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Solano focuses on rail safety

FAIRFIELD — Solano County wants to let people know about its rail emergency plans and to identify weaknesses, even as Valero pursues a controversial proposal to ship crude oil by rail through the region. The county conducted a rail safety workshop Monday billed as a “community conversation.” About 60 people attended the evening meeting in the county […]

Voters who have moved urged to check registration

FAIRFIELD — People who have moved in the past year must make certain they have updated their voter registration to vote in the Nov. 4 election. They have through Oct. 30 to do so. The signed voter registration card must reflect the voter’s current address. “Unlike telephone numbers or your mail, voter registration does not follow […]

Caltrans cancels nighttime Highway 37 closures

VALLEJO — Workers finished much of their Highway 37 road maintenance work ahead of schedule, prompting the state Department of Transportation to cancel nighttime closures for the remainder of the week. Caltrans shut down Highway 37 from Highway 29 in Vallejo to Highway 121 at Sears Point this past weekend to do paving work. The road […]

CHP offers driver safety for teens class

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol will conduct a Start Smart class designed to enhance the driving skills of teen motorists. Start Smart includes a review of the rules of the road, some video clips and related movies designed to inform parents of the restrictions on teen drivers and give some important information to teens who are […]

Sports fundraiser takes place in Vallejo

FAIRFIELD — A fundraising golf tournament will take place Friday at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo to benefit seven different sports teams and the sports medicine program at Solano Community College. The third annual golf event is a joint effort between the Solano Community College Education Foundation and the college’s athletic department and boosters club. Sports […]

Councilwoman helps with self-defense class for women

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Councilwoman Catherine Moy has joined with a local martial arts instructor to provide a free self-defense class in response to a series of attacks on women in Cordelia and Green Valley. The 90-minute class is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Combat Solutions at Rockville Corner. The instructor is martial artist Chach Quinn. He […]

Local governments schedule meetings

FAIRFIELD — Local government groups will conduct meetings during the week. They include: Vacaville Community Services Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: www.ci.vacaville.ca.us. Solano Community College governing board, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Solano Community College Faculty/Staff Lounge (Building 1400, Room 1401A), 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield. Info: www.solano.edu/governing_board/meetings.php. Vacaville School District, 7 p.m. Thursday, Educational […]

Incumbent Spering stresses experience

FAIRFIELD — Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering wants another encore in his long Solano County political career. He’s been in the local political spotlight for 28 years, 20 years as Suisun City mayor and the past eight years as a Solano County supervisor. He is running against Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani in the Nov. 4 election […]

Solano ceremony honors ‘forgotten war’ veterans

VALLEJO — Veterans of the “forgotten war” were remembered, honored and thanked Sunday in an event sponsored by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco and Rep. Mike Thompson.

Korean War veterans didn’t come back in the 1950s to parades as they did after World War II, but returned instead to a war-weary country, said Thompson, D-St. Helena, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who represents the 5th Congressional District.

“The country forgot the war,” he said, “and sadly, the warrior.”

Bertani emphasizes community connection

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani wants to take her next step in the local political world. She wants to unseat incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering in the Nov. 4 election for the 3rd District seat that covers much of Fairfield and Suisun City. It’s the newcomer versus the veteran, at least in relative terms. Bertani […]

Annual Dixon Scottish games bring out the plaid

DIXON — Jon Sisseck slowly pulled the small blades of grass off his hands.

There would be just enough time to catch his breath, and clean his hands before he took another turn at the caber toss Saturday at the Dixon Scottish Games and Gathering.

The caber is a large tapered pole, which typically stands 19 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Sisseck was tossing one that was 17 feet, 6 inches and 100 pounds.

The grass was sticking to his hand due to the tacky substance he was using for the toss.

Schaupp addresses Solano Republicans

FAIRFIELD — Charlie Schaupp, the Republican candidate for the 4th Assembly District, came to Fairfield on Friday to rally supporters. Schaupp attended the monthly dinner put on by the Solano County Republican Central Committee. For that matter, he cooked the dinner by barbecuing chicken on a large grill that he brought. “These are the workers and […]

Clown teams with cancer project to raise awareness

FAIRFIELD — Michael Langberg isn’t afraid to wear pink, act goofy or be in a rodeo ring.

He’s also not afraid of hard work in pushing a cause he believes in and is close to his heart – cancer awareness.

As “Relay,” the Cancer Awareness Clown, Langberg does all of these, often at one time. Sponsored, in part, by Wrangler Jeans Tough Enough to Wear Pink, he wears the pink clothing line and clowns around in various rodeo rings, from Wyoming to Texas, all in the name of bringing cancer awareness to as many people as he can.

Thunderstorm brings rain, but drought continues

FAIRFIELD — A thunderstorm rumbled Friday afternoon through Suisun Valley and central Fairfield, bringing lightning, hail and plenty of rain. But a drought-buster? It’s just a drop in a big, fairly empty bucket after three relatively dry rain years. Solano County Water Agency General Manager David Okita said Friday afternoon that this late-September rain might […]

State schedules Highway 37 closures

VALLEJO — Highway 37 between Highway 29 in Vallejo and Highway 121 at Sears Point is scheduled to be closed through the weekend. This is the major road linking Solano and Sonoma counties, used by 38,000 to 40,000 drivers a day. The state Department of Transportation is planning to do paving and maintenance work on the […]

Logue hosting barbecue for veterans

DIXON — Assemblyman Dan Logue is hosting a veteran meet-and-greet event Sunday that includes a free barbecue for veterans and their guests. The event is at noon at the American Legion Hall, 1305 N. First St. Participants can meet Logue and ask questions, a Logue press release said. Logue, R-Loma Rica, is running against incumbent Rep. […]

Wolk ready to look beyond Delta tunnels

RIO VISTA — State Sen. Lois Wolk on Thursday said it’s probably time to start looking at alternatives to the proposed twin tunnels to solve the challenges that face the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Brown administration favors building the tunnels as a way to improve the existing Delta water pumping regimen that can run afoul of […]

4th annual Stars and Stripes Salute to Doolittle set in October

FAIRFIELD — The Stars and Stripes Salute to Doolittle returns this year to help raise money for the Jimmy Doolittle Center in Vacaville. The event, now in its fourth year, will take place at 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 on board the USS Hornet (CV-12) Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, in Alameda. This year’s […]

Girls on the Run to host 5K run

FAIRFIELD — Girls on the Run invites residents to take part in the Girls on the Run 5K Napa and Solano Run on Nov. 7 at Napa College, where more than 300 Girls on the Run graduates and their 73 volunteer life coaches will start off their run at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The run is the […]

Solano to tackle chronic diseases with $3.69M grant

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has received a three-year, $3.69 million grant to prevent chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday announced the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant award. It administers the grant as part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative. Solano Public Health will use the […]

Supervisors discuss state ballot initiatives

FAIRFIELD — California voters have big decisions to make Nov. 4, among them whether the state should borrow billions of dollars for water projects and reduce sanctions for some crimes. They can turn to the Solano County Board of Supervisors for advice. The board on Tuesday considered five of the six state propositions. It then […]

Ceremony heralds transition to Solano’s new DA

FAIRFIELD — A large contingent of Solano County’s legal community joined together with several of the county’s political leaders to witness Krishna A. Abrams being ceremonially sworn into office Tuesday afternoon. Judge Peter B. Foor, who has admired Abram’s legal skills for several years, presided over a brief ceremony that was preceded by several of Abrams’ supporters and admirers sharing remarks about […]

Solano County fetes oldest residents

FAIRFIELD — Gladys Helmer may have hit the century mark, but she’s not taking a hike to celebrate.

“I could be over the hill,” Helmer, 100, said Tuesday as the Solano County Board of Supervisors honored the county’s centenarians. “I’m too damned old to climb that hill.”

Helmer, the lone Rio Vista resident at the ceremony, doesn’t really have a secret to her longevity. She spoke of hard work, which included living on a ranch, and time for fun, such as playing bridge.

That hard work paid off three years ago. Helmer took four . . .

County dips into emergency funds for quake

FAIRFIELD — Solano County will take $2 million from its $9 million emergency fund to pay for South Napa Earthquake damage to county buildings. The 6.0-magnitude Aug. 24 earthquake hit Vallejo hard. County officials estimate that county facilities in that city suffered $1.8 million in damage. For example, the county has repaired its Health and […]

County paves way for Copart hangar sale

FAIRFIELD — Auto auction giant Copart is selling its hangar at Nut Tree Airport to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation with a little help from Solano County. Solano County owns Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. The privately owned Copart hangar is subject to a $13,795-a-month ground lease with the county. The ground […]

Asphalt oil drum leak sparks industrial fire in Vallejo

VALLEJO — A large drum filled with asphalt oil ruptured Monday at the Syar Industries site in Vallejo, sparking a fire and a sizable emergency response. The 30,000-gallon drum ruptured at approximately 2 p.m. at the Syar site on the 800 block of Lake Herman Road in Vallejo. Fire Department Capt. Arthur Gonzales said in a brief […]

Solano alpaca ranches open for visits during national event

VACAVILLE — It’s that fuzzy time of year again – National Alpaca Farm Days this Saturday and Sunday. Two Vacaville alpaca ranches – Ahh…Sweet Alpacas and Menagerie Hill Ranch – will take part in the event that will open their facilities free of charge to the general public in order to learn about the friendly animals […]

Support group to host domestic violence event

FAIRFIELD — LIFT3 Support Group and the Solano Family Justice Center will host a Day of Remembrance event on Oct. 22 in order to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will be a chance to remember and honor victims who lost their lives and to raise awareness of domestic violence. It is also to remind […]

Lake Berryessa hike set in October

LAKE BERRYESSA — Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy will conduct a hike at Quail Ridge Reserve from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11. The reserve is located on a peninsula along southern Lake Berryessa. Conservancy Executive Director Frank Maurer will lead the hike at a slow pace, pointing out the native wildlife and habitats. Maurer is a zoologist […]

Supervisors to vote on Doolittle deal to purchase Copart hangar

FAIRFIELD — Auto auction giant Copart wants to sell its hangar at Nut Tree Airport to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation, but needs some help from Solano County.

Solano County owns Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. The Copart hangar is subject to a $13,795-a-month ground lease with the county. Also, the county has the right to buy the hangar, should Copart ever sell it.

For the deal between Copart and the foundation to be possible, the county must amend the ground lease

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