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Japanese factory breaks ground in Southport


A Japanese food plant breaks ground in Southport on Thursday.

Nippon Shokken is the “top producer of Japanese blend seasonings in the world,” according to a City of West Sacramento press release. Construction is expected to finish next January.
The company makes seasonings, sauces and tempura mix.

The plant would be its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company has bought 10 acres at 2970 Ramco Street for the 70,000-square foot plant, which it plans to open next year.

The factory is expected to produce 2,400 tons of product annually to begin with, and up to 5,000 tons per year maximum. It has been projected to employ over 100 people in the $16 million plant, according to reports from announcements made a year ago, when the site was selected.

The Japanese firm also expects to move its U.S.A. headquarters from Torrance to West Sacramento.

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa is expected to attend a ground-breaking at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9,  joined by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan.

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RCHS hands Vista Del Lago a league loss

RCHS sophomore Jalen Davis in j.v. play: Jalen was one of the high scorers against Vista del Lago with 12 points (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Sophomore Rene Sapiandante with the jump shot for River City JV team. Rene was one of the high scorers against Cosumnes Oaks with 13 points (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)


On Jan. 24, the River City High School boys basketball squad faced Vista del Lago.

River City’s freshman were routed by a final score of 74-32.  The Raider   JV won by a final of 57-46 (W) with Rene Sapiandante and Jalen Davis serving as the high scorers in the game for River City with 12 points each.

The River City varsity team won a 61-60 thriller against Fista Del Lago, taking their record to 8-12 overall and handing Vista del Lago its first loss in league play.  High scorers for RCHS varsity were Jose Chacon with 19 points, Malik Dumetz with 13, and Vincent Chelini with 12.

On Jan. 27, the team took on Cosumnes Oaks. The Raider freshman had the night off, while JV and Varsity played.

Both games were intense and exciting till the end – but Cosumnes Oaks took narrow victories in both the varsity and j.v. matches.

Final scores J.V.: 51-50 (L), and varsity: 52-49 (L). High scorers for the game RCHS JV: Rene Sapiandante with 13 and Mike Briscoe with 13. Varsity: Vince Chelini with 17, Mark Gidenko with 8  and Jose Chacon with 8.

Senior Mark Gidenko of the River City High School varsity team, in action against Cosumnes Oaks on Jan. 27. Mark had 8 points in the game. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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How to retire an old U.S. flag


Tattered or worn American flags will be retired with “proper pomp and ceremony” on Feb. 25 at the West Plainfield Fire Station, 24901 C.R. 95 in Davis at 9 a.m.

Drop off your old flags at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8762, 905 Drever St., West Sacramento. The public is welcome to view the retirement ceremony on Feb. 25. For information, call Billy Wagster, Yolo Co. Veterans Services, (530) 406-4850.

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Fun activities on Saturday for kids


The West Sacramento Friends of the Library plan an “Everybody has a Heritage” event beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Organizers plan a fun event with music and dancing from different cultures, centering around reading and literature. School-age children and their parents are invited.

Man critically injured by car


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

An accident in the early hours of Sunday morning left a man hospitalized.

At about 1:48 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to the report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident at Sacramento Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, with the pedestrian still down.

“A 22- or 23-year old male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle,” reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “The driver of the vehicle had no objective signs of intoxication. The victim was transported in critical condition to the local medical center. The driver was not arrested.”

  Further details, such as the identity of the victim and whether he had been trying to cross the street when struck by the woman in the vehicle, were not immediately available at press time.

Steele said police are trying to determine how the accident occurred.

He added that in the wake of a number of car-versus-pedestrian accidents, local police are planning a “pedestrian safety camp” in the near future.

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Two West Sac firefighters honored

Andy Moore & Ian Gilmour of the West Sacramento Fire Department

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

A local veterans post presented awards to a pair of West Sacramento firefighters on Jan. 11, after the pair were selected for the honors by a vote among their coworkers.

Engineer Andy Moore was named “Firefighter of the Year” and firefighter Ian Gilmour was “EMT of the Year,” in the awards presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8762.

Moore manages records for the department, and has put in a lot of time learning and implementing a new system to help schedule personnel more efficiently, at the same time maintaining his duties as a fire engineer.

Gilmour maintains the West Sacramento Fire Department’s medical equipment and supplies. But on June 26, he was part of a crew that arrived at the scene of a swimming pool accident: they found an apparently lifeless child who had possibly drowned. Gilmour helped get the child to an ambulance, a crew started CPR, and they got a pulse back as Gilmour continued to resuscitate the youngster en route to the hospital. The youth was released from the hospital 10 days later, and visited Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard to meet Gilmour and the crew.

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‘Habitat’ volunteers tackle first of several West Sac home repair projects

Marty Swingle and Derek Haynes at at work, fixing the roof at a West Sacramento home. Swingle is president of the Habitat-Yolo board and Haynes is a board member (photo courtesy of Diana Walker-Smith)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Work on one West Sacramento home was postponed because of the resident’s medical issues.

But volunteers from the Yolo chapter of Habitat for Humanity found some other good work to do in West Sacramento this month: they converged on the home of a pair of West Sacramento brothers who needed a little help with their north-area home.

“We tore down and replaced their porch, and we also did some roof repair,” reports Diana Walker-Smith, executive director for Habitat Yolo. “All the work is done. We just have to paint it. We’ll be out there again definitely on Thursday.”

Tracy Harris (the Habitat chapter board's vice president) and Roger Aston (treasurer) with construction manager Robert Mitchell (on the ladder). Photo courtesy of Diana Walker-Smith.

Walker-Smith estimated that over 30 people came to help out with the work over several days, including volunteers from a well-known store chain.

“We had people from Home Depot coming from as far south as Stockton and as far north as Yuba City,” she said.

“They’re all volunteers. Home Depot has a very pro-community philosophy. Home Depot also donated some shrubs – we had to cut down two large junipers on either side of the porch to fix the roof.”

The culprit at the home of Boris Shipunoff, 72, and Benjamin Shipunoff, a 57-year old disabled veteran, was some pesky dry rot that left the porch and part of the roof in dangerous shape. The new “A Brush with Kindness” program from Habitat was meant to give them a hand.

  Habitat for Humanity is best known for its work building new homes for people who can’t afford to buy a house the traditional way. The new “A Brush With Kindness” program is a different kind of effort, helping low-income people afford to repair the exterior of their home. The Yolo chapter’s effort is now focused on helping a handful of homeowners in West Sacramento’s Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods, on the north side.

“We have five homes lined up so far,” said Walker-Smith.

The renovation program is similar to the home-building program, she added.

“The way we’re able to do it is we get underwriters. We find people who donate supplies or funds. All our work is no-profit, at our cost. It costs much less because we use volunteers working with a professional construction manager. We give (the homeowner) a zero-percent loan to pay for the home, we build it and sell it at a zero-percent mortgage. We then take the payments from them and recycle the money into new homes.”

Anyone interested in helping Habitat, or applying for help, can reach the group at (530) 668-4301 or by email at The group’s website is at

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