At the Pond: Warren Roberts, an Arboretum superstar

Did you take in a Walk with Warren this year? That’s Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum. Well, if you didn’t, you are out of luck until September or October. But there are other activities at the Arboretum all summer. Warren, superintendent for 37-plus years, has been leading a monthly walk in […]

California voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks. With about 5 million votes cast, “no” on Proposition 29 led by about 27,000 votes with about 105,000 left […]

Save Mart, workers struggle to reach new contract

SACRAMENTO — Save Mart Supermarkets and its union workers are struggling to agree on a new contract, and the standoff could lead to a strike. The Sacramento Bee reports the Modesto-based supermarket chain has given its employees its “last, best and final” contract offer. The chain includes a Davis store in Anderson Plaza at Covell […]

City swimming pools welcome summer lovers

Bust out the sunscreen and floppy hat, the city pools are in full swing for the summer. Manor Pool, 1525 Tulip Lane, and Arroyo Pool, 2000 Shasta Drive, are open for recreational swimming. Summer hours are: * Arroyo Pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, plus 7:15 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and […]

Fourth of July swimming will be at Arroyo, Manor pools

It’s been a relatively mild summer thus far, but the Fourth of July typically brings some sizzling temperatures. To cool off, Davis residents are invited to visit Arroyo and Manor pools between 1 and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Regular recreational swim admission or a season pass will get you in the door. Admission is $3.75 for adults, […]

Hear Wike’s poetry at Woodland library

Poet Carlena Wike will read her work at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Leake Room at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. in Woodland. The microphone will be open to all comers following Wike’s presentation. Wike has written poetry since childhood, and won first prize for poetry at Los Angeles Valley College in 1975. […]

Sing along to ‘Oklahoma!’ at Senior Center

Come sing along to classic tunes from the musical “Oklahoma!” — “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Oklahoma!” — from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Locals will sing along with recordings by Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore […]

Party raises funds for death penalty initiative

A dessert party will be held Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Davis Friends Meetinghouse, 345 L St., to raise funds for the SAFE California initiative. If passed by voters in November, it will abolish the death penalty in California, replacing it with life without possibility of parole. Natalie Wormeli, Yolo County campaign […]

Sunday event supports local farmers

The whole family is invited to enjoy food, music and a gorgeous setting at a “Glide Into Summer” fundraiser Sunday evening on the Glide Ranch, 36355 Russell Blvd. west of Davis. Local food and drinks will be available, including a seasonal meal prepared by Monticello Seasonal Cuisine chef Tony Gruska and cupcakes by Let Them […]

Online education has teachers conflicted

By Nanette Asimov When the University of California dangled a $30,000 incentive in front of thousands of professors in 2010, inviting them to create UC-worthy online courses, just 70 responded, and only a few classes materialized. Faculty members at California State University were similarly skeptical and warned of “Walmartization” last year as trustees charged each campus $50,000 to help […]

School board votes to demolish MPR, continue tax discussion

The Davis school board voted unanimously Thursday night to demolish the aging, leaky multipurpose room at Davis High School. The school board also scheduled a special meeting next Thursday to work on details of a possible new parcel tax to be placed  before Davis voters in the Nov. 6 election. The majority of the trustees […]

Mount Rainier ranger killed in climbers’ rescue

LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) — A Mount Rainier ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped in efforts to rescue four injured climbers who fell on a glacier, a National Park Service spokesman said. Ranger Nick Hall was helping prepare the climbers to be taken from the 14,411-foot Washington state peak when […]

Profiling is wrong in all cases

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS … it might be wise for all of us to take a step back as the police continue to pursue avenues that will, we hope, lead them to the person or persons who hung a noose from the south goal post at the Davis High football stadium last weekend … not to […]

Woodland cigarette store robbed at gunpoint

Woodland police are investigating the armed robbery of a cigarette store that occurred Wednesday evening. Sgt. Steve Sexton said the suspect entered Cigarette Stop, 825 East St., shortly after 5 p.m. and displayed a firearm while demanding money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries or shots fired, and the […]