Songwriter plays Sophia’s on Friday

Portlander Brooke Parrott, described as “a storyteller in the truest sense of the word,” will sing Friday at 8 p.m. at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. She’s in the midst of a summerlong tour of the West Coast. Since releasing her debut album, “Another City,” in 2008, Parrott has been honing […]

Jam with fellow musicians at the Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays, July 8 and 22, at the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name […]

Flood victims rely on neighbors

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Chased from their homes by rising floodwaters and bunking with friends, clergymen Mike Johnson and Mike Pancoast did what seems to come naturally to folks around here: They hopped into a car and headed for a nearby town to help others evacuate. “There are people who need help and they need […]

Driver tried to stop before hitting train

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A truck driver tried to stop his big rig before it slammed into the side of an Amtrak passenger car in the Nevada desert, killing him and at least one person on the train and injuring about 20 others in the fiery crash, authorities said Saturday. Investigators at the scene about […]

Council to adopt budget Tuesday

Spending cuts close to $1.5 million — including budget-balancing measures and a half-million dollars to reallocate to priority needs — are on the table at Tuesday’s Davis City Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. In addition to the $1.5 million […]

Learn more about redistricting on DCTV, KDRT

Davis residents can watch Wednesday’s forum and panel discussion on redistricting issues on Davis Community Television and online via Davis Media Access (http://dctv.davismedia.org/show/35653). DCTV is at Channel 15 on Comcast cable television. “Redistricting the State: The Yolo Interest” was sponsored by Saving California Communities. It features bipartisan community dialogue about the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s […]

Yolo spending means Davis spending

Despite a number of vocal critics (see below), I maintain that when it comes to taking money out of the public till to fund a pet project, the Sacramento Kings need to stand at the back of the line. Way at the back. Between new school taxes, overwhelming water rate increases and an incredibly strained […]

Trial for 1980 murders delayed until January

By Joel Davis The trial for the man accused of the 1980 murders of UC Davis students John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves won’t begin until next year at the earliest. At a pretrial hearing Friday for Richard Joseph Hirschfield, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet expressed concern that the defense’s many motions and busy […]

Biotech companies hit in rash of burglaries

A break-in at a biotech company at 2 a.m. Friday is the latest in a rash of burglaries that targeted light industrial businesses in Davis last week, Lt. Paul Doroshov said Friday. The police believe the crimes are related based on a similar break-in pattern, types of property stolen and types of businesses targeted, Doroshov said. No […]

Alleged embezzler pleads not guilty

WOODLAND — The accused embezzler who allegedly stole pet drugs and sold them on the black market entered a plea of not guilty Friday. Emily Ramos, 44, of Woodland, was arraigned in Yolo Superior Court on two felony counts of embezzlement and grand theft. Ramos faces up to three years in prison if convicted, Steven […]

Tomato Festival has philanthropic benefits

The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture will benefit from proceeds from the farm’s annual Capay Tomato Festival from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Ticket prices will be discounted through Tuesday, July 5, for $23 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door for $30 per person. […]

Berryessa swim supports Putah Creek Council

In the early hours of Monday, May 23, swimmers from Davis, Oakland, Sacramento and Irvine began what was to be an all-day swim down the length of Lake Berryessa. The lake is 16 miles long, nearly the length of the English Channel at Dover. Most swimmers were part of relay teams of two, three and six people, but a […]

Celebrate July 4 at ice cream social

The Woodland Senior Center Computer Club Inc. will host its annual ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. Ice cream, cookies and lemonade will be provided for $2. “Come and join us and bring the entire family,” a spokesman says.