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Vacaville man earns Carnegie heroism medal

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville paramedic who helped save a Vallejo man from the burning wreckage of a tractor-trailer cab in January 2013 was among 21 people with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Trucker William D. Ballard, 43, of Roseville, was trapped in the cab of his burning tractor-trailer in Vallejo on […]

Bevy of vintage warbirds expected at Nut Tree air show

VACAVILLE — World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft with names such as Sparky, Red Dog XII and Merlin’s Magic are scheduled Oct. 18 to return to the Nut Tree Airport for the sixth annual Mustangs & More Days air show. The day is dedicated to the legendary fighter that helped conquer the skies of […]

Pact with union wins Vacaville council OK

VACAVILLE — An agreement with Operating Engineers Local 39, the union that represents about 90 members in the Public Works and Utilities departments, won unanimous Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday. “It took both sides to get to the table,” Councilman Ron Rowlett said. “I thank both sides.” The union approved the contract last week after […]

Vacaville council schedules special meet to consider Local 39 deal

VACAVILLE — The City Council will take part in a special meeting Tuesday to consider an agreement with an employee group that recently went out on strike, one that ends labor hostilities while also achieving the dollar savings sought by the city. Workers with Stationary Engineers Local 39, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, went on strike […]

October 01, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 3 Replies

Alpaca’s birth sweet addition to weekend festivities

VACAVILLE — They munched on mulberry leaves, were the subject of scores of photos and increased their numbers by at least one. National Alpaca Farm Days, the weekend event when farms around America open to the public, came to a dramatic climax outside Vacaville when an alpaca gave birth Sunday at Integrity Alpacas & Fiber […]

Dancing, brats, beer mean it’s Oktoberfest

VACAVILLE — Kasia Kay gave it her best shot Saturday at Oktoberfest. For several minutes, she was able to hold a half-liter of beer without spilling any. Eventually her outstretched arm tired and the Vacaville woman claimed second place in the women’s division of the beer stein holding contest. “It (her arm) was shaking,” she […]

Vacaville OKs $50,000 consulting pact to study OT

VACAVILLE — A $50,000 contract with a consultant to evaluate staffing and overtime won Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday without comment. The measure was part of the consent calendar approved by council members. Matrix Consulting Group, whose West Coast headquarters are located in Mountain View in Santa Clara County, will undertake the work that follows earlier […]

Home chicken-keeping gets leg up in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The city staff, working with Backyard Hens of Vacaville, will draft an ordinance on home chicken-keeping, the City Council decided unanimously Tuesday – after nearly 45 minutes of public testimony mostly supporting a measure to ease regulations. Supporters of a new ordinance quoted Ronald Reagan’s statement – “Government’s first duty is to protect the […]

Bring on the bratwurst, it’s Oktoberfest in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The eighth annual Oktoberfest, hosted by Pure Grain Bakery and the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Music will be provided by Tony Raymann’s Edelweiss Band and East Bay Mudd. There will also be German food, beers and wines. Admission is free. For information, call 451-2100 or visit […]

Home chicken-keeping returns for Vacaville review

VACAVILLE — The city staff will draft an ordinance on home chicken-keeping if Vacaville City Council members follow the recommendation of a report on the animal issue that returns Tuesday to the City Council. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris had asked in July for a discussion about city regulations on keeping chickens. The issue was first set […]

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 4 Replies

$50,000 pact with consultant would eye overtime in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A $50,000 contract with a consultant to evaluate staffing and overtime in the city goes before City Council members Tuesday. Matrix Consulting Group, whose West Coast headquarters are located in Mountain View in Santa Clara County, is recommended for the work that follows earlier internal reviews of overtime in public safety and public […]

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | 7 Replies

Authorities release names of teens killed in weekend crash

VACAVILLE — Authorities on Monday released the names of two teens who were killed early Saturday in a violent crash in Vacaville. The teens were identified by the Solano County Coroner’s Office as Raymond Medrano, 19, and Ashley Medrano, 16, both of Vacaville. They were killed when their vehicle slammed into a tree shortly before 1 a.m. […]

Kaiser Permanente continues farmers market in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A farmers market launched in July by Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center will continue this week with the start of fall. Fresh fruit, vegetables, hot and cold foods, and flowers are expected to be offered at the hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The farmers market takes place near the front entrance to the […]

American music makes a sweet sound Sunday

VACAVILLE — Democracy in action played Sunday in the breezeway between a Jelly Belly store and China Stix Kitchen. Musician and composer Wynton Marsalis described jazz’s democratic qualities – its balance between self-expression and sacrifice for the common good – recounted Keith Stout, who plays trumpet in the Alive Band with Stan Studerow. The band […]

Vacaville joins countywide prescription drug take back Saturday

VACAVILLE — The next countywide prescription drug take-back day is scheduled for Saturday when unused, unwanted or expired medications can be dropped off at the Vacaville Police Department. Agencies throughout Solano County, including the Vacaville Police Department, will be participating, and medications can be dropped at the department’s headquarters at 660 Merchant St. between 10 […]

Musical merry-go-round at Jazz Festival

VACAVILLE — The clock was ticking for Keith Stout.

He had just completed a 75-minute performance with the Vallejo Community Band at the Vacaville Jazz Festival he organizes.

A woman approached him with questions about where a certain artist would be performing during the festival.

He chatted with her while he packed his trumpet and wiped sweat off his brow. He was going home for more gear and a shower. His Alive Music Orchestra was set to perform in less than two hours.

“It’s a merry-go-round of music,” he said.

That it is.

2 die after car slams into tree on Nut Tree Road

VACAVILLE — Two people were killed in a crash early Saturday when their car slammed into a tree. A third person was injured. The car was headed southbound on Nut Tree Road approaching the intersection of Yellow Stone Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree in the center meridian, Vacaville police Lt. […]

Theatre DeVille in Vacaville closes

VACAVILLE — Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville is shuttered little more than a half-year after its opening, at least for a while.

“After a massive yearlong renovation, meticulously reconstructing the theater and investing in state-of-the-art technical and production capacities, Theatre DeVille is closing its doors,” said a press release that came out Wednesday.

All future shows after Wednesday are canceled. Anyone who purchased tickets in advance will receive a refund, the press release said.

Injunction bars 33 city employees from striking in Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County Superior Court judge after a Wednesday hearing granted the injunction sought by the city of Vacaville to prevent essential employees from striking. The decision by Judge Paul Beeman involves 33 employees and came after the city’s argument that a strike by Stationary Engineers Local 39 members could threaten the public health […]

Damaged dog gets going-away party after getting healthy

VACAVILLE — Krinkls sports a scar the length of her bottom jaw, but that is already fading to pink, healthy skin. She was giving out kisses for the her bon voyage party Tuesday and wagging her tail for all it’s worth. The SPCA of Solano County threw the party in celebration of Krinkls going to […]

Vacaville asks court to bar essential employees from striking

FAIRFIELD — A state agency, acting at the request of the city of Vacaville, seeks a court injunction to bar essential employees from striking because Vacaville says such a labor action could threaten the public health and safety by disrupting the city’s ability to provide drinking water and other critical services. The state Public Employment […]

Dancing Del Santo, balloon man and Balliamo are among Italian Festival highlights

VACAVILLE — Connecticut-born Frank Del Santo, 81, of Fairfield danced Sunday at the Italian Festival at Pippo Ranch where Molly, the 11-year-old kissing llama, was among the attractions at the 17th annual festival. “You have not lived until you’ve been kissed by a llama,” said Sharon Marshall. Her mobile petting zoo that bears her first […]

Vacaville Grad Nite needs volunteers

VACAVILLE — A planning party for the Grad Nite celebration at Vacaville High School will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 51 at Vacaville High School. Volunteers are needed to help with the planning. Students, friends and family members are welcome to come and help out. Grad Nite began in 1990 as […]

Workers return as Vacaville, union agree to mediation

VACAVILLE — Negotiating teams for Vacaville and Stationary Engineers Local 39 have agreed to enter into mediation and union members out on strike were returning to work Friday afternoon, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. The two sides met at 9:30 a.m. Friday to discuss ways to reach agreement, he said. The Vacaville City Council voted […]

CHP schedules trio of free teen driver classes

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol will for the next three Thursday nights offer teenage drivers and their parents 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 […]

Full bus service restored in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Full bus service on City Coach, the public transit system for Vacaville, has been restored, the city says. All routes are running at 100 percent, with regular 30-minute intervals, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said Thursday. The labor dispute between the city of Vacaville and members of Stationary Engineers Local 39 affected service Wednesday. Updates […]

Strike affects City Coach bus service in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The labor dispute between the city and Stationary Engineers Local 39 interrupted City Coach bus service Wednesday morning, Vacaville spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. Vacaville advised bus riders to seek alternative transportation but said later in the morning that buses were running every hour as Vacaville sought to restore service to regular schedules. Updates on […]

Vacaville announces Friday DUI checkpoint

VACAVILLE — The Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI–drivers license checkpoint between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday, the city says. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 47 injury crashes harming 62 of our friends and neighbors,” Officer James Smith of the Vacaville Police Department Traffic Section […]

Vacaville center to host free Senior Health Fair

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, will host a free Senior Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Flu shots will be available, as well as free hearing and vision tests and blood pressure screenings. Snacks will be provided. There will be prize drawings. For more information, call 469-6660. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 […]

Engineers strike, plan to picket after Vacaville cuts wages by 21 percent

VACAVILLE — Stationary Engineers Local 39 will go out on strike and picket Wednesday after a unanimous Vacaville City Council vote in front of a packed meeting room to put in place the city’s last, best offer and cut wages by 21 percent over the next 10 months. The Tuesday council vote followed more than […]

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