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‘John Santos Sextet’ offers free concert on West Sac riverfront

JOHN SANTOS, five-time grammy nominee, will play on River Walk Park this Saturday. Free. (courtesy photo)

JOHN SANTOS, five-time Grammy nominee, will play on River Walk Park this Saturday. Free. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

John Santos & the John Santos Sextet will perform a free concert of Afro-Latin influenced jazz music at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20, at Riverwalk Park (seating opens at 6). The concert will be held behind the ziggurat building at 707 3rd Street.

Santos is a five-time Grammy nominee.

The concert is presented by La Raza Galeria Posada and the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bones found near West Sac were from prehistoric Native American

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

When a local citizen noticed some bones along the riverfront on August 15, a sheriff’s department boat and representatives of the Yolo County Coroner’s office responded.

The possibility of foul play had to be considered. The area near County Road 127 and West Sacramento was a possible crime scene. The partial remains had been exposed by low waters.

Several weeks later, investigators don’t have a cause of death, but they do have a very rough time frame for when the victim – probably a male – died.

The bones were left behind in prehistoric times, said Gina Moya, Chief Deputy Coroner for Yolo County.

“They were determined to be Native American,” she told the News-Ledger. “Probably 3,000-plus years old.”

That judgment came with help from the anthropology department at Chico State University.

So what happens next to the partial remains?

“We notified the Native American Heritage Commission,” said Moya.

The commission will research the history of the area and repatriate the bones to the appropriate tribe for reburial.

Moya said she wasn’t sure whether the remains were of a sole individual, or whether they were part of a Native American burying ground.

“There were ancient burial sites in West Sacramento,” she said. “Typically, the Native Americans would bury remains on top of each other, as in a burial mound.”

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Follow-up: two north-city DUI checkpoints net several citations, but no DUIs

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department has reported back on the results of a pair of checkpoints set up to catch drunk drivers and unlicensed drivers on the weekend of August 30-31.

The checkpoints were set up for about six hours beginning at 7 p.m. each night. They were announced in advance (and announced on the News-Ledger’s website at WestSac.com) but the locations were kept secret until they opened.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. reports that the Saturday checkpoint was at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. A total of 506 vehicles passed through. Four drivers were pulled over for sobriety tests. No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but three were cited for driving without a license and three more for having a suspended license.

The Sunday checkpoint was set up at Sacramento Avenue and Simon Terrace.

A total of 648 vehicles passed through. Two drivers were given field sobriety tests, but neither was arrested for DUI. Three drivers were cited for driving without a license, six for using a suspended license and one person was arrested on a warrant.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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