Bob Dunning: The neighbor’s grass isn’t always greener

LAND OF THE BRAVE, HOME OF THE CACTI … as our city’s long-running water debate rages on, it’s amusing to hear the occasional comment from newcomers to the area who claim we shouldn’t be planting all these trees and grass and flowers in what is basically a desert climate … These are the same folks […]

UC Davis Arcadia book talk planned

A new short picture history of UC Davis is being released this month, and authors Dennis Dingemans and Ann Foley Scheuring will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Avid Reader bookstore, 617 Second St. A second book signing and illustrated overview of the book will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hattie […]

Water policy talks at UCD on Jan. 28

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, department of civil and environmental engineering and a variety of campus graduate programs are sponsoring a series of talks and discussions on California water policy from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays in Room 1227 of Haring Hall on campus. Phil Isenberg of the Delta Stewardship Council will speak […]

Coroner seeks homeless man’s next of kin

The homeless man found dead underneath a Woodland freeway overpass Monday has been identified as 61-year-old James Michael Izarelli, Yolo County coroner’s officials said. Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said his office has been unable to track down Izarelli’s next of kin, and urges anyone with information about his family’s whereabouts to contact his office […]

California experiencing an increase in flu cases

LOS ANGELES — Health officials say California is seeing more cases of the flu, but the increase is not unexpected. The state typically experiences a surge in flu activity in late December or early January, peaking in February or March. California Department of Public Health director Dr. Ron Chapman says in the last several weeks […]

Chemicals plastics absorb may increase threat to marine life

Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by UC Davis doctoral student Chelsea Rochman. The study found that the most commonly produced plastics also absorbed the most […]

Train hits car east of Davis — was GPS to blame?

Authorities say two people narrowly avoided becoming victims of a train-versus-car collision Monday night east of Davis — one that may have been caused by an errant global positioning system. California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said dispatchers were called at about 8:30 p.m. by the car’s occupants, who reported that their vehicle was stuck […]

DAC folk dance class

The Davis Art Center offers a four-week Beginning Folk Dance Class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5-26. Students will learneasy traditional and contemporary folk dance from many countries in a fun social environment. The class, taught by Barbara Linderholm, is a good transition into Davis Art Center’s ongoing International Folk Dance Class which meets from 7 to […]

Being pear-shaped carries health risks, too, researchers say

It’s all going pear-shaped for the notion that, when it comes to health, being shaped like a pear beats being shaped like an apple. That’s according to UC Davis researchers, who believe they have partly deflated the commonly held belief that a person with more fat around the abdomen is at greater risk for diabetes […]

Two chances to donate blood at UCD

The Associated Students of UC Davis is sponsoring a Blood and Marrow Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 22-23 at The Pavilion near the Activities and Recreation Center. All blood drive participants will receive a $5 Togo’s gift card and MyBloodSource Rewards good for a variety of items. Join Be The Match marrow […]

Chairlift safety program honors Davis boy’s memory

When 7-year-old John Henderson died last year after falling from a chairlift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, his family and friends mourned the North Davis Elementary School second-grader who aspired to be an inventor, appreciated books as much as he did sports, and who loved to tell a good joke.

Before long, John’s parents, UC Davis Medical Center physicians Mark Henderson and Helen Chew, channeled their grief into action, partnering with Sugar Bowl officials to create a comprehensive chairlift safety program aimed at protecting other young skiers.

Change in Grace Garden volunteer time

Grace Garden will begin the new year with a new volunteer time from 1 to 3 p.m. The first afternoon for working or playing in the garden is Thursday, Jan. 24. It’s also the time to start planting seeds for the organizations annual Plant Sale in April, and then plant out in the garden in […]

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Crisis Nursery reports successful holidays

What do play groups, book and wine clubs, neighborhood associations, real estate agencies, local businesses, health care providers and a random collection of families and friends have in common? They each pooled resources to adopt families served by the Yolo Crisis Nursery, ensuring 25 such families wouldn’t go without over the holidays. Once again, I’m […]