Lauren Keene

Batman, the wheelchair crusader, continues to amaze

Sometimes it takes only one dog from Taiwan to defy all odds, save the lives of sheltered animals and motivate people facing everyday problems. Batman — the awesome wheelchair dog — has accomplished all of those things since being rescued from Taiwan after he was struck by a car and paralyzed. Batman was brought to […]

March 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD series helps seniors with college application process

The UC Davis School of Education is offering courses designed to prepare high school seniors for the college application process. “We want to take the stress out of this high-anxiety process,” said Andee Press-Dawson, director of community programs and events at the school. “It’s not just about applying to UC Davis, it’s about applying to […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Working like a dog, but still ‘America’s happiest’

His short life has included many challenges, but they haven’t dampened his spirit. Batman, a black Formosan mountain dog who was paralyzed when he was hit by a car last year, recently was voted “America’s Happiest Dog” by viewers of the Hub television network.

Batman was injured in an alleyway last summer in Taiwan. The 3-year-old dog, then nameless, was rushed to a veterinarian who determined his spinal cord was defective — the energetic pup would no longer be able to move his hind legs.

A year passed as Batman sat in a tiny pen. There wasn’t a single vet who wanted to euthanize this dog with such a happy and loving personality.

In early June, a San Franciso Rescue Group called Love and Second Chances adopted Batman …

Going batty: Migrants roost under causeway

There is much more than meets the eye when commuting between Davis and Sacramento in the summer.

At the beginning of every June, 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats — one of this species’ largest colonies in California — migrate to the 3-mile-long Yolo Causeway for some quality hunting.

All of them sleep during the day in the bridge’s expansion joints …

En Garde for the next great fencer

The 2012 London Olympics are coming to a close — weeks of televised energy, spoiler alerts and, of course, Michael Phelps. But underneath the surface of U.S. Olympic fever are those sports that get a bit lost in the gold-medal hype.

There are 35 Olympic sports, but not all of them are shown in primetime. However, competitors in these “late night/early morning” sports work just as hard as the headline athletes not only to have a shot at winning a medal but simply to compete for one.

One of the oldest Olympic sports is also possibly one of the least seen and understood: fencing. However, it has lots of action and is quite possibly the only Olympic sport that stems from a long history of dueling to the death.

Davis resident builds a library in a box

What do you get when you combine a bunch of books, some paint and recycled scrap wood? A library in a box. Last April, Davis resident Joaquin Feliciano made something out of nothing with the scrap wood in his garage. “I’m going to open my own library and it’s going to be open all the […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Taking the plunge: The Army’s Golden Knights skydive over Davis

At an altitude of 12,000 feet, the Army’s Golden Knights are soaring over Davis this week with tandem skydiving partners. Community members are invited to visit SkyDance SkyDiving at the Yolo County Airport to watch the Knights as they showcase their aerial talents. They are jumping with key educators and other influential residents of the Sacramento […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fun is born at the California State Fair

SACRAMENTO – The whole tent grew quiet at the California State Fair livestock nursery as not one, but two calves were born on the fair’s opening day.

The first calf was born just hours before the gates opened July 12, but a few fair-goers were lucky enough to see the birth of a bull-calf that afternoon.

Dr. Eric Davis and his UC Davis team began delivering the 100-pound calf from its mother. After a few minutes…

Hanlees Auto Group

This year marks the 20th anniversary of family-owned Hanlees Auto Group. The three dealerships offer a variety of automobiles including Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen, Subaru and Hyundai. Hanlees also has a nice selection of used cars. The company was started in 1993 by brothers Dong K. Lee and Dong I. Lee and their brother-in-law, […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Greiner Heating & Air

“We started with one truck and $500,” said Patty Greiner, owner of Greiner Heating & Air. Since the company opened in 1991, Greiner Heating & Air has been providing quality residential service and replacement for homes in Yolo County. A lot of the company’s strength comes from Greiner, a retired nurse who used to work […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Preethi Indian Cuisine

Preethi Indian Cuisine may be a new restaurant in downtown Davis, but the Immareddy family has been serving “home-style” Indian food in the Sacramento area for more than 20 years. All of the family’s dishes are made by Krishna and Nanda Immareddy, who started their business shortly after they married in India. Nanda and Krishna’s […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Davis Ace

Family-run Davis Ace has been serving the community for three generations. First known as Davis Lumber Company, the store opened on Oct. 1, 1907, and incorporated on Feb. 24, 1922. Gordon Anderson ran the A.G. Anderson Hardware store at 207 G St. until 1937. When Gordon died that year, the Anderson family took existing stock […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

C.C. Cooper & Sons

“We have generations of clients,” said Craig Cooper, owner of C.C. Cooper & Sons. The insurance company has been in business for 67 years — that’s three generations of the Cooper family. It was founded by Craig’s dad, Clarence Cooper, who came to Davis in 1918. Clarence returned to Davis in 1945 after serving in […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Brushing up: UCD student provides dental outreach in Peru

In 2010, UC Davis pre-med student Joseph Lapid and some friends began discussing how they could use what they learned to make a significant impact — not only in their community, but in the world. “We just wanted to find a place that needed what we had to offer and … where we could also […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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