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Cheers, jeers for the week of July 6-12, 2014

By From page A8 | July 12, 2014

Cheers that the Highway 12 construction project through Jameson Canyon is nearly over.

The California Department of Transportation announced this week that the target date to finish major work on the widening project is Sept. 5. The $130 million project began construction more than a year ago to cover the 6 miles from Interstate 80 to Highway 29 in Napa County.

That the longtime bottleneck for regional traffic is almost done is great news indeed and certainly worthy of a cheer.

Jeers to last week’s run of terrible fires in the region.

From the Collinsville fire that burned eight homes and damaged three others, to the Monticello Fire that burned more than 6,000 acres near Lake Berryessa, to the rural Vacaville nursery fire that claimed a life, it was a bad start to the fire season.

Making matters worse was news that half the Collinsville homes that burned were uninsured. While no cause of the fires has been determined, it’s a good guess that recklessness among people was at least a factor in some of the blazes – and with a long, dry summer ahead, we urge residents to be extra careful.

Let’s do what we can to avoid making this the summer of fires.

Cheers, however, to the community response to help the victims. Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Bird’s Landing gave hope and comfort to those displaced by the Collinsville fire and more help is coming.

Cheers to the 6th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base for receiving the Albert L. Evans award at the 35th annual Boom Symposium at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois last month.

The award is presented to the most outstanding refueling squadron in the Air Force. It’s the fifth time the 6th Air Refueling Squadron has received the honor, more than any refueling squadron in the Air Force.

It’s good to see that what we already know – that Travis features many of the best – is recognized elsewhere. Again.

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