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Protecting Our Children: “Rubber” Mulch on Playgrounds – February 3, 2016

Jamie Parent, Op-EdRiver News-Herald

As parents we always want the best for our kids; the best doctors, the best schools, the best of everything.  After our family moved back to the Midwest from Rio Vista, we searched for the best house and found it within walking distance of a great school.  The only thing that wasn’t so great was the use of the so-called “rubber” mulch on the playground.   I recently found out that the Rio Vista Parks & Recreation has approved this same “rubber” mulch for use at the Egbert Field playground.  I had concerns about the use of this material as playground surfacing after watching a news story on soccer goalies that played on artificial turf where pellets of “rubber” are used for cushioning.  “Rubber” mulch, a larger version of crumb rubber, is not made up of natural rubber; it is made up of shredded tires that were destined for the landfill.  Are shredded used tires the best we can do for our children?
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RV City Council Notes: Frontier Representative Attempts to Explain, Accomplishes Nothing – January 27, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldA representative of Frontier explained a troublesome situation that Frontier was facing that led to a number of Trilogy residents in Rio Vista without landline use. This situation was presented as an information item to city council at last Tuesday’s meeting.
The Frontier rep explained that there was a miscommunication problem between Frontier services and Shea Homes that led to this current predicament. Frontier had shown attempts at fixing the problem and these attempts involved Frontier to communicate with Shea to fulfill the means to do so. The problem was that Shea was not responding to Frontier’s calls or e-mails at negotiating a work agreement for telephone landline installation.
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Drive-By Shooting in Isleton, Suspect Apprehended – January 27, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-Herald - IsletonIsleton was the scene of a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood on Saturday, January 16, 2016 just before 3:00 p.m.
According to eyewitnesses, a silver colored car sped around the corner of 4th Avenue and opened fire on a parked, white SUV.  A few minutes later the car returned and more shots were fired. Blood spatter resulting from one of the shots fired was witnessed but no injured party has been located.
Multiple 911 calls to the Sheriff’s Department triggered a response by Sheriff’s deputies to the scene. Callers advised the Sheriffs that the suspect was shooting at the victim’s vehicle while they were being chased. The victim vehicle was able to escape to a safe location. The suspect reportedly fled southbound on Interstate 5.
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Isleton City Council: Breaking Down the Numbers – January 27, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldAll members of the Board attended the first Isleton City Council meeting for 2016. Present were commissioners: Elizabeth Samano, Pamela Bulahan, Robert Jankovitz, Eric Pene, Mayor Mark Bettencourt, City Manager Dan Hinrichs and City Clerk Yvonne Zepeda.
The meeting was called to order on time and the citizens were promptly dismissed to allow a closed session to discuss a personnel matter involving the City Manager. The City Council meeting was resumed over 40 minutes later with no action resulting from the closed session.
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Delta Breeze: The Results Are In – January 27, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldDelta Breeze project manager gave an update on the results from a previous community survey on transit needs to Rio Vista city council last Tuesday.
China Langer, in charge of transportation management at Delta Breeze, presented a slideshow of conclusions and analysis as well as bar graphs of data collection on transit service from the survey.
Conclusions that were reached from the survey included reinvestment options and resulted in four options to choose from that will be available in the new survey. These options include: (1) an extended dial-a-ride on route 51, (2) a new route to Travis Air Force Base, (3) more service to BART/eBART and (4) a new route to Antioch.
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Second Collision in Two Weeks on State Highway 160, Sherman Island – January 27, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldA rear-end collision in the northbound lane of State Highway 160 sent a loaded semi trailer truck onto its side and down an embankment, south of Three Mile Slough Bridge last Wednesday afternoon just before 1:30 p.m.. It happened one week after a head-on collision in the same vicinity. Fortunately there were no critical injuries this time. A hazardous spill from the loaded semi was also avoided with some very careful maneuvering to bring the semi back upright onto the roadway.
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Robin’s Nest Values the Community – January 27, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldMeet the owner of Robin’s Nest Thrift Store in Rio Vista: Robin Sibert. From running the business for so long she comes across one important question, “How do you value the worth of something?” She gives her insight on answering such a philosophical question as well as sharing her story about her comradeship with her customers.
“To me, I like this green jar I have at home. It’s not worth $5 but I enjoy my personal value to it. Valuing something isn’t always about money. If you can find happiness in something, and you value that, what more can you really ask for?”
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Delta Regional Foundation Joins with the Delta Protection Commission to Launch Delta Citizen’s Fist Ever Leadership Program – January 20, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Recognizing the challenges facing the Delta and the need to meet these challenges by cultivating, informing and developing leadership in the Delta, in 2015 the Delta Regional Foundation joined in partnership with the Delta Protection Commission to launch the first ever Delta Leadership Program. The purpose of the program is to develop sustained leadership within the Delta communities going forward, for the future well being of the Delta.
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Isleton City Manager Suggest Parking Fees – January 20, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe first meeting of the new year convened at 6:30 last Wednesday evening. Commission members Glenn Giovannoni, Mandy Elder, Jack Chima, Rogelio Garcia, and City Manager Dan Hinrichs and City Clerk, Yvonne Zepeda attended. City Manager Dan Hinrichs advised that he had no formal report but spoke at length about the state of Isleton’s finances, stating that only some bills are being paid. He said, ”I’m talking with numerous financial experts, how to save the city. We have not had a significant increase in revenues since 2010, it’s been pretty much just flat.
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Bill Dodd Speaks At Rio Vista Democratic Club – January 13, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Wednesday evening the Rio Vista Democratic Club hosted Bill Dodd, Assemblyman for the 4th District, who is running for senator of the 3rd State Senate district.  The 3rd State Senate district includes most of Solano County and the Delta and is currently represented by Lois Wolk, whose term ends this year. Also vying for the senate seat from the Democratic Party are Mariko Yamada and Gabe Greiss. Greg Coppes is running for the seat from the Republican side.  Bill Dodd spoke for 2 hours, focusing on current issues concerning citizens in the District.
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Head-On Collision On Sherman Island Highway 160 – January 13, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldOn Wednesday, January 6, 2016, two Rio Vista residents sustained major injuries in a head-on collision that occurred at about4:00 p.m. on State Highway 160, approximately two miles north of the Antioch Bridge, on Sherman Island.
The collision occurred when 49-year-old Marc Garcia who was intoxicated and driving south in a 1990 Ford van suddenly turned left into the oncoming lane.
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Hwy. 12 Diner Set To Open – January 13, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Hwy. 12 Diner will bring a number of changes with its grand re-opening this Friday.
The restaurant will create 15 jobs in Rio Vista, will offer a remodeled restaurant to customers and it will bring back a sentimental place that some Delta residents missed. The owners of the remodeled restaurant, Howard and MaryEllen Lamothe, would like to welcome the drivers on Highway 12 to come in and dine.
A variety of food will be offered in Hwy. 12’s breakfast and lunch menu. For the early birds, foods that will be offered include egg dishes, omelets, chicken and waffles. For the lunch menu, dishes will include meat, macaroni and four different kinds of hamburgers. Some of these dishes will be low in fat and gluten-free. There will be coffee and soda machines for the beverage lovers.
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Historic Delta Business Looks to Withstand Changing Times – January 6, 2016

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldWhen the Kennedy family, Michael and Janet Kennedy and their son and daughter-in-law Cary Kennedy USN and Kristin Kennedy USAF sat down in 2005 and made the decision to purchase Walnut Grove’s historic Tony’s Place, it was more than a simple business venture, it was much more personal than that. In fact, you could rightly say they were like family, so closely had the generations of the Enos, Kennedy and Charlesworth families grown up together.
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RV Planning Commission Revises Marijuana Ordinance – January 6, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

A decision was made by the planning commission of Rio Vista on a revised ordinance of the use of medical marijuana.
Issac George, planning manager for the city, reported to the planning commission about the medical marijuana situation. He said that the city council agreed that “the personal certified medical use of medical marijuana had a valid and legitimate purpose.” George further reported that this was the reason why this ordinance was brought back to the planning commission and there were updates that had been made.
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Huskers Put Compassion Ahead of the Game – December 30, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldWhen the University of Nebraska football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, won a spot in the 14th annual Fight Hunger Bowl, now known as the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl, they showed their character and spirit in a big way.
The Cornhuskers, from the Big Ten Conference, were in town to play the UCLA Bruins, a Pac-12 Conference team, at Levi’s stadium on December 26. At the end of the regular season there were not enough bowl-eligible teams so the 5-7 Nebraska was chosen because of its high Academic Progress Rate (APR). But before their main event, these young athletes had another event to perform.
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Local Volleyball Coach Teaches Important Life Values – December 30, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldMeet LuAnne Haley. She is one of the coaches for the Rio Vista High School volleyball varsity team as well as a coach for the basketball and volleyball team for Riverview Middle School. Both volleyball teams stepped up by making playoffs this season, yet sadly lost but not without giving it their all and never losing the hope of winning a game. ‘Not giving up’ is one of the three philosophies of Haley’s coaching. She doesn’t expect her players to give an all-star performance, but she would like to see them try their hardest.
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Isleton Art Gallery Promotes More Than Just Art – December 23, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldA humanitarian hosted a Christmas open house at an art gallery in Isleton that showcased some of her art and the art of others. Members from the Sacramento Homeless Organization, a humanitarian group, also attended and gave their opinion on the state of being homeless.
Sally Ooms’ spouse asked her why she wanted to open up an art gallery. Ooms didn’t know why she did at the time but she found out she wanted to create a place where people came together.
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Walnut Grove Citizens Come Forward On Behalf Of Their Community – December 16, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

The 2nd pilot meeting of the Walnut Grove Citizens Action Committee met at the Jean Harvie Center this month with a good turnout of enthusiastic members of the community who are anxious to work together to meet some of the needs identified in the first meeting in November. The people of Walnut Grove are serious about supporting and improving their community.
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Rio Vista City Council Expresses Support For Medical Marijuana – December 16, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Members of the public at Rio Vista’s city council meeting expressed their support for the use of medical marijuana to treat ailments and gave a good number of benefits that medical marijuana brings to their lives.
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Wreaths Across America Honors Sacramento Valley Vets – December 16, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Thousands of family members and volunteers attended the ceremonies at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Saturday honoring those from the region actively serving in the armed services and the fallen, missing in action and prisoners of war where they rest in peace, honor and dignity.
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Spirit of Solano Honors Lira’s Supermarket – December 9, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterIMG_1211 (1)

Lira’s Supermarket was among one of the honorees who won an award at the 20th annual Spirit of Solano (SoS) event. On behalf of the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce, Norman Richardson, mayor of Rio Vista, presented Jim Lira, the founder of Lira’s Supermarket, the spirit of Solano award that “embodies the true Spirit of Solano.”
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Isleton City Council: Where Is the Money? – December 9, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Dan Hinrich, City Manager, reported in his city manager’s report:  715 Union St. has been permitted for demolition of the rear structure, as discussed at length in the previous meeting.
Addressing a discussion from the previous month concerning drainage problems from the trailer park he stated that two drains, if capped, will flow into the sewer, alleviating the current drainage problem.
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Locke’s Moon Cafe Gallery Helps Angels of the Fields Make Christmas Bright for the Children of Delta Farmworkers – December 9, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Saturday The Moon Cafe provided the stage for the all-volunteer group Angels of the Fields to hold its second annual benefit to raise the funds that will provide a very special Christmas for the children of the farmworkers of the Delta in all of the river communities from Clarksburg to Rio Vista.
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Delta Drifters Toy Drive – December 9, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

The Delta Drifters, partnered with a non-profit organization, welcomed generous toy donations from Delta residents under the big Christmas tree in front of Rio Vista city hall.
Members of the Delta Drifters waited Saturday afternoon for donators who came with a bag of toys at the parking lot of city hall.
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Walnut Grove Rotary Club Dental Clinic Volunteers Go the Distance – December 2, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Through Rotary International, the Walnut Grove Rotary Club recently sponsored and completed its 21st annual free dental clinic in rural San Francisquito, Baja California, Mexico.  The clinic brings much needed dental care to people who have no access to such medical services because they live in such an isolated area and do not have funds with which to travel.
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New California State Law Pushes City of Rio Vista to Create Medical Marijuana Ordinance – December 2, 2015

Anthony Guiterrez, Staff Writer

WeedThe state of California has issued a law that requires Rio Vista to create an ordinance about medical marijuana, or in case there is no ordinance made by March 2016, the city will default to the state’s ordinance. This action item was brought upon to the Planning commission of Rio Vista.
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Rio Vista City Council Notes: Delta Breeze Looks to Upgrade – December 2, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldA project leader gave an analysis project overview about Rio Vista transit services in efforts to improve Delta Breeze transit services and Delta Breeze asked City Council for the replacement of two old vehicles that will amount to $179,478.38.  http://riovistacity.com/delta-breeze-transit-system/
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The Ballad of Cisco and Margie – November 25, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff WriterRiver News-Herald

Cisco, 75 grew up in Rio Vista where his dad, Chief Lausten, was police chief in the 1950’s.
Cisco loved music as a child and, when his parents bought him a guitar at the age of 10, taught himself how to play. His first paid gig was in the late 1950’s right after he got out of four years in the U.S. Navy.
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16-Year-Old Pilot Takes Flight – November 25, 2015

Tyler Mortimore, Columnist

River News-HeraldPeter Zucha got a more thrilling “Sweet 16” party than most teens.  The Rio Vista High junior, an aspiring pilot, took off from the Rio Vista Airport on his first solo flight.  Family, friends and airport officials lined up at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 to watch Zucha take off with flight instructor Ira Billic and complete four full-stop landings before Billic deplaned and left Zucha to his solo run.
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Four Rio Vista Fire Department Reservists Pinned – November 25, 2015

RVFD Press ReleaseRiver News-Herald

At Tuesday night’s Rio Vista City Council meeting Fire Chief Alan Hartford was pleased to present four of Rio Vista Fire Department’s reservists to the city council for the pinning of their badges. They were Jerry DeFilippi, Brandon Scarbrough, Matthew Hamilton and Ben Peirce.
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The Class of 1965 Celebrates Its 50th Reunion, Donates $10,100 to Rio Vista High School – November 25, 2015

Jerry de Flores, Class of 1965

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista High School class of 1965 held its 50th class reunion the weekend of Oct. 16-18.  It started Friday night with a tailgate party, then the class and friends of 85 strong marched onto Rio Vista High School football field led by our cheerleaders from the class of ‘65.  We were yelling some of the old cheers.
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Isleton Journal: City Council Discusses Marijuana Ordinance, Infrastructure Improvements and Raising Property/Sales Taxes – November 25, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe November Isleton City Council meeting was held this past Wednesday evening. Council members in attendance were: Elizabeth Samano, Pamela Bulahan, Mayor Bettencourt, and Vice Mayor Robert Jankovitz, also present were Yvonne Cepeda, City Clerk and Dan Hinrichs, City Manager.
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Yachtsman Magazine Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Bill Wells Honored – November 25, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldOn a Tuesday night, Yachtsman Magazine celebrated their 50th year anniversary with a special program presented by Bill Wells, writer and boat owner who re-capped on the 50-year history of the Yachtsman from the humble beginnings to now.
Wells stood in front of a 30 people audience at the Jean Harvie Center in Walnut Grove and presented a slideshow of pictures showcasing events in the Yachtsman timeline that affected Delta residents through a projector at an auditorium.
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