Explorit: Fiscal cliffs and charitable giving

By Leah Aslett and Lisa Justice The fiscal cliff sounds rather scary, but you could turn the coming changes in our tax code into something really good for a local nonprofit. As we gear up for 2013 and all the tax changes that are coming, we hope you will consider Explorit Science Center among your […]

Fundraiser to help DHS band

Davis High band members will celebrate the end of the first semester with an all-night music party and fundraiser beginning at 7 p.m. Friday in the Emerson Junior High multi-purpose room. The public is welcome to come and listen to the band for the first two hours, which features guest conductors and ninth-grade students. Family […]

Yolo Audubon to hold Junior Bird Count on Sunday

The third annual Yolo Audubon Society Junior Bird Count will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Children aged 8-15 years with an interest in bird watching — no previous knowledge required — are invited to participate. Parents and other volunteers will provide transportation drivers. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Yolo […]

Do your homework before remodeling

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Are you wishing you could do something about the house you live in? Selling your current home to buy a new one might not work in this economy because your current home might not be worth the same amount of money you paid for it in the first place. And if […]

Put some sparkle into your house during the dark months

By Kim Palmer Minneapolis Star Tribune The days are gray and dreary, the holidays are history and those festive seasonal decorations that gave our interiors warmth and sparkle last month are now back in storage boxes. It’s no wonder that we — and our homes — have the winter blahs. So what to do? You […]

Campus apartments evacuated after explosion

Several units at the Russell Park Apartments at UC Davis were evacuated early this morning after a researcher was injured in what campus officials are calling a “small explosion.” While considered stable, the area has been cordoned off to the public while police and Yolo County bomb technicians await a search warrant in order to […]

January chores to do around the house

Home & Garden Television January is a good time to do small chores around the house. A sampling: * Clean one closet. Pick one that’s manageable and decide to do it in one day. Throw away everything that’s irreparably stained or torn (unless, cut up, it will make good cleaning rags); give away anything you […]

Cut heating bills by adding insulation

By Dwight Barnett Do you know how much you lose when heat goes through the roof? Some experts put the estimate as high as 45 percent of your heating bill, but that would be from an un-insulated attic. To reduce heat loss, you can add insulation if you are willing to get a little dirty. […]

Rotary Club of Davis launches membership drive

Climbing ladders, ringing bells and digging in the dirt may sound like a very strange job description, but it’s just part of what Rotarians do. The Rotary Club of Davis, which is looking for more people to join in the fun, has launched a spring membership drive. Club membership is open to anyone who can […]

Home construction highest in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis. The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally […]

City Council stops traffic downtown

The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to add three new sets of stop signs downtown at its meeting Tuesday, making the Second and C, Third and C and Fourth and D street intersections all four-way stops.

Downtown goers should see the new stop signs in the east-west directions of each intersection in either late February or early March, according to city public works staff, in addition to new crosswalks at the Third and C and Fourth and D street intersections.

The Second and C street intersection already features crosswalks in all directions.

“I’ve had numerous residents … bring up specifically the issue of the crosswalks and lack there of at the Third and C street intersection,” Councilman Lucas Frerichs said.

Change in air for blizzard of winter weather terms

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory? The National Weather Service is looking at the idea that less is more when it comes to such jargon. This winter, the federal forecasting agency is trying out simple, descriptive language to possibly replace […]

Kidnappers say raid killed 35 hostages

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali’s rebel Islamists, U.K. and Japanese diplomats said. The militants claimed strafing by Algerian helicopters killed 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers. A spokesman for the Masked Brigade, […]

Bob Dunning: It’s not your everyday job listing

Always looking for outside work to augment my seven-figure salary as a newspaper columnist, I stumbled upon an online job listing for which I am uniquely qualified. “HEAD FOOTBALL COACH” said the heading under the stylish green “O” that represents the University of Oregon Department of Human Resources, which posted this job offering. “Location: Eugene; […]