Whoooo’s that?

A barn owl, with its distinctive, heart-shaped face, gazes down from the huge evergreen tree at the corner of Third and F streets in downtown Davis. Bistro 33 diners have been treated to sights — and sounds — of this bird and a companion who live in an owl box high in the tree.

Doctors urge caution during hot weather

With temperatures climbing over 100 degrees, doctors from UC Davis are urging caution for seniors and anyone working or exercising outdoors. Signs of heat exhaustion include: weakness, nausea, dizziness and clammy skin. If not relieved, it can lead to heat stroke — symptoms that may include confusion, agitation and double-vision — which can be fatal. […]

Innovative project aims to transform New River

There’s new hope for one of North America’s most polluted rivers. In a strategic plan recently released by the California-Mexico Border Relations Committee, faculty of UC Davis Extension — commissioned by the New River Technical Advisory Committee — outline a plan for restoring the New River, which runs from Mexicali in Mexico to the Salton […]

Learn about energy benefits at Cool Davis booth

Davis residents are now eligible for Energy Benefits Yolo, a new solar and energy-efficiency discount program for Yolo County. Representatives of the Cool Davis Initiative will be at the Davis Farmers Market from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, to explain the program. By aggregating installations, the […]

See Japanese films at festival this weekend

The Japanese Film Festival returns to Sacramento this weekend for its eighth running at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. The opening movie on Friday night, “A Good Husband,” is about a famous photographer who is jobless and has the marriage blahs. He and his wife commemorate their upcoming divorce at a seaside resort. It […]

Need a new best friend?

Gump is a happy, 1-year-old neutered male hound who loves people and other dogs. Rozzer is a friendly and playful 2-year-old neutered male Rottweiler who is obedience- and crate-trained, housebroken and loves to play with other dogs. They, as well as five Australian shepherd/Labrador mix puppies and lots of other adoptable dogs of all ages and […]

Local author will speak at The Avid Reader

Anthony Barcellos of Davis, author of “Land of Milk and Money,” will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss the book. “Land of Milk and Money” is the story of the Francisco family, Portuguese immigrants from the Azores who settle on a dairy farm in […]

Firefighters make progress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters made progress in battling several blazes burning thousands of acres across California as a heat wave showed some signs of peaking late Tuesday. A pair of wildfires several miles apart in Northern California that have scorched more than 20,000 acres and left two firefighters with heat-related injuries grew larger, but additional firefighters […]

UC tuition could rise sharply if tax measure fails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California students will likely face a steep midyear tuition increase if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. The 10-campus system will need to consider raising tuition by as much as 20 percent in January if the November ballot measure fails, according to documents posted online ahead of next […]

Wisconsin town barred from beefing up farm water rules

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a rural town lacks the authority to impose tougher water-quality standards on a livestock farm than the state requires. Magnolia, a community about 30 miles south of Madison, granted Larson Acres Inc. a permit in 2007 when it wanted to expand, but included a number […]

Council endorses contract with green design firm

One of the central issues in the 2012 City Council campaign was economic development.

On Tuesday, the three council members elected in June — Dan Wolk, who as top vote-getter was named mayor pro tem, Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee — joined their new colleagues on the dais for the first time, only to tackle that very subject.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the council unanimously endorsed a …

Don’t let facts get in the way

There was a knock at my East Davis door just after dark a few weeks back. I knew we hadn’t ordered a pizza. Standing on the front porch was one of those enthusiastic 20-something-year-olds with a clipboard, trying to convince me the world was going to end if we didn’t do something right away. He […]

North Davis residents struggle through two days of power outages

Some residents of North Davis were dealt the misfortune of two days of power outages during the first major heat wave of the summer. PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said underground equipment damage caused the outages, which occurred Monday and Tuesday in the area north of Covell Boulevard and south of Grande Avenue. She said 53 […]

Seats open on Yolo County advisory boards

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors seeks candidates to fill vacancies on the following county advisory bodies: Board of Directors of Yolo County Historical Museum; Child Care & Development Planning Council; Children’s Alliance; Commission on Aging and Adult Services; Community Services Action Board; Emergency Medical Care Committee; Health Council; Local Mental Health Board; Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Advisory Board; Salud Clinic Advisory Board; Transportation […]