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Solano County Fair set to open Wednesday

VALLEJO — The livestock pens were filling up, the carnival rides were being set up – and at the home of the half-pound smoked sausage, Sacramento resident Linda Saevang was preparing to serve up that dish, along with garlic fries.

The Solano County Fair opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo and the day before Saevang, fresh from the Santa Barbara County Fair where jalapeno fries were a hit, said the bacon-wrapped hot dog was a favorite there as well.

Saevang, a vegetarian, is a spectator to all the meat eating and recalled visiting a vegan booth at the Sonoma-Marin . . .

Marketing study looks at Berryessa resorts

LAKE BERRYESSA — A market study on re-establishing Lake Berryessa as a regional recreation draw recommends what should happen at five resorts targeted for renovation. The reservoir in neighboring Napa County had five of its seven resorts cleared of buildings, marinas and other infrastructure by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The agency in 2oo9 evicted […]

Area LGBT Democratic Club cancels meet

FAIRFIELD — A meeting Wednesday of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club in Vallejo has been canceled, the organization has announced. Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams was scheduled to be among the speakers. Brendalynn Goodall, president of the East Bay Stonewall Democrats, was also scheduled to speak. No specific reason for the cancellation was given. No […]

Nonprofit turns to Kickstarter to publish children’s nature book

FAIRFIELD — Tuleyome has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book based on the organization’s Tuleyome Tales, the nonprofit announced Monday. Tuleyome Tales are informative, educational, entertaining articles written predominantly by Tuleyome staff members and distributed to the local press as feature articles. Past articles have included coverage of native bees, local bird populations, […]

Local authors give talk at Peña Adobe Park Saturday

VACAVILLE — Local history authors Elissa DeCaro, Fern Henry and Brian Irwin will be at Peña Adobe Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to talk about their books on the heritage of Vacaville, Suisun City and Suisun Valley. Henry wrote “My Checkered Life: Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California,” the story of the Vacaville […]

Artistic ingenuity unhinged at Contraptor’s Road Rally

MARE ISLAND — They pedaled for the metal. An eclectic mix of human-powered vehicles rounded a course fraught with danger Sunday as Obtainium Works hosted its third annual Contraptor’s Road Rally on Mare Island. Dressed in costumes from an imagined era, racers brought their clunky creations of recycled parts and gears to the starting line in hopes of claiming […]

Rockville Trail hike offered

FAIRFIELD — A free, guided hike of Rockville Trails Preserve will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Docent Jim Hanser will lead a hike through the hills that will pass through a variety of oaks and feature views of Green Valley and Suisun Valley below. The pace will be moderate over 4 to […]

GV Cellars to host Food Bank fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — A local winery will provide the setting for a fundraiser next month that will benefit the area’s food bank. GV Cellars will host the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s “Food Bank Uncorked” on Aug. 3. A fee includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres by MagPies catering and live music by Westbound 80. Proceeds from the event, […]

National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting Monday

FAIRFIELD — A Caminar representative will talk about the programs the nonprofit organization provides at the Monday meeting of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness. The public is invited. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Aldea Children and Family Services building, 470 Chadbourne Road. For more information, contact NAMI Solano County at namisolanocounty@sbcglobal.net […]

Canines graduate from CHP training academy

FAIRFIELD — A group of eight canines joined the ranks of the California Highway Patrol after completing an intensive 11-week training course Friday. Three of the canines and their handlers were assigned to the Golden Gate Division, which covers the nine Bay Area counties. The CHP Canine Academy pairs a canine with an experienced officer and puts them through […]

Summertime Fill the Barrel Food Drive ends Thursday

FAIRFIELD — America’s Tire Co. and The Salvation Army are hosting a Summertime Fill the Barrel Food Drive through Thursday. People can bring nonperishable food, such as canned meats, soups, vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, pasta, beans, rice and cereal, to America’s Tire Co. store at 1340 E. Monte Vista Ave. in Vacaville. The Salvation […]

Live music at Solano Town Center mall

FAIRFIELD — Gordon’s Music and Sound is teaming up with Solano Town Center mall to present live music in the mall’s dining court. Music is from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays. The goal is to showcase local musicians while creating an easy-listening environment in the dining courts, said Samantha Lee of Gordon’s Music and Sound. […]

Food preservation class at library

VACAVILLE — The near-lost art of food preservation is coming back as families try to save money and eat healthier food, says the University of California Cooperative Extension, a sponsor of the sessions at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center about canning food. Participants will learn how to can fruit and make tomato salsa and jam. […]

County urges weed abatement

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Emergency Services Manager Don Ryan wants to make certain rural residents who have delayed abating weeds during this drought-exacerbated fire season go ahead and do so. But he wants them to do so safely, in a way that avoids starting a fire. That means doing the abatement work in the morning, […]

County releases Solano whistleblower investigations

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s whistleblower program explored 33 cases from January through June, ranging from allegations of wasting county money to committing time-sheet fraud. The county Auditor-Controller’s Office found three cases have merit and 21 had no merit. Three are still under investigation. Six got referred to agencies outside the county with no determination on merit, […]

Abrams to speak at Democratic Club meet

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams will be among the speakers at the July 30 meeting of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Democratic Club in Vallejo. Abrams will talk about her recent election and her plans for the District Attorney’s Office. Also speaking will be Brendalynn Goodall, president of the East Bay Stonewall Democrats. The meeting […]

Organizers seek riders, volunteers for Ride to Defeat Diabetes

VACAVILLE — People can sign up to ride in the third annual Ride to Defeat Diabetes on Oct. 5 and raise money for the NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. They can choose among a 60-mile ride, a 25-mile ride and a 10-mile ride. All begin at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, 1000 Nut Tree Road. The 60-mile […]

Bay Area’s air district issues Spare the Air alert

FAIRFIELD — A Spare the Air day alert has been called for Friday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The district is expecting smog-prone weather. It is asking people to help keep the air clean by driving less and using less energy. It has called six Spare the Air alerts this summer. People […]

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 […]

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