Retailers to bring fresh produce to many without

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity moved a step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. “Make no mistake about it. This is a […]

In heat wave, wintry states wish for some December

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the land of giant ice castles, where auto makers test their vehicles against extreme cold and people play hockey year-round, it’s not uncommon to hear some griping about the weather. The Upper Midwest is accustomed to extreme temperatures. Just not in the current direction. Parts of the region are suffering through […]

Space shuttle comes to ‘final stop’ after 30 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears. A record crowd of 2,000 gathered near the landing strip, thousands more packed Kennedy Space Center and countless others watched […]

Council to hold ‘retreat’ on Friday

The Davis City Council is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to touch base on council goals, discuss changes in priorities and set the 2011-12 legislative calendar. The council “retreat” is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. The meeting is open to the […]

Davis will pay to keep redevelopment agency’s $8 million

Davis is a fortunate city — it can afford to pay the state to keep its redevelopment agency and funds intact, the City Council said at its meeting Tuesday. The council voted unanimously to give the state $3.5 million this fiscal year. Half the money is due in January and the rest in May. In return, […]

New state law promotes use of carbon monoxide alarms

In the past year and a half, Davis firefighters have responded to eight reports of carbon monoxide alarms sounding off in local homes. Six times, they turned out to be false alarms. But in the other two cases, firefighters measured levels of carbon monoxide within the residences — results that could have proved deadly had […]

Thompson urges fix for stalled energy-efficiency effort

Rep. Mike Thompson and a pair of Republicans are trying revive a way for property owners to pay for projects like installing solar panels and energy-saving windows as a surcharge on their property tax. Such property-assessed clean energy, or PACE, programs looked to be moving forward in Davis and across the country. Fannie Mae and […]

Per Capita Davis: the jargon of energy

A long time ago, a friend was having trouble in a conversation with an acquaintance who repeatedly indicated he didn’t understand what this friend was trying to say. So the friend took the sentence apart, defining one word at a time, and soon there was understanding between them. I sometimes feel like that acquaintance; there […]

Film festival Friday makes Davis’ wheels go ’round

Details What: Clips of Faith beer and film tour When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets, downtown Davis Admission: Free, with beer-tastings available for $1.25 or $5 By Steve Tracy Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bicycle Collective are partnered with the New Belgium Brewing Company, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, […]

‘Garden goddesses’ coming to Winters library

What is there to gardening beyond tending roses or just growing parsley? Ever wonder what it would be like to grow your own food rather than a lawn? Or what sort of things to grow to spice up your life or cure what ails you? Meet the “garden goddesses” — Spring Warren and Kami McBride […]

Radio show features author Laporte

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show, will feature Danielle Laporte, a writer, speaker and business adviser, at 10 a.m. Friday on KDRT 95.7 FM. The show also is streamed live online at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Hosted by Koren Motekaitis, the show is for people wanting to learn more about the possibilities and how they can apply […]

Dixon plans Wine and Art Stroll on Aug. 27

Members of the Downtown Dixon Business Association are busy preparing to host their ninth annual Wine and Art Stroll on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the downtown core along Highway 113. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of sipping wines and champagnes, perusing a variety of artwork, listening to music and visiting downtown […]

Winters company stages ‘Much Ado’ in the park

The Winters Theatre Company will present “Much Ado About Nothing” as this summer’s selection for the company’s annual Shakespeare in the Park production. Performances are Aug. 12-13 and 19-20 in the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. “Much Ado” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies — a popularity that has […]