Bob Dunning: Outdoor water use beautifies our town

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP FOR PLANTS … as the debate about the proposed multimillion-dollar water project rages on, we’re hearing much discussion about the difference between indoor water use and outdoor water use … indoor is being billed with such terms as “essential,” “basic” and “essential to life” … outdoor is billed […]

Library branches closed over holiday break

All branches of the Yolo County Library — including the Stephens Branch Library at 315 E. 14th St. and the satellite branch at Montgomery Elementary School in Davis — will be closed beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 1. The closures are necessitated by staff furloughs due to budget cuts. Library items will not be […]

Yolo nets $1.4 million in Walgreen environmental suit settlement

Yolo County will be one of four counties to receive more than $1 million from the Illinois-based Walgreen Co. under a civil environmental prosecution settlement, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in Alameda County back in June and led by the district […]

Brain cells activated, reactivated in learning, memory

Memories are made of this, the song says. Now, neuroscientists have for the first time shown individual mouse brain cells being switched on during learning and later reactivated during memory recall. The results were published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. We store episodic memories about events in our lives in a part of a […]

Davis High finals will precede winter break

Final exams before Christmas? Yep — Davis High School is trying it this year.

Although DHS traditionally has scheduled its fall-semester final exams in January, this year, students will take their finals next week as part of a pilot project. The goals are to boost the academic performance of struggling students, and put all students in a better position to relax during their two-week winter break.

Final exams will begin Tuesday and end Friday. Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 7.

From Snow White to bats, UCD shares holiday buffet of books

UC Davis has assembled its annual holiday gift guide to books from campus authors. Here’s a look: “Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health,” by Joseph Dumit (Duke University Press, $23.95, 280 pages) — Featuring a cover photo of stacks of pill bottles, this book discusses how the pharmaceutical industry has made people feel […]

Explorit: Many ways to offer your support

By Lisa Justice During this season of giving, there are lots of ways to support your local science center. You can start by using a scrip card every time you shop at Nugget Markets. Just pick up a card from Explorit’s office, 3141 Fifth St., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Register […]

Books galore!

César Chávez Elementary School third-graders, from left, Sophia Dahlgren, Helena Young and Jake Wilkinson check out some of the 6,000 books, DVDs and CDs donated for a Student Council used book sale that took place Wednesday and Thursday at the school. Two classes won pizza parties for their contributions: Gail Mitchell’s fourth-grade class contributed more […]

Volunteers needed at Academic Decathlon

Adult volunteers are being sought to help with the North Bay Region Academic Decathlon planned in January and February in Fairfield. The event takes place Saturdays, Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, at Rodriguez High School, 5000 Red Top Road. The North Bay Region Academic Decathlon is the largest regional competition in California and includes high school […]

City: Cat killed by coyote in Mace Ranch

The report this week of a coyote capturing and killing a cat in the vicinity of Alhambra Apartments in Mace Ranch is “a new and unfortunate change in foraging behavior for these coyotes,” city wildlife resource specialist John McNerney said. The city received a report of the cat’s death on Tuesday. Although coyotes have been […]

UCD art fusion show extended

“Organism” — an art show fusing art, science and technology — continues its run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Old Nelson Gallery in the UC Davis Art Building. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UCD Art/Science Fusion Program. “This is a two-part show,” said […]

City offers rebates for efficient new toilets

Funds are still available in the city of Davis’ toilet rebate program. Residents who replace their old high-flow toilets with eligible 1.28 gallons-per-flush EPA WaterSense high-efficiency toilets may receive up to $100 for each toilet (maximum two per residence). The $100 covers only the cost of the new toilets. Installation costs are the responsibility of […]

Free holiday recycling slated at landfill

Free recycling of Christmas trees is available Dec. 26-Jan. 12 at the Yolo County Landfill. Treecycling turns household holiday trees into renewable and recyclable resources. Trees to be recycled should be free of all ornaments, flocking, tinsel, garland and lights. There is a limit of two free trees per Yolo County resident. Davis Waste Removal […]

School, community partners give the gift of life

Einstein Education Center students recently partnered with two Yolo County offices to host a blood drive with Sacramento Blood Source. On Monday, Einstein students in the Careers with Children class offered by the Yolo County Office of Education worked with the Department of Employment and Social Services to prepare fliers recruiting donors and volunteer at […]