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Christmas goes to the country at Vaca ranches

VACAVILLE — Meadow Lister didn’t buy much at the inaugural Christmas on the Ranch crafts fair Saturday, but the 11-month-old Vacaville toddler was sure having a great time. She cooed at the alpacas and giggled boisterously at the horse rolling around in the dirt. “We saw the flier online and wanted to check it out,” […]

Locals slip slightly after November rodeo

FAIRFIELD — November was not good to local competitors in the District 3 high school rodeo. Dixon High sophomore Jake Franceschi slipped from fourth to fifth in the all-around standings after three events, and for the first time this season, is not leading in the cutting competition. Despite never finishing lower than second in the three monthly rodeos, Franceschi […]

Robotics Games return to Solano County

FAIRFIELD — More than 50 teams will compete in the Nothing But Net Robotics Game at Vanden High School on Tuesday. The Vex Robotics Competition features primarily Solano County teams, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Check-in for the teams is 5 p.m. Monday. To see what the event is […]

Turkey Trot keeping holiday tradition pace

FAIRFIELD — Why? Because you can. Hundreds of local runners and walkers added to their lists of things to be thankful for by starting Thanksgiving with a brisk, beautiful morning trek.

What was not to like? The bit ‘o frost on the ground disappeared as soon as it was touched by the sunlight in the blue pristine sky of a cloudless day.

Hundreds of folks and families made their way to Suisun Valley for the seventh annual Solano Turkey Trot. The bright blue race T-shirts dappled the crowd and a smattering of warm turkey hats adorned the heads . . .

Solano Bird atlas to publish new edition

FAIRFIELD — If you missed buying the Napa-Solano Audubon’s atlas Breeding Birds of Solano County before it sold out last year, you have another chance when the book’s second edition is released Sunday at Il Fiorello’s Community Milling Day. Napa-Solano Audubon will be one of the vendors at the event, which will be held from […]

Plenty of offerings to fuel a happy holiday mood

FAIRFIELD — There’s no reason to lack holiday spirit when Solano County cities offer a bevy of events celebrating Christmas. All you need to do is put on a Christmas sweater, grab those tickets where needed and get your jolly on. Here’s a city-by-city list of holiday-related performances and events. Fairfield Parthenon Ballet returns to the Fairfield […]

Solano steps out for holidays with community festivities

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from West Street to Davis Street in downtown […]

Board approves $2.8 million fairgrounds budget

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $2.8 million budget for the Solano County Fair Association in 2016. The board also extended the management and operation agreement of the Solano County Fairgrounds until January of 2019, and authorized the association to pursue federal and state grants and other revenues. The financial package […]

Sexual predator moves from Vallejo to Dixon

DIXON — Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith is staying at the Dixon Motel, police learned Tuesday, and officers will monitor the 51-year-old while he is in the city. “Due to his transient status, Smith can move to different hotels, locations in Dixon or other cities in Solano County without notifying the Police Department,” Dixon police said […]

SEIU workers ratify contract with county

FAIRFIELD — Solano County employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify a tentative contract with the county, the union announced. The Board of Supervisors received an update about the contract during a closed session Tuesday, and is expected to vote on the pact at its next meeting Dec. 8, […]

Vallejo police chief wants to chat over coffee

VALLEJO — Police Chief Andrew Bidou invites residents to “Coffee with the Cops” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on Dec. 3. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided at event at Saint Vincent Memorial, 925 Sacramento St., at the corner of Sacramento and Florida streets. Coffee with the Cops is designed to promote better community relations and […]

Supervisors create new Medical Services Division in health services

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a reorganization of Solano County’s Department of Health and Social Services to create a new Medical Services Division. The action divides the Public Health Division into the Public Health and the Medical Services divisions. Supervisors discussed ways to respond to health care needs in […]

Real McCoy II Ferry back in service this week

RIO VISTA — The Real McCoy II Ferry is back in service, although only for a short time. The ferry returned to service Saturday following emergency mechanical repairs. It’s slated to be pulled back out of service on Nov. 30 for dry dock repairs. The California Department of Transportation had announced earlier this month that […]

Solano DA’s Office recipient of DUI prosecution grant

FAIRFIELD — The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a grant of nearly $288,000 to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office to pay for continued funding for prosecuting those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “We are honored to be a recipient of this grant for the fourth consecutive year,” District […]

Police arrest 61-year-old in shooting at Church’s Chicken drive-thru

VALLEJO — A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting another adult Nov. 7 in the drive-thru of the Church’s Chicken along Solano Avenue in Vallejo. An investigation by the Vallejo Police Department’s Detective Division led to identification of Vallejo resident James Smith as responsible for the shooting, according to a police press […]

Applications skyrocket for rebate program to remove lawns

VACAVILLE — Applications for rebates to replace lawns with low-water use landscaping have skyrocketed during the drought, according to new data from the Solano County Water Agency, which administers the program on behalf of local water utilities. As California experiences a fourth year of historic drought, more residents are tearing out lawns to cut down […]

Biz Buzz: Kaiser hospitals receive A in safety report

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo were among 13 hospitals to receive the top score of A by the Leapfrog Group in its biannual safety report. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Fall Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data […]

Il Fiorello opens doors for community olive milling

SUISUN VALLEY — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company will open its doors to anyone who has a small batch of olives to be made into olive oil. The company will process at 8 a.m. and noon Sunday. Those with harvested olives can toss their batch into the community bin and return the next week to take home their share of […]

Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-80 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Fairfield left a motorcyclist dead and backed up traffic along the interstate and into the city as the freeway was closed to investigate the crash and to clear the scene. The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. on westbound I-80 at the Interstate 680 overcrossing. Witnesses […]

School bands put best feet forward at Tournament of Champions

FAIRFIELD — Band members from across the regions were giddy with anticipation Saturday as various aspects of the the 27th Annual Tournament of Champions – hosted by the Scarlet Brigade at Fairfield High School – took place throughout the day.

The nervousness of band members subsided as they put their best effort into the day’s activities.

Emily Washburn, 15, a clarinet player at Benicia High School, was there for the first time. She’s also in her first year at Benicia High.

Supervisors consider plan to create new public health unit

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposed reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services to create a new Medical Services Division. The county’s Department of Health and Social Services has recommended dividing Public Health into two divisions: the Public Health Division and the Medical Services Division. The […]

CHP, library team for Start Smart driving class for teens, their parents

VACAVILLE — The Solano area California Highway Patrol will conduct a Start Smart class in December. The CHP in conjunction with the Vacaville Library will host the free educational program on teen driving for both teens and parents. Parent or guardian attendance is mandatory. The class will take place from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3 at […]

Solano Land Trust offers chance to walk off turkey with post-Thanksgiving hike

FAIRFIELD — Solano Land Trust is offering an outdoor experience the day after Thanksgiving. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and goes to about 2 p.m Friday at Rockville Trails Preserve. Participants are encouraged to bring Thanksgiving leftovers. Those who sign up for the outing will hike 4 to 5 miles up and down hills while experiencing views of […]

Good News: Kaiser employees donate turkeys to food bank

Napa-Solano Kaiser Permanente employees have donated more than 160 turkeys to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, according to a press release. The food bank provides groceries to as many as 30,000 households during a typical holiday season, the release said. According to food bank officials, as many as 1 in 8 residents […]

Good News: Cordelia Firefighters raise $15K for Fill the Boot

The Cordelia Firefighter Association raised over $15,000 during the annual Fill the Boot campaign on Nov. 14. Over 30 members of the came out to fill the boot. Money raised for this event will go to help fight Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, […]

Good News: Vacaville car dealership raises money for Paden Elementary

Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep of Vacaville helped to raise $200 for Eugene Paden Elementary School at the “Drive for the Kids” fundraising event in October. At the school’s Harvest Festival, the car dealership donated $10 to the school for each person who test drove a 2015 model Town & Country, Chrysler 200, or Chrysler 300 vehicle during the event. Since its […]

Authorities arrest 4 during Solano sex offender compliance checks

FAIRFIELD — Four people were arrested after 16 sex offender compliance checks Wednesday and Thursday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. Three were arrested for failing to comply with the terms of their parole, and one for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s Investigations Bureau, Solano County […]

Solano unemployment rate up for October

FAIRFIELD — The unemployment rate in Solano County increased slightly for October, one of several months to experience an uptick during a year that has seen a steady decline in jobless figures, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. October’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent, compared to a revised 5.2 percent figure […]

Burdon of proof: Legendary singer heads to Napa

FAIRFIELD — More than five decades in the music business, numerous top 10 hits and the voice behind the classic “House of the Rising Sun,” are all the clues one needs to figure out the subject is the legendary Eric Burdon. Burdon found favor with American music audiences during what has been labeled the British […]

Shorter hair, new sound and Christmas album for Nelson brothers

FAIRFIELD — The long blond manes are long gone and their sound has more of a country flavor. The identical twin sons of 1950s teen idol Ricky Nelson appear to be following in their father’s musical footsteps. “It was very similar to what Dad went through,” said Matthew Nelson in a phone interview from Nashville. […]

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