Stepping up to help Murieta's animals

Beth Buderus didn’t ask for this problem, but she’s willing to try to address it, even though she thinks of herself as a behind-the-scenes type – and not really a dog person.  The problem is the Community Services District’s sudden policy change 10 days ago to suspend its practice of handling animal calls. Read more »

Eggs hatched at eagles' nest? Could be

Eagle nest

EagleNeighbor Paul Anderson (shooter of spectacular nature photos) says he believes the community has had a blessed event. His note Sunday: "Easter eggs aren’t the only eggs getting opened today! Went by the eagle nest this morning. Mama, above, was staring at the newly hatched eaglets.  Dad, solo on branch, was definitely keeping watch in the area! This behavior is very normal when new eggs are hatched.  Could not see any heads, as the babies are very small at this stage!" (Click photos for larger images) 

Must be an egg around here somewhere...

Easter Egg Hunt

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Hundreds of parents, grandparents and children turned out Saturday to enjoy the Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and family picnic event at Stonehouse Park. In addition to three age-specific egg hunts, with thousands of treat-filled plastic eggs, there were other activities just made for a warm spring day – a petting zoo, a visit from the Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit, balloon and face art, cookie decorating, eating cotton candy and more. The Murieta Dance Company performed a number from its upcoming show to cap the festivities. (Click photo for larger image.)

Little League sets celebration of new season

Cosumnes River Little League says its opening day celebration, rained out twice this month, will become a mid-season celebration on April 22. There will be a parade, starting at 12:45 p.m. at Murieta Parkway and the first Guadalupe Drive and proceeding over Guadalupe to Pera Drive, Escuela Drive and arriving at Stonehouse Park for the opening ceremony.

Murieta 'Wild Kingdom' continues to grow

Kite

Kite Neighbor Dr. Bill Day shares the photos, taken this month on the North Course, and this note: "These are a white tail hawk. Rare for this area. There are two of them keeping busy gathering sticks from a tree across the fairway from my back deck. After picking out the nest material they fly off to their future home, but they always return for a few more sticks. I was able to sit in a chair and focus them in with a long telephoto lens and patiently wait for them to settle down, but they are quite active and not very good portrait subjects. The white tail hawk has a wingspan of about 36 to 40 inches and weighs about a pound. They feed on small rodents and birds." (Click photos for larger images.)

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