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Monterey Trail High School wins two grants to develop solar powered project

Monterey Trail High School wins two grants to develop solar powered project

Monterey Trail High School’s Design and Technology Academy (DATA) has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 Sacramento Municipal and Utility District (SMUD) Energize Minds for Solar Design grant, as well as a $500 Region 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Service-Learning Initiative After School mini-grant from the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE).

The DATA program will use the grants to implement the new “Don’t Trash the Trail” program at Monterey Trail and to further develop a solar powered trash compactor.  The “Don’t Trash the Trail” program focuses on educating the school population on the importance of environmental issues. The solar powered trash compactor, which is one-third of the program, is being developed to encourage students and staff to dispose of their trash properly.  Two of Monterey Trail’s recent graduates, James Reede and Gera Groshev, wrote the successful grant proposals.

First Five Mosquito Samples and Two Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

First Five Mosquito Samples and Two Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Elk Grove, Calif.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed the first five positive mosquito samples and two new dead birds infected with West Nile virus in both Sacramento and Yolo counties. Though birds had already tested positive in recent weeks, the positive mosquito samples found in both counties are coming much earlier than previous years and could signal a longer and very busy mosquito season. “This virus activity detected in the mosquito population is about a month early. Typically we don’t detect infected mosquito samples until July,” said David Brown District Manager. Based on the California Department of Public Health virus risk assessment, the District is in emergency planning mode. “We want to do what we can now to reduce immature mosquitoes and areas where they breed before they emerge as adult mosquitoes” added Brown.

APWA Sacramento honors the City of Elk Grove's John R. Scott as Manager of the Year

APWA Sacramento honors the City of Elk Grove's John R. Scott as Manager of the Year

Sacramento, Calif. - At a May 17 annual awards dinner celebrating National Public Works Week (May 20-26, 2012), the American Public Works Association (APWA) Sacramento Chapter recognized John R. Scott as one of five outstanding individuals who represented the best management professionals in public works for 2012. Scott won the award for the transportation category.

Scott works diligently and efficiently as the contract manager for Maintenance & Operations for the City of Elk Grove.

Supermoon in El Dorado County

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - This was shot in El Dorado County California at 8:15 p.m. 5.5.12 on the Ponderosa Road overcrossing at HWY 50 (near the recent meteor explosion and meteorite dusting back on April 22, 2012).

Hoped to get it coming up over the Sierra, but it was sneaky and came up further south and higher in the sky than I wanted it to be, but still pretty. Little instant tail gate party going on with all the area folks hanging out on the overcrossing waiting for it to show up.
 

 

Beautify Local Waterways at the Annual Creek Clean Up

Beautify Local Waterways at the Annual Creek Clean Up

Elk Grove, Calif. – Help the Cosumnes CSD clean and beautify the natural landscape of Elk Grove and Laguna creeks, protect environmental resources and have fun at the same time.  The annual Creek Clean Up will be held April 21, 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  This is the perfect community service opportunity.  Groups are welcome.  Meet the crews at one of these seven sites:

          1. Elk Grove Creek (Elk Grove Blvd. at Emerald Oak Drive)

          2. Elk Grove Creek (Village Tree at Oak Briar Circle)

          3. Ringe Circle (Bond at Crowell Drive)

          4. Lewis Park (9615 Black Swan Drive)

          5. Pinkerton Park (8906 W. Stockton Blvd.

Where's the Sun?

Where's the Sun?

Rainy days are not the "cat's meow" when they just don't end.

As summer winds down, cars still suffer effects of heat exposure

As summer winds down, cars still suffer effects of heat exposure