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Elizabeth Case

Bike rides, breezeways and beer

As craft beer booms around California, so it does in Yolo County. Now, it’s well know that downtown Davis has an incredible beer selection: the Beer Shoppe, de Vere’s, City Hall, University of Beer, Sudwerk and many more. But if you’re looking for an adventure, consider hopping on your bike and pedaling to a local brewery, […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

UC Davis professor wins lifetime mentorship award

By Chloe Lessard and Elizabeth Case SAN JOSE — Barbara Horwitz, a UC Davis professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, was awarded the Lifetime Mentor Award Friday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Horwitz, who was vice provost for academic personnel until 2011, studies energy balance, expenditure […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Scientists target mercury in Cache Creek

Just northeast of Woodland, a half-mile from the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 113, Charlie Alpers assembles his team.

It’s a typical Sacramento Valley morning: The tule fog hangs low and thick, obscuring Cache Creek, its riparian forest and neighboring farms. Alpers, a U.S. Geological Survey chemist, and his two technicians are investigating the presence of mercury in the Cache Creek settling basin, which collects debris from the creek before it washes into the Yolo Bypass.

Peter Bennett, a hydraulic technician for USGS, hefts a Hargis Core, a tube-shaped sampling tool, down the edge of the levee to the bank of the creek, site number …

Some small businesses in Davis turn to online sales, but majority remain brick-and-mortar

Need help? Are you a small business looking to expand online? Sarah Worley, Davis’ deputy innovation officer, said the city doesn’t have specific programs to assist businesses, but recommended the following resources: * The Capital Region Small Business Development Center: http://capitalregionsbdc.com * SCORE, a national organization that offers free or reduced advice and services for small businesses: https://www.score.org * The UC […]

February 12, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Science at your doorstep: Interpreting ancient Mayan hieroglyphics

* Editor’s note: This feature is part of a series this week to bring UC Davis research to your doorstep. The scientists profiled are presenting their work at the AAAS Annual Conference, an international science conference being held in San Jose this weekend. If you missed Sunday’s intro, catch up at http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=531764 Carved into temples throughout Guatemala, Belize, southern […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC Davis, commission settle sticky lawsuit over strawberry breeding program

The strawberry is back to being sweet again. After a year and a half of back-and-forth bickering in court and in the press, the California Strawberry Commission and UC Davis have settled their differences over the university’s strawberry breeding program. The lawsuit was sparked by the announcement that longtime directors and breeders Douglas Shaw and […]

February 10, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Science at your door: Climate change impacts felt on West Coast

* Editor’s note: This feature is part of a series this week to bring UC Davis research to your doorstep. The scientists profiled are presenting their work at the AAAS Annual Conference, an international science conference being held in San Jose this weekend. If you missed Sunday’s introduction, catch up at http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=531764 The West is renowned […]

February 10, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Marrone Bio completes investigation into $870,000 2013 transactions

Marrone Bio Innovations, a Davis-based eco-pesticide company, has completed an investigation into reported revenue from 2013, finding that employees “no longer with the company” “misled” the nature of an $870,000 transaction. The internal audit began last September, after some documents were uncovered that cast doubt upon certain sales. The nature of the transaction, and the […]

February 06, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Knights Landing Clinic celebrates third year serving the rural community

Amid streamers, balloons, and tables full of tortilla chips, the Knights Landing One Health clinic celebrated its third year in the rural Yolo County community. Presentations that weaved back and forth from English to Spanish celebrated the UC Davis students who run the clinic: five co-directors from the medical school, three from the veterinary program […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?

According to the California League of Cities, Yolo County would need $27 million to repair and replace all the bridges in its queue. But like the rest of California, there just isn’t enough money to attend to all the repairs at once.

“There’s always prettier or sexier projects than replacing a bridge,” said Panos Kokkas, the public works director for the county.

Caltrans is mandated to inspect bridges all around California every two years, to see if the bridges can withstand natural events like floods and earthquakes, and hold the weight of everyday commuters.

Davis, Woodland are saving water

Both Davis and Woodland ended 2014 with significant water savings over 2013. Davis residents reduced their water use by almost 33 percent in November and 20 percent in December. Woodland reversed that trend, saving 19 percent in November and 29 percent in December. Overall, the Davis residents reduced their total water consumption in 2014 by 16.5 […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo County air quality has almost perfect record in 2014

Last year, Yolo County had clean air 364 out of 365 days — an exceptional record. But what happened on that solitary January day, when particulates put sensitive groups at risk? The drought — or rather, the weather patterns responsible for the dryness — likely was at fault, said Tom Hall, public information officer for […]

January 23, 2015 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,
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