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‘Corn Festival’? ‘Hemp Festival’? Your ideas for an annual West Sac celebration

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger recently got to wondering whether West Sacramento ought to take another stab at coming up with its own annual festival to celebrate. So we posted the following question on our Facebook web page, and received the suggestions below:

“All right: so Woodland has a tomato festival (coming up on Aug 11). Isleton has a crawdad festival. Sacramento has a jazz festival. What should West Sac celebrate with a festival?”

  Billy Mistler: a Whitey’s Special festival.

  Gloria Pedroza-Madrid: Nice, Billy! But I will work with you, how about Whitey’s Peach milkshake festival!!!

  Sarah Wilson: Rice. Port of Sacramento.

  Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Islas: Corn festival.

  Denice Seals: How ‘bout a weekly Farmers Market! (Editor’s note: Denice heads up the local chamber of commerce, which happens to sponsor a Thursday-night farmers market!)

  Joshua Williams: Beer Cheese and Wine Festival!

  Katie Adams: beer festival!!

  Eve Westvik: A tamale festival.

Mary Brookins: Rice!

  Nathan Mccully: a drug and alcohol recovery festival and watermelon.

Dillon Stenholm: Hemp fest.

Pj Hargrove Bonfield: Something to highlight the Port.

  Debby Fricano: Corn festival!

  Julia McMichael: The Jazz Society is West Sacramento. Duh.

  David Prescott: West Sacramento Free Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Festival.

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Train takes out power line

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger — AUG 15, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Power went out for around an hour to over 2,000 PG&E customers in West Sacramento on Thursday.

The cause? Train versus power line.

  According to West Sacramento police records, a citizen reported the outage at about 3 p.m. after a train hit a “low hanging” power line on the 2700-block of Rice Avenue, causing sparks and leaving the line “frayed.”

Brandi Ehlers, a spokesperson for PG&E, said she did know how the train came to hit the power line.

“I haven’t heard yet whether the lines were low-hung or whether a piece of equipment fell down and was hit, or whether the train was higher than usual,” Ehlers told the News-Ledger.

“We initially lost power to 2,739 customers. It looks like they were all restored by 4:21 p.m. We did have to replace the cable.”

The utility company received reports of power outages from the “state street” area near Park Boulevard (Pennsylvania Avenue, Virginia Avenue, etc.) as well as from Rice Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.

ONLINE UPDATE, AUG 15 2012: After this News-Ledger went to press, PG&E spokeswoman called back with further information on why the train hit the power line. She said:

“The main guy wire anchor had rusted through. This caused the pole to lean more, causing the wire to sag down. It was also hot out, and there was a heavy electrical use on the line, due to the hot weather [i.e., customers were using their air conditioners heavily]. This made it even hotter. Our power lines tend to sag lower when they’re hot. We have built-in clearance for that, but with the pole leaning, it wasn’t enough.”

The cable and other faulty equipment has been replaced, added Ehlers.

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Yolo’s free-admission fair opens tonight

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

The Yolo County Fair in Woodland opened its free-admission gates for some events as early as Sunday. But the fair opens officially today, with indoor exhibits open to visitors at 6 p.m.

You can get unlimited rides from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight on the “Midway of Fun” for a special price of $25, and there will be goat races, judging of baking entries, music and other events on tap as well. “Lifeshine” will play rock and roll on the east stage at 6 p.m., and Eddie Loebs & Blue Steel play on the West Stage at 8:30 p.m.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will emcee the “Yolo County Fair Idol” talent contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the west stage.

The popular auto destruction derby starts crashing inside the arena at 7 p.m. on Friday.

There will also be livestock exhibits, crafts and other things to either do or see.

Doors close for the 2012 edition of the Yolo County Fair at midnight on Sunday.

For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.yolocountyfair.com.

The fairgrounds are located at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Parking is $5/day. Admission is free, but some events such as carnival rides require paid tickets.

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Blood drive today at city hall

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

You’re invited to drop off a little of the red stuff during a City of West Sacramento blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at city hall.

A Sacramento BloodSource mobile coach will be in the parking lot at 1110 West Capitol Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for appointments (call Kryss Rankin, 617-4500). Walk-ins taken when space is available.

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Boxing champ runs for council

OLEG MASKAEV (2007 by D. Warnbolt/Wikipedia for public domain)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 8, 2012 —

The first challenger has “pulled papers” to enter the West Sacramento Council race — and it’s a face that’s new to local politics, if not new to the public eye.

Oleg Maskaev, a former WBC heavyweight boxing champion who lives in Southport, West Sacramento, has taken the first step toward entering the race against that includes incumbents Oscar Villegas and Bill Kristoff.

Maskaev was born in the former Soviet Union and has lived in the U.S. since 1999, becoming a citizen in 2004, reports the online site Wikipedia.

Deadline for Maskaev or other candidates to file their paperwork for the race is this Friday, although that deadline will be extended if either of the incumbents fails to file.

His campaign manager, David Joyce, identified himself online as affiliated with the “Tea Party” faction of the Republican party.

No other challengers have picked up candidacy paperwork for either the mayor’s race (against incumbent Christopher Cabaldon) or the council race, reported the city clerk yesterday.

UPDATE AUG 13, 2012: The deadline closed Friday for candidates to file their paperwork to enter either the West Sacramento city council or mayoral campaign.

  Maskaev did complete his campaign candidate paperwork, reported the West Sacramento City Clerk. But no other challengers emerged to face city council incumbents Bill Kristoff or Oscar Villegas, or to face mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

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Three ‘cooling centers’ in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 15, 2012 —

Need a place to chill out during this heat wave? Do you know somebody — perhaps an elderly person — who has trouble staying cool at his or her home when it gets hot out?

There are three West Sacramento “cooling stations” available, reports city spokesperson Art Schroeder.

Two are city-run facilities: the community center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue and the Recreation center next to River City High School in Southport. The county’s Arthur F. Turner Branch of the library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is a third location.

Details from spokesperson Schroeder:

“On the north side of town the Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave., will be a cooling center during business hours (M-F 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sundays).

“The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be a cooling center during its business hours, but specifically 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

“On the south side of town the Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., will be a cooling center during its business hours (M-F 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat./Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

“Stay hydrated! Water is available at all sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle’s not a bad idea. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight. The cooling centers are air-conditioned, so dressing in layers would be helpful as well. Comfortable seating is available.”

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Spare the air: free bus on Tuesday

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 13, 2012 —

With tomorrow’s temperature expected to reach about 112 degrees, contributing to bad air quality, a regional “Spare the Air” day has been declared. Among other things, this means some local bus service will be offered free. Here’s the full text of a press release from YoloBus in Yolo County:

“Tuesday, August 14, 2012 has been designated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District as a “Spare the Air” day.   Rides on YOLOBUS and Unitrans fixed route services will be provided at no charge to riders because of this “Spare the Air Day” designation. Also, riders of YOLOBUS paratransit services will not be charged a fare on those days.

“This summer, when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to exceed “127” for ozone levels, the Air District sends out an announcement at least the day before.

“Additionally, because the temperature forecast is significant for Tuesday, both YOLOBUS and Unitrans are advising passengers to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and  staying indoors as long as possible (until their buses arrive), particularly in the afternoon.

 “How can a rider find out if their bus is on time without being out there in the heat of the day?  YOLOBUS riders can get real time information on where their bus is simply by going to the Yolobus.com web site and clicking on “automatic vehicle location system”, or going to http://avl.yctd.org/.

“This free-ride incentive program on YOLOBUS is funded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.  Likewise, Unitrans, which serves the City of Davis, surrounding area, and U.C. Davis campus, will offer free rides on Spare the Air days as well.  This free-ride offer does not apply to Sacramento Regional Transit buses or light rail and free transfers to that system will not be issued.

“Five-day forecasts for ozone are available at  www.sparetheair.com and Spare the Air days are determined a day in advance which helps people plan to use alternative transportation, including bus, carpooling, walking and bicycling. Residents can also receive personal notification through Air Alert, a free service available by signing up at www.myairalert.net.  On declared “Spare the Air” days anyone can ride YOLOBUS for free.

“Bus schedules are available by contacting YOLOBUS at 530-666-2877 or www.yolobus.com, as well as UNITRANS at 530-752-2877 or www.Unitrans.com.”

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger 2012