Día de los Muertos celebration set in Winters

The Winters Community Library and the Winters High School Personas del Mundo club will co-host the second annual Día de los Muertos Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Margaret Parsons Room of the library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. This year’s event will pay special homage to authors and library […]

Genealogy Club looks at German roots

The public is invited to the Davis Genealogy Club’s free program, “Beginning German Genealogy,” presented by expert researcher and author Shirley J. Riemer at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. In this introduction to German genealogy research, Riemer will guide the audience step by step through the cultural, historical […]

Auditions for talent show coming up

The city’s Community Services Division is seeking performers for the third annual Davis’ Got Talent event. Area residents of any age with a performing talent are encouraged to audition. Auditions will be on Friday, Nov. 9, with a time yet to be determined based upon the number of people auditioning. Twelve finalists will be selected to compete during […]

Hear more from Granda on Wednesday

Davis voters can meet school board candidate Jose Granda and hear more about his ideas for Davis schools at a meet-and-greet from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The theme of his campaign is “Excellence in Education with Sound Financial Responsibility.” […]

Voice software helps study of rare Yosemite owls

By Tracie Cone YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — In the bird world, they make endangered condors seem almost commonplace. The unique great gray owls of Yosemite, left to evolve after glacial ice separated them from their plentiful Canadian brethren 30 millennia ago, are both a mystery and concern to the scientists charged with protecting them. […]

Former chief probation officer accused of improper conduct, ethical conflict

In the weeks leading up to her abrupt resignation as chief probation officer for Yolo County in June, Marjorie Rist was the subject of a grand jury investigation into her relationship with a Utah-based contractor, who was providing risk assessment software and training to the probation department. The grand jury report released on Thursday found […]

Katehi lauded for pointing way for women, girls

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was among 12 women honored last week at the 2012 California STEM Summit for advancing science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives in the state and for being role models for women and girls. “For our economy to thrive in the future, we need more young women, as well as […]

Whole Foods store opens doors on Wednesday

Opening festivities The public is invited to attend a Whole Foods “Harvest Hullabaloo” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Commons shopping center, 500 First St. in Davis. The event will feature more than 20 local vendors offering samples of various tasty products. Attendees can meet the staff of the new Whole […]

Mural walk finds ‘Hidden Treasures’

It seems a mural springs up on a wall just about every other day in Davis, so Friday’s transmedia mural walk drew large crowds to learn about all the new art. The walk around downtown Davis featured many styles of painting, including “Hidden Treasures” by Myron Stephens. Individuals can take self-guided tours using a phone […]

Lebanese on edge after car bomb linked to Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters erected flaming roadblocks and gunmen roamed the streets Saturday in a city on edge after the assassination of a top security official in a powerful car bomb the prime minister linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria. The crisis raised a terrifying specter for Lebanese who fear their country […]

Woodland man killed by car while crossing Highway 113

A 49-year-old Woodland man was killed Friday afternoon when crossing Highway 113 on foot, and allegedly under the influence of alcohol, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Woodland resident was collecting aluminum cans with another man along the highway at 7:30 p.m. when they attempted to walk across the roadway near Gibson Road, CHP […]

Private colleges boom as California universities falter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state’s private colleges and universities. With five years of funding cuts causing stumbles in the state’s public higher education systems, California students are increasingly turning to private institutions, as well as out-of-state schools, […]

Summit addresses food insecurity in Yolo County

Food is something Yolo County does very well. From tomatoes to olive oil, rice to walnuts, the county’s land is known far and wide for its bounty. Nearly 1,000 farms cover 540,000 acres of county land, and last year, the gross value of all that agricultural production was nearly $550 million — an all-time high. […]