Behind the mask: DLL umpires share love of the game

It’s opening day for Davis Little League and the weather is perfect; sunny with a slight breeze. On the east field of the DLL complex at F Street and Covell Boulevard, umpire-in-chief Brian Riley oversees a Majors game between the Nationals and the Rays.

He calls players out and calls them safe. He dusts off home plate. He ensures that the game between these 9- to 12-year-olds proceeds in a safe and sportsmanlike manner.

Every spring, a similar scene plays out in towns across America on Saturdays. Baseball, after all, is the national pastime and Little League is no less of an American tradition. For more than 65 years, kids have been making friends, getting their first hits and falling in love with baseball, all while being taught the core principles of character, courage and loyalty, on fields across America.

School board trustees ponder layoffs of custodians, secretaries

The Davis school board discussed another round of layoff notices during Thursday night’s meeting — this time involving secretaries, custodians, paraeducators who work with special education students, and other non-certificated positions — constituting yet another move in the school district’s ongoing effort to address a stubborn $3.5 million structural deficit. Assistant Superintendent Matt Best told […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Would you buy a used car from this street?

MOTOR TREND … folks on my side of the tracks like to call it “East Davis Motors” … I’m speaking, of course, of the informal used car lot that springs up along E. Eighth or sometimes Pole Line, where would-be sellers simply park their vehicles in high traffic areas with a “FOR SALE” sign prominently displayed […]

Occupier arrested for vandalism

UC Davis police have arrested Occupy UC Davis protester Thomas Matzat on suspicion of felony vandalism. UCD spokesman Andy Fell said that on March 17, police arrested Matzat in connection with six incidents of vandalism to campus walls, windows, bus shelters and restrooms over the past few months. Speaking at a rally Thursday, English professor […]

Protesters: UCD taking ‘revenge’ for bank blockade

Speakers at a Thursday rally accused the UC Davis administration of taking revenge and trying to punish bank protesters out of the public eye in order to silence dissent.

“We will not be intimidated,” said Sophia Kamran, one of 11 students due to be arraigned April 27 for their role in a blockade that led U.S. Bank to close its campus branch and sever a deal with the university.

“That’s their goal (with) these retroactive measures, to intimidate us.”

The students and one professor face one count each of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor …

AgraQuest expands soil disease control tool into new markets

Growers of bulb vegetables including onions, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, strawberries and cole crops in most of the United States can now benefit from AgraQuest’s Serenade Soil fungicide, just like growers of tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits and potatoes have been since 2010. The product also can be used for control of Sclerotium rolfsii in […]

Nugget Market hosts ‘Local Love Fair’ April 14

Nugget Markets in Davis, Roseville and El Dorado Hills will host special “Local Love Fair” events, with local producers, farmers and vendors on-site sharing information and offering product samples throughout the store. The Davis Local Love Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Nugget Market at 1414 E. […]

B & L Ladies Night supports Ashdown’s ride

B & L Bike Shop will host its second Ladies Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at 610 Third St. in downtown Davis. Jamie Whitmore, an Xterra triathlete champion and cancer survivor, will be the guest speaker. The evening will include wine, chocolate, a fashion show, a silent auction and up to […]

PG&E nears completion of replacement project, has no plans for further work in Stonegate

The replacement project PG&E began in February to replace 2,000 feet of natural gas distribution pipeline in the Stonegate subdivision in West Davis is on schedule to finish in early May, a spokesperson for the utility said Thursday. Though 81 gas leaks have sprung up in Stonegate since 2006, PG&E pledged to replace the sections of […]

Soil science prof wins UCD teaching prize

By Kat Kerlin The phrase “dull as dirt” does not apply to professor Randy Dahlgren’s soil science classes. Time and again on his student evaluations, the words “enthusiasm,” “passion” and “energy” pop up. His distinctive teaching abilities were recognized Thursday when Chancellor Linda Katehi interrupted his “Crisis in the Environment?” class with a cake to […]

Value in a luxury sedan: Lexus LS

By Ann M. Job With a starting retail price of $68,505, the 2012 Lexus LS sedan is bargain-priced compared to European competitors. The flagship sedan of the luxury Lexus line, the roomy, comfortable, V-8-powered LS also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where this four-door auto is rated above average in reliability. And […]

Davis resident charged with DUI after I-80 crash

A 23-year-old Davis resident was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night after crashing her car into a concrete wall on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol. Jessica K. Lowery was driving a 2002 Chevy Cavalier westbound on I-80 near the Enterprise exit when she made an unsafe turning […]

Salsa dance will benefit foundation

The Davis Bridge Educational Foundation’s annual Salsa Dinner and Dance will take place Friday, April 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Dinner will be provided by Guadalajara Taqueria, live music by Zapato Viejo and dance instruction by Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness. Tickets are $50 each or $90 for a […]

Titanic program planned April 18 at library

The Stephens Branch Library will present “Titanic: Ship of Dreams” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking. The library is at 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The program will be presented by staff member Victoria Klein portraying Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown. The audience will travel through […]