editor's pick Most-read Napa County news stories of 2019 Dec 17, 2019 Dec 17, 2019 These 10 news stories garnered the most page views on the Napa Valley Register website and were most popular with our online readers in 2019. (10) updates to this series since Dec 17, 2019 No. 1: Napa Sheriff's Office says motorist who died after shooting at deputy had criminal record Dec 12, 2019 Feb. 20, 2019: The Napa County Sheriff’s published dramatic body camera footage that showed part of a deputy’s fatal confrontation with a driv… No. 2: Video captures out-of-control car barely missing family outside Napa's Villa Corona restaurant Dec 12, 2019 April 16, 2019: An out-of-control car driven by a Napa woman left the driveway at Bel Aire Plaza and crashed through the dining patio at Villa… No. 3: Police: Bear rescued after being stranded in tree on Napa street Dec 12, 2019 Jun. 1, 2019: Police, firefighters and state wildlife officers joined forces in Napa to rescue a bear that became stranded in a tree for sever… No. 4: Flood defenses hold, Napa Valley in good shape after storm Dec 12, 2019 Feb. 27, 2019: The Napa Valley escaped major flooding as the Napa River hit its plateau in the Upvalley and began receding at dawn, county off… No. 5: Napa school dedicates student-made artwork to student who died suddenly Dec 12, 2019 Sept. 24, 2019: Students at Browns Valley Elementary School gathered to remember their classmate, Addie Dominici, who was in a combination fir… No. 6: Napa home selling for $1.2 million sits on a lot bought for $5 ... in 1887 Dec 12, 2019 April 9, 2019: If James B. Newman could see his house now. No. 7: Reward offered, vigil planned for Napa homicide victim attacked on Vine Trail Dec 12, 2019 Feb. 5, 2019: A vigil is planned for Douglas D. Davis Jr., the 54-year-old Napa man who died after being attacked while riding his bike on the… No. 8: Goodbye to Giancarlo: Addiction took life of young Napa native Dec 12, 2019 Jan. 12, 2019: It seemed like Giancarlo Baldini had much to look forward to. No. 9: PG&E wants to seize private vineyard property for liquid natural gas plant in Calistoga Dec 12, 2019 Oct. 13, 2019: PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant. No. 10: Napa superintendent reacts to arrest of a River Middle School student after mass shooting threat Dec 12, 2019 Jan. 8, 2019: A 14-year-old River Middle School student has been arrested after threatening a mass shooting, Napa police say. As featured on +2 Local News Presidential candidates rarely discuss California's issues. They should try at the next debate Dec 16, 2019 Here are some top Golden State issues that Democratic candidates for president should be talking about. Local News Plans afoot to make Imola Avenue better looking and safer for all users Dec 16, 2019 Planners are working on proposals to make walkers and bikers feel safer on busy Imola Avenue. News $38,993.59: The cost of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ Dec 19, 2019 The cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will cost slightly more this year. +2 Local News Why should kids have all the fun? BMX moms take the wheel Dec 17, 2019 Wanting personal challenges, a group of Napa women have taken up BMX racing. +2 Local News Napa Police: SUV strikes pedestrian, crashes into a building and burns Dec 17, 2019 Motorist and trapped dog doing well after a frightening series of collisions on California Boulevard on Monday. Local News Napa County to ban solar energy farms in ag areas pending a more detailed review Dec 17, 2019 Napa supervisors want to protect ag, but may still find room for solar energy farms. Local News With Dwight Murray Plaza overhaul delayed, Napa looks at short-term fixes Dec 18, 2019 Painted flooring, artistic lighting and even decorative tree “sweaters” may come to Dwight Murray Plaza in 2020. Local News Napa County reopens Pratt Avenue Bridge over city of St. Helena’s objections Dec 18, 2019 St. Helena had asked that the bridge stay closed for safety improvements. Local News Calistoga traffic signal should cut wait times at busy intersection Dec 18, 2019 A traffic signal will be installed next summer at Foothill Boulevard and Petrified Forest Road. +4 Local News Napans rally for (and against) impeachment Dec 18, 2019 Hundreds of Napans rallied for, and against, an impeachment vote of President Donald Trump. Local News Napa's Pueblo Vista Elementary receives California Distinguished Schools Award Dec 18, 2019 Pueblo Vista elementary is the only school in Napa County to receive this year's Distinguished Schools Award. Local News Napa Pipe faces final approval vote Jan. 21 after city, county agree on housing Dec 19, 2019 Napa Pipe is on track for City Council approval Jan. 21, clearing the way for a Costco and up to 945 homes. +2 Local News Accolades for Jim Roberts, Napa's 'Mr. Playground' Dec 19, 2019 Napa's "Mr. Playground" has been honored for his many decades of work in the community. Local News Highest Paid Napa County Employees Dec 29, 2019 Did you ever wonder how much Napa County employees make? We've listed to top 20 moneymakers in the county, arranged by total pay (and benefits… Local News Buyer of former Napa County offices on Old Sonoma Road pulls out of deal Dec 19, 2019 Napa's former Health and Human Services complex on Old Sonoma Road is going back on the market. Local News New homes to replace vineyard in Napa neighborhood, fill gap in street Dec 20, 2019 A remnant vineyard amid housing may be replaced with 20 homes in east Napa. +3 Local News Yountville students tend their school's last winter garden Dec 20, 2019 Yountville Elementary School kids are tending their first, and last, winter garden. Local News Napa approves affordable apartments tied to hotel project Dec 21, 2019 Twenty apartments are intended to mitigate impacts of a planned 253-room Marriott in Napa. Local News No. 10 story of 2019: Queen of the Valley faces challenges Dec 21, 2019 Labor unrest and a nixed health care affiliation marked Napa's Queen of the Valley year. +3 Local News St. Helena couple are newlyweds at 93 & 90 Dec 21, 2019 After owning Shackford's Kitchen Store for over 40 years, John Shackford is now newly married. Local News Report: Requiring affordable apartment set-asides in Napa would slow housing construction Dec 22, 2019 Mandating affordable rentals might only make the housing shortage worse, the Napa City Council was told. Local News No. 9 story of 2019: Napa County grappled with cannabis laws Dec 23, 2019 Napa County continued dealing with California's legalization of cannabis, sometimes reluctantly. Local News Winery excise tax cut extension approved as part of larger spending bill Dec 21, 2019 Federal tax cuts could save Napa's wineries up to 59 percent of their excise tax - money. Local News Napa County unemployment inches up in November Dec 20, 2019 The unemployment rate in the Napa County was 2.6 percent in November, up slightly from October. +5 Local News Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Toys For Tots and more team up to deliver holiday cheer to Napa County families in need Dec 21, 2019 With her husband out of work since January, Maria Ceja of Napa said Christmas would have been a much leaner affair this year without the help … Local News Napa man convicted of violence in the home Dec 23, 2019 A Napa jury convicted a man of 3 felonies involving domestic violence. +3 Local News Ex-Navy counselor Patrick Jolly made a career of helping veterans Dec 23, 2019 Patrick Jolly says helping veterans is the best job in the world. Local News Napa County supervisors to govern groundwater agency Dec 24, 2019 As directed by the state, Napa County supervisors will form a groundwater sustainability agency. +3 Local News No. 8 story of 2019: South Napa development near Soscol Dec 23, 2019 Napa's Soscol Avenue area witnessed many changes in 2019. +3 Local News Larkmead owners donate $200,000 to U.C. Davis toward preserving Napa's history Dec 24, 2019 Larkmead Vineyards is donating funds to digitize UC Davis research behind Napa Cabernet. +2 Local News When Napa's CrossWalk Community Church shelters evacuees or hosts recovery groups, Dar Valencia is there Dec 24, 2019 Dar Valencia's mission extends beyond Sunday services. Her church is an emergency shelter too. +3 Local News No. 7 story for 2019: Napa County saw deluges and fire danger Dec 24, 2019 Napa County saw weather extremes in 2019, from spring deluges to prolonged autumn drought. +3 Local News Avina helps families find the resources they need in St. Helena & Calistoga Dec 25, 2019 Cristina Avina of the UpValley Family Centers makes a difference in the lives of Upvalley residents. Local News What to expect in Napa County in 2020 Jan 1, 2020 For those looking to buy a home, attend college or find a school for their younger children – or even find fresh fruits and vegetables in town… +2 Local News What could happen on the business beat in Napa in 2020? Jan 2, 2020 New hotels and stores are in the offing for 2020. +4 Local News Commute Series - Calistoga to Napa commute offers congestion with a view Dec 28, 2019 4 min to read Latest in our commuter series looks at the rush-hour drive from Calistoga to Napa. Local News U.S. Census recruiting workers in Napa County Jan 2, 2020 Federal census jobs in Napa start at $18.50 per hour. Local News Freelance journalists file suit alleging California labor law is unconstitutional Jan 2, 2020 Freelance journalists fear loss of work due to California's new labor law. Local News City of St. Helena reaches $122,841 settlement over short-term rental Jan 3, 2020 This is St. Helena's third major settlement of the past year with owners of alleged illegal short-term rentals. +4 Local News Napa's Wine Rayzyn fights fire with a new kind of super food Jan 3, 2020 The Cateses make lemons into lemonade -- that is, smoke tainted grapes into raisins. +3 Local News Napa-Fairfield commute is bad, but there's hope Jan 4, 2020 Several traffic choke points complicate the daily commute between Napa and Fairfield. +3 Local News Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks headline Napa's BottleRock Jan 6, 2020 Multiple acts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will headline BottleRock this May. Local News Julie Baptista picked as Napa County's chief probation officer Jan 4, 2020 The judges of the Napa County Superior Court have selected Julie A. Baptista to serve as chief probation officer, replacing current CPO Mary B… +2 Local News Big shakeup coming next week to major streets serving downtown Napa Jan 4, 2020 Get ready for First and Second streets to flip direction between Jefferson and the freeway on Friday. Local News Make housing cheaper? Here's how California lawmakers are getting started in 2020 Jan 6, 2020 Idea for pumping out more housing in California are working their way through the Legislature. Local News Rain may delay this week's flip of First and Second streets in Napa Jan 6, 2020 Reversing the directions of one-way First and Second streets will depend on this week's weather. Kevin Courtney Napa Journal: Falling from ladders Jan 11, 2020 A half million Americans injure themselves in ladder falls annually. Cheryl worries I will be one of them.