Increased bypass flooding may sink local agriculture, report says

A proposal to increase flooding in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, with seemingly harmless intentions of promoting fish habitat, has drawn opposition for its discovered implications for the local economy. The opposition is based on foresight afforded by UC Davis researchers, and a recent study, “Agricultural and Economic Impacts of Yolo Bypass Fish Habitat Proposals.” […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gallagher Hall, conference center set for repairs

After months of the two structures standing surrounded by scaffolding and sheeting, work will begin at last on Monday to remove and replace exterior tiles on Gallagher Hall and the UC Davis Conference Center. The much-ballyhooed, LEED platinum-certified buildings — which opened in October 2009 and February 2010, respectively — were wrapped up last fall […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Class sizes, shade structure grab school board’s attention

The Davis school board heard a plea for smaller class sizes from elementary school parents during public comment at Thursday night’s meeting. Trustees also gave staff a green light to proceed with plans for a new shade structure over the new outdoor dining area that will be created when the aging Davis High School multipurpose […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Brewing future engineers: Coffee lab seeks to attract students to engineering major

With American universities growing increasingly concerned about the challenges of attracting qualified students into engineering majors, professor William Ristenpart believes he may have an answer: Coffee. Ristenpart, who holds the Joe and Essie Smith Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering at UC Davis, leads a research team that investigates the physical, chemical and biological phenomena of […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learn about local media opportunities at orientation

Davis Media Access offers a free orientation to its programs and services each month. This month’s general orientation will take place Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the media center, 1623 Fifth St. in Davis. Staff will provide information about equipment, services, policies and volunteer opportunities. The orientation is the first step towards becoming […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

U.S. orders new visa reviews for arriving students

By Alicia A. Caldwell WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the United States has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The new procedure is the government’s first security change directly related to the […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press

College graduates fare well in job market, even through recession

By Catherine Rampell Is college worth it? Given the growing price tag and the frequent anecdotes about jobless graduates stuck in their parents’ basements, many have started to question the value of a college degree. But the evidence suggests college graduates have suffered through the recession and lackluster recovery with remarkable resilience. The unemployment rate […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Author returns to California for book-signing

Author and doctor Joe Joy will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss his new book, “The Year of My Returning Home.” “The Year of My Returning Home” begins in San Francisco where the author has just completed a year of fellowship at the University […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tour Grace Valley Christian Academy on Wednesday

All are invited to Grace Valley Christian Academy’s community open house at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 27173 County Road 98 in West Davis. The evening will include a special program with information about the school, an all-student performance, classroom tours and light refreshments. Grace Valley Christian Academy is in its 15th year of educating kindergarten […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Will GATE by another name smell as sweet?

It’s hard to tell if the Great GATE Debate is over or just beginning. After Thursday night’s school board meeting, all we know for sure is that at least in name only, the GATE program is no more. Given that labeling one group of kids as “gifted and talented” and the rest of the kids, […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

A fitting memorial

Guests mingle on the Steve Larsen Bicycle Plaza at Davis High School following a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon as the “Spirit Rider” arch soars overhead. The plaza is between the Ron & Mary Brown Stadium entry gates and the Community Gym on Oak Avenue. Lydia Delis-Schlosser of Davis, a friend of Steve Larsen’s who got […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City bike path closed near Mace

City of Davis officials announced Friday that Caltrans is working along the city bike path north of and parallel to Interstate 80, approximately 500 feet west of the Mace Boulevard overpass to about 500 feet east of the overpass. By this week, Caltrans plans to make the path more accessible. Until then, the path is […]

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Whole Earth Festival takes place Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12

Check it out What: 44th annual Whole Earth Festival hosts an average of 55,000 attendees and artists ranging from musicians and dancers to carpenters and painters. Vendors, food and entertainment abound. When: Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: UC Davis Quad Info: […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged

Nature’s bling: An artisan’s ‘fermented life’

Many health-conscious people have indulged in kombucha tea, a fermented drink with reported benefits to digestion, the immune system and liver function, among others.

But how many people are wearing kombucha?

“I can only find one other person in the whole world making kombucha jewelry,” said creative wonder Sacha Laurin, a local cheesemaker who has turned her love of all things fermented into wearable art.

Laurin, a native of Australia, began her journey into this new venture about four months ago. Having made her own kombucha for years — with yeast and beneficial bacteria — she started thinking about the “mother culture” that forms when the tea is brewing.