CHP: Drugs, texting caused fatal County Road 102 crash

In the days after her daughter was killed in a head-on collision on County Road 102, June Stein was upset by the graphic images of the wreckage that appeared in newspapers and on television news broadcasts. But after the California Highway Patrol revealed Friday that the driver who caused the crash had been under the […]

Chihuahua death is Yolo County’s latest animal cruelty case

It’s been a rough few months for four-legged creatures in Yolo County. On Thursday, a probation officer supervising a road maintenance crew in West Sacramento stumbled upon a grim case of animal torture — a dead Chihuahua-mix dog whose legs had been bound and its mouth tied shut, said Vicky Fletcher of the Yolo County […]

Explorit hosts family weekend focused on spiders

To ease fears and educate the community about the important role spiders play in the ecosystem, Explorit Science Center will host a Family Exploration weekend — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 — all about spiders in conjunction with its pilot Community Science Project, “Spiders in Your World.” How do spiders not stick to […]

Summer camp raises money for well in third-world country

More than 400 children descended on University Covenant Church in Davis this week for “Breakaway: Quest of the Time Travelers” — a high-energy, interactive summer day camp for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders. This is the fourth year that UCC has hosted the day camp, which has grown every year. This year, 476 kids experienced time periods […]

Tips from Preschool teachers

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think. Here’s how you can encourage them: 1. Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations — preschoolers included. “At school we expect […]

US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew […]

$2B in California taxpayer money in special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than $2 billion in California taxpayer money has apparently been stashed in hundreds of special funds unaccounted for by the state Department of Finance, a newspaper reported on Friday. An examination of more than 500 special fund accounts, like the $54 million discrepancy in state parks money, showed a $2.3 billion […]

An occasional dose of humility is always a good thing

MEA CULPA … earlier this week, in a brilliant piece about discrimination against males, I noted the dramatically lower life insurance rates a woman pays compared to a man of the same age … I wrote, accurately, that “it seems to me the whole notion behind gender-equality laws is that we must all be treated […]

WAC eliminates three water project options

The Water Advisory Committee closed the book on the three most expensive surface water project options of the six presented by city staff Thursday, essentially ending any discussion of pursuing the original Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency project the Joint Powers Authority first proposed in 2009. In addition to the original WDCWA project, the committee also […]

UCD stem cell researchers awarded $53 million

UC Davis Health System researchers who are working to speed therapies to patients suffering from critical limb ischemia, osteoporosis and Huntington’s disease received approval Thursday for three separate research grants from the state’s stem cell agency totaling more than $53 million. Each of the research studies that can now begin at UCD are specifically designed […]

Save on back-to-school items

By Kasey Trenum Q: How can I save on back-to-school items? A: Pencils, paper, glue sticks, crayons, back packs, new clothes, and school uniforms team up to make back-to-school shopping the second largest shopping season of the year after the Christmas holidays. The list never seems to end. It starts with the “needs,” move to […]

Art, sculpture, movement classes have openings

Summer is ending, and it’s your last chance to sign up for the final summer camps and classes at the Davis Art Center. Classes offered next week include the “Lions, Tigers and Bears” Wizard of Oz Clay Camp, “Wednesday Night Clay Studio,” “Figure Study” or “Figurative Sculpture” (with live models), “Clay for Fun,” “Advanced Clay […]

Woodland man accused of vehicle theft, vandalism, DUI

Davis police have arrested a Woodland man who allegedly drove a stolen truck to Davis to vandalize his estranged wife’s apartment. The investigation began at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday with reports of a window breaking at an apartment at 1850 Hanover Drive. As officers were checking the parking lot, a man driving by in a […]

Ready to grow: Farm to School plans countywide expansion

The motto was simple from the start: “Sow it, grow it, reap it, eat it.”

And for 12 years, that’s exactly what Davis schoolchildren have been doing, thanks to a retired teacher, who even after 37 years of teaching, wasn’t quite ready to leave behind the students and the school gardens that had become her favorite classroom.

Dorothy Peterson started Davis Farm to School almost immediately upon retiring from Pioneer Elementary School in 1999, and since then, the program has flourished like the lettuce and basil and tomatoes now found growing in gardens at every Davis school.

Davis Farm to School teamed up with the school district’s central kitchen, helping bring …