Rescued pup almost ready for new home

He’s a mix of mastiff and hound, it turns out.

Even Renee Lancaster, who knows her dogs, couldn’t tell what breed Doogie was when the starving pooch arrived at her Rotts of Friends animal rescue compound last November.

He was little more than skin and bones, weighing in at about 45 pounds — roughly 25 pounds shy of a healthy weight. He suffered from a heart murmur, inflamed ears, crusted-over eyes, and a hairless body brought on by severe malnutrition.

Lancaster, who has trained and rescued dogs for three decades, called Doogie’s sad appearance “one of the worst cases of animal abuse I’ve seen.”

Judge OKs $1 M pepper-spray settlement

SACRAMENTO — A federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $1 million settlement between UC Davis and Occupy protesters pepper-sprayed or arrested on Nov. 18, 2011. U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez praised both sides for coming to an agreement, the terms of which were first announced in September, calling the settlement “a more […]

News sources: Moroski headed to College of Idaho

UC Davis assistant football coach Mike Moroski was set to be announced as the new head football coach for the College of Idaho at 11 a.m. today, according to multiple Idaho news agencies. The 1979 UCD graduate has been on staff since 1988 with former head coach Bob Biggs, who retired after the 2012 season. […]

Train hits car; driver arrested on suspicion of DUI

A Sacramento man was arrested on drunken-driving charges Sunday after his car became lodged on railroad tracks east of Davis and was struck by a train, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a train traveling on the Union Pacific Railroad lines hit the Nissan Altima that was disabled on the […]

Bob Dunning: A car-sharing business in which the cars are shared

ZIPPING ALONG … now that Avis has gobbled up Zipcar – city of Davis contract and all – some folks are searching for other ways to “share” their cars … Daniel writes to ask if I’ve heard of “RelayRides,” which he says is exactly what Zipcar should have been all along … “Car owners list […]

Learn more about plants from Down Under

Discover the unusual features of plants from Australia and New Zealand during the “Audacious Aussies & Curious Kiwis” tour of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday. The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, next to the redwood grove in the Arboretum. The closest parking is in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis […]

Democrats gather for district caucuses, Yolo party meeting

The California Democratic Party is convening Assembly District meetings this weekend to elect delegates in each of the state’s 80 Assembly districts, whose boundaries were redrawn last year. Assembly delegates help select delegates for the California Democratic Party’s state convention in April. The 4th Assembly District meeting will be Saturday, with registration running from noon […]

Nominees sought for city environmental recognition

The city of Davis is accepting nominations for the 19th annual Environmental Recognition Award. This award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the environmental quality of life in and around Davis. There are three categories: individual/group, business and nonprofit organization. Last year’s award recipients were Gene Trapp and Joe Ellen Ryan in the individual/group category, Caffé […]

Engineered bacteria turn sunlight into fuel

UC Davis chemists have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. “Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources,” said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry and lead author of […]

Davis Adult School offers SAT prep class

A workshop stressing SAT test-taking strategies and good use of time will be presented in February and March by Davis Adult School. The class is for high school students who are preparing to take the SAT college entrance exam, and instruction will include review of vocabulary and math concepts, when to make an educated guess and how to pace […]

Police chief will temporarily oversee Davis Fire Department

City Manager Steve Pinkerton announced Tuesday he has appointed Davis Police Chief Landy Black to temporarily oversee the city’s Fire Department following the departure of Interim Fire Chief Scott Kenley. Kenley came out of retirement last May to serve as interim chief while the city conducted a search for a permanent fire chief. He has […]

East Davis crash injures 2

Two people were hospitalized Monday following a collision at an East Davis intersection, police and fire officials said. Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said driver Carole Armstrong, 55, of Winters, had stopped for a red light on eastbound Fifth Street at Pole Line Road when she was rear-ended by another vehicle at about 11:10 a.m. […]

State of the city: Mayor talks water, budget

“Let’s go let’s go to the Chamber lunch so we can hear Joe talk about water, because there’s nothing Joe would rather talk about than water.”

Well, in response to Mayor Joe Krovoza’s own quip, with less than a month until Measure I ballots are mailed to all registered voters, perhaps that’s exactly why the Davis Chamber of Commerce membership packed the basement of the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., on Tuesday to hear the mayor’s 2013 State of the City address.

Or perhaps it was the food.

School board to contemplate new round of fiscal planning

The Davis school board will tackle short-term and long-term fiscal planning at its meeting Thursday, the first of the new year. Trustees will gather at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The Nov. 6 election saw California voters approve Proposition 30 — preventing a new round of “trigger cuts” […]