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Cache Creek: a wilderness nearby


By Sara D. Husby-Good
Executive Director of Tuleyome

Did you know that the Cache Creek River and the Cache Creek Natural Area is right in your own back yard?  Just a quick 50 mile hop, skip, and a jump in the car and you could soon find yourself immersed in an area rich in natural wonder and excellent outdoor recreation.

Bald Eagle at Cache Creek (Photo by Andrew Fulks)

The Cache Creek Natural Area is made up of over 70,000 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management 4,700 acres of State and County public land.  Of the 70,000 acres of secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral, on BLM public lands, 27,245 acres was put into permanent protection as Wilderness in 2006 under Congressman Mike Thompson’s Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act.

The Cache Creek Natural Area is also home to one of the largest wintering habitats for bald eagles.  From mid-October  till mid-April you can discover the bald eagles soaring above, feeding on catfish and carp from the Cache Creek River, or nesting in trees high above your heads.  And if you keep an eye out on hillsides, near brushy cover you might be able to see Tule elk and blacktail deer.  You may also be able to spot a river otter under the Highway 20 Bridge if you have a bit of patience.

The Cache Creek River flows year round through this magnificent natural area and is a tributary to the Sacramento River.  In 2005, led by local group Tuleyome, AB 1328 was introduced by then Assembly member Lois Wolk to designate a portion of Cache Creek as a California Wild and Scenic River.

But the Cache Creek River also has a history with hydrology.  The Cache Creek Dam on the Main Fork of Cache Creek, about five miles downstream from Clear Lake, was built to increase Clear Lake’s capacity and to regulate outflow for downstream users of Cache Creek water.  While the Indian Valley Dam on the North Fork of Cache Creek forms Indian Valley Reservoir. The dam’s primary purpose is water storage for irrigation, but a 3.3 MW hydroelectric plant was built to take advantage of the falling water.  When water is released from the dams during the summertime, the Cache Creek River is an ideal spot for kayaking, canoeing, or rafting down the river.

  But everything I just told you are facts.  What about the story behind the Cache Creek Natural Area and the Cache Creek River?

Did you know that the Cache Creek River was named by the Hudson Bay Company, trappers who caught furs along the Sacramento River and other tributaries?  The original name given by the Hudson Bay Company was Rivière la Cache.  Or did you know that gravel mining has taken place up and down Cache Creek and innovative projects like the Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve emerged out of struggles over whether and how much to mine out of the river?

Want to learn more about how local history and ecology intersect?  Then I suggest attending one of the Restore/Restory project presentations on Nov 8 or 9.  Restore/Restory explores the different social, cultural, and environmental histories of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve through the voices of a wide range of Yolo County residents. The project involved over 200 Yolo County people in a collaborative effort to chronicle our diverse and changing demographics, traditions and relationships with the land. Collectively, they a wide array of media art work that you can explore at restorerestory.org. Restore/Restory is a project of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change in collaboration with the Cache Creek Conservancy.  For more information on upcoming presentations please go to http://artofregionalchange.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=1070) .

A stretch of the Cache Creek wilderness (photo by Jim Rose, Tuleyome)

But also take the opportunity to get out and create your own stories and adventures in the Cache Creek Natural Area with your friends and family.  Year round the region offers adventures suited for everyone.  The Cache Creek Region offers hiking, fishing, hunting, equestrian usage, birding, and a great opportunity to see rare wildflowers.  For more information on outdoor hiking and paddle guides please check out Tuleyome Trails at www.Tuleyome.org.

  “Tuleyome Tales” news features are produced by Tuleyome , a regional conservation organization based in Woodland.  Sara Husby-Good is the Executive Director.  You can learn more at www.tuleyome.org

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Thanksgiving lunch for seniors


Seniors are invited to a Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. at the community center (1075 West Capitol Avenue.). $8, catered by Rayna’s Gourmet Catering.

The turkey lunch will be followed by pumpkin pie and live music. Call 617-4620 for information.

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New courthouse: price cut, bonds ready

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —


Construction of the new Yolo Superior Courthouse in Woodland received a green light late October when the State Treasurer completed sale of $133.8 million in lease-revenue construction bonds. The bonds will be repaid over a 25-year period through court user fees and penalties and without the use of any State General Fund monies.

ARTIST’S RENDERING OF THE PLANNED NEW COURTHOUSE. The design is intended to evoke the classical lines of the current Yolo County courthouse on Court Street in Woodland.

“Over the past two years, many people from the Yolo Court, State agencies, Woodland City Council and staff, and private businesses have devoted extraordinary efforts and time to help us reach the point where, barring unforeseen circumstances, construction of a new courthouse for the Yolo Superior Court will begin in the Spring of 2013.  All judges on the Yolo Superior Court are sincerely grateful to those who contributed to this collaborative process” stated Presiding Judge Steve Basha in a press release.

  The project now proceeds to subcontractor bidding, which will be conducted by Hensel Phelps Construction Co., the project’s construction manager.  Hensel Phelps will issue prequalification guidelines and conduct outreach workshops with the Department of General Services for local subcontractors, to ensure that all qualified subcontractors have the opportunity to participate in the bidding.  That process is anticipated to begin in the coming months and notice will be publically announced at that time.

The project is scheduled to start construction in early 2013, with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.  A ceremonial groundbreaking will be scheduled soon.
The Yolo Courthouse project survived several rounds of cost-cutting to keep the project alive.  The project team, consisting of members from the Yolo Superior Court, the State Administrative Office of the Courts, the project architects, and the construction manager, proposed changes that not only met but exceeded the cost-reduction mandates set earlier in the year by the Judicial Council.  In all, the construction budget was reduced by more than $9 million. The team worked to create a well-constructed building while using the latest in cost-savings materials and techniques.

“Even with the cost reductions we achieved, this will be a state-of-the-art building that will meet safety, security, and access requirements as well as being a building that will have the stature and distinguishing characteristics of a courthouse” said Presiding Judge Basha.  The new courthouse will be a five-story, 14-courtroom structure located in downtown Woodland between Fifth and Sixth Streets at 1000 Main Street. It will consolidate seven unsafe and overcrowded court facilities under one roof, improving access to justice for all Yolo County residents.

Designed by architects Fentress Architects and Dreyfuss and Blackford of Sacramento, the new Courthouse design features a four-column portico entryway reminiscent of the elegant lines of the old historic Courthouse. The design incorporates many sustainability features and includes numerous energy-saving features that will make the new Courthouse more economical to operate over time.

More information about the new courthouse is available at www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-yolo.htm

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Drive-thru food drop-off today at Whitey’s


Whitey’s Jolly Kone is hosting a “Drive Thru Canned Food Drive” benefiting Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Out of the Box Ministries, and the Christmas Basket Project.

  Bring your donations to Whitey’s Jolly Kone at 1300 Jefferson Blvd on Sunday, November 11, anytime between 10am – 3pm.

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‘Police Log’: West Sac crime reports


  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports. This feature comes from the News-Ledger newspaper in West Sacramento. To make sure to see it every week, subscribe to the newspaper for only $20/year: a special offer can be found at the bottom of this article.

Nov. 2, 7:33 a.m.
A religious-based social service agency reported someone smeared feces on the front door of their Andrew Street facility.

Nov. 2, 4:25 p.m.
A $3,000 bike was reported stolen from a 2nd Street location.

Nov. 2, 5:04 p.m.
A man reported that he left his motorized beach cruiser-style bicycle parked outside a 6th Street market while he went out to shop, and “when he came out, it was gone.”

Nov. 2, 8:17 p.m.
A witness said a man and woman were in a domestic dispute at a nearby Merkley Avenue apartment, and the man had “thrown (his) dinner out the door.”

Nov. 2, 11:15 p.m.
A shot was fired during a domestic dispute on Aruba Street. According to an arrest report, a 51-year old woman and a man were in an argument. At one point, she threatened him with a 9 mm handgun. He left the room, came back, and took it away.
Later while he was trying to sleep, the woman came into the room he was in, entered a closet, and produced another gun – a revolver that the man hadn’t known about. She allegedly told him, “I don’t care if I go to jail, I’m not afraid of you.”
One round was fired, missing the man – and the man later said he did not know if she fired the gun intentionally. She left the scene in a car, but police detained and arrested her shortly afterward at the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Higgins Road.

Nov. 3, 2:12 a.m.
A resident called 911 to complain that a loud party was still going on at a Sacramento Avenue address, and added that “if (police) are not there in 10 minutes, he was going to go there with a bat and quiet them himself.”

Nov. 3, 3:48 a.m.
Staff at a Stillwater Road hotel reported that guests in two rooms “are being loud, jumping on beds, and talking loudly.” The guests would not respond to complaints and requests to quiet down.

Nov. 3, 3:53 a.m.
A caller reported that a car hit a house on the 1900-block of Manzanita, and someone received a facial injury from the accident.

Nov. 3, 8:58 a.m.
A boat went into the water near a Port of West Sacramento boat club – along with the trailer it was sitting on and the truck that was towing the trailer. The “subjects that did this” are still on scene, police were told.

Nov. 3, 9:46 a.m.
A Summerfield Drive resident reported someone had vandalized some plants in the yard – part of an ongoing problem.

Nov. 3, 10:33 a.m.
Four laptops cabled and locked to a table were stolen from a Riverside Parkway trade school during the night.

Nov. 3, 10:52 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court retail store reported it had a “cooperative” embezzling suspect in custody. The 20-year old Sacramento man worked as a cashier, and was accused of helping himself to $300 from the till.

Nov. 3, 11:20 a.m.
A witnss said that three people at a 2nd Street residence “have been doing meth all night,” and one of them – a woman – had a gun.

Nov. 3, 11:41 a.m.
A resident of Jacquelyn Lane said a 25-year old man had “arrived in a vehicle and was now walking his dog in the area,”, and the resident “feels he doesn’t belong and wants him contacted.” The suspicious subject was black.

Nov. 3, 11:53 a.m.
A resident of Washington Place reported having returned home to find a $2,200 mountain bike stolen from the backyard.

Nov. 3, 2:09 p.m.
During a fight between two sisters-in-law, one assaulted the other by slapping her and clawing her face.

Nov. 3, 2:16 p.m.
A Southport woman reported she and her husband were getting a divorce, and they had been arguing about cheating. She wanted police to check the man’s truck parked outside “for his having one pound of marijuana in the vehicle.”

Nov. 3, 4:49 p.m.
A caller from Fillmore Place said that about 15 minutes earlier, “approximately six teenagers came by on foot and shot up (his or her) residence with paintball guns.” The resident “was hit by some paintballs and has welts.”

Nov. 3, 7:02 p.m.
A caller from Todhunter Ave. said he or she had been about to buy a 1998 Ford Explorer, but then “found out it was stolen.”

Nov. 3, 9:42 p.m.
A juvenile called police to report that the juvenile’s mother and her boyfriend were in a physical fight at their north-area home.

Nov. 3, 11:35 p.m.
A man reported seeing two or three juveniles run away from a tipped-over radar speed-display at the corner of Maryland Court and Stone Boulevard. The youths went into a nearby home.

Nov. 3, 6:18 p.m.
Neighbors at a mobilehome park on the 2200-block of West Capitol complained about a very intoxicated man who was yelling at children. Police contacted him, and found that he had slurred speech, poor gait and other signs of intoxication. They arrested him, finding suspected methamphetamine in a napkin in his front pocket. The man defecated himself. He was jailed.

Nov. 4, 1:06 a.m.
A caller from a motel on the 1000-block of West Capitol said some gang members in two rooms there were hosting a wanted “parolee at large.” The man said they apparently knew he called police about the parolee, and he feared “they are going to retaliate since they were standing in front of his residence pointing at him.”

Nov. 4, 1:59 a.m.
A woman in the north-city said her ex-husband tried to get into her house, and “while he was there he slashed her tires.” When she went outside, he kicked her in the leg, she said.

Nov. 4, 2:14 a.m.
A woman in central West Sacramento reported her ex-husband had threatened her over the phone, “saying he is going to shoot (her) in the back of the head with a 9 mm in his glovebox.”

Nov. 4, 4 a.m.
The owner of a 48-foot boat stored on Sacramento Avenue said squatters were apparently inside it. He could see lights inside and the “boat is moving around.”

Nov. 4, 11:24 a.m.
At a fast food restaurant on the 1700-block of West Capitol: A “subject outside urinated on the building and is now refusing to leave.”

Nov. 4, 11:27 a.m.
A church on Manzanita Way said there was a woman laying down in a parking spot, “awake and breathing but not speaking” to the church representative. The woman possibly had mental health issues.

Nov. 4, 11:57 a.m.
Something was on fire in a field behind a Hearst Street home; the neighbor thought it might be some logs.

Nov. 4, 12:43 p.m.
A city employee discovered someone had burglarized some buildings in a city maintenance facility on South River Road. It was still unknown what had been taken.

Nov. 4, 1:11 p.m.
A Williams Street resident complained that a neighbor sometimes trespasses and steals lemons.

Nov. 4, 1:33 p.m.
A citizen said that near Linden Road and Mojave Drive, there were two men in a possibly-gray older Mustang, “speeding and doing donuts and causing lots of smoke from the tires.”

Nov. 4, 1:40 p.m.
A witness reported an incident on 2nd Street in which somebody sprayed pepper-spray into the eyes of a man in his 20s.

Nov. 4, 2:21 p.m.
A citizen called police, reporting that a man and woman threatened him or her, claiming he or she stole an Indian statue.

Nov. 4, 4:22 p.m.
A Westacre Road woman said she had lent her 1993 Saturn to a man on Friday so he could take his friends home. He never returned, and neither has her car or her prescription drugs.

Nov. 4, 5:39 p.m.
Three “known taggers” (graffiti artists) were seen on the grounds of a rock company at 5th Street and Mill Street.

Nov. 4, 7:08 p.m.
A caller from a supermarket on West Capitol said there was a “white Ford Explorer in the parking lot, blaring profane music.” The driver “was possibly part of the (supermarket) strike, but (it was) unknown for sure.” The caller asked police to quiet the truck down.

Nov. 4, 7:49 p.m.
A witness said two male subjects were doing drugs – possibly marijuana – near the Little League snack bar at a Euclid Street park.

Nov. 4, 11:32 p.m.
A man called 911, saying “suspects pulled a knife on him and are now following him.” The caller’s phone then disconnected and dispatchers couldn’t reach him.

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Democrats honor John Ohlson

ABOVE: John Ohlson (front & center) with Democratic club members Joyce Miller, Billi Hanlon, Helen Smith, Charlotte Dorsey, Jim Brewer, Lana Paulhamus, Glennda Campos and Louie Campos (News-Ledger photo)


The local River City Democratic Club presented West Sacramento’s John Ohlson with a plaque and a cake last month, in honor of his decades of service to the party’s work.

“Others deserve it more,” Ohlson commented at the presentation.

He and his late wife, Grace Ohlson, have long been active in Democratic issues as well as West Sacramento civic issues. The ceremony was held at the home of the 90-plus year old resident.

In his honor, the Democrats made a contribution to the American Civil Liberties Union “to fight vote suppression.”

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Sign up today for free holiday meal


The Food Bank of Yolo County plans to distribute 1,500 free Thanksgiving Meals this year. Distribution in West Sacramento will be on Nov. 17.

Sign up by today — Friday, Nov. 9 — by calling (530) 668-0648.

  Those who sign up too late for the Thanksgiving meals will automatically be registered to receive holiday food at Christmas in December. Meals include a turkey, fresh produce and non-perishable goods. The program started with a donation from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Community Fund in 2011.

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