Visit Quail Ridge Reserve with ecologist

Visitors are invited to walk the Quail Ridge Reserve from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The reserve is on a peninsula at the southwest end of Lake Berryessa. The walk, along hillsides of California native grasses, wildflowers and trees, is easy, and will be led by Frank Maurer, a zoologist and ecologist and executive director […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

URC engages seniors in unexpected way

Online dating sites, music venues and — at your own risk — bars are sometimes cited as places to meet a potential significant other. But Davis’ University Retirement Community? Apparently, given the 13 couples who have met and wed at the local senior-living center, it’s not too much of a stretch. “They’re missing an opportunity by not using […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

College health plans respond as transgender students gain visibility

By Richard Pérez-Peña Over the past decade, as activists started pushing colleges to accommodate transgender students, they first raised only basic issues, like recognizing a name change or deciding who could use which bathrooms. But the front lines have shifted fast, particularly at the nation’s elite colleges, and a growing number are now offering students […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News

West Plainfield FD hosts pancake breakfast fundraiser

The West Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department will host its 35th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 3, at Lillard Hall. The hall is next to the fire station, at 24901 County Road 95 west of Davis. Between 450 and 500 people are served every year at this all-you-can-eat event. Tickets […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tuition freeze seen as causing big hikes

By Nanette Asimov For many university students in California, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal that state lawmakers freeze tuition at current levels for four more years would be a dream come true. But Tuesday, the state’s independent legislative analyst urged lawmakers to reject the idea and said it could have nightmarish consequences. “While this would help […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Friends will hear about Davis documentary

Jann Murray-García of Davis will speak about the making of the film “From the Community to the Classroom” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Friends Meeting House, 345 L St. in Davis. The public is welcome to attend the free presentation. The film is available for checkout from several branches of the Yolo County […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

There’s still time to register to vote in the March 5 election on the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project. Prospective voters have until Tuesday to register, online at More information on Measure I will be available Sunday at Nugget Market in the Oak Tree Plaza.

February 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Give up Tweeting for Lent?

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh pastor is all a Twitter with a new idea for a Lenten fast: No social media. KDKA-TV reports the Rev. William Curtis has asked members of his church to give up social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for Lent, which began Wednesday and runs through Easter. Curtis says he’s not […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Find a friend at $5 Friday pet adoption

It’s 5$ Friday at the Yolo County Sheriff’s Animal Services Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. All cats and dogs may be adopted for just a $5 adoption fee. Prospective pet owners can see the pets available on, Facebook at or There are additional fees of $15 for a dog license […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Eat pizza to support the Madrigals

A fundraiser for the Davis High School Madrigal Choir will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Lamppost Pizza, 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. Lamppost Pizza will donate 30 percent of any regular priced pizza to the choir, which is raising funds for its spring tour of Italy. The fundraiser applies to […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Dorner’s rampage ends in burning cabin

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Mathematics thicker than water

Although the proponents of our innovative, only-in-Davis water rate structure aren’t eager for this information to get into the public consciousness, the plain fact of the matter is that once the consumption-based fixed rate system is fully functional in 2018, every ccf of water you use in the summer will cost you $7.80 annually, while […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Fire investigators: Maintenance work sparked apartment blaze

Maintenance workers soldering a bathroom pipe accidentally started Monday’s third-alarm fire that damaged nine apartments and displaced more than a dozen residents, many of them UC Davis students preparing for midterm exams, Davis Fire Department officials said. Division Chief Paul Swanson said the fire began in the wall of a vacant first-floor unit at the […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

The Great Migration: Individual choices together reshaped nation, author says

Isabel Wilkerson faces a happy challenge when she speaking to high schoolers about her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” It so strains their imaginations that, for example, in Birmingham, Ala., it was once specifically illegal for a black man and a white to play checkers or that […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,