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Downtown construction permits top $35 million in 2014

Downtown construction permits top $35 million in 2014

More than $35.4 million in permits for private property improvements were issued for downtown projects in 2014, according to a city report.

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Dozens of business changes alter face of downtown in 2014

Dozens of business changes alter face of downtown in 2014

A city of Napa report lists the following retail and commercial changes in downtown in 2014:

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California officials to supply just 20 percent of water

FRESNO — Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the… New

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County's first webmaster updating website

County's first webmaster updating website

Mehgan Ragan recalled recently seeing a 3-year-old look at a picture in a book, put her fingers on it and push outward, as if trying to make t… New

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Military will now buy 100 percent American flags

Military will now buy 100 percent American flags

Rep. Mike Thompson announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense has issued a rule to implement Thompson’s legislative provision requir… New

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Winter Spare the Air season ends

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s 2014-2015 Winter Spare the Air season ended Saturday with a total of 23 Winter Spare the Air Al… New

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Schools get grants for Friday Night Live activities

Friday Night Live chapters at Valley Oak High School in Napa and American Canyon High School have received $5,000 grants to support youth lead…

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CHP cracking down on warrant delinquents

The Napa Area of the California Highway Patrol is going after people with outstanding warrants from CHP cases, the agency announced.

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California court rules against sex offender law application

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's Supreme Court says the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within… Updated: 11:26 am

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Library Commission seeks student representative

The Napa County Library Commission will be accepting applications from high school students to serve as the student representative to the Napa…

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Storms bring up nearly 3 feet of snow to Lake Tahoe

SAN FRANCISCO — Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Vine Trail seeks to solve Soscol Avenue puzzle

Vine Trail seeks to solve Soscol Avenue puzzle

Traffic-choked Soscol Avenue poses a challenge that the Napa Valley Vine Trail is ready to tackle. Updated: 10:24 am

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Monday’s first look: Repeat winners, running greats at the Napa Valley Marathon

A slight chance of showers Monday, music from Newfoundland, and running’s past joins its present — here’s a peek at March 2, 2015.

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Marathon champions of 1970s, 1980s meet again in Napa

Marathon champions of 1970s, 1980s meet again in Napa

Starting more than four decades ago, they battled for victories in Boston and New York, competed for Olympic medals, fought to raise the popul…

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Napans tell of two acts of surprising kindness

Napans tell of two acts of surprising kindness

Chances are you’ve attended a wedding ceremony where someone read from the First Book of Corinthians: “Love is patient; love is kind.” It’s a …

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Sunday's first look: Storage sorrows continue

Is it March already? Here's some quick news to get you started on Sunday, March 1, 2015:

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Fire units battle blaze in Yountville

Fire units battle blaze in Yountville

Updated at 11:50 a.m. Sunday — Firefighters say there were no injuries Saturday night, but a large house on Vineyard View Drive in Yountville …

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New wineries welcomed in Suisun Valley

New wineries welcomed in Suisun Valley

Three wine-producing valleys are close together in the Bay Area’s coastal hills – world-famous Napa and Sonoma valleys and smaller Suisun Vall…

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Trapped self-storage customers look to raise funds

Trapped self-storage customers look to raise funds

Several hundred Napa Self Storage customers are appealing to the public to help them raise part of the $167,000 needed to recover their belong… Updated: 9:30 am

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Lake Berryessa advisory group gets new members

New members are joining a group that advises the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on its efforts to renovate the Lake Berryessa recreation experience.

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NCOE publishes 2015-2016 strategic plan

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) recently published its 2015-2016 strategic plan. The NCOE prioritizes its activities and allocates …

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Napa County jail inmates get tablet computers

Napa County jail inmates get tablet computers

A technology experiment began Friday in Napa County in one of the least likely settings – the county jail.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters: Making a difference in a child's life

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Making a difference in a child's life

Since its inception in the 1960s, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Napa County has matched more than 600 at-risk children with adult mentors who pl…

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Road closures planned for Sunday's Napa Valley Marathon

Road closures planned for Sunday's Napa Valley Marathon

Segments of Silverado Trail between Calistoga and Napa will be closed Sunday morning for the Napa Valley Marathon.

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No vaccination? Then no service, one Napa clinic says

No vaccination? Then no service, one Napa clinic says

Parents who ignore proven, established medical science by refusing to vaccinate their children are no longer welcome at one Napa Valley clinic. Updated: 10:40 am

February 27, 2015 2:47 pm(54)

Quiet, not silent: Vintage High brings American Sign Language to teens

Quiet, not silent: Vintage High brings American Sign Language to teens

The 25 teenagers in Katy McVicar’s class at Vintage High School were acquiring a second language, even if the distant whirring of ceiling fans…

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400 sprinkler heads stolen from Yountville vineyards

More than 400 sprinkler heads were stolen from two Yountville vineyards, costing grape growers at least $10,000.

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Drug arrests follow possible drug overdose death

The Napa Special Investigations Bureau reported Friday that it had made four arrests spurred by an investigation of a suspected drug-related d…

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Grand jury again urges video upgrades at Juvenile Hall

The Napa County grand jury issued a report Thursday on Juvenile Hall, saying that a previous year’s recommendations for better video security …

February 27, 2015 11:20 am(0)

Seniors asked to complete needs survey

The Napa Valley Healthy Aging Population Initiative is asking senior citizens to fill out a survey on needed programs and services.

February 27, 2015 10:57 am(0)

Napa County foreclosures fall to 8-year low

Napa County foreclosures fall to 8-year low

The number of Napa County foreclosures dropped to its lowest point in eight years in 2014, according to data from the Napa County Recorder’s office.

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer …

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Road closures planned for Sunday's Napa Valley Marathon

Road closures planned for Sunday's Napa Valley Marathon

Segments of Silverado Trail between Calistoga and Napa will be closed Sunday morning for the Napa Valley Marathon.

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Who's hogging downtown's parking spaces?

Who's hogging downtown's parking spaces?

Experts studying the parking dilemma in downtown Napa say the city doesn’t have a severe parking shortage. But the existing parking isn’t bein…

February 26, 2015 4:47 pm(27)

Burglary suspect arrested in American Canyon after crash

Burglary suspect arrested in American Canyon after crash

A brief car chase Thursday morning ended with a crash and the arrest of a Vallejo man, according to authorities.

February 26, 2015 3:21 pm(0)

Shaping futures at Napa High machine shop

Shaping futures at Napa High machine shop

Turning the metal dials on an engine lathe, Maddie Kellogg, 17, carefully eyed a computer monitor as a metal bit began to shave an aluminum ba…

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Update: Man who used pitchfork in Lake Berryessa attack gets 5 years in prison

Update: Man who used pitchfork in Lake Berryessa attack gets 5 years in prison

An El Dorado Hills man who used a pitchfork to settle a dispute with a Lake Berryessa homeowner was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday…

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American Canyon fire department adds paramedic service

American Canyon fire department adds paramedic service

AMERICAN CANYON — When an elderly resident of American Canyon was rushed to the hospital recently because of breathing troubles, it was firefi…

February 26, 2015 10:05 am(3)

Thursday's first look: Napa Valley history mystery solved

Crack the code to a history mystery; enjoy sunny skies and take in a show. Here's your look ahead at Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015:

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Demolition clears way for Archer hotel

Demolition clears way for Archer hotel

A big gap in the downtown streetscape appeared Wednesday when heavy equipment began demolishing a cluster of empty stores on First Street to m…

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St. Helena council hears ‘very sobering’ financial forecast

ST. HELENA — City revenues will barely exceed expenditures in the coming years, leaving the city with inadequate reserves and no money for cru…

February 25, 2015 6:00 pm(5)

Suspects sought in vehicle tampering, theft

Suspects sought in vehicle tampering, theft

Napa Police are searching for two people suspected of vandalizing a vehicle last week.

February 25, 2015 3:58 pm(1)

Police, sheriff planning body cameras on officers

Police, sheriff planning body cameras on officers

Officers at Napa’s largest police agencies are likely to be wearing body cameras soon.

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School district board to hold Friday retreat

School district board to hold Friday retreat

The Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Education will plot the course for 2015-2016 and beyond when the members and staff hold an al… Web Only

February 25, 2015 3:17 pm(1)

Wolk to lead state senate wine committee

Wolk to lead state senate wine committee

State Sen. Lois Wolk will chair the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry.

February 25, 2015 3:06 pm(0)

Safecracker solves mystery of newspaper's safe

Safecracker solves mystery of  newspaper's safe

ST. HELENA — The contents of the safe at the St. Helena Star had been a mystery since at least 2004 when it was moved to its current location …

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Feds charge Napa man with counterfeit Viagra sales

Feds charge Napa man with counterfeit Viagra sales

A Napa resident has been charged with trafficking in counterfeit prescription medicines after allegedly selling nearly $7,000 worth of counter…

February 25, 2015 11:36 am(0)

Survey paints picture of VINE riders

Survey paints picture of VINE riders

Most Napa Valley VINE riders earn less than $50,000 annually, are under age 45, have access to a car and wouldn’t mind seeing dogs on the bus.

February 25, 2015 11:09 am(0)

Ruling on Wappo tribe case could come in a month

Ruling on Wappo tribe case could come in a month

A federal judge appears close to ruling on a local Indian tribe’s efforts to seek federal recognition, with potential future implications for …

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Calistoga identifies buildings at risk in an earthquake

CALISTOGA — A half-dozen buildings in Calistoga will receive “earthquake warning” signs and be given under two years to fix unreinforced masonry.

February 25, 2015 8:45 am(2)

St. Helena takes over Harvest Fest, Fourth of July fireworks

St. Helena takes over Harvest Fest, Fourth of July fireworks

ST. HELENA — The city is taking control of two of St. Helena’s favorite annual traditions, the Harvest Festival and Fourth of July fireworks.

February 25, 2015 8:37 am(0)

Two arrested on assault, robbery allegations

Two arrested on assault, robbery allegations

Two American Canyon residents were arrested Monday in connection with an alleged assault, authorities reported.

February 24, 2015 6:24 pm(0)