St. James School hosts open house

Families considering enrolling their child at St. James School for the 2013-14 school year are invited to an open house at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1215 B St. in Davis. The school offers instruction in kindergarten through eighth grade. Classrooms will be open, and the principal and teachers will be available for questions. […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Former Davis City Manager Roger Storey dies at age 72

Roger Alan Storey, who served as Davis’ city manager from 1985 to 1990, died Jan. 16, 2013, of complications following a battle with sarcoma cancer that started in January 2010. He was 72. Storey was remembered as a consummate professional by those with whom he worked, including current Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton and former City […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local group plants more than 400 trees along Russell Boulevard

Thirty-five volunteers from the Sacramento Tree Foundation planted 25 coast live oak trees along the bike path west of Davis on Jan. 12. Members of the Russell Boulevard Tree Project hope to get as many trees as possible planted along Russell, which runs between Davis and Winters. Since 2009, volunteers have planted 419 trees, according […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

City recreation scholarships available

The city of Davis allocates scholarship money each year to low-income residents to help offset the cost of city recreation programs. Those who qualify will receive 50 percent of program fees up to their allotted household amount. Because the amount of funding and number of subsidy requests varies, the city is not able to provide […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

DHS grad finds continued success in Hollywood

It’s been said over and over again by Hollywood luminaries when they find themselves in the running for a prestigious award: “It’s an honor just to be nominated.” But it’s true, says Davis native Leo Chu. When he and his colleague, Eric Garcia, were nominated last year for a 2012 Writer’s Guild Award for their […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Casino impact funds set

The state of California has allocated $60,765 to the Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee to award as grants to local agencies in Yolo County affected by tribal gaming. The committee is accepting applications for grant funding. Priority areas for the receipt of grant funding include law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, environmental […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Judge imposes death penalty in UCD “sweethearts” murder case

SACRAMENTO — Calling the defendant’s crimes “so horrendous, so evil,” a Sacramento Superior Court judge Friday said the death penalty is the “appropriate punishment” to impose on Richard Joseph Hirschfield for the Dec. 20, 1980, kidnap-murders of UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves. In a courtroom filled with the slain couple’s family and […]

January 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts

Our Sunday best: A league of their own

On a recent Saturday morning, the dance room in Yosemite Hall on the campus of Sacramento State University has been transformed.

Large metal goals have been erected on each side of the room, and in between, rope has been taped to the floor, marking off sidelines, mid-court and half-court.

Two teams of three face off from either end of the room, each player clad in hip pads, knee pads and goggles. Soon, a blue basketball-sized ball is rolling at high speed back and forth, with each team trying to score on the opposing team, while at the same time protecting their own goals …

Get out an play — Activities for the visually impaired

There are numerous programs in Northern California that provide accommodations and guides for visually impaired children and adults who want to experience outdoor adventure, sports and more. Whether it’s kayaking on San Francisco Bay, skiing in the Sierra, spending a few weeks at summer camp or participating in the Special Olympics, there is something for […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Free mental health education program offered

The winter sessions of the NAMI Family-to-Family Program will be conducted on Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m., starting Feb. 28 and ending May 9. There also will be a class on Tuesday, March 5. This 12-session program helps families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder to understand the causes and […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

MOPTI, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday. The soldiers were seen in the town of […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC Davis researcher arraigned in explosion case

Some of the explosives-making materials removed from a UC Davis researcher’s apartment last week came from a university lab, and David Scott Snyder may have had help in disposing of the resulting waste, a Yolo County prosecutor disclosed Thursday.

The revelations came shortly after Snyder pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges stemming from the alleged discovery of various chemicals, substances and firearms inside his Russell Park residence.

Also Thursday, bomb technicians detonated additional materials seized during an inspection …

School board hears funding suggestions, but there’s no new money

The Davis school board heard from various parents and teachers on Thursday night who urged them to restore programs that have been trimmed during the past few years due to the state budget crisis, or that face the possibility of changes soon. But Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby reminded the trustees that even though California voters approved Proposition 30 in […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,