Tag Archives: local news

RC player signs ‘letter of intent’

JORDAN LIGONS gives the thumbs-up after signing a letter of intent to play with a Southern California university next year (all photos are courtesy of Memories for Generations by De'Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 9, 2012 —

Jordan Ligons, a standout guard on the River City High School basketball team and an honor student to boot, shows her feelings after signing a letter of intent to attend Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego next fall. She signed at a ceremony at RCHS on Thursday.

[adrotate group=”9″]

 

Jordan (front, left of center) with her 2011-12 teammates -- they won the first-ever RCHS league title this year. Jordan also has a 3.86 grade point average and was editor of the school newspaper. She’s also an excellent role model, reports Coach Jaime King. She will receive a scholarship.

 

Jordan Ligons (second from left) flanked by her West Sacramento parents and with Coach Jaimie King (right)

 

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

  Yes, you can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper.  It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

[adrotate group=”4″]

 

Food giveaway on Tuesday in West Sac

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food to West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, May 15. The event will take place from 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Drive; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Where the Delta came from

SEABIRDS on a flooded Delta Island (courtesy of Tuleyome)

GUEST COMMENTARY FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 9, 2012 —

By Glen Holstein
Tuleyome Organization

Fifteen thousand years ago what became California had no Delta and was in a very different world in which much of North America and Europe were covered by vast continental ice sheets.  By then people occupied most of the eastern hemisphere but few, if any, had yet reached the Americas.

Then what is now central California’s coastline was 26 miles west of its present location.  The Farallons were then not islands but coastal headlands overlooking an open ocean dropping abruptly to great depths.  What is now the continental shelf was a vast dry land plain bisected by an ancestral Sacramento River swollen to great volume by melting glaciers then widespread in the Sierra Nevada.  It entered the Pacific south of the Farallons and flowed through the Coast Range 300 feet below present water level in deep canyons at what are now the Golden Gate and Carquinez Strait.

The climate then along the lower Sacramento was much like the present coast of southern Alaska and British Columbia, but the world was warming.  The great continental ice sheets began retreating, and their meltwater caused seas to rise everywhere.  By ten thousand years ago they neared the present shoreline and by eight thousand had entered the Golden Gate.

[adrotate group=”7″]   People were definitely in what would become California by then and had established villages in a broad valley just inside the outermost Coast Range ridge.  Soon, however, rising seas following the ancestral Sacramento River’s channel inland completely flooded their valley and created what later arrivals would call San Francisco Bay.  Inexorably seas pushed farther inland flooding more valleys and creating new bays like San Pablo and Suisun until they finally stopped near the present Montezuma Hills five thousand years ago.

There freshwater flowing downstream from the Sierras and Cascades through the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers met seawater flowing inland through the Golden Gate.  They mixed some, but the freshwater mostly flowed outward some distance in a shallow lens above the heavier salt water, which also acted as a hydraulic dam to stop most river flow at the Montezuma Hills and cause freshwater to backup and flood a vast area in the lowest part of the Central Valley.

This flooding starting just five thousand years ago created California’s Delta.  Because sea level rise was gradual, the flooded area always remained very shallow beyond the deeper river channels and became covered by tall marsh plants called tules.  Seas still slowly rose, though, and freshwater in the flooded Delta area also did just slowly enough for each new tule generation to grow on the last’s flooded remains.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Eventually the latest tule generation grew on many feet of ancestral organic remains which became the Delta’s famous peat soil.  A similar process in the same time period north of East Anglia created England’s famous Fenlands and provided the term fen for similar wetlands around the world.  Consequently the Delta is California’s largest fen and one of the largest in the world.

What happened to it next is another tale.

  Dr. Glen Holstein received his PhD in Botany from UC Davis and is a Senior Scientist with Zentner and Zentner, a local biological consulting company. Glen is Chapter Botanist for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society , represents that Chapter at Habitat 2020 and was the California Prairie spokesman at its Wildflower Weekend in April , 2005 . He’s also on the Board of Tuleyome, a non-profit organization working to protect the wild and agricultural heritage of California’s Inner Coast Range and Western Sacramento Valley.

Your old books & DVDs can help

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library need your donation of gently-used books, DVDs and magazines for their book sales alcove and sale event. Drop off your donations at the bin outside the north wall of the library, at 1212 Merkley Avenue. Sale proceeds benefit library programs.

For information, call 375-6465 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

  Yes, you can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper.  It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012