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West Sac man dies in late-night accident

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man died in a multi-car crash following a Halloween party.

According to the CHP and local media reports, 24-year old Shane Holland was a passenger in a car involved in a crash about 1:25 a.m. on Saturday morning, at westbound I-80 near Roseville.

He was a passenger in a car that was part of a ride-share service called “Lyft.”

Driver Shanti Adhikari was driving Holland and another passenger in rainy conditions. Adhikari swerved his Camry to avoid a stalled Kia – which had been hit my another car earlier – but lost control  of the Camry, spun out and hit a tree. Holland died immediately; the other two in the car are reported to be recovering from their injuries.

The Kia had apparently been rear-ended by an unknown vehicle, causing it to spin out and stall in the middle lanes. The other car in that incident was not immediately located.

After the Camry crashed, the Kia’s driver tried to push his car off the road, but it was hit again by a pickup truck or SUV, and the driver was knocked to the ground. The pickup’s driver and a truck driver helped get those cars to the side of the road, and the Kia’s driver drove himself to the hospital for treatment for head injuries.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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River Cats: winning season comes to end without playoff berth

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

From the River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats’ (79-65) season came to an end on Monday afternoon as they fell to the Reno Aces (81-63) by a score of 2-1 in ten innings at Raley Field, failing to make the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. Reno advances to their second playoff berth in the last three years and will play the Las Vegas 51s in a five-game series in the Pacific Conference Championship starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The River Cats had an opportunity in tenth inning to do some damage with runners on first and second with one out, but an inning-ending double play by Daric Barton ended the threat and the game.

Sacramento right-handed starter Arnold Leon (10-7, 4.97 ERA) pitched admirably in the regular-season finale, giving up just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three in a no-decision. Seth Frankoff and Phil Humber each pitched a shutout inning with a strikeout.McBryde took the loss.

Peterson ended the game 2-for-4 with a run and Barton finished 1-for-3 with two walks for the River Cats.

The River Cats finished 2014 with their twelfth-consecutive winning season and 14th winning season in franchise history. Sacramento also led the Pacific Coast league in average attendance (8,578) and total attendance (617,627) for the second-straight season.

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Circus is coming to town, and so is our ticket giveaway

Alexander Lacey with the big cats at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus. The News-Ledger is giving away tickets to the show. (courtesy photo)

Alexander Lacey with the big cats at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus. The News-Ledger is giving away tickets to the show. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – SEPT 4, 2014 —

EDITOR’S UPDATE: We held the below-mentioned ticket contest on Sept. 11. Congratulations to winners Brianne Harris and Armando Gallegos! Thanks for playing!

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Sacramento next week, and the News-Ledger will be giving away some free tickets to the show.

Here’s the deal:

There will be two winners. Each winner will receive four tickets. The tickets are for reserve seats on the lower level for the performance at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento (we understand there is stuff to see before showtime, if you can arrive early).

Each ticket is valued at $25, so each winning package of four tickets is worth $100.

So how do you win?  Well, you’ll have to be both diligent and fast.

We’ll announce the opening of the contest on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheNewsLedger sometime between September 8 and September 12.

When we announce the opening of the contest, the first two people to phone us and ask us for the tickets will each win a package of four tickets.  There’s no entry fee and nothing to send in.  You just have to be one of the first two people to call us at (916) 371-8030 after we start the contest.  Be forewarned: past experience tells us the tickets will go fast — within just a few minutes!

The winner must provide his/her real name, and must make an appointment to pick up the tickets at our West Sacramento office during business hours within a day or so (they will need to bring ID with the same name).  If you can’t swing by our office during our “open” hours within a day or so of winning, then this contest may not be for you.

The winners’ names will be published here, on Facebook, and in the News-Ledger.

Interested?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page starting Monday, and put us on speed dial!

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Moby, Blondie to perform in West Sac

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Booked at the “TBD Fest’ scheduled for October 3-5 on the West Sacramento riverfront are Moby, Blondie, Empire of the Sun and dozens of other artists.

The music, arts and culture festival (formerly held in Sacramento and known as “Launch”) will come to a site on the River Walk near the Tower Bridge, where a public-private partnership is constructing an outdoor venue called The Barn.  For more information or tickets, visit www.tbdfest.com.

For info on West Sacramento’s planned “The Barn” venue, visit this earlier News-Ledger article here.

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West Sac readies for new, outdoor venue on riverfront — for farmers market, concerts, beer garden

THE BARN will include an overhead crossing of Garden Street, near the Tower Bridge and Raley Field, as well as indoor facilities.   (City of West Sacramento/artist’s rendering)

THE BARN will include an overhead crossing of Garden Street, near the Tower Bridge and Raley Field, as well as indoor facilities.
(City of West Sacramento/artist’s rendering)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 21, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council last week to approve spending about $2.6 million in “capital improvement project” funds toward a project designed to attract visitors to the city’s developing riverfront.

The contribution will help build a $5.6 million outdoor venue called “The Barn,” in conjunction with developer Mark Friedman and his Smart Growth Investors II, LLC. It’s to be built across Garden Street next to the Riverwalk trail along the Sacramento River.

The project is meant to “evoke the agricultural heritage of West Sacramento,” according to a city staff report. It includes a kitchen and meeting space and will also be operated as a beer garden when sufficient foot traffic is expected. It may also host farmers markets, concerts and other events. The facility will be operated by a vendor.

A city plan for its “Bridge District” authorizes up to $19.7 million in “backbone” improvements to Riverwalk, as well as another $46 million that could be spent on shade structures, piers, gardens, art and “distributed recreational elements.”

The city revenue is “derived from Bridge District development,” City Manager Martin Tuttle told the News-Ledger yesterday. It’s not “general fund” money earmarked for uses such as police or fire protection.

The partners plan to have “The Barn” open this October. They’ve booked “The Launch,” a three-day concert last year held in Sacramento, as an opening event.

The land is privately-owned, and the deal approved by the council includes a lease and lease-back arrangement for 30 years.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon abstained from last week’s vote. He told the News-Ledger yesterday that while he had no legal “conflict of interest” to prevent him from voting, he is planning to move to a nearby development in the Bridge District.

“I thought it was better to abstain,” he said.

The other council members present – Mark Johannessen, Chris Ledesma and Bill Kristoff – authorized city staff to finalize and sign the deal for public participation.

 

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Days are numbered for I Street Bridge

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It's at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento's "Washington" area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It’s at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento’s “Washington” area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

Plans to replace the 103-year old I Street Bridge continue to march forward.

West Sacramento’s city council voted March 5  to approve an agreement with Sacramento to move forward with preliminary engineering on a new bridge to be sited just a little to the north of the skinny old “swing” bridge.

The existing bridge lands at I Street in Sacramento and on C Street in West Sacramento With a single lane in each direction, the steel bridge often feels to motorists like it’s dangerously narrow. More than once, cars and trucks have scraped as they passed in opposite directions over the Sacramento River.

The planned new bridge site is planned to better synchronize with Sacramento’s “Railyards” project and West Sacramento’s plans for its “Washington” area. It would be a movable span with more lanes for traffic, bikes and pedestrians, and possibly a streetcar.

Sacramento and West Sacramento have agreed to contribute $350,000 each towards a preliminary engineering and environmental review. The cities have selected Mark Thomas and Company as consultant.

The cities expect federal sources to pick up most of the eventual costs of the new bridge. Earlier estimates pegged that cost at around $86 million.

“The current schedule, depending upon funding availability through Caltrans, forecasts the construction of the bridge to occur in 2019-2020,” said a recent West Sacramento city staff report.

 

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