Watch for Arboretum detours

* Irrigation: This project is under way in the Southwest USA and Mexican Collection, west of Mrak Hall Drive. The collection is on the north side of the Arboretum waterway and the path on that side will be blocked through mid-September. Detours are posted. * New garden: Construction is scheduled to start next week on the California Native Plant […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Supervisors take first look at zoning code update

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors appeared to put the brakes on Tuesday on an ambitious plan by county staff to update the zoning code by early fall. The draft 350-page zoning code update has been in the works for three years, with county staff garnering input from advisory committees, planning commissioners and others. But supervisors, […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

‘Dream job’ is focus of radio talk show

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. What happens when your dream job is no longer your dream and you leave without knowing where you are headed? Tess Vigeland returns to the studio […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo County Fair promises fun, fun, fun for everyone

Check it out What: The Yolo County Fair When: Wednesday through Sunday Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland Cost: Admission is free; parking is $5; concerts are free; carnival rides and the demolition derby have an admission fee Information: yolocountyfair.net or call the fair office at (530) 402-2222 Demolition derbies, a karaoke […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD report: Climate change takes its toll on Lake Tahoe

While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels. These conclusions are in the lake’s annual health exam, “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2013,” released Wednesday by the Tahoe Environmental […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis man runs, bikes and writes across America

Davis resident Jared Choate is gearing up for his second trek across United States. Choate,  31, ran across the country in 2010. Since then, he’s written a book about his adventures, “The Now Testament,” and is preparing for a second round of cross-country travel to promote his work. But this trip will be done by […]

August 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo County crop value hits all-time high

The tomato remains king in Yolo County, according to the 2012 Yolo County Agricultural Report, received Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The report summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in the county last year. The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2012 was $645.8 million, an all-time […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Square Tomatoes celebrates its first year at Sunday craft fair

The artists of the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair will celebrate one year of “craftiness, being square and tomatodom” between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday in Davis’ Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The first monthly craft fair took place last August in the parking lot at the Davis Food Co-op, and in November, the […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Beer and spades mix at UC Davis shovel drive event

It’s a beer-tasting with a twist. Your ticket to enter? An ID and a used shovel! The shovels are for a sculpture commissioned and funded by the city of Davis in a new garden where the UC Davis Arboretum connects with downtown Davis, behind the Davis Commons shopping center. Nearly 250 shovels already have been […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Golf tournament supports peace officer memorial, scholarships

The third annual Yolo County Peace Officers Memorial Golf Classic is planned for Friday, Sept. 6, at the Yolo Fliers Golf Club, 17980 County Road 94 in Woodland. All golfers are invited to participate in this fundraising event. The entry fee is $125 per golfer ($130 after Aug. 30), which includes golf, cart, lunch, a buffet […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y: Aggies spell out victory

W-I-N-N-I-N-G: 11 points.

That sort of mundane word won’t win you a Scrabble tournament, so UC Davis graduate students Daniel Moglen and Phillip Seitzer must have really mined their vocabularies to finish first and second, respectively, in the fourth division of this year’s National Scrabble Competition.

Both Moglen and Seitzer are members of the Unofficial Scrabble Club of Davis.

Moglen, the winner, took home $1,500 in prize money as well as a plaque and some Scrabble art. Seitzer, the runner-up, collected a $700 prize.

The competition took place over five days, July 19-24 in Las Vegas.

Writers work on polishing their craft

The Gibson House Writers will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Gibson House, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. Writers share their works in progress in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and journalism, and receive constructive feedback in a supportive, low-key environment. This year the group is using the book “Steering the Craft” by Ursula K. […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Panel to review BART labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A special board is preparing to gather information about a contentious dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its labor unions, while an East Bay transit agency reached an 11th-hour deal with its workers to avoid a strike. The board is holding a hearing Wednesday in Oakland after Gov. Jerry Brown […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sequester impacts low-income housing

On Tuesday, Rep. John Garamendi listened to men and women talk about dwindling federal housing help. He had little to offer in return, except a vow to retell their stories in Washington, D.C.

“I can’t promise anything,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, during an hourlong meeting at The Villas public housing complex in which he painted the Republican leaders of the House as “blind” to the struggles of people in their own communities.

Due to sequestration, the Yolo County Housing Authority can provide rent vouchers to 244 fewer families this year.

Ordinarily, 73 families on a waiting list of almost 11,000 would have received a call by now …