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Travis sergeant among 12 top airmen for 2015

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — One of the first things Master Sgt. Joe Y. Bogdan did after he heard he was named one of the Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2015 was to write letters to those he works with to thank them. The honor is not just his, Bogdan said, but is a recognition of […]

Solano County Fair opens 66th year of fun and fair food

VALLEJO — Ruth Forney has been coming to the opening day of the Solano County Fair since she was a little girl and this year was no different.

“Some things are just tradition,” Forney said as she waited for the gates to open at 3 p.m. Wednesday for the 66th Annual Solano County Fair to start its five-day run that ends Sunday night.

Forney said the list of things she was looking forward to was pretty simple.

“It is just the walking around, looking at the sights, enjoying the fair scenery,” she said.

Blue Star Moms group seeks supplies for troops

VACAVILLE — Representatives of the Vintage Valley Blue Star Moms will be at Sam’s Club at 1500 Helen Power Drive between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday to collect items that deployed service members could use. The items collected will be packed up and sent off after a care package packing party that’s scheduled at 9 […]

Crews save Vacaville auto repair business from fire

VACAVILLE — City residents were treated to two plumes of smoke on their skyline Tuesday afternoon when an oily black plume of smoke from a grass fire that got into a storage yard late Tuesday afternoon joined the much larger smoke plume from the Wragg Fire northwest of town. Employees of the MAACO Auto Paint and […]

Vehicle crash sparks roadside fire

DIXON — A vehicle crash at Porter Road and Pitt School Road set the vegetation on fire, closing down the road early Tuesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol. The vehicle with three people in it apparently rolled over and caught fire shortly before 7:30 p.m., which then set the dry vegetation on fire. One […]

CHP works to put crimp in cellular use while driving

FAIRFIELD — The first person that California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker stopped knew that using a cellphone while driving was wrong and he did it anyway.

The retired prosecutor, who declined to be interviewed, got off with a warning after he apologized. He said he was listening to a voice mail message when he pulled into the left turn lane to get from Highway 12 to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Cities organize National Night Out events

SUISUN CITY — Neighbors in Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville will again turn on their porch lights and hold block parties as part of the National Night Out celebrations this year on Aug. 4. Suisun City will host its community block party for its 32nd year from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carl E. Hall […]

Martinez woman dies after falling off motorcycle on Solano highway

VALLEJO — A Martinez woman was killed Wednesday night on Highway 37 approaching the Napa River Bridge when she fell off the back of the motorcycle she was riding as a passenger and was run over by the car behind her, according to the California Highway Patrol. Lacey McKenna, 37, was seated on the rear of a […]

Residents express concerns about Walters Road traffic

SUISUN CITY — Concerns from residents about speeding and stop-light running along Walters Road voiced Tuesday before the Suisun City Council prompted the response from Police Chief Tim Mattos that the department is doing as much enforcement as it can along that roadway. One resident who spoke during public comments said that the road is only […]

Council awards contract for Lawler Ranch Park expansion

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council awarded the contract Tuesday night to build the second phase of the Lawler Ranch Park Project to Sansei Gardens Inc. of Fremont. The city set aside $974,000 for the project for which Sansei Garden’s $695,627 base bid was the lowest of three the city received in June. The other two bidders […]

Garamendi meets with base leaders, committee on Travis, military issues

FAIRFIELD — Travis Air Force Base security was one of the top subjects of a Tuesday afternoon meeting Rep. John Garamendi attended with base military leaders. This followed after the talk he had Monday with the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee at Paradise Valley Estates on subjects that included his vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, […]

Morning crash clogs westbound I-80

FAIRFIELD — A driver who reportedly stopped to retrieve a cooler that was blocking a lane of traffic ended up getting into a crash late Tuesday morning on westbound Interstate 80 just west of Abernathy Road, according to California Highway Patrol traffic reports. The crash occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. when a green Toyota Prius was […]

Vacaville hosts state business tax credit workshop

VACAVILLE — State business development representatives came to Vacaville on Tuesday to give local businesses help on how to apply for business tax credits. The morning workshop was presented by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to teach local businesses how to apply for the state’s new California Competes Tax Credit. The tax credit […]

New live entertainment venue opens on Suisun City waterfront

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City has a new nightspot with the grand opening Friday of the Ovation Ultra Lounge at the location at 700 Main St. that once housed Dimitri’s Lounge. The new business got the review of its conditional use permit approved by the Suisun City Planning Commission on Tuesday night with little problem. Ovation Ultra […]

Travis KC-10s support exercise with Australia

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Four Travis-based KC-10 Extender air tankers joined other KC-10s from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, on July 8 to provide air refueling support to a five-aircraft C-17 Globemaster III formation to help it get from Alaska to Australia to take part in exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. The KC-10s created an air […]

Master gardeners to host drought landscaping workshop

VACAVILLE — A workshop on how to maintain a decent-looking and drought-tolerant yard will be offered next month by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Solano and Yolo counties. Master Gardeners talk about sheet mulching, an agricultural no-dig gardening technique that attempts to mimic natural forests’ processes; what to do next for […]

Vacaville firefighters put out median strip fire

VACAVILLE — A Thursday afternoon fire that started in the oleander bushes in the median strip of Interstate 80 near Nut Tree Parkway slowed down traffic while Vacaville firefighters put out the blaze. The fire started at about 2:11 p.m. and burned both the center median vegetation and wooden guard posts. No one was injured […]

Pena Adobe to host local authors’ day

VACAVILLE — Three local history authors will be available at the Authors at the Adobe event that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Pena Adobe Park in Lagoon Valley, the Pena Adobe Historical Society announced. Fern Henry, author of “My Checkered Life”; Elissa DeCaro, author of “Suisun City and […]

Teen’s-Only Food Pantry seeks customers

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Activities League’s Community Service Club has started a campaign to put out the word asking local middle school and high school students to come visit their Teen’s-Only Food Pantry between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month. “We really need help spreading the word about this,” said […]

3 Wolk water conservation bills advance

FAIRFIELD — Three bills authored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, that aim to save water passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday, according to a press release from Wolk’s office. The first, Senate Bill 7, requires installing submeters in multifamily residential housing to encourage responsible water consumption and conservation by giving residents […]

Police nab suspected strong-arm robber in Richmond

FAIRFIELD — A 27-year-old Richmond man was arrested Monday in connection to the June 11 strong-arm robbery of a 68-year-old Fairfield woman who was struck on the back of the head and injured while walking along the 1300 block of Travis Boulevard, according to Fairfield police. Fairfield police, working with Richmond police, arrested Alonzo T. […]

Fairfield woman dies in early morning crash

FAIRFIELD — A 29-year-old Fairfield woman was killed early Tuesday after her car suddenly stopped on eastbound Interstate 80 and was struck by another car, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Contra Costa Coroner’s Office. The woman was identified as Zairalene Abiolene, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to […]

Police nail 3 suspected car burglars, including 1 soaking wet perp

VACAVILLE — When fleeing the police, don’t fall into a pool. Apparently one of three suspected truck thieves who were fleeing from Vacaville police Wednesday morning had fallen into a backyard pool, climbed out and kept running. Not long after, police got a call from a local cab company saying there was a suspicious, soaking wet man […]

Bill and Edith Gaither volunteer at monthly dinner dance

SUISUN CITY — In June, she whipped up her oven-baked barbecue chicken for the seniors attending the monthly dinner dance at the Suisun Senior Center. In July, it will be the much-anticipated tri-tip that Suisun City resident Edith Gaither will be creating. Teamed up with her husband, Bill Gaither, the pair have been providing the […]

Classic Bombshell Beauties wins 4th of July parade sweepstakes

FAIRFIELD — The nonprofit group that supports war veterans, Classic Bombshell Beauties, who were modeling vintage fashions going all the way back to World War I, won the grand sweepstakes as the best overall favorite for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Fairfield, the Fairfield Main Street Association announced Wednesday. The Classic Bombshell Beauties and […]

Suisun councilman asks for bike theft crackdown

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police were asked to work out a plan to crack down on what City Councilman Mike Segala said at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting were a growing number of bicycle thefts in town. Segala brought up the problem after reading on a Suisun City neighborhood blog on the Nextdoor website […]

Car burglar tries to flee police on scooter

VACAVILLE — Using a Razor scooter to get away from police didn’t help a 19-year-old Vacaville man Wednesday morning, according to a news item on the Vacaville Police Department’s Facebook page. Police quickly put an end to 19-year-old Jose Martinez’ escape attempt at about 6 a.m. on Claremont Drive after officers quickly arrived on the scene. […]

Suisun residents asked to attend hearing on sexual predator

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City Councilwoman Jane Day said she is pleased that sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith won’t be considered for placement on Olive Avenue, but she told residents who opposed the move not to rest on their laurels Tuesday night. Day called on residents to show up at the July 17 court hearing for […]

Fire burns down shed, damages another

FAIRFIELD — There is at least one less shed on the 200 block of Stephens Street after a Wednesday morning fire burned one to the ground and badly damaged a second one, according to the Fairfield Fire Department. The fire, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m., sent a large black plume of smoke into the […]

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