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Sacramento man, 68, halts Mt. Everest climb

Sacramento man, 68, halts Mt. Everest climb

Sacramento's Jim Geiger has decided to end his quest to become the oldest American to climb Mount Everest.

Geiger, 68, announced his decision Tuesday on his blog. In the announcement, Geiger talks about Friday's avalanche on the mountain that killed at least 12 Sherpa guides.

Since the accident on Friday my priorities have completely shifted away from climbing this mountain or setting any records. Respecting and honoring the 16 Sherpa that died and their families as well as honoring my responsibilities to my family and staying safe are of utmost importance now. In addition to remaining a supportive team member, it is very clear what I need to do. I have clarity, focus, ease, and grace.

Authorities say 13 bodies were recovered; three people were still missing. Geiger was not hurt.

What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time

What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time

SACRAMENTO - Because of the impact of the FIX 50 project, there is expected to be thousands of first-time riders on Sacramento's light-rail system. But first-timers may have some questions about riding the trains.

Whether you'll be using the green, gold, or blue line, you'll want to get your boarding pass, and make sure you have it on you at all times. Riding the train can be easy and stress-free, and a better alternative to waiting in gridlock.

First-time rider Kachet Jackson-Henderson will be choosing the train, instead of the traffic nightmare.

"I don't really know what to expect," she says. "I've taken public transit in San Francisco, and I feel like if I can do that I can do Sacramento RT."

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

SACRAMENTO - For all of you tax deadline day procrastinators, the West Sacramento processing and distribution center is the location that will be open the latest of all for Tuesday's tax deadline. It was much different in years past, when post offices would stay open until midnight on tax D-day, but the demand for that need has dropped significantly with more people opting to file electronically online.

Post office officials said over 90 percent of tax returns have been filed electronically. That leaves just 10 percent of the population across the country filing their taxes using the mail-in process, which leaves an even smaller percentage needing additional time.

Most post offices throughout Sacramento will be open until 5 p.m., with the exception of the West Sacramento branch remaining open until 9 p.m., and the Royal Oaks post office at 2000 Royal Oaks Drive, which will be open until 6 p.m.

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

SACRAMENTO - Runners with the Sacramento Running Association are preparing to head to Massachusetts for the Boston Marathon, one year after the deadly bombing.

"I heard the first explosion and it was really really loud," said runner Michelle La Sala.

La Sala finished last year's Boston Marathon an hour before the explosion.

She says she was in her hotel room 21 floors up on the street where the explosion occurred.

"I just saw people running away, running away from Boylston St., and that was one of the scariest things I have ever seen," La Sala remembered.

Despite the horror, La Sala and 40,000 other runners are not allowing fear to prevent them from participating in this year's race.

Mentoring event offers Sacramento businesswomen access to top professionals

By Keba Arnold

SACRAMENTO - In five-minute, one-on-one sessions, more than 40 women sat across a table from other women armed with questions in hopes of gaining insight into what it takes to enjoy a successful career.

It's called "Bizwomen Mentoring Monday,", and I had the opportunity to participate in the Sacramento Business Journal event on April 7, at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas.

Some of the other mentors who participated are top female leaders in our region, including Chancellor Linda Katehi of UC Davis, Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, and Maria Barrs, President and General Manager of News10.

Mentoring Monday was a fantastic and unique opportunity for women in the community to have access to some of the top professional women in our area. Yes, it was all about girl power!

Kings Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé Nominated for "Sports Executive of the Year"

Kings Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé Nominated for "Sports Executive of the Year"

Sacramento Kings Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé has been nominated for Street & Smith's Sports Business Award’s “Sports Executive of the Year.”... Read More

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.