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Sm4sh Tournament Electrifies E-Sport with Hype Competition – June 6, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer
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ShowdownSmash hosted “Come On and Ban #60” at the Foundry on a Thursday night with a few surprises and electrifying moments that made Smash 4 such an entertaining game to spectate. A crew battle between GIGA and 8BIT, some super hype matches on stream and even the #1 Robin player in the world showed up. There were amazing displays of competitiveness at this edition of “Come On and Ban” that couldn’t be missed.

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Round 3: The RDUSD Speaks – April 27, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThere has been a lot of talk surrounding The River Delta Unified School District over the past months. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on concerning the many issues that have taken place, there is one very important message that I hope I have conveyed in my articles. The three Riverview teachers that are being reassigned are educators, coaches, friends and family to people throughout our unique Delta community. They have created a legacy and left their mark on the minds of our children for years. They have donated hours of their own time with the aspirations of bettering the lives of others and I hope that we can all appreciate and thank them for their dedication.
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Rio Vista High School Hosts Alumni Career Fair – April 27, 2016 

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista High School was host to the 2nd annual Career Fair where a strong message about “Home Grown Success” was conveyed to its students. Also, an enriching program called AVID brought benefits to students who can learn skills to better prepare themselves for the real world.
At the Career Fair, there were some presentations from engineers, social workers, construction workers, graphic artists and others. John Bento, Lions Club member, recruited these presenters of their respective category and he made one special qualification about those presenters he chose. The presenters were alumni students from Rio Vista High school.
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Isleton City Council: Finance, Water and Fire – April 27, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-Herald - IsletonBoard members, mayor and vice mayor, city manager, city clerk and citizens met last week for the April 2016 meeting of the Isleton City Council. The Isleton Planning Commission chairman also attended the meeting.
Dan Hinrichs began with the City Manager’s report, explaining that he is working with Sandra Rutledge, teaching her how to put together next year’s budget and that they have a first draft done.
City Hall has been advertising to hire an additional person for accounts, without success, however Melissa Gross has returned to work for the city and will take over accounts receivable for 10 hours per week and city clerk, Yvonne Zepeda, has increased her hours and this is working out very well. He went on to explain that when he retires later this year he wants Sandra and Romi Balbini to be able to “take care of things” such as separating and maintaining separate accounts within the City.
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Affair of the Arts” Fundraiser A Great Success – April 20, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

On a Saturday, the Annual Affair of the Arts hosted their 10th annual art auction at Trilogy’s Sir Flair’s restaurant in efforts to raise funds for the performing and visual arts program at Rio Vista High School (RVHS). This event also celebrates the arts from our students and encourages the community to get behind supporting our local student artists in their future endeavors.
It was a banquet room filled with teens, adults and elderly alike basking in the artistic flair that was seen in the art display spanning across the room. Megan Brooks, art teacher and Donnie Surla, drama teacher were the quirky fun hosts of the night. They were excited about the high turnout of people who showed up and were humbled at how many of them were in support of the arts in our schools.
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Delta Student Athlete Awarded Scholarship – April 20, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Delta High School student athlete Emma Winkler was the awardee of a notable sports scholarship that friends, family and school staff celebrated at the high school gym. This was followed by few touching words from her mentors, who were very proud of how far she’s come.
There was also a surprise in store for Emma that she was quite not expecting.
One of her coaches led her to the Delta High School gym where the surprise awaited. As Emma came through the gym entrance she was astonished at being greeted by a number of students at the entrance. The students extended their arms making an archway from the gym entrance like cheerleaders would do to footballers heading out of the locker room tunnel and Emma went through the student archway in excitement and smiles as she saw a breathtaking sight.
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Two Major Accidents Are Yet Another Reminder of the Dangers of Delta Roads – April 13, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldEach of the two through-Delta state highways were the scenes of fatal accidents in the past week with a victim total of nine persons, six of them dead.
The first, at about 7 a.m. on April 5th, claimed the life of 34-year-old John Her of Sacramento when he crossed over the center line on Highway 160 in Clarksburg.  Mr. Her, driving in a Honda Civic, collided head-on with an Elk Grove man who was traveling north in a pick-up truck. Fortunately, the driver of the truck, who was innocent, survived the accident. Residents of the area were heard saying, “it wasn’t if, but when,” noting that ever since the new Consumes on-ramp of Interstate 5, there has been a marked increase in speeding traffic cutting over between Elk Grove and South Sacramento. This was the second fatal crash on this stretch of highway in less than a month.
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Sac Housing and Redevelopment Aims to Return Benefits to Rural Areas by Correcting Mis-Data – April 13, 2016

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Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency senior planner Sandy Piekarski with consultant Yayin Isle and analyst Brad Satterwhite traveled to Isleton to meet with citizens as part of their effort to correct skewed statistics that are impacting eligibility of rural communities to receive block grants in the Delta.
There is such a large disparity between the way community eligibility for block grant funding has been determined, historically, and the new method for collecting data. In the past the data used was drawn from the most recent census, which counts the incomes for every household. In the last determination the data was drawn by the new “American Community Survey” (ACS) method, which takes just a small sample and bases everything on that minimal information, for the whole community.
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Rio Vista City Council: Parking Restrictions – April 13, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Rio VistaOn a Tuesday, Rio Vista City Council discussed the topic of restricting parking of certain trucks and trailers at residential areas and what this could mean for Rio Vistans in the future.
Issac George, Community Development Director, spoke on behalf of city staff recommending this action item go through its procedure by receiving its report, opening it to public comment and awaiting its second reading and adoption at a future council meeting.
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Isleton Planning Commission Discusses Old Problems, Welcomes New Business – April 13, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-HeraldAll Board members were present for the April Isleton Planning Commission meeting last week.
At the top of the agenda was the city manager’s report. City Manager, Dan Hinrichs, referring to the “Village On The Delta” housing development at the north end of town, stated that the current contractor is working out well and has made good progress, adding that PG&E will finish hooking up utilities there on the 12th. The developer, KLD, has not been responsive, however, and he will discuss with the attorney how to proceed in regard to the $30,000 bond.
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Skip Thomson Spoke from the Heart About Serving Solano County Citizens – April 13, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

SkipSpeaking to the Democratic Club of Rio Vista at Foster’s Bighorn Restaurant on Wednesday evening, there was no mistaking that Skip Thomson is passionate about his commitment to the citizens here, preferring to walk neighborhoods and knock on doors to speak face to face with his constituents and learn their primary concerns. One of those concerns is the lack of medical services in Rio Vista. Last fall, Vice Mayor Dave Hampton asked him to help get a clinic for Rio Vista. He is working with Kaiser and County health services to explore some ways to bring medical support here.  Solano County is replacing their mobile medical van and the county’s mobile dental van, hoping to have the new vehicles outfitted and ready by July to bring those services to Rio Vista.
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A Community Center built by the ideas of its people for generations to come – April 13, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

IMG_2649The results are in. The board members of the Rio Vista Community Center (RVCC) gave a few presentations about the data that they collected in regard to what Rio Vistans want in a community center at the cafeteria of DH White School last Monday.
James Nordin, President of RVCC, spoke to a room full of concerned members of the community about how data was interpreted from a previous meeting on suggestions of what they wanted in a community center.
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McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trials: Great Fun and Benefit for the Whole Community – April 6, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

WriterRiver News-HeraldIn abundant sunshine under a bright blue sky in the green, rolling Montezuma Hills, the third annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trials were held last weekend amid enthusiastic cheering from the many spectators who gathered for the three-day event. More than 80 dogs and their handlers, some driving across several states, competed in this world class herding event on the McCormack Ranch Hill Farm trial course over the weekend.
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Rio Vista City Council Notes – April 6, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Rivers News-HeraldRio Vista City Council is in the works to bringing a business park to the city. This action item in the agenda is two years in the making and this can affect the business future of Rio Vista.
Issac George, Community Development Director, recommended city council to go ahead with the hiring of a real estate broker who will cost the city less than $1000 to find a builder who will make plans for this park.
However, George alerted city council that city staff has met with the staff of current economic development corporation (CEDC) and George stated that they recommend the council “to delay taking further action on this.” The reasoning behind this, according to George’s report, is that CEDC is conducting a study that might affect results if city council takes more action than just the hiring. The study would take around 60 days for completion and a benefit to waiting for the study will be to make marketing for businesses easier.
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SolAgra: A Project Whose Time Has Come – March 30, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldListening to Barry Sgarrella and Mike Reagan explain the SolAgra Water Solution, one wonders why it hasn’t already been built and put into service because it simply makes sense.  Sgarrella is the CEO of SolAgra Corporation and Reagan is a former Solano County Supervisor and member of the Delta Protection Commission who has been on the cutting edge of water issues for years.
It all started with the solar energy pilot project SolAgra is developing on Ryer Island.  The project will expand previously completed agricul-tural research conducted at U.C. Davis that proves the efficacy of growing crops on farmland, beneath solar arrays.  This new 9.47-acre research project is the precursor of a larger project, with future plans to expand to one of the largest solar power plants in the world.
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Walnut Grove Art Gallery Showcases “Gochi’s” Message – March 30, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLocal gallery hosts Gochi Steps, an architecture art exhibit that explores topics of spirituality through a minimalist design in the art pieces. A subtle, layered, hidden spiritual meaning can be interpreted like pieces of a puzzle through its observation, unlocking a spiritual message that is truly something special.
Alfredo Montalvo Gochicoa (aka Gochi), the artist featured in Walnut Grove’s “Crazy By Design” art gallery, talks about the meanings in his art pieces that look simplistic to the eye but further analysis suggests something more.
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Round 2: RDUSD Still Has No Answers – March 30, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldIn last week’s LTE, the anonymous author proudly stated, “We are each small schools, in a rural district, with supportive communities, and it is time we focus on our common needs in regards to the education of our youngsters, instead of parading along in a finger pointing blame game.”
It’s a very nice sentiment, and it would be great if we could live in a world where people could agree on issues as important as our children’s education, but unfortunately this is real life and not a fairytale story. And much like anything else in this world, when it comes down to the education system, business is business and money will always prevail.
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Highway 12 Association Hosts CALTRANS – March 23, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldOn St. Patrick’s Day many Rio Vista citizens, several CHP officers and Caltrans representatives from Divisions 3 and 4 as well as officials from local and regional agencies all came together to attend the March 2016 Highway 12 Association meeting.
There was much discussion of dangerous potholes on both highways 12 and 113 and dangerous driving resulting from driver’s efforts to avoid them as well as damages to vehicles incurred from going into the larger potholes.
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Isleton City Council Notes – March 23, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThis month’s Isleton City Council meeting convened last Wednesday with a full Board present and got right to work.
City Manager Dan Hinrichs mentioned that though he will be retiring at the end of the year, he is willing to come back on a limited basis after that to help out. He added that he is having regular staff meetings now and that he is training his staff to take over after he retires in December.
Hinrichs stated that the ordinances are being refined to protect business in Isleton, making certain that the “new businesses are the kind of businesses we want here in town,” adding that this will also protect the historical aspects of the city.
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Riverview 6th Graders Visit Point Bonita – March 23, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Last week the Riverview Middle School 6th graders went on a 3-day science field trip to Point Bonita to get hands-on experience on learning about the wonders of nature. They brought home new found knowledge on nature as well as something special that some may take for granted and not appreciate it until it’s gone.
Riverview principal Sonia Rambo explained the purpose of the field trip was so that students would be able to explore nature and learn in a different setting. This experience will pull out 6th graders from a classroom to nature as a whole by going on 5+ hour hikes in the natural, oceanside habitat of Point Bonita.
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DPC Sponsors Courtland Citizen Workshop: The Key to Progress in the Community – March 23, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Tuesday the Delta Protection Commission, in conjunction with the State Center for Collaborative Policy, held the third community action workshop in Courtland.
The Courtland citizen turn out was good. It has been heartening to see more and more Courtland citizens join in participation on behalf of their community with each meeting held.
Blake Roberts opened the workshop by passing out copies of the action plan as it stands so far and outlining the current progress. Blake also directed attendees to the webpage where they can access the information and follow the progress between meetings at:
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Bay Area Sm4shers compete for the gold at “Come on and Ban #51”

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

The Sm4sh tournament called “Come on and Ban #51” brought together competitors from all over NorCal to test their Sm4sh skills against crewmates to power ranked players to hidden wifi bosses, all for the opportunity to come out in top 8. Some players are satisfied with just being on stream, some want to bring home the glory and some want to bring home the gold, and this gold being a nice 1st place payout of $216 is pretty hype. Who will come out victorious in this edition of “Come on and Ban #51?”
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RDUSD Pushing Out Three Longstanding Riverview Teachers – March 16, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldLong time Rio Vista educator and resident Dan Mahoney stood in front of the River Delta Unified School District Board in defense of his friends and former colleagues last week, trying to justifiably understand some recent rash decisions that were made. Those decisions being that three of Riverview Elementary’s long time and tenured teachers will be relocated at the end of the current school year.
Steve Camacho, Bruce Vieira and Gwen Douglas, all longstanding educators and citizens of the Rio Vista community, are all to be suddenly pushed out of their positions at Riverview Middle School – and for no particularly good reason.
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Rio Vista City Council Questions the Lack of State Highway 12 Funding – March 9, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Rio VistaAt a Tuesday Rio Vista City Council meeting, a heated topic on the roadwork of HWY 12 and Church Road gave council members a surprise over the lack of funds for one of the two projects. This spurred a strong vocal reaction from council members on how the city and state will handle such a frustrating ordeal.
The situation was that the plan on Church road would have to compromise and possibly halt its progress for another project. If this happens, funds would go from Church road to the intersection HWY 12 plan, which was encouraged by state for the fixture of safety hazards.
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Sac County Sheriff’s Dept. Reports to Delta – March 9, 2016

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When Delta residents packed the meeting room at the Japanese language school in Walnut Grove to hear a presentation by the Sheriff’s Department recently, they were hopeful that they would hear long awaited good news. For most of the past 10 years they have remained hopeful that a law enforcement presence would return to the Delta and to their neighborhoods.
Several attendees participated, speaking up to ask questions, but it wasn’t clear that they were satisfied their questions had been heard or that they felt the answers they received were even responsive to their questions.
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Rio Vista Looks to Upgrade Parks – March 2, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldAt a Rio Vista city council meeting, there was a lot of support for the long-awaited construction of a skate park, as well as replacing the Egbert Field baseball lights and improving Val De Flores Park, among other renovations of recreational structures.
A number of areas that were on the radar to see a park makeover included: Homecoming Park, Egbert Field, Crescent Park, City Park, Bruna Vista Park, Drouin Park, New Park in the Del Rio Hills, areas at Rio Vista High School and Riverview Middle School, a motocross/sports facility and Sierra Park, among others. (note: these places aren’t guaranteed for improvements but are strongly suggested by a report)
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The Rio Vista Republican Club Hosts Candidates Dave Miller and Mike Reagan – March 2, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast week the Rio Vista Republican Club hosted 2 speakers who are republican candidates for the upcoming elections later this year. The two hopefuls were Dave Miller, who is running for assemblyman of the 11th District and Mike Reagan, running for Supervisor, Solano County. Dave Miller moved to California 6 years ago, retiring after 30 years, from the New York State Department of Public Services in Rochester where he worked in finance against welfare fraud.
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Gabe Griess Pays Visit to Rio Vista Democratic Club – March 2, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Recently, the democratic club in Rio Vista welcomed State Senate candidate Gabe Griess to speak at their February meeting.
Gabe retired from the Air force as a colonel after serving for 20 years in military intelligence. Part of his service was spent at the Pentagon, where he managed U.S. trade policy for the Defense Technology Security Administration. He also served as the Afghanistan country director for the Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs and with licensing of foreign software engineers working in this country.
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Crippled By Debt, Isleton Struggles to Plan Ahead – February 24, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldCommissioners Bulahan, Samano, and Pene, with Vice Mayor Jankovitz and Mayor Bettencourt held the February 2016 Isleton City Council meeting last Wednesday evening. City Manager Hinrichs began his report by announcing that the former bank building has been purchased by an investment group and that they plan to create a regional wine tasting center in the building once some cosmetic work and ADA compliance is completed to the interior.
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Isleton Planning Commission Special Meeting: New Business on the Horizon but Old Problems Persist – February 24, 2016 

C. A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldIsleton community leaders were busy this past week. Planning Commission members Chima, O’Brien, Garcia and Chairman Giovannoni met in a special session on Tuesday evening to discuss issues that needed to be addressed at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Also present were City Clerk Yvonne Zepeda and City Manager Dan Hinrichs.
The Planning Commission continues to move forward with refining and finalizing changes to the ordinances and city codes to improve efficiency and put in place enforcement procedures that will improve fiscal responsibility and encourage new investment ventures coming into the community.
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RV City Council Notes: Health Care Coming Soon? – February 24, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRio Vista

There was an update on bringing medical services to Rio Vista during last Tuesday’s city council meeting. The idea that Rio Vista will have these services had been a dream to some but a nightmare to get plans rolling.
David Hampton, council member, has given an update to the medical services in Rio Vista. He reported that a number of important people held a meeting where there was a discussion on ideas about bringing local health care services to Rio Vista. He noted that these ideas were up in the air and money was brought as an obstacle.
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North Delta CARES Struggles to Advocate for Delta Voices – February 17, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldAt a recent meeting of North Delta CARES, Barbara Daly and Anna Swenson recounted their harrowing experiences, fighting for Delta resident’s and stakeholder’s right to be allowed a voice regarding the Tunnels project.  At the Army Corps of Engineering public comments due date of Nov. 9, Swenson and Daly requested an extension of time to provide for submission of knowledge from the public and to request public hearings so important and unique information could be presented to the ACE. They each received a boilerplate letter denying their requests for the public to be heard. A few days later at a meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Army Corps project manager Zachary Simmons appeared and gave a presentation. Taylor stated that 74 private persons and organizations had requested an extension of time and a public meeting but that he deemed that nothing would be learned from public meetings, that there was no reason to honor the requests, adding that that this would be a waste of the ACE’s time.  READ MORE>>>


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