Monday, September 1, 2014

House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters […]

Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise

NEW YORK — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she’s back in the classroom – in safety glasses and a T-shirt – learning how to be a carpenter. “I believe it’s going to pay off,” she said […]

Program works to get kids out of cars and walking to school

FAIRFIELD — To get local schoolchildren to be healthier and more alert in the classroom, Sarah Fitzgerald of the Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Routes to School program is asking them to get out of their parents’ cars and walk to school.

To do that, she and her staff are promoting efforts such as the Walking School Bus program, with adult volunteers escorting groups of children, the Bay Area Bike Mobile’s visits to local libraries to repair bikes and International Walk to School Day, where participating schools and students get prizes.

Police arrest 2 linked to Tabor Avenue violence

FAIRFIELD — Police arrested two Fairfield residents Friday that they suspect are linked to an attack Thursday afternoon on a man who minutes later was shot not far from a school. Details of the arrests and what police believe happened on Tabor Avenue between Bristol Lane and Cambridge Drive were released shortly before 3:15 a.m. […]

Nurse-family program helps moms, moms-to-be

VALLEJO — Angelina Farias quickly shared some news about her 14-month-old child Eliana with Solano County Public Health Nurse Aleyda Salvatore.

“She’s been saying so many words,” Farias said. “The other day, she said, ‘Purple.’ ”

But Eliana has molars coming in. That’s caused her discomfort and provided the topic for another talk between the two women.

All of this took place in a living room. Home visits remain alive with the county’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.

Garamendi ranks 6th on DC paper’s franking list

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi ranks sixth among all congressional representatives on a Washington, D.C., newspaper’s list of spending for tax-paid franking privileges to send messages free to constituents. The Washington Examiner report Thursday links franking with congressional representatives, including Garamendi, facing the toughest re-election battles and said he spent $277,244 between January 2013 and […]

Old, new collide in Freeport

FREEPORT — This little scenic enclave, where blue collar meets sophistication, is either the end or the beginning of the line when it comes to the scenic Delta portion of Highway 160. Across the Sacramento River from Clarksburg, foliage-shrouded Freeport – punctuated by the canopied remnants of historic elm trees dubbed the “Victory Trees” – […]

Saving the Gakuen: A bit of history tucked away in Clarksburg

CLARKSBURG — The cobwebs mixed with windblown foliage clung to the green windowsills of the former Holland Union Gakuen – one of the few pre-World War II Japanese language schools left on the West Coast. Random doors and windows of the former rectangular Japanese schoolhouse are boarded and wasps have made themselves at home in the overgrown […]

Fresh, fruity, summer and fall Delta pitstops

This is a partial listing of places to enjoy the Delta’s bounty. Family farm stands that offer a variety of fruits and vegetables are plentiful throughout the Delta. Delta Farmers Market 2510 Highway 12, Isleton Just east of Rio Vista bridge; local Delta growers and wineries; fresh fruit and produce, local honey, dairy, baked goods, coffee, cold drinks; […]

Clarksburg family rolls with times

CLARKSBURG — The Delta area would definitely be considered a fertile-Myrtle kind of gal.

As the trip north on Highway 160/River Road toward Sacramento progresses, the river flows like a gentle, steady relative, yielding its way to a variety of boats and water thrill seekers on one side of the levee road. The other side is a patchwork of crops, punctuated by pears and the new kid on the block, vineyards.

That is especially prevalent as Clarksburg, with its proliferation of vineyards and wineries, comes into view . . .

Highway 12 project nears completion

FAIRFIELD — Work on the Highway 12 widening project through Jameson Canyon is so close to the end that transportation officials are ready to throw a party. The state will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The location will be the same as for the groundbreaking ceremony in April 2012, at […]

Hood-Courtland: Small towns boast interesting facts

The communities of Courtland and Hood in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are long on history if short on the number of residents and businesses. Here are some interesting tidbits about the two towns. Hood Hood, established as a railroad town, has a rather active Facebook page, located at The Daily Republic sent in […]

Opponents: State water plan will destroy Delta

HOOD — Terri Howard considers herself at ground zero. Not the infamous “ground zero” in New York City but if the state’s multibillion-dollar Bay Delta Conservation Plan – also known as the twin tunnels – comes to fruition, Hood, Howard’s home, and the surrounding Delta communities, will be at a ground zero of a different type. […]

Prolific pears rule Courtland area

COURTLAND — Moving in slow motion this time of year isn’t an option for any of the Courtland-based Hemly family, which has farmed Delta land for more than 160 years.

Doug and Cathy Hemly, and their adult children, Virginia Hemly Chhabra and Matthew Hemly, know that time is against them as they move through the summer pear harvest season of July and August at a mentally and physically grueling pace and then push into the apple season; often actually juggling both fruit harvests at the same time, depending on the growing period of each crop variety.

1 critical after 2 shot at Fairfield bus stop

FAIRFIELD — Two men were shot at a Tabor Avenue bus stop Thursday afternoon, the latest in a string of shootings that have injured seven people in a span of two weeks. Witnesses said they heard three shots fired around 2 p.m. from the area of a car that stopped alongside the bus stop in […]

Suspect in Vacaville homicide caught after high-speed chase

FAIRFIELD — A tip to a Vacaville police detective Wednesday afternoon ended with a sedan lying on its right side at the westbound exit of Travis Boulevard and the arrest of a homicide suspect. Vacaville police received a call around 2:30 p.m. reporting a possible sighting of homicide suspect Samuel Y. Nodine, 20. The tipster reported […]

Locke an unparalleled universe in the Delta

LOCKE — It’s got to be a well-worn cliché to say that the wood-clustered buildings of Locke’s tiny, narrow Main Street look like a movie set.

But darn it, the whole 10-acre town, which is a mile outside of Walnut Grove, really does. It must be asked, is this place for real?

Yes, yes it is. And since the early 1970s its realness has been immortalized by its addition to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service and was later established as a National Historic Landmark District.

Boy hurt in California quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO— Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon’s screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn’t get to him. “I should be dead,” said Nicholas, whose pelvis was broken in several places when part of […]

Walnut Grove: Fun facts, things to see

Walnut Grove Facts This is by no means meant to be an entire list of local activities. Town established by John Wesley Sharp in the mid-1800s, named after a local grove of walnut trees (Towns of the Sacramento River Delta, Philip Pezzaglia). Town divided into Japanese and Chinese sections at C Street, a sign gives […]

Ryde Hotel: A speakeasy from the past

RYDE — The cool thing about the Ryde Hotel and its stunning presence on the Sacramento River is that it has hidden places – and during Prohibition there were lots of hidden things in order to keep the bootlegging a (not so) secret. It’s a legend in the Delta with stories swirling around about its former […]

Walnut Grove shows a bit of historic Japan

WALNUT GROVE — For Eugene Phillips, the path to owning a Japanese bathhouse began well over a decade ago with Burning Man – that self-expresive art festival that takes place in late August in the middle of the Nevada desert.

On the way home to the Bay Area, he didn’t want to follow any major roads, and since he’d never been down Highway 160, Phillips, 62, who does Victorian restoration, made that fateful turn leading him to bathhouse ownership in Walnut Grove’s Japantown.

Napa quake a rude wake-up call

NAPA — A moment that seemed like an eternity hit Napa at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, really only about 15 seconds, 15 really lousy seconds. That’s how I felt when I woke up to find my 1975 north Napa subdivision house shaking like it might come down on my head. Wave after wave rocked my bed and I […]

Biggest quakes by magnitude in California

California, where a quake and fire devastated the city of San Francisco in 1906, once again showed it is earthquake country. A list of the biggest quakes in recent California history, measured by magnitude: 7.3, Landers, June 28, 1992, three deaths 7.2, Cape Mendocino, April 25, 1992 7.2 (estimate), Southeast of Mexicali, Mexico, April 4, […]

Questions and answers about California earthquake

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the […]