Underground gas storage decision due
The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to allow a Sacramento firm to store natural gas in a sandstone formation 3,800 feet below a southeast Sacramento neighborhood.
Unveiled more than four years ago, the plan by Sacramento Natural Gas Storage LLC has divided the Avondale Glen Elder neighborhood. The company seeks to pump 7.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas into a depleted, naturally occurring reservoir called the Florin Gas Field. The gas would be stored and pumped out for customers such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
The gas field lies under more than 700 homes. About three-quarters of the property owners have signed agreements authorizing the gas storage in return for $500 signing bonuses and annual payments. Other residents, however, say the project poses a potential safety hazard and should not be allowed.
An environmental review identified risks that could not be mitigated, including the potential that gas could leak once the now-empty field is refilled.
One PUC commissioner is urging rejection of the project; two other PUC officials back approval, but one would impose conditions.
Mary Lynne VellingaSierra's prestigious run kicks off Saturday
One of the world's most prestigious ultramarathons the Western States Endurance Run gets under way this weekend. Runners will start their 100-mile journey at Squaw Valley on Saturday and climb more than 2,500 feet in the first 4 1/2 miles. The finish line is in Auburn.
Behind the news: The race's origins date back to 1955, when horseman Wendell T. Robie and about five others rode the rugged trail to prove that horses could cover the distance in one day. An annual horse ride, the Tevic Cup "100 Miles One Day" Ride was established. In 1974, ride veteran Grody Ainsleigh was the first to cover the distance on foot. The first Western States Endurance Run was staged three years later.
Fairytale Town gives 'Odyssey' a home
It took the king of Ithaca 10 years to find his way home from the Trojan War, but you can hear the tale recounted overnight Friday at Fairytale Town's reading of the epic poem, "The Odyssey." From 7:30 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday, 200 people will take turns reading the ancient Greek story at the Mother Goose Stage.
Behind the news: The reading is presented in partnership with the Readers of Homer, a nonprofit based at Bard College in New York.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Mud run raises funds to prevent suicides
The Lincoln Rotary Foundation is raising money for suicide prevention programs with a 5K mud run Saturday at 2000 Aviation Blvd. in Lincoln. The 8 a.m. Mud-Run-4-Life costs $25 for individual runners; $50 for a family of runners (up to six members).
Tour offers a walk on Old Sac's wild side
On Thursday, the Sacramento History Museum kicks off a series of adults-only underground tours of Old Sacramento. The 1 1/2-hour evening walking tours explore "some of the dark secrets and racy tales" lurking in Old Sac's history. The $20 walks begin at 6 p.m. at the museum, 101 I St. Only guests 21 or older will be admitted.
Roseville Galleria opens outdoor park this week
The Westfield Galleria at Roseville is celebrating the opening of an outdoor "Park on the Promenade" this week, starting with games, face painting and music on Friday, when the first 300 visitors will get discounts, giveaways and gift cards.
Info: www.westfield.com/ galleriaatroseville
Jet-powered model airplanes on display
The public is invited to the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers annual radio control Jet Fly, which gets under way Thursday and lasts through Sunday. Scale-model jet-powered aircraft, including F-86s, F-100s, Russian MiGs, A-10 Warthogs, and WWII German jets, will fly. Admission is free at the flying site on County Road 29, about 1.3 miles east of County Road 102 northeast of Davis.
Sac State hosts drum and bugle competition
Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium is the site for Sunday's Moonlight Classic, a drum and bugle corps competition featuring 11 bands each consisting of percussion and brass sections, color guards and up to 150 youths from across the nation. General admission for the 4:30 p.m. event is $20.
Livestrong challenge returns to Davis
Lance Armstrong's Team LIVESTRONG Challenge returns to Davis for the second year on Sunday with fund-raising bike rides of 20, 65 and 100 miles. The event raises money for cancer-related programs.
'Night in History' planned in Folsom
The Folsom Historical Society sponsors "Night in History" on Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. The event will be at the Pioneer Village grounds, 200 Wool St., to relive 150 years of the city's history. Activities include gold panning, doll making, stories of the Old West, music, a square dancing exhibition, historical figures and more.
Stay informed: For more information and tickets, contact the Folsom Historical Society at (916) 985-2707.
Citrus Heights loves a parade
The 13th annual Red, White and Blue Parade steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday in Citrus Heights. The event, featuring classic cars, marching bands, stunt bike riders and more will begin on Sunrise Boulevard at Uplands Way and proceed to the Sunrise Mall parking lot at Greenback Lane. There will be a pancake brunch from 8 a.m to noon in the mall parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary of Citrus Heights.
Stay informed: (916) 727-5400 or www.citrusheights.net