<strong>The Outdoors Next Door:</strong> Exploring The Yolo Bypass

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‘Tot lot,’ other projects funded


Last month, the First 5 Yolo organization awarded $40,000 in mini-grants to organizations supporting children 0 to 5 in local communities.

DON SAYLOR, Yolo County Board of Supervisors member (District 2) and chairman of First 5 Yolo (photo from County of Yolo)

“We received 26 requests for more than $111,775 in funding,” said Yolo County Supervisor and First 5 Yolo Chair, Don Saylor in a First 5 Yolo press release.  “Each proposal demonstrated a serious need in our communities.  Since we couldn’t fund everything, we prioritized the proposals based on the greatest positive long-term impact for Yolo county children and families.”

First 5 Yolo awarded funds to12 projects for a total of $40,000.  Each organization received full or partial funding of their request up to $5,000 per project.

The largest amount of money, $17,610, will be used to finance programs meant to  help prepare young children to be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.  Successful proposals include programs by Sutter Davis Pediatrics Reach out and Read Program, Yolo County Library Celebration Dia de los Ninos/Libros, Woodland Library Books for Babies, First Steps Infant Program Carolina Curriculum Training, and the Northern California Children’s Therapy Center Communication/Collaboration Project.

Five organizations were granted a total of $12,740 to improve the social and emotional health for young children, including the Yolo County Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center for a conference to increase foundational knowledge of child abuse, early child development and interviewing the very young.  In addition, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center was funded for a program on protecting and raising children; the Yolo Family Service Agency’s Partnership for Early Access was funded; EMQ Families First received funds for staff training on the effects of drug exposure on children; and the Yolo Wayfarer Center was funded to increase staff capacity for providing skilled interventions to help reduce the distress children experience when their families are facing homelessness.

 Programs funded to improve the physical health of young children include a preschool hearing screening program by the Hearing Loss Association, Woodland Chapter; and the City of West Sacramento Parks and Community Services for a Tot-lot Playground in Westfield Village.   These programs received a total of $9,650.

For more information about the First 5 Yolo’s mini-grants, contact Julie Gallelo, executive director at 530-669-2475 or go to www.first5yolo.org.

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Courts evacuated after bomb threat


All Yolo County court facilities  in Woodland were evacuated after a bomb threat received at the Superior Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. today.

West Sacramento police and CHP officers helped the sheriff’s department and Woodland police look for a bomb. None was found, and the courts were re-opened at 10:30 a.m.

Investigators have “several credible leads” as to the suspect, said a court press release.

A court spokesperson said the last time the courts received a bomb threat was in 2005, and that suspect was arrested and charged for the crime.

As for today:

“Court operations were delayed, but judges and court staff are working hard to ensure that there will be only minimal disruption,” reports the office of Court Executive Officer James B. Perry.

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Port gets $5 million crane for containers

The superstructure of the ‘Ocean Titan’ cargo ship is visible as the ship glides behind a Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood on the shipping canal on Jan. 2, on its way to the Port of West Sacramento. The crane is visible right of center (it’s mostly orange in color). News-Ledger photo.

From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento received a new, $5 million crane on Jan. 3. The crane is meant to help the port in its new foray into container-handling — its traditional mission has involved bulk cargoes such as grain, rice, fertilizer and wood chips. The port is part of a new “Northern California Marine Highway container barging operation, along with the ports of Oakland and Stockton. The new service is set to launch in late 2012.

The orange-and-green base of the Port’s new crane sits on deck before unloading yesterday. When assembled, the crane will be over 100 feet tall and will lift up to 273,000 pounds. It was built in Austria and shipped from Germany, through the Panama Canal. (News-Ledger photo)


The Ocean Titan's crane drops the new piece of equipment onto the wharf at the Port of West Sacramento (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of W.S.)


The new crane's massive base, delivered (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of West Sacramento)

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Girls’ volleyball standouts

Varsity award winners: Jaliyah Dramera, Brianna Mondia, Kendra Thomas and Desiree Carbullido


River City High School’s volleyball celebrated its team awards in November after the end of their season. Honorees were:

Varsity and Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) Awards
Most Inspirational Player – Junior, Jaliyah Dramera
Most Valuable Player and SVC All League – Sophomore, Brianna Mondia

SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Kendra Thomas
SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Desiree J. Carbullido
Most Improved Player – Junior, Arielle Pascua (not pictured)

JV Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Julie Staffler
Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Ashlend Rodriguez
Coach’s Award – Sophomore, Gaocheng Yang (not pictured)

Freshman Awards:
Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Jenna Martinez
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Caroline Murzin

Head coach is Tammy Bacon.

Junior varsity award winners: Julie Staffler and Ashlend Rodriguez


Jenna Martinez and Caroline Murzin, RCHS frosh volleyball honorees (photos courtesy of RCHS volleyball)











An education in extrication —

All three shifts of West Sacramento firefighters had a chance last month to practice on “multiple scenarios” to “effect rescue of a trapped person.” The crews used hydraulic tools to free up hypothetical crash victims. The training was conducted at Dollar Tow -- which donated the cars (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

 From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012

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Nugget concert ends singers’ season

The West Sacramento Community Singers, in tune at a concert in December at Nugget Market in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2011 —

The West Sacramento Community Singers(WSCS) completed their fall season with a finale performance at the Nugget Market on Dec 23.

Other performances in West Sacramento were held at the local library, Grand River Villa and River Bend adult care facilities, and at the West Sac Christmas Tree Lighting event.  The Spring season begins March 4 and continues through June.  New members are welcome!  If interested, email westsacsingers@gmail.com or visit the group web site at http://www.meetup.com/West-Sacramento-Community-Singers/

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Latest robbery victim is 7-11


The 7-11 convenience market at 1552 Jefferson Boulevard was robbed Thursday night, and the suspect is still at large.

“A white male adult robbed the clerk, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing on foot,” Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today. The store is located in central West Sacramento on Jefferson close to 15th Street and Stone Boulevard.

The suspect was armed, although Steele declined to discuss further details due to the ongoing investigation.  No one was hurt during the robbery. When the crime was reported at about 9:50 p.m., there was a “pretty extensive search,” said Steele. Joining local police officers in the chase were a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Sacramento police K-9 team.

Steele said that there have been a string of robberies in West Sacramento targeting “liquor stores and gas stations.”

“Over the last two days, we’ve had five,” he reported.

So far, police don’t believe the 7-11 robbery was linked to the others, but they’re continuing to investigate all the crimes.

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