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Names of 8 to join roster of Solano war dead

FAIRFIELD — Memorial Day is about remembering the true cost of freedom. The eight names added to the Solano County War Memorial in front of the old county courthouse are the price that Solano County paid for fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They join the names of 60 World War I, 332 World War II, […]

Solano County to host Memorial Day observances

FAIRFIELD — Solano County residents who want to honor those who died serving their country will have a lot of choices of where they can pay their respects Monday. Every city in the county will host at least one Memorial Day observance, with Vallejo hosting two and Fairfield hosting three. The lead-up to Memorial Day started […]

Program to offer home energy assessments

SUISUN CITY — The Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services program will provide Suisun City residents with no-cost energy and water conservation services through a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the City of Suisun City and local water districts this summer. Rising Sun’s program trains and employs people between the ages 15 to 22 […]

Suisun truck driver wins lottery prize

SUISUN CITY — For the second time in a month, a Suisun City resident playing the California Lottery’s $10 Crossword Ca$h Scratchers is walking away with $750,000. It’s also the second time that a store on Sunset Avenue has produced the winning ticket. The two establishments are located six blocks from one other. Pablo Bringas, a truck […]

White sworn in as new Suisun City police commander

SUISUN CITY — Andrew White, who started with the Suisun City Police Department as a volunteer in 2002, was sworn in Tuesday as that department’s new commander. White succeeds Tim Mattos, who was named earlier this year as the city’s new police chief. Mattos lauded White as a law enforcement officer dedicated to Suisun City […]

Suisun City approves General Plan housing update

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council approved its updated General Plan housing element Tuesday night that proposes to change zoning to four sites to increase land available for residential housing. The council had little comment for the update that is required by the state and serves as the blueprint for community growth to 2023. The […]

Vacaville man falls asleep at wheel, ends up in canal

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville man fell asleep at the wheel and ended up in the Putah South Canal along with the SUV he was driving early Tuesday evening, according to the Vacaville Police Department. The driver, who was in his late teens or early 20s, according to police, was heading east on Alamo Drive at […]

Vacaville to host 2 sixth-grade events

VACAVILLE — Vacaville sixth-graders can end their school year with The Last Bash Blast, which will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 29 at the Ulatis Community Center, and with a pool party that will happen from 2 to 5 p.m. June 4 at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center. Both events will include a disc jockey and dancing, […]

City: Vacaville medication take-back event a success

VACAVILLE — A new record for collecting unwanted medications was set Saturday when Vacaville residents turned in more than 800 pounds of unwanted medications at the city’s pharmaceutical take-back event at the Vacaville Police Department. Residents dropped off 802 pounds of solid dose drugs and liquids as 438 households, including 35 from outside of Vacaville, […]

Travis to start farmers market

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis Air Force Base residents won’t have to drive off base this year for farm-fresh produce when the base opens its farmers market June 2 next to the Travis Bowl, according to the Travis Public Affairs Office. The farmers market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, […]

Travis’ satellite-carrying C-5Cs get upgrade

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — When the Hubble Space Telescope was sent into the heavens, it was one of Travis’ aircraft that helped send it there and when the next-generation James C. Webb Space Telescope is sent up, the recently upgraded versions of the C-5C will also play a vital role.

The first of two upgraded C-5Cs returned here April 29 after being modified to a C-5M Super Galaxy. Its brother is about to take off to get the same upgrades that are making one of the Air Force’s only two C-5Cs –modified for space cargo – more capable than they already were.

City: 3 groups interested in taking on Harbor Theatre

SUISUN CITY — The underused Harbor Theatre on Suisun City’s waterfront has three groups expressing interest in running the small theater that is located at 720 Main St. next to the Lawler House. Earlier this year, the city put out a request for proposal with a May 7 deadline looking for anyone interested in leasing and/or operating […]

Vacaville man brings Willis Jepson to life

VACAVILLE — Greg Schwei puts aside his own personality once a month and assumes that of one of Vacaville’s most famous sons – botanist and Sierra Club co-founder Willis Jepson. Armed with wry humor and a great knowledge of the plants in and around Peña Adobe, Schwei greets participants in his walks like Willis Jepson would have. […]

1 of original 301st ALS commanders dies at 96

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Lloyd Neblett, one of the first commanders of the 301st Airlift Squadron, who commanded the unit when it dropped 101st Airborne Division paratroopers over Normandy on the eve of D-Day, died April 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 96, according to the 349th Air Mobility Wing. Neblett, then a captain, […]

Republic Services schedules Suisun City drop-off day

SUISUN CITY — Republic Services will host the first drop-off day of the year from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for Suisun City residents who have proof that they live in town. It will take place on the vacant land behind the Sunset Shopping Center adjacent to the Suisun City Post Office. Residents can bring all […]

Police investigate drive-by shooting

VACAVILLE — Police are looking for whoever fired several shots into a home on the 100 block of Alta Vista Drive late Monday night, according to the Vacaville Police Department. Police got the call at around 10:30 p.m. about the sound of a rapid succession of shots in the area of Beard Street. A resident of […]

Transient bicyclist hit by car, injured

SUISUN CITY — A collision Tuesday between a car and bicyclist at Village Drive and Highway 12 ended with the cyclist being taken to a local hospital for examination, according to Suisun City firefighters. The car was turning right at about 3:10 p.m. from Village Drive to Highway 12 when it struck a bicyclist who was trying […]

Transient hurt while dumpster diving

FAIRFIELD — Dumpster diving for recyclables sent a transient to the hospital late Tuesday afternoon. Police initially thought they were responding to a stabbing at about 5 p.m. on Beck Avenue just north of Highway 12 because friends of the bleeding transient mistakenly thought their friend had been stabbed in the neck. Talking with the […]

New fitness business comes to Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — Tracy Green doesn’t think of the people who come to work out at BarbellfusionFit as customers or clients: They are community. He said he feels it builds a supportiveness that strengthens a person’s chance of successfully getting fit. Green is now bringing that worldview to Suisun City as he opens up BarbellfusionFit at […]

Dixon May Fair opens to offer country fun

DIXON — Crystal Ramirez was rooting for the little black pig and it did not let her down. “Look! Look! He’s winning,” Ramirez told her parents as the porker scooted around the track to win its race at the Great America Speedway Crazy Animal Races, also known as GASCAR, beating out a goat and a […]

Suisun City charts future downtown waterfront uses

SUISUN CITY — Lots of commercial and retail development, multiple-story mixed-use projects that maximize the land that’s available and waterfront development that supports the most use of the waterfront.

That’s what the Suisun City Council said Tuesday that it wants to see its Downtown Waterfront Specific Plan update aim to achieve.

Council members spent much of the meeting going over and refining a series of land use alternatives for the existing vacant sites …

All Montebello residents may soon pay for park, lights, landscaping

SUISUN CITY — All the residents of the Montebello Vista Maintenance Assessment District are going to be asked to vote to pony up more money to allow the district to be able to cover its expenses to maintain the landscaping, street lighting and the park there. The Suisun City Council approved going forward with conducting a vote […]

Air Force OSI looking for alleged deserter

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations is trying to find an alleged deserter who was assigned to the 60th Comptroller Squadron at Travis Air Force Base and was last known to be in Ethiopia, according to a Tuesday news report on the The Air Force Times website. The OSI posted on […]

Kroc Center to create world’s largest Monopoly game

SUISUN CITY — The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center is going big on one of the most iconic board games in history when it attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Monopoly game board in the world at the third annual KrocFest on May 30. The center’s staff plan to build a 3,721-square-foot outdoor […]

Travis CO posts water conservation measures

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis Air Force Base will pitch in to do its part to conserve water with a Tuesday announcement from 60th Air Mobility Wing commander Col. Joel Jackson on what water conservation measures will start immediately on base. Stating the base will be “doing our part to help our local communities and the environment,” […]

Suisun works to put crimp on homeless encampments

SUISUN CITY — Like adjacent Fairfield, Suisun City police are working to put a crimp in homeless encampments by cleaning them up as quickly as possible and trying to link up their residents with services that will hopefully get them off the street, according to a report to the Suisun City Council by Police Chief Tim Mattos. […]

CHP officer has close call with vehicle

FAIRFIELD — A California Highway Patrol officer clearing the scene of a Monday morning crash had to dive off the road to avoid being hit by another vehicle whose driver was looking at the crash, according to the CHP. This near-accident prompted the Solano County CHP to put out a release asking motorists to pay attention to […]

Kozak to take command of 349th AMW

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Raymond A. Kozak, presently commanding the Air Force Reserve’s 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, has been selected to take over command of Travis Air Force Base’s 349th Air Mobility Wing on Aug. 8, according to an announcement from the 349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs […]

Officials suspect homicide in Vacaville prison death

VACAVILLE — The body of an inmate discovered Monday inside one of the prison’s housing units is being investigated as a possible homicide, according to a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The inmate, Nicholas Rodriguez, 24, of Alameda County, was found to be missing during the prisoner count at 4:30 p.m. Monday. […]

Solano County to add War on Terror names to memorial

FAIRFIELD — Shawn Adams, Dustin Shumney, Jerry Bonifacio, Francis Imlay, Casey Sheehan, Jude Mariano, Ryan Connolly and Adam Kinser are finally getting the memorial that they richly deserve. The names of the five Army, two Air Force and one Marine service members from Solano County who gave their lives in the global War on Terror […]

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