Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

By Monica Stark Back in May, a big piece of local news was that Shell Oil Products was selling its West Sacramento refinery to the Port of West Sacramento. At a Broadway More »

Raley Field hosted USA Softball Women’s National Team

Raley Field hosted USA Softball Women’s National Team

Photos by Tony Chen The Sacramento River Cats and Raley Field welcomed the world’s best in softball, the USA Softball Women’s National Team, to Sacramento on Thursday, July 13 for an exhibition More »

How West Sacramentans celebrated the Fourth of July

How West Sacramentans celebrated the Fourth of July

By Michele Townsend To 8-year-old (“About to turn 9!”), Ella Godina, the Fourth of July is about “Staying up all night, with lots of fun and fireworks!” To 15-year-old Laura Garcia, “Independence More »


Help organize Veterans’ Day parade


A West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11, organized by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). This year’s parade route will be in the city’s Bryte (northwestern) neighborhood. Groups, businesses and local veterans who wish to participate should contact Alicia Cruz, 640-3677. Interested people are invited to an organizational meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on July 24 in the Riverbend Manor community room, 664 Cummins Way.

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Fugitive search shuts Holly Street


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A northern West Sacramento neighborhood was disrupted for several hours on Monday afternoon as local police unsuccessfully searched for a wanted man.

SWAT teams and a bomb squad responded to a home on the 2200-block of Holly Street where police believed William Yberra, age 30, was holed up.

“We were looking for a subject that had a felony warrant – a gang member and an ex-felon,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “The cops saw him and he took off running.”

Yberra eluded officers on the first try, but police later received a tip that he was back at the house.

Police evacuated a neighboring apartment complex and some homes, said Sockman.

Eventually – by one citizen’s report, aided by the bomb squad’s robot – police made their entry into the suspect’s residence.  They didn’t find him, said Sockman.

A witness told the News-Ledger that the house was filled with dozens of tear gas shell casings after police left, and some other property inside the home was damaged.

Yberra was wanted for felony “criminal threats” said Sockman.

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Food givaway today in West Sacramento


The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food on Tuesday, July 16. Hours and locations include the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd. from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd., from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Drive, from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse from noon to 1 p.m.

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

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Youth sports: West Sac achievements in softball, water polo & more

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This 'Heart of the City' column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This ‘Heart of the City’ column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

It’s the June parade of Champions! The march of the championships continues – time to celebrate  West Sac excellence in sports at all ages and games!

Too bad June has to end, but here’s hoping July brings more championships.

West Sac Water Polo is going to the Junior Olympics. The 18-U (age 18-and-under) boys, after a two day tournament, have qualified to represent this city in Orange County in a nationwide Junior Olympic tournament. Members of  the team (now fundraising for the trip) are Austin “Junior” Stewart, Christopher Irish, Hunter Hartman, Jeret Tiller, Lucas Talbott, Adam Rogers, goalie Stetson Tate.

The U-16 (under 16) boys water polo team competed in the Clovis Tournament in an Olympic-size pool over 12 games. The U-16 team is Bret Bachmeier, Johnathan Keilman, Julian Wright, Brennan Whipple, Quinn Reidel, Ryan Delarosa, Tyler “Eggnog”  Packham, and goalie Cameron Guiliano-Puzi.

All players play at the River City High School pool and many are members of the West Sacramento Dolphins swim club. To help with the team’s Junior Olympics travel expenses, call “Coach Moe” at 530-848-7273

In softball, every weekend more trophies and awards to West Sacramento.

Heck, if you are going to Reno to play might as well win: the West Sac Attack 10-U (age 10 and under team) did just that by winning the “Reno Fastpitch Freaks Tournament.” They did so with a tournament record of 5-0-1, and by beating teams such as  Reno Fastpitch, Sac Hitterz, and Lassen SWAT.

The players are; Claudia Medina, Mari Cano,Hailey Luna, Laure Garcia, Isabella Mendez, Vanessa Hensley, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens, Reyna Sandoval, Amaya Pentega,and Lilly Adversalo!

All girls batted over .500. Reno never knew what hit them.
West Sac Attack U-14 also won their Sacramento tournament, and last weekend won their tournament in Manteca and followed up with another big tournament win in Elk Grove.

The Cordova Fury was led by our own Hannah Willover, who hit the first pitch for a home run. Ally Snyder pitched and Celina Vallejos played shortstop. The team won their NSA tournament in Galt.

Then the Fury won the DF Tournament, going 5-1. Ally pitched again, Hannah went 8-15 and in the championship game, they defeated the Nor Cal Elite of Fairfield with West Sacramento’s own Breanna Viktor pitching for the Elite.

The U-10 Sac Hitterz won their tournament at the Sac Sports Complex with West Sacramento’s Macy McCann and catcher Cammy McGinnist on the “Hitterz.” Macy drove in the winning run in the championship game!

West Sac’s Kayla Lynch plays for the Foothill Gold U-12 team on their way to Tennessee in a National level Tournament, and they  made it to the championship game, playing up a division,  in last weeks  DF U-14 Tournament.

Watch out, here comes the next generation of high school softball standouts!  Good luck to the U-10 West Sac Girls Little League softball  District 6 Champions, and now it’s on to the sectionals!

Congratulations to the West Sac Relay For Life walkathon. The team-oriented fundraiser joined the fight against cancer, generating $30,000!

We’re into July and our famous 100 degree heat, but continued great success is on the way.


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