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State schedules ramp closure at freeway project site

FAIRFIELD — Work scheduled on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 interchange will require another series of closures of the eastbound I-80 onramp from Green Valley Road and also the far right lane of a portion of I-80 for a second consecutive night, Caltrans has announced. The work is scheduled between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. […]

Appointments on tap for Board of Supervisors meet

FAIRFIELD — Several appointments are on the agenda for Solano County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Included on the docket is the appointment of the county’s Health and Social Services director Gerald Huber as the Welfare-to-Work/Food Stamps and TANF representative to the board of directors of the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County. The board […]

Conservancy plans next Quail Ridge Reserve walk

LAKE BERRYESSA — Nature lovers can take part in an interpretive walk from 2:30 to 6 p.m. March 14 on the Quail Ridge Reserve at Lake Berryessa. Members of the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy are organizing the walk. The reserve is located on the peninsula at the southern end of Lake Berryessa and features California native grasses, […]

Literacy celebration returns this month

FAIRFIELD — The county library system’s annual literacy celebration and a farewell retirement reception will take place March 14. Joanne Wright will retire this year and a reception is planned in her honor with a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program for the adult literacy celebration at 10 a.m. at 601 Texas St., Fairfield. The celebration is part […]

Officials discuss regional program to adapt to rising tides

FAIRFIELD — Representatives of Solano County and cities throughout the county, along with Travis Air Force Base and various area agencies, gathered Friday to learn how the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s adapting to rising tides program can help in planning for current and future flooding. The presentation focused on how concerns about storms, tides […]

Wolk to chair committee on state’s wine industry

FAIRFIELD — State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been appointed to chair the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, her office announced in a press release. The committee will develop policy to sustain and support the health of the industry, the release said. “California’s wine industry is a critical contributor to our state’s economy,” […]

Legislative committee votes for earthquake relief bill

FAIRFIELD — Legislation by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist residents and businesses affected by the South Napa Earthquake earned a 6-0 vote Wednesday in the Senate’s Governance & Finance Committee. Senate Bill 35 extends excess disaster loss provisions to the losses sustained in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, which […]

Inspections of Antioch Bridge to begin

FAIRFIELD — Motorists crossing the Antioch Bridge on Highway 160 should anticipate possible delays as inspections of the bridge deck and girders are scheduled during March. Crews will perform routine inspections during the weeks of March 9 and March 16, according to a California Department of Transportation press release. The work is scheduled, weather permitting, […]

Vallejo vets raise money to put signs on Purple Heart Trail

VALLEJO — The American Legion Post is trying to raise money by March 31 to install highway markers along its portion of the Purple Heart Trail that runs through Vallejo along Interstate 80. Nestor Aliga, of the American Legion Post No. 603, estimates it will cost $6,000 to put up the signs at the Hunter Hill […]

Fair unveils new sponsorship program

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Fair Association is introducing a new community partnership. The FairHands Sponsorship Program is designed to help sustain Youth Ag Day and the fair’s youth exhibits, including the livestock competition, according to a press release from the county. “In the same way that farmhands are essential to the operations of a […]

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those […]

Allergy season arrives early in Solano County

FAIRFIELD — It may be February, but it seems like springtime for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Early rains and warm weather have led to early blooming, which has jump-started seasonal allergies for many local residents, according to Tricia Fenili, nurse practitioner at NorthBay Center for Primary Care.

“The plants are confused,” she said. “They thinks it’s spring. We usually start seeing this in mid-March. April and May are the peak months.”

Fenili has already been …

Winds down some trees, but no major damage

FAIRFIELD — A couple of downed trees Monday morning appear to have been the most significant problems from the high winds that gusted to 44 mph as they blew through the local area the past couple of days. A 50-foot pine tree fell across Dickson Hill Road at El Camino Drive in Fairfield and a […]

Big-rig crash shuts down Highway 12 outside Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — A big rig crashed into the center divide Monday along westbound Highway 12 between Rio Vista and Suisun City, prompting a road closure and cleanup effort that lasted well into the night. The crash happened shortly before 8 p.m. about a quarter-mile west of Denverton Road, according to the California Highway Patrol […]

County to host workshop on rising sea levels

FAIRFIELD — The public is invited to attend a workshop Friday about planning for storms, tides and rising sea levels in Solano County.

The county, along with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency, will host the event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St.

Garamendi schedules federal grants seminar

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi will host a grants seminar March 11 in Marysville as part of what the congressman says is an effort to bring more federal grants to the 3rd Congressional District. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Yuba County Government Center at 915 Eighth St. […]

Governor reappoints Winters resident to board

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that Robert C. McNamara of Winters has been reappointed as a member and president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. McNamara, 64, has served on the board since 2002. He has been president at Sierra Orchards since 1980. He was president of the Center for Land-Based […]

American Red Cross schedules blood drive

VALLEJO — The American Red Cross, which according to the organization needs donors to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, is conducting a series of blood drives this month in Solano County. All blood types, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed. Blood drives are scheduled: From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist […]

Propane company offers free irrigation engine workshop

WOODLAND — Allied Propane Service is sponsoring a propane irrigation engine workshop Thursday. Allied Propane is a locally owned family business. The workshop will have working engines on display along with an informational presentation. A raffle for a $200 Cabella’s gift card and other prizes will follow. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to […]

Six Flags posts record income, earnings

VALLEJO — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, described as the world’s largest regional theme park operator, announced its fifth consecutive year of record financial performance as it posted a company-high $1.2 billion in revenue, an increase of $66 million or 6 percent over 2013. The company generated full-year 2014 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of […]

California Competes tax credit workshop available

VALLEJO — A workshop to help instruct businesses in applying for the California Competes tax credit will take place Tuesday at Vallejo City Hall. The one-hour workshop, hosted by the Solano Economic Development Corporation and the city of Vallejo, is aimed at helping businesses understand the application process for the state’s new tax credit program. The workshop […]

Shave head, help raise money for children’s cancer

DIXON — The American Legion Post No. 208 in Dixon will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research. The post hopes to raise $40,000 during the event, which starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion’s hall, 1305 N. First St. To meet that goal, organizers are looking […]

Board of Supervisors cancels meeting

FAIRFIELD — The regular meeting of the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday has been canceled. Their next meeting will be March 3. The board regularly meets at 9 a.m. the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the County Government Center, 675 Texas St. Reach Kevin W. Green at 427-6974 or […]

Senior Coalition offers healthy aging mini-series

FAIRFIELD — The Senior Coalition of Solano County will soon offer the “Aging with Vitality: Mini-Medical School” mini-series to local residents. Now in its third year, the free educational mini-series is aimed at normalizing the aging process and inspiring participants to be proactive by making healthy lifestyle choices. Workshops are scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. […]

Final winter birds of prey, nature walk set at Lynch Canyon

FAIRFIELD — Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team will take guests on the season’s final birds of prey identification and natural history hike early next month at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park in Vallejo. Participants will receive raptor identification tips and haver a chance to see resident and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings […]

3 earn Carnegie Medals for heroism

Vacaville resident among recipients SACRAMENTO — Perry Hookey relives the horrific morning of Jan. 10, 2013, every morning he drives to work as a paramedic at Medic Ambulance Service. That morning he came across semi-truck driver William Ballard trapped in his burning rig, hanging upside down from his seat belt in the cab of the tractor. […]

Taxpayers ballot measure unconstitutional, Dixon says

FAIRFIELD — A taxpayers’ ballot initiative is unconstitutional and would eliminate any way for the city to comply with state-mandated improvements, the attorney for Dixon says in asking the Solano County Superior Court to block from the November 2016 ballot a measure that seeks to lower sewer fees paid by residents. “A local taxpayers group has […]

NAMI Solano County schedules meet

FAIRFIELD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Solano County will have a general meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at 470 Chadbourne Road. It will serve as the agency’s annual meeting and will include the election of its board. Donna Wood from NAMI Walks Sacramento will be the guest speaker to talk about the Solano […]

California Competes tax credit workshop set in Vallejo

VALLEJO — A workshop to help instruct businesses in applying for the California Competes tax credit will take place Tuesday at Vallejo City Hall. The one-hour workshop, hosted by the Solano Economic Development Corporation and the city of Vallejo, is aimed at helping businesses understand the application process for the state’s new tax credit program. The workshop […]

SID moves ahead with plan to increase water rates

VACAVILLE — The Solano Irrigation District board of directors agreed by a unanimous vote Tuesday to move ahead with a plan to increase water rates. Board members directed district staff to begin the process of notifying all SID customers of the proposed increase, as required by Proposition 218. The rate increase would call for a 6.4 […]

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