Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rush Ranch puts out call for docents

GRIZZLY ISLAND — The Rush Ranch, a nonprofit educational center on Grizzly Island, is looking for volunteer docents to work with local schoolchildren to teach them about the area’s Native Americans, early settlers and the ecology of the Suisun Marsh. The docents are needed to work Tuesdays from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 to put on […]

Teen to be prosecuted as adult for Tabor shooting

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield teenager pleaded not guilty to a gang-related attempted murder charges for the Aug. 28 midday shooting at a Tabor Avenue bus stop. In addition to an attempted premeditated murder charge, Rodrigo Bermudez, 16, faces enhancements that could result in a 53-year prison sentence, according to prosecutor Karen Jensen. Bermudez is being prosecuted […]

College gets large biotechnology grant

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College received a $199,960 National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant in order to fund the college’s Single-Use Bioreactor Systems Education and Training Program. The National Science Foundation-funded project was developed by Solano College faculty to address a gap in the national biotechnology curriculum. Local leaders and the public will gather […]

Vacaville police cite 7 at DUI/driver’s license checkpoint

VACAVILLE — Police didn’t find anyone driving under the influence at their Friday night DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on East Monte Vista Avenue, but they did cite seven people for driving a vehicle without a license or with a suspended or revoked license, according to information released Tuesday from the Vacaville Police Department. Officers screened 635 vehicles at the checkpoint, […]

Festival of Hope returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The third annual Vicky C Hope Foundation Festival of Hope takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Drive. The event is to raise awareness of domestic violence and celebrate the life of Vicky Corral, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend Sept. 8, […]

SafeQuest schedules peer counseling training course

FAIRFIELD — SafeQuest Solano will offer volunteer peer counseling training to those who wish to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Classes start at 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and run Nov. 3 through Dec. 10. A class will also take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every other Saturday. Anyone interested in […]

NorthBay schedules next Journey to Health sessions

FAIRFIELD — Registration continues for the next seven-week Journey to Health class that’s offered by NorthBay Healthcare. Session take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at NorthBay’s Green Valley administration center, 4500 Business Center Drive. Sessions begin Thursday and end Oct. 16. Journey to Health is designed to encourage patients to take the first […]

Philippines says peacekeepers pull ‘greatest escape’ from Syrian rebels; 44 Fijians still held

BEIRUT — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in […]

Putin calls for talks; Ukraine says rebels fire on border guard vessel in Azov Sea

KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the seacoast. […]

Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

NEW YORK — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms […]

After taking Libya’s capital, Islamist militia group now guards US Embassy and its residences

TRIPOLI, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting […]

Iraqi security forces, militiamen end 2-month Sunni militant siege of Shiite Turkmen town

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday […]

Healthier Living workshops offered

FAIRFIELD — A series of Healthier Living workshops start this month in Fairfield. The 2.5-hour series of six weekly classes is designed to improve the quality of life of anyone with a chronic health condition, including diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, lung or heart disease. The free workshops aim to help participants become more […]

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

SACRAMENTO — The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state’s longstanding “pump-as-you-please” groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply for the first time under the legislative package by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sen. […]

Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

SACRAMENTO — Judges would be able to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation was sparked by the deadly rampage earlier this year of a 22-year-old man near the University of California, Santa Barbara. AB1014 by Democratic […]

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

FRESNO — Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday. The growers created seven reservoirs — some capable of storing 5,000 gallons — that relied on water from […]

Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

FRESNO — A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday. In a 43-page letter sent to the National Marine Fisheries […]

California mentally ill inmates get special units

SACRAMENTO — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed in U.S. […]

Conceptual plans show Falls school site in new light

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District is moving into the marketing business. Sort of. The district is using marketing strategy ideas to boost the attractiveness of the former Falls Elementary School site on Rockville Road in order to use it as an exchange for a piece of land that will better benefit the district, said Kim VanGundy, the district’s […]

Fairfield-Suisun board seeks deeper answers on expulsion report

FAIRFIELD — A presentation to the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board on school discipline that included an expulsion chart led to a lengthy discussion with board members looking for a deeper understanding of all manner of mechanics behind the expulsions. The presentation was part of a monthly report on the implementation status of the District Local Educational […]

Mom won’t be charged in school confrontation

SANTA ROSA — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said there were conflicting witness statements, and that prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Delia […]

Bunting earns praise for role in paint case

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Counsel Dennis Bunting is among the 27 attorneys on a team to receive the 2014 Trial Lawyers of the Year award from the group Public Justice. Bunting also got honored Tuesday by the Solano County Board of Supervisors. In effect, the board recognized him for the Public Justice recognition. Santa Clara Superior […]

California Supreme Court pick confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee to the California Supreme Court was easily confirmed Thursday after a brief hearing. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuellar to the state’s highest court. The Mexican-born legal scholar and registered Democrat will be the court’s only Latino. Cuellar, 41, […]

Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has approved legislation that would impose the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 passed on a 44-29 vote Thursday after failing to advance earlier in the week. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles […]

Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

SAN FRANCISCO — The Bureau of Land Management says it will resume oil and gas leasing for fracking on federal land in California next year. The decision — announced on Thursday — comes after a new study commissioned by the BLM concluded that fracking as it’s currently conducted in California isn’t poisoning air or water […]

California Senate passes gun restraining order

SACRAMENTO — Motivated to act after a deadly rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, state lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow judges to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others. The Senate passed AB1014 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, on a 23-8 vote […]

Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

SACRAMENTO — Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history. The Senate passed AB1739 on a 26-11 vote, returning it to the Assembly. The bill by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is part of a sweeping legislative package that […]

California sets ride-sharing insurance standards

SACRAMENTO — Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, said her AB2293 will ensure that drivers buy insurance that will protect the public. Both of the major ride-sharing companies supported […]

Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

FRESNO — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue. The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of […]