Citrus Heights Water District workers block off intersection of Mariposa Avenue and Cook Lane to repair a damaged water main, Thursday.

Mariposa Ave. closed after water main breaks overnight

Updated 6:14 p.m.– Mariposa Avenue has been re-opened.
Previous update–
A section of Mariposa Avenue has been closed after Citrus Heights Water District crews tore a large hole in the pavement to allow for an emergency repair on a water main that broke at the intersection of Cook Lane, near Old Auburn Road.

By 11 a.m., crews had uncovered the damaged water line, buried several feet under the intersection — and had hauled off several truck loads of dirt and broken up pavement.

A foreman on scene said he expects repairs to be finished by 5 p.m. Thursday, and will re-open Mariposa Avenue after the access hole in the intersection is patched and dried. He was unsure how many homes were affected by the breakage, but said water was turned back on by noon, Thursday…

by · December 4, 2014 · Community
A Christmas "tree" made of donated food cans will be on display at Sunrise Mall through December 27.

Mall’s 15ft Christmas ‘CanTree’ to benefit needy families

A huge, 15-foot-high Christmas “tree” built entirely of donated cans is now complete and on display at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, soon to be distributed by The Salvation Army to provide food for needy families in the Sacramento region.

The Christmas “CanTree” is an annual fundraiser put on by the Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR), which says its helped raise over $2 million to help local efforts to feed those in need, since launching in 1983. After breaking a record last year with a $90,000 donation, this year, the group says it has a goal of raising $100,000.

The Association says donated food will be distributed to needy families and individuals through The Salvation Army’s Holiday Food Basket and year-round food assistance program, beginning December 27…

by · December 1, 2014 · Community
Photo credit: Flickr commons,  asenat29.

Donations sought for Citrus Heights ‘Holiday Referral’ program

The City of Citrus Heights is partnering with the community this year to help provide food, household items, toys and clothes to families in need through its annual Holiday Referral Program.

“This unique community-involved program was created to help families who have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year,” said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Mike Wells in a press release about the program. “We rely heavily on the community to help make the effort a success.”

Last year, organizers said the program brought together over 40 clubs, business groups, churches, schools and residents to help nearly 400 adults and children in Citrus Heights — and are again seeking those willing to donate items, adopt a family or volunteer this year…

by · November 28, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Updated Nov. 21, 11:55 a.m.–
Directors for the Citrus Heights Water District voted unanimously in favor of raising rates and approving a new water shortage pricing structure Wednesday night, despite receiving 72 protest letters and hearing from a handful of residents who questioned the increase.

Under approvals made Wednesday, rates will rise three percent in 2015 and District directors will have discretion to raise rates 10 percent during a Stage 3 Water Warning, and up to 55 percent under the most extreme shortage stage. Additionally, directors can now increase excess water use rates by 50 percent during a Stage 4 Water Warning, with the option of a 250 percent increase during a situation exceeding Stage 5.

Ratepayer Dan Heideman acknowledged the need for some rise in rates, calling the three percent increase “no big deal” afterwards, but said he wanted to see some cost-cutting efforts from the District during a time when they’re asking ratepayers to pay more. He cited a current District office expansion and renovation project and the proposed 2015 water district budget increasing the general manager’s $166,964 salary up to $186,132 — although the budget also shows some positions taking double-digit pay cuts…

by · November 19, 2014 · Community
Stock photo. Citrus Heights Sentinel

Free composting workshop hosted in Citrus Heights

Updated Nov. 17, 12:45 p.m. — Got piles of leaves in your yard? Why not try composting them? A free workshop taught by UC Davis Master Gardeners at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden offers training on “anything and everything about composting,” as well as free “backyard composting kits” for all attendees, according to organizers. Offered twice a year by Republic […]

by · November 13, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights police and SMUD crews respond to the Antelope Road accident, Thursday morning.

Truck collision severs power pole; closes Antelope Road

Updated 12:52 p.m.–
A power pole was left severed at the base and dangling along the roadside this morning when a pickup slammed into the pole, cutting power and causing Citrus Heights police to temporarily shut down traffic on Antelope Road.

Sergeant Mike Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the vehicle was traveling east on Antelope Road around 6:20 a.m. when it struck the pole, causing it to fall into the roadway. Responding officers closed down both directions of Antelope from Auburn Boulevard to Mariposa Avenue.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, and there were no reports of injuries “at this time,” according to the sergeant.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews were observed working on the downed pole shortly after the collision, and estimate power to be restored by 1 p.m., according to the utility company’s website…

by · November 13, 2014 · Community
Jerry Smith of American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637 walks in front of the Honor Guard during the Veterans Day event.

Citrus Heights: Veterans honored for sacrifice, defending freedom

Nearly 200 veterans, families and community leaders took part in a ceremony and solemn march around Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights Tuesday, honoring the lives of those who fought on behalf of their county.

“Our vets, they basically give away their time and life so that we can have our way of life at home,” said Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost afterwards, attending the event along with four fellow council members. “So in Citrus Heights, we consider them our treasure.”

Tuesday’s event began with an eight-man Honor Guard from the Citrus Heights Police Department leading a march around the cemetery’s flag-lined road known as the Avenue of Flags, with stops for commemoration and prayer from Jerry Smith of the American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637.

“Real heroes don’t wear capes; they wear dog tags,” said Paul Reyes of Post 637, during an opening speech after the morning march…

by · November 11, 2014 · Community
Local Veterans Day event today at Sylvan Cemetery

Local Veterans Day event today at Sylvan Cemetery

Looking for a local Veterans Day event?

There’s one right here in Citrus Heights, hosted by the American Legion Citrus Heights Post 637.

What: Veterans Day Ceremony
When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sylvan Cemetery
7410 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

by · November 10, 2014 · Community
Several cars collided at the intersection of Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights, Thursday night.

4-car collision blocks Sunrise/Greenback intersection

Updated Nov. 8, 7:59 a.m.–
A collision involving at least four cars at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane blocked several lanes of traffic Thursday night, as about a dozen officers responded to the scene…

by · November 7, 2014 · Community
Children pick out a personal pumpkin while visiting the Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights, Thursday.

Pumpkin Farm closes 40th season Friday; says 10,000 visited

With storm clouds looming overhead, Citrus Heights’ Pumpkin Farm closed out its month-long October season at noon Friday — after selling out of pumpkins and finishing a final school group tour, according to Leonard Shymoniak, who runs the Farm with three of his children…

by · October 31, 2014 · Business, Community