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Six Flags announces death of walrus featured in films

VALLEJO — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom staff are mourning the death on Sunday of Sivuqaq, the park’s 21-year-old male Pacific walrus. He died from heart failure, according to a press release from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. “We are devastated and heartbroken as Sivuqaq was loved by so many,” Don McCoy, park president, said in the press […]

Free financial boot camp for teens

VACAVILLE — Travis Credit Union will help teens learn to manage money after high school with Mad City Money, a financial boot camp. It’s a hands-on training session during which high schoolers are taught basic money management in a safe and fun setting, according to an event press release. The boot camp will take place from 1 […]

Vacaville Library hosts “It’s a Vacaville Tradition” Flag Day program

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Library will host an “It’s a Vacaville Tradition” Flag Day program Tuesday. The free event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Vacaville Cultural Center Branch, 1020 Ulatis Drive. Children are welcome to come and make flags and then get in line for a parade inside the library. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit www.solanolibrary.com. Reach Susan […]

Famous Creations offers cooking classes for youngsters

FAIRFIELD — Children and teens can make their own cakes Tuesday at Famous Creations, 837 Texas St. The first class is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the second from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The lessons will center on a Fourth of July theme. To register or for more information, call 419-5733. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Free CHP driving program for seniors

VALLEJO — The California Highway Patrol is continuing its Age Well Drive Smart education program, which is designed to help seniors focus on their driving skills. The free program will be offered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center at 333 Amador St. in Vallejo. California’s senior population is proving to be […]

Church to offer summer tutoring program

FAIRFIELD — Mount Calvary Baptist Church will host a summer tutoring program starting this month. The Fairfield church, located at 1735 Enterprise Drive, will offer the free tutoring sessions for ages 6 to 17 through July 23. The program includes lunch and runs from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To register a child, sign up in the vestibule or go to www.mcbcfs.org. For more information, […]

UMW event helps raise funds for women, children

FAIRFIELD — The circumstances of life can often be as random as the toss of the dice. Fortunately, numerous nonprofit organizations exist to help assist those in the community who need a bit of help. Necessarily, those organizations often need help, as well. As a result, groups like the United Methodist Women are there to […]

Park guests shave heads to support childhood cancer research

VALLEJO — It’s common to pay for a nice haircut. For about the same price as a typical haircut, dozens of volunteers gathered Saturday at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to express an uncommon gesture of kindness. Pre-registered guests and random volunteers took part in a head shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization […]

Report details extent of Solano County homelessness

FAIRFIELD — Most are men, although there are more women than you might think. The majority are older than 40, with more than four in 10 over the age of 50. They’re mainly white, but almost as many are black. There are at least 1,000 of them and possibly as many as 3,000.

They’re Solano County’s homeless.

These and other characteristics of the county’s homeless population are derived from the 2015 Point-in-Time Census . . .

Greece’s future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

BRUSSELS — Greece is one big step closer to falling out of the euro currency union after its fellow member states refused to extend its bailout program past Tuesday, leaving the country on the brink of financial chaos. After five months of fruitless negotiations, relations between Greece and its creditors crumbled further Saturday after Prime Minister […]

Solano residents find church killings tragic, but no surprise

FAIRFIELD — People look at what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, with a common sadness, but not surprise.

“It’s very sad,” said Maria Robles of Suisun City, taking a break from grocery shopping. “But crazy people go all the way back to the beginning of time.”

She and others said it is tragic that such sacred places as churches can be violated by violence like what happened when suspected killer Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly shot nine African-American people to death without mercy on June 17 while they were holding a prayer meeting in a Charleston church.

Nurse camp opens eyes, doors for potential students

FAIRFIELD — One of the biggest vocational shortages in the country, and particularly in California, is nursing.

Nurses at NorthBay Medical Center decided to do something to help pique the interest of high school students and began a nursing camp 11 years ago.

While getting interest going was sluggish at first, the program has expanded the number of days it operate each year, the number of hours it operate each day and the program now has to turn away several dozen applicants.

Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville get ready for July 4th

FAIRFIELD — It promises to be a sweet Fourth of July parade in Fairfield with Herman Rowland, chairman of the board of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, as the parade’s grand marshal. “Jelly Belly is a landmark in Fairfield and Herm’s patriotism and love of America is well-known,” said Fairfield Main Street Association Executive Director […]

Region’s fire agency suspends outdoor burn permits

FAIRFIELD — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the state responsibility area of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, the agency announced Thursday in a press release. This suspension takes effect Monday and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris, […]

10 governors meet to discuss Western drought

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The governors of 10 Western states are meeting in Lake Tahoe to tackle a problem that doesn’t respect state boundaries — drought. The Western Governors’ Association, chaired by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, is holding its annual meeting in Lake Tahoe from Wednesday to Friday. The governors will tackle a number of […]

Frazier names Brimer district’s Veteran of the Year

FAIRFIELD — Army veteran Michael Brimer, commander of American Legion Post 182, has been named Veteran of the Year for the 11th Assembly District, according to an announcement from the officer of Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley. Frazier described Brimer as having an “unwavering dedication to our country in both his military career and his philanthropic […]

County offers free rapid HIV testing to coincide with National HIV Testing Day

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County HIV prevention team is offering free and confidential rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing and health education information in honor of National HIV Testing Day from noon to 3 p.m. Friday. Testing will be conducted at the JFK Public Library in Vallejo, 505 Santa Clara St., according to a county press […]

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Supervisors react to shift in Solano agriculture

FAIRFIELD — There is a shift in agriculture underway in Solano County. The Board of Supervisors was presented Tuesday with a report about agriculture trends in the county, which revealed a growing number of almond orchards being drawn to the county’s reliable water supply. News of the increase met with concerns and questions from supervisors. […]

Officials debate Solano County groundwater levels

FAIRFIELD — The current drought has cast a spotlight on groundwater levels throughout the state. While the Board of Supervisors got good news Tuesday about the current groundwater status in Solano County, it was not without concern. Groundwater conditions in Solano County are pretty good, Solano County Water Agency principal water resources specialist Chris Lee […]

Supervisors approve package of spending agreements

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a consent calendar packed with a variety of agreements, contracts and contract amendments. Items on the consent calendar are considered routine and are passed with one motion without any discussion. The first board meeting after passage of the county budget, which was approved […]

Solano County no stranger to big fires

FAIRFIELD — The area has seen a number of spectacular fires in recent years, not all of which have happened during the heat of summer. Pepperbelly’s in downtown Fairfield was gutted in January 2013. A nearby commercial building on Empire Street was destroyed a year earlier. Tuesday’s four-alarm fire in Fairfield was the largest since […]

Solano board approves $938.2M budget

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors passed a $938.2 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year after a public hearing Monday. The budget, approved by a unanimous vote, represents an increase of nearly 8 percent over 2014-15. The current budget year ends June 30. Money for a major portion of the financial package comes from state and […]

Plan advances to name Solano interchange after Tuskegee Airman

VACAVILLE — A resolution to name a Solano County interchange in honor of Lt. Col. James Warren, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and a Vacaville resident who died last year, won unanimous approval Monday from State Assembly’s Transportation Committee, the measure’s author Sen. Lois Wolk said. “I had the privilege of working with Lt. Col. Warren before […]

City to celebrate Carnegie Library building’s 100th anniversary

VACAVILLE — The Chamber of Commerce and the city libraries will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Carnegie Library building in town with music, food and a bit of magic. Members of the public are invited to come listen to live Dixieland music, Bay Area jazz vocalist Rhonda Benin and watch magician John Gardenier. The […]

Cultural Center library site of puppet show

VACAVILLE — Children in the community are invited to enjoy a puppet show this week at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. The show, “Fantasy on Strings! From Fairyland’s Own Puppet Company,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. Dozens of 3-foot-high marionettes will take children on a musical journey, according […]

Library dance class targets teens, preteens, ‘teens at heart’

VACAVILLE — A dance class for teens and preteens – and those who still have a bit of a teen in them – is on the calendar early this week at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. The Swing Dance Workshop for Teens, Nearly Teens and Teens at Heart will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Christine and John Mani will […]

NAMI to host Ask the Pharmacist Q&A session

FAIRFIELD — A meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Health will take place Monday and will feature Dr. Richie Dueñas, who will speak on the topic Ask the Pharmacist. Dueñas will answer questions about medications, side effects and treatment options as they relate to mental health conditions. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first floor of the Aldea Children and […]

Alpha Pregnancy Clinics invite community to weekend bowl-a-thon

VACAVILLE — Alpha Pregnancy Clinics or Northern California will host a bowl-a-thon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Pizza, drinks and prizes are included. The event is at Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway. To register, visit www.alphaprc.org and click on the bowl-a-thon link under the events tab. For more information, call 449-8996. […]

Central Solano councils, boards schedule regular, special meetings

FAIRFIELD — A number of governmental entities will conduct the public’s business this week. The list of public meetings includes: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Suisun City Council, special meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, council chamber, 701 Civic Center Blvd. Info: www.suisun.com. Vacaville City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, council […]

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