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 Local School Bus Driver Honored – May 3, 2017

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLocal school bus driver receives “Northern California School Bus Driver of the Year for 2016” for her heroic deed of saving a child’s life.
Last Friday in the theater building at Rio Vista High School, friends, family and the community celebrated this local town hero in cheers and applause.
On May 26, 2016, School bus driver Augustina Lopez (a.k.a Tina) was at her pick up point when she noticed that one of her student passengers was struggling to breathe. The medical condition got worse to the point that this student’s life was on the line. Tina administered CPR and managed to revive her. Because of her quick and life-saving decision, Tina was awarded the “Northern California School Bus Driver of the Year for 2016” by the California Highway Patrol.

April 24th Highway 160 Accident Update:
Both Victims Beat the Odds and Survive – May 3, 2017

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Last week’s traffic collision and fire on State Route 160 between the Antioch Bridge and Three Mile Slough Bridge was a head-on crash between two tractor trailers. The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. on the cloudy but dry morning of April 24th.
Driving north in a Kenworth and pulling an empty trailer was Marci Rodriguez of Albany, Oregon. Coming southbound in a Peterbilt was William Smith of Antioch California, also pulling an empty trailer at the time.
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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-Herald

All 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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