City’s bid to build railroad crossing denied

The city’s application to build an at-grade crossing over the railroad tracks near downtown Davis was rejected last week by the California Public Utilities Commission. Union Pacific Railroad erected a 3,800-foot-long fence along the tracks parallel to Olive Drive in late 2011, citing safety concerns about people illegally crossing the tracks. The administrative law judge who […]

Explorit: From agriculture to art, changes are coming

This weekend is your last chance to catch Exploit’s “Beyond the Table” exhibition. Be sure to come check it out before it’s gone. So if an agricultural adventure is what you seek, this weekend Explorit is the place for you. Try your hand at grinding flour from rice with a Native American mortar and pestle […]

Need a new best friend?

Jiffy is a 10-month to 1-year-old spayed female German shepherd/husky mix who is very good-natured and loves people of all ages. Giggles is a 10-week-old tri-colored Chihuahua/dachshund mix who loves to play and then snuggle. “She’s just a little bundle of love,” says a Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue spokeswoman. They will be joined by many […]

Bat lecture set at Senior Center

Bats are voracious predators of nocturnal insects, including many that are agricultural pests. Learn about the natural history of bats, with an emphasis on their importance in helping to control pests on farms in Yolo County, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Davis Senior, 646 A Street. The program is presented by Rachael Long, who […]

Report of armed man puts Davis schools on lockdown

Hundreds of Davis students went into lockdown mode Thursday morning after Davis High School administrators received reports of a person armed with a gun near the West 14th Street campus. The weapon in question turned out to be a BB gun, and Davis police ultimately released two teens they had detained in Community Park after […]

Junior high parent meetings set

The Emerson, Harper, and Holmes Junior High Schools will be holding parent/guardian Information meetings for parents of incoming seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders are planned in the coming weeks at Davis’ three junior high schools — Emerson, Harper and Holmes. * Emerson Junior High, 2121 Calaveras Ave., will host meetings in the library from 6:30 to […]

Search is on for California’s outstanding senior volunteer.

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and […]

Two authors present books Saturday at Avid Reader

Local author Rachael Long will be at the The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 3 p.m. Saturday to discuss her new book, “Gold Fever,” the first novel in the Black Rock Desert Adventure series. Then at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, author Susheel Bibbs will present her book on Mary Ellen Pleasant, “Heritage of Power.” “Gold […]

Plains storm gathers strength, cited in road death

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of the nation’s heartland awoke Thursday to more than half a foot of snow, as a large storm made its way eastward out of the Rockies, snarling traffic for morning commuters and allowing an army of children to trade pen and paper for shovel and sled, at least for a […]

‘Floodplain fatties': Bypass eyed as salmon nursery

Rice fields have played a vital role in the revival of the Pacific Flyway, offering habitat for ducks, geese and shorebirds. Now, scientists believe the fields can play a role in bringing back the region’s beleaguered salmon population.

They envision the 59,000-acre Yolo Bypass — the main feature in the Sacramento flood control system — as a Chinook nursery.

On Tuesday, researchers deposited 50,000 two-inch-long, hatchery-raised salmon fry onto 20 harvested acres flooded about 14 inches deep here, between Interstate 5 and the Sacramento River.

Bob Dunning: Rancho Yolo homeowners cry foul

SENIOR MOMENT … we’ve been told over and over and over again that the city’s new and innovative rate structure has been designed to keep costs down for certain groups like fixed-income seniors … well, the folks in the senior-only Rancho Yolo Senior Community are wondering why all 262 homeowners there got left out of […]

Snyder posts bail; court documents shed light on UCD researcher’s conduct

David Scott Snyder started working the phone shortly after his arrival at Sutter Davis Hospital, where he sought treatment for hand injuries from an explosion in his Russell Park apartment. “Get rid of the pipettes, the syringes, and the ‘D,’ ” nurses and a police officer overheard the UC Davis researcher saying that Jan. 17 […]

Man drives car into Woodland business

Woodland police arrested a man they say intentionally drove his car through the front window of a business Wednesday morning. Cpl. Dave Krause said officers responded shortly after 7:30 a.m. to the business in the 1200 block of East Main Street, where 56-year-old Dennis Cortopassi of Woodland drove his car through the glass storefront, “then […]

Speaker showcases Cosumnes River Preserve

On Thursday, March 7, the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series will feature Harry McQuillen of Cosumnes River Preserve. McQuillen has worked for the Bureau of Land Management as the preserve manager for six years. Previously, he was chief of the Endangered Species Recovery Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has […]