A day in the life of Mayor Joe Krovoza

It’s former Mayor Ruth Asmundson’s fault, Joe Krovoza might say. At least partly.

For four years, spread over two separate terms as mayor, Asmundson hustled around Davis attending as many community events as she could. She set the bar pretty high for subsequent mayors.

Krovoza, who was elected to the City Council in 2010 and soon was promoted to mayor after Don Saylor hopped over to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, hurdles that high bar seemingly every day.

Berlin elephants feast on tasty Christmas trees

BERLIN (AP) — Elephants at the Berlin Zoo finally got a chance to tuck into their Christmas dinner: A feast of donated pine trees. The zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the trees for lunch Friday. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old played with the trees, whose strong […]

Economy adds 155K jobs; rate remains 7.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff. The solid job growth wasn’t enough to push down the unemployment rate, which remained 7.8 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate for November was […]

Separate ‘need’ and ‘want’ to get a handle on portion control

By Lavinia Rodriguez Tampa Bay Times Everyone knows that portion control is key to managing weight. The problem is that the mind deals better when things are added than when they’re subtracted. Intellectually, you know that it is more healthful to eat reasonable portions. But emotionally, you still want the entire carton of ice cream, […]

Hikers usher in new year with brisk walk in park

By Lisa Trigg Terre Haute Tribune-Star MARSHALL, Ind. (AP) — Trekking across snow-covered trails along the banks of Sugar Creek, a group of hikers bundled in boots and warm coats looked to the skies above Turkey Run State Park, hoping to catch sight of the eagles that nest nearby. “Several bald eagles stay along our river […]

Exercises that will strengthen your core

By Sally Anderson Tampa Bay Times Many people mistakenly believe that core training is just another name for abdominals and continue to perform ab crunch after ab crunch in the fervent hope they’ll lose flab over their abs. Wrong on two counts: Exercising the abs remains important for increasing strength and endurance, but you cannot […]

City invites proposals for social services projects

Learn more What: Grant applicants workshop When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: Game Room, Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Applications: Online at www.cityofdavis.org; click on the “CDBG/HOME RFP” at the bottom right corner of the home page The city of Davis invites proposals for $800,000 in grant money to help local groups provide affordable housing […]

Tuleyome Tales: Think outside the cage on National Bird Day

By Charlotte Orr Saturday marked National Bird Day, a day to reflect on the survival and well-being of the world’s birds. National Bird Day was established by bird activists to bring awareness to issues affecting captive and wild birds, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to be thankful for the native wild birds we […]

‘Ball Gowns to Blue Jeans II’ inaugural ball set in Winters

It’s time to set aside fiscal-cliff doom, debt ceiling drama, global warming worries and even unpaid personal bills to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Yolo County residents don’t have to fly to Washington, D.C., and pay up to $10,000 per ticket to attend the ball. Everyone is invited to a free inaugural ball […]

Davis Food Co-op beer tasting to benefit SADVC

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., will host a tasting of beers from Deschutes Brewery to benefit the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5 to taste the slate or $1 per taste. SADVC served more than 2,050 survivors of violence in 2011. Its mission […]

Bob Dunning: Shedding light on the wayward UC logo

LET THERE BE LIGHT … contrary to popular opinion, our friends at the University of California did their homework before unveiling that snappy new logo that was eventually rejected in favor of the tried and true version from long ago … “I was asked about the new logo,” reports Tony at sbcglobal.net without a hint […]

Saylor plans office hours Tuesday

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will hold an open office hour session from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 231 E St. in downtown Davis. 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 […]

Don’t Light Tonight alert issued for Friday

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