Memorable Times

Memorable Times

If you have a question about wine, ask Mario Ortiz.

During his 50 years at The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento, Ortiz has held nearly every position. He’s now wine director, general manager and sommelier.

Ortiz helped the restaurant build one of Northern California’s legendary wine cellars with more than 14,000 bottles and 1,800 individual labels, including a collection of rare wines housed in The Vault.

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

When Jim Prigoff began photographing street art in the late 1960s, he didn’t realize he was documenting an artistic revolution. But he knew there was something special about the spray-can art popping up on walls all over the world.

Prigoff, who became internationally renowned for his photos of graffiti, died in April at his Sacramento home. He was 93. Several weeks before his death, he granted an introspective interview to Inside Sacramento.

Tiny Food Pantry

Tiny Food Pantry

Tiny Food Pantry McClatchy grad uses STEM to feed her community By Jessica Laskey August 2021 If there’s a problem to be solved, put River Park resident Ashley Jun on it. As a recent graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School’s esteemed Humanities and International...
Flying Brave

Flying Brave

Flying Brave Tahoe Park mom gives people on autism spectrum a place to belong By Jessica Laskey August 2021 For many parents, a child finishing school is an accomplishment. For Tahoe Park native Vanessa Bieker, seeing her son John Almeda aging out of the school system...
For His Family & Country

For His Family & Country

Paul C. Dong, a Land Park resident, knows a thing or two about achievements and milestones.

He is 100 years old—and a U.S. Army veteran who recently received the congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of his outstanding military service during World War II. The Medal of Honor is the highest civilian award Congress grants.

The Army trained him as a tank driver and engineer. He served in the Philippines where U.S. forces fought the Japanese, as did his brother Ben. “I saw the most beautiful sunset ever in Manilla,” Dong says.

The Bees Knees

The Bees Knees

If you see healthy bees happily flitting from flower to flower in Carmichael, Oscar Econome is probably partly to thank for that.

The 20-year-old Carmichael resident has kept bees in his backyard since he was 14. What started as a hobby has grown into a small side business selling honey from his hives and educating neighbors about the benefits of bees.