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Dozen hay bales catch fire in West Sacramento


Firefighters contained a hay bale fire in West Sacramento Tuesday.

West Sacramento police said 12 hay bales caught fire just before 6 p.m. on Lake Washington Boulevard, near a West Sacramento Fire Department station.

Because of windy conditions, firefighters asked the city for a front loader in order to extinguish the flames. In certain cases, crews would let hay bale fires burn out on their own.

The wind also spread smoke and ash from the fire into surrounding areas.

By Tuesday night, crews contained the blaze and were mopping up the scene.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

TBD Fest brings celebration, noise complaints

WEST SACRAMENTO- Thousands of people have turned out for TBD fest in West Sacramento. The 3-day event is being held beside Raley Field along the River Walk Park. It features art, culture, and lots of music — about 75 bands on 3 stages. It includes emerging and iconic artists like Moby and Blondie. Other fan favorites include Justice and Empire of the Sun.

As much as music lovers enjoyed TBD Fest, some say it might be too much of a good thing. Miles away, people say the noise is keeping them up late into the night. Samantha Walker lives two miles away from Raley Field.

"It's like through my walls. Boom. Boom. Boom," said Walker.

Walker says she loves concerts. She loves live music and the arts. But she feels that the noise is out of control.

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon Receives National Award

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon Receives National Award

When the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) gathered in Dallas for the 82nd year in June, the City of West Sacramento’s Universal Preschool program, UP4WS (Up for West Sacramento) emerged as the mayors’ choice for the 2014 City Livability Award for cities with a population of under 100,000.  The prestigious honor brought Sacramento Mayor, and USCM President, Kevin Johnson to the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, Sept. 29, to present the award to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. The award, sponsored by Waste Management, Inc. and the USCM, recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing innovative programs that improve the quality of life in American cities. UP4WS was selected for this award by a group of former mayors from a field of over 200 applicants... Read More

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Crews will be performing work on Highway 50 this weekend between 15th Street in Sacramento and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Expect delays while crews are working and take alternate routes when possible.

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat

SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.

Caltrans tweeted
Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.