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 »

 

Possible child abduction attempt

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 7, 2012 —

West Sacramento police this afternoon are investigating a possible child abduction attempt that may have taken place outside a home on the 500-block of Maple Street.

SERGEANT NATHAN STEELE of the W.S.P.D. addresses reporters concerning a possible child abduction attempt on the 500-block of Maple Street in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

“(The investigation) is ongoing, and we’re not quite sure what happened,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “Today at approximately 3:13 in the afternoon, West Sacramento Police Department received a phone call about a possible abduction attempt.”

[adrotate group=”9″] A couple of girls were outside on the block, when a suspect drove up in a dark SUV. The man is so far described only as a black male of average height and build, age 30-40. He may have temporarily kidnapped one of the girls, a seven-year old.

“Apparently, he got her into a vehicle and left the area with her,” said Steele. “The information we’ve got is that the juvenile was able to get away.”

The girl made it the short distance home and reported the incident. Witness accounts aren’t entirely consistent, said Steele.

“Our officers are canvassing the area and outside agencies have been notified.”

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RCHS kid nails the blues

Ammon Burdge with Alison Flory, art education coordinator for YoloArts

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Ammon Burdge of River City High School won this year’s ‘Blues in the Schools’ contest, composing a song called “Sky’s Turning Gray  Skies Blue.” The senior is a member of the school’s jazz band, “The Syncopating Sea-Monkeys.”

  The winning song will be produced and recorded by professional musicians.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Students from Woodland and West Sacramento competed in the songwriting contest, co-sponsored by YoloArts and the Sacramento Blues Society.

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Did you lose a bunch of money?

[adrotate group=”7″]   FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Police Department has reported that someone found “a sum of money” near Jefferson Blvd. and Jackson on Dec. 31, 2011.

They’re looking for the rightful owner. If it’s yours, claim it by identifying how much money was lost and where. Call (916) 617-4950 between 8:30-4:30 any weekday before Aug. 15.

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Hoping for explosive sales

 

BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson (News-Ledger photo)

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

   Business was off, but the crew at this Southport fireworks booth was optimistic on Tuesday.

  “We’re down this year,” reported Byron Paige. “TNT (the fireworks wholesaler) said it’s because the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday. Tomorrow will be just crazy, and maybe people will come tonight after they get off work.”

  Paige was part of a coalition that came together to successfully win one of eight permits to sell “safe and sane” fireworks in town for the holiday. Working together were Our Lady of Grace School and Church and the Knights of Columbus — three Catholic-oriented groups.

  Around town were seven other fireworks booths staffed by other West Sacramento nonprofits and churches.

  How much money will the week-long sales effort draw for the three charities?

  “I’m hoping $3,000 each — that would be sweet,” said Paige.

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News from the West Sac Farmers Market and the Urban Farm Stand:

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

You could go to the Farmers Market on Thursday, July 5 — but you might be the only one there.

  The market will close that day following Independence Day.

[adrotate group=”7″]   It will reopen on July 12, at 4:30 p.m. at 1271 West Capitol Avenue.

  Meanwhile, the “Urban Farm Stand” is scheduled to return to the city’s north next week. Partners including Alchemist, the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network, Sactown Heroes and Youth Resource Coalition will bring the produce stand to the River Bend Senior Manor, 664 Cummins Way, on Saturdays beginning July 14 from 9 a.m. to noonn. The farm stand accepts EBT/food stamps.

  For more information or to volunteer, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org.

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West Sac Phillies take the title

The West Sac Phillies (above) came from behind to take the District 6 Little League ‘Tournament of Champions’ title (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

 [adrotate group=”7″] FROM DE’ONNA JACK

 ‘Winning a title, the hard way…’

  On June 16, District 6 Little League Baseball began its 2012 Major Division Baseball Tournament of Champions;,which consists of players from around the district.

  Players from North Natomas Little League, Sierra Little League, Antelope Little League, Rio Linda Little League and West Sacramento Little League participated.

  These players range in age from 10-12 and the teams in the tournament were the teams who won the most games in their respective leagues, giving them the chance to compete for the flag and championship.

  Any team loses two games goes home.

  The West Sac Phillies lost their first game on the 16th to Rio Linda Pirates by a final score of 1-0. The loss meant that West Sac would have to battle back the rest of the week to gain the chance to play in the Championship held on June 23.

  The North Natomas Auburn Tigers, on the other hand, won their first two games which gave them an undefeated status. Whomever ended up playing them would have to beat them twice. This would prove to be a task.

Mike Lamoreaux of the Phillies connects with a grand-slam swing (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

  West Sac battled their way from the losers bracket winning each game they played the past week in order to gain a chance to play for the championship.

  On June 23, with Jacob Rapp on the mound, the West Sac Phillies shut North Natomas Tigers down, winning that game by a final of 15-3, thus forcing what they call an “If” game in the TOC’s.

  West Sacramento came back on Sunday with Alex Silva on the mound for most of the game and once again shut down North Natomas, 8-0, thus winning the TOC’s and the District 6 Flag for 2012.

  Mike Lamoreaux of the West Sac Phillies hit his first home run of the 2012 season during the Championship — a hitting a grand slam in that game.

  You can stay on top of many West Sacramento sports at the Facebook page of De’Onna Jack/Memories for Generations. Just click here.

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Getting ready for the river: two levee improvement projects done

  In the middle of the presentation Tuesday, Keith Swanson (flood management division chief at the state Department of Water Resources) reminded the attendees why these improvements were a big deal.  He recalled a high-river day when "boils" were spotted inside a nearby levee.Colonel William Leady of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who said these levee projects are were the result of “state and local and federal government working together.” He also said that the 130-feet deep slurry wall built inside one West Sacramento levee might be the deepest such wall in California. (News-Ledger photo)”]

  “On a beautiful summer day like this, it is difficult to remember that back in 1997, the city of West Sacramento was almost the victim of a major disaster,” said Swanson. “(Workers) noticed the land side of the leveee, toward the ditch, had begun to slough off. It got worse.”

  They made interim fixes, but the danger was real, said Swanson.

  And even if and when the city reaches its 200-year risk goal, that’s not the same as “no risk,” Mayor Cabaldon commented.

  “We can’t get the risk down to zero,” he said.

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