Missing Navy SEAL ID’d as Woodland man

HONOLULU (AP) — Military officials have identified the Navy SEAL who went missing last week off Oahu during an open ocean training swim. The Navy has identified the missing SEAL as 33-year-old Matthew John Leathers of Woodland. He was training off Kaena Point when he became separated from his unit. The Coast Guard, Honolulu lifeguards […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Seniors seek input on group’s mission

The Senior Citizens of Davis Inc. will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to redefine the group’s purpose and mission. Currently, SCD functions as a nonprofit organization, whose funds are used primarily for enhancing the services and programs of the Davis Senior Center. The meeting will follow the popular World Café format. Tables of […]

March 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pytel named assistant police chief

The Davis Police Department has announced the promotion of Darren Pytel to the rank of assistant chief. Pytel, 44, has been with the department for 30 years, starting as a police cadet in 1983 and later serving as a part-time reserve and bike officer before becoming a full-time police officer in 1990. He had been […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

See radio-control gliders soar above rural park

The public is invited to attend the Sacramento Valley Soaring Society’s season opener, a thermal duration contest, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grasslands Park. The parks is at Mace Boulevard and Tremont Road about 3 miles south of Davis. In the contest, radio-control gliders with wing spans of 10 to 12 feet […]

March 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Breast cancer treatments update planned

An update on the San Antonio breast cancer symposium will be presented by Helen Chew, M.D, at the Breast Cancer Open Door educational meeting Monday, March 11. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. Chew, director of the breast center at the UC Davis Cancer Center, […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

State hopes to grow future farmers with new plates

By Stacy Finz California may be known for its exceptional surf, its fine weather and, of course, Hollywood, but there is one more thing the state wants to be known for, and it’s taking to the highways and byways to get the message out. Starting in March, there will be a new California agriculture license […]

March 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Fusing science and art

By Lisa Justice and Mike Wang-Belt Explorit Science Center’s dynamic new exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art,” will seek to explore the fusion between the realms of scientific discovery and artistic expression. From the symmetry of a leaf or seashell to the musical potential of rubber bands and plastic pipe, “Beautiful World” will offer visitors […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis Food Co-op’s interest circles open to all

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., offers several free interest groups. The Food Writers Group meets on the first Monday of each month, with the next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Co-op Conference room. Local food writers and bloggers are invited to gather for discussion, workshop and mutual support in their mission to […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Author will talk about ‘myth of American innocence’

Author Barry Spector will give a free public talk on his book, “Madness at the Gates of the City: the Myth of American Innocence,” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Spector looks at America through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Federal retirees to hear from congressman’s aide

“How To Influence Your Congressman and What Can He Do For You” will be the title of Elly Fairclough’s talk Tuesday to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Golden Harvest Chapter 2139. The group will meet at 12:15 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Members of […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Want my emails? You can have ‘em

It was an ordinary Saturday afternoon when I received the most bizarre email I’ve ever received from a member of the Davis City Council. “Hi Bob,” began the brief note from Councilman Brett Lee. “Not sure if anyone let you know about this. Common courtesy dictates that you should be informed.” Brett Lee is a […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Deep well in West Davis shut down after spike in manganese

Surface water project or no surface water project, Davis public works staff members have always assumed they would need to retrofit the city’s deep wells to step up treatment for manganese, a naturally occurring element that poses no health risks, but that can oxidize and turn plumbing fixtures black. They just didn’t think they would […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

No plea for West Sacramento officer accused of sex assaults

WOODLAND — A West Sacramento police officer accused of sexually assaulting six women while on duty made his first court appearance as a jail inmate Wednesday, but did not enter a plea to the 35 felony counts he faces. Sergio Alvarez, 37, sat alone in the jury box in Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio’s […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Weigh in on downtown parking via online survey

The Davis Downtown Parking Committee is seeking input from those who arrive downtown via automobile — workers, shoppers, diners, visitors and those who conduct business in the downtown. To accomplish this, the Parking Committee has created a three-minute survey that allows people to share information about their parking experience downtown. Survey results will help Davis […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,