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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Author Archive: Ian Thompson

Suisun council debates train depot renovation

SUISUN CITY — How does the Suisun City Council want to go about renovating its train depot? That was the matter the council was still debating as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. Suisun City wants to renovate the station to improve its usability by commuters who both use the Greyhound bus stop, Amtrak and regional bus […]

Suisun police ID shooting victim

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police on Tuesday identified the victim of Saturday’s fatal shooting on Terry Lane as 33-year-old Salathiel Maynard. They also renewed a call for any witnesses to step forward. Maynard was shot at about 11 p.m. Saturday during an argument outside a house on the sub-100 block of Terry Lane. Neighbors […]

Travis, emergency crews work together on disaster exercise

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — It was the worst disaster that never happened in the history of the Travis Air Expo.

Two aircraft from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial exposition team crashed, one on base land south of the flight line and the other slamming into a crowd at the Lambrecht Sports Complex, “killing” six people and “injuring’” another 61.

Fortunately, it was all an extensive exercise conducted Thursday by personnel and involving several on-base emergency responders and a wide representation of off-base agencies …

English Hills family brings a little bit of the Andes to Solano

ENGLISH HILLS — The alpacas of Deb Galway’s Menagerie Hill Ranch seem to hardly notice the human activity around them as they sun themselves on an English Hills slope.

Half a world away from their native environment on the lower slopes of the Andes, they are producers of what Galway says is the softest fleece you will find anywhere.

It was Deb Galway’s husband’s concern about keeping the area clear around their 3,000-acre English Hills ranch that got the family into the business of raising animals.

“We needed lawnmowers

2nd Lawler Ranch Park planning meet set

SUISUN CITY — Lawler Ranch residents will get to see what their suggestions for added uses to Lawler Ranch Park will look like at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Architectural renderings will be part of the discussions city park planners will have with neighbors of […]

Solano communities to host prescription drug take-back events

SUISUN CITY — Residents in communities across the county will have a chance to safely dispose of any expired, outdated or otherwise unneeded prescription medications – for free – April 26 as part of a countywide take-back campaign. The prescription take-back event will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medications will be accepted anonymously, […]

Coalition schedules beverage service training

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Coalition will offer free responsible beverage service training from 5 to 9 p.m. April 16 for businesses, service clubs, restaurant workers and others involved in the sale or service of alcohol. The training will result in a two-year certification that in some cases is […]

Vacaville chef loves to explore fusion cooking

VACAVILLE — If Chef Brian Jaco was content with cooking up burgers and sandwiches, he would probably still be at a bar and grill in Missouri. “But I wanted to go into cooking further than that,” Jaco said. Jaco said that started an ongoing fascination and exploration of fusion cooking, where he can mix and […]

Friends, family recall crash victims at vigil

VACAVILLE — More than 300 friends and family gathered Tuesday night in a field next to Nut Tree Road to remember Gilberto Guzman, the guy who loved to live loud, and Christie Brinsley, the girl who always was kind to everybody.

“He was the guy who everyone wanted and needed as a best friend and bro,” Jesse Perez said of Guzman, using the hood of a four-wheel drive pickup truck as a podium to talk to a crowd of people, many of whom were holding candles.

Jessica Wallace, one of those in the crowd, described 16-year-old Christie as someone “who was an amazing girl and I . . .

Tips to make the most of water during a drought

FAIRFIELD — It’s not that hard to keep nice gardens and landscapes amid dry spells. The UC Cooperative Extension offers a good checklist of tips to make the most of the water you use through its website at Here are a few of them: Water during the cool parts of the day. Watering between […]

Smart planting and use of water can get you through a drought

FAIRFIELD — Keeping your plants alive and healthy during a drought can be challenging. That means either finding ways to stretch your water usage with practices like using ground covers such as mulch to maximize the effectiveness of water needed for your plants ,or planning landscaping around drought-tolerant and native species of grasses, shrubs and […]

McDew to become AMC commander

FAIRFIELD — Lt. Gen. Darren McDew was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the next commander of Air Mobility Command, which has its headquarters at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The Senate on Monday also confirmed McDew, 53, to receive a fourth star. McDew has commanded the 18th Air Force, which also has […]

Solano Library to launch 100th birthday celebration

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library on Saturday will celebrate a century of bringing the gift of reading and lifelong learning to the communities it serves.

“It is going to be really fun,” said Ann Miller, the library’s marketing and community relations officer.

Among those celebrating the centennial that starts at 9 a.m. will be acting California State Librarian Gerry Maginnity, who started his career as a librarian in Vallejo, and Children’s Librarian Mike Perkins, who started his career here as a . . .

Prom dress giveaway set for Saturday

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Youth Commission will host a Prom Closet giveaway Saturday and the youth group has collected more than 150 gently used dresses to give away, as well as accessories, at the Fairfield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a dozen vendors available to offer services as […]

Downtown residents voice worries about new commercial chapel

SUISUN CITY — Residents who live near the former First Church of Christ, Scientist on Main Street that is being reopened as a commercial chapel told the Suisun City Council on Tuesday that the increase in traffic would disrupt the narrow residential streets around it. The business’ owner defended his operation. He said it would […]

Ghost tours delve into Suisun’s paranormal past

SUISUN CITY — The spirit known as Victoria was apparently drawn to the Lawler House’s front porch by the metal sculpture of the jester whose legs were bent as if he was dancing.

“She identifies with this because her own legs were twisted up by polio,” said paranormal investigator Devin Sisk who, with his group of fellow paranormal investigators, has spent the past several months researching old town Suisun City’s supernatural past.

Victoria, Sisk said, died in 1923 when she was 7 and had a brother who also died young. Sisk first encountered her across Main Street, but said he noticed she was more often . . .

Fairfield man faces home-invasion allegations

FAIRFIELD — Solano County sheriff’s detectives arrested a 26-year-old Fairfield man Friday in connection to a Dec. 18 home-invasion robbery in rural Vacaville that ended with one of the home’s occupants getting shot, according to a Tuesday press release from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives arrested Kyle Matthew Amos, 26, at the Fairfield Parole […]

Suisun police to crack down on texting while driving

SUISUN CITY — City police will join more than 200 other law enforcement agencies in April to conduct a monthlong zero-tolerance enforcement and education campaign to curb the use of texting and using hand-held cell phones while driving. Special high-visibility enforcement operations will take place in Suisun City to cite cellphone violators on Thursday, April […]

NorthBay gets special MRI scanner thanks to grant

FAIRFIELD — The NorthBay Medical Center now has a specialized, metal-free ventilator to aid trauma patients in need of an MRI thanks to a grant from the Solano Community Foundation’s Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Fund and the NorthBay Guild Golf & Tennis Classic. The MRI is a key diagnostic tool used to help physicians determine […]

Hospital foundation starts fundraising blog

FAIRFIELD — The NorthBay Healthcare Foundation has entered the blogosphere with the blog called Commitment to Care, which can be found on’s site under Blogging for your Health. Many foundation fundraising activities, such as the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, are already well publicized, said Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, in a […]

Ace Hardware returns to Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City will soon get its hardware store back. Keith Harshbarger, the owner of Harshbarger Ace Hardware in Gridley, has told Suisun City planners that he expects to reopen the Ace Hardware Store in the Heritage Shopping Center in early May. Harshbarger stepped into the Ace Hardware franchise in Suisun City a […]

Discover Solano Spring 2014: Green Valley homes preserve region’s stone legacy

SUISUN VALLEY — A few slight nicks and a groove or two in the sturdy stone of the beautifully maintained 153-year-old Ramsey-Nightingale house may be the last evidence of one of the last altercations of the Civil War. It happened shortly after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, when someone told the Union Army at […]

Discover Solano Spring 2014: Other stone buildings showcase region’s history

SUISUN VALLEY — Time has been good to the Ramsey-Nightingale house and the Granville Swift mansion, the best-preserved of the area’s stone buildings. The rest can be found along Suisun and Green Valley roads, ranging from the restored stone chapel in Rockville to the hidden ruins of a supposedly haunted flour mill. Each brings its […]

Police offer tips to help thwart home burglars

FAIRFIELD — Les Johnsen had just finished his jog and was taking a shower when the doorbell rang. He looked out an upstairs window of his Fairfield home to see who it was, but no one was there.

“So I continued to dress and then heard a crash downstairs,” Johnsen said.

Johnsen armed himself and started to walk down the stairs, only to see a female stranger in the front room “standing there and looking at the TV.” The woman, Johnsen later learned, had gone to the back of the house after ringing the doorbell and come in through an unlocked kitchen window. …

Kroc Center gears up for ‘framily’ fun

SUISUN CITY — It’s a day for friends and family at the Kroc Community Center at the Framily Fun Expo on Saturday, offering an end-of-spring-break afternoon of activities and a vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers crafts, face painting, balloon animals and fun for children while parents visit the Kroc […]

Suisun City to update downtown waterfront plan

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City planners this week started the process to update the city’s plans for its downtown waterfront area by putting out a call for qualified consultants to bid for the contract to update the plan. The downtown waterfront plan was last updated 15 years ago and lays out what the city wants […]

Supervisor candidates stake ground at election forum

VACAVILLE — Supporting Solano County’s farm industry, protecting the county’s water resources, promoting job creation and protecting businesses were all things the four men running to be the next Fourth District Solano County Supervisor could agree on Wednesday. It was the details they differed on. Gerald Clift stressed reining in what he called fiscal mismanagement […]

Morning rollover crash injures driver

FAIRFIELD — The driver of a 2000 Hyundai Accent was taken to NorthBay Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries after his car rolled over in a single-car crash shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The car was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Red Top Road when the […]

Air Force Chamber Players to perform in Suisun

SUISUN CITY — The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West’s Chamber Players under the command of Capt. Jason S. Plosch will offer a free concert at 3 p.m. April 6 at the Kroc Center. The recital will include soloists and small ensembles performing an assortment of music ranging from classical to folk and pop […]

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