Lawmakers question special-funds practices

By Hannah Dreier SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers called Thursday for greater oversight of state accounts after expressing outrage over revelations that state park officials hid money. Assembly members used an oversight hearing as an opportunity to blast state agencies and the governor’s Department of Finance for accounting practices that led to hundreds of millions of dollars […]

Night bike riding is magical

By Susan Handy One of my favorite things about summer in Davis is biking after dark. I love the feel of the cool night air across my skin as I bike after yet another hot, sunny day. After sundown, the intense heat radiating from the asphalt soon dissipates. The temperature drops 10 degrees more as […]

A fowl showing

Davis High’s Future Farmers of America members Amelia Crary, right, with Henrietta and Daniel Tsang, with his unnamed hen, prepare to show their animals at the 2011 Yolo County Fair. At this year’s fair, the FFA and Junior Open Birds are Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., followed by FFA Showmanship in the Feather/Fur & […]

Enjoying the ride

Allan Garcia, 3, of Woodland, smiles as he rides the carousel with his mother, Alicia, at the 2011 Yolo County Fair. The 2012 version of the fair kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo YCFmerryW Allan Garcia, 3, of Woodland, smiles as he rides the carousel with his mother, […]

Granda joins Davis school-board race

Longtime Davis resident Jose Granda — a prominent critic of local school parcel tax proposals in recent years — filed his paperwork to become a candidate for the Davis school board on Wednesday. Granda is a professor in the mechanical engineering department at Sacramento State University. He is also affiliated with NASA and served as […]

2012 Yolo County Fair events schedule

All events for the following five-day Yolo County Fair ar free except where prices are quoted or mentioned. Sunday (Aug. 12) 8 a.m. Junior Horse Show Arena Tuesday (Aug. 14) 5:30 p.m. FFA Catfish followed by FFA Showmanship — Feather/Fur & Fin Barn 5:30 p.m. FFA Market Goats followed by Jr. Market Goats, Feeders & […]

Yolo County Fair amps up the excitement

Demolition derbies, a karaoke  singing  contest, and antique tractors — it must be time for the Yolo County Fair. The five-day fair runs Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 19, and is themed “Sheep Thrills & Muddy Wheels.” The theme was chosen to celebrate the moving of the Demolition Derby from a Saturday-Sunday evening event […]

Tahoe clearer, picture of lake’s health less so

While Lake Tahoe’s overall clarity continues to improve, UC Davis researchers say, the old rules of thumb about the lake are changing with the climate.

Released on Thursday, UCD’s annual “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report” found clarity, which the report has used since 1968 as a gauge of the lake’s health, improved significantly in 2011.

The improvement came despite a year of extreme weather at the lake, which saw its coldest and wettest winter on record. More of the precipitation came in the form of snow, which melted later than usual. The annual average surface temperature of the lake last year rose by 0.6 degrees, despite the cold winter.

“This last year has defied conventional wisdom in many ways,” said Geoffrey Schladow …

Can you give them a home?

Zoe is a super friendly 2-year-old spayed female, long-haired Rottweiler, who is already crate- and obedience-trained. Josey is a handsome 1- to 2-year-old smart and sweet, neutered male Plott hound. Both play well with other dogs and would make great family pets. Zoe and Josey are two of more than  50 dogs available for adoption […]

I-House plans ‘Mid-Summer Music’ fundraiser

“Mid-Summer Music, Monticello & More,” an evening of music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., Davis. The International House Davis fundraiser features The Davis Enterprise’s wine columnist, Susan Leonardi, who will give wine pairing suggestions for foods prepared by Chef […]

Woodland group requests bike donations

The Woodland Bike Campaign seeks donations of bicycles (working or not). The group’s top objective is to get more bikes on the road, a news release said. Donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided. Pickup service is available or, to drop off a bike, contact Maria Contreras Tebbutt at (530) 753-1125 or funmaria@sbcglobal.net.

Explorit: Check out the Perseid meteor showers this month

By Vinita Domier The Perseid meteor showers are popular to watch because they occur in August (when the nights are relatively warm) and there is an average of 60 meteors per hour. Some of them even streak across the sky in long and colorful trails. This year’s celestial show peaks Saturday and Sunday, with the […]

Grass fire burns near Harper Junior High

A grass fire resulted in the loss of two trees near Harper Junior High School on Wednesday, according to the Davis Fire Department. Spokeswoman Evelyn George said the fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. near the southwest corner of the 4000 E. Covell Blvd. campus and spread to about a quarter acre before being […]

Woodland shooting latest in rash of gang-related incidents, cops say

Woodland police are investigating whether gang tensions played a role in a Wednesday night shooting that left an 18-year-old man seriously wounded. “We have had a spike in gang-related incidents in the last few weeks,” said Sgt. Steve Guthrie, who noted gang members are also believed to be behind several recent stabbings and a baseball-bat […]