Pioneer Elementary principal leaving, district posts opening for Davis High chief

Principal Deborah Brayton informed parents at Pioneer Elementary on Wednesday that she will be leaving in June. “It is with regret I am informing you of my resignation as principal of Pioneer Elementary School starting in the 2013-2014 school year,” Brayton wrote. Hired five years ago, Brayton said she is pursuing employment closer to her […]

Fleet Feet collects stuffed animals for sick kids

Fleet Feet Davis will host its third annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 23, to honor the memory of Samantha “Sammie” Hartsfield, the daughter of Fleet Feet staff member Chris Hartsfield. Sammie, who bravely battled osteosarcoma for nearly three years, proposed the idea of starting a Bunny Drive to collect spring-themed stuffed animals that would […]

Learning by doing, the Montessori way

The noise level had slowly but steadily risen in Sally Palow’s classroom at Birch Lane Elementary School on Wednesday morning. So Palow stepped to the front of the room and gently rang the wind chimes hanging there. Silence immediately ensued among her fifth- and sixth-grade students.

They were spread out all around the room — some on the floor, others sitting at tables, some working alone, others with partners. Two groups of students were making banners representing ancient Chinese dynasties. They searched through books …

Change.org ordered to turn over IP addresses in GATE petition forgery

Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire issued a subpoena on Thursday ordering the Internet petition website Change.org to produce the IP address used to create false signatures and comments on a petition in favor of the school district’s Gifted and Talented Education program last month. Change.org will have about three weeks to produce the information, […]

UCD chemistry researcher back in court

WOODLAND — The former UC Davis chemistry researcher accused of making explosives inside his campus apartment made his first out-of-custody court appearance Thursday. Dressed in a coat and tie, 32-year-old David Scott Snyder added a pair of eyeglasses to the ensemble just before Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed called the case. Snyder’s attorney, Linda […]

Grad programs rise, fall in volatile rankings

UC Davis graduate programs have continued their roller coaster ride in the always controversial U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings. Take the School of Law: In rankings posted earlier this week, King Hall ranked 38th. The magazine ranked virtually the same school 29th in 2012 and in 28th in 2010. In between, in 2011, it […]

Best with badges

Davis police Officer Stephen Ramos, left, receives the Yolo County American Legion Post 77 Peace Officer of the Year Award on Wednesday from Police Chief Landy Black. Chief Black noted that Ramos “has received numerous commendations from residents of Davis. A winner of the Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service awards, he is always making sacrifices […]

Can you give them a home?

Augie is a friendly 1-year-old chocolate and white neutered male Manchester terrier mix. He’s happiest in someone’s lap and is perfect with other dogs. Jackie, a 2-year-old Queensland heeler mix, is blind but has a heart of gold. She grew up in a family and is great with people and other dogs. Both dogs would […]

Safe routes to school explored at community forum

Local residents can learn more about efforts to ensure that Davis children can safely get to school at a community forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The city’s Street Smarts Program will conduct walking and biking audits at 11 schools during April and May, observing conditions […]

DUI task force plans St. Patrick’s Day weekend patrols

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI task force urges motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged. During the holiday weekend, police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers throughout Yolo County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunken drivers as […]

Chávez Elementary plans Bike Swap on April 14

César Chávez Elementary School is putting a new twist on a popular annual event as it debuts a Bike Swap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the school, 1221 Anderson Road. Organizers are modeling the Bike Swap on the successful Davis High School Ski Swap, at which gently used ski/snow equipment […]

Mark your calendars for Celebrate Davis

Mark your calendars: Celebrate Davis 2013, sponsored by Comstock Mortgage, is planned for 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Community Park. The annual festival is sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce and celebrates living, working, playing and shopping in Davis. Fireworks cap off the evening, starting at about 9 p.m. Registration for […]

Preschoolers to be screened for hearing loss

As part of its mission to provide support to the hearing-impaired of Yolo County, Hear! Here!, the Woodland Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America, will screen more than 475 children this month for possible hearing loss. Testing will be done during the last two weeks of March by trained personnel from the Center for Hearing […]

Public Health Wellness Fair set April 3

Seven out of 10 deaths in the United States are due to preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, statistics show. In fact, chronic disease accounts for 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of health care dollars go toward prevention, according to the Yolo County Health Department. “The […]