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Solar Program Community Reception at the City of West Sacramento's Civic Center Galleria

Solar Program Community Reception at the City of West Sacramento's Civic Center Galleria

Hosted by the City of West Sacramento and GRID Alternatives.

Give your family the gift of solar! The first 20 qualified applicants may receive a solar system at no cost to them in 2015.

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit and a licensed contractor providing turnkey solar services exclusively to low-income households through a statewide solar rebate program they administer under the California Public Utilities Commission. The non-profit has installed more than 4,700 solar systems in California, and is currently accepting applications for their low- to no-cost solar program in the City of West Sacramento for 2015.

Yolo County hazardous waste facility observes Thanksgiving holiday

Yolo County hazardous waste facility observes Thanksgiving holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the collection of household hazardous waste will not occur at the Yolo County Central Landfill’s Hazardous Waste Facility on Friday, November 28.

With the exception of this date, the Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management holds weekly collection of household hazardous waste at the landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   The facility will be open the Friday and Saturday directly following both the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. 

During the holidays many generate more waste and are busier than normal.  To encourage residents to properly dispose of their household hazardous waste, the Division of Integrated Waste Management will be handing out 2015 Recycling Calendars to all residents bringing in hazardous waste after Christmas. 

America Recycles Day in Yolo County November 15

America Recycles Day in Yolo County November 15

November 15, 2014 is designated as America Recycles Day.  To participate, along with thousands of other local organizers holding recycling events across the country, Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling and used oil filter exchange on Saturday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Esparto Recycling & Transfer Station, located at 27075 County Road 19A in Esparto.

“Recyclable items that we use every day are recoverable resources that can be manufactured into new and valuable products,” said Yolo County Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director Taro Echiburú.  “Together, we can reduce the billions of dollars’ worth of materials thrown away each year, and work to give that tire or oil filter another life through recycling.”

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services. 

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health will merge with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.  For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain in its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  In 2015, it will join Planning and Building, located at 292 W. Beamer Street in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

"Deadheading at Dusk" at the Old City Cemetery

"Deadheading at Dusk" at the Old City Cemetery

Come join us in the beautiful Old City Cemetery’s Historic Rose Garden for an early evening hands-on event on Monday, May 5th @ 6:30 pm. We will be removing spent blooms from the many rosebushes and tidying up the garden which encourages repeat blooming of the roses in our treasured Historic Rose Garden.

Tools and training will be provided and light refreshments will be served.

Workshops are free, however, donations are appreciated and go towards the restoration and preservation of the roses and cemetery artifacts.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available in the lot at 10th & Broadway, across the street from the 10th Street entrance. For more information, call 916-448-0811 or 916-264-7839.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.