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Travis airman helps recover remains from Vietnam crash site

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The one thing that Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon is most proud of after spending three weeks on a rainy mountainside somewhere in Vietnam is that the work she did there will help bring home the remains of a long-lost service member to his family.

“I am glad that I did it. It will help a family have closure,” said Bailon, an aircrew flight equipment specialist at Travis Air Force Base.

Bailon was part of a Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency recovery team that spent three weeks in November in the mountains of central Vietnam undertaking . . .

No decision yet on whether Travis to house unaccompanied refugee children

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis is still being considered as a possible location to temporarily shelter a large number of unaccompanied children who have arrived at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. “No decision has been made yet,” Andrea Helling, a spokesman for the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Local mayors were informed earlier this […]

Thunderbirds on Travis calendar in 2017

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premiere aerial demonstration team, will return to Travis for the base’s next open house air expo, which is scheduled May 6-7, 2017, according to the team’s 2016-17 schedule. If you can’t wait that long, the Thunderbirds will appear April 16-17 at March Air […]

Warm weather breaks temperature records

FAIRFIELD — Two days of unseasonably warm weather set high temperature records in the Fairfield area Monday and Tuesday.

The spell of nice early February weather during this El Niño winter is no first, through, according to local meteorologist Mike Pechner, who said the same thing happened during the last El Niño in 1994-95.

Fairfield man injured in roll-over crash

FAIRFIELD — A 28-year-old Fairfield man was injured after the Toyota Yaris he was driving flipped over and caught fire late Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police. The man was driving north on Peabody Road just north of Vanden Road shortly after 11 a.m. when he lost control of his car, which left the road […]

Cleo Gordon community raises money for family of 5-year-old hit-and-run victim

FAIRFIELD — The Cleo Gordon Elementary School community has set up a Go Fund Me page to help out the family of one of the school’s kindergartners who was badly injured in a Monday hit-and-run incident. The page had raised $545 as of Thursday night in its campaign to collect $5,000 to help the little girl’s family with medical, travel and other […]

Travis firefighters schedule fundraisers

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Six of Travis Air Force Base’s firefighters will step up for a good cause next month. Actually, 1,356 steps, or 69 flights of stairs, in the Columbia Center Tower in Seattle on March 6 while carrying more than 60 pounds of firefighting gear. That is climbing 788 vertical feet of […]

Pena Adobe puts out call for volunteer docents

VACAVILLE — The Pena Adobe would like you to help them share the Vacaville area’s history with local families and visitors. Pena Adobe Historical Society members will host a volunteer appreciation open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to let visitors meet their cadre of volunteers and possibly join their ranks. Society member Cricket Kanouff said […]

Suisun City may need new Christmas tree

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City may need to get a new Christmas tree to grace the annual Christmas on the Waterfront celebration. The present one that is growing at the east end of Solano Street is looking decidedly brown, especially on its east side, since city officials figure it got frost-shocked a year ago. “It is looking in […]

Deadline looms for Suisun fireworks sales applications

SUISUN CITY — If you want to be one of the local community groups or nonprofits who get to sell fireworks in Suisun City, you have until 5 p.m. Thursday to get your application paperwork  in. So far, five or six Suisun City-based groups have applied and some are groups that staffed fireworks sales booths […]

Solano deputies arrest Suisun City man for deadly 2012 shooting

SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City man, suspected in the fatal shooting of a man who was helping his girlfriend deliver newspapers almost four years ago, was in jail Tuesday after being arrested the previous day. Daniel Jimenez Diaz, 30, was spotted in the area of Anderson Drive at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and […]

Vacaville man caught in multimillion-dollar shoplifting scheme gets federal prison time

VACAVILLE — A former Vacaville man became the final defendant sentenced Tuesday from a shoplifting ring that stole more than $2.5 million in retail goods which he and others resold on eBay, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release. Jason Nathaniel Reed, 36, of Aspen, Colorado, previously from Vacaville, was sentenced to three years in prison. He […]

Vacaville city attorney to retire

VACAVILLE — Vacaville City Attorney Jerry Hobrecht will step down after serving that community for 25 years, Vacaville City Hall announced Tuesday. Hobrecht, who will retire July 31, stated in a press release that “it’s time for a much-needed break” from 34 years of public service after he submitted his resignation at the Jan. 15 City […]

Suisun council approves new employee contracts

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council approved new contracts with its city employee unions Tuesday that will give them 5 percent salary raises over the next two years. The agreements are with the Suisun City Employees Association, the Suisun City Management and Professional Employees Association, the Suisun City Police Officers Association, management and employees not […]

Fairfield police arrest teen in hit-and-run that left 5-year-old hospitalized

FAIRFIELD – A Fairfield teen was taken into custody Tuesday in connection to Monday afternoon’s hit-and-run incident that left a 5-year-old girl seriously injured. Jefferson Tara, 19, was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. after investigators reviewed video of the area where the incident occurred, established a possible suspect car and worked out the general area where the car […]

Air Force Staff Sgt. Stone to co-write book

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone, now stationed at Travis Air Force Base, will soon add author to his accomplishments. The Perseus Books Group announced late last month that they have signed Stone and friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos to a book deal that will see the account of […]

200-year-old Travis chapel bell sees new life after restoration

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — When Master Sgt. Gregory Volkman, the Twin Peaks Chapel superintendent, arrived here more than eight years ago, the small bell tower was already leaning to one side.

It was not long before the tower was taken down as a safety measure and its 200-year-old French church bell stored away.

Now the refurbished bell could be back in a new tower by Easter to welcome people to the chapel and honor those Travis airmen who died in service to their country, thanks to Chaplain (Col.) Robert Cannon and a dedicated restoration team from Travis Air Force Base’ civil engineering squadron.

“I am very glad this has happened,” said Volkman, who will soon retire from the service.

Kroc Center expects ‘biggest ever’ health fair

SUISUN CITY — More than three dozen health-related vendors and family oriented activities will be offered at this year’s Fourth Annual Kroc Center Health Fair on Saturday. The free event will have more than 30 health-related vendors including Solano County’s mobile clinic and mobile dental vehicle. Solano County Health and Social Services will also offer free […]

CHP schedules free senior driving skills class

RIO VISTA — Older drivers can brush up on their driving skills, refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road and learn about how aging affects their driving ability at the California Highway Patrol’s next Age Well Drive Smart class. The free class will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at […]

CHP looking for vehicle in hit-and-run that left woman hospitalized

FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol is looking for help to solve a hit-and-run incident that put a 31-year-old woman into the hospital early Tuesday night. Officers responded to reports of a car hitting a pedestrian on eastbound Interstate 80 east of West Texas Street at about 6:15 p.m. and found the woman lying in one of the […]

Police arrest transient after suspected burglary of burned-out home

SUISUN CITY — An alert neighbor foiled the early Monday afternoon burglary of a recently burned home on the 1000 block of Driftwood Court, according to Suisun City police. The neighbor spotted Tyrone S. Terry Jr., 36, a transient, around the house and believed he was committing a theft. The neighbor tried to confront Terry only to […]

Fairfield cops nail 3 in DUI probation search

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police and Solano County probation officers arrested three people Monday who had violated the terms of their probation on outstanding probation cases, according to an announcement from Fairfield police. The police referred two additional cases to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office against DUI probationers who violated the terms of their probation. Those caught […]

Suisun police chief warns about phone scam

SUISUN CITY — If a police “sergeant” calls you up, says one of your family members is in jail and that you can get him out by buying $2,000 worth of iTunes gift cards to get the family member out, hang up. That is the advice that Suisun City Police Chief Tim Mattos is giving […]

Touro opens new research facility

MARE ISLAND — Touro University officials cut the ribbon an a new clinic Wednesday that will house research efforts that could significantly improve the lives of those who are obese or have diabetes. “This is an auspicious occasion,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and senior provost of Touro’s Western Division, of the ribbon-cutting. “But it is what is going […]

60th Air Mobility Wing celebrates 50th anniversary

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — There were already more than 184,000 American troops in Vietnam and the start of the three-year-long bombing campaign known as Operation Rolling Thunder was a little less than a year old when the 60th Military Airlift Wing was born. The change was announced Jan. 8, 1966, with little ceremony as the 1501st Air Transport Wing […]

Solano history center opens new year with fundraising calendar

SUISUN CITY — The Solano History Education Center is starting its new year with a fundraising 2016 calendar and historical projects that include working with the Solano Town Center mall to put up a display there. The yearlong display of the history of Armijo High School, which was shown in Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office, will be […]

Rebuilding Together Solano seeks MLK community day support

FAIRFIELD — If you are looking for a way to give back to your community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Rebuilding Together Solano County would like to hear from you. The Vallejo-based nonprofit is looking for volunteers from the community to help with several rehabilitation projects at David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy […]

Suisun City almost changes course on marijuana ordinance

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council almost reversed itself on tightening the city’s marijuana law Tuesday night. Councilman Mike Hudson asked to reconsider the yes vote he cast minutes after he was one of three yes votes to approve a second reading of a new medical marijuana ordinance that brings it in line with the state’s […]

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