FAIRFIELD — Over the years, Vanden High School has built a strong reputation for being highly competitive on the athletic field. However, their best team might be one that most people have never heard of. The Vanden robotics team, or Robovikes, will travel Tuesday to compete in the First Tech Challenge World Championships in St. […]
FAIRFIELD — A foundation’s survey puts Solano County last in the Bay Area for health – and problems like “food deserts” figure into the ranking, a public health professor says. Gayle Cummings, associate professor in the public health program at Touro University in Vallejo, said the limited access some local residents have to healthy foods […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s original environmental superhero, Bilgee, is back in school this spring. Bilgee is visiting third-graders to talk about the water system and get their ideas on a new superhero who will help get children involved in protecting Solano County’s water quality, according to press release from the Solano Resource Conservation District. Bilgee was […]
VACAVILLE — Plans for the Solano Irrigation District to increase water rates will come to a crossroads Tuesday. A public hearing on the matter is on the agenda for the district’s board of directors meeting at 7 p.m. in the Berryessa Room at 810 Vaca Valley Parkway. The rate increase would call for a 6.4 percent […]
SACRAMENTO — Water use must plummet in each California community under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping plan to get through a relentless drought, but regulators on Saturday offered some cities relief from drastic cuts. Brown this month ordered a 25 percent cutback in statewide urban water use. The agencies expected to make the steepest cuts have […]
SUISUN CITY — A draft Solano Rail Facilities Plan Update has been released for public review. The governing board of the Solano Transportation Authority released the study this week for a 30-day period public comment. The board last year approved developing an update to the rail plan, which was originally adopted in 1995. The board […]
FAIRFIELD — The California Department of Water Resources, in consultation with federal and state water and wildlife agencies, is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel. The department announced Wednesday it was taking the action after being faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the […]
FAIRFIELD — Students across the nation will bike to school May 6 in celebration of National Bike to School Day. The Solano Safe Routes to School program is encouraging children and teens to tune up their bikes, strap on their helmets and join in on the ride, according to a program press release. The program promotes […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County General Services says bargains will be available on used furniture and equipment at its Surplus Spring Warehouse Blowout Sale on April 24. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the surplus warehouse, 2543 Cordelia Road. Items available for sale at clearance prices include computers, monitors, file cabinets, […]
FAIRFIELD — Two water measures by state Sen. Lois Walk that are focused on saving water passed out of committee Tuesday. Both bills received unanimous bipartisan support, according to a press release Wednesday from Wolk’s office. These measures are part of a larger effort by Wolk, D-Davis, to improve water management, combat the effects of […]
SUISUN CITY — The Solano Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved an agreement for preliminary engineering and final design work on an Interstate 80 express lane project from Red Top Road to Interstate 505. The authority’s board, by a unanimous vote, directed staff to enter into an agreement with AECOM Technical Services Inc. for the services, […]
VACAVILLE — A bicycle plan for San Francisco warranted an environmental impact report – but the city’s Planning Department said hauling 5 million tons of waste over the course of about 15 years from San Francisco to Solano County won’t require an EIR, an attorney said in an appeal of the city’s decision. Joshua Levine, an […]
FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors want county staff to do more work on its smoke-free policy before taking the next step with the program. Their direction came after being deadlocked in a 2-2 vote Tuesday – with Board Chairwoman Erin Hannigan and Supervisor Skip Thomson in favor of moving ahead and Supervisors […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County will begin negotiating exclusively with Solano Community Development in developing the Solano County Fairgrounds for the long-debated Solano360 project. The Board of Supervisors took the action Tuesday by a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Linda Seifert dissenting and Supervisor John Vasquez absent. The board directed county staff to enter into an “exclusive […]
FAIRFIELD — Legislation by state Sen. Lois Wolk to restrict concealed weapons at schools, colleges and universities passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 4-2 vote Tuesday, Wolk’s office announced. “As concealed weapons permits are becoming more prevalent and easier to obtain, campus public safety officials need more authority to regulate them on campus […]
FAIRFIELD — A small earthquake Tuesday in neighboring Contra Costa County was felt across the Carquinez Straight in southwestern Solano County. The earthquake, which occurred at 11:32 a.m. at a depth of 6 miles near Crockett, about 2 miles west-southwest of Benicia, was pegged at magnitude-2.7, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No injuries were immediately […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County is loaning the Collinsville Levee District up to $50,000 for maintenance work to its levees. A three-year loan agreement was approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. The funds are for levee maintenance costs, which are to be reimbursed by the State Department of Water Resources. The district has levee […]
CORDELIA — A proud Keith Martin pinned on the badge as the fire chief for the Cordelia Fire Protection District during the district’s board meeting Tuesday.
Martin, who was hired March 30, replaced retiring Jay Huyssoon as the chief of a department with four full-time paid firefighters and 50 volunteers who man two stations.
“I hope to continue moving the department forward in the way that Chief Huyssoon has,” Martin said. “I plan to continue the same programs and ideology that is here. I’m look forward . . .
FAIRFIELD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will evaluate the California Department of Resources permit application, which is necessary for construction on three temporary salinity barriers in the Sacramento Delta. The public can review the DWR request and submit comments by April 22. The project would place dredged or fill material into 4.81 acres […]
SUISUN CITY — A series of free Healthier Living workshops for adults with chronic conditions and their caregivers will take place at the Suisun City Library from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting this week and continuing through May 19. The interactive workshop is designed to the improve quality of life for people with chronic health conditions that range from arthritis to depression, […]
FAIRFIELD — Registration has opened for NorthBay Healthcare’s seven-week course, “Journey to Health.” The class meets 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights beginning May 7, Room 290 at the VacaValley Health Plaza, 1010 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville. The class, taught by physicians, registered dietitians, a physical therapist and a psychologist. The course will […]
FAIRFIELD — There was a time when ‘go fly a kite’ was taken as an insult. For organizers of the Solano Land Trust Kite Festival, the suggestion is starting to catch on as a serious statement of how to discover a hidden gem in Solano County. In its seventh year at Lynch Canyon, the festival […]
FAIRFIELD — Dr. Deborah Murray, medical director for the NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, will speak on “Diabetes and Heart Disease,” as part of the NorthBay Cardiac Education Series. The presentation will be held at 4 p.m., April 28 in Rooms 1 & 2 of the NorthBay Medical Center Annex. Lectures oriented toward cardiac […]
VACAVILLE — For those interested in reading and books, the inaugural BookFest Solano was the place to rub elbows with the creators of literature in its varied forms.
From publishers who spoke about all the processes of publishing to author’s workshops on creating that perfect manuscript, the first day of the event had something for everybody.
“We started planning this two years ago after going to Santa Rosa’s bookfest,” said Betty Lucke, co-chair of BookFest Solano.
FAIRFIELD — A “Brunch & Bet” event to teach about horse racing will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. on April 26 at the Solano Race Place at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, in Vallejo. Participants must be 18 and older and will be taught terms such as the difference between a win, place or […]
FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will receive an interim report from the transition team regarding implementation of the county’s smoke-free policy. During the 9 a.m. meeting at the County Government Center, 675 Texas St., the board will also consider approval of an initial allocation of $52,000 for signage, public education and […]
SUISUN CITY — The Solano Transportation Authority on Wednesday will consider an agreement with AECOM Technical Services, Inc., to provide detailed preliminary engineering and final design services for an Interstate 80 express lane project from Red Top Road to Interstate 505. The project, which is not to exceed $12.5 million, is on the agenda for […]
FAIRFIELD — The second Annual Solano County Health Fair brought out hundreds of curious people for the event on Thursday. For Erin Fritz of Fairfield it was an opportunity to check out the booths. “I came out because it seemed like fun, and we saw it in the paper,” she said. The Dental Care Mobile […]
FAIRFIELD — Service by the Real McCoy II Ferry will be temporarily suspended from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday to perform emergency engine repairs, the California Department of Transportation announced in a press release. During the outage, along with the scheduled long-term closure of the J-Mack Ferry, motorists are being advised to use […]
FAIRFIELD — Nominations are being accepted until April 20 for this year’s Bike Commuter of the Year Awards. The awards recognize Bay Area residents who use their bicycles to get to work every day, according to a Solano Transportation Authority press release. A winner is chosen from each of the nine Bay Area counties each […]