‘Don’t light’ warning issued for Sunday

A Don’t Light Tonight advisory has been declared in Davis for Sunday, Jan. 20, and residents are asked to refrain from burning wood. Wood smoke has serious health impacts, especially for children, the elderly and those with lung ailments, an air district spokesman said. Certain meteorological conditions that typically lead to increased air pollution from wood […]

Bob Dunning: Tune in to the special as I peddle my shame

I have a deep, dark secret that has been burdening my soul for a number of years now and it’s time to come clean and let the chips fall where they may. It is behavior I am clearly not proud of and I plan to spend the rest of my waking hours trying to make […]

Davis campus, UC system top application records

More students applied for admission to UC Davis for fall 2013 than the city has residents — a record 69,642. That’s an increase of 11.4 percent from a year ago. The UC system also topped an all-time high with 174,767 applications, an 8.6 percent increase, according to numbers released Friday. UCD received applications from 55,877 […]

Algeria: 7 more hostages killed in final rescue

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said. With few details emerging from the remote site in […]

Yes on Measure I conducts poll, trumpets favorable results

Just two weeks before residents are set to receive Measure I ballots, the local committee campaigning in favor of the surface water project claims to have snatched the early lead in the election, based on a poll it conducted in late December. After surveying 300 “likely voters” in Davis, campaign supporters predict the project will […]

Eight busted in two-day auto theft sting in Woodland

A recent rash of car thefts prompted Woodland police to conduct a two-day sting that resulted in eight arrests last week. Sgt. Tom Davis said 52 cars — most of them 1990s-model Honda Accords and Civics — were reported stolen during the six-week period between Dec. 1 and Jan. 15. By comparison, a total of […]

Couple convicted in Davis embezzlement case

A Bay Area couple have been convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Davis company that employed them, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Benjamin Joseph Chaney, 32, of Brentwood, admitted on Jan. 11 to embezzling between $100,000 and $500,000 from Harper Model Home Maintenance, where he had been […]

Coroner: Alcohol caused homeless man’s death

Alcoholism, and not the cold, caused the death of a homeless man whose body was found underneath a Woodland freeway overpass last week, Yolo County coroner’s officials said. James Michael Izarelli, 61, died of liver failure brought on by alcohol abuse, Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said following an autopsy conducted last week. His body […]

Yudof resigns, cites health reasons

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Mark Yudof said Friday he plans to step down as head of one of the nation’s leading systems of higher education, citing a “spate of taxing health issues.” Yudof, 68, said he will end his tenure on Aug. 31, about five years after he became the 19th president […]

MOMS Club welcomes newcomers

MOMS Club of Davis invites local mothers and their children to attend its monthly breakfast and business meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The local nonprofit organization is designed to provide support daytime activities and resources for moms in Davis who stay at home either full-or part-time with their kids of any age. The breakfast meeting […]

Flu season’s only half over, and cases are increasing

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for senior citizens, Yolo County Health Department officials announce. “We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, M.D., interim Yolo County health officer. “Protect yourself, your family and your […]

Mother Goose is on the loose in Winters

The Yolo County Library, in collaboration with First 5 Yolo, is offering “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a weekly bilingual program on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children from birth through age 3. The program takes place at the Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program combines […]

City sponsors MLK observance Monday

Community members are invited to celebrate the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the city of Davis’ annual observance, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Admission to the all-ages event, which is sponsored by the Davis Human Relations Commission, is free. Monday’s is […]

Pup trains to be crime victims’ best friend

Say “aloha” to Aloha.

At 5 1/2 months old, the Australian multigenerational Labradoodle with green eyes and silky blond fur is still in the puppy stages, learning commands and chewing on things she shouldn’t be. But she’s destined for important work.

Aloha is one of the newest members of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, where she’s in training to become a “comfort dog” — offering a gentle, reassuring presence for crime victims at the office and, eventually, inside the courtroom.