A Quick Opinion
Because I Say So

Front Page
Guest Columnist
Historic Winters
Letters Welcome
Here, There & Everywhere

The Buckhorn

Copyright (c) 2010
Winters Express
312 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA 95694
(530) 795-4551
Web site by


Photo by Debra DeAngelo

Glen DeVries operates the excavator, taking down the last of the buildings at 310 and 312 Railroad Avenue on Monday morning, June 29.

Corner cleared

Express editor
With little fanfare, the last remaining buildings at the southwest corner of Railroad Avenue and Abbey Street came down over the weekend.
The exact time when the old Winters Express building at 312 Railroad Avenue would come down was fluid — sometime between Thursday afternoon and the weekend was the only heads-up given by Express publisher Charles Wallace. Ironically, none of the Express staff were present to witness the end of an era. Maybe it was less painful that way.
Demolition of the back of the Express building began on Friday, June 24. However, the next day, when the Solano Construction excavator chomped into the façade and brought it down, Wallace was out of town over the weekend and none of the Express staff had been notified. Not even Newt Wallace, publisher emeritus, knew when the walls would come tumbling down. By Saturday afternoon, all that was left were toppled bricks from the front door and a tipped over newspaper stand that was accidentally left behind.
Demolition of the remaining buildings at 310 Railroad Avenue took place over the weekend, and Glen DeVries of Solano Construction was in the debris-clearing stage on Monday morning. For the first time in decades, the entire view from Railroad Avenue to City Hall was unobstructed. Once the area is completely cleaned up, construction of a new hotel can begin. . . .


Creek project
snagged by
area agency

Phase III Putah Creek restoration
project may be delayed for a year

Express editor
The Putah Creek Nature Park Phase III project that was going full steam ahead recently has derailed temporarily. According to City Manager John Donlevy, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) is “exerting its permitting authority on the project.” The agency stepped in following contact from a Winters resident who is opposed to the next phase of construction, said Donlevy.
The third phase of the project would realign the creekbed, bringing it further south and remove the stretch of creek next to the walking path, which has raised the ire of many Winters residents who objected at city council meetings and wrote letters to the editor in protest.
Donlevy said the halting of the work is not in response to those citizen objections, but is a result of the action taken by CVFPB.
Because of work schedules and environmental considerations such as bird nesting and fish spawning seasons, Donlevy expects it to be a year before the project can begin. Add in wet weather, and it could be even longer. Donlevy says the city requested an expedited permit from CVFPB, which responded that it will take until September before they will even look at the request.
“They’ll process it as they can,” said Donlevy, sighing heavily and adding, “Basically, the project is off for probably a year.”
Noting that many years of work have gone into the creek realignment project over the course of several years for Phase I and II, with the blessing of both state and federal fish & wildlife agencies, Donlevy says, “It’s frustrating when in this case a regulatory agency chimes in at the last minute.” . . .


Winters Little League won the District 64 Intermediate 50/70 2015 All Star championship. From left are (back) Manager Jason Davis, Coach Rob Carrion, #4 Jack Bratset # 17 Kendrick Borchard, #10 Brandon Gomez, #00 Daniel Carrion, #34 Ruben Valencia, Little League president Ruben Valencia, #33 Tison Burr, coach Tom Hilsky and coach Peter Borchard; (front) #3 Matt Moore, #1 Trevor Choonhaurai, #11 David Reyes, #2 Tyler Perez, #13 Terence Boylan,  #20 Ryan Stone and #12 Tony Garcia.
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


Winters wins District 64 Championship

Express sports

The baseball program in Winters seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
In May, the Winters High School varsity baseball team — made up of mostly underclassmen — won the Northern Section championship and now the Winters
Little League 50/70 team has won the District 64 All Star championship in dominating fashion.
What the future holds at the high school level is unknown but it sure looks bright.
Winters started the district tournament hosted by Vacaville
on Sunday, June 21, and won all three games with a 10 run rule.
In game one Winters beat Esparto 17-5, Took on Woodland
National and won 10-0 on Monday, June 22, and then won the championship game on Thursday, June 25 against Vacaville American by a score of 13-3.
“It was totally a team effort,” said manager Jason Davis.
“We are looking forward to the next challenge.”
Winters will travel to Treasure Island on July 1, to compete in the section championships.





Get Your News Widget