Memorial Service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department Release  |  2018-09-28

Deputy Mark Stasyuk

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The memorial service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville.  A multi-agency fly-over will take place at the conclusion of the memorial service. All other law enforcement honors will be performed at a private graveside service.

Stasyuk was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 17 after responding to a call in Rancho Cordova. He leaves behind a wife, mother, father and sister.

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department

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Big John Enos, River Salmon Fishing Extraordinaire

By Rooster Tails Fishing Club  |  2018-09-28

Big John’s ‘Klingon’ Lure (2 modified Kwikfish).

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine Street in Auburn on Friday, October 19th.  This free event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests.  Doors to the Lodge open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee.  A fantastic $15 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am followed at 9:00 am with special guest speaker, Big John Enos, owner of Big John’s Guide Service.  John will explain how to score quality salmon in his secret river holes and other hot spots on Central Valley Rivers.  Reservations are not required, but breakfast attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and seminar seating.
John has 14 years of river salmon fishing experience, especially on the upper Sacramento River, and finds that sharing his non-traditional fishing secrets has made him in high demand.  Some angler’s have found many of John’s unorthodox, but legal, tackle modifications and fishing techniques a little different and maybe even strange, until they experience jarring explosion of monster salmon they catch.  Interested salmon fishermen and women anglers are encouraged to arrive early to meet John and to secure a good seat for his presentation. 

John owns a custom twenty-foot guide boat that comfortably accommodates four guests. Although John’s specialty is fishing for river salmon, he also does guided trips for land-locked salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, striped bass, shad, and bass.  He provides all species-specific tackle, including his custom lures, to make his guided fishing trips memorable.

 The 30 year old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience.  Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, 530-887-0479, or visit the club’s web site at

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AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Nearly 315 acres of oak woodlands just north of Auburn will be permanently conserved with the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approving $496,200 in Placer Legacy open space funds to buy three agricultural conservation easements over the land. District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt was absent from the meeting.

Known as the Oest Ranch, the property will continue its 150-year legacy of cattle ranching on land that is rich with biological resources, protecting in perpetuity these properties’ open space, biological, cultural, historical and agricultural values.

The board’s decision authorizes the Placer County Department of Public Works and Facilities to execute a funding agreement to facilitate the Placer Land Trust’s acquisition of three agricultural conservation easements from the Oest Family Trust. The easements are located along state Route 49 just north of Lorenson Road and Florence Lane and north and south of Lone Star Road.

The county’s funding leverages funding from the state’s Department of Conservation Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation program in the amount of $1,402,500.

With the board’s action to approve the funding agreement with Placer Land Trust, three conservation easements will be acquired over 314 acres, which will complement two other prior easements acquired in 2015 and 2016 over the Oest Ranch covering 113 additional acres. With the approval, conservation of the entire 427-acre ranch is assured.

Contributing to the placement of an agricultural conservation easement over the property helps accomplish the Placer Legacy Program’s open space conservation goals and complements the Placer County Conservation Program.

The PCCP is a progressive and proactive strategy for identifying where development should occur in western Placer County while preserving important natural and agricultural resources. If approved, it would streamline the federal, state and local permitting process. The PCCP would also ensure up to 47,000 acres of permanent land conservation in Placer County, required as mitigation for that development.

“I am so delighted to see the Oest Ranch being incorporated into our overall Placer County Conservation Program,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “This is a prime example of Placer Legacy and Placer Land Trust working in tandem to protect valuable agricultural lands.”

Last week, the PCCP was granted a waiver from the secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, which had limited complex environmental impact statements to 300 pages or less. Since the PCCP is a joint federal Habitat Conservation Plan and California Natural Communities Conservation Plan, and includes a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers streamlined process for permitting wetlands, it is necessarily detailed and must analyze all of the required elements of both state and federal regulations. The granting of the waiver is anticipated to allow public review of the program and the environmental impact report later this fall.

More information about Placer Legacy is available by calling the Planning Services Division at 530-745-3000 or visiting the Placer Legacy website, here.

Learn more about the Placer Land Trust, here.

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AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved the county’s final 2018-19 budget of $970.9 million, an increase of 12.1 percent from the previous year’s budget of $866.2 million. 

The board adopted a proposed budget of $939.6 million June 26 for the county’s fiscal year beginning July 1. The final budget reflects updated revenues and costs.

Property taxes, the county’s largest revenue source, continue to trend upwards as property values increase. Sales taxes, transient occupancy taxes and other revenue sources also continue to improve; however, growth from those revenues is expected to soften as financial experts contemplate the potential for an economic slowdown.

One-time budget adjustments for several critical areas were delayed until now to ensure a clear picture of final balances from the last fiscal year. Some of those items included in the final budget are:

$2.5 million in funding for the approved Placer County Sheriff’s Office's new coroner facility as part of the Criminal Justice Master Plan
$3.1 million to streamline the county’s personnel and financial systems as part of the Workday project
Nearly $1 million toward contingency reserves
$500,000 to fund open space acquisition in support of the Placer Legacy Program
$500,000 in funding for the county’s Elections Office warehouse.
This budget includes $7.3 million in road maintenance projects funded by revenues from Senate Bill 1. Additionally, the elimination of the In-Home Support Services maintenance effort by California lawmakers has continued to increase the county’s share of the program’s operational costs. 

“In the last 10 years, the county’s population has increased 19 percent, our revenues have increased 11 percent and our employee workforce has only increased 2 percent,” said District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler. “Clearly our county is trending in the right direction in terms of fiscal responsibility.”

Placer County’s operating budget can be seen anytime here.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Utility poles covered with signs and notices for political candidates, lost animals, yard sales and events present serious hazards for utility workers. This is a particular problem during election season.

Nails, staples, tacks, and screws used to post signs can cause serious injury to lineworkers who climb the wooden utility power poles every day. These items are especially hazardous when the poles are climbed during bad weather to restore power during storms and at night.

When the signs fall off or are removed, the fasteners often remain in the pole, causing lineworkers to get cut or injured. Nails and staples can obstruct climbing gear, which can cause workers to slip or fall as they climb. Even the tiniest puncture in lineworkers’ rubber gloves can expose them to severe shock from power lines.

When advertising for a political candidate, lost pet, garage sale or other event, please do not post signs on utility poles.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - As part of its commitment to the community, SMUD is hosting a free community resource fair to ensure the success of seniors in the community. Seniors and their families are invited to learn about caregiving resources; accident prevention; fraud prevention; legal assistance; health and wellness; financial assistance; and, home modifications. Register today for free breakfast and resources.

WHAT:  Community Resource Fair Celebrating Seniors

WHERE:                SMUD Customer Service Center: 6301 S Street, Sacramento

WHEN:         Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 8 a.m.—Noon

REGISTER:     or 916-732-6738




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NorCal Rapist Arrested

Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-09-21

Suspected NorCal rapist Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested in Berkeley this week.

Answer in DNA

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It was an eerie, familiar feeling as Sacramento District Attorney stood alongside state law enforcement agents and in front of media members, announcing the arrest of yet another notorious California serial rapist.

58-year-old Roy Charles Waller of Benicia was linked through DNA to the heinous NorCal Rapist crimes committed on at least 12 victims that date back beginning 27 years ago and took place across six counties.

“The answer has always been in the DNA,” said Schubert, coincidentally in the midst of National Forensic Science Week. She explained the partnership of tireless science and police work that led to a breakthrough over the past 10 days, eventually leading to the arrest.

“Today we can bring some closure to the victim in Contra Costa County who was attacked on Halloween in 1996,” said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton.

Waller was arrested in Berkeley near the U.C. Berkeley campus. He has been a U.C. Berkeley employee for the past 25 years. The Sacramento Police Department and the Berkeley Police Department made the arrest.

The suspect has been charged with 12 counts of force-able sexual assault, plus enhancements. There are also allegations that he used a gun. He’s been awarded no bail and his arraignment is set for Monday in Sacramento.

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