New charges for Woodland manslaughter suspect

A Woodland woman already facing vehicular manslaughter charges is back in jail after being hooked by Yolo County’s drug task force last week. California Highway Patrol officials said Jeanette Johnson, 36, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Oct. 26 when she crossed her big rig into the oncoming lane on Highway 16 […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

The lawyers have had their say, now it’s the voters’ turn

So, this much we know. More than 3,800 Davis residents signed petitions to put the City Council’s water rate increase to a vote of the people. This was verified at both the county and city level to be a sufficient number to qualify for the ballot. And then, after all was said and done, city […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC Davis makes amends with fine production of Stoppard classic

Check it out What: UC Davis theater and dance department’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3 Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UCD Tickets: $17/$19 general; $12/$14, students, children and senior citizens; (530) 754-2787; mondaviarts.org Info: theatredance.ucdavis.edu The UC Davis department of theater and dance, and Michael […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Fraternity leads Toys for Tots effort

For a fifth year, Davis residents are invited to join members of the Delta Chi fraternity in supporting Toys for Tots. Last year, the fraternity collected 500 new toys for families in Davis, Woodland and Winters. Delta Chi’s goal this year is 600 toys. Donations may be dropped off at the West Village apartments, Alphabet […]

November 27, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tibetan meditation offered in downtown Davis

Traditional meditation, prayers and teaching will be offered by Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam this week at A Shared Awareness meditation hall in The Lofts, 105 E St., Suite 3G, in downtown Davis. Gursam is a Drikung Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist teacher. The program will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, and again Monday, Nov. […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Vet students’ fundraiser supports care for the needy

UC Davis veterinary students are raising money to support an upcoming trip to Central America, where they will provide free veterinary care to needy communities. The trip is hosted by VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures). On Sunday, Dec. 4, the students will trim pets’ nails for $10 and sell homemade peanut butter dog […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Donate food and pay off library fines

Woodland Public Library is once again offering its “Food for Fines” program from Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 22. Library patrons are invited to bring nonperishable canned or boxed food in good condition to the circulation desk of the library during open hours. Each can of food will remove $1 from the patron’s overdue […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Learn more about water project at Dec. 8 community meeting

The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency is planning a series of community meetings to share its design-build-operate (DBO) plans for a regional water supply system, and accept public input on its draft request for proposals documents for DBO contractors. The first meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Woodland Community & Senior […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Water | Tagged ,

UC researchers get forest land from PG&E

By Debra Levi Holtz University of California research on the effects of climate change on trees and wildlife is getting a big boost by the donation of more than 4,500 acres of Northern California woodlands that will double the size of the university’s research forests. The donation to UC was approved Wednesday by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Settlement reached on adult day health care

A lawsuit challenging the state’s elimination of adult day health care as a Medi-Cal benefit was settled Thursday, with the state agreeing to preserve those services for people at risk for being institutionalized. Under the agreement, thousands of low-income disabled and elderly adults in California will transition to a new program called Community-Based Adult Services. […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Veterans served by Yolo Hospice

More than 40 years ago, Mike served as a U.S. Marine in the late 1960s, completing two tours of duty on the front line in the Vietnam War. The Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that Mike’s congestive heart failure may be a result of his exposure to the potent herbicide, Agent Orange. Yolo Hospice […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Stocks end little changed as Europe worries ease

Stocks finished about where they started Friday as investors balanced positive signs for the U.S. economy with a looming deadline for a deficit-cutting committee in Congress. Steep declines earlier in the week left the market with its worst weekly loss since September. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 25.43 points, or 0.2 percent, to close […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Shop the market before Thanksgiving

The Davis Farmers Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Central Park, Third and C streets, to fill local shoppers’ Thanksgiving needs. More than 60 vendors will offer everything for your holiday table but the turkey, including organic produce; seasonal fruits and vegetables; cheeses; wines; apple juice; herbs and flowers; fresh-baked […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Our Sunday best: Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a car!

Flicking on the lights in the work area that has become a museum, Davis entrepreneur and inventor Paul Moller led a visitor through the sci-fi contraptions that for 50 years have been his trade, and for his entire life an obsession: the vertical takeoff and landing Volantor, also known as the Skycar. “I didn’t get […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,