See shorebirds on Wildlife Area tour

As winter draws to an end and water levels recede, opportunities to view a variety of shorebirds increase in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area east of Davis. Recently sighted species include American avocets, black-necked stilts and least sandpipers. Representatives of the Yolo Basin Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife invite members of […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Lake Tahoe clarity is best in 10 years

Lake Tahoe’s clarity improved in 2012 for the second year in a row, and its waters were the clearest in 10 years, according to scientists who study the lake.

Last year’s average annual clarity level was 75.3 feet, or a 6.4-foot improvement from 2011, according to data released Wednesday by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The lake’s clarity is measured by the depth at which a 10-inch white disk, called a Secchi disk, remains visible when lowered beneath the water’s surface. The measurements have been taken since 1968, when the Secchi disk could be seen down to an average of 102.4 feet.

The annual clarity level is the average of 22 individual readings taken throughout the year.

Radio talk show focuses on weight loss

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with host Koren Motekaitis, airs from 1o to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM,or by live webstreaming at So often we look for the secret recipe, ingredient or blueprint for weight loss. What is the magic food or exercise so you can lose this […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Parents invited to learn more about Reggio Emilia approach to education

By Kim Longworth The Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy is best known for balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Guiseppe Verdi. But it is also known for having the best preschools and kindergartens in the world. The Reggio Emilia approach to educating children is world-famous, and educators throughout the world visit the region to find out how […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Avoid the myths to plan successfully

CHICAGO (AP) — No matter how many years you are from calling it quits, it’s essential to have some kind of plan in mind for financing retirement. The days of counting on Uncle Sam and a company pension to carry you through old age are long gone. We’re living increasingly in a “yoyo” economy — […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Environmental update: Grasscycling can help your lawn

By now, most people realize they can recycle newspaper, bottles and cans. What many people don’t know is that you can recycle grass clippings via grasscycling. Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when you mow. Grass clippings left on a lawn can quickly decompose, recycling nutrients into the […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

For the record

Sunday’s story about Measure I campaign finances reported outdated information for The Centaur Group, which has been hired by the Yes on I committee. The local government and public relations business is co-owned by Kemble Pope and Kari Fry, with Fry handling day-to-day management and Pope, executive director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, serving […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Strength in localism

I’m pleased to share with you Davis Media Access’ annual report and financials for 2011-12, available at The report helps us tell the big-picture story of where DMA fits in, both locally and in the larger community media movement. It illustrates how we leverage limited resources in support of a really big mission — […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

More elite universities offer free online courses

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO — More of the world’s elite universities are joining the rush to offer “massive open online courses” that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees. Coursera and edX, two of the leading MOOC providers, last […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

A front-page story Wednesday incorrectly reported the percentage of 2007-08 UC Davis bachelor’s degree recipients who were unemployed or underemployed at the time of a university survey. Of 1,599 respondents, 22 percent reported being unemployed or underemployed one year after graduation.

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Second victim in fatal crash ID’d

Yolo County coroner’s officials have identified the second person killed in a fiery crash Saturday night near Dunnigan as Cheryl Ann Fortress, 34. Fortress was a resident of Paradise, not Willows as previously reported, said Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, which houses the coroner’s office. Both Fortress and another driver, […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Flower Arrangers will meet at I-House

Davis Flower Arrangers will meet on Wednesday, March 6, to enjoy a program by Shane Looper from San Francisco. Looper has entered flower arrangements in shows for more than 30 years and is a master accredited flower show judge. She also is associated with the California Garden Clubs Inc.  and will provide information about this […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

PTA kicks off supply closet drive at DHS open house

The Davis High School PTA is launching an effort to coordinate regular donations of basic consumable supplies and in-kind donations to DHS. Paper reams, white board pens, Lysol wipes, tissue and sanitizer are requested. The items will be placed in a supply closet accessible to teachers and staff at the school. The first date to donate is open house […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Drop off those Measure I ballots

It may be too late to mail your Measure I ballot to guarantee its arrival at the Yolo County Elections Office by the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Voters should not despair, however. Ballots may be dropped in a secure box at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, or at the Elections […]

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