Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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The week ahead: Homecomings in the spotlight

FAIRFIELD — A pair of homecomings highlight this week’s city sports schedule. The Armijo High football team entertains Wood, while Fairfield hosts Benicia for homecoming festivities on Friday night. Here’s a look at the rest of the week: Monday The Rodriguez volleyball team looks to bounce back from its third 3-2 loss in the Monticello […]

Supervisors to discuss medical marijuana dispensaries

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has come up with a list of potential locations in rural areas for medical marijuana dispensaries, from Mankas Corner in Suisun Valley to remote Birds Landing. Those are simply sites that because of their commercial zoning could possibly have a dispensary. It’s up to the Solano County Board of Supervisors whether to […]

Meet some of Solano County’s centenarians

FAIRFIELD — Estimates say there are about 50 centenarians living in Solano County. They have lived through two world wars and saw America elect its first black president. Man first walked on the moon during their lifetime. When they were born, men lived an average of 50 years, women about five years longer. They have proven […]

Where have all the children gone?

FAIRFIELD — Solano County home prices that match the Bay Area, an aging population, smaller families and the lure of the Southwest. They help explain, observers say, why enrollment at K-12 public schools in Solano County has dropped by nearly 10,000 students since the 2001-02 school year – even as the overall county population has […]

UC Davis program boosts American history in Solano

FAIRFIELD — They may not remember much about Sept. 11, 2001, Watergate is a just a word without the meaning it holds for older Americans and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy occurred a half-century ago in what can seem like ancient history to a 17-year-old.

High school students, some of

Smith earns All-American honors, chance to play in all-star game

FAIRFIELD — Jai’Den Smith has big dreams, a number of which have to do with football. The sixth-grader at B. Gale Wilson Elementary School would like to one day play for national powerhouse De La Salle High of Concord, then move on to the University of Oregon and eventually land with the San Francisco 49ers. […]

Fall brings ‘crush’ to Suisun Valley

SUISUN VALLEY — Fall is the time for action at Suisun Valley wineries.

Grapes need to be picked. Grapes need to be crushed. Wine needs to be made. This is the season when tranquil Wine Country has an air of urgency about it.

Ron Lanza is dealing with a slightly different rhythm this year at his family’s Wooden Valley Winery on Suisun Valley Road. The fall harvest began a month ago, still during the summer.

Indians run past Falcons 48-20

FAIRFIELD — The trophy is staying on Washington Street. Jeffrie Brown rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from D’Mario Johnson, who threw two scores, as the Armijo High football team rolled to a 48-20 victory at Schaefer Stadium, Friday. “It really lifts the kids spirits,” said Indians coach Karl […]

Wind-whipped fire burns into Potrero Hills

SUISUN CITY — A fire started at Highway 12 near Branscombe Road on Friday afternoon, took off with a north wind gusting more than 30 mph and soon covered more than 1,000 acres.

Flames burned in a line over the rural flatlands, over the Potrero Hills and into Suisun Marsh on the other side. This is for the most part a treeless region, with little to break the winds and plenty of dry brush for fuel.

The fire began at 12:10 p.m. and quickly went to eight alarms. By 1 p.m., flames could be seen …

Fire damages building at Calvary Baptist Church

FAIRFIELD — An attic fire whipped by strong north winds on Friday morning raced through a Calvary Baptist Church building used twice a week for children’s ministry. Fairfield firefighters poured water on the single-story, wooden building for well over an hour. Flames and smoke belched from the pitched roof, which appeared to sag until it collapsed […]

Did Walter White get what he deserved in ‘Breaking Bad?’

“Breaking Bad” is over. The spoilers flow from here on out, but with a show record of 10.3 million viewers tuning in to the final episode, who with even a tiny interest in the program didn’t watch? Walter White has gone to the meth lab in the big blue sky. For a man known for […]

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Air Supply, House of Floyd, Christmas show set for On Stage Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Singer Al Jarreau opens the On Stage Vacaville season at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. His show takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The winner of seven Grammy Awards, Jarreau is well-known for singing the theme song of the TV series “Moonlighting.” Christmas with the Celts, 8 p.m. Dec. 21, is the […]

Week in preview Oct. 4-11, 2013

Fairfield 8 p.m. Friday Spotted Dog Rockin’ Blues Revue Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane. 800-627-7468. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Wounded Warriors High Five Tour Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane. 428-2838. 2 p.m. Saturday Alvon Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 864-3135. 6 p.m. Saturday Dunk Domestic Violence Basketball Game Armijo High School, […]

Al Jarreau always looks at the bright side of life

VACAVILLE — From the days of sitting next to his mother as she played the piano to his most recent travels to the Republic of Georgia and Poland, singer Al Jarreau feels he’s been abundantly blessed. The 73-year-old even has a new little jingle to start his day: “Percolatin,’ syncopating, celebrating, gettin’ up in the […]

Rick Stevens will perform at Pink Fest

FAIRFIELD — Rick Stevens, the singer on Tower of Power’s hit “You’re Still a Young Man,” spent almost half of his life behind bars. He refused to let his heart and soul be imprisoned. The 73-year-old was sentenced to death for his role in the death of three people during a drug deal gone bad […]

Solano Winds kicks off 19th season Oct. 11

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Winds Community Concert Band kicks off its 19th season next weekend. The first show, “Across the Pond: Classics by the Brits,” takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 11. The evening’s selections include “A Life on the Ocean Wave,” a poem-turned-song by Epes Sargent and set to music by Henry Russell. The […]

Unknown cause spurred Marigold Fire, report says

FAIRFIELD — An undetermined source on the Interstate 80 side of the sound wall behind a residential neighborhood caused the Marigold Fire that destroyed five homes and damaged at least 10 others Aug. 27, the city of Fairfield says. A specific ignition source cannot be identified, according to the Solano Napa Fire Investigation Unit report […]

Government shutdown slows Travis lobbying efforts

FAIRFIELD — Community leaders trying to ensure the Air Force doesn’t scrap its KC-10 air tanker fleet plan to take their case to Air Mobility Command and the nation’s capital later this fall, depending on when some of the dust settles from the partial federal government shutdown. “We are trying to get a meeting with […]

Partial shutdown pinches North Bay Stand Down funding

FAIRFIELD — The federal government’s partial shutdown is endangering a veterans’ gathering. A $10,000 Department of Labor grant aimed at funding s0me of the costs of putting on this year’s North Bay Stand Down at the Dixon May Fair fairgrounds – to help provide services to needy veterans – has been trapped in Washington, D.C., […]

Prep cross country: Singh leads Wood to win in MEL center meet

NAPA — Wood High’s Ajaypal Singh ran the fourth-fastest time at Alston Park in leading the Wildcats to a first-place finish in a Monticello Empire League center meet, Wednesday. Singh finished in 16 minutes, 32 seconds. He was followed by Shaun Krum (sixth, 17:42), Riley Smith (eighth, 17:48), Scott Dye (12th, 18:04) and Avinash Vadlamudi […]

Residents, armed with video, track down burglary suspect

FAIRFIELD — The surveillance videos show a man, carrying two big black duffel bags, get into a silver Toyota Corolla and speed away from a Fairfield home burglarized last Thursday.

Two days later, Shoreline Circle neighbors saw the same car going down the street – a realization they credit to social networks used to share videos of the man and car.

Eric Castleman, 38, an electrical contractor whose home was burglarized in the Thursday break-in, said the driver noticed the neighbors were interest in the Corolla, which was missing two hub caps and had front-end damage. …

Prep boys soccer: Vanden stays unbeaten with 3-1 win

VALLEJO — The Vanden High soccer team continued its unbeaten streak as it downed Bethel 3-1 in Solano County Athletic Conference play at Corbus Field, Wednesday. Dominiq Laird scored first on a Patrick Dazo assist, and four minutes later, Steward Pimienta scored an unassisted goal. The last goal for the Vikings (11-0, 8-0 SCAC) came […]

Bucannon shines bright on big stage for Cougars

As he has done throughout his career with the Washington State football team, Deone Bucannon again came up big on a big stage for the Cougars on Saturday. It just didn’t add up to victory – or even a close defeat. The Vanden High graduate had a game-high nine tackles and recorded his third interception […]

Felon gets a pass on Solano case after DA’s office misses deadline

FAIRFIELD — A hardcore Fairfield gang member found guilty of felony assault and mayhem charges for his role in a brutal gang fight in front of Anna Kyle school has been given a freebie by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. In spite of a jury’s guilty verdicts for crimes that could have landed Hamlet […]

Prep volleyball: Vanden rolls to win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Mackensie Murphy went 17 for 17 with five aces on serves and added four kills, four digs and 10 assists to help lift the Vanden High volleyball team to a 15-12, 15-12, 15-11 win over Fairfield at Jim Boyd Gym, Tuesday. Also for the Vikings (6-2, 4-1 SCAC), Michaela Copp had five blocks […]

Solano honors those who have hit the century mark

FAIRFIELD — Vallejo may hold a secret to aging.

Half of the eight centenarians honored Tuesday by the Solano County Board of Supervisors were from Vallejo. The remaining were one from Fairfield, one from Suisun City, one from Dixon and one from Benicia.

Harcharan Singh, born in 1908, was the oldest to attend. The youngest was Afton Harvey, who hit the century mark in June. Both are from Vallejo.

Linda Seifert, chairwoman of the board, shared some of the major events from 1913, including the National Women’s

Solano representatives to Congress chide peers over shutdown

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s congressional representatives are questioning the motivation of their peers in Congress over failure to prevent a partial government shutdown at midnight Tuesday. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said attempts by Republicans in Congress to tie passage of a federal budget to implementation of the federal health care law are misplaced and will harm […]

More than 700 Travis workers on furlough

FAIRFIELD — More than 700 Travis Air Force Base civilian employees on Tuesday came to work and had to return home for the start of furloughs. That was the immediate result at the base of the partial government shutdown that began the same day. These workers will remain on furlough until the Congress passes a […]