Ski patrol member dies after avalanche

TRUCKEE (AP) — A member of a Sierra ski resort’s patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died — the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday. Bill Foster, 53, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where he was taken after the […]

Snowstorm heads east after South twisters; 3 dead

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare […]

Bob Dunning: Santa’s parked illegally? Ignore it

THE DOWNTOWN GRINCH STRIKES AGAIN … one of Davis’ most popular events just before Christmas is the annual “Breakfast with Santa” sponsored by the Odd Fellows Lodge, which also includes Odd Gals among its membership … shockingly, the most recent edition of this eight-year tradition had an unfortunate consequence for several of the participants … […]

Origami Club decorates library tree

Kian Barbieri added the finishing touch as he topped off the Christmas tree at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis with an origami star. The Davis Origami Club, which meets in the library, organized their last meeting to show new folders and old pros how to make Christmas tree ornaments.

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Hastings (No. 112200), a 3-month-old neutered male tan and white short-haired Chihuahua mix. Also hoping for a good home is Gina (No. 112520), a 7-month-old spayed female white-and-lynx colored medium-haired […]

Origami group shapes papers, lives and friendships

Tom Vinik stands in the center of a corral of tables, carefully explaining to a group of children and adults the basics of creating a folded paper tear-drop ornament to decorate the Stephens Branch Library’s Christmas tree.

“OK, open up the paper again and make the other colored triangle,” he says, holding a piece of colored paper above his head. “We call it a preliminary fold! A lot of things start off with this.”

The Davis Origami Group, a club that meets monthly at the library, organized the event; Vinik, 56, is a member. The group uses its monthly meeting time as a way to introduce the basics of the Japanese art of paper-folding to beginners, as well as practice and discuss origami with advanced enthusiasts.

Calling all budding biologists

Kristine Duehl noticed an odd thing when she was expecting her first child a couple of years ago. Many of the picture books that friends were giving her future son had peculiar errors. A book about insects, for example, with photos of spiders. Depictions of Amazon rain forests that featured giraffes and zebras. “I asked […]

Molten gold signals revival in Mother Lode

By Don Thompson SUTTER CREEK — The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness. The last of […]

Davis Art Center: Let music warm your heart through the cold winter months

By Liz Phinney Enjoying the music of the season? At the Davis Art Center, you can make music all year-round. Our winter/spring term begins just after the new year, and we’re excited to include several new music classes, as well as returning favorites, in our repertoire. This array of classes will appeal to music lovers […]

Olympians, French hens are in our midst

The “12 Days of Christmas” song should now be properly stuck in your head. Adding the Davis-twist, also may get some of the amazing local opportunities available stuck in your head. So after you clean up the paper and boxes and tinsel and trappings, make plans to hear the Band-uh or Flute Choir, catch the […]

Corvette stolen in 1989 sells for original price

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mint-condition Corvette stolen from a San Diego car dealership 23 years ago has sold on eBay for the original sticker price. The Los Angeles Times ( ) says the cherry-red 1989 convertible, with 67 miles on the odometer, was won Sunday on eBay by Mike Robertson, a Newport Beach advertising […]

Pot farm boom slams NorCal environment

EUREKA (AP) — From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California’s wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that in one remote, 37-square mile forest patch, scientists found 567 outdoor farms and greenhouses. […]

Storms set up Sierra resorts for busy holiday week

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season. Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe reported receiving more than 3 feet of new snow between Friday and early […]

Report finds violations at UC Davis Medical Center

SACRAMENTO — An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center — conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility — found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday. The 92-page report released earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare and […]