West Sacramento Fire Department Is A Class Act

West Sacramento Fire Department Is A Class Act

By Julia McMichael Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the Fire Department of West Sacramento will be upgraded by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) to a Class 1 rating. An ISO Class 1 fire More »

The Yolo Land Trust honors Clarksburg Farmer Greg Merwin at “A Day in the Country”

The Yolo Land Trust honors Clarksburg Farmer Greg Merwin at “A Day in the Country”

The Yolo Land Trust’s signature event “A Day in the Country” will be held this year on Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barger Keasey Family Farm near Davis. More »

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com There has been a tumultuous start to the beginning of this school year in West Sacramento. With gossip of teachers striking and high school students texting messages to More »

 

A ship in the fields of Southport

‘SHIP IN THE FIELDS’: The 500-foot Golden Bear, training ship for the California Maritime Academy, cut through a West Sacramento canal on Sunday on its way to make a call at the Port of West Sacramento (From the May 2 News-Ledger/photo by PETER FOLKS)

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Fight cancer — and bring your dog

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

Join the “Bark for Life” event, with your dog, and walk to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Affiliated with the American Cancer Society and its “Relay for Life” event, the “Bark for Life” walk will include vendors, food, raffle and dog events. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 Burrows Road in Southport, West Sacramento.

For info, visit www.RelayForLife.org or email Bark@CreationNonstop.com.

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

[adrotate group=”7″] 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

[adrotate group=”10″] 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.

[adrotate group=”7″]   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.

[adrotate group=”9″]   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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