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Citrus Heights News Briefs: obituary, hydrogen fuel, Bearpaw

Hydrogen station, Shell, Citrus Heights
A hydrogen refueling station at the Shell station at 6141 Greenback Ln., pictured here under construction in September, is now open. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Latest local news briefs include a new hydrogen refueling station opening in Citrus Heights, more news of Bearpaw’s latest business ventures, and the death of a 77-year-old man whose career involved projects with the City of Citrus Heights.

New hydrogen fueling station opens in Citrus Heights; 37th in the state
Drivers of hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles can now fill up at the Shell station on the corner of Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard, according to an announcement this month from the California Fuel Cell Partnership. As previously reported on The Sentinel, the refueling station was funded by a $2.3 million grant awarded by the California Energy Commission last year. The commission’s goal is to fund one hundred hydrogen refueling stations statewide in an effort to encourage the commercial growth of fuel cell vehicles and help the state reach its goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025. The Citrus Heights station is the 37th station to be completed.

The total cost of completing the 100-station network is projected to hit $201.6 million, according to a 2017 report to the Governor’s Office from the California Energy Commission. The stations are all expected to be completed by 2024. (See prior story for more)

Obituary: David M. Duarte (1941 — 2018)
David Marcial Duarte, whose career included managing building projects and recreation services in Citrus Heights, passed away on Dec. 17 at the age of 77.  According to an obituary published in the Napa Valley Register, Duarte was born in 1941 in San Bernardino and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his military service, he studied architecture at UC Berkeley and then began a 20-plus year career which took him to Citrus Heights, Richmond and other cities.

Duarte’s obituary says he suffered a “catastrophic aortic tear” in 2013, but recovered. Five years later he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which then spread. He passed away at his home in Napa and is survived by his wife and three children, along with four grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Dec. 29 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Napa. (See full obituary)

More Briefly: 

  • Bearpaw. Following up on a prior ABC 10 story, CBS 13 on Monday covered a more in-depth look at what Citrus Heights-based Bearpaw Equities is doing to revitalize an aging pair of buildings in downtown Stockton. (See CBS 13 video)
  • Holiday Closures. City Hall will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.