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Multiple car accident blocks I-80 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A big rig blocked traffic in a collision with a smaller truck on Sunday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 80, blocking four lanes of traffic and continuing a day that saw several serious freeway incidents during the morning hours. Earlier it was reported that the big rig jackknifed but according to Sgt. Brian Sprang of […]

Incidents mar Solano County morning freeway travel

FAIRFIELD — A major accident blocked two lanes of Interstate 80 early Sunday in Fairfield, one of several incidents reported during a morning in Solano County that saw a reported fatal incident in Vallejo. The Fairfield crash was reported at approximately 8:30 a.m. on westbound I-80 west of Interstate 680 and blocked the two left […]

Bevy of holiday activities at Western Railway Museum

RIO VISTA — Mrs. Claus cleared her busy schedule to read to children at the Western Railway Museum the past two Saturdays. Sitting in the museum lobby, surrounded by wrapped gifts, Kristin March, the public program manager at the museum, donned a red velvet dress complete with white fur trim and a cap. Youth could […]

Discovery Kingdom upgrades animal, marine mammal facilities

VALLEJO — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom over the past six months has completed substantial upgrades to its animal care capabilities and marine mammal facilities, said a press release from Six Flags. The park opened in Vallejo nearly 30 years ago as one of the first oceanarium experiences in Northern California. Each of the four marine mammal facilities has undergone major […]

State Fair scholarship applications available

FAIRFIELD — Friends of the California State Fair are accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at www.CAstatefair.org. This year, 27 scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture, and past […]

NorthBay Healthcare hospitals earn nursing ‘magnet’ designations

FAIRFIELD — Five years of hard work paid off this week for nurses at NorthBay Healthcare when its health care operations in Fairfield and Vacaville were designated nursing magnet hospitals. The designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for NorthBay Medical Center and VacaValley Hospital puts the Solano County hospitals on equal footing with Stanford […]

Kaiser’s Vacaville facility earns Level II verification

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been verified as a Level II trauma center. The certification by the American College of Surgeons caps a lengthy process that saw Kaiser Permanente’s facility in Vacaville square off with NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield to secure the county’s lone allowable Level II trauma center designation. That […]

Groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings play role in civic life

FAIRFIELD — Solano County in August 2012 conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for its Claybank Jail expansion and local officials used shovels to dig into a mound of dirt as cameras clicked.

Major construction work on the new jail finished this summer. Dignitaries on June 5 posed for more photos, this time as a ribbon at the jail entrance was cut.

Gold shovels and giant scissors. Those are the mainstays of celebrations for new buildings, bridges and roads, not only in Solano County, but across the nation. These props are as much a part of public life as the gavel used by mayors to open city council meetings.

Downtown Vacaville to host Hanukkah celebration

VACAVILLE — Chabad of Solano County will celebrate the first night of the Festival of Hanukkah at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a menorah lighting at Vacaville Town Square. New this year is a grand dreidel spinning game with what’s described as the largest dreidel in Northern California. Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine and Steve Hardy, Vacaville’s former […]

The Leaven plans free Christmas party

FAIRFIELD — Local nonprofit The Leaven will host a free community Christmas party at 4 p.m. Friday at 855 E. Tabor Ave. The party will celebrate another year of helping children and communities rise, according to a press release issued by Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven. The event includes a performance by The Leaven student […]

Church offers Blue Christmas Service

FAIRFIELD — Grace Episcopal Church will offer a Blue Christmas Service for those whose Christmas may not be that bright. The service, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, will be a time for remembering, lamenting, listening to music and finding hope, according to the press release. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 1405 Kentucky St., at […]

Railway Museum hosts Mrs. Claus

SUISUN CITY — The Western Railway Museum will have Mrs. Claus read to children Saturday. There will be hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies and story reading for children. The train will take participants on rides through rural Solano County. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The train leaves four times throughout the day […]

Library to host puppet theater

VACAVILLE — A city library will play host to a family night this month during which participants will be treated to puppet theater. The show consists of a holiday version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” It’s sponsored by the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries and is open to the public, according to a library press […]

Local governments schedule week’s meetings

FAIRFIELD — City councils in Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista will meet this week, as will Planning Commission members in Vacaville. The schedule of the week’s public meetings includes: Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall council chamber, 1000 Webster St. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov. Suisun City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall council chamber, 701 Civic […]

NorthBay schedules children’s grief workshop

FAIRFIELD — Children who have lost loved ones can get a little help expressing their grief this holiday season during a special age-specific workshop. The workshop, titled “Healing Kids’ Grief Using Creativity,” is coordinated by NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. It’s for elementary-age children, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and is free. Participants will be guided by trained […]

Solano storm: Water, water, everywhere

FAIRFIELD — A major winter storm rolled through the Bay Area on Thursday and Friday and on to the Sacramento Valley and into the Sierra Nevada, bringing with it high winds and heavy rains. Solano County was along a portion of the storm’s path, and saw localized flooding and a handful of limited power outages […]

American icon celebrates 100 years with stop in Vallejo

VALLEJO — Steve Trombley posed in front of the open bus door while his wife, Barbara Trombley, snapped a photo.

The couple traveled from Sebastopol to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Saturday to check out an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of Greyhound bus lines.

“Back in the day, I drove for Greyhound,” he said. It was the late 1980s in Washington State.

He was standing in front of the 1984 Americacruiser, the model of bus he drove.

Solano County to witness Hanukkah celebrations

FAIRFIELD — Chabad of Solano County will celebrate the first night of the Festival of Hanukkah at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a menorah lighting at Vacaville Town Square. New this year is a grand dreidel spinning game with what’s described as the largest dreidel in Northern California. Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine and Steve Hardy, Vacaville’s former mayor, […]

Holiday fun brings smiles at Silveyville Tree Farm

DIXON — It didn’t matter that the storm Thursday brought buckets of water pouring down, the annual Happy Holiday Celebration at Silveyville  Christmas Tree and Pumpkin Farm in Dixon took place Friday anyway. The weather gave participants a break with no rain in the morning to ruin the happy day for the children, but by the afternoon the weather […]

Winter storm soaks Solano, spares its wrath

FAIRFIELD — The winter storm that the region was bracing for since early in the week spared Solano County much of the devastating one-two punch Thursday of high winds and drenching rains.

The area got off light when it came to power outages compared to the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. outages map looked like a bad case of measles.

As the storm dropped steady rainfall on Fairfield hour after hour Thursday – 2.28 inches through 7 p.m. at Travis Air Force Base – the National Weather Service issued a series of flood-related advisories and warnings for the entire county, first until 9:45 p.m. Thursday, then to 1:15 a.m. Friday and ultimately to 10 p.m. Friday.

Downtown Dash set for Dixon return

DIXON — The second annual Dixon Downtown Dash will take place Saturday. The Downtown Dash is a 5K walk/run that requires online registration and entry fee. People can take part in a 1K stroll for free. A portion of the proceeds from the 5K entry fees will be donated to Team Dixon. Team Dixon is an activity-based nonprofit group that’s based on […]

Travis brings holiday cheer to airmen

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night could stop the volunteers of Travis’ annual Operation Cookie Drop from baking, gathering, sorting and delivering boxes of holiday cookies Thursday to deserving airmen. It was still dark and very wet when the first of the volunteers gathered at the base chapel […]

Garamendi backs measure to stem veteran suicides

FAIRFIELD — The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans measure to stem veteran suicides won support from Rep. John Garamendi. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, voted Tuesday for the congressional legislation that won passage and moves to the Senate for consideration, his office said. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide each day – more than 8,000 […]

DUI checkpoints Friday in Fairfield, Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — Police from across Solano County will begin a push Friday to help make the roads in the county’s various cities safer for everyone during the holiday season. The Fairfield Police Department’s traffic unit will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday at an undisclosed location within the city as well as special DUI roving saturation patrols during […]

Team Dixon schedules Christmas play

DIXON — Team Dixon will produce its first theater performance, “Christmas From Our Hearts-An Evening of Friendship and Song,” on Friday. The activity-based, nonprofit is based on the principal that pairing a special needs child with a buddy is the best possible thing for both children, according to a press release. The special needs child receives support, […]

Solano County Library endorses War Ink exhibit

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library announced this week it is supporting the powerful online exhibit War Ink as a meaningful way to honor the nation’s 2.6 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The online exhibit opened on Veterans Day and shows an honest and emotionally raw collection of video, photography and audio […]

Supervisors OK consultant for historical records

FAIRFIELD — The county’s historical records got a boost Tuesday from the Solano County Board of Supervisors. Members of the Solano County Historical Records Commission brought nine options to the dais related to items that run the gamut from county marriage licenses issued between 1863 and 1893 to aerial photos of the Interstate 80 corridor in […]

Supervisors approve proposed fire impact fees

FAIRFIELD — Fire protection districts in Cordelia and Suisun will see some lower impact fees for residential development beginning in February 2015. The fees were approved unanimously Tuesday by the Solano County Board of Supervisors at their last meeting of 2014. The Vacaville Fire Protection District will see increases in both residential and nonresidential fees […]

Solano braces for winter storm

FAIRFIELD — Solano County may see another drenching later this week as a strong winter storm moves through the region.

The storm is set to arrive Wednesday night and continue into Friday and may bring flooding near small streams and in poorly drained areas, according to the National Weather Service. The Solano County Water Agency warns residents to be prepared for rain that will be heavy at times, and for high winds.

Storms have already dropped 3.31 inches of rain at Travis Air Force Base this month and 5.74 inches this season.

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