Haven’t booked a holiday flight yet? Smart move

By Samantha Bomkamp Haven’t booked your holiday flight yet? Smart move. The cheapest fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t going to the travelers who booked months in advance. Experts say they’ll go to those who can take advantage of some last-minute deals. In previous years, the rule was nearly always the same: Travelers who booked […]

Retailers lay out plans to attract holiday shoppers

By Robin McMacken Despite a holiday season dampened by a struggling economy and high unemployment rates, shoppers will find much to be jolly about in the ways retailers will actively court them this year. Savvy spenders in 2011 can expect extended store hours, free shipping offers, reasonable layaway programs and revved-up online shopping sites. There […]

Sierra Club morning walks are Tuesdays, Thursdays

Sierra Club organizes brrrisk morning walks in Davis on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. “Work up a sweat — it’s no stroll in the park!” a news release said. To participate, meet at 7 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee in The Marketplace shopping center, at Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane in North Davis. Walking distance is 4.5 […]

Obama seeks Russia, China help on Iran

HONOLULU (AP) — Searching for help, President Barack Obama lobbied the skeptical leaders of Russia and China on Saturday for support in keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed menace to the world, hoping to yield a “common response” to a deepening problem. Yet Obama’s talk of solidarity with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese President […]

Pressure to leave mounts on Occupy camps

OAKLAND (AP) — Occupy Oakland protesters plan to hold a rally and march on Saturday even as city officials have increased pressure on them to leave their encampment in front of City Hall. For the second time in as many days, Oakland city officials warned protesters on Saturday morning that they do not have the […]

When ‘representative’ government represents nobody

Continuing with our award-winning series on the hazards of letting politicians run our local, state and federal governments, I present to you today the well considered thoughts of Greg on the bluest of the Bird Streets. You know, the one associated with happiness. Greg, it seems, has been around the block a time or two […]

New program for no-show jurors paying off, court officials say

WOODLAND — It was early January when Stanislav Olesenko was first summoned for jury duty in Yolo Superior Court. When he failed to appear, court officials gave him several more opportunities to make it right. Time and again, Olesenko was a no-show. When the West Sacramento resident finally came to court on Thursday, it was […]

More gas leaks reported in West Davis

Open house What: PG&E will host a second open house to answer residents’ questions about the reported gas leaks When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Stonegate Country Club, 919 Lake Blvd. in West Davis Forty-two gas leaks have occurred in the Stonegate area of West Davis, PG&E told residents at an open house Thursday. […]

UCD fleshes out cost of Mondavi Center’s new skin

UC Davis last week released the terms of a $7.1 million mediated settlement that will pay to fix its leaky landmark, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. UCD reached a deal with the general contractor, McCarthy Building Companies, Boora Architects of Portland, Ore., 10 subcontractors, three insurance companies and the company that produced the original […]

Initiative petition for lower water rates not well-received by some

While Ernie Head waits to see if Yolo County election officials qualify the referendum petition that would overturn the City Council’s decision to raise water rates, he has begun collecting signatures for an initiative petition. The initiative would reset rates back to their levels before the council voted 4-1 on Sept. 6 for the new […]

‘Tis the season for European Christmas markets

By Shirley O’Bryan Smith It’s a scene played out all over Europe as the holidays approach: The air is cold, the sky is bright and snow crunches underfoot as crowds make their way through rows of little wooden structures that look like storybook houses with sloping roofs and rustic trim, each one offering some treasure […]

Old West comes alive in tall tales

Storyteller Bruce Isham will tell tales of the Old West at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. The public is invited to this free event. Isham presents his stories with enthusiasm and energy, says Kathryn Green at Atria. “Although his performance is entertaining, he makes sure it is also educational and […]

Poker tourney benefits foster youths

Soroptimist International of Davis will host its annual Texas Hold ‘Em & More fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Co-chairs Lea Rosenberg and Autumn Labbé-Renault invite the community to enjoy an evening of gaming, including a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, bingo and blackjack 22. Games are run by local […]

Dixon celebrates the season on Dec. 1

An old-fashioned holiday season gets under way in Dixon on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the annual Tree Lighting Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown. Children can sit on Santa’s lap and have their photos taken. A craft and gift fair featuring local vendors will take […]