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West Nile warning for Yolo County

West Nile warning for Yolo County

With school out, West Sacramento families are hiking, biking, swimming, camping and otherwise spending more time outdoors. Hot weather risks include an increase in mosquito activity and the possibility you will be bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus.

In the Sacramento region, both birds and mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus. If a person is bitten and becomes infected, in rare cases he or she can develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The California Department of Public Health reports one human case so far this year in Sacramento County.

Father's Day recipes

Father's Day recipes

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Because the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, we asked food bloggers to share their guys' favorite recipe picks. Curious which mouthwatering food they chose for their Father's Day recipes? Find out and repeat for your guy!... Read More

Food bloggers share what to do with fresh strawberries

Food bloggers share what to do with fresh strawberries

It's strawberry picking season and this juicy summer bounty makes a perfect addition to so many fresh, delicious recipes. Some of our favorite food bloggers share their favorite ways to use nature's gift in June. You're going to love these scrumptious strawberry recipes!... Read More

More ways to help victims of deadly Oklahoma tornado

More ways to help victims of deadly Oklahoma tornado

 

The relief and recovery effort is underway in the Oklahoma City area after a an EF-5 twister tore through Monday, leaving 24 dead and 12,000 - 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

Officials estimated the recovery cost at $2 billion.

If you wish to help, the following organizations are providing food, shelters, and emergency supplies and equipment.

How you can help

How you can help

The tragedy of Monday’s tornado in Oklahoma may be halfway across the country, but there are still ways we can help locally.

Jordan Scott, communications director for the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter, said the organization is accepting donations for relief efforts. People can text REDCROSS to 9099 to make an automatic $10 donation, or can visit redcross.org to make a donation.

Scott said there are no plans yet to send teams from Northern California over to Oklahoma for relief efforts, but that it usually takes 24 to 48 hours for them to receive requests.

“Our volunteers know it may happen and to be ready,” Scott said. “We’ve got the experience and the expertise here.”

Volunteers from the area have helped out through other disasters, including the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Alana Sugar

As kids, my sisters and I always served our mom breakfast in bed to celebrate Mother’s Day. She loved it! We made simple (but delicious) Scrambled Eggs with toast or biscuits, butter and jelly. As we got a bit older, we served French toast, something similar to this Vanilla French Toast with Fresh Berries or this Spiced French Toast.

Is breakfast for mom (in bed or out) on the agenda this year? Here are some fun ideas from smoothies to pancakes to eggs. Just remember: cleaning up the kitchen afterwards is a must!... Read More

New book guides pet lovers in selecting and welcoming "Your Ideal Cat"

New book guides pet lovers in selecting and welcoming "Your Ideal Cat"

 

Cats may have nine lives but humans have only one. Before you decide to share yours with a cat, you might want to check out which breed- and gender-related behaviors are most likely to accompany your feline housemate, suggest two University of California, Davis, animal behaviorists in their new book “Your Ideal Cat.”

“The kitten you choose today will grow into the cat that could be your companion for the next 15 to 20 years,” said veterinarian Benjamin Hart, the book’s co-author and distinguished professor emeritus in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He noted that, all too often, kittens or adult cats are chosen because of appearance or happenstance, rather than according to the most compatible behavior traits.