IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams

Source: Internal Revenue Service  |  2016-08-25

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.”

The Internal Revenue Service recently warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.    

“Although variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike”, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “As students and parents enter the new school year, they should remain alert to bogus calls, including those demanding fake tax payments from students.”

The IRS encourages college and school communities to share this information so that students, parents and their families are aware of these scams.

Scammers are constantly identifying new tactics to carry out their crimes in new and unsuspecting ways. This year, the IRS has seen scammers use a variety of schemes to fool taxpayers into paying money or giving up personal information. Some of these include: Altering the caller ID on incoming phone calls in a “spoofing” attempt to make it seem like the IRS, the local police or another agency is calling; Imitating software providers to trick tax professionals--IR-2016-103; Demanding fake tax payments using iTunes gift cards--IR-2016-99; Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals--IR-2016-34; “Verifying” tax return information over the phone--IR-2016-40; Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry--IR-2016-28

If you receive an unexpected call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here are some of the telltale signs to help protect yourself.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you get a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do: 1) Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately. 2) Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity. 3) Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484. 4) Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. 5) If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

County Renews $10M Emergency Services Contract for Placer County Fire

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-08-24

In 2015, Placer County Fire responded to 7,636 calls for emergency service, including medical and fire calls, for 475 square miles of unincorporated areas of the county. This service is provided by CAL FIRE through an annual contract with the county. Each fiscal year, the county renews the contract, ensuring consistency and continuity of response to emergency calls.

Today, the county board of supervisors OK’d a $10.6 million contract for fiscal year 2016-17. The contract will provide fire and emergency service for about 52,000 residents, plus visitors who make calls for service while in the county.

The contract represents a 4.4 percent increase due to restoring two firefighters to Station 77 in the Sunset Area near Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville and restoring a battalion chief in North Auburn-Ophir. Funding for the CAL FIRE contract comes from the County Fire Control Fund, Sunset West Fire, North Auburn-Ophir Fire and Dry Creek Fire.

In addition to CAL FIRE, there are 18 other independent fire districts in the county. Placer County Fire service is provided by 60 full-time firefighters operating out of eight stations staffed around the clock. Those stations are in Alta, Colfax, Bowman, North Auburn, Ophir, Lincoln, the Sunset Area and Dry Creek. CAL FIRE manages the City of Colfax Volunteer Fire Department and assists the city with its fire inspection and land development functions. These services are funded by the City of Colfax in a separate agreement with the county.

Additionally, approximately 75 volunteer and resident firefighters operate out of the paid stations listed above and from seven community volunteer stations located in Dutch Flat, Fowler, Paige, Ophir, Thermalands, Dry Creek and Sheridan. Placer County Fire provides overhead supporting all paid and volunteer fire stations. That support includes chief officer coverage 24/7, fire prevention staff, a heavy equipment mechanic, administration, procurement, communications and facilities maintenance support.

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Sierra College Celebrates 20 Years in Nevada County with Event

Source: Marilyn Adams George, Sierra College  |  2016-08-23

Sierra College groundbreaking, 20 years ago.

Sierra College’s outstanding academic reputation, excellent technologies and training programs, and updated facilities leads to increases in student enrollment yearly as it continues to experience dramatic growth and change. Since its first day, 20 years ago, the promise of Sierra College, NCC in Grass Valley, has been to facilitate learning, inspire change, and build community. The Grass Valley campus continues its mission as it adapts to meet the ever-changing needs of students while promoting learning as a lifelong process. The future is bright as new technologies evolve, offering greater educational accessibility for students—both today and tomorrow, according to Executive Dean Stephanie Ortiz.

The campus has been celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a variety of activities, open to the public. It continues the celebration with a Marketplace and Food Court on the campus parking lot #6 on Saturday, September 17 starting at 8 AM with free parking and no admission.

The Sierra College Market will present 86 craftsmen and artisans from around the north state with an expansive variety of art and craft items including handmade bird houses, jewelry, handbags, clothing, woodwork, hand sewn items, candles, soap, blown glass, linens and textiles, yard art, and many gifts.

Northstate antique dealers will offer furniture, tableware, old jewelry, and other vintage items.

Direct sales representatives will offer women’s make-up, diet plans, self-defense items, jewelry, body products, clothing and much more.

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Wine Country Curling Club Brings Back the Crush

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-08-23

Sept. 2-4 Roseville's Skatetown Ice Arena Will Host Huge International Curling Bonspiel

The Crush Bonspiel, which began in 2006, is back this Labor Day Weekend at Roseville's Skatetown Ice Arena after taking a one year hiatus in 2015. Wine Country Curling Club (WCCC) and Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) are revved up and excited to bring this incredible event back to Placer Valley as it is the largest curling competition in California.

36 teams are scheduled to compete from Sept. 2-4 with curling teams traveling from as far away as Canada, Washington D.C., Chicago, Utah and Arizona to participate. Six curling clubs from throughout California will also be competing at the Crush.  All teams are guaranteed a four game minimum and games will start at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.

Several internationally known curlers will be in attendance including USA Olympic curlers Debbie McCormick and Mark Swandby and Scottish Olympic curler Edith Loudon Hazard.

"It is going to be an amazing weekend," commented WCCC President Katie Feldman.  "The opening ceremony is Friday at 4 p.m. and will showcase the teams as they parade out on the ice, there will also be guest speakers, bag pipes and much more."

Saturday night the WCCC will host their fundraiser with a silent auction, raffle and wine tasting.  If you've ever been curious about curling now is the time to check it out!  Admission is free to all spectators so come down to Skatetown Ice Arena located at 1009 Orlando Ave in Roseville this coming Labor Day Weekend and discover what this unique sport is all about!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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IHOP Teams Up to Fight Childhood Hunger

Source: Wills Communications  |  2016-08-19

IHOP and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Please help IHOP, the pioneer of breakfast all day, every day, reach its goal of serving one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America.

For close to six decades, IHOP has been the leader in bringing guests a freshly made breakfast served any time of day, every day ― but at least one in every five children across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive. No Kid Hungry works to connect our future leaders with a healthy breakfast by delivering food to where kids live, learn and play.

You can participate on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at any IHOP in the United States.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at

Please support your local IHOP on this fundraising event and tell them you read about it in your local newspaper. We support great local fundraising causes and hope you will too.

For more than 58 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service.

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Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center Presents “An Evening with Jack Gallagher; 63 Feeling 33”

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2016-08-18

Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center Presents

On Stage at the State Theatre

Special Personal Appearances at the Auburn State Theatre by Local Celebrity Comedian Jack Gallagher in:
“An Evening with Jack Gallagher; 63 Feeling 33”
On Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15, 2016.

About the Show - "After 63 years, you'd think Jack would feel and maybe even act his age, but you'd be wrong. In an evening that tackles everything from bananas to prescription drug commercials and his 36-year marriage, Jack’s easy style of storytelling is something everyone, no matter what their age, can relate to"

A favorite of talk/variety show hosts and audiences, Jack Gallagher has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as well as NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In addition to headlining virtually every major comedy club in the country, Gallagher has appeared in concert with Dolly Parton, The Four Tops, and Tony Bennett to name a few.

Jack started his professional comedy career in Boston during the early 80's. As part of that explosive comedy scene, Jack helped establish such clubs as The Comedy Connection, Stitches and the legendary Ding-Ho Comedy. After moving to Los Angeles, Jack became a regular at The Improv and added big screen credits to his resume by landing a major role in the feature film Shakes the Clown with Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait. He has also appeared in Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood and was featured in the made for television movie Incident at Ruby Ridge.

Gallagher's work on network television includes his own ABC sitcom Bringing Up Jack as well as a recurring role on the HBO Original Series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Jack is a three time Emmy award winner for his work as host of the PBS shows Money Moves, Off-Limits and Kids, Cash and Common Sense. And was also honored with the NATPE IRIS award in the category "On-Camera Talent."

Show: An Evening with Jack Gallagher; “63 Feeling 33”

Date: Friday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm

Date: Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm

Reserved Seating: $24 Advance, $26 Day of Show

Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: 530-885-0156 or

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE. They answer more than 400,000 calls per year with professionalism and integrity. However, CAL FIRE firefighters are in crisis.

“Today (August 16th) I did the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do as a firefighter,” said CAL FIRE firefighter Steve Mueller. “While I look forward to protecting my neighbors and working hard with my colleagues, I didn’t enjoy talking publically about how our pay lags drastically behind other departments.”

California’s independent Human Resources Salary Report reveals that CAL FIRE firefighters make 30-90% less than firefighters from California’s top twenty-five fire departments. A fifteen-year veteran of CAL FIRE can make more money, and with less responsibilities, as an entry-level firefighter at a local department. Three months ago, CAL FIRE had a 50% no-show for the promotional Fire Captain test.

Entry-level firefighters make only minimum wage. In five years, due to compaction within the Department, they will make as much as mid-level firefighters. The compaction and overlapping of pay negatively impacts morale among firefighters and robs our men and women the incentive to promote.

“I love fighting fires and the camaraderie on the job but, it is important that our pay at least be competitive with other fire departments,” said Mueller.

Mueller mentioned that firefighters will be at the State Capitol at 11AM on Monday, August 22nd to protest the pay disparities.

The men and women of CAL FIRE will always answer the call and it is an honor to protect our neighbors. We hope to work cooperatively with the Administration to find a viable solution.

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Deep-Space Habitation System Envisioned

Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne  |  2016-08-18

Under the 18-month architectural design study, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SNC will devise concepts that include standards, common interfaces and testing approaches for the habitation system.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Teams with Sierra Nevada Corporation to Conduct an Architectural Design Study

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), is working with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a leader in aerospace and defense systems, to conduct an architectural design study for a habitation system that would enable NASA astronauts to live for long durations beyond low-Earth orbit. SNC is serving as the prime contractor under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership-2 (NextSTEP-2), which seeks commercial development of deep-space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.

“We look forward to working with our industry partners on an architectural study for a habitat system that will allow humans to live in space farther from Earth and for longer durations than ever before,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “It’s an especially unique opportunity to help stimulate the commercial space industry while leveraging existing and emerging technologies, furthering our nation’s ability to explore the frontiers and expand our knowledge of space.”

As part of that study, Aerojet Rocketdyne has proposed to build a fully-functional prototype PowerTrain™ Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system designed to deliver power from the solar arrays to the thrusters on the spacecraft. The PowerTrain™ SEP system uses a peak-power tracking capability and is compatible with current and future advanced Hall-effect thruster propulsion systems. Last year, the company successfully built and tested a prototype system in a simulated mission environment to show that it could achieve improved system efficiency over current Power Management and Distribution approaches used on satellites. The prototype was tested at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Los Angeles facility, where most of the International Space Station power-system hardware was developed.

Under the 18-month architectural design study, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SNC will devise concepts that include standards, common interfaces and testing approaches for the habitation system. It will also include the development and integrated testing of the full-size ground prototypes by 2018. The project details will depend on final contract negotiations.

According to NASA, the prototypes will demonstrate critical aspects of the engineering processes involved in the development of the operational unit. The engineering test units will closely resemble final hardware and software products, and will be built and tested in order to establish confidence that the designs will function as expected in the harsh environments of space.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

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Planning Commission Recommends Approval for Village at Squaw Valley

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-08-18

The Placer County Planning Commission has voted 4-2 to recommend approval of the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan and the certification of the project environmental impact report. Commissioner Fred Arcuri was absent. The project now goes to the board of supervisors.

Under the plan, 94 acres in Squaw Valley would be transformed into a destination resort village offering numerous resort residential lodging options and amenities. Up to 850 units with a maximum of 1,493 bedrooms would be developed. The plan includes new hotel, resort residential, retail, restaurants and bars, entertainment and public and private recreational facilities. Also included would be the Mountain Adventure Camp, an indoor and outdoor recreation facility.

An initial planned employee housing development would accommodate up to 300 employees, more than half of what will ultimately be required to meet the county’s workforce housing requirement for new development by the completion of the project.

As part of the project, two streams that were altered for the 1960 Winter Olympics would be restored and new wetlands created, helping reverse erosion and the degradation of habitat for fish.

Addressing comments submitted in response to the project’s final environmental impact report, county staff explained that while the project would increase traffic in the Tahoe Basin, the increase by approximately 1 percent of the total daily number of vehicle miles traveled would not exceed the existing threshold for the basin, and would be somewhat offset by the project’s investment in public transit improvements.

Representatives from a number of partner agencies spoke to the influence the project would have on their operations. The regional trail network would be improved sustainably under the conditions of the proposed development agreement, the U.S. Forest Service told commissioners. Increasing traffic on already congested roads, though, remained a concern of the California Highway patrol. Local fire officials joined Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Placer County Office of Emergency Services staff in reporting that emergency responders would still be fully capable of evacuating Olympic Valley if necessary, adding that the need for a full evacuation even in a wildfire emergency would be unlikely.

Acknowledging the unavoidable impacts to traffic congestion the project would create, county staff noted that it would also offer significant public benefits by providing annual funding contributions for public transit improvements, parks and trails and future public works projects - beyond what would be required as mitigation for the increased demand it would create for those amenities. Traffic improvements might be achieved through changes to state Route 89, though these would depend on Caltrans to build them, and so couldn't be guaranteed to offer relief.

Once the date and location for the board of supervisors meeting is set, that information will be widely shared with the public.

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BMX NorCal State Finals Rides into Roseville August 26-28

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-08-18

Oak Creek BMX Gears up to Host More Than 2,500 Riders and Spectators for Major Event

August 16- BMX racers from throughout California will be arriving at Oak Creek BMX next Friday in hopes of racing their way to glory in the BMX NorCal State Finals on August 26-28. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with Oak Creek BMX again to bring this exhilarating competition to Placer Valley that will boast more than 2,500 racers and spectators for this three-day event.

The weekend will start with a single point race on Friday evening, August 26and then on Saturday they will rev it up with a double points state finals pre-race. On Sunday morning by 9 a.m. the championship triple points races will begin and riders will compete throughout the day vying to be crowned the champion for their division.

There are several local racers to watch that are expected to do outstanding including Kent Elliot and his twin boys, Jackson and Nickolas, from Granite Bay and Rocklin's own Claire O'Connor, all in the expert divisions for their age group.

Cody Wilson from USA BMX will be present each day of the event and will do the honors of crowning the champions on Sunday at the awards ceremony. Oak Creek BMX owner, Linda Minton explained that having someone of Wilson's expertise and caliber on-hand inspires the racers. "We love having him here and appreciate all he does for us," added Minton.

"If you are wondering what BMX is all about, tune into the Olympics on this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and see what these incredible athletes can do," exclaimed Minton.  She added this is only the third Olympics for this continually growing sport, as BMX debuted in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Come check out the action live next weekend at Oak Creek BMX located at 648 Riverside Ave in Roseville.  The competition will be intense!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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