Masked robbers hold up Dunnigan truck stop

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at a Dunnigan truck stop. Sgt. Lance Faille said two masked men entered the United Petroleum Truck Stop, 29770 County Road 8, at about 3 p.m. Monday. One of them pointed a handgun at the clerk and ordered him to the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

UC among losers as state revenue falls short

The University of California will shoulder $100 million of $981 million in automatic midyear budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday. The latest cuts were triggered by revenue falling $2.2 billion short of the sunny $88.5 billion the Legislature counted on when it enacted the 2011-12 budget. Effective Jan. 1, the cuts also will include: […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,

Come to open gym over winter break

The Davis Police Department will host open gym at Davis High School’s South Gym, 315 W. 14th St., on Monday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 22. From 10 a.m. to noon, kids are invited to come for some rousing rounds of dodgeball. From noon to 3 p.m., the gym will be open for basketball. On Tuesday, […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Candy Cane Court celebrates Friday

Come to Candy Cane Court — aka Henri Court in Wildhorse — on Friday for a lively celebration. In its ninth year, the beautifully decorated neighborhood will welcome Santa from 6 to 8 p.m., and members of the Holmes Junior High Band and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh will be there to perform. Visitors are […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Don’t light tonight for Dec. 13 and 14

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has declared Don’t Light Tonight conditions in effect through midnight Wednesday, Dec. 14. Don’t Light Tonight is a voluntary wintertime air pollution reduction program. Wednesday’s particle matter pollution (PM 2.5) is forecast to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter or higher and burning wood is discouraged. On winter nights […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Culture at church

Adelita Serena, capitana of Dance Azteca, performs to the drumbeat with her group Monday afternoon at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. The pre-sunset performance was in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A Mass and reception followed.

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Pianist plays Wednesday at Our House

Jason Whitcomb — who once owned Mousie’s, a nightclub and restaurant at 212 F St. — will play piano beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Our House Restaurant and Lounge, 808 Second St. in downtown Davis. Whitcomb played at Jilly’s in Palm Springs for several years, accompanying Frank Sinatra on his many performances there. Jilly […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Buddha’s hand is not just for fruitcake

I bought a Buddha’s hand to sketch, as I was struck by its odd shape — a lemon with fingers — but I had no idea what to do with it afterward, other than frightening young children in a dimly lit room. I learned a long time ago that you cannot judge a fruit by […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Yummy Dummy Chocolate Company shutting down

After six years, 30,000 chocolate bars and $7,000 in charitable donations, Yummy Dummy Chocolate Company is closing down.

The girl-owned and operated company will see three of its seven founders heading off to college in the fall with the remaining four not far behind, so they’ve collectively made the decision to stop operations this month.

Remaining chocolate bars may be purchased through their website,, through Saturday or until ….

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

School board to name new officers, consider budget, possible layoffs

Learn more What: Davis Board of Education When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video on The Davis Board of Education will meet an hour earlier than usual Thursday — at 6 p.m. — in the Community Chambers at […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Science teacher relates experiences in Afghan schools

Davis residents will have an opportunity Sunday afternoon to hear and see what it’s like to teach children and adults in war-torn Afghanistan. Camilia Barry, who founded the organization, Classrooms Across Cultures, will describe her experiences teaching science and mathematics there. Her talk begins at 3 p.m. in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Faculty recognized for contributions to science

The following scientific societies have named UC Davis professors as fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to science and society: * Seven professors have been named fellows in the American Chemical Society: Distinguished professor Alan Balch, professor emeritus William Jackson and professors Sheila David, Susan Kauzlarich, Gang-yu Liu and Claude Meares, all of the department of chemistry; along with James […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

The other student loan problem: too little debt

By Justin Pope LONG BEACH (AP) — Jesse Yeh uses the UC Berkeley library instead of buying textbooks. He scrounges for free food at campus events and occasionally skips meals. He’s stopped exercising and sleeps five to six hours per night so he can take 21 credits — a course load so heavy he had […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City ups its goal for recycling

Thanks to action taken last week by the Davis City Council, Davis is the first city in the Sacramento region and Central Valley to adopt a zero-waste resolution. This resolution sets a new goal for Davis to achieve 75 percent recycling by 2020 by implementing zero-waste strategies. According to Dean Newberry, chairman of the Natural […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,