Saturday, August 23, 2003

Vallejo is becoming a solar-powered city: "Vallejo should pay off its share in 12 years, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said. The solar energy system has a life span of 25 to 30 years, he said.
By producing 60 percent to 80 percent of the energy needed for the pump station, the solar energy system can save the city $67,000 annually, a city press release said. That's based on today's electricity costs. The panels produce less energy at times, depending on the weather" Fairfield Daily Republic

Fatal plane crash linked to pot: "The plane that was carrying two Bay Area men who crashed in a remote area of Washington near the Canadian border also contained $118,000 hidden in secret compartments and a small amount of marijuana, investigators said Thursday.
Pilot David Nichols, 53, of Vallejo and passenger Shura Lewton, 49, of San Mateo had been missing since April. Their remains were found last week in a plane that crashed into a mountainside in a wilderness area about 250 miles northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. " San Francisco Chronicle

Vallejo Becomes Top US Solar City: "The city can now generate 577 kilowatts of electricity -- at an annual savings in energy costs of over 200-thousand dollars." KRON TV News

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

New Carquinez Bridge to open in November: "The westbound leg of the new suspension bridge over the Carquinez straits is set to open in November. It will be the first new suspension span in the nation in three decades." Herald-Tribune

3 die in rollover crash on I-5 near Westley: "Josefina Gutierrez, 75, Gregorio Gutierrez, 75, and Adeline DeGuzman, 19, were killed when their vehicle rolled over five times, the CHP said. The accident briefly blocked a northbound lane of the freeway.The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, was part of a two-car caravan returning to Vallejo and Suisun City from a family gathering over the weekend in San Diego." The Modesto Bee

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Man becomes latest drowning victim in Lake Tahoe area: "On Aug. 9, Simi Tili, 24, of Vallejo, Calif., drowned after jumping into Lake Tahoe a quarter mile off South Lake Tahoe from a rented ski boat. He was not wearing a life jacket. " Las Vegas Sun