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2008-08-01 12:00:41

By Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--A new open-space park is set to open Thursday morning north of Cache Creek in Yolo County. The 41-acre Capay Open Space Park is located on County Road 95 and features more than two miles of walking trails, picnic tables, paved parking lots, public restrooms and future ramp access to Cache Creek, states a county news release. The park has undergone extensive habitat restoration and is home to more than 40 types of vegetation and...

2008-08-01 06:00:46

By Todd Milbourn, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--Officials at a Sacramento veterans hospital are so troubled by conditions at a local psychiatric facility they no longer send patients there. The Sacramento VA Medical Center referred 43 patients to Sierra Vista Hospital in 2007 for mental health treatment. But referrals have been halted since November, The Bee learned this week, when a veteran reportedly received shoddy care at the facility. Robin Jackson, a VA spokeswoman, would...

2008-08-01 06:00:28

By Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--How do you follow an unqualified success? That was the tricky question facing the young theater company Artistic Differences. Last summer, it produced the '60s musical pheno- menon "Hair," and everything was golden. After that, it toyed with the idea of bringing back the venerable "tribal love-rock musical," but the company, led by pianist and musical director Erik Daniells, decided to roll the dice. This weekend, Artistic...

2008-08-01 06:00:22

By M.S. Enkoji, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--Recreational boaters who were set to pay as much as $1,500 in annual fees for a federal environmental permit were spared this week. A federal ruling filed last year on a California lawsuit said all sailing vessels should be required to participate in a permit process designed to control the influx of foreign marine life. The permit process was aimed largely at cargo ships, but the ruling said small motorboats, kayaks and other...

2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2008-07-31 09:01:25

By Andrea V. Brambila, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--Want to learn how to put out a fire, rescue your neighbor or prepare for a flood? The Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department is looking for Elk Grove and Galt community members to train for future disasters. Community Emergency Response Team classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 and Aug. 28, with a final disaster training exercise from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 30....

2008-07-31 09:01:10

By Lakiesha McGhee, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The new superintendent of Granite Bay's Eureka Union School District has announced his plans to create a magnet school district that would attract parents seeking a more innovative curriculum for their children. Superintendent Tim McCarty -- a former administrator of the Dublin and San Juan unified school districts -- weighed in on an earlier proposal to open a single magnet school or a district-sponsored charter school in 2009....

2008-07-31 09:01:10

By Lakiesha McGhee, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--Trustees of the Rocklin Unified School District are reconsidering a petition to open a college-prep seventh- to 12-grade charter school at an existing Rocklin high school. Rocklin Academy -- a kindergarten to sixth-grade charter school on two district campuses -- will seek approval on Aug. 20 for the proposed Western Sierra Collegiate Academy. Trustees in January denied a new charter in a unanimous vote. They cited Rocklin...

2008-07-31 09:01:05

By Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--Add this to the list of issues vexing California's state government: It's getting a reputation as a lousy boss. Certainly the pay and benefits are pretty good if you can stick with it long enough. Civil service can be a noble calling. Where would we be without state-employed firefighters this summer? But recent talk of whacking 200,000 state workers' pay to the federal minimum only diminishes California's standing as an employer. And...

2008-07-31 09:00:55

By Rachael Bogert, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The clownlike villain Malvolio delivers a line in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" that could serve as advice for approaching the old plays: "Be not afraid of greatness." Yes, the language in Shakespeare's plays can be a trial, and there's a list of other reasons why the stories may no longer hold mass appeal. But be not afraid of such greatness reinterpreted, as it is at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. As several festival...


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