T. Burt McNaughton named co-publisher of Fairfield newspaper

By Barry Eberling FAIRFIELD — T. Burt McNaughton has been named co-publisher of the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield. McNaughton joins his father, Foy McNaughton, as co-publisher. Foy McNaughton is also president and CEO of McNaughton Newspapers. T. Burt McNaughton had been the Daily Republic’s general manager. “I’m extremely excited to be named co-publisher of […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis congregation gets environmental award

Davis United Methodist Church was honored earlier this month by Earth Ministry for its environmental stewardship and status as Earth Ministry’s Greening Congregation of the Month for September 2012. Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry, a national environmental organization with headquarters in Seattle, presented the church with a banner during the church’s worship service. “You are […]

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

Davis man linked to robbery of Woodland woman, 81

Woodland police say a Davis man is responsible for the robbery of an 81-year-old woman last fall and has been detained in North Carolina on unrelated charges. Ramsey Lee Spivey, 42, allegedly fled from police on Nov. 30 — five days after the robbery — in a stolen vehicle as officers tried to question him […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

D.A.’s Office warns of door-to-door scammers

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has received several recent reports of door-to-door salespeople who may be targeting senior citizens in Woodland. These salespeople are ignoring clearly posted “no soliciting” signs and are using high-pressure tactics to make sales, a news release from the D.A.’s Office reports. In one recent instance at a local mobile […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was hospitalized Thursday after colliding with a vehicle at a northeast Davis intersection, according to the Davis police and fire departments. Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Pole Line Road and collided with a car whose driver was turning from westbound Moore Boulevard onto southbound Pole Line […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yolo Airport like ‘Silicon Valley’ for ag industry

Gary Pelfrey of Davis Flight Support said recently a seed company flew in on a Gulfstream IV with 13 people for 72 hours. His clients utilized 13 rooms at the Hallmark Inn for three nights, and spent money for four rental cars, meals, $600 on catering from Nugget and $15,000 worth of fuel. Pelfrey said […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Sound effects: Residents, airport seek to be good neighbors

Keeping peace in any neighborhood is not an easy task. Toss in an airport, and the situation becomes even more of a balancing act. Yolo County administrators find themselves juggling local economic growth with residential safety. Administrators say they are not seeking to increase commerce at Yolo County Airport, adding that safety enhancements over the next three […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Stocks open lower, threatening long rally

By Daniel Wagner U.S. stocks opened lower Friday, threatening to end the longest winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average in nearly 17 years. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43 points, or 0.3, to 14,496 in the first hour and half of trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell four points, or 0.3 […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Hate is as hate does

THE VERY DEFINITION OF HATE … whether or not Mikey Partida was attacked and beaten within an inch of his life on the streets of East Davis because he is gay has yet to be determined … but either way, this certainly fits my definition of a hate crime, no matter the motivation of the […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis man, 19, arrested in hate-crime beating case

A Davis teen already facing assault charges in Solano County was arrested Thursday in connection with last weekend’s brutal beating of a gay man on I Street. Clayton Daniel Garzon, 19, was taken into custody at the Davis Police Department at about 10 a.m., Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. By about 3:30 p.m., he was being […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Davis resident survived fall, now running half marathon

Kathryn Kolesar, a Davis resident and UC Davis graduate student, went from a death-defying fall to reaching new personal goals in the span of just seven months. The date was Aug. 28, 2012, when the first part of this 28-year-old’s inspirational story occurred. It involved a rock climbing trip to Yosemite with a friend. “Basically, we […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pioneer Elementary principal leaving, district posts opening for Davis High chief

Principal Deborah Brayton informed parents at Pioneer Elementary on Wednesday that she will be leaving in June. “It is with regret I am informing you of my resignation as principal of Pioneer Elementary School starting in the 2013-2014 school year,” Brayton wrote. Hired five years ago, Brayton said she is pursuing employment closer to her […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fleet Feet collects stuffed animals for sick kids

Fleet Feet Davis will host its third annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 23, to honor the memory of Samantha “Sammie” Hartsfield, the daughter of Fleet Feet staff member Chris Hartsfield. Sammie, who bravely battled osteosarcoma for nearly three years, proposed the idea of starting a Bunny Drive to collect spring-themed stuffed animals that would […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learning by doing, the Montessori way

The noise level had slowly but steadily risen in Sally Palow’s classroom at Birch Lane Elementary School on Wednesday morning. So Palow stepped to the front of the room and gently rang the wind chimes hanging there. Silence immediately ensued among her fifth- and sixth-grade students.

They were spread out all around the room — some on the floor, others sitting at tables, some working alone, others with partners. Two groups of students were making banners representing ancient Chinese dynasties. They searched through books …