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Low river level reveals possible human bones


The drought may have played a part in the discovery of what appears to be human bones near West Sacramento.

Capt. Larry Cecchettini with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office said a person walking along the Sacramento River at a weir and County Road 127 about 11 Friday morning noticed the bones protruding from a small muddy beach created by the low river level.

Cecchettini described the bones revealed thus far as small and few. He said there were a couple of teeth which looked to come from a human.

Yolo County coroner personnel and sheriff'd marine patrol deputies responded and were searching the area.

Cecchettini said the initial indication was the bones have been where they were found for a very long time.


Feeling hungry? Eat local!

Feeling hungry? Eat local!

West Sacramento offers numerous eateries nearby. Download “West Sacramento’s Restaurant Guide”—from cafes, to coffee, dessert and donuts, to diners, Chinese, Hawaiian, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, to pubs, bars and grills. There all here!

Go to www.cityofwestsacramento.org/restaurantguide.

Bon appetite. Enjoy!... Read More

West Sacramento man survives 5 days lost in the wilderness


WEST SACRAMENTO – A West Sacramento man was rescued after being missing for five days in the wilderness.

Mike Vilhauer, 58, is now in the comfort of his own home. It's a place, at one point, he didn't think he'd see again.

"I started thinking, 'I'm going to be here and this is going to be it,'" Vilhauer recalled.

He was fishing alone last Wednesday at Lower Sunset Lake in Alpine County when he went looking for bait. He intended to go on a quick hike – 15 or 30 minutes at the most. But then he got lost from his campsite.

Vilhauer went five days without food.

"I did my own version of survivor man, the idiots version," Vilhauer said. "Drinking out of puddles, dried stream beds."

Vilhauer did not have a GPS. All he had on him was a topographical map. He climbed up and down the Mokulumne Wilderness. He said he made one mistake after another.

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

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When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

West Sacramento Farmers Market Continues Every Thursday Evening on West Capitol Avenue!

West Sacramento Farmers Market Continues Every Thursday Evening on West Capitol Avenue!

The West Sacramento Farmers Market continues every Thursday evening on West Capitol Avenue in front of City Hall! Find fresh, local produce from some of the best farmers and producers in Yolo County and the region. For more information, and weekly event schedule, check out the West Sacramento Farmers Market Facebook page... Read More

Sutter's Fort to Commemorate 175 Years on August 16!

Sutter's Fort to Commemorate 175 Years on August 16!

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History” event commemorating John Sutter’s arrival to the Sacramento region 175 years ago that led to the building of Sutter’s Fort, the discovery of gold and the founding of the City of Sacramento.  As background, John Sutter landed on the bank of the American River in August of 1839 and went on to found the New Helvetia area on which Sutter’s Fort was later constructed.

Mandatory Water Restriction in Effect

Mandatory Water Restriction in Effect

Since November 2013, the City of West Sacramento has requested that all water customers voluntarily comply with a 20 percent reduction in water use and with water conservation measures outlined in the City’s Urban Water Management Plan, Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency.

Residents responded with merit by effectively reducing water use by 19.4 percent. However, the State continues to experience an extreme drought emergency. Therefore, further action is required on the part of all Californians.

As a result, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency drought regulations which became effective July 28, 2014. These regulations prohibit certain water uses and direct the cities, including the City of West Sacramento, to implement a water shortage contingency plan that imposes mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering... Read More