Rio Vista holiday happenings slated Dec. 5-6, 2015

Rio Vista holiday happenings slated Dec. 5-6, 2015
RIO VISTA — Rio Vista will welcome the Christmas season with a holiday happenings Dec. 5-6. The annual Olde Tyme Christmas Craft Fair, at the Rio Vista Museum 16 N. Front St., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. The RioVision Holiday Home Tour is 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Check-in is at the Rio Vista Senior Center, 25 Main St., between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Home Tour is self-guided and tickets are limited. They ...

10 Best Cities to Retire in California

10 Best Cities to Retire in California
Sunny California is a great place to retire, right? Well, there are certain cities and towns which are better suited than others to retire in California, as is the case with any other state. But, for those who want warm weather, and great year round activities, this is a state which is welcoming to the elderly. In fact, there are a number of cities which have great retirement communities, activities like golfing, nightlife, and local dining for retirees...

An Ecosystem With a Long Reach: The Bay Delta is California’s Heart

An Ecosystem With a Long Reach: The Bay Delta is California’s Heart
We have a tendency when we talk about an ecosystem to try and draw a bright and distinct boundary around it. We want to define our terms clearly. The desert is the desert and the redwood forest is the redwood forest, and we try to ignore the blurry areas around the edges. It doesn't usually work, of course. Even if the boundary you draw encompasses the whole planet, there are still the small matters of sunlight and tides to consider, the sun and moon st...

It Pays To Be An Ag Major: 7 Local Students Are Off To College With Scholarships

It Pays To Be An Ag Major: 7 Local Students Are Off To College With Scholarships
Friends of Dixon May Fair awarded $12,500 in scholarships to these very deserving residents from Dixon, Vacaville and Rio Vista. By Kathy Keatley Garvey Seven Solano County residents majoring in agriculture received some financial relief as they headed for their college campuses this fall, thanks to a total of $12,500 awarded them in college scholarships from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair. The seven include four from Dixon; two from Vacaville, a

June water savings in California exceed governor’s decree

June water savings in California exceed governor’s decree
Despite the sweltering summer heat most Californians met or hurdled Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency 25 percent mandate, according to June figures released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board. Vacaville, meanwhile, was one of the cities that far surpassed the state’s savings of 27.3 percent. “The state numbers are good news,” acknowledged Mark Mazzaferro, city spokesman. “Vacaville’s numbers are even better. We’re at a 39 percent reductio...

Levees and ferries and sloughs and bridges that go up and down

Levees and ferries and sloughs and bridges that go up and down
There was a commotion this evening among the fishermen and water-skiers who had been barbecuing on patios and playing cards and guitars at Snug Harbor on Steamboat Slough. Sounds of distress heard from the water! I had to run to the gathering crowd and explain that was Murphy’s happy swimming bark. No creature was being harmed. They all ambled back to their lazy pastimes. Ever since we crossed the first bridge into California’s delta, I’ve ...

Salmon season on the Sacramento opens July 16

Salmon season on the Sacramento opens July 16
The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is proud to host Capt. Joe Aksamit, owner of Joefish Guide Service, as the guest speaker at the July 17 breakfast meeting. Joe will be sharing his trolling techniques for salmon on the Delta’s lower San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. Many salmon anglers don’t realize that the lower Sacramento is fished much different than the upper stretches of the river. Joe will describe special lure set-ups and a strategy for targeting ear...

Supreme Court keeps in place protections for California’s delta smelt

Supreme Court keeps in place protections for California’s delta smelt
The Supreme Court on Monday kept in place environmental orders in California that protect the endangered delta smelt and limit the pumping of river water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The justices turned down appeals from several water agencies, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and from Central Valley farmers. In their appeal, the water agencies questioned whether limits on pumping water to the southern part