Vet students get hands-on experience

Some of the best hands-on medical training for UC Davis students doesn’t happen in hospitals, or in private clinics.

It actually takes place in a forgotten row of rusted metal buildings in a tough part of Sacramento. There, students of the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine visit month after month and transform an old, vacant building into a bustling, highly organized clinic for the homeless and their furry companions.

On the second Saturday of every month, a few vets in training arrive early in the morning to set up what looks like an urban M*A*S*H unit to provide free medical treatment to hundreds of homeless pets.

Target pad changes up for council approval sans tunnel project deal

The City Council will take another shot Tuesday at ruling on a proposal to reduce the minimum square footage requirements of the vacant Second Street Crossing store sites near Target. Buzz Oates Construction, the site’s new developer, has asked the council to alter the site plan to accommodate smaller businesses on the four pads that […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Molly (No. 111514), a 6-year-old spayed female black and brown Rottweiler/German shepherd. Also hoping for a good home is Moo Kitty (No. 112100), a 5-month-old spayed female black and white […]

Don’t Light Tonight advisory for Tuesday

A Don’t Light Tonight advisory has been declared for Davis on Tuesday, and residents are asked to refrain from burning wood. Wood smoke has serious health impacts, especially for children, the elderly and those with lung ailments, an air district spokesman said. Certain meteorological conditions that typically lead to increased air pollution from wood smoke are […]

Davis Library film screening examines contemporary Pomo Indians

Learn more What: “California Indian” screening When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 Where: Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis Admission: Free Director Timothy Ramos, a Pomo Indian, is bringing his showcase of a day in the life of a modern Native American to a local venue. Ramos directed, wrote and acted in the […]

Saylor will meet with constituents

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will hold office hours from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at his Davis office, 600 A St., Suite B. The purpose of this session is to listen to community concerns and questions about county issues and operations. Saylor may be reached on Yolo County business at or 530-757-5557.

Children’s book author signs copies

Rachael Long of Zamora will sign copies of her new children’s book, “Gold Fever,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Common Grounds, 2171 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis. In her book, Long, a University of California Cooperative Extension adviser in Yolo County, depicts bats as the beneficial mammals she has observed them to be. The book […]

Are you crazy about conifers?

Curious about conifers? Explore the UC Davis Arboretum evergreens — pines, cedars, firs, junipers and cypresses — in the campus’ conifer collection and learn how they enhance the landscape during a guided tour on Saturday. The tour leaves at 2 p.m. from Arboretum Headquarters on La Rue Road. This event is free, and so is […]

Walk the Arboretum with Warren

Local residents are invited to join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for a noontime exploration of the West End gardens at the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday. The group will meet at the gazebo at noon. Walks with Warren run from noon to 1 p.m. on the second […]

Peregrine students’ red-dot art featured

Students at Peregrine School will exhibit their “One Red Dot” art show at the Davis Developmental Pediatrics Group as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout this week. To create the art, each student was asked to make a stand-up paper sculpture, hide a red dot somewhere in it, and create a story about what they […]

36 private-college presidents earned over $1 million in 2010, study finds

By Tamar Lewin WASHINGTON — Three dozen private-college presidents earned more than $1 million in total compensation in 2010, the same number as in the previous year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s analysis of federal tax documents. “There’s no indication in these data that boards are retracting in term of presidential pay,” said […]

To steer students toward jobs, Florida may cut tuition for select majors

By Lizette Alvarez MIAMI — Rick Scott, businessman turned politician, campaigned for governor in 2010 with promises to run Florida like a successful business — more efficiency, lower costs, less hand-wringing and measurable results. He meant higher education, too, but until recently that meant mostly shrinking budgets. Now, looking for more value on the remaining […]

Fibromyalgia sufferers will gather for support

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will hold their final meeting of this year from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1010 Nut Tree Road, Suite 240, in Vacaville. All who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or have a family member or friend diagnosed with fibromyalgia are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the […]

USDA Secret Santas give to locals in need

Employees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are celebrating the holidays again this year by giving. Thirty-seven needy Yolo County children and five adults will find a few more treasures under their Christmas trees this year thanks to these USDA “Secret Santas.” Each year, employees from USDA in Davis volunteer to participate in the Adopt-A-Child-For-Christmas […]