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Artists with trowels transform highway wall

FAIRFIELD — Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon is getting a sculpture on a huge scale, basically an entire hillside.

It’s one of Solano County’s biggest pieces of artwork – perhaps the biggest – but it isn’t gaudy or flashy. The goal isn’t to create something never seen or imagined before.

Workers are wrapping up a project that keeps a massive, three-tier concrete retention wall along a half-mile of Highway 12 from looking like a concrete wall. The crew from San Juan Capistrano-based Boulderscape uses trowels to make the cement look like . . .

County supervisors hear from Solano grand jury

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors and county officials on Tuesday listened to the Solano County grand jury present three reports that included pointed criticisms, then responded with a few criticisms of their own. The 2013-14 grand jury issued 17 reports. The ones presented verbally to supervisors addressed homelessness, criminal justice realignment and the county’s efforts […]

Solano leaders feel left out of Delta decision-making

FAIRFIELD — Solano County officials say they’re on the outside looking in when it comes to California’s big plans to reshape the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with twin tunnels to carry water exports and large-scale habitat restoration. The recently released draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Implementation Agreement hasn’t changed this view. The state Department of Water Resources, […]

Carpenters training center set to expand in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A training center for union carpenters and union contractors is expanding amid hopes that the region’s construction industry is making a post-recession comeback.

The Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the $9.6 million, 45,000-square-foot addition to its Fairfield center. The planned building at 800 Chadbourne Road is to house up to 30 welding booths, a mill cabinet shop, a general shop area and classrooms.

Governor signs 2 bills by Frazier into law

FAIRFIELD — Two legislative bills by State Assemblyman Jim Frazier were among measures Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday – including a change sought by Vacaville to boost to $275 the amount paid when a local government employee has to attend a civil action. “AB 2397 will allow consenting defendants  to appear by two-way […]

Tuskegee Airman honored with plaque at cemetery

DIXON — A Tuskegee Airman who was shot down over North Korea during the first year of the Korean War will be the name on the first memorial plaque that will be put on the new memorial wall at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Friday. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 11 […]

Astronomy night at Rush Ranch

SUISUN CITY — People can go to Rush Ranch open space preserve Saturday for an evening of stargazing. Local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell will host the program that begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark. Telescopes will be available. Participants should bring warm clothing and […]

Local government meetings

A number of local governments will meet this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Government Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. Info. www.fairfield.ca.gov. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Vacaville library hosts animal ambassadors

VACAVILLE — Visitors to the Vacaville Public Library-Civic Center will get to meet live animal ambassadors for an educational presentation on Wild Things Animals of the World. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information, call 866-57-ASKUS or visit the library website at www.solanolibrary.com. Reach Susan Hiland at […]

Birds Landing hosts benefit for Collinsville fire victims

BIRDS LANDING — The black and white photos on the walls of the lone watering hole in Birds Landing tell a story of their own. Inside the rustic pub, images of the tiny town as well as neighboring Collinsville reveal a once-vibrant Italian fishing community that has seen its share of floods and fires. “It’s home,” said owner Shirley Paolini, who relocated from Texas […]

Workers finishing historic courthouse renovation

FAIRFIELD — Amid its rebirth, the century-old Solano County courthouse on the outside looks like the same old, granite-clad, neoclassical monument to government.

Inside is where the big changes are taking place. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the building’s transformation, with a grand reopening scheduled Sept. 18.

The old courthouse will once again have courts. It most recently housed county offices only, until the county left in 2005 after completing the $100 million county Government Center across the street. The courthouse has sat vacant since.

Solano unemployment rises

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in June, from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent. That compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 8.6 percent in June 2013. It also compares to 7.3 percent for California and 6.3 percent for the nation. A slight rise in the unemployment rate is usual at this […]

Solano wins state fair award

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s exhibit at the 2014 California State Fair won the fair’s Gold Award for Excellence. The exhibit, titled “Then and Now,” features an old-fashioned produce stand filled with fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in Solano County. It includes educational brochures, photographs and a video production and free samples from Jelly Belly. Solano County […]

Green Valley water options up for review

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is accepting comments through Aug. 11 on its latest plans to bring water to a proposed Middle Green Valley development and surmount a legal hurdle facing the project. The Solano County Board of Supervisors in July 2010 approved a plan for a 1,930-acre rural area along Green Valley Road, apparently ending a […]

Solano grand jury looks at realignment

FAIRFIELD — Solano County should expedite the construction of a permanent Fairfield day reporting center for former inmates, according to a 2013-14 grand jury report. The county has plans to construct a day reporting center near its Health and Social Services complex at 275 Beck Ave., the report said. This permanent center would replace a […]

Report criticizes payroll system overruns

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County grand jury report says implementation delays for a Solano County automated payroll timekeeping system increased the cost from $368,640 to more than $1 million. “To date, the implementation of the Intellitime project countywide timekeeping system has been mismanaged,” the 2013-14 grand jury report said. Solano County is working on a response […]

Grand jury report criticizes homeless relief effort

FAIRFIELD — Solano County lacks leadership in finding solutions to the homeless situation and needs to take a more assertive role, according to a 2013-14 grand jury report released Tuesday. The county is ultimately responsible for overseeing homeless programs, but has largely delegated these duties to the Community Action Partnership of Solano Joint Powers Authority, […]

Baseball, Judaism chat on tap

FAIRFIELD — Marty Lurie, who does the San Francisco Giants pregame and postgame broadcasts, will speak on “Talkin’ Baseball & Judaism: Inning 4, The God of Israel Meets the Baseball Gods.” The event is Aug. 7 at Congregation B’nai Israel at 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo. It begins with a meal at 6 p.m. followed by […]

Remote marsh road to have one-day closure

SUISUN MARSH — Grizzly Island Road is to be closed near its southern end deep in Suisun Marsh from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22. The closure will be three-quarters of a mile south of the Department of Fish and Game headquarters, near the end of the road. Workers will be installing a culvert. […]

Rush Ranch to host astronomy night

SUISUN CITY — People can go to Rush Ranch open space preserve July 26 for an evening of stargazing. Local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell will host the program that begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark. Telescopes will be available. Participants should bring warm […]

Fairfield, Suisun still weighing crude-by-rail proposal

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield and Suisun City have yet to stake out positions for the proposed Valero Benicia refinery crude-by-rail project. Valero wants to transport crude oil to its Benicia refinery by train. The Roseville-to-Benicia leg along the Union Pacific tracks passes through Fairfield and Suisun City. The draft environmental impact report for the project said the […]

Birds Landing history, Collinsville benefit set

BIRDS LANDING — Birds Landing and its history will be the focus of a Solano County Historical Society event – an event that will help raise funds for victims of the recent Collinsville fire. The society will have its Birds Landing barbecue celebration at noon Saturday at the Birds Landing Firehouse, 2151 Collinsville Road. Birds Landing is a […]

Game Day a success in Suisun

SUISUN CITY — Board games were in abundance Sunday as Bad Zero Games hosted its inaugural Game Day at the Hampton Inn & Suites. A couple dozen attendees surrounded several tables that were cluttered with elaborately designed dice and card games that put Monopoly to shame. “It’s going amazing,” said owner Justin Woods. “It’s exactly what I was […]

Birds Landing barbecue to benefit fire victims

BIRDS LANDING — A barbecue fundraiser hosted by the Solano County Historical Society will benefit the families who lost their homes in the Collinsville fire while offering donors the chance to explore local history. The Birds Landing BBQ Celebration starts at noon July 19 at Montezuma Fire Protection District Station 52 in Birds Landing. Docents will be on hand […]

Monticello Fire 100 percent contained

FAIRFIELD — A fire that erupted on the Fourth of July in the hills east of Lake Berryessa was 100 percent contained Saturday, state fire officials said. The Monticello Fire burned 6,488 acres and required more than 1,000 fire personnel during its peak last weekend. It began at about 9:30 p.m. July 4 near Monticello Dam and […]

Winterhawk Winery continues to draw a crowd

FAIRFIELD — Spirits were high Saturday as Winterhawk Winery hosted its weekly dose of live music and wine tastings among the vineyards of the Suisun Valley. A few hundred residents from as far as Chico flooded the outdoor tables and dance floor to hear Vacaville blues singer Matt Applin and taste the varieties that Winterhawk carries under its roof. “This is […]

Solano Recovery Project plans healing conference

FAIRFIELD — A local nonprofit that helps people fighting substance abuse will host a conference next month for those interested in joining the recovery community for a “day of healing.” The Solano Recovery Project will bring its inaugural Paths to Healing Conference to the Fairfield Community Center on Aug. 23. The event includes a showing of the […]

Solano greenbelts reach milestone

FAIRFIELD — Central and southern Solano County cities 25 years ago agreed they didn’t want to grow into a Los Angeles-like blur of homes, stores, businesses and industries.

They decided to establish distinct areas of open space between their boundaries. The line between the cities wouldn’t end up being just another crowded city street.

A quarter-century later, this vision still holds. The greenbelt between Fairfield and Vacaville and the Tri-City greenbelt separating Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo remain undeveloped.

Touro University to offer diabetes classes

FAIRFIELD — Touro University California’s Student-Run Free Clinic is offering a diabetes education program that includes seven free hourlong courses covering basic diabetes knowledge and lifestyle changes to manage diabetes. Participants will get help with such self-care as using a glucometer and foot exams. They will learn about diet, nutrition, medications, stress management and behavioral health […]

Benicia extends crude-by-rail proposal comment period

BENICIA — People will get more time to comment on a topic that plenty of people want to comment on – Valero’s proposal to transport crude oil to its Benicia refinery by rail. The Benicia Planning Commission on Thursday conducted a public hearing on the draft environmental impact report. It voted to extend the comment a […]

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