Happy New Water Season to you!

Diversion

Tuesday was Nov. 1, the start of the season when the community is allowed to divert water from the Cosumnes River into our reservoirs. We started sending river water to Lake Calero, above, first thing in the morning, according to Paul Siebensohn, director of field operations for the Community Services District. Siebensohn, in his position for nine years, said as far as he can recall, this is the first Nov. 1 when the Cosumnes had sufficient flow to allow diversion. Click photo for larger image.

Lessons on choices, decisions and vandalism

There wasn’t anything good about the vandalism of the new Stonehouse Park soccer turf, but the Rancho Murieta Soccer Club and Pleasant Grove Lacrosse Club tried to turn it into a positive Monday afternoon. Standing at the site of the vandalism, young soccer players got to talk about choices and decisions. Read more »

A Halloween princess astride her unicorn

Princess

Among the many Halloween parties around the community this weekend, the celebration at Murieta Equestrian Center Saturday night stands out for its unique costume contest. Young riders and their horses paraded around the arena in costume, competing for prizes in their age groups and a grand prize of $500.  Seven-year-old Daphne Gretton of Santa Rosa was among the winners for her portrayal of a princess riding a unicorn. The costume party, part of the Halloween Championship Show, is a 16-year tradition. Click photo for larger image.

Community invited to honor vets Nov. 11

Murietans are invited to honor and thank veterans with a community gathering and food Friday, Nov. 11, at the RMA Building. There will be coffee and donuts from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., sponsored by RM Caregiver Support Group, followed by hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Summerfest Committee. The gathering will be free for veterans; a donation is requested of others.

One supermarket possibility dies, one is born

Raley's

If the county approves, this is how Rancho Murieta's new supermarket will look, Raley's announced Tuesday. And it won't be a Raley's; it will be a Bel Air, the company said. Click for larger image.

After a summer of rumors, Rancho Murieta was within a couple of signatures of having Plaza Foods reopened by an Ione supermarket operator, but he’s walking away from the near-final deal after a meeting Tuesday with Raley’s convinced him the supermarket chain is serious about opening its new store across the street within a year. Also, Raley’s said on Tuesday that it’s interested in trying to launch an interim store in Rancho Murieta – perhaps in Plaza Foods – until its new store is open. Raley’s said the new store will be a Bel Air and it has shared building drawings. Read more »

Security logs, Oct. 1-23

Here are Rancho Murieta's complete Security logs for Oct. 1-23, as released to the public. CSD Security edits the logs to remove names and specific addresses before releasing the information. Read more »

Injuries in school bus crash near Elk Grove

School bus

[Updated 1:20 p.m.] A three-vehicle crash involving a school bus caused multiple injuries near Elk Grove Monday morning, including several minor injuries on the bus, which serves special-needs children. The CHP said the crash occurred on Wilton Road around 7:15 a.m. when a driver on the wrong side of the road sideswiped the Elk Grove Unified School District bus and another vehicle and caused the bus to leave the road and land on its side. The wrong-way driver suffered major injuries, the CHP said. Wilton Road was closed for hours while the CHP investigated. (Photo by Elk Grove Police Department)

One person injured in cart crash

Cart crash

One teen was transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon after a golf cart crashed at Camino Del Lago and Rio Oso Drive. CHP Officer Ed Bushey said the accident, which occurred around 2:45 p.m., happened when the four-seater cart came down the Camino Del Lago hill too quickly, went out of control, flipped on its side and skidded to a stop. Bushey said the CHP is investigating whether the cart had too many passengers. The passengers were all teens, he said, adding that the injuries involved were minor.

Video: Is Stonehouse Road improved? Yes

Here's a quick look at the sight-line improvements on Stonehouse Road. (You can click the four arrows at the right of the control bar, next to the "HD," to enlarge the video to the size of your screen and then click the large triangle at left to play the video.)

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