UC reaches tentative agreement with nurses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union for registered nurses at five University of California campuses says a tentative contract agreement has been reached that would offer better pay and workplace safety measures. California Nurses Association spokesman Chuck Idelson says more than 11,000 nurses would get incremental pay increases averaging 11 percent over the next 26 months if the contract is […]

Holmes invites community to arts festival

Holmes Junior High School invites the community to its annual “Festival of the Arts” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The event features musical performances by the Holmes choirs and bands, and all of the school’s elective classes will sell handmade crafts, art and food. The home economics department will barbecue hot dogs and corn; […]

High court to California: Cut prison population by 30,000

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that California must drastically reduce its prison population to relieve severe overcrowding that has exposed inmates to increased violence, disease and death. The decision, however, doesn’t mean the prison gates will swing open in an uncontrolled release. The high court’s 5-4 decision calls on […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Jack (No. 95657), a 2-month-old male Jack Russell terrier mix. Also hoping for a good home is Meenie (No. 95231), a 2-month-old spayed female domestic short-haired cat with a black-and-white […]

Drug court graduation celebrates sobriety, success

WOODLAND — Seven people whose drug use led to run-ins with the criminal justice system celebrated a new lease on life Monday with their graduations from Yolo County’s felony probation drug court. The ceremony coincided with National Drug Court Month, observed each May. Four men and three women who once collectively faced 32 years in […]

Swainson’s hawk tour will benefit Yolo Basin Foundation

On Saturday, June 4, biologist and Swainson’s hawk expert Jim Estep will lead participants on a countywide search for this California threatened species and well as other raptors. Estep has conducted research on Swainson’s hawk ecology since the early 1980s in his Yolo County study area and elsewhere in the Central Valley. A graduate of […]

Davis police investigate downtown robbery

A downtown employee reported being robbed Sunday afternoon by two men, Davis police said. According to Lt. Paul Doroshov, the woman was closing the Shuz of Davis store at 801 Second St. at about 4 p.m. when she noticed the men loitering outside the business. “As she was leaving the store and walking toward her […]

Pursuit of alleged car thief on I-5 ends in Woodland

A Washington man who claimed to have killed his brother led authorities on an hourlong pursuit on Interstate 5 Monday morning before running out of gas in Woodland, according to the California Highway Patrol. Thanh Cong Phan, 35, faces felony charges of vehicle theft and evading police in connection with an incident that began early […]

Woodland man hurt in suspected DUI crash

Authorities say speed and alcohol were factors in a crash that injured a 23-year-old Woodland man early Sunday morning. Jorge Ruelas injured his leg when he struck a tree on southbound East Street near County Road 25A at about 4:30 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said. He had to be extricated from his […]

Cold Shot plays Friday at Little Prague

Party on the Little Prague patio on Friday with Cold Shot, a Davis dance band performing “iconic hits for maximum good times for all.” The band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. most Fridays at the downtown restaurant, 330 G St. All ages are welcome; there is no cover charge. For more information, visit http://www.coldshotnow.com.

Discuss biodiversity at Russell Ranch

The public is invited to the annual Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The theme for 2011′s Field Day is “Biodiversity in Agriculture.” The morning session will feature speaker presentations on soil biodiversity, ecosystem services from biodiversity, irrigation management and cover crops. The topic for the […]

Class of ’81 will hold reunion this week

The Davis High School Class of 1981 will be celebrating its 30th reunion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with a no-host social on the patio at Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery, 2001 Second St. The reunion will be a chance to share memories and see old friends, with food and live music in a casual atmosphere. RSVP […]

Commission hosts talk on native bees

The city of Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission will host a talk on native bees at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Robbin Thorp, professor emeritus in the entomology department at UC Davis, will discuss native bees, their lifestyles and what Davis residents can […]

Local author writes memoir of imprisonment in Iran

Jafar Yaghoobi, a local resident and former research scientist at UC Davis, will present his memoir, focusing on his time as a political prisoner in Iran, at a book-signing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 119 Wellman Hall at UCD. His free talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Yaghoobi also will meet local residents […]