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Felicia Alvarez

Street Seat turns profits to fight hunger

Davis-born Eric Ketelsen is taking a seat — not a stand — to feed the hungry. Three months ago, Ketelsen and two other colleagues founded Street Seat, a company through which consumers can help fight for a good cause right from their office chairs. The business sells gel cushions that can be used to make office chairs and […]

Burrowing owl populations take a nosedive

The wide-eyed feathered heads of burrowing owls that used to pop out of ground tunnels across Yolo County are disappearing at an alarming rate. Burrowing owl populations are a quarter of what they were in 2007, with habitat loss and other factors to blame, according to a census released Saturday. Conducted by the Woodland-based Burrowing Owl Preservation […]

UCD researchers reduce water needs for grape-growing, winemaking

At a time when agriculturists are looking for ways to cut back on water usage, researchers at the UC Davis viticulture and enology department are paving the way for sustainable techniques in winemaking and grape-growing. To make a gallon of wine, it takes 4 to 6 gallons of water under current production techniques. Researchers such as […]

Battery and domestic violence charges send 2 Davis men to jail

Two Davis men were arrested in separate domestic violence incidents on Friday and Saturday, Davis police reported. In the first, Jonathan Ramirez, 23, was arrested for battery after allegedly attacking a resident at the Alhambra Apartments at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Davis police Cpl. Michael Moore said a resident knocked on a neighbor’s door after he heard […]

Drivers on Covell caught in a paper jam

Cars swerved in and out of their lanes when a large amount of paper fell from a delivery truck on East Covell Boulevard near Alhambra Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, police reported. Reams of perforated printer paper lay unfolding on the road until the city’s public works employees cleared the mess. The cleanup took about 30 […]

Schilling Robotics lays off 59 employees

Declining crude-oil prices may bring good news at the gas pump, but they’re bad news for 59 employees at Schilling Robotics, who were laid off last week. The company, which produces robotics equipment and remote-operated vehicles commonly used for undersea construction of offshore oil drilling rigs, blamed the plummeting oil prices for a drop in […]

Arcadia Biosciences’ stock available on NASDAQ

Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc., a biotechnology company, will begin trading 8.2 million shares of its common stock today at a price of $8 per share, hoping to raise up to $120 million. The shares will be on the NASDAQ global market under the symbol “RKDA.” The initial public offering is expected to close on May […]

As the drought drags on, native species suffer

Humans aren’t the only ones suffering in the drought.

Several native species, including several fish and plant species, are struggling with water depletions while others experience temporary setbacks until the rains return.

Fish species take one of the hardest hits during a water crisis, said Peter Moyle, a professor of wildlife, fish and conservation biology at UC Davis.

During a research study last summer in more than 60 California streams that previously were recorded as hotspots for native species, Moyle found that a third of the streams had gone dry, taking the fish with them.

“What’s different today is the number of dams and diversions,” Moyle said.

The impact of water infrastructure magnifies the struggles that fish already face in a drought where stream flows are steadily declining.

Drought underscores importance of native plants

As residents brown their lawns in favor of less water-dependent foliage, native plants can be found in the limelight more than ever before. Hedgerow Farms, located outside of Winters, and the UC Davis Arboretum are two plant providers that have noticed changes in gardeners’ tastes as California enters a fourth year of drought. Plant sales organized […]

UCD symposium attendees learn how to keep pollinators safe

The air was abuzz with new beekeeping studies and strategies at the first Bee Symposium held Saturday at the UC Davis Conference Center. Nearly 400 academics, farmers and beekeepers were in attendance to hear a full day of speakers who explored topics in management, pesticides and balanced bee diets. As pollinators, bees are a critical […]

Live and learn at the Whole Earth Festival

Wearing tie-dye shirts, and with Hula Hoops and djembe drums in hand, thousands of visitors are flooding the UC Davis campus for the 46th annual Whole Earth Festival.

The three-day festival marks the one time a year when the peaceful grasses of UCD’s Quad are transformed into a modern-day Woodstock, attracting vendors, bands, vegetarian eateries and a range of activities.

Sunday marks the third and final day of the festival with full program of yoga, live music and spiritual workshops packed in until the closing ceremonies at 5 p.m.

Ambitious Aggies forge a bicycle company

Ary Ashoor and Vince Vu lived on the same floor of Kearney Hall, one of the Tercero dorms, their freshman year at Davis in 2008 and they’ve been friends and business partners ever since. They shared an affinity for skateboarding, going to frat parties and “doing all the stuff that freshman kids do,” Ashoor recalled. Today, […]

Meet the Pepper Peddler

     Pepper Peddler Coffee combines two things that the people of Davis love: bicycling and coffee. Alex Roth is the Pepper Peddler of Davis, running a coffee-roasting and delivery company that does it all by bike. The company roasts small batches of coffee beans using a stationary bike-roasting mechanism and delivers the beans door-to-door via bike. Eight […]

Officers: Illegal pot farms pose threat to environment

In the face of a statewide trend toward growing numbers of marijuana farms, Californians now are confronting the environmental impacts of illegal pot cultivation.

While marijuana farming is no stranger to Northern California, these incidents are not isolated to coastal counties such as Humboldt and Mendocino. Operations are periodically found in the hills of Yolo County, said Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov. “Our grows tend to be sizable, too; they’re no different than anyone else’s,” he said.

The crime and violence that follow these operations are often the focus of media attention, such as the fatal …

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