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Multiracial family embraces its, twins' uniqueness


LINCOLN – Fraternal twins Viviana and Dennis look very different from each other. They are part of the Ng Family, a multiracial family from all parts of the world.

The twins' parents Kenika and Ashley Ng also come from multiracial families. Kenika Ng's is African-American and Hispanic; his father is Hawaiian and Chinese. Ashley Ng is Irish and Hispanic.

Combine their racial make-up, and their children have more of a unique blend. Ten-month-old Viviana, who is four minutes older than her brother, has bright blue eyes and light brown hair like her mother and looks white. Dennis on the other hand, with the big brown eyes and black hair looks like his dad.

Lincoln's GoatHouse Brewing Co. serves up full-bodied 'Farm-to-Glass' flavor


LINCOLN, Calif. - As Sacramentans seek out a sampling of the farm-to-fork experience at downtown eateries and niche markets, a husband-and-wife team are treating craft beer drinkers to the entire seed-to-suds life cycle at a unique craft brewery in Lincoln.

Before even arriving at GoatHouse Brewing Company, travelers venturing out for a beer are immersed in agricultural ambiance. Long country roads leading to the brewery are bordered by nut groves, rolling vineyards and pastures upon which cows and horses lazily graze. Turning down a gravel lane, visitors are escorted by a meandering creek past hop vines, a citrus grove, goats, chickens and a donkey named Rory before passing through the brewery gate.

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.

Yuba County officials: Flood watch was unwarranted


A flood watch issued for Yuba County Thursday night by the National Weather Service and state officials was unwarranted, according to county authorities.

The flood watch stemmed from concerns surrounding a spillway near a pond along Little Dry Creek. In a Facebook post Friday morning, the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services wrote that the spillway's failure is unlikely.

"The pond itself is privately owned and has been there for about 70 years," the office wrote in the post. "Yuba County OES agreed the integrity of the aging spillway needed to be addressed. so we brought in state and local agencies to help come up with a solution."

"(Unknown) to us, the State OES and Weather Service took it upon themselves to issue a Flood Watch -- we did not believe such a move was necessary," officials state in the post.

The post continues:

NWS: Yuba County dam not in imminent danger


UPDATE 10 a.m. FRIDAY: In a Facebook post Thursday night, the National Weather Service's Sacramento office said the dam was not at risk of "imminent failure" and a flood watch was set to be cancelled.

ORIGINAL POST

There is a flood watch in effect until midnight Thursday for a private earthen dam in Yuba County along Little Dry Creek.

Yuba County and local officials have reported the possibility of the dam's failure.

Several homes in the area have been notified by local law enforcement of the potential dam failure. Flooding would occur in rural areas south of the dam and possibly toward Spring Valley Road in Yuba County.


A Yuba City Army veteran is unable to transfer education benefits to his daughter because of what he calls a loophole in the G.I. Bill


YUBA CITY – Eric Bufford is a proud American who served in the United States Army for 11 years as a maintenance engineer.

As part of the post-9/11 G.I. bill, Bufford has education benefits, but he's not using them. So he thought he could transfer the unused benefits to his 18-year-old daughter, Katelynn, which is allowed. Some veterans can transfer their unused benefits to their spouse or children.

But Bufford falls into an eight-year gap created by the bill.

As the law is written, veterans who served more than 90 days after 9/11 are eligible for education benefits, but if one left the service before August 2009, the benefits cannot be transferred.

"Obviously we found a loophole that should be closed," Bufford said. "I wouldn't say I feel cheated, I would say it just needs to be corrected."

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.