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Lab identifies bones found along Sacramento River

Bones revealed by the relatively low water level of the Sacramento River near West Sacramento last week are those of a prehistoric Native American, the Yolo County chief deputy coroner says.

Low river level reveals possible human bones

The general identification of the small bones and a few teeth was made by the Human Identification Laboratory at Chico State University, Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya said.

A person walking along the river bank north of County Road 127 and east of Old River Road spotted the bones on a small, exposed beach along the river on Friday and contacted the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

With the San Francisco 49ers' first game at their new Levi's Stadium set for Sunday, some in the Central Valley are seeing the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train as the best way to get there, while saving both time and money.

"I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I mean, the first train - I will probably be on it because I want to go to the 49er game. I do not like the drive," said Carrie Croteau, as she stood in line at the Sacramento Amtrak station ticket window.

Several Sunday trains can get you Levi's Stadium in time for 49ers games for $55.50 round trip, that includes a 25 percent discount Amtrak is providing through April 2015. The trip should take about 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to Amtrak.

The trains drop passengers within a short five minute walk of the stadium, eliminating the need to pay for parking.

Bones found in Sacramento River mud

Bones found in Sacramento River mud

According to Larry Cecchettini of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, "Some bones were discovered by a someone walking along the river at the weir and CR127 near West Sacramento at about 11:00 [August 15]."... Read More

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.

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.

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say the executive director of a zoo in Northern California has died unexpectedly during a trip overseas.

Mary Healy, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo, died Thursday while traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

Zoo spokeswoman Tonja Candelaria said Saturday the 61-year-old Healy had left a port in Ecuador by ship when she suffered a cerebral aneurysm and was declared brain dead.

Candelaria says Healy was headed to the Galapagos Islands on business and vacation to see animals in the wild and their habitats. Healy's husband was traveling with her.

The widely respected Healy, who had been the Sacramento Zoo's director for nearly 15 years, also worked at zoos in Texas and South Carolina and at a Disney animal park in Florida.

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Hundreds of classic cars will be cruising down Sacramento streets Saturday afternoon during this year's California Automobile Museum Car Cruise.

The route starts at Sacramento State University at 4 p.m. as cars drive down Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue.

The event ends with a huge car show between El Camino and Marconi Avenue and will feature a beer garden, food trucks and a music festival.

People can register their classic ride at Sac State starting at 1 p.m. The on-site fee is $50.

You can find all the information about the California Automobile Museum Car Cruise at http://bit.ly/1shkv7P