School board unanimously approves lottery for GATE admission

After a long and sometimes emotional discussion Thursday night, the Davis school board unanimously affirmed an administrative recommendation to switch from the present rank-ordered system for enrolling GATE-identified students, based on test scores, into self-contained classrooms to a new lottery system. The lottery will put all GATE-identified students in a pool from which names will be […]

Northeast braces for up to 3 feet of snow

BOSTON (AP) — Snow began to fall around the Northeast on Friday at the start of what’s predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and residents scurried to stock up on food and supplies ahead of the storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and […]

Manhunt on for murderous ex-cop

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) — A police officer and a pair of soon-to-be newlyweds were dead. Another officer, riddled with bullets, was in intensive care. Two more police were shot at but got away, one of them grazed by gunfire. Two innocent and uninvolved women were shot by police who feared a dangerous suspect. And […]

Bob Dunning: And now you know the rest of the story

WATER INTRIGUE … for a few anxious days in early January, the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency was down to just one bidder for its massive surface water project after CMD Smith sent a letter announcing its intention to get out of Dodge … Agency general manager Dennis Diemer admitted the existence of the letter of […]

Yamada opens district office in Woodland

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, has announced the relocation of her primary district office to 725 Main St., Suite 206, in Woodland. She formerly served her constituents from a Vacaville office, which is no longer in the 4th Assembly District. “I welcome constituents to contact my district office for assistance with state issues,” Yamada said. “We […]

Treatment offers hope for boy with rare disease

SACRAMENTO — Jacob Rutt is a bright 11-year-old who likes to draw detailed maps in his spare time. But the budding geographer has a hard time with physical skills most children take for granted — running and climbing trees are beyond him, and even walking can be difficult. He was diagnosed with a form of […]

UCD grad named ‘emerging entrepreneur’ of 2012

The pair received an offer from technology innovator Robert Herjavec — $150,000 for a 15 percent stake — but ended up not taking the money, Lucash said.

When they filmed the episode in the fall of 2010, OrigAudio had a value of about $1 million. But it doubled shortly after the show aired, and Lucash and Szymczak — who had yet to receive Herjavec’s investment — attempted to renegotiate the terms of the deal.

Herjavec declined, “so we told him, ‘no thanks,’ ” Lucash said. With OrigAudio now valued at $8 million, it was a solid decision indeed.

Name droppers: Friedman takes reins of photography club

The Photography Club of Davis has selected Laurie Friedman to be its president for the first half of 2013. Friedman is a Davis photographer, known for her travel photography as well as her wedding and portrait photography business. In July, Dave Jolkovsky will take over as president. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month, except July and […]

Training set for suicide prevention crisis line

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County is looking for volunteers who want to be trained this spring to answer its crisis lines. Volunteers undergo a 36-hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to manage issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts and mental illness. Initially, volunteers serve six hours per […]

Black will speak about community policing

Davis Police Chief Landy Black will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Davis Progressive Business Exchange from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Black will talk about his successful community policing program. Since Black took over as chief, Davis has seen a […]

Ask the expert: Where else could the city of Davis access surface water?

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of “Ask the expert” columns in advance of the Measure I election regarding various technical aspects of the city’s water utility and the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project. The expert: Jay Lund, UC Davis professor of civil and environmental engineering. Lund has research and teaching […]

Explorit: Farm machines simpler than you might think

When you think of a farm, what comes to mind? Flocks of happy animals frolicking in the sun? Fields of lush vegetation teeming with fresh produce? But for a farmer, the answer is probably lots of work! Fortunately, modern farmers have a variety of tools to help them get their jobs done. Machines can be […]

Soup secrets shared at city class

Local residents are invited to learn how to prepare soups to comfort and warm them through the last months of winter with instructor Sarah Clanton, who has been cooking professionally for 25 years and strives to teach the home-cooked “secrets” she’s learned. Clanton will teach participants how to make some of her favorites such as […]

Davis teen injured in crash

One driver was injured when her Ford Focus collided with another vehicle at County Road 98 and Hutchison Drive on Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported. Hayley Ann Claire Ortman, 19, of Davis, was traveling westbound on Hutchison Drive shortly after 8 a.m. when, due to heavy fog, she failed to notice a Nissan […]