Dine at The Buckhorn to benefit Yolo Hospice

Yolo Hospice is celebrating 35 years of service to the community with a fundraising dinner and raffle on Thursday, Nov. 6, at The Buckhorn Steakhouse Restaurant, 2 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Buckhorn is donating 15 percent of the evenings proceeds (food and drink) to Yolo Hospice. Raffle tickets, with a top prize of […]

Hong Kong protesters to vote on staying in streets

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said Thursday they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, […]

Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella’s push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled last quarter at a time when some of Microsoft’s […]

California’s fishing plan rankles anglers

By Peter Fimrite Anglers threw down their waders in anger this week over a decision by a state agency to look into regulating and possibly banning lead sinkers and other fishing gear as part of a comprehensive probe of toxic household products. The Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is part of the state Environmental […]

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Bob Dunning: A taste of the big time as Huskies come calling

GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT … I don’t know about you, but I’ve already purchased our family’s tickets for the Nov. 14 women’s basketball showdown between defending national champion Connecticut and our beloved Aggies … in fact, I’ve even pulled my old red, white and blue “UCONN” sweatshirt out of the closet in honor of […]

Testimony begins in Winters murder trial

WOODLAND — Hours after he allegedly brought fear and violence to the tranquil streets of Winters, William Carl Gardner III strolled into a Sacramento pawn shop where he’d become a regular customer.

“He wanted me to change his (on-file) address — he said he was going to be away for some time,” shop owner Kevin Pratt testified Thursday in Yolo Superior Court. “Possibly years,” he said Gardner told him.

Having met Gardner’s then-girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, a year or so before, Pratt suggested that she come in to handle Gardner’s pawned items during his extended absence.

A honey of a market at Sutter

Looking for a weekday farmers market in West Davis? Davis Sutter Hospital Farmers Market is now year-round, rain or shine on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital’s entrance, 2000 Sutter Place. The market offers farm-fresh, local produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, extra virgin olive oil and olive oil beauty products, plus […]

Meet Poppenga at dog park Sunday

Davis school board candidate Bob Poppenga, a professor of veterinary science at UC Davis, will greet canine supporters and their owners at the Toad Hollow Dog Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. He’ll be available to talk about schools, kids and dogs. Poppenga is a parent of two, an active parent volunteer, a […]

Council likes city’s speed in handling pool leak

It isn’t fixed yet, but as far as the City Council is concerned, the city has done a good job handling a leak of more than 7,500 gallons a day at the Civic Center Pool Complex, which has lost at least 532,000 gallons of water so far. That’s likely an underestimate because that’s counting only […]

Courageous Thompson tapped for cycling shrine

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series profiling the 2014 inductees to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. In the remote reaches of Hell’s Canyon in the northeasternmost tip of Oregon, Inga Thompson finds solace. Once one of the world’s ranking road racers, Thompson abruptly ended her career at its peak. Disillusioned […]

Can you give them a home?

Lilah is a 2- to 3-year-old spayed female Rottweiler with a friendly, gentle personality. Since being rescued from Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue, she has gained a lot of weight and has a shiny, healthy coat! She was one of the stars in the Yolo K9 Academy Obedience Class, which she recently completed. Jerry Lee is a […]

Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

Amargosa voles, small rodents that inhabit rare marshes of the Mojave Desert, have faced dire circumstances in recent years. Loss of habitat, extreme drought and climate change brought this subspecies of the California vole to near extinction, leaving only a few hundred clinging to existence. It is now one of the most critically endangered mammals in […]

Explorit: Poison-proof your home with free lecture

By Michele Eigenman, Jonathan Feagle and Lisa Justice Dogs swallowing a penny? Cats chomping on an Easter lily? Pets can be worse than toddlers for getting into things they shouldn’t. They will get their paws, noses or claws into anything within reach. Few people realize how many household items such as plants, foods and chemicals […]

UC researchers: How low-water can our landscapes go?

Go shopping! What: Friends of the Arboretum plant sale When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (members and general public) Where: UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road Info: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx or 530-752-4880 According to a California Department of Water Resources study, about 53 percent of our household water use goes toward irrigating our […]