Good Health Festival coming May 18

The Good Health Festival, a gathering of local health care and family-service businesses to promote health and safety in the community and to raise funds for the public schools, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Covell Professional Center, corner of Anderson Road and Covell Boulevard. More than 30 vendors will […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Extinct bird’s giant egg fetches $101,813 at auction

LONDON (AP) — A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction. Christie’s auction house said Wednesday that the  egg — a foot long and nearly 9 inches in diameter — fetched 66,675 pounds ($101,813). It had been valued at 20,000 to […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

State taxes exceed expectations

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is on track to collect $4 billion more in personal income taxes than Gov. Jerry Brown had expected, giving a potential boost to education funding, the legislative analyst’s office said Tuesday. The state has been posting strong tax collections so far this fiscal year, which ends June 30. […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council approves larger STEAC modular building

The Short Term Emergency Aid Committee will be able to erect the larger modular building it was hoping for after all. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved construction of a new 80-by-24-foot modular building on the southeast corner of Fifth and D streets that will replace the deteriorating food closet and garage that STEAC […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

UCLA first school in UC system to ban smoking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has become the first school in the University of California system to ban smoking on campus. The Los Angeles Times says a no-tobacco policy was launched Monday on Earth Day. The policy will operate on an honor system. The ban also includes smokeless tobacco and the sale and advertising of tobacco […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls

I’m telling you, the bicycle folks in this town are relentless. For many of them, riding a bike is a religious experience, which may explain why you see so many of them pedaling furiously along our country roads on a Sunday morning. The other day a dedicated cyclist named Jim responded to something I wrote […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: Davis mom awarded grant

Soroptimist International of Davis gave a boost to a Davis mom when it presented its Women’s Opportunity Award on April 10. At a luncheon at Odd Fellows Hall, the women’s service organization presented Gesche Langen with the $2,000 grant. The award goes to women who are primary wage earners for their families, to help them […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A hero’s welcome

The 2013 “Hero of the Year” award went to three employees of Liberty Safes in West Sacramento — Douglas Foster, Shawn McMahon and Andrew Wing — who on Oct. 27, 2012, chased and cornered a man who robbed an 86-year-old woman of her purse outside their business. Foster and his family were greeted by Aloha, […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Transfer students into Davis have counterbalanced slow decline in number of local resident students

Approximately 550 out-of-district transfer students attend the Davis public schools. At times, this has produced some pointed public comment at school board meetings, with local parents and homeowners — who typically point out that they paid more to buy a home in Davis, and pay local school parcel taxes to support academic programs in Davis […]

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

Supervisors put skids on off-road vehicle recreation park

Off-road riding enthusiasts seeking a legal place to ride in Yolo County suffered a setback Tuesday when county supervisors chose not to seek a state planning grant for an off-highway vehicle recreation park that would be located northeast of Woodland. The proposed site of the recreation area — between county roads 102 and 103 and […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Yolo DA honors crime victims, heroes

The evening of April 10, 2012, started out like any other for Magdalena Marquez.

After closing up her family’s check-cashing business in Woodland, Marquez deposited the day’s receipts at the bank before heading home with her 9-year-old son.

What happened next, however, “was not business as usual for this family,” Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Deanna Hays said.

Unbeknownst to Marquez, two men had followed her home from the bank. As Marquez unlocked her front door, a masked man came up the driveway, assaulted her and demanded her bank bag …

The dog days of spring

The weekend featured perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities all around Davis. The local temperatures hit the high 80s. Kyler Wyels, 9, worked in a run with his dad Phil and dog Baxter on a path around the Wildhorse Golf Club to get in shape for soccer season on Sunday. Kyler plays both on Legacy […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? If I were a dog for a day

I imagine this is common for pet-owners, but in my household, we often vocalize what our dog might be thinking. What might not be as common, I’m guessing, is that we’ve become a family of amateur ventriloquists. Going back to our pre-kid days, my husband’s and my first dog, Fennie, was quite a blabbermouth. She […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Patwin Annual Walkathon and Silent Auction this Saturday

Patwin Elementary School is getting ready to “Walk Patwin Style!” at its eighth annual Walkathon and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 27. The Walkathon is the school’s primary fundraiser and organizers hope to collect more than $20,000 this year. “It’s a great opportunity for staff, teachers, students and their families to come together to support […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,