YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Anne Ternus-Bellamy

State issues pertussis warning, urges vaccinations for pregnant women

California’s ongoing pertussis epidemic has state officials urging pregnant women to get vaccinated in order to protect their newborns from the potentially fatal disease. “Vaccinated mothers pass protective antibodies to their infants during pregnancy,” said Dr. Karen Smith, the state’s public health director and health officer. “Right now, it’s estimated that fewer than half of […]

Dickinson appointed county’s homeless program coordinator

Tracey Dickinson, an analyst in the county administrator’s office who played a key role in the Bridge to Housing program, has been named the county’s new full-time homeless program coordinator. In the newly created position, Dickinson will focus on coordination and expansion of the countywide homeless system, as well as supervising the newly created Homeless […]

Top Yolo concerns: Seniors’ falls, kids’ dental decay, mental health

Young children showing up at school suffering from untreated tooth decay or lacking immunizations. Senior citizens hospitalized following falls at home who are then discharged back home without anything being done to prevent another fall. Increasing rates of substance abuse, suicide and self-harm among residents of all ages. These are among the most pressing health […]

Help kids in need start the school year off right

The start of the new school year is right around the corner, but hundreds of low-income Yolo County children will be heading back to the classroom without the supplies they need to be successful. Community members can help provide the basics by donating to Yolo County Backpacks for Kids, a nonprofit established by Supervisor Matt Rexroad of […]

Urban spraying may be necessary to fight West Nile

As the number of mosquito samples and dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus in Yolo County continues to grow, the local vector control district is warning residents that aerial spraying over urban areas may become necessary. So far, 56 mosquito samples and 16 dead birds — 13 of them in Davis — have tested […]

Supervisors poised to extend e-cigarette ban

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors appear poised to ban the use of e-cigarettes in most public places, following in the footsteps of the cities of Davis and Woodland, which already have done so. Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-1 to direct staff to develop a policy that would prohibit the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices in […]

Supervisors express doubts over need for medical marijuana ordinance

WOODLAND — Yolo County doesn’t appear likely to limit outdoor medical marijuana cultivation any time soon. A majority of county supervisors on Tuesday showed little inclination to follow the lead of other California jurisdictions — including Sacramento County and the city of West Sacramento — which have passed outright bans on outdoor cultivation or placed limits on […]

Former Davis Police Department K-9 Atto dies

Davis police lost a beloved member of their department Friday night with the death of former police dog Atto. Atto, 12, retired in May 2011 after a six-year career with the department, and lived out his retirement with his longtime handler, Officer Justin Raymond, and his family. “He loved living with (them),” said Davis police Sgt. […]

Supervisors consider limits on outdoor medical marijuana cultivation

For nearly two decades, ever since voters enacted Proposition 215 in 1996, Californians have been able to purchase and use marijuana for certain medical purposes. But who can grow it, where and how, remains up to local jurisdictions to decide. The state Supreme Court has ruled that neither the 1996 law nor subsequent legislation limits […]

Summer Bible camp goes on despite vandalism

Overnight vandalism at a church summer camp in Davis did little to stop determined camp counselors last week, who worked through the early hours of the morning Wednesday to repair the damage and open camp as usual. The vandalism took place at University Covenant Church, home to an annual weeklong summer Bible camp for children, […]

Saylor to run for state Assembly

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis has announced he will seek election to the state Assembly seat currently held by Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who announced Monday he would run for the state Senate in 2016. Saylor joins at least two other candidates in the race for the Assembly District 4 seat — fellow Democrat and […]

Mariachi Puente fundraiser next week

All are welcome to join the students of Mariachi Puente for a fundraiser on Wednesday, July 29, at TANA in Woodland. Mariachi Puente is an after-school mariachi group in Davis made up of students ages 11 to 16 who will be participating in the Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute in Los Angeles in August. Proceeds from the […]

DHS speech and debate team offers free summer camp

Students in grades 10-12 can get a head start on the school year by attending the Davis High School speech and debate team’s summer camp next month. The three-day program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19-21, is free of charge and will take place in the DHS library, 315 W. 14th St. […]

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