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Skydiving accident at Yolo airport kills jumper from Lodi


A skydiving accident near Davis on Saturday killed an experienced, 23-year old skydiver.

Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies responded at about 6 p.m. on August 24 to the Sky Dance facility at the Yolo County Airport.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver approximately one mile southeast of the Sky Dance drop zone,” reported Persons in a press statement. “His canopy and harness were also located, one mile northeast of the drop zone. At this point in the investigation, it is unknown how the victim became detached from his skydiving gear.”

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department released the identity of the victim: Andrew Todd Cofer, of Lodi. (An earlier report that Cofer was from San Jose was based on an address on Cofer’s driver’s license). Witnesses said Cofer was an experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

An autopsy performed Monday showed that Cofer died from “multiple blunt force trauma, with fractures,” Persons told the News-Ledger. The manner of death — how Cofer came to be completely separated from his harness and chute — is still under investigation.

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Tomatoes again lead Yolo’s cash crops — but can you guess the next top 5?


From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

Last week, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2012 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2012.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2012 was $645,766,504; an all-time high and an increase of 17.5% from 2011.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young, in a press release.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.  When the multiplier effect of related industries is considered, agriculture contributes well over $1.5 billion to the economy of Yolo County.”

Processing tomatoes remain Yolo County’s lead  ing commodity with a gross value of $111,566,739, up from $106,792,881 in 2011. Although harvested acres were fewer than in 2011, the commodity increased in value due to a slightly increased price for the 2012 cropping season.

Wine grapes, rice, alfalfa hay and walnuts remain in the top five commodities according to gross value, with wine grapes moving to the number two position ahead of rice.  Almonds edged into sixth position in gross value ahead of organic production.  Nevertheless, the gross value of organic production increased by nearly 33% to just over $40,000,000 for 2012.  Field corn, sunflower seed and wheat round out the top ten commodities for 2012.

For more information on the acreage, production and gross valuation of agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2012, visit: www.yolocounty.org > Departments > Agriculture and Weights & Measures) or contact the Yolo County Agriculture Department at (530) 666-8140.

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‘Fun Barn’ at fair attracts kids

LILY ANDERSEN -- then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011. (Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

LILY ANDERSEN — then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011.
(Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)


What’s not to like for kids, when the “Fun Barn” is in town at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland today through Aug.18?

Free stuff, arts and crafts, and fun science projects abound at the Family Fun Barn.  Daily themes range from “picnics” to “beaches” to “camp” and “backyard” fun. Parents like it too because its family-friendly and offers a place to relax between all the walking and other Fair activities.Always entertaining specialty crafts include “glow bugs,” “pool noodle art,” “charming necklaces,” “crab hats,” “lightning bugs” and “homemade Kaleidoscopes.”  Children delight in the hands-on science activities including “edible finger paints,” “no cook play dough,” and “moldable sand art.”

The Family Fun Barn is sponsored by Woodland Healthcare .Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts. Through the financial support of Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain volunteers are given a free parking pass for helping out.  To volunteer, go to www.yolokids.org or call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558.

For information on the fair in general, visit www.yolocountyfair.net.

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Why your kids need their shots before school, & how to get them



Although the long, warm days of summer are still upon us, the time is ripe for parents to prepare their youngsters for the first day of school.  For most Yolo County children, the big day is just weeks away.  On that morning, not only will children need a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast to ensure success, they will also need to be fully immunized.  California state law requires that all children attending school receive their shots.  Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer encourages parents to make sure their children are fully immunized now, before classes start.

“Childhood immunizations are one of the best ways that a parent can assure good health for their child,” said Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer, in a county press release.  “As families plan the final vacation trips and gatherings of summer, make sure to include time for a visit to your clinic or medical provider for needed check-ups and immunizations.  Your healthcare provider will make sure that your child is up to date on required immunizations for school, including an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) for incoming 7th graders.”

Schools are required to verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all shots and boosters are completed before entry to kindergarten and 7th grade.  The only exceptions are those with a medical condition in which their doctor has determined puts the child at risk for vaccine-related complications, or parents with a personal or religious belief which prohibits them from vaccinating their child.  Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot.  Kindergarten boosters for DTaP, polio and MMR are given at 4 or 5 years of age.  Last school year, 91% percent of Yolo County kindergartners were fully immunized.   For students entering 7th grade, 97% had received the whooping cough (pertussis) booster before starting school.

If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, the Yolo County Health Department can give parents information about which local healthcare providers offer free or low-cost immunizations.  Call the Yolo County Child Health Disability Prevention Program at (530) 666-8249 for help finding a provider.  In addition, the Health Department offers a children’s immunization clinic for families that qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.  Children that have no health insurance to pay for their immunizations, or who are on Medi-Cal, are eligible to receive shots from the Health Department.  The clinic schedule can be found at www.yolohealth.org or call (530) 666-8562.

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