Livermore

ATV flips, killing woman: A 72-year-old woman was killed Friday morning when an all-terrain vehicle rolled on top of her while she was working with her husband outside their rural Livermore home, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Alameda County coroner's office identified the woman as Joann Lesico.

The CHP is still investigating the accident, which happened at 7:45 a.m. at 21530 Mines Road.

The CHP said the woman's 96-year-old husband was driving the vehicle while she stood on the side distributing hay for cattle. It is believed he went up an embankment and the vehicle rolled on top of them.

A caretaker found them. The man was not injured. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

— Eric Louie

Castro Valley

RODEO SET FOR WEEKEND: The 89th annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo will be held today and Sunday.

The rodeo will begin with a noon "Cowboy Experience" program, in which attendees can meet cowboys who will discuss the rodeo, techniques and life as a cowboy.

A grand entry will follow at 1:30 p.m. both days, and the rodeo afterward.

General admission is $12 in advance and $14 at the gate, and children ages 3-12 and seniors are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Parking at the rodeo grounds is $7 per car, which includes a rodeo program.


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The rodeo is located at 9275 Dublin Canyon Road, between Castro Valley and Dublin next to Interstate 580.

For more information and tickets, call 510-581-2577 or visit www.rowellranchrodeo.com.

— Kristofer Noceda

East Bay

FOURTH BORE project GOing TO BID: After years of delays, Caltrans on Monday will seek bids to build the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Construction is expected to begin in October.

The last obstacle to the $420 million congestion reduction project was overcome Thursday when the California Transportation Commission agreed to release $90 million in federal economic stimulus funds to cover the project.

California voters in 2006 approved a transportation bond measure with $175 million for the Highway 24 tunnel expansion, but the state's ability to sell bonds promptly has been weakened by state budget and credit problems.

— Denis Cuff