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City video contest: entries due Sept. 6

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger

Deadline for a City of West Sacramento video contest has been extended to Sept. 6. Prizes include an iPad 2 and $300 gift cards from West Sacramento businesses. Make a short video (three minutes or less) “telling or showing…what you like about West Sacramento.”

The video can be about living, working or playing here in town. For more information, visit http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/videocontest or call 617-4535.

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Deadline for group solar buy-in

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger

  By purchasing solar voltaic systems, solar thermal equipment or other energy efficiency measures in a group, you can save money. Deadline to enroll is Aug. 7 for the program offered by Local Governments for Sustainability USA. As of Friday, 156 Yolo County members had signed up, approaching the goal of 175. if the group collectively installs 250 kW of solar power generation, contractor REC Solar will offer a rebate of $100 per kW up to $500.

The City of West Sacramento is a partner, reports Yolo Energy Watch.

Visit www.mygroupenergy.com/group/yolo.

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West Nile: no aerial spraying planned yet

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012 —

  The folks who fight West Nile Virus every summer by attacking the mosquito population report that no aerial spraying is planned at this time in the Sacramento-Yolo area — but low intensity ground spraying is underway from time to time.

  The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reports that in Sacramento County thus far this season, 161 dead birds and 124 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. In Yolo, eight dead birds and four mosquito samples have tested positive.

  No “sentinel” chickens have turned up with the disease.

In addition to spraying to kill mosquitos, the “Fight the Bite” effort urges homeowners to take other anti-mosquito precautions — like emptying any standing water around their yards where mosquitos might breed, and reporting any neglected or abandoned swimming pools in their neighborhood.

   For more information on spraying plans and methods to ward off the virus, visit www.FightTheBite.net.

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Dog apparently tortured, killed

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 30, 2012 —

Law enforcement officials are looking for help from the public after a Chihuahua-mix dog was found in West Sacramento, apparently tortured and killed.

A probation officer working with a yard maintenance crew found the dog on Thursday afternoon at 1720 Merkley Avenue, near Westacre Road.

“The dog’s legs were bound together and its mouth was tied shut,” according to the Animal Services Division of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. “During the veterinarian’s preliminary examination and X-ray, it was determined the dog’s neck had been broken.”

The dog was a stray, with no ID or microchip. It was a 3-5 year old, small tan and white male.

Anyone with information is asked to help solve this “extreme case of animal cruelty,” said the Animal Services department. If you have information, please call the department at (530) 668-5287 or call West Sacramento Police at (916) 617-4900.

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Port hopes feds will fund new barges, allowing it to start container-barging service

The $5 million crane unloaded about six months ago at the Port of West Sacramento hasn’t been used for its primary intended purpose yet. But Port Manager Mike Luken is optimistic. (Photo courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of West Sacramento)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER, JULY 25, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger Editor

  The $5 million crane received by the Port of West Sacramento in January primarily to handle shipping container traffic hasn’t actually lifted any shipping containers yet. But port manager Mike Luken said he is confident that his facility will still get a chance to start shipping things in big metal container boxes, and the crane will get a chance to help move them around.

  The money for the crane was part of $8.7 million the port received in federal stimulus money through the “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery” (TIGER) grand program, applied for in conjunction with the ports of Oakland and Stockton.

  “The mobile harbor crane was about $5 million,” said Luken. “A container facility building was about $2 million. We had a dock strengthening project for about one million. The remaining funding we contributed to two barges to start the project at Stockton.”

  The ports hope to begin a barge corridor program to handle cargo between Oakland and the Central Valley, to generate revenue for the ports and reduce truck traffic on regional freeways. To do that, “we’re aiming to match the cost of moving cargo by truck,” said Luken.

  The Port of West Sacramento does not yet have any container-handling barges.

  “We have been applying for a different TIGER grant to get two barges,” Luken said.

  In the meantime, the imported crane will get some use, he said.

  “Yes, it was purchased with the intent to help this particular service, but it was also intended to be used for other cargoes. We haven’t used the crane yet, we just got it, just got it assembled.”

   The port’s financial picture is currently depressed, partly because of the reduced demand to ship cement — a recently-added Port of West Sacramento mainstay. He estimated that the port is averaging about a half-million to a million dollars a year in losses, and is dipping into reserves through the economic downturn.

  “We’re still climbing out of the recession, still using reserves,” said Luken. “We’re starting a couple of new cargoes, including iron fines. We’re hopefully starting that in two to four weeks.”

  Iron fines, a waste product from steel production, will be exported to be reprocessed into steel, said Luken.

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Can you hit the low notes?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 29, 2012 —

  The West Sacramento Community Singers need some tenor, baritone and bass voices. Rehearsals are Sundays from 305, Sept. 9 through Dec. 23.

  For information, email westsacsingers@gmail.com or call 376-0756.

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’07 grad from RCHS joins Air Force

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012 —

  Air Force Airman April M. Rink recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas.

  She completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  She also received four credits toward an associate of applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  Rink is the daughter of William and Tammy Rink of West Sacramento and a 2007 graduate of River City High School.

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