2 Occupy the Farm protesters won’t face charges

BERKELEY — Alameda County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two women arrested on suspicion of trespassing during the Occupy the Farm protest on UC Berkeley-owned land in Albany, officials said Tuesday. Campus police officers arrested nine protesters May 14 on the university’s 10-acre Gill Tract near Marin and San Pablo avenues after a three-week standoff. Last week, […]

Supervisors approve recommended budget; additional layoffs seen as unlikely

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors on Tuesday approved a recommended budget for 2012-13 that features $335 million in spending and the elimination of nearly 60 vacant positions, but no layoffs for the time being. The budget remains a work in progress, dependent on a final state budget, ongoing negotiations with county labor groups and allocation […]

Chamberlain holds off Pimentel in supervisorial race

Incumbent Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain finished 449 votes ahead of challenger Art Pimentel in the final tally of votes this week. Pimentel, the mayor of Woodland, received 2,831 votes and swept all precincts in the city of Woodland, but fell to Chamberlain, who received 3,280 votes and won the unincorporated areas of the 5th […]

It’s official: Wolk, Frerichs and Lee are elected

Incumbent Dan Wolk and newcomers Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee are officially the winners of the 2012 Davis City Council election. The Yolo County Elections Office certified the vote Tuesday morning after tallying mail ballots dropped off at the polls on Election Day and provisional ballots. Wolk, 34, received 10,212 votes and won every precinct […]

Origami lovers will meet at library

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. First-timers and advanced folders are welcome.  The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email andrew.hudson13@gmail.com or call (530) 753-6093.

Summer reading: a pathway to adventure

Picture this: your kids using the summer months to enrich their minds by reading award-winning novels instead of passing the hours by throwing dirt at each other.

Kids may be reluctant to read when it’s required, but when presented with the array of novels at the public library and the opportunity to make their own selections, they just may find something that engages their interest.

Most studies indicate that students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t. Not reading over the summer has the potential to stunt your child’s intellectual growth, despite how studious they are during the school year.

California voters to consider labels for GMO foods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to require special labels for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Advocates collected more than half a million signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. It was certified Monday by the state. The vote will be a test of consumer attitudes about […]

Rec Report: City programs for kids, teens change with the times

By Christine Foster One of my favorite things about Davis is its long-lived traditions. Did you know that the Davis Farmers Market has been going on for 37 years and Camp Putah has been in existence since 1970? You probably did know, because Davis residents love their traditions and take pride in their community. Recently, […]

Relay For Life funds fight against cancer

Local residents are invited to form teams to participate in the American Cancer Society’s seventh annual Relay For Life, which takes place Aug. 4-5 at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. in West Davis. The event runs from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday; “we relay for 24 hours because cancer never sleeps,” […]

Rotarians honor outstanding DHS, Da Vinci students

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 12 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as June’s Students of the Month. They are: * Da Vinci student Ariel Amon, nominated by internship coordinator Susan Kirby, who wrote, “Da Vinci junior Ariel Amon participated with the Patwin Elementary School Nature Bowl team as an intern. Ari […]

Special prom honors memory of Woodland teen

The sale of some very special T-shirts will enable young people with life-threatening illnesses to attend the first “No Worries Now” prom in the Sacramento area. The dance, themed “Sunset in the Bahamas,” will take place Friday, June 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Woodland Elks Lodge, 500 Bush St. The T-shirts bear […]

Jewelry-making classes offered at Davis Art Center

Artist/educators Diana Taylor and Jill Bowlus are teaching new weeklong jewelry classes this summer at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The classes are designed for students ages 8-18. In Wire-Wrapped Jewelry, students will create pieces of jewelry — a ring, pendant or other one-of-a-kind item — using various wrapping tools and techniques incorporating shape […]

Nature preserve has free admission Saturday

The Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve west of Woodland will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. All are welcome to hike the trails and enjoy the natural area along the creek. The preserve is at 34199 County Road 20, Woodland. For more information, call […]

She’ll ply the pedals for the trees

Julia Bartens, a Davis resident and UC Davis employee working in urban forestry, plans to ride her bicycle 585 miles in seven days in August to raise funds for the TREE Fund (www.treefund.org). The TREE Fund is a charitable trust that supports research and education to benefit arboriculture and urban forestry. “We all take trees […]