Faith groups are called to action on climate crisis

“Our current way of living is not compatible with the planet we live on. The good news is, we have an opportunity to do something about it now. If we make changes in our lifestyle and in our public policy in relation to the Earth itself, future generations will reap the benefits of our wisdom […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

ID theft protection tips offered at document-shredding event

Travis Credit Union, in partnership with Security-Shred Inc., invites local individuals and small businesses to take the first step in identity protection: If you don’t need it, dispose of it … responsibly. The free shredding service will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Travis Credit Union Headquarters, One Travis Way in Vacaville. […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Volunteers needed to help in native plant nursery

  The Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help in its native plant nursery in South Davis every other Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The events begin Feb. 23 and continue through September. The native plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed. The nursery inventory […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Quiz night raises funds for Birch Lane School

Birch Lane Elementary School will host a quiz night fundraiser, “Are You Smarter Than a Birch Lane Teacher?,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Teams of eight will participate in a multiple-choice challenge that tests basic knowledge. The event also will feature an appetizer buffet, a […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Club iROC gathers monthly

Club iROC, a Davis Meetup Group for young adults with social challenges, meets monthly on the fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m. at various downtown Davis locations. For more information and monthly updates, visit

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Crane working on new Bay Bridge span falls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one was injured when a crane tipped over while being used on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, authorities said. The crane was on a barge underneath the new span helping to remove a temporary support structure and was holding a piece of the structure when […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Magistrate OKs bail for Pistorius

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius’ family members and supporters shouted “Yes!” when Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made his decision after a near two-hour explanation […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Storm buries Plains in snow

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A snowstorm that blanketed parts of the Plains and Midwest in snow and ice and forced truckers to take a night off made commuting a grind Friday morning as it slowly moved to the north and east. Powerful wind gusts churned-up snow and created large drifts on many Midwest roadways, […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board OKs more homework for elementary students

After a long discussion and much public comment, the Davis school board voted 3-2 Thursday to allow an increased homework load for elementary students. Ten more minutes nightly, on up to four nights per week, were authorized. The new policy won’t take effect until the fall, after teachers have been trained in best practices for giving […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Change of heart? Vinny will help

HELP, I CHANGED MY MIND … Katie in South Davis is not the first to write and ask “I wonder if you could address how people can change their vote. I mean, if someone thought initially Measure I was a good idea, but they realize the error of their ways, how would they change their […]

February 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bee on the alert for spring swarms

Although the sight of a giant ball of buzzing bees dangling from your backyard arbor may appear frightful, swarming honeybees are known to be docile.

“Don’t panic because they probably aren’t going to stay there long,” says Lynn Kimsey, UC Davis professor of entomology. “Now if they settle in your fireplace, that’s a different issue.”

According to Kimsey, swarms occur in spring and summer when healthy bee colonies grow …

Winery hosts ‘Raise a Glass for Hope’ benefit

Award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff of Davis will join Sundstrom Hill Winery for “Raise a Glass for Hope,” a benefit for Esperanza Rising, a nonprofit charitable and educational foundation based in Davis. The benefit will take place at the Sundstrom Hill Winery, 2744 Del Rio Place, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Esperanza Rising, established in […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Press Release | Tagged ,

Study links tax credit to infant health

The Earned Income Tax Credit is known to reduce poverty, but according to a new UC Davis study it also is linked to reduced rates of low birth weight and increased average birth weight — key factors in measuring infant health. Pregnant mothers who received the credit also showed lower smoking and drinking rates, possibly […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Learn the traditional Japanese art of fish printing

Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to sign up for a gyotaku workshop with Davis resident Chris Dewees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Gyotaku is traditional fish printing started by Japanese fishermen to record their catch. Dewees, a longtime fish biologist, has been a devotee of gyotaku since his […]

February 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,