High court sends back Texas race-based plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court’s 7-1 ruling that said a court should approve the use of race as a factor in […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections. The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Sole water contract bidder admits to fraud

So, it turns out the sole remaining bidder for the Woodland-Davis water contract and our hard-earned dollars that come with it is a Colorado-based outfit named CH2M Hill that recently admitted to its role in defrauding the federal government at the former nuclear weapons complex in Hanford, Washington. Given the disturbing facts of CH2M Hill’s […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

State Senate considers public records amendment

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday will consider a swiftly drafted constitutional amendment that would affirm the public’s right to inspect documents held by local governments while clarifying who should pay for making them available. The amendment was written in response to a media outcry over changes that loosened requirements on how local governments […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City-owned trailers stolen in Woodland

Woodland police are seeking information about the thefts of two box trailers from the city’s municipal service center over the weekend. Sgt. Victoria Danzl said the suspect or suspects cut through a chain-link gate to the facility, located at 655 N. Pioneer Ave., sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Monday. Gone were two […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Accident claims lives of family with ties to UC Davis vet school

Two members of a family with strong ties to UC Davis died Friday while driving southbound on Interstate 5 to Los Angeles for a vacation when their 2014 Ford Taurus, carrying six people, was hit head-on by another car that had drifted over the median. Three people died in the accident, which occurred in Merced […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

29 graduate from Yolo DA’s Citizens Academy

Twenty-nine Yolo County citizens have graduated from the second annual session of the Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced this week. The graduation ceremony was held June 13 at the Woodland Police Department. The District Attorney’s Office sponsored the academy in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, Yolo County […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Egg-citing adventure

Sam Wagner and his mother Jerri check out the Eye on Mrak (Fatal Laff) egghead on a recent outing on the UC Davis campus. Little sister Lily watches at a safe distance. There are seven eggheads designed by Robert Arneson on the campus.

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Livestrong and prosper

More than 800 riders rolled through Yolo County on Sunday as part of the Livestrong Challenge. Riders pedaled 20, 45, 65 or 100 miles from Central Park. The ride raises money for cancer research. Volunteers like Jeanna Blaustein, 9, and brother Brett Blaustein, 7, of Davis handed roses to cancer survivors, including Jorge Helmer of […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmbudsman to help locals navigate system

The red tape isn’t disappearing completely for the farmers of Solano and Yolo counties, but they’re hopeful it will become a whole lot more transparent with the help of Yolo County farmbudsman Michelle Stephens. Stephens is tasked with supporting farmers in the navigation of complex regulatory processes in Yolo and Solano counties in the role […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Vikki (No. 116507), a 2-year-old spayed female short-haired black and tan chihuahua. Also hoping for a good home are Sabrina (No. 116759), Kelly (No. 116760) and Mindy (No. 116761) 2-month-old […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sperling to discuss sustainable transportation

Professor Daniel Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies — who was honored earlier this month with the 2013 Blue Planet Prize — will give a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in Young Hall, Room 194 on the UCD campus. Sperling will talk about the need to transform vehicles, fuels […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Made in the USA’ shouldn’t be so hard to find

Something that is extremely important to me is buying things that are made in the United States. Without going down a rabbit hole of playing both sides of the issue — it’s good to have manufacturing in poorer countries as a way of helping them obtain economic stability, etc. — I will just say that, […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Save the date for Yolo Microbrew Festival

Save the date: The Yolo Microbrew Festival is planned for 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Rotary Park on the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Local residents can enjoy microbrew tasting, food, live music and raffles at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Woodland Schools Foundation. ​​​Hosted by Luna Vista Rotary of […]

July 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,