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Matriarch of Bogle wine family dies

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Patty Bogle, the matriarch of a wine dynasty in the Sacramento delta region, has died after a battle with leukemia.

Bogle and her late husband, Chris, founded Bogle Vineyards in 1979, starting with 18 acres of grapes and building their business into a regional wine powerhouse. The vineyard is the 14th largest winery in the country, shipping 1.2 million cases a year.

Patty Bogle's son, Warren Bogle Jr., told The Sacramento Bee that his mother died Friday. She was 59.

The Bogles started the winery with modest goals, but the business soon took off. Patty Bogle said in a 2009 interview that "it grew as demand grew."

She championed petite sirah, a grape that produces rich, red wine and grows well in Clarksburg, 20 miles south of Sacramento.

Brown's budget calls for extended tax increases, no K-12 cuts

IN-DEPTH: California State Budget Coverage

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to slash funding for most areas of California state government and maintain a series of tax increases for five years to close a huge budget deficit.

The Democratic governor on Monday released his first budget proposal since winning election last fall. He called for $12.5 billion in spending cuts, including reductions in welfare, social services, health care for the poor and higher education.

Among programs cut: Medi-Cal would lose $1.7 billion and require patient co-payments and limit doctor visits.

The Cal-Works program would be trimmed by $1.5 billion. Lifetime benefits would be reduced from five to four years. 

Jordan Family Park receives planning & design award

Jordan Family Park receives planning & design award

ELK GROVE - The Cosumnes Community Services District announced it has received the Park Planning & Design Achievement Award from the California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) for Jordan Family Park, opened in August 2010.

Planning for Jordan Family Park, located at Jordan Ranch Road and Didorwill Court, east of Highway 99 on a previously undeveloped 1.7 acre parcel, was characterized by extensive dialogue with neighborhood residents regarding funding, park design, and preservation of oak trees.

Ongoing maintenance of the park was made possible through passage in March 2009 of an increase in the annual parks assessment from $115 to $274 for approximately 160 nearby homes, with 88 percent in support.

"We’re very proud of our work on this new park and the strong partnership we established with the neighborhood to get it planned and built," said Paul Mewton, chief of Planning, Design and Construction for the CCSD Parks and Recreation Department

Pleasant Grove elementary presents 'Summer Camp Serenade'

ELK GROVE - Pleasant Grove Elementary School will present "Summer Camp Serenade" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 17.

This fun play highlights camp counselors and junior campers as they sing and dance their way through bus trips to camp, writing letters home, surviving scary camp legends, talent show antics and a summer in the dirt.

The school is located at 10160 Pleasant Grove School Road.

ACLU concerned about officer-involved shooting in Elk Grove last month

ELK GROVE, CA - Dozens of people attended a community meeting led by Elk Grove police Tuesday night.

The American Civil Liberties Union was also at the meeting, concerned about an officer-involved shooting last month, where a suspect in handcuffs was grazed in the face by a bullet.

John Hesselbein faces charges ranging from domestic violence to battery on an officer.

Elk Grove police responded to a domestic violence call on Jan. 30 and arrested Hesselbein.

Elk Grove to add police officers in March

ELK GROVE, CA - While other budget cuts have forced cities to scale back on law enforcement staffing, Elk Grove will add eight new officers next month. Six of the officers will be added thanks to a $2 million federal grant.

"It'll bring those officers in. That should cover it for the next four years and then we're looking for increased revenue in the mean time to keep officers on for years to come," said Mayor Steve Detrick.

Elk Grove's mayor also said the city also has $13 million in reserve---which it hasn't touched yet. And he said the city has balanced its budget for the past decade---each time coming in under budget.

Youth Commission seeks applicants to fill vacancy

Youth Commission seeks applicants to fill vacancy

ELK GROVE - Local teens have a one-of-a kind opportunity to get involved with local government and help shape the future for the City's children, youth and families. The City of Elk Grove has begun recruitment to fill one vacancy on the City’s Youth Commission.

Applicants must be between the ages of 13 - 18, enrolled in grades 7 through 12, and reside or attend school in District 5.

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.elkgrovecity.org/youth-commission/index.asp or call (916) 405-5661.

Local Volunteers----Thank You!

My 13 year old son just attended Elk Grove Babe Ruth Baseball tryouts........there were probably close to a hundred 13 year olds out there the first day-----all understandably anxious and a bit nervous.......looking around the field though you could see several men doing what they could  to help the boys out and to make the tryout process go smoothly........what got my attention was the fact that many of these men didn't have sons trying out----they were out there because they love baseball and they love to see the joy it brings to kids........it's not just baseball either---you go to basketball---football---soccer---softball or whatever and you'll see more of the same........in this day and age we hear alot about over-involved parents and coaches who think only of their child and play him at pitcher-shortstop--quarterback or whatever.......those parents and coaches will always be around but at least in Elk Grove we also have adults who give back to the community and the s

Free whooping cough immunization clinic Feb. 16

Free whooping cough immunization clinic Feb. 16

ELK GROVE - On Wednesday, Feb.16, through a partnership between the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, a free pertussis booster shot clinic will be offered to families, including children ages 10 or older from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Sheldon High School. All school-age children should try to bring their shot record with them.

A new California law now requires that students entering 7th through 12th grades in the 2011-2012 school year provide schools proof that they have received an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster shot (Tdap) prior to starting school. The new law was enacted following a widespread pertussis epidemic in 2010.

The Elk Grove Unified School District urges parents of current 6th through 11th grade students to get the booster shot now to avoid the back-to-school rush this summer.

February is Pet Dental Health Month

February is Pet Dental Health Month

ELK GROVE - According to the AVMA’s* January 2010 Press Release, it is estimated that while 80% of us brush our teeth every day, far fewer of us do the same for our pets.  This should be concerning to all of us pet owners since periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, is incredibly common in pets, and can be quite serious.  Dr. Niemiec, a board certified veterinary dental specialist states "It's estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal infections have been linked to diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other life threatening disorders.