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Rallying cry against the tunnels reaches all-time high


As the final day for public comment on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) comes to a close, Delta advocates, environmental groups, legislators and residents of the West Coast’s largest estuary came out in force at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin peripheral tunnels proposal.

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DSC hears testimony on managing salinity in the Delta during drought


Controlling salinity in the Delta has been a battle the state and federal agencies have been fighting for a long time.

Although Delta residents might say that this is a man-made salinity problem, with the profuse amount of water taken out of the system before it reaches the Bay

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Pear Fair highlights Delta community

Pear Fair

This year’s Pear Fair, the 42nd of it’s kind proved to be another monumental hit. With contributions from the entire Courtland community and beyond, attendees were in for a day of laughs, fun, camaraderie and plenty of good food and drink.

The Pear Lady was on hand of course, along with this year’s Pear Queens,

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Rio Vista Ford readies for Grand Re-Opening, looks forward to continued community involvement


When it comes to Rio Vista Ford, your friendly neighborhood auto deal-cliché is for once an honest portrayal.

After all, the Adgate Family has lived in Rio Vista for 20-plus years. Owner Kenneth Adgate Sr. works alongside his son Kenny Jr., building a dealership that has

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Rio Vista Rotarians sip Tequila in support of student scholarships


Folks in Rio Vista eschewed wine in favor of Tequila this past weekend, sampling more than 10 top-of-the-line blue agave tequilas at Trilogy’s Delta Club on Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the Rio Vista Rotary Club and all proceeds went to the group’s student scholarship fund.

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Isleton City Council looks to levy new tax,
address public safety and parks


It has been a difficult several years for the City of Isleton.

As local businesses have been forced to close their doors and residents to seek out new employment opportunities, its leaders have scrambled to do more with less. 

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Senator Wolk on SB848: “It’s all about control”


Senator Lois Wolk has continued in her fight to protect the Delta  like never before- authoring SB848, which made it through a rigorous test to be the water bond proposed by the legislature to replace the current bond slated for the November ballot, Proposition 43.

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Garamendi fundraises, laments process


Rio Vistans Al Medvitz and Jeanne McCormack gathered together a couple dozen residents at their ranch on Monday night to listen to and pledge their financial support of Congressman John Garamendi.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Garamendi thanked his supporters

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Isleton looks at a cannabis dispensary at former bank location


The proposal of a medical cannabis dispensary in Isleton has risen yet again.

When Delta Allied Growers proposed a massive cannabis grow facility in 2011, residents were split on the issue – but the city ultimately approved the plans to go ahead with the facility. As the project neared fruition, the Sacramento

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Almost 50-years later, Afterglow still charming audience


Sometimes it’s just about the music.

That’s the message members of the 1960’s psychedelic rock group, Afterglow, are spreading to audiences these days.

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Water safety on the minds of Delta residents


Considering its more than 1,000 miles of waterways, there is a lot to keep track of when boating the California Delta.

Docks, jetties, swimmers, water skiers, unpredictable currents: these are just a few of the variables visitors have to contend with. It can be overwhelming for even

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Happy Harbor burns; arson investigation ensues

Happy Harbor

Happy Harbor, once coined as “the happiest place on earth” has experienced hardship over the last 18 months.

When “My Bar” was sold and the establishment closed, it was disappointing to many Loop and Delta residents that enjoyed the breathtaking views from the

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Frazier hosts invasive weeds forum in Discovery Bay


11th District Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) coordinated an impressive panel of federal and state experts over a solid month to address the growing concerns expressed by numerous residents of Discovery Bay by providing facts, innovations and recommendations for working with the community in the management of invasive weeds.

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Bank of Rio Vista McCormack Building dedicated


Rio Vista’s first major building construction in the downtown area in over 20 years was recently completed. The McCormack Building – an added section next door to the Bank of Rio Vista has provided hope that growth can happen downtown.

The historic feat was achieved by a wide array of Rio Vistans, ranging from

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Kip Korth’s legacy honored with Hal Schell Award


Kip Korth was known to many throughout the Delta as a true representative of the community that he loved dearly.

Therefore, he was chosen as this year’s Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau Hal Schell Award was chosen by readers of the Bay & Delta Yachtsmen

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RV City Council pushes through budget, eyes further changes

RV Budget

The Rio Vista City Council moved on Tuesday to adopt a final budget.

The 2014-15 budget had become a hot-button issue of late as council members and residents took a longer look at the City’s long-term economic structure. City Manager Tim Chapa gave a candid appraisal, citing a “clear structural deficit

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Water-related fines unnerving Rio Vista residents


In spite of a concerted effort on the part of the Governor’s office, Californians have shown they are unwilling to curb their water usage. In fact, the state’s 38-million residents are using more water, according to a recent UC Davis study.

The increase makes sense given crops’ need for more water during especially

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Collinsville burns; eight homes destroyed


Sometimes, history repeats itself.

So was the case for the unincorporated town of Collinsville in western rural Solano County, several miles west of Birds Landing. 75 years ago, much of the town burned down – but this time it was worse.

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Buddhist Church Bazaar celebrates 60 years


There are some things in the Delta we might take for granted. The Buddhist Church Bazaar is definitely not one of them.

The rich history of the event not only provides a lifeline for the historic Buddhist Church, but it gives residents an outlet to come together and share memories

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Walnut Grove turns back the clock with July 4th Parade


It’s one of the country’s more enduring images: flag-waving children watching Independence Day floats file past. Norman Rockwell put the image to canvas. Dorothea Lange captured the enduring moment in photographs during The Great Depression. And filmmakers cast entire movies around the popular image.

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Budget rankles councilmember, Village on the Delta remains an issue


Isleton City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday, July 2 to address a number of issues requiring attention.
The first and most pressing had to do with the budget.

Like many government agencies, Isleton is past due on adopting a final budget for

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Stranded on the Delta – A first hand account of why Delta hospitality reigns supreme


In what seemed like a regular tour of the Delta to see the sites of the proposed intakes by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) – turned into an adventure to say the least.

Riding with Nicky Suard, owner of Snug Harbor, and Gene Beley of the

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RioVision looks at community garden’ announces 2015 Humphrey the Humpback Whale Celebration


A number of updates emerged from Monday’s Rio Vision meeting.

As with previous gatherings, excitement continues to surround the committee’s planned community garden.

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 “Obstruction” at head of Steamboat Slough possibly eroding levee and causing extreme low tides


It is a well-known fact that the Delta is constantly changing.

That being said, some alarming facts were recently found out by Snug Harbor Resort owner Nicky Suard, as she was making her frequent rounds by Steamboat Slough onto the Sacramento River.

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 Cajun & Blues a success despite local microbreweries’ hardship


This year’s Cajun & Blues Festival at B&W Resort and Delta Boat Storage received rave reviews in many aspects – but numerous locals and festivalgoers were disappointed with various aspects of the event.

While it is obvious that changing a festival’s location after decades is a

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ATOD First Responder Day a hit with residents


On June 25th, Rio Vista’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) program hosted its annual First Responders Day at the Rio Vista Boat Launch.

While last year’s festivities were exciting – this year organizer and ATOD Coordinator Beth Roberts outdid herself. Coordinating a spectacular event for

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Law enforcement lends support to Special Olympics

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games kicked off at UC Davis on Friday night with a little help from Solano County’s various law enforcement agencies.

Beginning at 8 am, members of the Benicia Police Department launched the

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Delta Protection Commission approves BDCP letter;
DSC looks at levee rehabilitation


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gave a presentation to the Delta Stewardship Council on the Interim Policy for the Levee Rehabilitation Program on June 26.

There, Paige Caldwell discussed FEMA’s PL-8499 levee standards – which all

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700-plus weather high temperatures for weekend fun at Old Sugar Mill


There’s a unique cooperative taking place in Clarksburg.

The town itself has fewer than 500 people in it. But over the past couple decades the region has developed anything but a tiny wine reputation. Vineyards cover more than 7,000 acres of land in the area 20-miles southwest of Sacramento and produce

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Oh what a difference four years can make.


Rewind to South Africa in 2010 and soccer fans were bemoaning the lack of scoring.

145 shots reached the back of the net during that rendition, fewest since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1998.

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Dinosaurs come to life in Stockton


Think Jurassic Park only you’re not on the menu.

That’s what the folks from Blue Star Productions served up over the weekend at the Stockton Arena.

Visitors began lining-up 30-minutes in advance of the doors opening on

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