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Jeffrey Reimche charged with murder in stabbing death of
Troy Ritter in Isleton

isleton ca

It wasn't a pleasant Sunday for residents of the Isleton Trailer Park. In what started out as a daylong of pestering and badgering, resulted in a dead man and another in jail on Sunday.

The once quaint Isleton Trailer Park has seen its share of burglaries, fires and

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Potential drought barriers have not been properly analyzed,
say Delta residents

drought berries

With the announcement of the potential for temporary drought barriers to be installed at three locations within the Delta, residents are concerned – especially marina owners and recreation users within the region.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has recently extended the public

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Delta Plan Implementation Committee holds inaugural meeting; State releases Drought Operations Plan

DCS

In 2013 after nearly four years, the Delta Stewardship Council's charge to create the Delta Plan came to reality when the council adopted it with a unanimous vote in June.

Now that the document is in place and recommended actions are set -

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Acclaimed Children’s Author Jorge Argueta visits Isleton,
shares message

Argueta

More than two dozen children and their parents gathered on the bleachers inside the Isleton Elementary School gymnasium Thursday to hear renowned children’s author, Jorge Argueta.

Born in El Salvador, Argueta has authored close to a dozen books.

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Clarksburg proving to be a hotbed of activism

Clarksburg

The North Delta C.A.R.E.S. Action Committee continues to hold strong in the Delta's fight against the twin tunnels. At Thursday's weekly meeting at Husick's Country Store and Clarksburg Brewery, Jim Wallace of Wallace Environmental Consulting explained to residents how to best write and submit public comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). 

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Solano County candidates speak at Taxpayer’s Association meeting

 

A pair of Solano County Supervisor candidates and one candidate for District Attorney stopped by the Solano Taxpayer Association’s monthly meeting on Monday, April 14.

Gerald Clift, a candidate for District No. 4, and Michael Oman, who is running

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School Board weighs consolidating grades as parents stand in opposition

 

The River Delta Unified School Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 8 with what appeared to be a relatively benign agenda.

Board members painted a generally positive picture in their individual reports, and Don Beno expressed optimism heading into his first spring as Superintendent.

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Delta Conservancy hosts Delta Waterway Cleanup

Conservancy

Roughly 50 people turned-out at Lower Morrison Creek near Freeport on Saturday to collect garbage and participate in the Delta Conservancy’s annual Creek Week Cleanup. 

Formed in 2009, Delta Conservancy is a state agency aimed at ecosystem

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Rio Vista Chamber celebrates 100 years, honors Tussy family

Rio Vista Chamber

Rio Vista’s Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Friday night.

This year’s celebration, though, drew an added bit of pomp, as it marked the group’s 100th year of existence. 

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Sheep Dog Trials return to Montezuma Hills at McCormack Ranch

Sheep Dog

McCormack Ranch has a rich history of sheep dog trials.

After a hiatus, Albert Medvitz and Jeanne McCormack have brought the Montezuma Hills tradition back to the ranch - spearheaded by sheep dog trainer and ranch livestock manager Ellen Skillings. The event proved to be a monumental success,

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Byron residents could be exposed to cancer risk from
tunnel construction

Byron CA

While the Bay Delta Conservation Plan paraded around the state showcasing the positive benefits to California resulting from the construction of two massive 40-foot diameter twin tunnels - some major details were left out in the public process for citizens to consider. Those include 52 adverse unavoidable impacts to all areas of the Delta and its residents, economy and agriculture.

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Solano County Libraries Celebrate 100 years

Library

The Solano County Library celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday at the Events Center in Fairfield.

There was music, technology demonstrations, crafts for the kids, and of course, the opportunity to sign up for a library card.

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STA visits Washington, D.C. to advocate for local projects

STA

Members of the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) visited Washington, D.C. last week to promote and advocate for much-needed projects within the County and region.

Rio Vista Vice Mayor Constance Boulware attended the important trip,

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Silent films to play at Rio Vista’s Hunter Hall

Silent Film

Who would've thought that Rio Vista housed some of the finest antique pipe organs in the state, let alone nation?

Located in Hunter Hall on California Street (formerly the Rio Vista Masonic Lodge) rests some of what once were the splendor and glory of theaters far and wide.

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Commission requirements up for debate, Transportation funding on the decline

Rio Vista

The Rio Vista City Council convened on Tuesday, April 1 with a lengthy discussion of its appointment procedures. 

Council members had been considering an ordinance allowing only Rio Vista citizens to serve on its commissions. But several members of the community

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California Striped Bass Association Swimming Against the Stream

CSBA

For the California Striped Bass Association, Thursday’s 40th Anniversary was as much about mobilizing for the future as it was an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s previous four decades.

Founded on April 14th, 1974, the CSBA was borne out of concern over dwindling

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Heidi Hechtman Memorial Blood Drive draws crowd, students

Blood Drive

One after another, Delta residents walked into the Rio Vista Fire Department on Wednesday to remember Heidi Hechtman.

A former elementary school teacher and assistant principal, Hechtman passed away in 2008 from Endometrial Cancer.

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12 million salmon to be released from Coleman
Fish Hatchery in Bay-Delta

The drought is impacting more than just farmers.

Throughout the past week, representatives from Coleman Fish Hatchery started the process of trucking 12 million fall run juvenile Chinook salmon to the Delta and Bay to provide a safer route to the Pacific Ocean. The drought has created near

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Delta Protection Commission hears DWR’s
case for drought barriers

The Delta Protection Commission didn't make it through its full agenda on Thursday, but drought and the proposed temporary drought barriers by the Department of Water Resources took up over four hours. With the sound of crickets at The Reserve at Spanos Park, it was a perfect setting within the Delta to address the current issues affecting the region and the state's water supply problems.

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Yolo Bypass Tour Part 3: “Nigiri Project”

The “Nigiri Project” is the name of a collaborative effort between farmers and researchers to help restore salmon populations by reintroducing young salmon onto winter-flooded rice fields.

The floodplain habitat, which was once a fertile area for salmon to use along the

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Isleton Chamber hosts mixer at Delta Diamond Farm

The Isleton Chamber of Commerce held a social mixer at one of the community’s most recognizable landmarks on Thursday.
Delta Diamond Farm, owned and operated by Bob and Tracey Dron since 2001, hosted a tour and reception for the group of more than thirty people.

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Rio Council projects budget shortfall

Rio Vista City Council

The Rio Vista City Council received some sobering news at its meeting on Tuesday, March 18.

This year’s projected budget, said Finance Manager Mary Lee Sharer, needs to be increased by some $451,000.

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California Endive Farms a Slow Food Festival Vendor

Slow Food

The Rio Vista Slow Food Festival, coming June 21, is a farm to table event that celebrates the rich diversity of meat, wine and produce from this area. This is the third of several articles that highlight some of the festival participants.

California Endive Farms produces over 4 million pounds of endive yearly,

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Hard work pays off for Rio Vista FFA

Rio Vista FFA

One of the most exciting things of being part of the FFA club, is the amazing feeling of earning an award. Being selected for an award takes a tremendous amount of time as well as hours of hard work from each applicant. On March 22, the Rio Vista FFA Chapter headed up north for a four hour drive, to finally reach their destination of Covelo, CA.

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Friends of the North Delta reach out to community
in fight against tunnels

Frends of the North Delta

In an effort to spread awareness and unite residents of the greater surrounding Delta region – North Delta Cares has initiated a meeting every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Husick’s Country General Store in Clarksburg. There, residents are encouraged to speak their mind about the current water projects that could potentially harm the Delta’s ecosystem, its economy and residents way of life.

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Yolo Bypass Tour Part 2: Fremont Weir

Yolo

This is the second in a series of reports on the Yolo Bypass, after taking a tour of the expansive flood control, wildlife habitat and agricultural region.

The second segment of the tour took the 40-plus in attendance to the Fremont Weir, at the northeastern edge of the Bypass at the confluence of the Feather River.

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Highway 12 Association looks at bridge re-route

HWY 12

Widening State Route 12 and litter removal were two key issues at the Highway 12 Association meeting on Thursday. 

Solano Transportation Authority (STA) spokesman Robert Macaulay spoke to the crowd of 20-plus listeners, in which the STA is in considerations on whether

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Rio Vista Fire Department earns “SAFER” grant; restores three positions

RVFD

Interim Rio Vista Fire Chief Russ Sherman was with the Vallejo Fire Department for 29 years before coming to Rio on an interim basis, taking over for Tom Myers.

Sherman recently authored the application for the Homeland Security & FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response  (SAFER) grant,

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Affair of the Arts slated for April 5

Arts

Rio Vista High School’s Affair of the Arts is the single most important fundraiser of the year for both the art and drama departments. The proceeds from the event go directly back to the successful and vibrant programs, making it possible for students to excel. The art medium is largely not being offered in many schools throughout the nation as school district budgets tighten due to lack of funding.

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Rio Vista Chamber to celebrate 100th year

The Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th year in 2014 , and has kicked off the season by moving into its new location at 37 N. Second St. That was culminated with a Third Thursday ribbon cutting, including street vendors and refreshments.

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Drought affects the Delta: Not only Central Valley farmers, ranchers

drought and the california delta

The drought currently affecting California is impacting the entire state, not just central valley farmers south of the Delta. In fact, the Delta is being impacted quite severely by the lack of rain and is causing local farmers to resort to alternative ways to irrigate their fields and produce food for their livestock.

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Drought barriers to be installed at three Delta locations;
residents up in arms

barriers

The fears of Delta residents became true Monday, as the Department of Water Resources officially unveiled its plans to construct three temporary drought barriers in the Delta at Sutter and Steamboat Sloughs, along with West False River - the waterway between Bradford and Jersey Islands. The barriers are scheduled to be installed by May 1.

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Yolo Bypass Tour Part One – Sacramento Weir

yolo bypass

In a Central Valley Flood Protection Board meeting, a tour of the Yolo-Bypass was given on Friday. It gave an inside look at an area the state is looking at not only using for flood protection, but for habitat restoration and increased water supply as well.

The tour began at IKEA, where members of the Department of Water Resources,

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Countdown to Cajun and Blues:
Chamber hosts preview gala

preview to cajun and blues festival 2014 isleton ca

With a little more than three months to go until showtime, the Isleton Chamber of Commerce has been working diligently to ensure that not only will the change of venue go over smoothly, but also that the 2014 Cajun and Blues Festival will exceed the expectations set by the last year’s successful event.

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What’s that smell? Residents sound off on
Trilogy Wastewater Treatment Plant

Trilogy

The Trilogy Wastewater Treatment Plant was taken out of service in 2006, but it is getting more attention now than it has in years.

The reason for that being the current effort led by the City of Rio Vista and Trilogy Homeowner's Association (HOA) to transfer the property from the City to the

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Restore the Delta holds forum on west Delta water quality
impacts from tunnels

RTD

While Restore the Delta hadn't held an event in Contra Costa County since Over Troubled Waters premiered there nearly two years ago - the organization came back in full force on Thursday night, as members of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) took notes in the audience.

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RioVision picking up steam as residents express excitement

Rio Vision

Despite the fact that RioVision's R/UDAT process is finally complete, the momentum for the project continues to grow. Monday marked the first meeting of the organization's new chapter following the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) visit to Rio Vista, and excitement was in the air.

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“Rembrandt of the River” Jerry Waterworth lives on through youth

Waterworth

Gerald "Jerry" Waterworth, known far and wide throughout the Delta as the "Rembrandt of the River" passed away peacefully on February 22 at the ripe old age of 96.

To those that knew Jerry, not only was he an inspiration - but his dedication and love

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Mathew Gregorski honored for 50 years of service to Moose

Moose

Mathew "Mickey" Gregorski, a 50-year lifetime member of the International Order of the Moose was honored with a plaque for his 50 years of service on Wednesday, March 5 at the Delta Loyal Order of the Moose.

Mickey joined the Moose in 1963 in Lodi, and transferred to the Delta Lodge

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Egbert Field Rehabilitation Project Complete

Egbert Field Rio Vista CA

The City of Rio Vista has completed the Egbert Field Rehabilitation Project in time for the upcoming Little League and High School baseball season. The project was directed by the City Council as funded through the Measure O funds. It included repairs to the grandstand and the infields. 

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Bing Kong Tong celebration exudes Isleton’s history

Isleton CA

Isleton may have endured its share of economic hardship over the last couple years - but Monday marked a new beginning and gleam of hope that the fine Delta city will one day rise again to prosperity.

Isleton's Chinatown Main Street is one of the most historical areas in all of

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