My biking life, now that I’m in my mid-60s

By Dennis Dingemans I anticipated that frequent bicycling would be part of retirement. Five years in, it hasn’t worked out the way I anticipated. I ride, but in shorter increments. Buying and tinkering with old bikes is an increased part of the biking life for me. I haven’t ridden the Double Century lately. I had […]

Author, life coach on local radio

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT 95.7 FM or by live webstreaming at This week’s guest, Martha Beck, is a New York Times best-selling author of several titles, including “Expecting Adam,” “Finding Your Own North Star” and “Steering by […]

Per Capita Davis: The year in review — some pluses, more minuses

The last column of the year is usually a recap, a time to step back, take a longer view and assess whether, overall, the year was one of progress or retreat, whether we are closer to avoiding or experiencing the consequences of our actions or inactions. The question is complicated and the answer is difficult […]

Steinberg wants to offer free textbooks

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP) — The leader of the state Senate wants to offer an electronic library of free basic textbooks for college students in a bid to offset higher university fees. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday he will offer legislation next year to create 50 textbooks for the most common […]

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McConnell blocks Senate vote on payroll tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiations over a bill extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits can begin as soon the Senate rejects a version the House approved despite a White House veto threat, the Senate’s top Democrat said Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants his chamber to vote quickly on the House payroll […]

Auditions set for Winters’ ‘Leading Ladies’

The Winters Theatre Company will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11-12, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Roles will be available for several adult women and men. The show will be presented on the weekends of […]

Celebrate Christmas with music at Atria

Two nights of holiday music are planned next week at Atria Covell Gardens, a Davis retirement community. Community members are invited to both free concerts at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Local musicians Donna Wren on harp and violin and Ken Kemmerling on piano and guitar will perform holiday classics at 7 p.m. Friday, […]

Euro under pressure as summit optimism fades

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The euro slid below $1.30 on Wednesday for the first time since the early days of 2011 and Italian borrowing rates rose ominously, as the optimism from a dramatic European summit last week fades with the realization that the continent’s underlying debt problems remain unsolved. Italy’s last bond auction of the […]

Lawmakers investigate campus pepper-spraying

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are investigating how colleges responded to non-violent protests that sprung from the Occupy movement, including the pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis. Top officials from the UC  and California State University systems will testify at a hearing in the state Capitol today. They include UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi, who came under […]

Long live the Central Park bathrooms

THE OLDEST URINAL IN THE WEST … yes, we have yet another activist group with a clever acronym forming in town, this time by the name of S.O.B. (Save Our Bathrooms) … my friend Mary Lee at, who may or may not be a charter member, says she’s “worried that the issue of retaining/demolishing […]

Supervisors vote in favor of radio tower, wind turbine

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for a 356-foot-tall radio tower to be built at the Yolo County Landfill northeast of Davis. The board originally voted in favor of the tower in September 2010 and the county Planning Commission approved a one-year extension of the use permit in […]

Masked robbers hold up Dunnigan truck stop

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at a Dunnigan truck stop. Sgt. Lance Faille said two masked men entered the United Petroleum Truck Stop, 29770 County Road 8, at about 3 p.m. Monday. One of them pointed a handgun at the clerk and ordered him to the […]

UC among losers as state revenue falls short

The University of California will shoulder $100 million of $981 million in automatic midyear budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday. The latest cuts were triggered by revenue falling $2.2 billion short of the sunny $88.5 billion the Legislature counted on when it enacted the 2011-12 budget. Effective Jan. 1, the cuts also will include: […]

Come to open gym over winter break

The Davis Police Department will host open gym at Davis High School’s South Gym, 315 W. 14th St., on Monday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 22. From 10 a.m. to noon, kids are invited to come for some rousing rounds of dodgeball. From noon to 3 p.m., the gym will be open for basketball. On Tuesday, […]