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Japanese factory starts up in Southport

Flanked by company mascots at the Southport grand opening are, left to right: Tetsuya Ozawa, president of Nihon Shokken Holdings Co., Ltd. (parent company of Nippon Shokken USA; Nippon Shokken chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa; and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (photo by the News-Ledger)

Flanked by company mascots at the Southport grand opening are, left to right: Tetsuya Ozawa, president of Nihon Shokken Holdings Co., Ltd. (parent company of Nippon Shokken USA; Nippon Shokken chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa; and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (photo by the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

A handful of West Sacramento officials joined dozens of Japanese employees of the Nippon Shokken company on Monday for the festive grand opening of the Japanese-blend food seasoning plant at 2970 Ramco Street, near Southport Parkway.

The plant is meant to help serve the company’s American market. It will employ up to about 400 people, say city officials.

Attendees were invited to tour the new plant after the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Media were invited to a press conference, but not to the tour of the production facilities.

 

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Update on West Sac street work: some old gas pipes are ‘pre-1955’

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

Last week, the News-Ledger reported on streetwork in West Sacramento that just got underway as PG&E starts replacing old gas pipes in the city. The work is scheduled for the West Capitol Avenue area, as well as portions of Westacre Road, Jefferson Boulevard and 15th Street. It’s scheduled to cause some traffic impacts until it’s done around late November.

Since publishing that article, the News-Ledger has received some additional answers from PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris.

“We will be replacing 3.19 miles of 16-inch steel transmission line,” she said by email. “Letters have been sent to customers within 2,500 feet of the work location, notifying them of our plans.”

Just how old are the “old” pipes?

“The pipe ranges in age – it dates to pre-1955 pipe,” said Morris.

The utility company plans to vent and clear the pipe, tentatively, on Oct. 13.

Morris corrected the News-Ledger’s earlier report that had said “few” disruptions in gas service were expected.

“Just to be clear, we do not anticipate disruptions to service.”

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‘Mother of all raffles’ back in West Sac

ABOVE: Representatives from local groups show off the symbolic “checks” they earned by participating in last year’s “All Charities Raffle.” They earned about $47,000 for their local groups. (News-Ledger photo courtesy of Verna Sulpizio)

ABOVE: Representatives from local groups show off the symbolic “checks” they earned by participating in last year’s “All Charities Raffle.” They earned about $47,000 for their local groups. (News-Ledger photo courtesy of Verna Sulpizio)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual “All Charities Raffle” has returned to West Sacramento. The event is organized by the West Sacramento Foundation, which arranges for raffle prizes and prints tickets for local sports groups and nonprofits to sell as a fundraiser. Each of these groups keeps $9 of every ticket’s $10 price.

A large number of local groups have tickets to sell. Interested West Sacramento organizations may call Charles Moore, (916) 417-5623, for more information. You can also visit www.WestSacFoundation.org for more information.

This year’s prizes include the use of condos in Hawaii and Mexico, hotel and B&B stays in resort areas, a Whitey’s Jolly Kone combo every day for a year, use of a 20-person luxury suite at Raley Field for one River Cats game, a $500 IKEA gift card, a gas grill, bikes and more.

The raffle will be held during a spaghetti dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Holy Cross Church, 1321 Anna Street. $5 dinner price.

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Skydiving accident at Yolo airport kills jumper from Lodi

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 26, 2013 —

A skydiving accident near Davis on Saturday killed an experienced, 23-year old skydiver.

Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies responded at about 6 p.m. on August 24 to the Sky Dance facility at the Yolo County Airport.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver approximately one mile southeast of the Sky Dance drop zone,” reported Persons in a press statement. “His canopy and harness were also located, one mile northeast of the drop zone. At this point in the investigation, it is unknown how the victim became detached from his skydiving gear.”

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department released the identity of the victim: Andrew Todd Cofer, of Lodi. (An earlier report that Cofer was from San Jose was based on an address on Cofer’s driver’s license). Witnesses said Cofer was an experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

An autopsy performed Monday showed that Cofer died from “multiple blunt force trauma, with fractures,” Persons told the News-Ledger. The manner of death — how Cofer came to be completely separated from his harness and chute — is still under investigation.

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