RFP for regional water project available

One of the key items on the Dec. 20 Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency board meeting agenda is the request for proposals for the Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project. Following board action, the approved RFP will be issued to the three shortlisted design-build-operate teams. The Dec. 20 board meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Community Chambers […]

Farmers Market cookbook wins second national award

More good news arrived last week for the authors of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook”: Their work received first place for nonfiction in the Writer’s Digest 2012 Contest for Self-Published Books. The two netted a $1,000 cash prize and will have their cookbook featured in the March 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. This is the […]

Holiday support group for survivors of domestic or sexual violence

An eight-week support group runs from 6 to 7:20 p.m. beginning Wednesday. The group, titled “Emotions and the Holidays,” is open to adult women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence as a child or adult and will be offered at Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, 175 Walnut St. in Woodland. Registration and orientation […]

Davis police warn of home burglary spree

A recent rash of nighttime home burglaries has the Davis Police Department reminding residents to lock their doors and notify them of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Officers have taken reports of six residential burglaries since Tuesday, Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. Most occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., with […]

For the record

A photo caption Thursday for a pair of open houses by Z Specialty Food had an incorrect date. The events run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1250-A Harter Ave. in Woodland.

Stopping to smell the flowers

Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) draws butterflies and wild bees to pollinate a garden, an added benefit of choosing low shrubs for low water use — they can also encourage beneficial insects. This low shrub has grey-green foliage and vivid blue flowers in waves of bloom through the summer. It combines well with rosemary, salvia, and […]

Paws for Thought: Shelter animals could use some holiday cheer

As we head into this holiday season, let’s consider shelter animals and how their situation can be improved in Yolo County. Dr. Kate Hurley, UC Davis’ Koret Shelter Medicine Program director, and many others across our nation have joined the “No-Frill No-Kill” movement. Advocates of this approach to animal sheltering believe care and adoption rates […]

Our Sunday best: 12 Tips for reducing water use

With a $116 million surface water project coming down the pipeline for Davis residents, there’s little doubt water rates will increase. Although details are not yet decided, a story about water-wise gardening seemed like a rosy idea. ———— 1. Water right Water deeply and infrequently, typically no more than twice a week during the summer. […]

Water committee recommends untested rate structure to bill ratepayers

Going first. It just seems to be the Davis way. The Water Advisory Committee voted 8-2 Thursday to recommend a consumption-based, fixed-rate water structure to the City Council, a revolutionary way for public agencies to bill ratepayers to recover the fixed costs of its water utility system. It’s so revolutionary, in fact, that the structure, […]

Police: 4 veterans killed when train hit parade float

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying the returning heroes to a banquet to honor them in West Texas, officials said Friday. A float decorated with American flags and carrying wounded veterans and their spouses to a banquet in […]

School board hears progress report, tweaks policies

The Davis school board heard a progress report on school climate issues during Thursday night’s meeting, as school climate coordinators Mel Lewis and Kate Snow introduced speakers from several campuses. Principal Sally Plicka and several others from Marguerite Montgomery Elementary described how services offered on that campus by the English Learner Advisory Committee, Intercambio (a […]

Bob Dunning: Biggs caps off a legendary career

It’s only fitting that the final game of Bob Biggs’ nearly 40-year career as an Aggie athlete and coach comes against longtime rival Sacramento State, a team Biggs has been battling every year since before he was old enough to vote. Yes, when Biggs first strapped on an Aggie helmet at the beginning of his […]

Janet Boulware earns Brinley Award

Roberto Patino was 8 years old when Janet Boulware met him. A call had gone out at Pioneer Elementary School for volunteers to work with struggling readers, and Boulware, whose own two sons were enrolled at Pioneer at the time, had signed on to help. Roberto knew very little English and Boulware no Spanish, and […]

Prop. 30 OK doesn’t stop student protests

By Henry K. Lee and Nanette Asimov Public university students in the Bay Area staged protests Thursday against possible tuition hikes, saying the passage of Proposition 30 provided only a temporary reprieve from cuts to higher education. At UC Berkeley, about 200 students and faculty members braved a steady rain at noon on Sproul Plaza […]