Activists sue over sows in UCD’s fair exhibit

The Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s director on Saturday defended the use of farrowing crates for sows in a California State Fair exhibit. A Bay Area animal-rights group last week sued Cal Expo and the University of California, contending the crates are illegal and cruel. David Wilson of UC Davis said that university lawyers are reviewing […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Who, besides Herbert, will enter?

Every year, come late July, I am duty-bound to announce the annual Contest to Replace the Above-Pictured Columnist, which is really the original version of “America’s Got Talent,” from back in the day when newspapers were cherished items to be held in the hand and read on the front porch with a tall, cold beverage. […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

San Diego County clerk seeks end to gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages. Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Winters pot grow busted; two arrested

A pair of alleged Putah Creek pot growers briefly eluded capture by law enforcement last week before being cornered by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife K9. Agents arrested Ivan Cortez Perez, 19, and Jose Medina, 20, west of Winters on Wednesday on suspicion of felony crimes that include unlawful cultivation of marijuana, possession of […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Home winemaker entries sought for Yolo County Fair

The organizers of the 12th annual Yolo County Fair Amateur Winemaker competition are seeking entries for the Aug. 14-18 event. Entry forms and wine entries are due to the fair offices at 1125 East St. in Woodland by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Entry forms can be found on the fair’s website,, or by calling […]

August 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ruling due on former Yolo prosecutor’s State Bar charges

A State Bar Court judge has 90 days to rule whether a former Yolo County prosecutor should be disciplined for making false allegations against a sitting judge during the 2012 judicial election. Thursday marked the final day of Clint Parish’s three-day court trial in San Francisco, where the 41-year-old attorney stood accused of willfully violating […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

‘Hit squad’ works to rid wild areas of invasive weeds

By Charlotte Orr Tuleyome is observing California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week, July 22-26, by sending its invasive species “hit squad” to whack non-native weeds throughout the region. Among the “hitmen” are Tuleyome President Andrew Fulks, Tuleyome board member Victoria Brandon and Carol Kunze, board member and director of Tuleyome Napa. What kinds of plants are […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Prieto speaks to Yolo court watch group

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto will speak with members of the public at the Vanguard Court Watch Council of Yolo County meeting on Sunday, July 28. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Pastoral Center, 503 California St. in Woodland. Community members are invited to come and learn more and ask questions […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Residents will gather to remember Trayvon

Community members will gather at 7 p.m. Monday to reflect together on the recent verdict handed down in the killing of Trayvon Martin. “All are welcome, but please note this is not a meeting to debate the verdict,” a news release said. “Instead, we will focus on honoring Trayvon’s life and now his legacy that […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice provides another set of helping hands

Howard and Sheri Evans dated nearly 10 years before marrying in 2003. They had only been married six years when his declining health changed their lives. Howard’s illness was not a surprise; he says he was diagnosed with COPD in the mid-1990s. Howard continued to be active after his diagnosis. He’d golf regularly with a […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

San Jose State suspends online courses

By Jason Dearen SAN FRANCISCO — Five online classes that were announced with great fanfare by the governor at San Jose State University were suspended Thursday after more than half of the students failed the final exams. “The plan right now is to pause for one semester, there are a couple of different areas we […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

California unemployment rate falls to 8.5 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in June as the state continues to close the gap on the national jobless rate, the state Employment Development Department announced Thursday. The jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point. It was 8.6 percent in May, which was the first time in five years […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fleeing parolee sparks East Davis manhunt

A Davis man wanted for a parole violation faces new charges today after allegedly fled from parole agents as they tried to arrest him Thursday afternoon. The incident sparked a 2-1/2 hour search involving multiple law-enforcement agencies whose officers conducted ground and air searches for the missing parolee. Michael Cruz, 25, was already in handcuffs […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DMA to offer orientation on Tuesday

Davis Media Access offers a free orientation to its programs and services each month. This month’s general orientation will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the media center, 1623 Fifth St. DMA Executive Director Autumn Labbé-Renault will teach the orientation. Topics covered will include: * Overview of DMA’s services, including digital equipment, […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,