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Armijo, Vanden graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam G. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Jones is the son of Rickey D. Jones of Fairfield. He is a 2014 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Brandon N. Schattilly graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Schattilly is the brother […]

Senator vows to ease limit on ‘choice card’

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, new chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, promises to push for two critical changes to soften a restrictive 40-mile rule on user eligibility under the VA Choice Card program. If Isakson succeeds, thousands more veterans would gain routine access to government-paid health care in the private sector. His challenge is […]

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Natasha P. Reddy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Reddy is the daughter […]

Force draws many from South, middle class

A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper southern drawl than the nation as a whole. The percentage of female enlisted members has declined slightly over the past decade, […]

Signups for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Plan would ‘destroy’ commissaries, say industry reps

The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to “destroy” the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association. ALA, which represents manufacturers, distributors and brokers of products sold in commissaries and base exchanges, released a […]

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Anthony M. Kachuck graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Kachuck is a 2014 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Michael A. Stacey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Stacey is the grandson of James and Julie Stacey of Fairfield. He is a […]

Solano economic group gives access to the county’s ‘movers and shakers’

Staying informed and staying connected is a big part of staying, or feeling, alive.  It can also open doors to you for service that you would otherwise never have. I have written about my experience with Rotary. I have found something similar at Solano Economic Development Corporation meetings. The programs are different as you might expect. Recent […]

How do we find each other? Lots of ways _ friends can help

Smitten by Nancy, Charlie chased her down at a charity walk. Lisa, landlocked in Florida, fell for Thomas as his ship crossed the Mediterranean, and agreed to marry him before meeting face-to-face. Ready to give up, Penny gave online dating one last try – and there was Ray “with a twinkle in his eye.” No two Valentine’s stories […]

California measles outbreak was preventable

What could be more romantic than celebrating Valentine’s Day at a theme park? How about doing so without getting measles? The recent advent of measles cases at Disneyland, now spreading throughout California, is quite sobering. Preliminary data suggest that 70 percent of measles cases in the United States are occurring in unvaccinated people, and another […]

Signups for Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Graham backs pay commission after hearing critics

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Graham on Wednesday led Commission Chairman Alphonso Maldon Jr. carefully through the logic that fueled its […]

Vallejo sailor donates bone marrow to boy


BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Navy Counselor 1st Class Shawn Lynch, a Vallejo native, donated bone marrow to a young in the fall of 2014. After being tested, Lynch was found to be a very close match for bone marrow donation to a 10-year-old boy battling a blood disease. Neither party knows the other and it will […]

Airmen with area ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Jonah R. Sanchez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Sanchez is the son of Eristeo and Julie Sanchez of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez […]

Anthem breach: A gap in federal health privacy law?

WASHINGTON — Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. Encryption uses mathematical formulas to scramble data, converting sensitive details coveted by intruders into gibberish. Anthem, […]

Tiger Woods withdraws because of tightness in lower back

SAN DIEGO — New season, same old story with Tiger Woods. Only it’s no longer a happy tale. For the third time in his last eight PGA Tour events, Woods got into a cart in the middle of his round and was driven to the parking lot because of back pain. Most troubling about Thursday […]

Fairfield girls play well in overtime loss to Benicia

BENICIA — The Fairfield High girls basketball team keeps showing improvement, though it’s not reflected in the team’s win-loss record. The Falcons scored just two points in the first quarter but recovered well enough to take Benicia into overtime before falling 43-42 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Thursday. Fairfield (4-15, 1-6 SCAC) got 21 […]

Union heads to court to get Adrian Peterson back on field

MINNEAPOLIS — The latest attempt by star running back Adrian Peterson to get back on the field will come in a federal courtroom. Attorneys for the NFL Players Association were scheduled to argue Friday for the Minnesota Vikings standout’s reinstatement from a suspension levied by the league under its divisive personal conduct policy. The punishment, stemming from […]

Seahawks’ Sherman, girlfriend welcome baby boy

RENTON, Wash. — Just as Richard Sherman predicted, his new son was a disciplined young man. Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, gave birth to the couple’s first child Thursday morning, four days after the Super Bowl. Sherman tweeted about the birth around 4 a.m. PST. “My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15… Is it a coincidence or […]

Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao TV issues resolved, others remain

HBO and Showtime have agreed on how they would broadcast a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday, leaving only two remaining issues to be settled before the much anticipated May 2 fight can be signed. Arum told The Associated Press that the rival networks have come to terms on an […]

Five ways 3D-printed food will change the way we eat

Journey to the frontier of food and you’ll find a 3D printer, spewing out chocolate. While traditional cooking isn’t going anywhere, you can count on 3D printed foods eventually finding a place in our world. Researchers around the world are fiddling with ways to use 3D printers to make food. Their efforts could one day […]

January 31, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Another trip to Texas reminds me how lucky I am

Recently, I was in Texas visiting my son Rick, and his darlin’ wife, Donna. Friends and other family members, too. Didn’t even know I was gone, did you? Friends have asked why I haven’t written about the trip. My response has been, “I really didn’t think you wanted to know.” You asked for it and […]

January 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

New lottery tickets come with a side of bacon – scent

HOOKSETT, N.H. — New Hampshire’s new scratch-and-sniff lottery ticket is off to a sizzling start. The $1 bacon-scented tickets with a top prize of $1,000 hit the market in early January. Lottery officials went with a conservative print run just in case they were a bust but now expect the tickets to sell out within three […]

January 31, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Rodriguez graduate completes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Simon John B. Tejano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Tejano is the son of Albino and Graciela Tejano of Fairfield. He graduated in 2014 from Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airman with Fairfield tie completes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Payton L. Nester-Wooten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nester-Wooten is the sister of Cody Wooten of Fairfield.

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Privatized housing tenants to feel BAH pinch

Families living in privatized military housing units will not escape the impact of moves Congress made last month to dampen the value of Basic Allowance for Housing, says a Defense Department housing expert who is coordinating with service branches to implement the changes. The result will be that families moving into privatized base housing will […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,