Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Once again it’s the time of year when fresh tomatoes are center stage, sparking a new energy throughout Yolo County. Monster machines bounce through dusty fields heaping 25-ton capacity trailers with another More »

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

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Quilts for Community Service

Quilts for Community Service

The Delta Piecemakers Quilt Guild has donated handmade quilts to the West Sacramento Police and Fire Departments to be given out to those in need of comfort during police or fire calls. More »

 

West Sac hosts rowing races Sunday

Action at a prior "Head of the Port" regatta in West Sacramento. Here, crews race past the Agrium plant at the Port of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 10, 2012 —

The River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento is hosting 19 rowing clubs from throughout California for a series of 5- kilometer rowing races on Sunday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the River City Rowing Club in the Port of West Sacramento.

The competitive races are held in the Deep Water Channel in West Sacramento. Boat crews assemble, launch and return to the host club, the River City Rowing Club adjacent to the Port of West Sacramento.

The event includes college teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Sacramento State; high school teams; open-competitive class and masters’ teams. There are 180 entries racing the clock in 40 different heats.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Rowers will be on site setting up at 6:00 a.m. and launching from docks at approximately 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

To view the race:  Best viewing is from the levee on the south side of the Deep Water Ship Channel.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the West Sacramento Lowe’s store and walk to the levee.  Binoculars and lawn chairs may help you enjoy the action.

As a long-distance (about three miles) “head race” over a curved course, competitors start one after another in intervals and fight both the clock and each other. The winner in each division is the racer with the fastest time, but rowers are also trying hard to pass boats that started ahead of them while avoiding being caught from behind.

Race Directions: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/directions/directions.html

Race Course Map: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/HOP/race_course_map.html

For more information, please go to our website www.rivercityrowing.org

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Judge sends West Sacramento man to jail for nonpayment of child support

 FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 10, 2012 —

Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor announced that a West Sacramento man was jailed for a child support issue.

On the afternoon of September 25, Keith Michael Reese, Sr. was remanded into custody for violation of an order to seek work regarding his child support case.

[adrotate group=”7″] Reese was originally charged with 18 counts of contempt in connection with his failure to pay his back child support, alleged to be in excess of $68,000.  In June, Reese pled guilty to four counts of contempt and was sentenced to 400 hours of community service.

On June 19, Resse failed to appear for a review hearing and warrant was issued for his arrest, said Gabor

On September 25, Reese appeared before Commissioner Umonzio and was sentenced to 8 days in jail which he began serving immediately.

Gabor added that the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services is trying to increase collections for children who are in need of support.  In August, the department began a campaign to work on cases where no payment has been received within the year.  Over 1,000 defendants were contacted and urged to get in touch with the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services to avoid legal action.  Those, who did not comply will face increasingly serious consequences, she said.

The Yolo County Department of Child Support Services encourages defendants who are having difficulty meeting their child support obligations to contact the office to work out arrangements with their case worker.  They may call (866) 901-3212.

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Recent ‘letters to the editor’:

  Following are a couple of letters-to-the-editor received by the West Sacramento News-Ledger recently. They are from the newspaper’s Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 editions, respectively.

  The News-Ledger is West Sacramento’s weekly, longstanding hometown paper.

Cell phone abuse
Everyday I see more and more motorists brazenly texting or talking on  their cellphones. Either they are slowing to a crawl, distracted by  their phone activity, or blithely speeding or drifting into the next lane.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Anyone who has truly important reasons for texting or phoning en  route would be riding in the back seat of a town car or limousine.

Seems to me that the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento PD,  or West Sacramento PD could post a  motorcycle officer for one hour  per day, at any point along any major thoroughfare,  and rake in enough fines to alleviate any budget problems.

JACK CHANDLER
West Sacramento

 

Thanks!
On behalf of the many members of the San Pedro Association, I wish to thank the W.S. News-Ledger for the excellent coverage provided this past year.  Announcements about upcoming events to be held at the San Pedro Park located in the old Bryte District have been published as well as photos of special happenings.    This group was originally founded in 1922 by immigrant families from Madeira Island, Portugal.

When the current San Pedro Park was established after WWII, the entire communities of Bryte, Broderick and West Sacramento participated in the two day event.  Due to a lack of volunteers, the public event was discontinued in 1980 but this past June, the second and third generation of the original Madeiran families worked together to once again provide a similar two day event.  It was a great celebration!

This past September weekend, a fundraiser was held by asking local residents to “Drop Off E-Waste” at the San Pedro Park gate.  Many local residents responded and when ask, they all replied they saw the notice in the Local Scene section of the W.S. News-Ledger.  The result of recycling E-Waste cleans up the neighborhood and also benefits the treasury of the San Pedro Association.

Thank you, Editor Steve Marschke, for responding to our request for publicity.

SHARON & DENNIS FREITAS, Chairpersons
E-Waste Drop Off Event, San Pedro Park
WEST SACRAMENTO

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Flu clinic Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Health Department will be holding the following free seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:

— Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Westmore Oaks School, 1100 Clarendon Road in West Sacramento

— Wednesday, October 17, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters

[adrotate group=”7″] — Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Esparto Fire Department, 16960 Yolo Avenue in Esparto

— Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Douglass Middle School, 52 Granada Drive in Woodland

The Health Department will also be providing flu shots at the Davis Senior Center Health Fair on Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 646 A Street in Davis.  A $10 administrative fee will be charged, which may be waived in some cases.

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

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Missing girl located safe

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 8, 2012 —

Late Saturday, West Sacramento police asked for help in locating 15-year old Alyssa Burraston, missing after being last seen in town on Thursday.

The girl has been found safe and returned home, WSPD reports today.

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Gov. reverses parole for West Sac man

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Sept. 21 that Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. has reversed a parole board decision to grant parole to West Sacramento convicted murderer Roger Moore.

In March, 1981, Roger Moore and Charles Williams robbed and beat to death Paul Ward, a 68-year-old amputee confined to a wheelchair. Ward’s half naked body was later found in a West Sacramento parking lot.

After a jury trial, a Yolo County Superior Court judge sentenced Moore to life in prison for murder and robbery.  This April, the Board of Parole Hearings found Moore suitable for parole, and scheduled a tentative release date from state prison.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office challenged the Board’s decision to release him, arguing that Moore had shown lack of insight into why he committed the crime, he had a mental illness, and he had no good plans for a post-parole life.

The governor issued his decision on September 14.   In reversing the Parole Board, Governor Brown stated, “When considered as a whole, I find the evidence I have discussed shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison.”

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised Governor Brown’s decision.

“We are pleased that Governor Brown agrees that Moore’s release at this time would be irresponsible,” said Reisig in a press release.  “We just can’t release vicious killers like this into our society under these circumstances.”

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Girl missing from West Sacramento:

Alyssa Burraston: teen was last seen in West Sacramento on Thursday

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 7, 2012 —

This report came from the West Sacramento Police Department last night. Circumstances of the girl’s disappearance were not specified:

The West Sacramento Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year old girl last seen in West Sacramento at about 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 4.

The missing person is Alyssa Burraston,  who is white, 5′ 5″ tall,  approximately 105 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and jean shorts.

[adrotate group=”9″] Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the West Sacramento Police Dispatch at (916) 372-3375.

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