Chevron says it has paid $10 million after fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and has begun what’s being termed “corrective actions” after a fire last summer at its Richmond refinery, company officials said. In a report filed with the Contra Costa County Health Services Department on Monday, the San Ramon, Calif.-based oil giant said it has paid […]

Boy Scouts may ease no-gays policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves. If approved by the Scouts’ national executive board, possibly as soon […]

Bob Dunning: In politics, you get what you pay for

AND THE ANSWER IS … don’t know if folks are talking about a telephone poll or a telephone pole, but it seems some Davis citizens are upset that the “Yes on I” committee refuses to release the complete results of an extensive poll it commissioned several weeks ago … well, the short answer is that […]

Bagpiper extraordinaire has traveled the world

If you’ve ventured to the Davis Farmers Market on a warm summer weekend, there’s a chance the unmistakable sounds of bagpipes were part of the occasion.

But who could have guessed that the man producing the music — pleasing to the ears of some, possibly irritating to others — has a history with the instrument that far exceeds a casual hobbyist?

The man behind the pipes is 80-year-old George Knutson, a military veteran and …

Arrest made in Davis sexual assault case

Davis police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with Saturday’s sexual assault and robbery on the Davis Community Church grounds, thanks to a phone call from an alert citizen. Christopher Lynn Romone Turk, a transient, was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on Monday night on charges of sexual assault, robbery, burglary, false imprisonment […]

Pets of the Week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Oreo (No. 113069), a 4-year-old neutered male black and white short-haired Chihuahua. Also hoping for a good home is Polka Dot (No. 113166), a 6-month-old spayed female tabby domestic short-haired […]

Council set to host debate on Fire Department audit recommendations

The City Council will host a roundtable discussion Tuesday to hear arguments for and against four recommended changes to the Davis Fire Department made late last year by Interim Fire Chief Scott Kenley. After a department-wide audit, Kenley suggested that the city adjust its response time goals, drop the service boundary between its borders and […]

City Council to consider wastewater treatment options

If the looming Measure I vote on the surface water project isn’t weighing enough on City Council members’ minds, in the coming months they’ll also have to make several key decisions about the city’s wastewater service. That process starts Tuesday when the council must decide whether to spend a “not-to-exceed” amount of $220,000 on a […]

Researchers eye more efficient solar cells

Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at UC Davis and in Hungary. Solar cells are based on the photoelectric effect: a photon, or particle of light, hits a silicon crystal and generates a negatively charged electron and a positively charged hole. […]

Katehi will speak at Women’s History Month luncheon

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will be the guest speaker at the 26th annual Yolo County Women’s History Month luncheon, planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7,  at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. March is designated as National Women’s History Month, recognizing and celebrating the history of […]

Persian poetry expert will speak at UC Davis

The Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies will host Dominic Parviz Brookshaw on Thursday, speaking about “The Allusive Poet: Women’s Poetry and the Challenges of Shifting Attribution in Qajar Iran.” Brookshaw, an assistant professor of comparative literature and Persian literature at Stanford University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Ballroom A at the UC […]

Four to share stories of Great Migration

Four local residents will tell their stories of the Great Migration at events Wednesday and Thursday as part of the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project. Jack Jackson, Rosemary Jones, Richard Patterson and Elaine Patterson are set to speak at from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. […]

Bard’s tragedy presented

Students at Holmes Junior High School will channel their inner Shakespeare this week with three performances of “Romeo and Juliet.” The seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, under the direction of Holmes teacher Jeff Bryant, will perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Drive. Rehearsing for their roles […]

Water rates referendum launched public scrutiny

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories examining the proposed Woodland-Davis joint surface water project, including project specifics, the city of Davis’ water utility in general and arguments for and against Measure I in the March 5 mail-only election. Decades of interest in adding a secondary source of drinking water, pinned to the […]