Thursday, April 24, 2014

S.T. Johnson Co. joins Fairfield manufacturing hub

The recruitment of manufacturing companies remains a high-priority target for local economic development efforts and is a critical engine of economic growth. Manufacturing is certainly visible in Fairfield, with major companies like Anheuser-Busch, Clorox and Ball employing hundreds of people and contributing significantly to the local economy. Fairfield offers a central location, available water and […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Business-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Big bets on stocks often go wrong

There’s a famous story about Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. They were standing next to one another after dining in an elegant restaurant. Fitzgerald asked what made the rich so successful. Hemingway, according to the story, said, “Fitz, the rich are different from us. They have more money.” I would have to guess that […]

Autumn crush keeps Suisun Valley hopping

SUISUN VALLEY — Autumn is about The Crush in Suisun Valley and a whole lot more. Wineries are bustling with activities. Grapes are being harvested and turned into what the winemakers hope will be award-winning wines. Meanwhile, produce stands continue selling their fruits and vegetables, though some begin to shut down as the autumn wears […]

Is there a statute of limitations on spoilers?

NEW YORK — Rosebud is a sled. So goes the ending of the 1941 Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane,” spoilers be damned! Revealing secret endings and plot twists has brought on wrath since the dawn of cinema, straight through VCRS to today’s DVR-fueled delays that led to much nail-biting over The Ending That Shall Not […]

Albuquerque welcomes 42nd annual balloon fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Long before the hit television series “Breaking Bad” put New Mexico’s largest city in the spotlight, Albuquerque gained international fame for its balloons. This weekend, more than 600 colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from all over the world return for the city’s 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon […]

Prep volleyball: Vikings play cards right in victory

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High volleyball team may as well have been playing Black Jack as it swept American Canyon 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Thursday. The Vikings’ Kamara Jackson served a perfect 18 of 18 with two aces, six kills, two blocks and four digs, while Meghan Herout was 8 […]

Armijo-Fairfield: Not quite Clash of the Titans

FAIRFIELD — Somebody has to win Friday’s Armijo-Fairfield high school football game. It’s in the Sac-Joaquin Section bylaws. The Indians and Falcons head into the clash off monstrous losses, 49-7 to Antelope for the former, 67-0 to Stagg of Stockton for the latter. Kickoff at Schaefer Stadium is set for 6 p.m., following the 4 […]

Our Music Year No. 274: Mercyful Fate, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’

Artist: Mercyful Fate Title: “Don’t Break the Oath” Year: 1984 Format: Spotify Grade: A- “Don’t Break the Oath” is the second of Mercyful Fate’s two slabs that arrived during the Danish metal group’s first incarnation. As the pointing-demons-head-against-a-background-of-fire cover might suggest, it’s also the more sinister of the two. Singer King Diamond’s fascination with LaVeyan […]

4 funny guys go men-tal on CBS sitcom ‘We Are Men’

LOS ANGELES — We all know that men, in matters of love, are likely to be wounded warriors. So says “We Are Men,” CBS’ amusing new sitcom about four men making the best of their shared bachelorhood and the camaraderie that results. (It premieres Monday at 8:30 p.m.) The setting is an apartment complex (located […]

Solano plays role in revival of region’s beer legacy

FAIRFIELD — Some walks near J-E Paino’s workplace in downtown Sacramento got the wheels turning in his head. His walks took him around the Ruhstaller Building, a historic-register building that used to house the offices of both Ruhstaller Brewery and Buffalo Brewery – a family brewing dynasty that put the West on the beer map. […]

From 3D Sabbath to real ‘Purge,’ new ways to scare

LOS ANGELES — Ozzy Osbourne can’t help himself. While on a behind-the-scenes trek through a Universal Studios Hollywood attraction based on the recently released Black Sabbath album “13,” Osbourne spots a bloody mannequin corpse reclining on a phony altar. Without hesitating, the gruesomely theatrical Sabbath frontman leans down and acts like he’s devouring the blood […]

Cooling down the global warming baloney

What do you think bothers the far left the most? A Republican in the White House? Income inequality? Flexing our military muscles overseas? Walmart remaining nonunion? The alleged power of Wall Street? I could go on, but let me suggest what they devote the most energy to, with Al Gore as their poster child. Yes, […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

49ers regain footing, rout Rams 35-11

ST. LOUIS — Missing some of their biggest stars, the San Francisco 49ers put their foot down. They put the St. Louis Rams back in their place, too. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the defense stepped up in a 35-11 victory Thursday night. […]

Armijo boys get overtime water polo win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo boys water polo team came out on top of Fairfield for the second time this season with a 9-7 overtime win, Thursday. Cody Gonzales led the Indians with five goals, while Conrad Miholich had two and Josh Wilson and Chris Parodi each had one. Goalie Trent Baker finished his night with […]

Prep girls tennis update: Interesting season shaping up

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High girls tennis team is unbeaten and focused on winning its third straight Monticello Empire League title. The Vanden squad is looking to get back to the top in the Solano County Athletic Conference after winning the title last season. Rodriguez has plenty of returning players, while Fairfield has had its […]

City squads look to rebound from tough losses

FAIRFIELD — There’s always next week. That’s what the Vanden, Rodriguez and Armijo high school football teams must have told themselves after difficult losses last week. The Vikings and Mustangs had their games decided late, the winning points scored in overtime and the fourth quarter, respectively. Armijo, meanwhile, stared at a big deficit all night, […]

Two of the Pac-12′s brightest young QBs to meet

EUGENE, Ore. — If Cal quarterback Jared Goff has any jitters about his first start on the road, he sure isn’t showing it. Goff was cool about playing No. 2 Oregon in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night. “Just a regular game in front of a bunch […]

Dodgers: Slain fan in S.F. was son of team security guard; suspect’s father says it was self defense

SAN FRANCISCO — The man who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco was the son of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday. Jonathan Denver’s father, Robert Preece, worked security on game days at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers said. Meanwhile, the father of the suspect Michael Montgomery, accused […]

Don’t feed the trolls

Allan Brauer, the communications chairman for the Sacramento County Democratic Party, rightly resigned after an inexcusable tweet he sent to a Republican rival: “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.” Unfortunately, Brauer is not alone in his use of social media and the Internet for hate speech. Popular Science announced this […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

Our Music Year No. 268: Rush, ‘Clockwork Angels’

Artist: Rush Title: “Clockwork Angels” Year: 2012 Format: Spotify Grade: B- “Clockwork Angels,” the 19th studio effort from Toronto’s Rush, marks a move to full-fledged concept-album territory. A novelization was recently issued, charting the record’s concept, which is about getting lost in dreams. Like any good concept record, it’s neat to contemplate, but it’s all […]

Horoscope for Sept. 24, 2013

The Gemini moon is a harmonious complement to the other air-sign influences currently in the sky, including the sun and Mercury in Libra, the arbiter of good taste. These lighthearted, intellectual muses throw the focus onto what’s new, novel and worth sharing. Make the most of this sky by exploring a trend or starting one. […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | Leave a reply

Blind dog finds loving home in Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA, Mich. — Finding homes for animals with special needs can be a daunting task, but as one recent owner of a special needs animal can attest, a little time, effort, love, and affection can go a long way in improving an animal’s life. The story of Dakini, an approximately one-and-a-half year old black lab, […]

Grape harvest comes early to Solano County vineyards

FAIRFIELD — Grapes at Rock Creek Vineyard are already picked and fermenting – at a time when the small winery would just be getting started with harvest.

“This is almost a month ahead for us,” said Carolyn West, who runs the winery with her husband Tom. “It was a very, very mild spring.”

Solano County’s strange weather year has launched an early grape harvest, though Rock Creek seems even further ahead than some wineries. The Wests grow Cabernet, …

Rain storm shakes up Vacaville Jazz Festival

VACAVILLE — Rain put a damper on the Vacaville Jazz Festival Saturday as organizers had to scramble to keep the music going. The 14th annual event started Friday evening and was supposed to continue Saturday at Town Square and Nut Tree Plaza. However, a morning rain storm forced the closure of the Town Square stage […]

Stenson opens with 64 to take lead at East Lake

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson changed his attitude and chose a different target at the Tour Championship. Instead of smashing a driver and a locker, he demolished the front nine at East Lake on Thursday with a five birdies over a six-hole stretch that carried him to a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Masters […]

Get rid of US Department of Education

With all the articles in the papers about the schools, it would be a good time for all the teachers, teachers unions, school trustees, school administrators and everyone else who would like to have better schools to understand that there is a way. One of the ways is to do away with the U.S. Department […]

Prep football capsules: Week 3

Armijo (0-2) vs. Benicia (3-0) When: Today, 7:30 p.m. Where: Benicia High Series: Benicia leads 22-14-5 Last meeting: 2012, Benicia won 34-14 Last week: Armijo lost to Davis, 27-0; Benicia defeated Maria Carillo, 35-7 Of note: You can’t win if you don’t score and the Indians have yet to do either in 2013. The last […]

Finders are not keepers

Imagine you’re walking through the mall parking lot and you find a wallet. You open it up and it’s stuffed with $2,000. Also in that wallet is the driver’s license of the owner, with his address clearly printed on it. What would you do? A 19-year-old Fairfield man faced a similar scenario and is now […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 8 Replies