Dogs’ tale: Study shows they trailed ancient farmers

Part of the ancient mystery of the makeup of the modern Western dog has been solved by a team led by researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Several thousand years after dogs originated in the Middle East and Europe, some of them moved south with ancient farmers, distancing themselves from native wolf […]

Learn how to de-stress your life

De-Stress Your Life Do you often experience tiredness or have so many worries and responsibilities that you can’t keep up with the daily grind? Do you have trouble keeping your life in balance and control and get easily angry? You may be interested in learning how to “De-Stress Your Life” in a class offered by […]

At the Pond: 10 years of nature columns

Ten years ago, I started writing this column. Why? I agree with Henry David Thoreau, who said, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” I enjoyed walking to the North Pond and had already been involved in several fights to keep the pond much as it is now. I thought that if […]

Author-scientist Cahill to discuss asteroid strike survival

On Feb. 15, DA14, an asteroid the size of a football field, came within about 17,000 miles of Earth’s surface, skirting the orbits of communications satellites circling our planet. That same day, a meteor exploded in the skies above Russia with the force of a nuclear bomb. While shattered glass from buildings injured 1,000 people, […]

Wine-tasting, auction benefit Da Vinci Charter Academy

Da Vinci parents and adult supporters are welcome to enjoy a variety of wines, nonalcoholic beverages and finger foods at a celebration of the Da Vinci Charter Academy community from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event, at the Odd Fellows Hall at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, will include a silent auction featuring […]

Faith groups are called to action on climate crisis

“Our current way of living is not compatible with the planet we live on. The good news is, we have an opportunity to do something about it now. If we make changes in our lifestyle and in our public policy in relation to the Earth itself, future generations will reap the benefits of our wisdom […]

ID theft protection tips offered at document-shredding event

Travis Credit Union, in partnership with Security-Shred Inc., invites local individuals and small businesses to take the first step in identity protection: If you don’t need it, dispose of it … responsibly. The free shredding service will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Travis Credit Union Headquarters, One Travis Way in Vacaville. […]

Volunteers needed to help in native plant nursery

  The Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help in its native plant nursery in South Davis every other Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The events begin Feb. 23 and continue through September. The native plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed. The nursery inventory […]

Quiz night raises funds for Birch Lane School

Birch Lane Elementary School will host a quiz night fundraiser, “Are You Smarter Than a Birch Lane Teacher?,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Teams of eight will participate in a multiple-choice challenge that tests basic knowledge. The event also will feature an appetizer buffet, a […]

Club iROC gathers monthly

Club iROC, a Davis Meetup Group for young adults with social challenges, meets monthly on the fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m. at various downtown Davis locations. For more information and monthly updates, visit

Crane working on new Bay Bridge span falls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one was injured when a crane tipped over while being used on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, authorities said. The crane was on a barge underneath the new span helping to remove a temporary support structure and was holding a piece of the structure when […]

Magistrate OKs bail for Pistorius

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius’ family members and supporters shouted “Yes!” when Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made his decision after a near two-hour explanation […]

Storm buries Plains in snow

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A snowstorm that blanketed parts of the Plains and Midwest in snow and ice and forced truckers to take a night off made commuting a grind Friday morning as it slowly moved to the north and east. Powerful wind gusts churned-up snow and created large drifts on many Midwest roadways, […]

School board OKs more homework for elementary students

After a long discussion and much public comment, the Davis school board voted 3-2 Thursday to allow an increased homework load for elementary students. Ten more minutes nightly, on up to four nights per week, were authorized. The new policy won’t take effect until the fall, after teachers have been trained in best practices for giving […]