Closures planned next week on Road 98

County Road 98 will be reduced to a single lane of traffic from County Road 27 to County Road 29 on Tuesday, officials announced. The same segment of road will be closed to all through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The closures will allow relocation of Wave Broadband communication lines as part […]

Learn about Davis Media Access programs at orientation

Davis Media Access will offer a free orientation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 1623 Fifth St. Production manager Jeff Shaw will cover: * An overview of DMA’s services, including digital equipment, media training, low-power FM radio, youth media projects, local studio productions, event coverage, and advocacy and information for broader media issues; and […]

UCD economist: ‘Rebound effect’ won’t erase energy benefits

The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the “rebound effect” as a reason […]

Child development conference planned

The Child Care Services Division of the city of Davis Community Services Department invites parents, teachers, child-care professionals and others interested in child development to attend a daylong child development conference on Saturday, March 23, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, at 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The conference will offer several workshops, including “Chicka Chicka […]

To raise graduation rates, colleges urged to help a changing student body

By Tamar Lewin In an effort to improve the college completion rate and fend off new regulations, a commission of the nation’s six leading higher-education associations is calling for extensive reforms to serve a changing college population — one increasingly composed of older and part-time students. “This is the first time in the history of […]

Explorit: Close encounters of the clucking kind

There are more of them on Earth than there are people. There are more of them than there are any other bird species. And on Saturday, you can meet a few at Explorit Science Center. Katharine Westerhaus, a local chicken farmer from Westerhaus Ranch in Dixon, will visit Explorit to share several members of her […]

College freshman survey: Economy affects college choices, support for gay marriage up sharply

Each year since 1966, UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute has conducted a massive survey of incoming freshmen at four-year colleges, asking questions about their motivations, their plans and their political views. Typically, big shifts are only apparent over long time periods. But sometimes economic and political currents can lead new college students to give responses […]

First responders get free advanced training

Cooks Collision of Davis is sponsoring a night of advanced training for all local first responders. The training will focus on the proper care and handling of disabled individuals at accident scenes and mass casualty incidents. Training will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Cooks Collision of Davis, 1665 Research Park […]

The Bible and politics examined at Bet Haverim

Biblical concepts and values have a pervasive but often unrecognized effect on our views of the proper role and limitations on government, according to Ed Rabin, emeritus professor of law at the UC Davis Law School. Rabin will present a program, “How the Bible Influenced American Political Ideas,” at Congregation Bet Haverim at 3 p.m. […]

Need a new best friend?

Rasta, a fluffy 3-year old neutered male Lhasa apso, is a gentle and friendly boy. Quinn, an 8-month-old spayed female German shepherd/great Pyrenees mix, is a very sweet and playful pup. Both dogs love walks, play well with other dogs and would make great family pets. Meet them and the many dogs other that are […]

Novozymes lands another biofuel deal

Novozymes — the Danish-based biotech company with a research and development facility in Davis — has received another contract from the federal Department of Energy.

The new contract will see Novozymes continuing to work on new and more efficient enzymes for converting agricultural residues like corn stover — the stalks and leaves left over after the ears of corn have been harvested — into biofuel or ethanol that can be used to power cars and trucks.

The new $2.5 million contract with the Department of Energy is the third contract that Novozymes has received from the federal agency. The contract probably will last two years, involving eight to 10 employees. The previous contracts were a $13.8 million project that ran from 2001 through 2005, and …

CSU funding gap at $250 million

LONG BEACH (AP) — California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called “a dream more than reality.” Brown warned the board of trustees at its Tuesday meeting that any request for […]

Merryhill School campus soon will be quiet

Merryhill Elementary School at 2650 Lillard Drive in South Davis will close in July — after the 2012-13 school year and a pre-planned summer camp are over — officials of the school’s parent company have announced. Merryhill’s preschool on nearby La Vida Way in South Davis will remain open.

Senators to propose assault weapons ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are joining forces with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other key senators, proposing a retooled federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the proposed legislation, to be unveiled Thursday in […]