WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed likely Wednesday to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California air force base. Protester John Dennis Apel tried to persuade the court that his case raised important […]
VACAVILLE — With thousands of people crowding downtown Vacaville, the 31st annual Merriment on Main Christmas celebration went off without a hitch Tuesday night. Folks gathered, bundled against temperatures that were expected to dip into the 40s before things wrapped up, to hear live music from any of at least six stages around downtown, and […]
VACAVILLE — There was a sense of urgency in Lisa Patterson’s voice.
“I’m gonna be on with Tyra (Banks),” she said. “I’m 27. I don’t have any more time to do this.”
Patterson, a Fairfield resident, was one of about 500 people who showed up Tuesday for an “America’s Next Top Model” casting call at Blake Austin College Beauty Academy in Vacaville. Banks is a judge on the show, as well as its host.
The line began forming shortly after 3 a.m. when Fairfield’s Dilpreet Virk staked out the first place. The line stretched . . .
VACAVILLE — Dilpreet Virk has a dream of working in Hollywood and/or Bollywood. He took a step toward that goal Tuesday, getting in line at 3 a.m. to be part of an “America’s Next Top Model” casting call in Vacaville. The 23-year-old Fairfield High School graduate was prepared. His paperwork was in order, he easily […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County appears headed toward imposing a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in rural areas. The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed county staff to prepare such a ban to be voted on at a future meeting. It wants the July 29, 2014, sunset clause removed from a temporary ban […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County has extended a moratorium on new, large-scale commercial solar- and wind-energy projects in rural areas for another 10 months with the stated goals of protecting Travis Air Force Base and farming. The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the extension by unanimous vote for the large renewable energy projects that […]
FAIRFIELD — Various levels of local government will conduct the public’s business now that the Thanksgiving has come and gone. The schedule includes: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, board chambers, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chambers, 1000 Webster St. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/city_council/ccm/default.asp. Suisun […]
FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield couple who police believe were at the center of a lucrative marijuana growing and smuggling endeavor had their bounty boosted by Fairfield police, according to court records filed this week. Brian and Kimberly Robinson may be out more than $476,000, according to the paper trail and detailed accounting records police found […]
RIO VISTA — Rio Vistans will usher in the holiday season Saturday starting with the Old Tyme Christmas Faire. The day begins at 10 a.m. at the Rio Vista Museum, located at 16 N. Front St. Items include Christmas fare; pottery; scarves; jams, jellies and syrups; and jewelry, among other merchandise. Admission is free, but donations […]
SUISUN CITY — Suisun City will host its traditional old-fashioned Christmas on the Waterfront from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in and around Harbor Plaza on the waterfront at Main and Solano streets. The event includes a Christmas market with dozens of artisans and vendors offering Christmas gifts and holiday treats. Live entertainment starts at 2 […]
FAIRFIELD — Residents of Fairfield are invited to ring in the Christmas season Friday at the Holiday Candlelight Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting event in the downtown district. Festivities take place from 6 to 8 p.m., starting at the intersection of Madison and Texas streets. The event has a decidedly small-town feel. Participants will have an opportunity […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College becomes a holiday plant lover’s paradise this week with the college’s three-day plant sale. The sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Horticulture Building 1000 at the college, 4000 Suisun Valley Road in Fairfield. […]
VACAVILLE — A long-running tradition of supporting those in need continues this week in Vacaville with the return of the Festival of Trees. An opening gala starts at 6 p.m. Monday at Vacaville Skating Center, 551 Davis St. It features food prepared by chef Daniel Bell, wine from Vitus Winery, specialty coffee and a selection of […]
VACAVILLE — The city’s downtown becomes a festive bastion of the season’s splendor Tuesday with Merriment on Main, now in its 31st year. Festivities take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m. primarily along Main, Merchant, Parker and Davis streets. The event is a partnership between The Reporter and the downtown merchants, who transform the historic downtown […]
FAIRFIELD — Computer coding shouldn’t be the mystery it may be for many – and math major Brian Purcell will help young children learn how this language of technology is written. Children who attend Tolenas Elementary School in Fairfield are interested even if computer programming work isn’t around the corner, said Purcell, 41, who has […]
NEW YORK — A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw some riders from toppling cars and swiftly raised questions about whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role. Some of the roughly […]
FAIRFIELD — Eric Flores and Kelly Jackson stopped by Belden’s Landing in Suisun Marsh on a recent, misty morning and went to the dock to do some fishing. They brought an umbrella to keep away the rain. After several hours, they had caught six stripers from the Montezuma Slough, but none big enough to be a […]
WASHINGTON — You can take our word for it. Americans don’t trust each other anymore. We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy – trust in the other fellow – has […]
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet and Vallejo Police Chief Joseph Kreins have some advice for the Solano County Board of Supervisors on possibly allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the rural county – don’t do it. The two chiefs, in a letter from the Solano County Law Enforcement Administrators Association, representing all city and […]
FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors could decide Tuesday whether to prepare a law to regulate rural medical marijuana dispensaries or to prepare a law turning a temporary ban on dispensaries into a permanent ban. The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. in its chamber at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St. The board […]
FAIRFIELD — Black Friday is over and Small Business Saturday has arrived. Solano Town Center, the Vacaville Premium Outlets and big box stores had their big day on Friday. Now local mom-and-pop stores are hoping for a piece of the holiday shopping action by highlighting Small Business Saturday, a nationwide push that began in 2010 […]
FAIRFIELD — Kevin Lung and Vanessa Manzo of Napa strolled through Solano Town Center just after 7 a.m. and figured they had gotten their timing just right.
They wanted to miss the midnight madness of the early birds who mobbed the mall in an initial burst of shopping energy. They also wanted to miss the crowds that would come as the sun rose and the day wore on.
They indeed seemed to hit that middle time they had sought, a kind of shopping sweet spot. They walked through a mall no longer crowded, amid bright-eyed, energetic shoppers …
The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint. More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days. About 15,000 people waited for the flagship Macy’s in New York to open at […]
WASHINGTON — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation’s military is being hobbled by budget cuts. “You’d better hope we never have a war again,” the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said of the decline in what the military calls its readiness. […]