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Free cash for college workshops

Cash for College Workshops are being held at Cordova High School on Jan. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and at Florin High School on February 9th from 6-8pm in the 10th Assembly District. High school seniors who attend a Cash for College workshop and apply for a Cal Grant by March 2 could receive an extra $1,000 scholarship. For a list of additional workshops locations and dates visit www.calgrants.org.

Students must apply for a Cal Grant by submitting a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form and a Cal Grant Grade Point Average Verification Form. Changes in the law guarantee that every eligible student will get a Cal Grant award of up to $11,124 a year, depending on the cost of their college or university, their financial need and the type of grant.

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Dutch boy

Dutch boy

Oregon has a lot of pie houses and pancake houses. Near my college in Portland there was an Original Pancake House that had hour-long waits on the weekends. One of the items they were known for was their Dutch Babies. Thing is, DBs take at least 20 minutes to bake, so if you ordered them, you had to be patient. You were then rewarded with this glorious pancake puff.

I soon learned to make them myself.

Orange Grove Adult School gets reprieve

SACRAMENTO, CA -  A Sacramento school for disabled students over the age of 18 will continue to operate for another year, according to a school district spokesman.

Trent Allen with the San Juan Unified School District says the district has reached a tentative agreement with Alta Regional Center to keep Orange Grove Adult School open until June 30, 2012. Alta Regional Center will provide $1.1 million to make that happen, Allen says.

School district staff had recommended closing the Orange Avenue facility in June 2011 due to expected state budget cuts.

A community forum in response to the murder on Mills Park Drive

In response to the recent murder on Mills Park Drive, Weed & Seed and the Cordova Towne Neighborhood Association are hosting a Community Safety Forum on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 7-8:30pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

Read more.

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CA American Water hike meeting brings frustration, concern

SACRAMENTO, CA- An informational meeting on proposed water rate hikes by California American Water brought frustration and worry over higher bills from company customers.

California American Water serves about 600,000 people in Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County.

The company plans hike over the next several years that range from roughly 16 percent to over 40 percent for many customers.

"Unfortunately, it's very important for us to continue to invest in our water infrastructure," said company spokesman Evan Jacobs.

He said the rate hikes are being fueled by new water meters required by California, along with other infrastructure and that that water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity.

Customers said they feel like they're facing sticker shock.

Updates on county animal shelter

Although the County Animal Shelter continues to be faced with numerous challenges, Rancho Cordova Post reports the 2010's successes.  Read more... 

The Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

SLIDESHOW: Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 Luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Rancho Cordova Community Council Executive Director Shelly Blanchard started off this month's luncheon by unveiling the Council's 2011 events.

Among them, the Damento Juggling Festival on Feb. 5th and 6th, Kids Day in the Park on April 30th, and the Rancho Cordova 4th of July festival.

Next Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce CEO Jane Daley talked about the many benefits of becoming a member or sponsor of the Chamber.

Lastly Mayor Robert McGarvey shared his vision for creating more entertainment and health care benefits for the Rancho Cordova community.

The Rancho Cordova Luncheons are held each month on the third Friday at Rancho Cordova City Hall.


State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.