Storms set up Sierra resorts for busy holiday week

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season. Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe reported receiving more than 3 feet of new snow between Friday and early […]

Report finds violations at UC Davis Medical Center

SACRAMENTO — An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center — conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility — found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday. The 92-page report released earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare and […]

Police investigate attempted arson

Woodland police are investigating the attempted arson of a vehicle in the 900 block of Cranston Drive. Police were alerted to the crime by a woman who said her daughter spotted a bottle smoldering underneath one of the family’s cars as she arrived home just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Her son quickly removed the wine […]

Two arrested in Woodland handgun case

Woodland police officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven convenience store at 301 Cottonwood St. about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a handgun being brandished. The victim and his girlfriend told police that two Hispanic men began threatening them as they walked to their vehicle in the convenience store’s parking lot. At some […]

International students’ holidays not so different

Gathering with extended family to prepare and enjoy large, wholesome meals; staying up late, watching festive shows on television; and exchanging gifts with friends. Sounds a lot like the holidays, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because these things aren’t so different across the globe, according to international students at UC Davis. That list of holiday activities was […]

The 12 Days of Christmas, Davis-style

Here we are, approaching the first day of Christmas, and if you’re like me, you still have loads of shopping to do.

If you have a hard-to-buy for person on your list, I feel it’s my duty — my gift, if you will — to help locals find just the right thing. Sure, we could jump on the Internet or scour those big-box store ads, but where’s the joy — nay — the creativity in that?

This being the city of all things odd and interesting, let’s take the classic Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and give it a Davis twist to help guide our shopping spree. We’re going to start on the final verse because if you really have shopping still to do, you don’t have time for us to go through all 12 verses.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my (insert relation here) gave to me:

A ghostly Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Joel Grey, left) shows Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) a glimpse of his former life in TNT’s 1999 TV adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”

A viewer’s guide to various versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’

OK, it’s December and you feel like indulging in Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, but there are several versions on TV on multiple channels … and one of them is a musical. How do you choose? Fear not, gentle reader, for I am here to lead the way. I’ve seen them all, picked them apart and […]

Going pro: Gamer’s dream comes true

Coby Yamauchi was 7 years old when his older cousin, Richard O’Brien, introduced him to the wonders of the Xbox. The introduction could not have come at a better time: Coby had recently been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder that had robbed him of his ability to run around on a field with friends, kick […]

Tour guides sought at Jepson Prairie

Solano Land Trust is recruiting new guides, known as docents, to lead tours at Jepson Prairie, a preserve south of Dixon. Docents are volunteers who graduate from docent training for a specific land trust property and serve as knowledgeable guides on that property. Solano Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) public benefit organization that permanently protects […]

Farmers help feed the hungry

Capay Valley farmer Jim Durst has donated 19,953 pounds of fresh produce — including zucchini, snap peas and tomatoes — to the Food Bank of Yolo County this year. He is a longtime member of the Food Bank’s board of directors. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Local farmer believes in the right of everyone to eat well

When local farmer Jim Durst’s workers combed through the recent harvest of butternut squash from his fields, it was business as usual — meaning they ensure that some of the vegetables are set aside for charitable agencies. “Only the cosmetically good ones go to retail anyways,” Durst said. “The ones with little blemishes, or the misshapen, we […]

Will he or won’t he? Italy awaits Monti’s decision

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president dissolved parliament Saturday, setting the stage for general elections in February and leaving only one lingering question from Premier Mario Monti’s 13-month term trying to fix Italy’s troubled finances: whether he will run. Monti will announce his decision Sunday, ending weeks of speculation and jockeying that have dominated Italy’s political […]

More heavy rain, snow in NorCal forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy rain, pounding waves and plenty of snow in the mountains were all in the forecast as Northern Californians braced for a weekend of wintry weather and potential delays in holiday travel. As one storm system moved through the region Saturday, a second, more powerful system was expected to hit the […]