Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

By Thomas Farley thomasfarley@yahoo.com The art installation for Joey Lopes Park will be a knock-out. The City Council voted on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to accept a design from nationally known artist Michael More »

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

By Thomas Farley thomasfarley@yahoo.com The Sail Inn on Jefferson Boulevard is being reopened and rechristened as the Sail Inn Grotto & Bar. Launch date is late February. All aboard. The old Sail More »

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

On Saturday, Jan. 16, Shores of Hope served families in need and distributed more than 300 bags of groceries thanks to a partnership with the Raley’s Food for Families program. The line More »

 

West Sac soldier dies in Afghanistan

SPC Manuel Vasquez (courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

A 22-year old who grew up in West Sacramento and enlisted in the Army  died on April 24 while serving in Afghanistan.

Specialist Manuel J. Vasquez was on his first deployment to the region, serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Blackhawk in Paktika Province.

The Defense Department declined to provide details of Vasquez’s death, which is still under investigation.

Vasquez was raised in West Sacramento before attending Mira Loma High School. He joined the Army in 2010. He is survived by his parents, Violet Castro of West Sacramento and Raymond J. Vasquez, of Citrus Heights, and by siblings and other relatives.

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‘Guilty’ in 2011 West Sac murder

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

A Yolo County jury convicted 22-year old Charles Cameron Quillin guilty of first degree murder earlier this month, in the killing of Mathew Aleksander Smith in West Sacramento in 2011. The jury also convicted Quillin of discharging a firearm causing death.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the two men were joined by Smith’s girlfriend and two other friends in Quillin’s trailer for a social gathering on August 27, 2011.

The gathering took place in a trailer on the 600-block of West Capitol Avenue.

After midnight, Quillin wanted one of the women to leave the trailer, and this led to an argument with Smith’s girlfriend. Smith intervened.

Smith asked his girlfriend to wait outside.

“As Quillin and Smith were a few feet apart, arguing in the kitchen, Quillin pulled out a revolver from his pants pocket,” said a press release from the D.A. “Quillin shot Smith in the head five times before leaving the trailer, placing the revolver in a bush 160 feet from the trailer, and calling his dad.”

Quillin surrendered to police.

He will be sentenced by Judge Stephen Mock on May 18. He faces 50 years to life in state prison.

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‘Peter Pan’ show to benefit local girl

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

The Palamidessi family, owners of Club Pheasant restaurant in Southport, will host a poker fundraiser to benefit Virginia Mochel, a second-grader at Our Lady of Grace School who has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. The event is tentatively planned for early June; watch for details.

The school also plans a “Peter Pan” show and pasta dinner (courtesy of Knights of Columbus) from 6 p.m. on Sat., May 12, at Our Lady of Grace School. $20/adults, $10/kids, with proceeds to help Virginia’s family. For information, call 371-9416 or email olgplay-houseperformers@yahoo.com.

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Liberty Ranch bests RC Raiders

River City senior Justin Rozell swings for a base hit against Liberty Ranch (photo by Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack)

Alex Dodd, on the mound for the RCHS junior varsity (photo by Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012

River City High School’s baseball team hosted the Liberty Ranch Hawks on April 19. The visitors won the varsity game, 6-4, as well as j.v., 10-3.

A few days later, the varsity Raiders beat the Hawks by the same 6-4 score.

River City hosted Linden for a specially-arranged game played at Raley Field on Saturday. Linden won, 7-6.

The Raiders will play at home next on May 1 against Galt.

(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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RCHS kid heads to naval academy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

BY SAM URREA

Kai Hinton is a big step closer to fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a naval aviator: the River City High School senior has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy.

An overachieving student and athlete for as long as he can remember, Kai has been chasing this goal from as early as age five.

KAI HINTON earned a coveted letter of acceptance to a U.S. military academy (photo by Sam Urrea)

“I used to visit my grandma in Hawaii when I was very little and I would spend hours reading naval history books and documentaries. Then, as I got older, I grew more and more interested in joining the navy. I wanted to commit forever,” said Kai.

Acceptance into the Naval Academy is no shoe-in.  According to parchment.com, an educational data website, the number of applicants every year varies from 10, 000 to 20,000, with an average admission rate of only 8.4 percent in 2010. An applicant must have a  G.P.A of at least 3.5, must be in the top 10% of his or her class, and must score at least 2100 on the SAT’s — at a minimum.

Participating in a sport and doing exceptionally well at it are essential.  Performing community service and pursuing other extracurricular activities are not mandatory, but highly increase the chances of admission.

Kai met all of these requisites. He also obtained a required official nomination from a state representative — a long, difficult process to complete, Kai reports.

“I needed a total of three acceptance letters. Once I received my first letter, the second one had to be nominated and approved by a congressman. Congressman Mike Thompson was in charge of doing that, and once that was completed, I received my last letter confirming my admittance into the academy!” he said.

With that letter, his ambitious goal was finally met. Relatives from all over the country, including some who Kai claims he has rarely spoken to, called to congratulate him on his amazing achievement. His closer family members were nothing short of ecstatic.

  Kai’s current Spanish teacher, David Ionescu, was not surprised by his student’s triumph. He said, “I’ve had Kai for three years and I was not surprised at all. He understands concepts before I even start teaching them. He is always one step ahead of the game.”

Kai himself was pretty confident. “I was positive. You know, there is always that doubt of not getting in because so few people get admitted but I believed in my abilities. I have done track my whole high school career and excelled, maintained a high G.P.A and done community service.”

He does not live by any mottos, but his advice for other students is to challenge themselves and commit to something they really like, not just if it’s the military, but for whatever goal they pursue. He said, “Make sure you know what you truly want, and commit yourself to it.”

With senior year coming to an end, most students will be looking forward to getting their high school diplomas and enjoying their summer vacation until the subsequent year approaches. Kai, however, is wasting no time moving forward with his life. Life at the academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland, starts in June. He will have roughly two weeks after his graduation to prepare himself to start life as a “plebe” — an incoming freshman at the high-pressure academy.

  Graduates of the academy become commissioned officers in the Navy.

(Author Sam Urrea is an River City High School  journalism student.)

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9-year old wins gymnastics honors

LANDON WU, age 9 (Photo by Judy Vuu)

Landon Wu, a nine-year old who attends Southport Elementary School, became the 2012 level 6 All-Around Regional Champion for Region 1 (including California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii) in competition on April 15. It was his second regional title in a row.

  Landon took gold in pommel horse, high bar, parallel bars and floor exercises, plus silver in rings. He and two teammates took first place for Team NorCal.

Landon, a third grader, trains under Abraam Nersesyan at the International Gymnastics Centre in West Sacramento. Landon had the top score of all gymnasts in the competition with a 93.75 total.   (Courtesy of David Wu)

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Stranded boater rescued

Fire boat gives a tow to a boater who had been without food and water for several days (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s Fire Boat 41 gave a tow to a boater in need on the evening of April 17. The sailboat owner said he did not have any water to drink and hadn’t eaten in three days, reports the city fire department. He told local media all his belongings were on board the 20-foot boat, and he had been afraid to go ashore and leave it. Firefighters attended to him and towed his boat upstream to be secured.

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