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Sac Gold wins on RCHS field

Jason Jones (at left) coming down the field to score his first of four goals in the match (Photos by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)


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The semi-pro Sacramento Gold soccer team beat the Eureka Tsunami 5-1 on Saturday, earning a spot in the North west Conference finals.

The Gold will play the Bay Area Ambassadors at 7 p.m. Sat., March 31, at the River City High stadium. Tickets are $5 (children under six free). Children in soccer uniforms also enter free.

Abrahm Prado (left) rushes the net, but the Eureka goaltender is able to grab the ball preventing a goal for the Gold. Manolo Pina (white jersey in background) looks on. (Photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

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West Sac man believed responsible for murder-suicide in Sacramento


Two men are dead after a shooting just before a scheduled model airplane club meeting at Sacramento Municipal Utility District headquarters on Feb. 21. The shooter in the apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been 73-year old Robert Gully of West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″]   According to various media reports, the victim was Gully’s former friend, 62-year old Jerome Votaw of Sacramento, who had been in a relationship with Gully’s estranged, 49-year old wife.

Gully and Votaw, both active in the club, argued in the parking lot on that Tuesday evening, before Gully pulled a gun and killed Votaw. The woman saw the shooting and fled toward the building, and Gully fired at her, missing but hitting SMUD’s glass doors.

Gully then went into the lobby, but the president of the Sacramento Area Modelers club calmed him down and talked him into walking back out. Gully shot himself as police were arriving.

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Raley Field will host high school & college games


This press release has just been released from Raley Field:

Raley Field — home to the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A Sacramento River Cats — will play host to 48 high school baseball games and one college game this spring, as part of a partnership between the River Cats, Sports Authority and Northern California high schools.

With more than 40 high schools participating in this unique partnership, this year’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field is the busiest in the program’s history. The program serves as a fundraising tool for the schools, while at the same time offering local student-athletes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the region’s largest and most recognizable ballpark. High schools are given the opportunity to sell River Cats tickets to their friends and family, with proceeds of the sales going directly to the schools’ baseball programs.

For this first time in 2012, Raley Field will play host to a Division II college baseball game as well, with Chico State and Sonoma State set to square off on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Participating high schools cover a geographic area stretching from El Dorado to Mount Shasta to Santa Rosa, and all points in between. Local Sacramento powerhouses will participate as well, highlighted by 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up Jesuit, which will face Davis at Raley Field on Friday, March 16.

The 2012 Raley Field High School Baseball Series presented by Sports Authority will culminate with the inaugural High School Showcase Games on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m. This doubleheader will feature players from all 43 participating high schools, and will give the area’s top players a chance to shine in front of college coaches and professional scouts alike.

The complete schedule for this season’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field can be found online at rivercats.com.

Public-private partnership builds rail spur for cement plant, port

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At the ribbon-cutting: West Sacramento City Councilmember Mark Johannessen, Mayor Pro Tem Oscar Villegas, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director (and program MC) Denice Seals, SACOG Executive Director Mike McKeever, Port Chair and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, City Manager Toby Ross, and Port Director Mike Luken. (Photo: Dan Harris, City of West Sacramento)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 8, 2012–

On Jan. 25, the Port of West Sacramento opened a new rail track extension that links the Port Main Terminal with the Cemex cement and aggregate facility near the Port. The 5,000 foot track segment is also capable of serving other rail customers.

Built through a public-private partnership between the City of West Sacramento, Cemex and Sierra Northern Railroad at a cost of $2 million, the extension is meant to allow easier transport of material, create new jobs and provide the Port a revenue source from additional railcar movement, according to the City of West Sacramento. Rail service is provided to the Cemex facility by Sierra Northern.

“This is an important project for the Port as it will allow multiple rail providers to serve Port users in a competitive environment and help ensure that the Cemex facility can operate at full capacity,” said Mike McGowan, chair of the Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission, in a City press release.

The project was a public-private partnership between the City of West Sacramento, Cemex, and Sierra Northern Railroad. Project funding was also supported by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and Caltrans District 3 Local Assistance.

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Sewage district sues over upgrades

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The sewage district that serves much of the region – including West Sacramento – has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento’s superior court asking for relief from new regulations that it says would force ratepayers to foot the bill for $2 billion in sewage plant improvements.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has required the district to better filter and disinfect its discharges and remove more ammonia from waste in order to protect water quality in the Delta and Bay.

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) appealed the order, but without success.
The district argues that the new measures aren’t necessary or are “not scientifically justified” by the benefits they would produce to the Delta ecosystem.

It has also said that ratepayers will see huge increases in their sewage bills if the order isn’t overturned. Connection fees for new development will also go up if the district has to upgrade its facilities, said SRCSD.

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The Oakland A’s are coming to West Sac


For the first time since 2007, the major league Oakland A’s baseball team put West Sacramento on its calendar this season.

The A’s will play the Sacramento River Cats in an exhibition game at Raley Field on March 31. Tickets will go on sale to the public for the game on Feb. 15 at Ticket Master. They will be sold as a five-game package that also includes a voucher to see the River Cats play the Stockton Ports on April 2 and three vouchers for any other 2012 River Cats game.

[adrotate group=”7″] The River Cats are the minor league, triple-A affiliate of the A’s.

Raley Field has seen a number of major league teams take the field since it opened on the West Sacramento riverfront in 2000. The River Cats have hosted the A’s in exhibition games in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007; the San Diego Padres visited twice in 2001; the Colorado Rockies played the home team in 2004; and the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners played each other in a major league exhibition game in 2003.

The River Cats have won ten division titles in the 12 seasons they have played in West Sacramento.

Former Cats who went on to play for the A’s include outfielders Nick Swisher, Eric Byrnes and C arl0s Gonzalez; infielders Jemile Weeks, Cliff Pennington and Mark Ellis; catcher Kurt Suzuki; pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Barry Zito; and coaches & managers Bob Geren, Rick Rodriguez, Tony DeFrancesco and Todd Steverson.

The River Cats’ official 2012 season begins on Friday, April 13, against the Reno Aces.

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Free at 2 p.m.? Drop in on local history session

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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —  The West Sacramento Community Center presents historian William Petite, with entertaining stories about famous people from Sacramento’s past – including Jean Harlow (“The Marilyn Monroe of her day”), Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and more. Light refreshments. The event is planned for 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. For information, call 617-4620.

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