Cut heating bills by adding insulation

By Dwight Barnett Do you know how much you lose when heat goes through the roof? Some experts put the estimate as high as 45 percent of your heating bill, but that would be from an un-insulated attic. To reduce heat loss, you can add insulation if you are willing to get a little dirty. […]

Rotary Club of Davis launches membership drive

Climbing ladders, ringing bells and digging in the dirt may sound like a very strange job description, but it’s just part of what Rotarians do. The Rotary Club of Davis, which is looking for more people to join in the fun, has launched a spring membership drive. Club membership is open to anyone who can […]

Home construction highest in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis. The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally […]

City Council stops traffic downtown

The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to add three new sets of stop signs downtown at its meeting Tuesday, making the Second and C, Third and C and Fourth and D street intersections all four-way stops.

Downtown goers should see the new stop signs in the east-west directions of each intersection in either late February or early March, according to city public works staff, in addition to new crosswalks at the Third and C and Fourth and D street intersections.

The Second and C street intersection already features crosswalks in all directions.

“I’ve had numerous residents … bring up specifically the issue of the crosswalks and lack there of at the Third and C street intersection,” Councilman Lucas Frerichs said.

Change in air for blizzard of winter weather terms

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory? The National Weather Service is looking at the idea that less is more when it comes to such jargon. This winter, the federal forecasting agency is trying out simple, descriptive language to possibly replace […]

Kidnappers say raid killed 35 hostages

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali’s rebel Islamists, U.K. and Japanese diplomats said. The militants claimed strafing by Algerian helicopters killed 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers. A spokesman for the Masked Brigade, […]

Bob Dunning: It’s not your everyday job listing

Always looking for outside work to augment my seven-figure salary as a newspaper columnist, I stumbled upon an online job listing for which I am uniquely qualified. “HEAD FOOTBALL COACH” said the heading under the stylish green “O” that represents the University of Oregon Department of Human Resources, which posted this job offering. “Location: Eugene; […]

Rotary Trivia Challenge benefits nonprofits

Wondering how to put your degree or years of watching MTV to good use? Use it to help your favorite cause at the fourth annual Davis Sunrise Rotary Community Trivia Challenge from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at International House, 10 College Park. “Davis quizmaster” Andy Jones, of de Vere’s Irish Pub fame, […]

Lawmakers sense opportunity for Calif. gun control

Don Thompson and Judy Lin SACRAMENTO — Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades. The president’s plan is consistent […]

Calif. colleges see more money in Brown’s budget

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO — After years of difficult budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering more money to California’s public colleges and universities. In return, he wants them to hold down costs, expand online learning and stop raising tuition, which has increased sharply in recent years. The Democratic governor released a 2013-2014 budget […]

Woodland CHP officer hurt in Sacramento crash

A Woodland California Highway Patrol officer suffered minor injuries Monday night after crashing his patrol car en route to an emergency in Davis. CHP spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said the 47-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento when, for unknown reasons, he lost control […]

Davis police seek hit-and-run driver

Davis police are seeking the driver in a hit-and-run collision that injured a bicyclist Tuesday night. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the cyclist, a 21-year-old Davis man, was riding eastbound on Olive Drive and crossing Richards Boulevard on a green light at about 11:10 p.m. when a westbound car made a left turn in front of […]

‘Don’t Light’ warning issued for Thursday

A Don’t Light Tonight advisory has been declared for Davis on Thursday, 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 […]

What’s in and what’s out in today’s houses

By Michelle Jennings Wiebe Tampa Bay Times House-hunting can be so much fun and so overwhelming at the same time. If you are out looking for your next castle, it is wise to create a wish list of what you personally desire for your home, including the interiors. While viewing different houses, take a camera […]