Don’t feed the birds

North Davis neighborhoods had been hounded by a couple of gangs of turkeys. The birds, who tend to travel in groups of 24, enjoy a smorgasbord of goodies from trash days to bird seed from residents. Turkeys usually migrate to find food but these groups are staying put and making a big mess. Wildlife experts […]

Harvest of fun

The Farmers Market crew turned Central Park, Third and C streets, into a giant Fall Festival for all ages. Saturday’s festivities included a children’s costume parade, free pumpkin patch, piglet petting zoo, pony rides, hands-on crafts and science activities, raptors from the California Raptor Center, Americana music by the Peter Franklin Band and Dilly Dally […]

Bombings, clashes leave Syria truce in tatters

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian warplane flattened a three-story building, suspected rebels detonated a deadly car bomb and both sides traded gunfire in several hotspots across the country Saturday, activists said, leaving a U.N.-backed holiday truce in tatters on its second day. The unraveling of the cease-fire marked the latest setback to ending Syria’s civil […]

Superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out […]

Bob Dunning: Will bad grammar doom education measure?

So, I was looking over the ballot language for our latest school parcel tax, Measure E, and it’s just confusing enough that it’s unlikely to survive a court challenge should someone decide to sue after it passes. And yes, I expect it to pass despite the fact it needs a two-thirds majority. According to the […]

Local animal shelter adopts new look

The Yolo County Animal Shelter strives to break free from the preconceived notions that some people harbor about animal shelters — as places with non-adoptable pets that are either sick or dangerous. Margot Wilcox, a volunteer coordinator for the local shelter who spoke on her observations of that difficult prejudice, said having a “not-so-inviting looking […]

Gobbling up real estate

Roy Engoron arms himself from head to toe, readying for battle. Steeling himself for war. He slips on his heavy pack and holsters his two sidearms. He knows whatever he encounters, whatever enemy should cross his path, he’ll be ready. They have given him no choice, he must fight back. It sounds as if Engoron […]

Enjoy an autumn walk with the Davis Dynamos

Want to see the “inner” Davis on a beautiful fall walk? On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, the Davis Dynamos will sponsor 6K (3.7 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) noncompetitive walks through Davis parks and greenbelts. The walks will start and finish at CVS/pharmacy at The Marketplace shopping center at Sycamore Lane and Covell Boulevard. […]

Artober concludes with El Dia de los Muertos celebration

Artober — a monthlong celebration of the arts — comes to a festive conclusion on Wednesday with Davis Downtown’s observance of El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The Mexican holiday brings together families and friends to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died. A community altar will be built […]

At the Pond: Migrating with the birds

I reluctantly climb out of my down sleeping bag and get up in the cold, damp, dark, foggy morning, headlamp on, and scurry around the campground. There are 15 of us looking like miners as we fix breakfast, prepare lunches and snacks, take down tents, stuff sleeping bags, check maps and start heading out for […]

Colleges offer veterans classes to ease transition

By Eric Tucker WASHINGTON (AP) — The students in the Saturday morning class trickle in and, as they introduce themselves around a table, reveal far more intimate biographies than just name and hometown. One confesses to demons he struggles to control. Another says he’s here to find a community. “Forgive me,” an Iraq war veteran […]

Garamendi will meet Latino leaders

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will host a Latino congressional summit from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at his Woodland office, 725 Main St., Room 206. Latino leaders who plan to attend include former Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel and Carlos Alcala, executive director of the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Community members […]

Visiting Bodie, a real, live ghost town

As Halloween approaches, we thought we’d set the mood by skulking around the streets of Bodie, a State Historic Park that has been left in a state of “arrested decay.”

Only about five percent of the buildings Bodie contained during its 1880s heyday still remain. Today it stands just as time, fire and extreme weather have left it — a genuine Calfiornia gold mining ghost town.

According to the California State Parks brochure, Bodie “was once knowns as the most lawless …”