Brett Johnson

Longtime Aggie coach cultivated players, program

Two decades and some change, or more precisely, 22 years. That’s how long Maryclaire Robinson was at the helm of the UC Davis women’s soccer program, before announcing Nov. 26 that she would step down. One can imagine — given the longevity of her role as a mentor, and the sport’s camaraderie — it’s a […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS wrestling team reloads its roster

The 2012 edition of Davis High’s wrestling squad featured a group of young guns who had to make up for an experience deficit with pure ambition and desire. But with nearly all of that set of Blue Devils returning for this season, they’re undeniably locked and loaded. The local matmen are stocked with the ammo […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Descending Denali

Tim Townsend understood that reaching the Denali’s peak was only 50 percent of the achievement, and descending Denali would require patience and skill.

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Climb every mountain: 50 peaks in 50 states

An absence of smell. Nothing but the persistent wind to hear. Not much wildlife to speak of. Only a freezing achromatic landscape, and its disorienting whites and grays.

Davis resident Tim Townsend had to learn to cope with these inhospitable and sense-depriving environs in his quest to scale North America’s highest mountain peak, Mount McKinley — aka Denali — in Alaska.

Sometimes, Townsend would be among the bold adventurers hoping to summit the alpine for weeks on end. He’d make progress upwards by tromping through thick layers of snow, then have to wait out a blizzard before retreating.

STEAC holiday drive brings Christmas cheer

Volunteers are already hard at work, preparing for a program that has become a staple of Davis’ holiday season.

For more than 30 years, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee has organized a program that ensures that many of the city’s struggling families receive the necessities around Christmas time.

Susan Simon, executive director of STEAC, has overseen the holiday program for nine of those years. Her impression is that it’s more essential than ever to a growing number of families in need.

“”It’s always been the highlight of the year for STEAC …”

Local retailers promote savings on annual Small Business Saturday

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day reserved for making a visit to the storefronts of small merchants, in Davis and elsewhere. It’s referred to as Small Business Saturday. In its fourth year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated as an opportunity for independent retailers nationwide to publicize deals and draw in […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Aggie men now one game from WWPA glory

By going unbeaten in league play, the UC Davis men had already made it evident that the Western Water Polo Association tournament title would be theirs to lose. Hence, No. 4 Loyola Marymount had an uphill battle against the top-seeded Aggies in Saturday’s first semifinal. And atop that acclivity, UCD found a 9-7 win at […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Solar panels to shine, thanks to Davis company

A solution for cleaning solar panels — developed by a Davis-based engineering team, Greenbotics — is now under the umbrella of one of the country’s leading solar panel providers. Greenbotics was acquired by SunPower on Nov. 4, two years after it was founded by three engineers: Marc Grossman, Cedric Jeanty and Kyle Cobb. Together, they […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Decorated Aggie squad eyes long-awaited WWPA crown

In spite of the preseason doubters, the UC Davis men’s water polo team is well-positioned for the program’s first league championship tournament victory in 16 years. The Aggies, a team selected to finish fourth in a Western Water Polo Association preseason coaches’ poll, host the tourney at Schaal Aquatics Center from Friday through Sunday. As […]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Manufacturing company shows off productive Davis plant

Mori Seiki, now known as DMG Mori, opened its doors to students, as well as political and business leaders, on Friday for a tour of its large Davis factory and its ramped-up production. The Community Day at DMG Mori offered locals a peek into its 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, which utilizes advanced machinery for the creation […]

November 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis boys give it all in section title win over Jesuit

Davis High coach Tracy Stapleton knew that nothing but the best from his boys water polo team would suffice in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against rival Jesuit. And so the Blue Devils gave it their earnest best, and triumphed over the Marauders, 13-9, to win their second straight section title at Roseville Aquatics Center […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Five consecutive SJS title wins now notched in DHS belt

Quinque, cinco, cinq, fünf, wu … However you say it, five is a number that the Davis High girls water polo team wanted to own Saturday. And the Blue Devils claimed it — their fifth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section title — with a dominating 11-3 win over St. Francis at Roseville Aquatics Center. This digit also […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis-bred entrepreneur chooses shoes over paperwork

From the life of a successful lawyer at a respected law firm to that of a shoe peddler. This is not the premise of a work of fiction, it’s been the path of Davis-born Michael Paratore. This is also not a twist on a rags-to-riches story; it’s the tale of a man embracing a lifelong […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Davis brings together experts for first Farm Hack

There’s an event underway in Davis this weekend that could become the start of the next big agricultural innovation — to the benefit of farmers far and wide. Referred to as Farm Hack, the event will take place at Glide Ranch, 35366 Russell Blvd., on Friday and Saturday. It’s intended to provide a venue for […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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