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Human remains found near West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the discovery of some possible human remains Friday morning (Aug. 15) along the muddy riverfront of the Sacramento River near County Road 127.

A citizen noticed the teeth and a few other small bones in the area north of West Sacramento at about 11 a.m.

A sheriff’s department boat and coroner’s office investigators responded.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Yolo Fair boasts some West Sac talent

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago.  There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest. (Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago. There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest.
(Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 6, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

As Yolo’s free-admission county fair gets set to kick off next Wednesday, Marty DeAnda invites West Sacramentans to partake of its free entertainment – and maybe become part of the show.

DeAnda, born-and-raised in West Sacramento, is the Woodland fair’s entertainment director for the second year in a row. That means he is the guy in charge of booking the professional acts as well as running the “Yolo Idol” talent contest.

Opening night (August 13) will feature “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.” McGowan is a retired West Sacramento mayor and county supervisor.

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Another West Sac-oriented band is “Alincia and the Banda Velas.”

“Alincia actually won the Yolo Idol contest four years ago,” said DeAnda. “She’s an amazing singer.” Alincia and her Vela family band will play on Friday, Aug. 15.

And there’s plenty of outside talent planning to show up.

“Our talent is at even a higher level than last year,” DeAnda reports. “Cold Blood is a great band – it was the sister band of Tower of Power. Lydia Pense is the heir apparent to Janis Joplin.”

That band will hit the stage on Saturday, August 16.  It’s free to listen to Cold Blood at the fair, DeAnda notes, although “usually Cold Blood is a $30 ticket” when you catch them elsewhere.

And on Thursday, August 14, the will feature “Walking Spanish,” led by 25-year old Alex Nelson – brother of Sacramento sensation Jackie Greene. That’s also the night for Yolo Idol – an “American Idol”-style talent contest to which you are invited to try your finely-honed karaoke skills.

There’s still room for a few more entries into Yolo Idol, DeAnda said.

“I think we’re at 14 or 15 acts, and we’re only going to take 20,” he said. “There are cash prizes, and we’re also planning on giving the winner a highlighted spot on ‘Good Day Sacramento.’ It’s a great place to showcase your talent – the event usually draws 600 to a thousand spectators.”

Interested in bringing your voice (and your stage presence and your appearance) to Yolo Idol to be scored competitively? Contact DeAnda at marty@digmusic.com.

For more information about all the entertainment and other attractions at the Yolo County Fair this year, visit www.YoloFair.net. The fair runs Aug. 13-17 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Entry and most entertainment is free; rides, food and some events require a ticket purchase.

You may also call (530) 402-2222 for information.

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Yolo’s booth at state fair celebrates farms, earns a medal

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.      (Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.
(Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year, Yolo County took home a gold ribbon in the California State Fair Counties Exhibit competition, as well as a blue ribbon for ‘best content’.  With this year’s counties exhibit theme, “From (our) County to Your Table,” Yolo County is excited to feature its successful Farm to School Yolo program with a giant tomato-shaped school house, an animated school room scene, a school garden with fresh produce from local farms and an informational slideshow.

“Farm to School Yolo” is a public health and agricultural marketing initiative that is changing the way students and young people eat, think about food, and improve their health through the development of life-long healthy eating habits.  Farm to School Yolo works with all five Yolo County school districts and the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks.  The program offers an opportunity to educate students and staff on food origins, how it was grown and how to prepare it for peak flavor and nutritional value.

The program is currently funded through a three-year California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor in a press release.  “We have a lot to be proud of here in Yolo County and are pleased to be recognized by the California State Fair for telling our story in this way.”

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Yolo supervisors, sheriff agree to a joint investigation of criticisms of sheriff’s management

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto have agreed to form an “independent working group” to address internal issues in the sheriff’s office.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

  The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The resulting grand jury report this year was entitled: “Yolo County Sheriff: Leadership Practices from the Wild, Wild West.”

The new working group is charged with “completing an evaluation of the issues identified in the grand jury report, and to make recommendations where appropriate to improve the operational environment within the Sheriff’s department,” said a statement from the county.

Prieto is quoted as responding:

“It is important to me not only that the issues raised by the grand jury be fully analyzed, but also that all of the Sheriff’s department be provided an opportunity to be heard. I fully support this effort and believe it will enhance my personal commitment and the department’s commitment to excellence and the performance of our duties with increased professionalism and integrity.”

The working group will be chaired by Skip Davies, the mayor of Woodland whose term ends July 2.

In Yolo County, the office of sheriff is an elected one. Sheriffs are not hired and fired by the board of supervisors. The Sheriff/Coroner’s department runs the jail, coroner’s office, animal services department, and conducts law enforcement in Yolo County where it’s not covered by local police departments.

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