Mixed-ability classes are focus of talk

Community members who would like to learn about alternatives to tracking in Davis schools are invited to a presentation by Dana Cope, GATE administrator for the Napa Valley Unified School District, speaking on “How Napa Serves Gifted Students through the School-wide Enrichment Model and Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Elementary Classes.” The talk will begin at […]

Carwash supports singers’ historic tour

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers invite the community to a carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Joint Unified School District parking lot at Fifth and B streets. “Come visit downtown Davis or the Farmers Market for an enjoyable Saturday, while these talented singers demonstrate their skill and precision […]

New guidelines call for broad changes in science education

By Justin Gillis Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate change be taught as early as middle school. The guidelines also take a firm stand that children must learn about evolution, […]

Legislature seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders. Some cities have withdrawn free rent and other subsidies […]

Council learns of new budgetary challenges ahead

The City Council learned Tuesday that, with labor costs much more under control, it won’t be unfunded liabilities that cause it grief when trying to balance next year’s budget, but rather two new dilemmas: paying for road and bike path pavement maintenance and for escalating water costs. City Manager Steve Pinkerton explained to the council […]

New green technology squeezes out building leaks

A new building-sealing technology developed by researchers at UC Davis got a real-world test Tuesday at a Habitat for Humanity home in Stockton. Developed by scientists at the UCD Western Cooling Efficiency Center, the green technology is designed to take the guesswork out of sealing building leaks, which account for roughly 30 percent of the […]

Picnic Day is golden for classes of 1963 and earlier

Aggies Dianne and Bill Hollingshead of Davis are always excited to return to their alma mater for Picnic Day. But this year’s celebration — on Saturday, April 20 — is even more special. It’s been 50 years since Dianne graduated from UC Davis in 1963, making her a member of the university’s Golden Society. Dianne, […]

Terrace Garden tour will generate lots of ideas

Garden ideas galore will be shared at a 2 p.m. gathering Sunday at the UC Davis Arboretum’s Terrace Garden, next to Whole Foods in the Davis Commons shopping center, First and E streets in downtown Davis. From containers to companion plants, get easy ideas for your home garden during this spring tour of the Terrace […]

Fall trial date set for accused West Sacramento officer

WOODLAND — The case of a West Sacramento police officer charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and other crimes will go to trial in September. Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg scheduled Sergio Alvarez’s anticipated monthlong trial to begin on Sept. 23. Alvarez, 37, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he kidnapped and raped six […]

Bob Dunning: Ring, ring! The readers always write

My mailbag runneth over, which is a strange thing indeed in this age of instant communication. Writes Joe K. at City Hall: “Dear Bob — This bell on a bicycle stuff is very complex. And almost as important as that pesky water issue. To Ring or Not to Ring has some vexing angles. First, ring […]

Alternative to statewide plastic bag ban passes first Senate committee

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 700, legislation seeking to give consumers the choice of using their own shopping bags at grocery stores and other retail outlets, or paying a nickel-per-bag fee that would go toward local environmental and parks projects. “This measure gives communities and consumers […]

Hiatt out, former city planner Webb in, as city director of community development

Davis lost a longtime public servant this week, as Ken Hiatt, the city’s community development and sustainability director, announced he will take the same position with the city of Woodland. In his place, the city announced Tuesday that it will bring back former Principal Planner Mike Webb — who left last year to work as […]

Artwork stolen from Central Park

Davis artist Philippe Gandiol turned his back for only a minute, but that was long enough for a thief to make off with Gandiol’s newly finished painting early Sunday morning in Central Park. Gandiol had placed a box containing the framed 11-by-14-inch painting, titled “Greens and Grays,” on a picnic table in the park while […]

Yard sale benefits Progress Ranch

Progress Ranch Home for Boys, 2725 Loyola Drive in East Davis, will host an open house and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will go toward new furniture; the group seeks sofas, bed frames, televisions, dressers, end tables and a refrigerator. Progress Ranch also will accept donations for the sale. Drop […]