A Death Valley drive with the click of a mouse

By Tracie Cone FRESNO — Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National Park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon. Or picture a tight left turn on Yosemite’s Glacier Point Road where in the east iconic Half […]

Shooting, stabbing under investigation in Woodland

Violence reigned Friday night in Woodland, where police responded to a shooting and a stabbing that occurred just minutes apart. Reports of a shooting victim inside a vehicle sent officers to the Chandler Square Townhomes, 513 Cottonwood St., at about 9:20 p.m. They arrived to discover that the victim, a 30-year-old Woodland man, had been […]

Colorado massacre underscores need for local training, police say

Three shotgun blasts shattered the silence on the Davis High School campus on a recent Wednesday afternoon. As the gunman lowered his weapon, four Davis police officers rounded the corner of a nearby building in a “diamond formation” — one aiming his gun in front, two to the sides and one to the rear. “Everyone’s […]

Sick coyote captured near Wildhorse, euthanized

Responding to a call by a Wildhorse resident in North Davis Thursday, Yolo County Animal Services workers trapped another adult coyote, determined it was unfit for relocation due to disease and euthanized the animal. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shot and killed five coyotes — one adult and four juveniles, after the Wildhorse Golf […]

Young actors present ‘Tempest’ in the arboretum

The goal, says Rob Salas, “is to plant the seed.”

Introduce children to the wit and humor and fun that can be found in the words of William Shakespeare and a few years down the line, when they are introduced to it again in a school setting, they’ll immediately get excited.

“Even if they only remember the words subconsciously, it will turn them on, rather than turn them off,” Salas said.

That’s why Salas and colleague Gia Battista are serving as head counselors of the Davis Shakespeare Camp, which has been taking place in the UC Davis Arboretum the past two weeks.

Were coyotes among the animals on Noah’s Ark?

BobDunning2W There were two provocative letters to the editor running next to each other on the Forum page of this very newspaper earlier this week. One was from a coyote lover and the other was from someone best described as a coyote non-lover. What struck me first was the statement from the coyote lover who […]

Wife of sheriff’s deputy’s killer assaulted in Woodland

The wife of convicted cop killer Marco Topete was slashed in the face during an altercation in Woodland last weekend, an incident that led to the arrests of a Woodland couple on assault and mayhem charges. Angelique Topete, 42, “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she happened upon a dispute […]

CHP: Drugs, texting caused fatal County Road 102 crash

In the days after her daughter was killed in a head-on collision on County Road 102, June Stein was upset by the graphic images of the wreckage that appeared in newspapers and on television news broadcasts. But after the California Highway Patrol revealed Friday that the driver who caused the crash had been under the […]

Chihuahua death is Yolo County’s latest animal cruelty case

It’s been a rough few months for four-legged creatures in Yolo County. On Thursday, a probation officer supervising a road maintenance crew in West Sacramento stumbled upon a grim case of animal torture — a dead Chihuahua-mix dog whose legs had been bound and its mouth tied shut, said Vicky Fletcher of the Yolo County […]

Explorit hosts family weekend focused on spiders

To ease fears and educate the community about the important role spiders play in the ecosystem, Explorit Science Center will host a Family Exploration weekend — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 — all about spiders in conjunction with its pilot Community Science Project, “Spiders in Your World.” How do spiders not stick to […]

Summer camp raises money for well in third-world country

More than 400 children descended on University Covenant Church in Davis this week for “Breakaway: Quest of the Time Travelers” — a high-energy, interactive summer day camp for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders. This is the fourth year that UCC has hosted the day camp, which has grown every year. This year, 476 kids experienced time periods […]

Tips from Preschool teachers

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think. Here’s how you can encourage them: 1. Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations — preschoolers included. “At school we expect […]

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew […]

$2B in California taxpayer money in special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than $2 billion in California taxpayer money has apparently been stashed in hundreds of special funds unaccounted for by the state Department of Finance, a newspaper reported on Friday. An examination of more than 500 special fund accounts, like the $54 million discrepancy in state parks money, showed a $2.3 billion […]