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River Cats' grounds crew works to save water during drought


WEST SACRAMENTO - The continuing drought appears to be impacting almost everything, including sports. Baseball stadiums are no exception to trying to cut back on water usage.

At Raley Field, the grounds crew is using a number of tricks.

The process started three years ago when they redid the turf according to the head groundskeeper Chris Shastid.

"We went to a more drought tolerant turf," he explained. "This is an over-seeded Bermuda field, and the Bermuda grass we selected is made for drought conditions."

Shastid said this type of grass uses 50 percent less water than other types of Bermuda grass. It's not just water that's used on the surface.

Shastid said they use two different "wetting agents" that they spray on the grass, similar to a fertilizer.

West Sacramento police investigate dead body


West Sacramento police arrested a woman for murder after finding a dead body near the Great Value Inn motel located at 1432 West Capitol Avenue.

Kelly Dema Carew, 26, was arrested and booked at the Yolo County Jail. No bail has been set, according to West Sacramento police.

At 4:45 a.m., West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney said officers were dispatched to the location for an "assault in progress," more specifically a woman beating a man with a pipe.

When they arrived at the scene, Kinney said officers found a 59-year-old male victim on the ground. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. A pipe and cinder block were also at the scene, according to police.

Kinney said a nearby woman, 26, was questioned and arrested. Authorities do not know the relationship between the victim and suspect but they said the victim has stayed at the motel before.

KaBOOM! and Disney magic in West Sacramento park


A West Sacramento park had a massive transformation, in just a matter of hours over the weekend. Hundreds of people came together Sunday to build a new, nearly 10,000-square-foot community playground at Bryte Park, with the help of Disney VoluntEARS and KaBOOM!

The playground includes a zipline, rock climbing wall, artistic inspiration from local kids and adults, and a lot of Disney magic.

The Bryte Park structure is Disney's 62nd KaBOOM! playground around the country, and their first in Northern California. It will officially open to the public on Friday, June 5.

Sacramento is a top 10 destination city

Sacramento is a top 10 destination city


Sacramento is a destination city? It seems so, according to U-Haul.

Sacramento made this year's cut – rising three spots from last year to be named the 10th U.S. destination city.

The rankings reflect the top 10 destinations of U-Haul one-way rentals for the previous year. There are several reasons for the growth.

The survey credits the area's "green living" initiatives, as well as affordable regional home prices compared to coastal cities.

Another reason, Sacramento's growing entertainment hub with the new downtown arena well on its way.

"We're really stoked," said new Sacramento resident Whitney Dufresne, who moved to an east Sacramento home on Thursday. "Living near a great park within walking distance to a lot of neat restaurants and things to do is exciting for sure."

Job Fair June 19

Job Fair June 19

The Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services is teaming up with Congressman John Garamendi, the Workforce Development Collaborative and the Yolo County Workforce Investment Board to advance individual job readiness and connect job seekers with employers through a Job Fair on Friday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 25 North Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

There will be more than 50 local businesses and apprenticeship programs represented at the Job Fair. Computers will be available for employment seekers to complete applications and submit resumes to prospective employers on the spot.  Employment specialists will also be available to help craft and review resumes, providing constructive feedback to increase an applicant’s likelihood of success.

Police arrest 1, seek another for West Sacramento's man beating


West Sacramento police arrested a man Friday and are looking for another suspect they believe assaulted a man on Thursday.

The victim was attacked on Westercre Road and Rockrose Road, police said. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Witness Susan Kalar captured the attack on her cell phone and posted it to Facebook. The video shows two men chasing the victim down and kicking him several times.

On the video, Kalar pleads with the assailants to leave the victim alone. She recorded the beating from her mom's front porch.

"One thing led to another and next thing I know they're kicking him in the face, they're punching him," Kalar explained.

The suspects are heard yelling at the victim, saying that this is their neighborhood.

"This is my hood, you got to understand," one suspect yelled.

West Sacramento engineer in Nepal for 2nd major earthquake


A second major earthquake struck Nepal Tuesday — 17 days after the first devastating quake — killing 42 and injuring 1,117, the Nepali government said.

Dr. Kit Miyamoto, an earthquake structural engineer and CEO of Miyamoto International in West Sacramento, has been in Nepal for two weeks to help the region rebuild after the first earthquake.

Miyamoto said he felt the tremors from this latest quake.

"People are pretty shaken up, obviously," he said.