$100,000 donation will upgrade instructional technology at schools

Then: January 2012. The colorful display of holiday lights at the Powell family’s home on Henri Court, aka Candy Cane Court, won the most votes in a national contest sponsored by the website Patch.com. As a result, Patch awarded a $100,000 donation to the school district that serves the community where the prize-winning decorated home is […]

Parole denied in 1978 murder case

A man serving a life sentence for a 1978 Davis murder was denied parole for the 13th time last week, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced. Charles McNeill, 59, was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Charles Muller, whose brother Kenneth spoke against McNeill’s release at […]

Celebrate roses this weekend at UC Davis

UC Davis will host “An ‘Eyeconic’ Weekend,” a free celebration of roses, this weekend. Sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture, Foundation Plant Services and their partners and sponsors, the free rose extravaganza will have workshops, tours and a plant sale. Demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will highlight methods for […]

A real team player

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig presents a “game ball” to UC Davis Law School graduate Theo Ko for volunteering more than 1,500 hours as a legal intern, post-bar intern and lawyer. On Friday, the District Attorney’s Office honored more than 20 volunteers who assist the lawyers, professional staff and investigators at a potluck luncheon. […]

Davis Media Access raises funds at ‘Thank-a-Thon’

Davis Media Access will stage a live “Thank-a-Thon” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The program will air live on DCTV Channel 15 on the Comcast system in Davis and also on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The live show will feature a wide range of community producers and volunteers from both DCTV and KDRT, as well […]

Enterprise takes home seven CNPA awards

Newspapers — large and small — not only continue to battle to keep printing in uncertain time, but they also battle each other once a year in the CNPA’s Better Newspaper Contest. And if the solid writing and outstanding photographs submitted for this year’s contest are any indication of things to come, newspapers will continue […]

How does your garden grow?

Ed and Jacqueline Clemens have removed a little less than half of their front lawn on Miller Drive and inserted three garden boxes where they, too, grow vegetables and fruit. They’ve also planted vegetables around the boxes and have carved out space for five rows of soil and mulch where they recently started growing blackberries. […]

Miss. man charged in suspicious letters case

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — An ex-martial arts instructor made ricin and put the poison in letters to President Barack Obama and others, the FBI charged Saturday, days after dropping similar charges against an Elvis impersonator who insisted he had been framed. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which […]

Conserving in style

Linda Matthew and her husband Marcelo, two Davis residents who always have had an interest in water conservation, finally decided to do something about their water-guzzling front lawn a few years back.

The couple, with the help of their two kids, decided to rip out the grass from the front of their Miller Drive abode and replace it with something that required quite a bit less irrigation: wood chips.

“We started by laying down newspaper over the entire front lawn until …”

Landing gear found near World Trade Center

NEW YORK (AP) — The medical examiner’s office plans to search for Sept. 11 human remains in an alley behind a mosque near the World Trade Center where airplane landing gear was suddenly discovered. The rusted landing gear piece is believed to be from one of two hijacked airliners that decimated the twin towers in […]

Air traffic system soon at full operation

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said that the U.S. air traffic system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening after lawmakers rushed a bill through Congress allowing the agency to withdraw furloughs of air traffic controllers and other workers. The FAA said Saturday that it has suspended all employee furloughs and that […]

At the pond: Delicious Davis outdoor adventures

One of my easy nature experiences and delights of summer happens in my large cotton-rope hammock hung in the shade of a tree with dappled sunlight. Two pillows — one for under my head and one for under my knees plus a wooden walking stick for pushing and I’m ready for bliss. I turn on […]

UCD nets platinum cycling award for green efforts

The League of American Bicyclists recently awarded UC Davis its platinum “Bicycle Friendly Business” award, the first college campus to receive the designation. The league credited UCD with helping lead the country “toward a greener future” when it honored the campus on Earth Day, April 22. The award recognizes employers who encourage a bicycle-friendly atmosphere […]

Crash injures two near animal rights protest

A Friday protest outside the California National Primate Research Center meant to mark World Animal Liberation Week drew about 10 protesters and lasted less than an hour. The police activity outside the center, located behind barbed wire at Hutchison Drive and County Road 98, contributed to a minor vehicle accident that occurred shortly before the […]