Train to be a citizen scientist

Love plants? Love the outdoors? Be part of the UC Davis research community with the California Phenology Project at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. The new citizen science project is recruiting volunteers to help monitor plants at the reserve, with free training events set for prospective volunteers in May and June. Learn about phenology and basic […]

Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday. Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in […]

Woman killed by train ID’d

Authorities check the scene of an Amtrak train fatality Tuesday morning west of Davis. The woman who was struck and killed has been identified as Darcy Berry, 58, of Washington, Solano County coroner’s officials reported this morning. Union Pacific Railroad Police Department officials said Berry was walking in the middle of the westbound tracks when she […]

Council votes to look at reducing water bills

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to have the city look at reducing future water bills by an estimated 8 percent without changing the underlying structure of the water rates. The vote means city staff, consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee will review a series of rate changes made possible […]

Hay bales burn east of Davis

Davis firefighters responded to a first-alarm grass fire Monday that damaged hay bales east of town, officials said. The fire at FrontierAg, in the 46000 block of County Road 32B, was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. The burning hay bales threatened a large stack of cardboard as well as an area of rice hulls, Davis […]

County board debates proposed salary hike for superintendent

WOODLAND — Does the Yolo County superintendent of schools deserve a 7.5-percent increase in salary just a few months before he’s due to retire? That was the question debated Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the Yolo County Board of Education, which is considering a proposal to boost Superintendent Jorge Ayala’s salary by $12,657 this […]

No more oil trains chugging through our town, says Davis City Council

The Davis City Council passed a unanimous resolution Tuesday opposing projects in Benicia and Santa Maria that would increase the number of oil trains running through the city until certain safety issues have been addressed. If both the Philips 66 Santa Maria refinery project and the Benicia rail terminal proposal are approved, 180 more oil […]

Bob Dunning: Campaign signs sprouting up like weeds

SIGN OF THE TIMES … Joe Krovoza seems to have won the Battle of East Eighth Street as well as the Battle of Pole Line Road when it comes to lawn signs … then again, Dan Wolk is starting later in this department and soon may flood the town as well … candidates seem to […]

Bill to pay outstanding debt to counties earns committee support

Legislation to make good on outstanding debts the state owes to counties earned a 9-0 vote Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife owes 36 counties more than $17 million in past-due payment in lieu of taxes payments, intended to mitigate for losses in property […]

UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps

A smelly pile of rotting fruits and veggies welcomed Earth Day to UC Davis.

West of campus, between Interstate 80 and the California National Primate Research Center, the four stocky white cylinders of the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester hunger for leftovers, ready to munch through 50 tons of them daily.

Combining food waste, agriculture byproducts and food processing scraps, the digester will turn about 18,250 tons of organic trash into electricity and fertilizer each year. That’s all of UCD’s organic waste plus more than 7,000 tons trucked in from local businesses.

Water rate assistance bill advances

A ratepayer assistance program to help low-income Californians pay their water bills was approved Monday by the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. AB 1434, authored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is intended to ensure water affordability, especially in communities served by smaller utility companies that cannot or choose not to provide assistance to low-income […]

Community values to be addressed at candidates’ forum

Davis Community Church will host a community values forum for candidates for the Davis City Council at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the church sanctuary, 412 C St. Questions will focus on the candidates’ understanding of the values held by the greater Davis community as well as personal characteristics the candidates possess for leading […]

Student loans can suddenly come due when co-signers die, a report finds

By Richard Pérez-Peña For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default. […]

Check out wetlands for warm-weather visitors

The city of Davis and the Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the city of Davis wetlands on Saturday, May 3, for a free guided tour from 9 to 11 a.m. Tours are offered year-round on the first Saturday of the month. The warmer weather brings a new group of seasonal […]