Janiero. With USA Women presently ranked 5th, and the Men ranked 9th (and rising!) on the World Sevens circuit, we can certainly expect to see Americans, and hopefully some Sacramentans, competing in the Medal rounds in Rio!

So, to get your rugby knowledge and appreciation flowing, plan to attend the 32nd Annual KOT at Cordova High Jan. 30 and 31! Matches kick off early both days!

This year’s KOT features (in addition to the usual local clubs) a first ever Girl’s Middle School seven-a-side competition, and far more Girl’s play than ever. Gridley makes its first appearance, fielding 6 sides! Davis and Dixon has combined to form Solo (Solano-Yolo) Rugby, Los Gatos United is coming strong, Liberty (Washington) returns for their fourth KOT, bringing 3 sides.

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CSN Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the exclusive television home for Golden State Warriors games in Northern California, has partnered with the team and Save Our Water (@saveourwater), California’s official statewide conservation program, to produce a public service announcement featuring the “Splash Brothers”—reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry and All-Star guard Klay Thompson of the NBA Champion Warriors.

As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions, including an extension of a mandatory statewide 25 percent water use reduction if drought conditions persist in January 2016. Even as California moves into what is likely to be a wet winter, Save Our Water is urging Californians move beyond short-term water saving solutions and make permanent changes to conserve.

“Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson PSA:

“We know California is in a serious drought and our hope with this PSA is to help raise awareness to encourage more Californians to conserve water,” said Thompson. “As a community we all need to do our part to help the cause.”

Regarded as one of the best shooting backcourt duos in the NBA, Curry and Thompson got the nickname “Splash Brothers” for their ability to shoot the basketball and “splash” the net from long-range, particularly from beyond the three-point line. During the 2014-15 championship season, Curry broke his own NBA record for the most three-pointers in one season with 286, Thompson finished second in the league with 239, and the “Splash Brothers” became the league’s most prolific three-point duo with a record 525 threes.

“We appreciate the support of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and the NBA champion Warriors and thank them for their efforts to raise awareness of the Golden State’s unprecedented drought and to encourage Californians to conserve water,” said Ted Griggs, president and general manager of CSN Bay Area and CSN California.

“We are thrilled the Splash Brothers have joined the growing chorus of Californians spreading the word of the need to save water, even during a wet winter,” said Jennifer Persike, deputy executive director of External Affairs and Member Services of the Association of California Water Agencies. “Save Our Water thanks the Golden State Warriors and Comcast SportsNet for their contribution in raising awareness that in this drought regular conservation isn’t enough—we must take extraordinary measures to save water.”

Save Our Water’s website is available in both English and Spanish and is filled with tips, tools, and inspiration to help every Californian find new and creative ways to conserve. From tips on how to keep trees healthy during the drought to an interactive section allowing users to visually explore how they can save water both inside and outside the home, Save Our Water can help everyone easily conserve at home and at work, every day. Save Our Water connects with Californians on its Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

About Save Our Water: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has directed the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions in California, calling on all Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent and prevent water waste. Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources.

About CSN Bay Area: CSN Bay Area and CSN California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. CSN Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. CSN California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via and Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.

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Lanterman Coalition and Legislators Partner to Push for Funding of Developmental Disability Services

Source: Office of Senator Jim Nielsen  |  2016-01-13

Families, healthcare providers, and supporters marched to the State Capitol recently to highlight the lack of state funding for California’s most vulnerable and voiceless population, those with developmental disabilities.

“Increased access to care should be a budget priority,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber). “Nearly 50 years ago, the state made a promise through the Lanterman Act that children and adults with developmental disabilities would be cared for.”

“This promise should be kept,” Senator Nielsen added.

In July, Governor Brown called for a Special Session of the Legislature to address health care. In response, Senator Nielsen along with Senator Jeff Stone (R-Murrieta), introduced a legislative proposal to help the developmental services community achieve additional funding.

Specifically, their measure, Senate Bill X2-4, would provide the Department of Developmental Services with the means to fund targeted rate increases for regional centers and providers through any General Fund surplus revenues. It would also pay the same for Medi-Cal providers through funding from the Department of Health Care Services with these increases being made retroactive to July 1, 2015.

The Legislature denied a public hearing for SBX2-4, preventing it from being debated. This roadblock deprived funding for the developmental services community.

Providers have endured a decade of rate cuts and freezes.

The state is projected to receive an additional $3.6 billion in unanticipated tax revenue according to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst.

Senator Nielsen and his colleagues continue their push in support of funding for the developmental disability community.

“State revenues are strong. Helping Californians with developmental disabilities must be the first item discussed in this year’s budget before anything else,” said Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).

Michael Ziegler, PRIDE Industries President/CEO said, “We appreciate the leadership of Senators Nielsen and Stone in championing critical funding for services supporting individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.

“We support any initiative that can restore and ensure community-based programs that serve our most vulnerable citizens.”

PRIDE Industries is a nonprofit organization and leading employer of people with disabilities. Meeting the manufacturing and facilities services needs of business and government agencies nationwide, PRIDE creates jobs for people with disabilities in its own businesses and by partnering with others in the community.

Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at

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An Inspiration

Written By Annika Darling  |  2016-01-13

Gerri’s books came to her almost as a heavenly dictation. After, however, she came to realize—at the ripe of age of 50 no less—the power of giving her soul to the Lord our Savior. Photo by Conrad Mendenz of Action Photography

Geraldine Reneé Walker considers herself a “spiritual inspirationalist.” And a few quite moments spent alone with her blog or one of her books reveals exactly why.

Friends and family call her “Gerrie” and in her writings she implores everyone to do the same. While Gerrie was born in Los Angeles, Calif., she has lived in Sacramento most of her life.

Gerrie’s books came to her almost as a heavenly dictation. After, however, she came to realize—at the ripe of age of 50 no less—the power of giving her soul to the Lord our Savior. A pivotal moment for Gerrie was when she became a member of the New Thought Movement in April of 2010. She recalls being swept up in an ocean of love, and was so moved that she never looked back.

She was inspired to write while taking a class at her church by one of the facilitators of the class, Lisa Nichols, participant in the renowned movie “The Secret.” Nichols set Gerrie on a course to increase her writing times each day. And once Gerrie started writing…she couldn’t stop. “I felt like the words were coming from a heavenly spirit,” she recalled.

Sometimes the words would rush over her like a waterfall, other times they would trickle in one word or phrase at time. But they kept coming. Finally, one day Gerrie stepped back from her writings, and saw that she had over 300 pages of prayers, meditations, and inspirational stories and sayings. She had herself a hefty spiritually inspired manuscript.

Gerrie consulted a book coach who advised her to split the book into two parts, as there was more than enough content. The result: “Through Thine Eyes - The Spiritually Inspirational Journey of God Moving in my Life: Spiritually Inspired Expressions,” and “Through Thine Eyes - The Spiritually Inspirational Journey of God Moving in My Life: Prayers and Meditations.”

On Sunday, Jan. 31st, Gerrie will be reading from the two books during a two hour book signing event—from 2 to 4 p.m. She intends on reading some prayers and meditations on love, forgiveness, gratitude and gratefulness—the reigning themes in both books.

“I write to let people know they are loved and love is part of their existence,” she said.

And just to give you a taste of what to expect at Gerrie’s book signing, here is a snippet from her introduction to “Through Thine Eyes”:

 “My life’s purpose is to inspire others to be all they can be for themselves, and for the world, by providing spiritual inspiration through my writings of spiritually inspired expressions. …This is my wish for you: to share in faith, believe in yourself, and to know fully and truly that you are an inspiration of what is “Good” and “Right” in this world. May the writings that you are about to experience in this book provide you with the strength and the perseverance to continue to strive toward the excellence that God sees for you.

“You are good! You are enough!

“May God bless you and keep you strong, for you are an inspiration to the world.”

There will be refreshments and food, and more inspiration than you can possibly gobble up in one sitting. Don’t miss this unique and inspiring event Sunday, Jan. 31st, at The Avid Reader at Tower: 1600 Broadway, Sacramento, Calif., 95818, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gerrie Walker lends herself to inspirational needs within the community, as a public speaker, at churches, for at-risk-youth, and various other platforms. You can contact Gerrie at (916) 712-5328, email her at You can also follow her blog at, or purchase “Through Thine Eyes on Amazon.


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Run Salmon Run

Written by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2016-01-13

Near Gold River, Fish and Wildlife Department workers count salmon carcasses to determine numbers for the 2015-16 run. 
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Recent Rains Aid Seasonal Migration

Recent rain was good news for late-running salmon and early steelhead trout in the American River.

As final chinook spawners of the 2015 season reached breeding grounds, they completed lives—and epic journeys—that included thousands of miles of river and ocean migration.

Hell-bent on reproduction, adult salmon left Pacific waters in fall and made the weeks-long upstream swim to revisit hatching places. Their piscine leaps were seen from Sacramento, Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, and Gold River outlooks. Nimbus Dam and man-made ladders to the fish hatchery near Hazel Avenue presented final obstacles. In mitigation for dam construction, millions of juveniles are bred and released from the hatchery every year.

During a drought that reduced river levels, chinook weighing up to 30 pounds risked parts of the journey with bodies exposed above water. Using fins, tails, and entire bodies for projection, they struggled across riffles and exposed gravel bars.

“Their problems in getting here were not insurmountable,” concluded Nimbus Fish Hatchery Manager Gary Novak. “They still made it. When they leave the ocean, they stop feeding; their organs and immune systems break down. Their only purpose is to get upstream and produce eggs and sperm.”

Some mated and spawned in shallow gravel beds. Soon after, their carcasses drifted downstream to provide winter food for fish, birds, and parkway mammals. Those fish that climbed hatchery ladders were relieved of eggs and milt and artificially spawned. Their flesh was shipped to Washington State for processing and supplying to non-profit users.

“To us, 2015 seemed like an adequate season,” reported Gary Novak. “We processed 9,000 salmon, compared to 8,000 last year.”

Artificial spawning began at Nimbus in November. After forty days, the fertilized chinook eggs started hatching. Nourished in hatchery ponds, these sac-fry will be big enough to begin their river-to-sea migration as smoults after spring. Because of the 2015 drought and dangerously warm waters, many of last season’s youngsters made their journey to Bay Area waters in trucks. The success of this emergency operation cannot be measured until adult survivors swim upstream in two or more years. While returning veterans reflect the success of previous breeding seasons, said Novak, ocean temperatures and food supplies in the Pacific are other variables.

Operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Nimbus hatchery is now processing the annual steelhead trout run. This operation continues until late February. Rainbow hued, spotted, and sportive, these fish may spawn several times in their lifecycle.

“They face the same challenges as the salmon in getting upstream,” said Gary Novak. “But they make it. Their urge to breed is stronger than most obstacles that get in their way.”

Learn about the Nimbus Fish Hatchery at

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The IRS reminds taxpayers that the quickest way to get a copy of their tax transcript is to order it online using the Get Transcript application on By planning ahead, they should receive their transcript in the mail within five to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request online.

The IRS continues to work to bring the viewable/printable functionality of the application back online in the near future with enhanced identity protection security features. In the meantime, taxpayers can still request a mailed transcript by going online to Get Transcript.

Though taxpayers should always keep a copy of their tax return for their records, some may need the information from filed tax returns for many reasons. This includes college financial aid applicants or taxpayers who have applied for a loan to buy a home or start a business.

If a taxpayer is returning to college this January and applying for financial aid, they should check with their financial aid department at school to see if they will need a copy of their transcript before they start classes. Frequently, students get all the tax return information they need on the FAFSA application via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Similarly, if a taxpayer plans to apply for a loan, they should ask their financial institution if a transcript will be necessary so they can plan ahead and have it at the appropriate time.

The fastest way to get a transcript is through the Get Transcript tool on Although the IRS temporarily stopped the online viewing and printing of transcripts, Get Transcript still allows taxpayers to order their transcript online and receive it by mail. Taxpayers simply click the “Get a Transcript by Mail” button to order the paper copy of their transcript and have it sent to their address of record. Among the options available:

•To order a transcript online and have it delivered by mail, go to and use the Get Transcript tool.

•To order by phone, call (800) 908-9946 and follow the prompts.

•To request an individual tax return transcript by mail or fax, complete Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript. Businesses and individuals who need a tax account transcript should use Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.

Remember, ordering a transcript online is the quickest option. For more information, read the IRS How Do I Get My Transcript? Fact Sheet.

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