Author, author! Fowler up for Man Booker prize; Clark’s book ‘bumped’ by Colbert

For the first time in the Man Booker Prize’s 45 years, American writers are eligible to win the literary award. And Davis native Karen Joy Fowler has been long-listed for the prestigious British honor for her novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” Fowler won the PEN/Faulkner prize for fiction earlier this year for her […]

Local therapists bring ‘Daring Greatly’ movement to Davis

There amid the 100 books that Amazon.com book editors believe should be read in a lifetime, among the Orwell and Hawking, the Dickens and Dahl, is a small tome called “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” by Brené Brown. The book takes its title […]

Truth and authenticity on radio program

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT 95.7 FM or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com Authenticity and truth. Those are two powerful words. Do you stand in your truth? Are you living authentically in your life? Kelly McNelis Senegor is the […]

Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s insurance commissioner released a report Tuesday showing the cost of health-care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate those costs. California’s four largest insurers raised premiums for individuals from at least 22 percent to as much as 88 percent, depending on factors such as age […]

Mistrial, then plea deal in Fourth and Hope theft case

WOODLAND — A day after a mistrial was declared in her grand theft case, the former executive director of Woodland’s Fourth & Hope homeless shelter avoided a second trial by pleading no contest to the charge. Leona Jull, 47, had been accused of using the nonprofit service agency’s credit cards and checks to make more than […]

Mosquito districts sprays tonight

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District will conduct aerial spraying over the Yolo Bypass south of Interstate 80 and agricultural areas south of Davis tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. The district’s integrated pest-management program targets mosquitoes that can carry the potentially fatal West Nile virus. It will administer “ultra low volume” treatments to areas where […]

Bee beard photo wins award

A photo of a bee beard taken at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis has won a gold award from the international Association for Communication Excellence. The association is composed of communicators, educators and information technologists in agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences. Communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey of […]

Davis area youths learn wilderness survival skills

More than a dozen youths ages 10 to 14 from Davis and elsewhere in the Sacramento region are better-equipped to handle wilderness emergencies thanks to a four-day Junior Summer Survival Series presented by Tuleyome Home Place Adventures.

The kids met daily last Wednesday through Saturday to learn wilderness survival and safety skills through hands-on activities and demonstrations and from guest speakers. Survival instructor and distinguished military veteran Chris Stephens led activities on all four days at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, Conaway Ranch and Lake Solano Park.

Family enterprise builds a home for music

Before Armadillo Music opens on a Saturday morning, the Chapman boys, ages 5 and 3, are playing with stuffed snakes. Owen and Quentin run around bins of records and CDs in the month-old space, two doors down from its original F Street storefront where they grew up in Armadillo onesies.

The boys’ parents, Athena and Josh Chapman, co-own Davis’ last-man-standing music shop. Josh runs the day-to-day, Athena helps with the long-term planning, working full-time for the California Association of Health Plans. They took over Armadillo after Athena’s father and store founder, Michael Krell, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack.

Bob Dunning: Poll dancing, direct from Las Vegas

It’s revealing to note that shortly after last month’s election, our cash-strapped city thought it was well and good to hire a “research consultant” to help our beleaguered City Council determine exactly what the fine citizens of this town are thinking. The poll, paid for with the tax dollars of those same fine citizens, was […]

Online petition aims to save tiny Wildhorse greenbelt

In the Wildhorse subdivision, on the eastern side of the Haussler house property line that’s marked with tall Canary Island pine trees, a shaded pine needle-strewn path connects pedestrians on Moore Boulevard with East Covell Boulevard. On approach, squirrels skitter up mid-size deciduous trees lining two sides of the path and the ground crackles with […]

Three candidates seeking seats on Yolo County Board of Education

Three candidates have filed papers for three different seats on the Yolo County Board of Education. Incumbent Bill Owens is seeking to be re-elected in Trustee Area 2, representing the western portions of Davis, as well as Winters and unincorporated areas in between. He was unopposed in his first bid for office in 2010 and is serving […]

Senior sing-along held monthly

The Davis Senior Center hosts a monthly sing-along every first Wednesday. The fun-loving group will meet from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Songs are primarily from the 1960s and ’70s, with some classics and show tunes added to the mix. No singing experience is necessary and all are […]

UC Davis alumnus hopes to bring amateur radio to Nepal

In 2003, UC Davis graduate Suresh Ojha quit a well-paying job as a communications engineer to spend a year in his native Nepal. Working pro-bono to develop a curriculum at Tribhuvan National University in radio engineering, Ojha lived in the middle of a cramped, time-worn neighborhood in Kathmandu where generations of his family had been […]