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Bob Button (left) of Winters and Steve Hinton, Jr. hold up the winning trophy at last week’s Reno Air Races Unlimited Championship. This is the second win for Button and his P-51 Mustang Voodoo and the 6th win in a row for Hinton, Jr. It was a wire-to-wire finish for Voodoo on Sunday. Rare Bear pulled up after the first lap and third place plane Czek Mate gave it a good effort, Hinton, Jr. was never really challenged and crossed the finish line well ahead of the pack. His father, Steve Hinton, Sr. won the Unlimited Championship twice in 1975 and 1985. Voodoo has now won back to back Unlimited Championships.

Photo by Charles Wallace


Future of PG&E
training facility
still undecided

Hotel projects hinge on PG&E
training facility

Express editor
Although Winters residents, businesses and city staff have embraced the proposed PG&E training facility with open arms, PG&E still hasn’t signed on the dotted line. Discussions with PG&E staff and city staff have been ongoing over the last several months, and engineers from both entities are interacting, but the decision to make the plan a reality remains just out of grasp at the city’s fingertips.
City Manager John Donlevy says city and PG&E staff have meet as recently as this week, but the final decision still hasn’t materialized. But, he said it will hopefully be soon.
“The magic’s gonna be either next week, or the following week,” said Donlevy, referring to the chain reaction that is anticipated with the construction of the project, including improvements to the Putah Creek Nature Park Trail, the construction of a downtown boutique hotel and the possible construction of one or more hotels near the Chevron station on East Grant Avenue and possibly in that area across from Grant Avenue as well.
Donlevy says PG&E is still at the “due diligence” stage, checking into all the various things that can impact a project, from traffic to environmental concerns. Recently PG&E was having the soil tested on the two properties involved, which are located on East Grant Avenue, east of Red Bud Lane and commonly called “the McClish property” and “the Jordan property.” . . .


Ivett Arellano competes in the butterfly event during the Winters Warriors swim meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Photos by Eric Lucero



Warriors fall to
St Helena 33-20

Express sports

The Winters High School varsity football team lost their first game of the season to the St Helena Saints on Friday, Sept. 12, by a score of 33-20. The Warriors went toe to toe with the Saints in the first half, taking a 7-3 lead into half time off a Jacob Lowrie touchdown run. But the second half belonged to the Saints.
“They won this game in the summer,” said coach Daniel Ward. “They were in better physical shape (bigger, stronger, faster) and better prepared for this game than we were.”
Winters gave up 17 unanswered points in the third quarter and then matched the Saints 13 points in the fourth.
“It was a tough game,” Ward said. “I was disappointed in how we reacted when we fell behind. I thought that we were mentally tougher than that. St Helena is a very good team but so was Colfax in game one.”
Lowrie scored from 13 yards out in the first quarter and tossed touchdown passes to Morgan Nicholas from 18 yards out, and then connected with Ryan Ramos for a 49-yard touchdown pass both in the fourth quarter. . . .





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