Tour Southwest collection at Arboretum

A guided public tour of the plants of the Southwestern United States will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the UC Davis Arboretum. The group will meet in front of Arboretum  Headquarters (Valley Oak Cottage) on La Rue Road. Participants will explore autumn sages blooming in the Southwest USA collection and take […]

Walk the Arboretum with Warren

Local residents are invited to join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for a noontime exploration of the West End gardens at the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The group will meet at the gazebo at noon. Walks with Warren run from noon to 1 p.m. on […]

Reception promotes Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural area

Reservations are due Wednesday for a meet-and-greet event Friday in St. Helena sponsored by the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area Conservation Partnership. The group of regional stakeholders is working to conserve the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area west of Davis. The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pope Valley Farm Center, 5700 Chiles […]

Honor veterans at ceremony, celebration, fundraiser and concert

Davis residents will have several opportunities to honor America’s servicemen and women on Veterans Day. * At 11 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 in Davis will host a Veterans Day ceremony in partnership with the Davis Cemetery District. The honor actually begins much […]

Learn about Native American life, culture at library program

Elementary school students will be treated to a California Indian life and culture program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Children’s Activity Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Admission is free. During this family-friendly event presented as part of Native American Heritage Month, representatives from the Maidu […]

Measure of home prices rises most in six years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery. The real estate data provider also said Tuesday that prices declined 0.3 percent in September from […]

China hauls away activists in congress crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her to a police station. She assumed a fake identity to get away, and […]

Family, friends reflect on verdict

“There is never any closure, but this is pretty darn close.” — Ginger Swigart, Sabrina Gonsalves’ aunt “I was with him the night he was murdered because I would follow him anywhere — any chance I had to be with John, I would be with him. My memories of him are so happy and positive […]

Finally, justice for John and Sabrina

It took nearly 32 years, but the Riggins and Gonsalves families finally got the verdict they’d been waiting for.

A Sacramento County jury deliberated roughly three hours Monday before declaring Richard Joseph Hirschfield guilty of the crime that for years haunted the Davis community — the Dec. 20, 1980, kidnap-murders of UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves.

In doing so, they rejected the defense attorneys’ claim that it was another group of suspects who were behind the killings, despite the presence of DNA evidence that analysts said matched Hirschfield, 63, with 1-in-240 trillion odds.

Bob Dunning: Measure E is money in the bank

POLLS, POLLS AND MORE POLLS … while it was hard to get the folks at Gallup interested in polling Davis voters about Measure E, that didn’t stop local groups from doing some surveying of their own … one such poll, which apparently called every household in town except mine, came up with 372 votes in […]

Woodland teen wounded in shooting

An 18-year-old Woodland man was shot in the leg at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Donnelly Circle in Woodland, police reported. As police responded to multiple reports of gunshots, they saw the victim get into a car that immediately left the area, police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said. About 10 minutes later, […]

Event raises funds for Hurricane Sandy relief

On Monday, Nov. 19, Yolo County residents are invited to a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The event, “West Coast Rallies for East Coast,” will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Davis Sunset Rotary is joining with I-House and the interfaith community Celebration of Abraham to […]

Finally, justice for John and Sabrina

SACRAMENTO — It took nearly 32 years, but the Riggins and Gonsalves families today got the verdict they’d been waiting for. After less than a day of deliberations, a Sacramento County jury found Richard Joseph Hirschfield guilty of kidnapping and killing UC Davis students John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves on Dec. 20, 1980. In addition […]

Legendary radio station KZAP returns on KDVS airwaves this week

The heady days of free-form radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s will return — at least for 48 hours — as veteran announcers who were associated with the now-legendary FM radio station KZAP take to the air once again on KDVS in Davis. Starting at 6 a.m. Thursday and continuing through 6 a.m. […]