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Media Life: Of NASCAR pols, TV newbies, saving WWII relics and Gilbert

Ted Gaines in race-car driver's seat; Stanley Bros. miss out on Emmy; Call out for internment camp "objects of memory"
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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You’ve gotta admire Assemblyman Ted Gaines for his adaptability. Word from the environmental camp is that Gaines, the Roseville Republican whose district includes Auburn, will be popping in to lend a gloved hand to the canyon cleanup on Saturday. It’s a first for a GOP legislator at the twice-yearly trash trek. The week after that, Gaines will rub shoulders with the NASCAR-dad demographic at Roseville’s All-American Speedway. Not content to be a spectator, Gaines will don a crash helmet and take part in a 20-lap race for charity dubbed the A-All Mini Storage Media Blitz 100. Gaines will be racing for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with a chance of donating $1,000 in prize money if he wins. Gaines, by the way is a racing fan and self-professed “gear head.” He’s also chairman of the California Legislative Automotive Caucus and a big supporter of the auto-racing industry in California. The assemblyman is a late replacement for Jim Kozimor, KHTK Sports Talk afternoon show talker. He’ll be competing against a pack of Sacramento-area media luminaries that includes KOVR 13 weather guy and former Auburn Lake Trails resident Dave Bender, the ubiquitous Mark S. Allen of “Good Day Sacramento” and FOX40 weekend sports anchor Mark Demsky. FOX40 SIGNS TRIO OF TALKERS Speaking of FOX40, the expansion of its news slot to mid-day and evening telecasts starting last Monday coincided with the announcement of three new hires. Viewers will be seeing a lot of Ben Deci, Ama Daetz and Kenny Lopez as the news scope at the station broadens. Here’s a little on each of them: Deci comes to FOX40 from KTNV in Las Vegas, where he worked as an investigative reporter. Daetz is a Northern California native returning to the state after spending time as an anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit. Lopez made the move to Sacto from Brownsville, Texas and he’s been in the news business for seven years, starting out as an intern for the weather department for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” KEEP IT ALIVE A great thing is going on at the Placer Buddhist Temple in Penryn later this month to keep history alive in a very tangible way. Families or individuals may have hung onto memorabilia from World War II when Japanese-Americans were forced into assembly centers and then internment camps. On Sept. 26, the Placer chapter of the Japanese-American Citizens League will be sponsoring an event that will allow camp artifacts to be photographed and registered in a community database. The purpose of the “Objects of Memory Community Collection Day” is to take digital photographs of the artifacts, gather as much information about each item, and share them electronically for educational purposes. All items will remain in possession of the owner. Documents and photographs related to the internment camp experience can also be digitized. The collection day will also provide information on the basics of how to care for personal memorabilia so it can be passed on to future generations. NO EMMY CATCH No hardware this year for Placer County products Doug and Todd Stanley. The two brothers were part of the “Deadliest Catch” reality TV series team nominated for an Emmy in cinematography. The “Catch” crew won last year after two years of being nominated but watching someone else step up to make their thank-yous and clasp the prize. This year’s trophy for outstanding cinematography in a non-fiction series was snagged Saturday by the Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” Todd Stanley, who lives in Lotus, is involved in the “Experience El Dorado” travel show with Cool resident Perry King. King, who’s a host on the show, splits his time between his ranch and work in Hollywood. The latest, we’ve heard, is that King will be appearing soon on the HBO series “Big Love.” GILBERT (SORT OF) RIDES AGAIN Gilbert Ortega, Downtown Auburn’s colorful cycling denizen – Media Life is pleased to report – is back in circulation after a card-writing campaign. Gilbert had been apartment-bound and losing weight after cracking ribs in a bike accident but the outpouring of support and love from more than 60 card writers helped Gilbert regain some of that spunkiness. While he was still off his bike, Gilbert was greeting one and all this week onfoot with his familiar bike horn. Thanks Auburn. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.