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SPCA begins caring for more than 100 rescued dogs

VACAVILLE — Staff members at the Solano SPCA in Vacaville are working through the weekend, knowing their efforts could pay off with new homes for more than 100 dogs that just arrived at the facility.

The dogs were rescued from south of Fresno at the foreclosed home of an elderly woman, said Debbie Dillon, director of the local SPCA.

“It’s a very sad story,” Dillon said. “She actually did care about the dogs. She was trying her best, but it just got away from her.”

The dogs had not been abused and were kept in long cement runs that included a dog . . .

Solano County confirms 1st local case of measles

FAIRFIELD — Public health officials on Friday confirmed the first case of measles in Solano County in 2015. The announcement comes in the midst of numerous measles cases throughout the state linked to an outbreak that traces back to Disneyland in Anaheim. The Solano County measles case was discovered in a child that was not of school age, […]

Solano summit focuses on ways to end poverty

FAIRFIELD — About 100 representatives of various groups and agencies turned out Thursday for the Solano Safety Net Summit No. 8 to focus on ways to end poverty in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area.

A major theme of the summit was the collective impact approach used by both the Solano Safety Net Summit Steering Committee and Rise Together Bay Area, which joined to co-host the event . . .

Garamendi vows to keep Travis, Beale as center of air mobility, intelligence work

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi has been appointed to the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will continue serving on the Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. […]

Sports aircraft company CEO recalls effort to locate in Solano

FAIRFIELD — Attendees at the 32nd annual meeting of the Solano Economic Development Corporation heard firsthand Thursday about the modern mode of flying sport planes from the event’s keynote speaker, Kirk Hawkins, founder and chief executive of Icon Aircraft. “It’s time to bring an aircraft to the consumer that they will fall in love with,” […]

SolTrans announces changes to bus routes

VALLEJO — Solano County Transit has announced changes to bus routes in the Benicia and Vallejo areas. The new routes, which begin Saturday, are aimed at streamlining routes, maximizing on-time performance and expanding service, SolTrans said in a press release. The changes follow a yearlong study by the agency. “The service enhancements were driven by […]

Thompson looks for schools, veterans to take part in history project

FAIRFIELD — Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, is looking for local schools to help to interview and preserve the recollections of American war veterans as part of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Thompson, who is a veteran, is also encouraging local veterans to take part in the project and talk […]

Real estate occupancy continues to climb

FAIRFIELD — Local industrial real estate occupancy continued to climb in 2014, according to a market report by Colliers International’s Fairfield office. The office covers Solano, Napa and parts of Contra Costa counties. The vacancy rate at the end of 2014 was 5.8 percent, down from 6.7 percent at the beginning of the quarter and […]

Supervisors voice concern over smoke-free policy implementation

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors appear to agree with the concept of a smoke-free environment for county facilities, but a debate centers on how to best achieve that goal. During their meeting Tuesday, several supervisors expressed concerns about implementing the smoke-free policy they approved two weeks ago. Their debate preceded a unanimous vote to adopt […]

Coalition members review tobacco control report card

FAIRFIELD — Among the items discussed at the annual meeting of the Solano County Tobacco Education Coalition on Tuesday was an American Lung Association report card with a failing grades for local jurisdictions. Six of the seven cities in Solano County, as well as the unincorporated area of the county, received failing grades in overall […]

2 Solano road projects get green light

FAIRFIELD — Two road improvement projects, with a combined cost of $4.5 million, got the green light Tuesday from the Solano County Board of Supervisors. The board authorized bids to be solicited and contracts to be awarded for the Vacaville-Dixon bike route project and the Travis Air Force Base south gate safety improvement project. Both […]

Health officials report 1st Solano flu death

FAIRFIELD — Concerns by local health officials about this year’s flu season took on a new perspective Monday when the first reported flu death in Solano County was announced.

“This just shows the need for everyone to get a flu shot, especially those with other health-related issues,” said Jayleen Richards, public health administrator for Solano County. “It’s just like every year, getting your flu shot is an important thing to do to.”

Officials would not disclose any details about the person who died, other than to say it was an adult under the age of 65.

American Legion Post schedules head-shaving fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — The American Legion Post 208 in Dixon will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event next month to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research. The post hopes to raise $40,000 with the event that’s scheduled Feb. 28. To meet that goal, organizers are looking for nearly 100 participants to register to shave their […]

Group schedules Valentine’s Day Walk at Quail Ridge

LAKE BERRYESSA — The Quail Ridge Reserve at Lake Berryessa will host a walk for those interested in getting out into nature for Valentine’s Day. Members of the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy are organizing the walk, which takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The reserve is located on the peninsula at the southern end of […]

Solano Safety Net Summit set in Fairfield downtown

FAIRFIELD — Current and future plans to reduce poverty in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area will be the focus of discussion Thursday during the Solano Safety Net Summit No. 8. The Solano Safety Net Summit Steering Committee and Rise Together Bay Area is co-hosting the summit, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 […]

Wine, chocolate pairing comes to downtown Benicia

BENICIA — Wine and chocolate will be paired from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 in the downtown area. Up to 20 different wines will be poured inside participating downtown shops during the Wine and Chocolate Walk. Those who take part will have an opportunity to walk along First Street with wine glass in hand. Participants must […]

Solano County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Farm Bureau’s centennial celebration Friday featured a new award, a steak dinner with all the fixings and wine provided by Caymus Vineyards of Napa – an extension of which will soon become a new addition to the Suisun Valley landscape. Three people were recognized for their contributions to the county’s agricultural community and […]

Atlas details Solano birds

FAIRFIELD — If you ever wondered about where to find some of the approximately 150 species of birds that call Solano County home, now you can thanks to the Napa Solano Audubon Society. The team of bird watchers has compiled the Breeding Birds of Solano County Atlas which describes, illustrates and maps out each of […]

Spare the Air alert called for Saturday

FAIRFIELD — A Spare the Air alert has been called for Saturday. For the 21st time this season, the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel will be banned indoors and out for 24 hours. Particulate matter is once again building up throughout the region, according to a press release issued […]

Dixon fairgrounds to host new home, garden show

DIXON — The first three-day Solano County Home and Garden Show is coming Feb. 13-15 to the Dixon Fairgrounds to offer a wide selection of home improvement vendors, according to its organizers. “It is the perfect spot,” said John Arabia, one of the event’s organizers. “Dixon is a great community and a great location.” About […]

Caltrans plans lane closures for work on Zampa Bridge

FAIRFIELD — Up to three of four lanes of westbound Interstate 80 on the Zampa Bridge will be closed for maintenance Friday and Saturday nights, according to the California Department of Transportation. Closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a Caltrans press […]

Crews plan road work at Highway 12-Highway 113 intersection

FAIRFIELD — Intermittent closures for survey work are scheduled next week for portions of the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 113 between Fairfield and Rio Vista, the state Department of Transportation has announced. Plans call for alternate closures on eastbound and westbound Highway 12 and northbound and southbound Highway 113, according to a Caltrans press release. The California […]

Center for Positive Change honors program participants

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s Chief Probation Officer Christopher Hansen talked of “change” and “doing something different” in addressing those in attendance Wednesday at a ceremony to honor high-risk criminals who completed the Center for Positive Change program to help them transition back into the community. “Solano County wanted to do something different,” he said in reference […]

Death toll rises for mystery coating shorebirds

SAN FRANCISCO — The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures’ feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. The birds began turning up on a beach Friday. Necropsies and lab tests will be done Tuesday, but results may not be known until later […]

Reactions to State of Union divide along party lines

FAIRFIELD — Local Democrats called President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech positive and inclusive with good proposals to help middle-class America. Local Republicans called the speech eloquent but don’t believe the president’s performance is commensurate with his words.

Bob Panzer, a member of the Northern Solano Democratic Club, described Obama’s address as “strong and uplifting.”

Solano schedules Center for Positive Change ceremony

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s Center for Positive Change will host a ceremony Wednesday to honor 37 high-risk clients who have completed the center’s program to help them transition back into the community. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the County Event Center, 601 Texas St. in Fairfield. This event is free and open […]

Pasta class to be held by Il Fiorello

SUISUN VALLEY — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and Executive Chef Marvin Martin are pairing to offer a pasta cooking class from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the ongoing Kitchen in the Groves cooking courses. The class will focus on making pasta from scratch, including making pasta dough by hand. Reservations are required and […]

Community remembers King’s dream, honors those making a difference

FAIRFIELD — There was a recurring theme of “All Lives Matter” as Solano Community College hosted its 14th annual “Living the Dream” multicultural celebration in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday. A full house in the college’s theater heard spiritual songs, the recitation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech that drew a […]

Community Corrections Partnership schedules meet

FAIRFIELD — The Community Corrections Partnership will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the County Events Center, 601 Texas St., in Conference Room A. The agenda includes a review of data related to programs and services available through the Probation Department and the Sheriff’s Office, an update on the status of the board and state […]

FBI offers annual teen academy in March

FAIRFIELD — The Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct its no-cost 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy on March 27 at the field office headquarters in Sacramento. Teens who are a junior in high school and live in one of the 34 California counties served by the Sacramento field office, which includes Solano County, are eligible to apply. […]

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