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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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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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Dr. Robert Pyke gives WDIC tunnel alternative
presentation in Clarksburg


While the Bay Delta Conservation Plan continues to muddle along with all kinds of uncertainty, consulting engineer Dr. Robert Pyke continues to pitch his conveyance alternative – the Western Delta Intake Concept (WDIC).

At the weekly North Delta C.A.R.E.S. Action Committee meeting at Husick's

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 A Hub for Adaptive Management of Delta Restoration
design is underway


Delta habitat restoration is a blistering hot topic within the region and throughout the state – especially for farmers that are threatened with having their fields taken out of production.

Thus, Monday's Delta Science Program Brown Bag seminar on “A Hub for

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Big decisions loom for RV City Council

Rio Vista

Residents of Rio Vista occupied all but a few seats inside the city’s meeting chambers on Tuesday, anxious to weigh-in on a number of issues before Mayor Norman Richardson and peers.

One topic that drew lengthy discussion was the issue concerning Rio Vista’s

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Tim Morgan saves 92-year old woman on Racetrack Road

Tim Morgan

Sometimes things aren't as always what they seem.

That proved to be the case for farmer Tim Morgan, as he and fellow farmer Jim Morris were driving down Racetrack Road near Isleton on June 18 around 7:30 a.m.

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Rio Vista faces yet another budget crisis

Rio Vista

Make changes or else: that was the overarching message to the City Council at last Thursday’s special meeting to discuss the budget.

“We have a clear structural deficit issue that we ned to deal with,” City Manager Tim Chapa informed the group. “There are a number of potential actions that we

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Slow Food Festival draws rave reviews

Slow Food

Better than 150 locals rushed to Rio Vista’s 3rd Annual Slow Food Festival on Saturday to sample food and wine provided by their neighbors.

The event’s mission is to showcase healthy, meals from scratch, simultaneously underscoring home-cooked meals’ role in bringing families together.

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Farmer’s markets descend on the Delta

Farmers Markets

With the recent news that Rio Vista will be holding a farmer's market on Main Street, it only adds to the allure of the Delta's unbelievable diversity of homegrown produce.

Rio Vista has been calling for a farmer's market for years, and while Trilogy has a produce market open to the public, it is seldom used by Rio Vistans outside the

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Senator Wolk’s water bond gaining traction; CSPA files
lawsuit against USBR

CA Delta Water

Senator Lois Wolk's (D-Davis) water bond, SB 848 is gaining traction in the Assembly and Senate.

Yet, it looks like any alternative water bond on the November ballot will have to receive Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing.

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Cajun & Blues alerts festivalgoers to battle over tunnels

cajun fest

From performers Marcia Ball to JD McPherson, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic and Terry Hanck, the Cajun & Blues Festival rocked the weekend away at B&W Resort and Delta Boat Storage. The combination of great weather, good food and plenty of flowing libations made the mood just right in a perfect Delta setting.

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Ysela Larios honored for outstanding achievement by W. G. Rotary


Ysela Larios is a lot more than just Delta High's Valedictorian. However, a 4.7 lifetime high school GPA is something special.

The Walnut Grove Rotary honored Larios and family on Monday for her outstanding academic achievement and dedication to the community. An all-league athlete,

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RV Lions Club holds Endive Experience fundraiser


A long-standing service organization turned to a new idea on Saturday when the Rio Vista Lions Club held its first ever Endive Experience. 

California Endive is a leafy vegetable belonging to the Daisy family. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals and, as Saturday’s guests learned, quite tasty.

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Job Fair draws Garamendi, 600 willing workers

jpb fair

Hoping to take a bite out of California’s 7.7 percent unemployment rate, Congressman John Garamendi, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, and the Woodland and Davis Chamber of Commerce joined forces on Monday to host a job fair.

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Clarksburg seeks input on update to  community/general plan


The confusion over whether a Clarksburg Community Plan or General Plan would be used to update the county-wide Yolo General Plan was up for discussion at the Clarksburg General Plan Citizens Advisory Committee on Thursday.

Maps were passed out with zoning for the entire Clarksburg area, from the

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Winery’s ode to Dad checks all the right boxes

mners leap

Miner’s Leap Winery paid tribute to dad on Sunday with a few of his favorite staples: good food, good drinks, and classic cars.

The celebration capped a busy week for owners Loyal and Stefani Miner. On June 8, the Clarksburg-based winery hosted a jazz concert then on Saturday held its

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Ranger takes a cruise to Moore’s Riverboat II


It's not often one gets to travel in an old school 1937 yacht.

But that's the perks when you know California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau Executive Director and Bay-Delta Yachtsman columnist Bill Wells. Heading out from picturesque Oxbow Marina, (built in the early 80's) - “Ranger” took us

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Del Rio Lounge is back with a new attitude

Del Rio

The Del Rio Lounge closed in 2013 with some bad blood and angered Isleton customers.

That all changed a week and a half ago when Pam Pratt and Mike Davis bought the bar and decided to reopen it with love, care and attention to the community

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DWR confirms: No barriers at West False River in ’14 despite
levee improvements


With recent developments that first appeared earlier this year, the Department of Water Resources notified Delta residents that they plan to install three temporary emergency drought barriers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Residents were up in arms and fearful for salinity damage to this year's crops, along with serious blockage of main Delta waterways.

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The Tong Art Gallery holds reception for artist Chris Spencer


Renowned Delta artist Chris Spencer's work can be seen all throughout the Delta in varying mediums, from maps to paintings, and so on.

The Tong Gallery on River Road in Walnut Grove opened for First Friday with a reception for Spencer's latest work – a culmination of beautiful Delta

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Rio Vista passes the century mark, graduates 101st

RV Grads

Proof that there’s nothing old hat about sending young men and women out into the world to make their mark, Rio Vista High School graduated its 101st class on Friday.

And this year’s seniors had plenty to celebrate.

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Delta Saints celebrate Class of 2014

Delta Grads

One by one, 49 students stepped forward to receive their diplomas at Delta High School on Thursday, June 5th.

There were smiles, laughter, and of course, tears: everything we’ve come to expect from the seminal moments in a young person’s life.

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Cajun & Blues Festival is here


With so much anticipation for this year's Cajun & Blues Festival – Father's Day Weekend is upon us and it is time to enjoy the ride.

The wonderful musical acts, headlined by Marcia Ball, will be a spectacle to behold all on its own. However, the wide array of foods, beverages and a relaxing,

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BDCP letter gets the green light, Scouts ask for help

Rio Vista

Rio Vista’s City Council made good use of a mulligan on Tuesday, June 3, redrafting its response letter to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Environmental Impact Report.

Mayor Norman Richardson and his colleagues had planned on casting a final

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RV Chamber’s newest member - A true entrepreneur


Last week the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member. Alieu Jah is the new owner of both the Rio Vista Market on Main Street, and Sudz Laundromat on Second Street.

Alieu has a most unusual history. He is a native of the West African country

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W.G. students speak with artist from across the globe


Thursday, May 30 marked an extraordinary event for students at Walnut Grove Elementary School. Nancy Adams and Salvatore Megna introduced the story of now famous artist Rekha Gaikwad, from India, who has captured the hearts of many in the Delta community.

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Abrams takes decisive lead in Solano D.A. race

election 2014

While Gov. Jerry Brown and all the statewide incumbents had comfortable leads in the primary, the one contested race that everyone has had their eye on is of course the Solano County District Attorney race.

With just 7.47 percent of the precincts reporting – Krishna Abrams held a slight

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BDCP public comment period extended to July 29


With news on Friday that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) public comment period will extend until July 29, it gives Delta residents a small window to complete comments to the appropriate lead agencies.

A teleconference media call was held on Friday to explain the release of the

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Holland Union Gakuen School in Clarksburg approaching restoration


The Holland Union Gakuen School in Clarksburg is a historical site in the Delta that not many have heard of. Tucked away off Courtland Road along Elk Slough, the former Japanese School served more than 100 students and provided a community gathering point for residents as far as West Sacramento and throughout the northern Delta.

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Delta residents celebrate the life of Jerry Waterworth


“Rembrandt of the Delta,” Jerald Clyde Waterworth was born on October 16, 1917 and passed away on February 21, 2014. A man that is remembered for his kindness, talent, humor and generosity – Jerry left a lasting impression on all those he came in contact with.

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Cajun & Blues Festival brings amazing talent


This year’s Cajun & Blues Festival to be held at B&W Resort and Delta Boat Storage on the Delta Loop is sure to a monumental success. With acts from around the country and a multitude of delicious food and interesting vendors – there is surely to be something for everyone.

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RioVision gaining steam; looks to bolster corps of volunteers


Members of the RioVision Steering Committee met at Windborn Church on Monday to tackle an ambitious agenda.

Tasked with revitalizing the city’s business affairs, head of the Economic Restructuring Committee, Dave Falk, highlighted the group’s progress while

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Dock construction approaching but more funding needed


With a little luck, it won’t be long before boaters can add Rio Vista to their weekend plans when cruising along the Sacramento River.

That’s because plans are in the works to build a dock at the end of Main St., just beyond City Hall. A grant from the state has promised funds in the amount

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