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Up close with birds of prey

The CRC’s Sam Wall with “Baggins,” the burrowing owl (courtesy photo/CRC)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

You’re invited to the Spring Open House at  the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 5.

The Open House and “Hawk Walk” are free. Donations are welcome, and are especially needed this year due to budget cuts.

The raptor center will be open to visits from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and noon.  You may also join the “hawk walk” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., leaving from the CRC gate — bring your binoculars!

Staff at the CRC cares for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Some of the birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in education programs.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Special presentations at the open house will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors housed in display cages as well as birds out on the glove (including “Mikey,” the Red Shouldered Hawk, and “Spar,” the American Kestrel, who have both been featured with Huell Howser on public television).

The onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other CRC souvenirs will be for sale.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Directions: From Interstate 80 take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road heading away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going to the Putah Creek Bridge where there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, turn left onto the paved levee road and follow it for one block until it dips down off the levee. Then turn right into the CRC parking lot. Parking is free. For a map visit  www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor

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Dog sought after Madrone Ave bite

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 19, 2012 —

The animal services division of the Yolo County sheriff’s department is looking for a dog involved in a biting incident on April 15 in West Sacramento.

The sheriff’s office reports that a female victim was sitting on her porch on the 1600 block of Madrone Avenue at about 5 p.m. when a “golden retriever”-type dog came around the corner of the house and attacked, before running off towards Westacre Road. A search didn’t turn up the dog.

[adrotate group=”10″] Typically, a dog involved in a bite needs to be checked for rabies so that the victim doesn’t have to undergo unnecessary and painful rabies treatment.

The sheriff’s office added that allowing a dog to run unattended is a misdemeanor, and the animal services division plans to increase its enforcement with a “zero tolerance” program for owners.

At the same time the sheriff’s office announced it was looking for the West Sacramento dog, it reported it was also seeking dogs involved in biting attacks in Woodland and Davis  on April 12 and 14.

Anyone with information on the involved dogs or their owners is asked to call (530) 668-5287 (24 hours/day) or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

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Next of kin sought after train death

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

A man was hit and killed by a passenger train at about 3:45 p.m. near the Ikea store and Commerce Drive on April 11.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Robert LaBrash, Chief Deputy Coroner for Yolo County, said the man has been identified as a 47-year old transient who lived near the site where he was killed. But the man’s name was still being withheld because his wife, also a transient believed to be in West Sacramento, has not been located and notified.

The circumstances of the death are still being investigated. Anyone who may have information about the incident or about the man’s spouse is invited to call the coroner’s office at (530) 668-5292, said LaBrash.

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New leaders for West Sac charity

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Foundation has named its Board of Directors for 2012.

They include new president, Joe Goeden, a former West Sacramento City Manager; vice-president, Maria Simas; treasurer, Jennifer Engstrom; and secretary, Kelly A. Rochester Garrett.    The board plans to continue the Foundation’s mission to distribute grant money to local non-profits again in 2012.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Fundraisers include the annual “All Charities Raffle,” as well as an annual golf tournament and and the “Hope Stocking” event.  The foundation began over 25 years ago, raising money to distribute to deserving West Sacramento nonprofits.

For information regarding the West Sacramento Foundation contact executive director Charlie Moore at 916-417-5623 or visit www.westsacfoundation.org.

Food giveaway today in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food to eligible residents of Clarksburg and West Sacramento on April 17.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Distribution will occur from 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building on 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg firehouse.

Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Planners choose cell tower design

Computer rendering: proposed cell phone ‘water tower’ is at left, near Tower Mart and Wicked West BBQ & Pizza (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A water tower it is.

West Sacramento’s planning commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of making a new Southport cell phone tower look like a water tower – an allusion to the region’s agricultural heritage.

Nixed were proposed designs in the form of a tree or a windmill.

The 80-foot tower is planned for 3200 Jefferson Blvd., near Tower Mart and Linden Road, with both homes and businesses as its neighbors. The Vista Towers facility expects to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearview wireless internet.

“I would expect the tower could be up this summer, probably in the July-August time frame,” West Sacramento senior planner David Tilley told the News-Ledger. “The carriers could be operating maybe 30 to 45 days after the water tower is built.”

Some design details remain:

“The only other aspect we have to work out is what kind of mural or treatment will be put on the tower itself,” said Tilley. “Something artistic. The community was very favorable to something of an agrarian nature, hopefully something made to look old rather than new.”

[adrotate group=”9″] The antennas will be hidden inside the structure.

Tilley said it took five hearings and a community meeting to get to Thursday’s approval.

Meanwhile, a planned AT&T cell phone tower to serve the Bridgeway Lakes and Bridgeway Island area near Marshall Road and Southport Parkway is showing “no movement,” said Tilley.

But he expects that this second tower – planned in the shape of a eucalyptus tree – will still be needed by AT&T, since the Jefferson Boulevard tower won’t be close enough for full coverage.

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Upgrade to electric mower — cheap

[adrotate group=”10″]   FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER–

The regional air quality district is bringing back its lawnmower exchange program.

Turn in your old gas-powered mower and get a $100 discount on a new rechargeable electric lawn mower. Limited availability – you’re encouraged to register as soon as possible after 7 a.m. today at www.ysaqmd.org. According to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, exchanging a gas mower for one of these new models helps keep the air clean.

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