FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

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Solano County service members train, promote, deploy

Air Force Airman 1st Class Nadine T. Forsgren graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Forsgren is the daughter of Anders J. Forsgren and Leilani T. Toilolo of Fairfield. Doris Phillips has been promoted to the rank of senior master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Phillips is currently serving as […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

County service members train, picked for special duty

Air Force Airman Reece M. Chamblee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Chamblee is the son of Alicia Chamblee of Vacaville and Rance Chamblee of Fairfield. He is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Dominic F. Lazzaro is an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet involved in cadet […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Hope for ‘Rebels’ springs from ‘Clone Wars’

“Star Wars” never does anything in order. The latest proof is “Star Wars Rebels,” which debuts with an hourlong special Oct. 3 on the Disney Channel before transferring full time to Disney XD beginning Oct. 13. “Rebels” takes place five years before the first film, which is the fourth live-action, big-screen installment in story order. […]

September 26, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates promote, graduate in service

Matt J. Gaoaen has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is a 2009 graduate of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo. Geoffrey D. Henry has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Henry is serving as aviation resource manager with 301st Airlift Squadron at […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Legs power Mustangs in win over Falcons

FAIRFIELD — Both teams opted for the running game in a tilt which took less than two hours to complete as Rodriguez High topped Fairfield 21-8 in a non-league contest Friday night at Schaefer Stadium. For Fairfield, head coach David Fishleigh said that was a strategy borne of necessity. “We lost three-fifths of our offensive line […]

September 20, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Aphex Twin resurfaces; hot fall possible for hip-hop

Aphex Twin has a new record, “Syro,” due next week. Aphex Twin. For frame of reference, the last time Aphex Twin’s visionary mind, Richard D. James, dropped a full album of new material as his creepy, perma-grinning alter ego, the genre was known as “electronica” and his contemporaries included The Prodigy, Moby, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Daft […]

September 19, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Dylan H. Kaine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Kaine is the son of Ralph and Bo Kaine of Suisun City. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Draqe A. Mcelhaney graduated from basic military training at […]

September 21, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Alhambra offense smothers Armijo in defeat

MARTINEZ — Armijo High had a hard time finding a solution to its Mark Azevedo problem Friday night at Alhambra High’s Knowles Field. The result was a 55-13 loss. The Bulldogs quarterback threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns on 18-for-32 passing. He also chipped in 46 yards rushing on nine carries, with three totes […]

September 13, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Vicente M. Alvarez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Alvarez is the son of Kathy G. Mondares as well as the grandson of Maximo and Heriberta Mondares, all of Vallejo. He is a 2012 graduate of Vallejo High School. Army Spc. Markus Broussard has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Joshua A. Givens graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Givens is the son of Jernell L. Garnett, grandson of Tiona Y. Jones and cousin of Greg J. Horsley, all of Fairfield, and nephew of Suzie Echavaria of Cordelia. He is a 2011 graduate of Fairfield High School. Air Force Airman Jalen R. Sandoval graduated from […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Injuries, penalties hurt Mustangs in loss to California

SAN RAMON — On the third play of Friday night’s season-opening game against host California High, Rodriguez High lost quarterback Zach Neckel. Then it got worse. The host Grizzlies steamrolled to a 42-0 victory against the Mustangs, with 35 of those points coming in the first half. As for Neckel, the Mustangs quarterback was fell […]

September 06, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Area service members promote, graduate

Air Force Airman Lawrence Antonio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Antonio is the son of Socorro Antonio of Suisun City. He is a 2014 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Kenneth W. Norman has been selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant in the Air Force. He is the son of Richard M. and […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Personal connections part of ‘Simpsons’ as marathon airs

As you read this, Fox network FXX is in the midst of a 12-day series marathon of “The Simpsons,” which began at 10 a.m. Thursday with the pilot, 1989’s holiday special, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.” After 25 years, “The Simpsons” is such a cultural touchstone that it seems everyone has some sort of […]

August 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Service members with county ties report for duty, complete training

Navy Fireman Apprentice Schenita L. Allen recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the sister of Bruce A. Allen Jr. of Vallejo. Air Force Airman Jordan S. Morales-Jaimes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Morales-Jaimes is […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Steven C. Flynn graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Carol L. Robideaux of Fairfield, grandson of Anne Warnke, nephew of Susan and Steven Povey as well as Sherry and Jose Guzman, cousin of Nikki Butler, and son-in-law of James Butler, all of Vacaville. Air Force […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Electronic dance music latches on at Outside Lands

Mark 2014 down as the year electronic dance music went supernova at the Outside Lands Music Festival. With a lineup that included a headliner slate of reliable classic rock (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), hip-hop hubris (Kanye West) and a one-album wonder (The Killers), concertgoers flocked en masse to EDM artists. In fact, on the […]

August 15, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

West, Petty, Killers headline sold-out Outside Lands festival

Now in its seventh year, previous installments of the Outside Lands Music Festival have sold out of tickets in the days leading up to the event. This year was a different story, however. Concertgoers gobbled up tickets speedily at every on-sale opportunity, leading to a festival that was sold out months in advance. They bought […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Service members with county ties complete training

Navy Fireman Apprentice Schenita L. Allen recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va. She is the sister of Bruce A. Allen Jr. of Vallejo. Air Force Airman Andrew J. Custodio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Custodio is […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Boyhood’ mature on music, moments

Director Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Boyhood,” has received near universal praise for its concept, which follows Mason Evans Jr. through 12 years of schooling and life. Unlike other films, which might cast 12 different actors to play Mason and film in one summer, Linklater signed cast and crew up for an unheralded project, filming a few scenes […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

City graduates finish basic military training

Air Force Airman Kameron R. Brennan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Brennan is the son of Anna Vance of Travis Air Force Base. He is a 2013 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Navy Seaman Recruit Clark Cedric N. Pinili recently completed U.S. Navy basic training […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic military training

Air Force Airman Joshua K. Patterson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Patterson is the son of Laura Patterson of Rio Vista. He is a 2011 graduate of Rio Vista High School. Air Force Airman Anthony Reyna graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Dominick L. Dighero graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Dighero is the grandson of Richard Short and nephew of Richie Short, both of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Vallejo Adult School. Air Force Airman Jammie Dean M. Garcia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Garcia is the […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Hüsker Dü’s ambitious legacy lives on as ‘Zen Arcade’ turns 30

Thirty years ago, one of the hottest places in American music was the Twin Cities in Minnesota. In 1984, three of that area’s most prominent artists of the day released career-defining work in a four-month period: R&B/funk legend Prince served “Purple Rain,” hardcore punk trio Hüsker Dü dropped “Zen Arcade” and The Replacements issued “Let […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Service members with county ties graduate, promote

Air Force Airman Rio Cornell D. Golo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Lila and Rey Baraceros of Fairfield. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marshall T. Grundy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Service members from county complete basic training

Air Force Airman Kyle C. Biggs graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Biggs is the son of Janene R. and Timothy S. Biggs of Benicia. He is a 2013 graduate of Benicia High School. Air Force Airman 1st Class William H. Charbonneau graduated from basic military training at […]

July 06, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Star-Spangled Banner’ represents America well

I love my country, but patriotic songs tend to be a nonstarter. I could never warm to the likes of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” or Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” I respect someone for believing so passionately that they need to testify, but it smacks of jingoism for me. […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

‘Golden Years:’ Reflecting on 10 years in California

On a 2005 hike with my former landlord, Paul, we talked about life and aging. I was 23 at the time. He was more than twice my age. He said life was like a vinyl record on a turntable. The early years are like the opening tracks, with the needle taking longer to make a […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Service members with county ties deploy, commission, graduate

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Karol Kane R. Alcantara graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Alcantara is the daughter of Cherie R. and June A. Alcantara of Fairfield. Army Pvt. Jordan A. Collins graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Collins is the son of Carin Collins of Vacaville. […]

June 29, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged

Airman with Solano ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Gabrielle Aldana graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Aldana is the granddaughter of Charles C. Phillipson of Vallejo and cousin of Erin L. Swicegood of Benicia. She is a 2013 graduate of Benicia High School. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Wilshandra J. Haile graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

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