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A break from the ‘Fix 50’ headache

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 16, 2014 —

Caltrans reports that work on the first part of the “Fix 50” freeway project is going ahead of schedule, and previously-closed eastbound lanes opened up today.  That means motorists have a ten-day break with no lane closures at all through Memorial Day weekend. Then work will begin on westbound lanes.

Following is an excerpt from today’s Caltrans message:

“The Fix50 project is ahead of schedule, and motorists will get a nice break for Memorial Day Weekend when all lanes will be open. Eastbound Phase 2, which began five days early to resurface the outside lanes of Highway 50 between 18th and 24th Streets in Sacramento, will finish 6 days early on May 16.

 

  “All lanes of Highway 50 will be open to motorists for a full 10 days. Work will resume after Memorial Day Weekend so there will be no interruption for travelers over the holiday when the Sacramento Music Festival and County Fair are in town.

 

 “Caltrans would like to thank our partners for their added outreach, staff, and services that helped to increase public awareness and alleviate traffic issues,” added District Director Jody Jones. “We also thank drivers who changed their regular workday commute, or chose alternate modes of transportation. Those motorists who chose to bike commute, use light rail, bus, train, walk, carpool, and avoided unnecessary trips helped lessen the overall traffic impacts in the region.”

 

 “On Thursday evening, May 15, crews will begin the process to reopen all eastbound lanes. The change-over will begin at approximately 9 PM, and involves removing K-rail barriers, changing the sign structures, and sealing and restriping the newly completed lanes into their original configuration. The full transition will finish by 7 AM Friday morning May 16, concluding all traffic-interfering work on eastbound Highway 50 in the W-X Viaduct. There will be some finishing work to do once both phases are complete, but nothing that will require major traffic interference.”

 

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Whooo is that in the trees?

Great Horned Owl (Photo by Mary K. Hanson, Tuleyome Association)

Great Horned Owl
(Photo by Mary K. Hanson, Tuleyome Association)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 7, 2014 —

by Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome Association

I was walking with my dog through a stretch of riparian (river side) habitat in the region, and was suddenly attracted to the sound of a group of Acorn Woodpeckers, high up in the trees, having a squawking fit over something, so I went to see what the problem was.

At first, all I saw was the woodpeckers themselves.  They were in quite a tizzy, shouting their loud rasping calls as they jumped from branch to branch, flashing their wings.  I couldn’t see anything in the tree that might have been the cause of such a ruckus, however, so I looked around a bit more.  And then I spotted it.

In another tree just a few feet away was a huge Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).

Basking in the early morning sun, he swiveled his large head around, looked at me with sleepy amber-gold eyes and then proceeded to completely ignore me.  I couldn’t ignore him, though.  In fact, I think I stood there for about 20 minutes or so just watching him and taking photographs.  Great Horned Owls are one of the most easily recognizable owls in the country, but I’d never seen one this close up before.  I was mesmerized.

Sometimes called “Cat Owls” because of their ear-like tufts, Great Horned Owls occupy a wide variety of habitats in California including riparian forests, cliff sides, deserts and even residential areas. And they’re not particular about where they nest either.  These owls may take over the treetop nests of other large birds, or move into an abandoned squirrel’s nest, occupy stumps, ledges, barns and “owl boxes” or other manmade structures.

Nesting season is generally between December and July – so we’re right in the middle of it, now.  Although they only use a nesting site once in a season and don’t return to it the next year, the owls are good tenants with both parents looking after their young nestlings and one another.  Female Great Horned Owls usually lay 2 or 3 eggs in a clutch and then both parents take turns incubating them, with the male leaving the nest only to hunt down food for his mate.

Great Horned Owls have a somewhat broad diet which can sometimes include other birds (which explains why the Acorn Woodpeckers were so upset that the owl was so nearby) and prey larger than themselves, but they most often stick to mice, rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals, including skunks. Like all owls, the Great Horned Owls tend to swallow their meals whole, and then regurgitate up the indigestible parts like bones and fur in “pellet” form.  (It’s not uncommon to find complete mouse skulls in these pellets.)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to spot several of these large handsome birds in the local area – including a female in her nest above an outcropping of mistletoe — so keep an eye out for them, especially if you’re walking just before dusk when they’re heading out to hunt or just after dawn when they’re heading back to their daytime resting sites.  And remember to take lots of photos!

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Standoff at Bryte Avenue apartment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 14, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A north-city police standoff lasted several hours but ended peacefully Friday night.

The incident occurred at an apartment at 815 Bryte Avenue. Police responded when a woman called 911. A dispatcher noted that “banging and yelling” was heard in the background of the 911 call.

A pregnant woman at the scene told an officer that her live-in boyfriend had picked up something heavy inside the apartment, damaged some property, and told her “B—, now I’m going to have to kill you.”

A records check showed that suspect Adam Christopher Rudi, 31, was on searchable probation and was the subject of a restraining order. But “when officers tried to contact Rudi, he ran inside the apartment, barricaded the doors and windows with furniture, and refused to cooperate with lawful orders from officers for approximately four hours,” according to a police report.

The report also alleged:

“During this time, Rudi broke multiple windows, damaged walls and other property inside the residence. . . and threw several large heavy objects out of the windows in the direction of officers. Rudi also threatened to kill officers.”

Rudi was taken into custody without incident to conclude the standoff.

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‘Blues in the Black Box’ will benefit city preschool program

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

On May 17, “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters” are returning to the Black Box Theater for their second installment of ‘Blues in the Black Box,’ located at 1075 West Capitol Ave.

The concert is a fund raiser for the West Sacramento Learning Ladder, a preschool program that is located in the Community Center.

Support the preschool program by enjoying the blues in a local venue.

‘Broderick’ restaurant will be selling beer and wine before and during the show so guests are encouraged to arrive thirsty.

Doors open at 6:45pm, the show begins at 7:30pm and tickets are $25 and are sold at the door.

For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 916-617-5320.

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