Hometown Pride

A win for the Kings is a win for the region

Since 1985, when the Sacramento Kings played their first game in a temporary facility in north Natomas, we in the region have argued over whether, where and how to build an arena that works for fans, the team, its owners and taxpayers.

Jun 1, 2011 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Recycle Cycle

East Sacramento's electric bike shop

An unemployed engineer and an e-waste recycler walk into a bar. The engineer takes the recycler’s electric bike for a spin. And, a year later, The Electric Bike Shop opens its doors in East Sacramento.

Feb 1, 2011 Stephanie Flores

Personal Training

Learning how to live independently

Somebody stole Derek Finstad’s backpack.

He left it in the locker room at a gym in Yuba City, where he works. But when he went to retrieve it, the backpack — with his keys, checkbook and other materials — was gone. Finstad wasn’t happy.

Dec 1, 2010 Russell Nichols

Working Lunch with Matina Kolokotronis

Matina Kolokotronis was on maternity leave from a local law firm when she got the phone call that changed her career. The caller said: “Hello, this is Geoff Petrie with the Sacramento Kings. I understand that you’re Greek and that you’re a lawyer. We just drafted a Greek player by the name of Peja Stojakovic, and we need some help with his contract.”

Nov 1, 2010 Douglas Curley
Speed skaters at Squaw Valley during the 1960 Olympics

Bringing Home the Torch

The Sierra sets its sights on 2022 Olympics

Fifty years after the VIII Olympic Winter Games in 1960 brought the world to the slopes of Squaw Valley USA, and after years of toil and dashed hopes, a two-state effort aimed at bringing the games back to the Reno-Tahoe region in 2022 is gathering steam.

Sep 1, 2010 Adam Weintraub
James Diepenbrock, senior vice president of Citi Institutional Consulting, is planning a sailing trip in 2010 that will take him from San Francisco to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal.

(Photo courtesy of James Diepenbrock)

Extreme Executives

Out of the office and where the wild things are

While some business people are perfectly content golfing or playing tennis in their time off, others apply their competitive spirit to more extreme pursuits. These high achievers share several characteristics: They search far and wide for challenges, they’re competitive, they have uncommon amounts of energy and they have the financial means to travel, whether to climb Russia’s Mount Elbrus, kite surf in Brazil or hunt rare black impala in South Africa.

May 1, 2009 Bob Burns

Hard at Play

Placer Valley looks to sports and lifestyle tourism

Work has stopped on a 40,000-square-foot conference center planned for Roseville. The city-funded project was supposed to serve as a springboard from which Placer Valley would dive into branding itself as a premier business and sports tourism destination. Now, city planners are in a holding pattern, waiting for timing, funding and manpower to realign, so the region can move forward with its plan to compete in California’s massive tourism market, which, in 2007, accounted for $96.7 billion in consumer spending.

May 1, 2009 Christine Calvin