Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Once again it’s the time of year when fresh tomatoes are center stage, sparking a new energy throughout Yolo County. Monster machines bounce through dusty fields heaping 25-ton capacity trailers with another More »

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn kicked off its weekly Friday night Off the Grid food truck and music event with large crowds on Friday, Aug. 5. Located at 985 Riverfront Street, the Barn is a More »

Quilts for Community Service

Quilts for Community Service

The Delta Piecemakers Quilt Guild has donated handmade quilts to the West Sacramento Police and Fire Departments to be given out to those in need of comfort during police or fire calls. More »

 

A lopsided soccer win for Gold

ABOVE: JASON JONES of the Sacramento Gold (right) goes over the head of a visiting San Francisco player. Jones scored four of the Gold’s nine goals for the night. (Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

The Gold won Sunday’s home opener at River City High School Field, beating the San Francisco Stompers 9-0.

The semi-pro Gold soccer team plays next at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 22 at RCHS, hosting the Bay Area Ambassadors. $5 (No charge for kids under six or youth soccer players in uniform).

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Manolo Pina (who scored 2 of the 9 goals) coming from behind at the right to get the ball (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

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Causeway reopened after ‘shots fired’

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A few minutes ago, authorities reopened the Yolo Causeway connecting West Sacramento and points west. Traffic has been backed up for over six hours as the freeway was closed for the search for a fugitive (see prior post).

Causeway closed after shots fired

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 19, 2012
UPDATE: 12:35 P.M.:  Authorities are reopening the Yolo Causeway at this time, although it isn’t known how quickly traffic will return to normal as thousands of trapped motorists begin filtering through in both directions. The second vehicle hijacked by the gunman was found in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento, and he was last seen there with a rifle and is still being sought.
The incident began with the gunman firing shots at employees of B&R Head & Block Repair on Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento. The gunman then hijacked a car at gunpoint near Harbor and West Capitol, crashed on the Causeway, reportedly pistol-whipped a bird-watcher and may have hot-wired a tractor before stealing the Ford F150 found later in Sacramento.
 —UPDATE: 11:11 a.m. APRIL 20: Police are searching vehicle-by-vehicle along the freeway in both directions, as drivers are stopped and waiting to cross the causeway, to make sure the suspect is not hidden in any cars or trucks. When they finish searching, traffic will be allowed to resume. Drivers are advised to keep their doors locked and continue waiting.
The suspect may be in a brown Ford F150 pickup truck with California plates 8N44911.
A man is believed to have fired shots at a Harbor Boulevard repair shop, then hijacked a vehicle from a citizen near West Captiol Avenue. He reportedly fired at West Sacramento police as he escaped in the stolen vehicle westbound onto the causeway.
The Yolo Causeway — the only direct route between Sacramento, Davis and the Bay Area — has been closed since the incident about 7 a.m. this morning as law enforcement personnel looked for the suspect.
Meanwhile, the suspect is believed to have been involved in a second carjacking near the River Road and County Road 127. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s.  No one is reported seriously injured, although the second carjack victim was hit in the head.
The News-Ledger has received  reports of slow, impacted traffic on one of the alternative routes between West Sacramento/Sacramento and the west, as hundreds of extra vehicles are using detours through Woodland.
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Artists’ work on display in West Sac

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A new art show is underway at Gallery 1075 in the West Sacramento Community Center at 1075 West Capitol. The show by artists Kari Breese and Benjamin Hunt is called “Linear & Non-Linear Possibilities.’

You can view it at no charge Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8-5 or Saturday 9-2 until May 4.

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Up close with birds of prey

The CRC’s Sam Wall with “Baggins,” the burrowing owl (courtesy photo/CRC)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

You’re invited to the Spring Open House at  the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 5.

The Open House and “Hawk Walk” are free. Donations are welcome, and are especially needed this year due to budget cuts.

The raptor center will be open to visits from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and noon.  You may also join the “hawk walk” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., leaving from the CRC gate — bring your binoculars!

Staff at the CRC cares for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Some of the birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in education programs.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Special presentations at the open house will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors housed in display cages as well as birds out on the glove (including “Mikey,” the Red Shouldered Hawk, and “Spar,” the American Kestrel, who have both been featured with Huell Howser on public television).

The onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other CRC souvenirs will be for sale.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Directions: From Interstate 80 take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road heading away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going to the Putah Creek Bridge where there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, turn left onto the paved levee road and follow it for one block until it dips down off the levee. Then turn right into the CRC parking lot. Parking is free. For a map visit  www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor

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Dog sought after Madrone Ave bite

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 19, 2012 —

The animal services division of the Yolo County sheriff’s department is looking for a dog involved in a biting incident on April 15 in West Sacramento.

The sheriff’s office reports that a female victim was sitting on her porch on the 1600 block of Madrone Avenue at about 5 p.m. when a “golden retriever”-type dog came around the corner of the house and attacked, before running off towards Westacre Road. A search didn’t turn up the dog.

[adrotate group=”10″] Typically, a dog involved in a bite needs to be checked for rabies so that the victim doesn’t have to undergo unnecessary and painful rabies treatment.

The sheriff’s office added that allowing a dog to run unattended is a misdemeanor, and the animal services division plans to increase its enforcement with a “zero tolerance” program for owners.

At the same time the sheriff’s office announced it was looking for the West Sacramento dog, it reported it was also seeking dogs involved in biting attacks in Woodland and Davis  on April 12 and 14.

Anyone with information on the involved dogs or their owners is asked to call (530) 668-5287 (24 hours/day) or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

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Raiders nip Vista del Lago

JOEY BEALL connects for a triple against Vista del Lago (photo by Memories for Generations/De'Onna Jack)

Jesus Garcia of the RCHS junior varsity takes a swing (Photo by "Memories for Generations by De'Onna Jack")

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

River City High School baseball faced Vista del Lago on April 9. The varsity Raiders won a close one. Down by one run in the  7th inning, the Raiders scored two runs off a hit by Jason Wullenwaber to seal a 7-6 victory.

The varsity team is currently in second place in the league behind El Dorado with a record of 6-2.

The Raider junior varsity lost their match with Vista Del Lago, 7-4.

[adrotate group=”9″] (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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