Santa to arrive on fire truck: Here’s St. Nick’s schedule

Santa to arrive on fire truck: Here’s St. Nick’s schedule

The West Sacramento Fire Department, in conjunction with the West Sacramento Firefighters’ Association, is preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento. With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa More »

Toys For Tots collection efforts now underway

Toys For Tots collection efforts now underway

Since 1948, The Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Foundation has been around for the distribution of toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign More »

Council Member Bill Kristoff Retires After Thirty Years of Service

Council Member Bill Kristoff Retires After Thirty Years of Service

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger Bill Kristoff will officially retire on November 16th when he attends his last city council meeting. His friends, family and colleagues came together recently at More »

 

Can you hit the low notes?

[adrotate group=”9″] 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.

 [adrotate group=”7″] 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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‘No contest’ to molesting eight-year old

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 26, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced yesterday that on July 24, Dmitry Dudkin, a 27-year old West Sacramento resident, was convicted of two counts of child molestation after pleading no contest.

Reports the D.A.’s office:

“Dudkin, molested an 8-year old girl from 2009 to 2011. The crimes were discovered when the victim went to school with a hickey on her neck. The victim told the police that Dudkin showed her pornography and asked her to perform various sexual acts on him. The victim also disclosed that Dudkin took pictures of her with his cell phone. The Yolo County High-Tech Crimes Taskforce analyzed Dudkin’s computers and cell phones taken and found provocative photos of the victim.

[adrotate group=”7”]   “Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case and stated ‘With the assistance of the High-Tech Task Force we were able to locate evidence that supported the victim’s statements and obtain a plea from the Defendant. This plea ensures that justice has been served not only by taking a child molester out of our community but also by protecting the victim from the trauma of having to testify in court. In addition, the sentence he will receive will ensure that he will not harm another child.’

“Dudkin faces life in state prison and will be sentenced on August 24, 2012 by the Honorable Judge Stephen Mock.”

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Yolo Fair booth: baseball, wine & more

Silver medal winner: Yolo County's booth at the state fair advertised quality-of-life issues like bikes & baseball (courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012 —

From the County of Yolo

   This year, Yolo County took home a silver medal for its California State Fair booth in the counties’ exhibit competition. Yolo’s theme was “Yolo: You Only Live Once.”  there were 29 participating counties.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Yolo County’s unique exhibit evidently impressed the judges with its “bucket list” of great things to see and do in Yolo County.

  This year’s display was made possible by donations from Cache Creek Casino Resort; Fred C. Heidrick Museum; Clarksburg Wine Company – Old Sugarmill; PreStar, Inc.; Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain; Yolo County Visitors Bureau; YoloArts; Yolo Solano Cooperative Extension.

  The display offered the following Yolo County highlights:

“Surprisingly diverse and engaging, Yolo County offers its own “bucket list” of great things to see and do.  Savor the flavors of farmers markets, award-winning local wines and crazy-good cuisine from American to Thai.  Thrill to the rush of skydiving or river rafting, pro baseball, festivals, parades and world-class performing arts.  Hike or bike the verdant countryside, explore one-of-a-kind museums, dive in to charming small downtowns, and unwind at a soothing spa.  Whatever the season, you’ll find a reason—so come experience the fullness of life in Yolo County.  After all, you only live once!”

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‘3 on 3’ basketball tournament coming

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

  Donte Greene’s “3-on-3 Jamboree” comes to the West Sacramento Recreation Center on Sat., Aug. 3. There are competitive divisions from age 14 and up, both men and women. Reserve your spot for $50; team registration is $125.

Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4770.

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Guest comments: utility scammers

GUEST OPINION FROM PG&E —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of an ongoing scam that has impacted other utility customers especially as high temperatures persist across much of the country. The scam targets customers through social media, posted fliers, text messages and phone calls claiming that President Barack Obama is providing a credit or directly paying utility bills. In some cases, customers have been asked for social security numbers to apply payments to customers’ utility bills, presenting an identity theft risk.

[adrotate group=”10″] PG&E wants to remind customers that PG&E representatives would not ask for personal or banking information over the phone.

PG&E offers the following tips to help protect customers from scams:

• Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you.

• If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community. If you feel threatened in any way, you should notify local law enforcement immediately.

• Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or they will receive a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.

• PG&E’s Credit Department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

• Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, a service request or a request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

PG&E takes security seriously and will actively work with law enforcement to help stop any scam impacting customers. Anyone who has received a call or visit similar to the one described above can report it immediately by calling PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

[adrotate group=”7″] If you need assistance with paying your bill, please visit www.pge.com/financialassistance.In addition to pay plans, we have numerous programs to assist our customers with their bills, such as CARE, REACH, LIHEAP, Medical Baseline and the Energy Savings Assistance Program.

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Local teens try the wind on for size

Instructor Dave Candey works with some of the 6th-8th grade students on knot-tying skills (Photos courtesy of Andrew Pierce, Lake Washington Sailing Club)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

   A dozen local youngster stook 15 hours worth of free sailing lessons at the Port of West Sacramento  ending last week. The course was spread over five weeks, organized by the local Lake Washington Sailing Club and the West Sacramento Parks Department.

[adrotate group=”9″] The students got plenty of water time — although unseasonable wind on Monday, the final day gusted up to 32 miles per hour, keeping the kids on shore during the final lesson.

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Sailboats lined up on the sailing club’s dock at the Port of Sacramento (courtesy of Andrew Pierce, LWSC)

It’s part of small boat sailing: learning to right a capsized boat. (Courtesy of Andrew Pierce, LWSC)

 

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