Bob Dunning: No one’s a lock on Election Day

Since the folks at Gallup don’t generally concern themselves with school board elections and other local ballot measures, the task has fallen to me. And while the Davis school board race is clearly too close to call, I’m going to call it anyway. That’s just the kind of public servant I am. I have reached […]

Local novelist Catriona McPherson wins mystery book honor

Novelist Catriona McPherson — who specializes in mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver, set in Scotland circa the 1920s — picked up an award at last month’s Bouchercon, an annual convention for mystery writers and fans, held this year in Cleveland. McPherson, who lives outside Winters, received the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award for her […]

New workshops to help seniors avoid falls

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis is seeking participants for new community healthy effort aimed at reducing falls among older adults. The UCD Health System’s Trauma Prevention Program and department of physical medicine and rehabilitation are piloting weekly workshops workshops called “Stepping On” that provide participants with suggestions for improving balance and strength, ideas about home modifications […]

Take that mail ballot to your polling place

Do you still have a vote-by-mail ballot you requested weeks or months ago from the Yolo County Elections Office? At this point, it’s too late to mail it to ensure delivery by Election Day on Tuesday. So, elections officials recommend that you take your ballot to your neighborhood polling place, or to the Elections Office […]

California Republican ranks shrinking

By Drew Joseph The decline of the California Republican Party took a symbolic step Friday, with the secretary of state’s office announcing that registered Republicans account for less than 30 percent of the state’s electorate ahead of Tuesday’s election. The party’s share of registered voters fell from 31.37 percent in October 2008 to 29.36 percent […]

Bet Haverim presents program on Jews in Medicine

The long history of “Jews in Medicine” will be explored by Dr. Mark Belafsky in a talk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The program will be presented at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis, and is sponsored by the congregation’s Israel Matters Committee. Belafsky will give an overview of Jewish contributions to […]

Scrabble club moves indoors till spring

The Unofficial Davis Scrabble Club has moved inside, now that Picnic in the Park has wrapped for the season. Scrabble fans meet from 6:30 to about 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Crepeville, Third and C streets in downtown Davis, from November to March. All levels of players are welcome, and are asked to bring their deluxe […]

Three Thanksgiving feasts planned by Davis Community Meals

Davis Community Meals will host three Thanksgiving meals this week and next, all at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. All community members are welcome to attend. The feasts will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. For more information, […]

Dates set for GATE testing

Davis area parents who are interested in having their child evaluated for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) identification can sign up for several upcoming testing dates. * For fourth- and sixth-graders, testing dates are Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Jan. 16. Sessions are at 2 p.m. * For seventh- and ninth-graders, testing dates […]

Wastewater treatment plant upgrades: the why and the how (much)

When the state’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board handed down stricter wastewater discharge standards in 2001, it sent cities across California scrambling to meet them. Among other compounds, the state legislated more stringent requirements for biological oxygen demand — a measure of the amount of nutrients in the water — ammonia, total suspended […]

The wastewater plant: where ‘it’ all goes

Michael Lindquist stands on a steel grate atop one of the wastewater treatment plant buildings northeast of Davis, while hundreds of thousands of gallons of human waste gush through a screen just inches below his feet.

The sun is warm, baking and strengthening the smell — yes, that smell — as the machines below him drive and separate what has arrived from all the toilets and showers and sinks in Davis.

All in all, it’s just kind of a gross place to be. Yet …

Holiday music sought at market

The Davis Farmers Market is looking for Davis community musical groups who would like to perform holiday music at the Saturday markets in December through Christmas Eve. Groups may perform for 30 minutes or one hour, depending upon availability. The following dates and times have not yet been booked: * Dec. 1 at the market shed […]

Sunrise Rotary seeks service project applications

The Davis Sunrise Rotary Club is accepting grant applications to support community service projects. The club is dedicated to supporting projects in the community that can be positively impacted by creating a partnership between Rotary and the applicant through financial support and/or hands on participation of members. Applications are due Dec. 1. More specific criteria […]