Heat record falls in summer scorcher

Davis’ oppressive heat wave will continue through the week, weather forecasters say, piggybacking on the record of 114 degrees set Sunday for June 30.

But 114 is nothing, really. The hottest temperature in Davis’ history is 116, recorded July 17, 1925. Whew!

Broiling temperatures are expected all week, AccuWeather says: 110 today, 105 on Wednesday and 104 on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council looks for reassurance from agency officials on water project costs

On the heels of CDM Smith walking away from the competition for the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project — leaving one bidder left standing to make a proposal for the work — Davis City Councilman Brett Lee has asked agency leaders to come before the council Tuesday to explain why they believe the […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Plastic bag ban, increase in trash rates all part of proposed integrated waste management plan

Details What: Davis City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and via webstreaming at www.cityofdavis.org/media Spring cleaning has spilled into the summer for the City Council, as it will discuss three items Tuesday related to waste, […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Baseball or bee-sting speaking tour?

STUNG WITH SUCCESS … one day I’m watching some trashy afternoon talk show and listening to some crazy lady go on and on about the benefits of bee stings, and the next thing you know I’m reading about Davis Little Leaguer Chris D’Angelo hitting two home runs in the same game despite getting stung by […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Take us home, you will

Channeling their inner Yoda — big ears and all — are these two cuties who are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Isabel (No. 116553) is a 1-year-old spayed female Chihuahua with a tan-and-white coat. Also hoping for a good home is Calvin Coolidge (No. […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Philanthropic teens

Heather Vazquez, a family resource coordinator at the Yolo Crisis Nursery, gives four local teenagers a tour of the facility last week. From left are Anna Hodgson, 17; Emma Agruss, 16; Meg Robinson, 15; and Emma Robinson, 17. The Davis High School students hosted their fourth annual “Tea Time” fundraiser in June where they raised $930 […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Student loan rates double without Congress’ action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on some new federally backed loans for college students are now double what they were last week. Subsidized Stafford loan interest rates went to 6.8 percent on Monday because Congress didn’t strike a deal to keep them low. That translates to an extra $2,600 per student in costs. It affects […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Learn the cyclists’ lingo for maximum fun

Attack: A sudden acceleration in an attempt to get away from another rider or riders. Also called a jump. Blocking: An attempt to slow down a group by getting in the way of other riders. Usually done to help a teammate in the break stay away. Blow up: Extreme muscle fatigue caused by operating above […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Popular holiday races see a new route this year

On Independence Day, people look forward to the barbecues, spending time with family and friends, and of course, the fireworks show in the evening. In Davis, however, there is a fourth event to look forward to: the annual Davis Bike Club Fourth of July Criterium, a series of fast-paced races that will draw 450 to […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

CHP nabs two on drug-related charges

California Highway Patrol officers arrested two Bay Area men on multiple drug-related charges late last week, the agency reported Monday. Juan A. Estrada, 24, of San Leandro, was stopped shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday for allegedly speeding on southbound Highway 113 at Covell Boulevard in Davis. In addition to having a suspended driver’s license and […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woodland police officer involved in minor crash

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a Friday night crash involving a Woodland Police Department patrol vehicle. According to a news release, an on-duty police officer was traveling eastbound on Gibson Road near Washington Drive, en route to a domestic violence call, at 11:20 p.m. when a Volkswagen Beetle making a left turn from northbound […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Tickets on sale now for ninth annual Village Feast

Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Village Feast, which begins at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, in Central Park. Tickets are $75 per person in advance, and are available at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.; online at www.brownpapertickets.org and at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Tickets are $85 the day […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pilot’s dreams are ‘within his grasp’

What would you do if you found yourself awakening from a deep slumber to discover that your hands were missing? How would you eat, or drink? How would you brush your teeth? How would you change your clothes? How would you turn a door knob? How would you answer the phone? How would you sign […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At retooled summer schools, creativity, not just catch-up

By Motoko Rich JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Just a few years ago, school districts around the country were slashing summer classes as the economic downturn eviscerated their budgets. Now, despite continuing budgetary challenges, districts are re-envisioning summer school as something more than a compulsory exercise where students who need to make up lost credits fight to […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News