5-year-old girl to join West Sacramento’s Cub Scout Pack 49

5-year-old girl to join West Sacramento’s Cub Scout Pack 49

By Lance Armstrong On the heels of the announcement from the Boy Scouts of America that girls can now join the ranks with the boys, West Sacramento’s cub scout pack is welcoming More »

Sacramento Harvest Festival features plethora of local artists and craftspeople

Sacramento Harvest Festival features plethora of local artists and craftspeople

West Sacramento henna artist Renu Lal to offer “Prayers You Wear” at local festival The Harvest Festival is known as the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast, showcasing More »

Elementary Students Plan, Pack, and Protect as Part of California Flood Preparedness Week

Elementary Students Plan, Pack, and Protect as Part of California Flood Preparedness Week

By Monica Stark “Plan, pack, protect. Plan, pack, protect.” Repeating the chant third graders at Stonegate Elementary School demonstrated their knowledge of flood preparedness in front of city officials, members of the More »


First dentist of West Sacramento passes away at age 96

By Daniel Wilson

The first dentist to ever practice in the West Sacramento region Dr. Oliver E. Quam died on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Auburn. He was 96 years old. Quam, who was born on Nov. 6, 1920, the youngest of 10 children, died of natural causes and old age, according to members of his family.
Quam, who friends and family called Ollie, short for Oliver, moved from his family farm in Minnesota to West Sacramento in the 1950s after serving in the Navy, according to his official obituary, published in the Auburn Journal on May 23, and information provided by the family. Quam earned his degree in dental from the University of Minnesota and then travelled to San Francisco with several friends from the military where they took their medical license exams. He then established his dental practice in the heart of West Sacramento some 30 years before it officially became a city.
After a brief stint in the building across from the city library, the medical office moved to the Pioneer Building at 1035 Jefferson Blvd. where it remained for more than 30 years until Quam retired in the mid-80s and the building was sold.
Upon retirement, Quam dedicated his time to his true passion of gardening. He owned 8.9 acres of farm land in Auburn, which he called “Tooth Achers,” a play on the word “acres.” Quam is survived by his wife of 39 years Jeanne Quam, his children Nancy L. Quam-Wickham, Jean M. Nakano (Ron) and David M. Quam; his children by marriage John R. Boese, Charles R. Boese (Sue), Michael C. Boese (Diane), Pam M. Card (Joe) and Cara J. Wefers (Patrick); his grandchildren Laura Wong (EJ), Claire Quam-Wickham (Ben), Lindsey Nakano, Thomas Nakano and Rose Quam-Wickham; his grandchildren by marriage Ryan Boese (Shannon), Woody Boese (Kyrie), Nicolas Card (Jaci), Lisa Boese (Michael), Michael Boese, Grayson Boese, Dawson Boese, Jae Wefers; and his great-grandchildren by marriage Cova, Maverick, Vera, Oliver, Kane and Bristin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service was held on May 24 at the First Congressional Church of Auburn and featured a remembrance by the Navy Honor Guard among presentations, music and speeches from family and friends.
Three of the grandchildren Laura Wong, Lindsey Nakano and Tom Nakano prepared a list of fun facts and information about their grandfather and read it during the celebration. “He had a positive attitude and was realistic and pragmatic when it came to problem solving,” the grandchildren said. “His optimism, the way he took his declining health in stride, is an inspiration that we admire and hope to follow.”
The family consensus is that everyone enjoyed Quam’s knack for growing the most delicious produce they’ve ever tasted. Another statement from the grandchildren reads: “He generously shared his regular bounty of fresh-picked mandarins, peaches, tomatoes and countless other fruits and vegetables of his labor, the rewards of his hard work, and dedication to the care of his land. He definitely loved his land. More than that, he loved working his land.” Quam’s son-in-law and local real estate broker Ron Nakano, who added that the farm land is now being maintained by Quam’s widow, agreed, saying that nowhere else can you find juicier produce. He said that he would often ask Quam if he ever wanted to go back to dentistry and that Quam would tell him he loved dentistry but that he was truly happy on the farm.
“He had the sweetest fruit, ya know,” said Nakano. “Ya know, he just had the sweetest peaches, right? I mean, you bite into a sweet peach on a hot summer day, that’s just like something you’ll always remember for the rest of your life. It’s the kind of peaches and the plums and the fruit, it’s the kind that you have to bend over and let it just drip onto the ground.” Nakano said a conversation with Quam shortly before he died convinced him that Quam was happy and had accepted that it was his time to go.
“He goes, ‘Ya know, Ron, I thank God for my life and I’m really happy. I lived a good life and I thank God for it.’ That’s what he said,” Nakano explained. “He lived 96 years and he’s happy, ya know. He was content with passing away.” The family’s program for their celebration of life ends with a quote from Quam, saying “Old gardeners never die, they just spade away,” which they say is the perfect way to commemorate Quam’s passion and personality.

Delta winery, Bogle Vineyards, planted vines inside Raley Field

By Monica Stark

The Sacramento River Cats and Bogle Vineyards have teamed up to install the country’s first-ever wine grape vineyard inside a professional sports stadium on Thursday, May 25. A special planting ceremony was held as the two organizations planted the first grape vines inside the all-new Bogle Vineyard at Raley Field.

1.jpgThe vineyard project started just over a month ago with Raley Field clearing out the space and prepping the ground. The vines went in May 20-21 with Thursday, May 25 being the official unveiling.

The grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon and there are 27 vines that have been planted over roughly an 85 foot by 16 foot space. Once the grapes are ready to be picked, which is likely to be 2019, Bogle will harvest the grapes and age them in American Oak. The vineyard will produce about one barrel of wine, or 288 bottles.

If the quality of the grapes meet Bogle’s high standards of quality, spokesperson Robert Barsanti said, “we’re likely to do a special “Raley Field” bottle of the wine, much like one of Bogle’s reserves.”

“Baseball and wine have been a part of the Sacramento community dating back to the 1800s. Planting a vineyard inside Raley Field is a perfect tie back to our region’s longstanding farming traditions along the Sacramento River,” said Jeff Savage, President of the Sacramento River Cats.

The vineyard is an active, living vineyard and will be cared for just like Bogle’s other 1,600 acres of estate vineyards. The care will be provided by Bogle themselves – who will make regular visits to the ballpark – and the Raley Field Ground Crew, Barsanti said.

“The Bogle family first planted wine grapes in Clarksburg in 1968 and today we are thrilled to carry on that tradition of firsts by planting a vineyard inside one of the finest baseball venues in the country,” said Warren Bogle, President of Bogle Vineyards. “We are grateful to the Savage family and the River Cats for allowing us to create a living vineyard that truly exemplifies Sacramento region’s farm-to-fork movement.”

Bogle Vineyards, a sustainably driven winery located in Clarksburg, is owned and operated by the sixth generation of Bogles to live and work in the Sacramento Delta region. While Bogle wines are sold in various arenas throughout the country, this is the first time the family has planted its own vines in a professional sports stadium.

Earth Day celebrated in West Sacramento with fifth annual festival

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Neighbors and friends gathered at city hall on Sunday, April 23 for the Fifth Annual West Sacramento Earth Day Festival. Treated to vendors offering information on resource and money saving home improvements that help protect the environment, to fun activities for the kids, the event had something for everyone. Meanwhile, staff from the California Fuel Cell Partnership showcased the 2017 Honda Clarity FCEV.

Wildlife Conservation Receives Public Funding at Elliott Ranch

By Jan Dalske

In June of 2016, a California state agency, the Delta Conservancy, awarded the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) a grant of $380,000. The money will be used to implement a habitat enhancement project for the state-listed Swainson’s hawk. The future habitat for this endangered species is Elliott Ranch, in West Sacramento, near the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The Swainson’s hawk is not the only species that will benefit from this grant. The ranch will meet its conservation goals while keeping the land planted with productive agriculture. The result will provide a beneficial impact on the local agriculture economy.
The grant is part of California’s public water bond funding which is managed by the Delta Conservancy to restore wildlife habitats in the Central Valley. The Elliott Ranch project will enhance the Swainson’s hawk habitat on 300 acres. The project will expand the hawks’ hunting grounds by restoring a habitat for their prey and converting existing crops to a bird-friendly pasture.
Our farms and ranches, America’s private lands, provide the greatest potential for conservation and management of species like the Swainson’s hawk. Improved accounting tools are being used to demonstrate the value of habitat on working lands. They can help to target areas that have the greatest potential for restoration.
A habitat quantification tool (HQT) which was designed by the EDF and local stakeholders is central to the project. The information obtained will be used to test how the HQT can be used for future restoration or future landowner incentive programs. It measures the impacts of wildlife habitat and the benefits that have been created.
The Yolo Habitat Conservancy, a group that is a partner in the project, will benefit by testing how the HQT can be used for future restoration or landowner incentive programs. The use of public funds can improve restoration projects and obtain the highest environmental return on that investment.
The Swainson’s hawk HQT will measure both habitat quantity and quality. The quality will be based on three attributes: nesting habitat, foraging habitat, and suitability of habitat within the landscape. These habitat attributes will be scored, weighted and combined into a single overall habitat quality score. This score will reflect a consideration of both the project area and the surrounding landscape.
Additional lessons can be learned from the Elliott Ranch project. The ranch will be able to meet its conservation goals while it keeps the land in productive agriculture while providing a positive example for the local agriculture economy.
With the application of the HQT on this site, a multi-species assessment will be used. This single property could be used to assess a variety of species including riparian songbirds, giant garter snakes and Chinook salmon. And in the future the criteria for assessing the habitat for monarch butterfly could be included.
The state of California, as the Delta Conservancy, EDF and various other partners have demonstrated how the use of public funds can be used to target restoration funds for those projects that will offer the highest environmental return on the investment.