Aggie football: what an evolution it’s been

There may be a reason for every season, but if I had my way, the calendar would run only from September through January and then start over in September again. The reason I feel this way is simple: football. It’s been in my blood since I was born, which, not surprisingly, was two days before […]

Dead farm laborer identified

The farm worker found dead Monday in northeast Davis has been identified as Jose Arroyo-Rodriguez, 56, of Woodland, Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said Thursday. An autopsy conducted Wednesday morning did not pinpoint what killed Arroyo-Rodriguez, and further testing will be required to determine his cause of death. However, LaBrash said there were […]

Adults can begin on string instruments, too

Adult students who would like to learn to play a string instrument may be interested in a new class that will begin at the Davis Art Center on Tuesday. Local instructor Sue MacDonald will offer “Strings for Adult Beginners,” meeting twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) through Oct. 13. A […]

Elementary music program tugs at the heartstrings

The Davis school district’s large and highly regarded string-music program begins at the elementary schools.

At each elementary campus, every fall, the bright-eyed fourth-graders pack their school’s multipurpose room for a string assembly where they are introduced to the violin, viola, cello and bass — the quiet beginnings of a string program that many students will stay with through high school graduation.

At Birch Lane Elementary on Tuesday afternoon, music teachers Sherie Wall and Kim Cole demonstrated each instrument.

Jury hears recording of Diaz before, after fatal shooting

WOODLAND — Some of Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose “Tony” Diaz’s final words played out in a Woodland courtroom today. Prosecutors aired a recording of his conversation with dispatchers as he chased a suspected drunk driver on a rural county roadway. “Suspect within sight,” Diaz is heard telling dispatcher Amanda Oren, who earlier that night […]

For the record

Tuesday’s news brief about next week’s meetings for those interested in Davis elementary school music programs reported an incorrect location. For band programs, students and parents should attend one of two meetings at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave., at 7:30 p.m. either Tuesday or Wednesday. For strings programs, students and parents should attend […]

Per Capita: Simplicity and complexity

Americans have always been builders of big things: it seems to be in our DNA. The Empire State Building, the Erie Canal, the Panama Canal, the Interstate Highway System and the Transcontinental Railroad, to name a few. California has been no slouch when it comes to big things: the Central Valley Water Project, for example, […]

Davis schools rank high, but federal standards tag two for improvement

The Davis school district fared pretty well in the latest Academic Performance Index rankings, released by the California Department of Education on Wednesday. Once again, all of the district’s elementary schools, junior high schools and regular high school programs scored over 800 — the point at which they are considered to be “high-performing schools” by […]

Learn about a public-private partnership to restore Upper Putah Creek

Putah Creek Council will present a talk on “The Eticuera Creek Watershed Restoration Project: A Public-Private Collaboration” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center clubroom, 203 E. 14th St., Davis. The talk is part of CreekSpeak, a six-month series of community talks on the nature, culture and history of the region […]

Grace House training set Tuesday

The next training for Grace in Action’s volunteer ministers begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace House, 441 D St. in downtown Davis. Grace in Action is a faith-based community ministry serving the homeless with spiritual companionship, rest and respite, and referrals to local agencies. Direct service volunteers for Monday and Wednesday afternoons are especially […]

City asks residents to decide on cuts

Despite having an “insatiable appetite for services,” Davis residents have to kill some government programs, maybe even some they love, so more important ones survive, city officials said. The question is: What are the most important? Some 20 people answered the city’s call to come to Veterans’ Memorial Center Tuesday night to give advice on […]

Crews battle grass fire

Firefighters from Davis and beyond battled a second-alarm grass fire southeast of the city Monday afternoon. Welding activity at county roads 106 and 36 started the fire at about 12:45 p.m., and it grew to about 30 acres before it was extinguished, Davis Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said. Fire crews from Woodland and West […]

Suspect admits killing U.S. airmen at German airport

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A Kosovo Albanian man confessed Wednesday to killing two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport, saying in emotional testimony at the opening of his trial that he had been influenced by radical Islamic propaganda online. Arid Uka is charged with two counts of murder for the March 2 slaying of Senior […]