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Crowd protests Confederate Flag outside Elk Grove store


ELK GROVE - The battle over the Confederate Flag came to an unlikely place: Elk Grove.

Wild Bill's Old West Trading Company store has the flag hanging from it's ceiling. Store management said they're doing it because it's their constitutionally-protected right to do so, and, they said, they've seen that right taken away from others connected to that flag.

The flag was flying outside the store earlier this week, but has now been moved inside.

Store manager Jacob Shockley said the reaction has been strong, both for and against. Protesters were outside the store parking lot late this morning to confront store management.


Firefighters responding to a growing grass fire near Elk Grove


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The Cosumnes Fire Department, which serves the cities of Elk Grove and Galt, said its crews responded to a grass fire in the 1400 block of Calvine Road just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

At about 12:15 p.m. the department reported the 57-acre fire had been contained and 25 homes were saved. Two outbuildings were damaged by the flames. Preliminary investigation suggested that the fire was caused by a riding lawnmower according to Cosumnes fire chief.

Firefighters evacuated homes along Chester Drive while crews cleaned up the scene.

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Elk Grove rescue seeks justice for three-legged dog


ID=29077411WOODBRIDGE --- A badly injured three-legged dog is getting some help from an Elk Grove Rescue, but figuring out what actually happened to him hasn't been easy.

Jamie Levingston with Kritter Kamp Rescue first heard about Bruno Max when she got call about a picture posted to Facebook.

It was of the starving dog, who was missing a portion of one of his legs. He was found near Rio Vista.

"When I saw the picture I literally laid my head down and cried," said Levingston.

Commuters experience delays in Elk Grove oil spill


An oil spill stopped traffic in Elk Grove after big rig overturned on Bond Road and Elk Grove Florin Road on Friday.

No injuries have been reported, but commuters can expect delays as crews clean up the spill.

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Elk Grove-Based Medical School Granted Accreditation, Set to Start September Classes

Elk Grove-Based Medical School Granted Accreditation, Set to Start September Classes

California Northstate University's (CNU) President Alvin Cheung announced today that it has received an accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  

The Elk Grove-based medical school relocated from Rancho Cordova in 2014 also operates the CNU Pharmacy School. That school graduated its first class of 98 students last month. 

With its new accreditation, CNU is only the fifth private university in the State of California to operate both a pharmacy school and medical school under one roof... Read More

Second chances: Inmates train wild horses for adoption


ELK GROVE – Learning how to be a useful part of society can be difficult for a wild horse -- or an inmate.

A fairly new project at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility is giving both new opportunities.

The R3C Wild Horse Program is put on through the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department along with the Bureau of Land Management.

"I wish we could come out all the time, this is better than cement walls and it's more productive," Harley Elyko said.

Elyko is an inmate in the program. He said working with the wild animals has taught him about his own emotions.

"It's actually taught me a lot about how to carry myself and keep my feelings in check," Elyko said.

The horses involved are getting a second chance. They are wild and from the northwest part of the country -- mainly Nevada and Northern California.

Painted lawns provide false sense of security


ELK GROVE, Calif. -- Fire crews are preparing for potentially one of the busiest wildfire seasons in years. Cal Fire officials said they've already responded to 2,000 fires.

This year fire fighters are dealing with a potential challenge, more painted lawns. The worry is that they are possibly proving a false sense of security.

Crews said having dry vegetation right up to your property could put your property at risk.

"As far as the products they use, I dont know what they are," said Cosumnes Fire Battalion Chief Sean Stumbaugh. "The dead grass painted green looks good, but it is dry vegetation underneath that can burn."

Cal fire recommends creating defensible space at least 30 feet from your home, and 100 feet if you live in rural areas.