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Sutter Davis Hospital wins top presidential honor

Sutter Davis Hospital is one of only three organizations nationwide to receive the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for organizations that demonstrate performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. The award winners were announced Wednesday by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who named only Sutter Davis and two […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DHS plays spirited volleyball in playoff loss

Though inconsistency has sometimes been cited in reference to the Davis High girls volleyball team, there was a steady feeling of victory being just around the corner on Tuesday at Ponderosa High. And, despite their Sac-Joaquin Section first-round playoff match against Oak Ridge ending in a four-game loss, the Blue Devils have a lot to be […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A different kind of coffee shop opens

Some devoted Davis folks have been drawing up plans for Mosaic Tea & Coffee over the past three years, putting their heads together to envision a coffee shop with some unusual features.

Among other things, organizers have devised strategies for operating as a nonprofit gift economy, facilitating job training and placement for adults with disabilities, and becoming an arts and music venue.

“It’s many pieces into a whole, which is why we named it Mosaic,” explained Elisa Stone, who co-chairs the project’s board. “A lot of people have poured their passion into making sure this is brought to life.”

Blue Devils climb another rung of the tennis tournament ladder

The Davis High girls tennis team found itself in unfamiliar territory when paired against Gregori High in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals on Monday, but nonetheless emerged triumphant. And thus the Blue Devils have taken another step towards the finals of the SJS team tournament. The DHS girls, who are hoping for no less than a […]

November 12, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sugar beets gave way to tomatoes as Yolo’s top crop

Though Yolo County’s crop values were not tracked during the World War II years, there’s still a good indication of what was driving the area’s agriculture at that time. “That’s when sugar beets were a top crop,” Yolo County Ag Commissioner John Young said, mentioning that sugar beets were valued at more than $5 million […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo at war: German POWs helped work the fields

Think of German soldiers during World War II and you think of the enemy. But Yolo County farmers who depended on German prisoners of war to work the fields here remember them fondly.

The German POWs served as farmhands during a time when most fit, young American men were off fighting the war. They were housed in three farm labor camps in Yolo County: two in Clarksburg (the first and the last established compounds) and one west of Davis.

Postseason expedition holds promise for DHS water polo teams

With the accolade that is the Sac-Joaquin Section title once more on the line, the Davis High boys and girls water polo teams are equally keen on reeling it in. And the Blue Devil squads’ determination may cast some doubt on their opponents’ chances; as the boys are in pursuit of their 15th SJS championship […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Fundraising effort may produce first manned demonstration of Skycar

Paul Moller, whose Davis company is developing a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, is offering a “chance to make aviation history” to supporters by allowing them to participate in test flights of his prototype aircraft. It’s one of the potential perks for donating to the fundraising campaign that Moller International is launching on the website […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Despite win, DHS has a tough road to section tennis finals

The Davis High girls tennis team that outclassed Lodi in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament on Tuesday is one intent on the accolades that await in the finals. Whether or not the Flames were going to trouble the Blue Devils in their quest to advance in the playoffs was an unknown, given […]

November 06, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Geography no obstacle in creation of now prized solar-powered home

The metallic gleam of large solar panels atop a house isn’t usually considered attractive. But a team of Austrian students — backed by experts from the Davis Energy Group — found balance between aesthetics and energy efficiency and won first prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon last month in Orange County. The biennial […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis a good fit for sibling entrepreneurs’ growing startup

Perhaps most telling about how well the Bay Area startup Engage3 has integrated into its Davis headquarters is the fact that one of its co-founders, Ken Ouimet, hasn’t driven to work in more than a year. The small, bike-friendly city of Davis has served well as a base for Engage3, a company that specializes in […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Quick-witted DHS seniors use heads in final DVC game

There was an aura of confidence surrounding the Davis High boys water polo squad as they exited Arroyo Pool — a final time for much of the veteran roster — after besting Rio Americano on Thursday. The Blue Devils edged the Raiders, 11-9, and in doing so, the locals preserved an unsullied 7-0 record as […]

November 01, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lake County politician quits 4th District Assembly campaign

Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington — the only candidate not to hail from either Davis or Napa County in the race for the 4th District Assembly seat — became the first to drop out of it. The 43-year-old Farrington, who announced his decision to withdraw on Oct. 3, also was the first to declare his […]

October 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New deck of DHS standouts serve aces to Cards

The Davis High girls volleyball team’s 2013 manifesto has been that finding consistency means success. And, certainly, it was a reliable Blue Devil squad that found a favorable outcome on Tuesday, beating Laguna Creek, 25-7, 25-20, 25-9, at The Cage. DHS’ second sweep of the Cardinals this season moved the locals to 6-2 in Delta […]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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