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Cheers and Jeers: Just a Davis fish story

By From page C2 | August 15, 2014

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:

JEERS to the near-hysteria of some in our community when word began to spread about dozens of fish dying in Mrak Pond at UC Davis. The immediate reaction? “The fish are dying because of the the West Nile virus pesticide spraying last week.”

Stop and think: Why would fish in only one body of water be affected? If fish are dying, why wouldn’t other creatures feel it, too?

Longtime Arboretum watchers know that a summer fish die-off in the dammed-up fork of Putah Creek that runs through campus is a common occurrence. Every year, fish suffocate in the poorly aerated water of the creek. An algae bloom recently died and consumed much of the oxygen in the water, officials said.

CHEERS to savvy motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who are easily learning how to adapt to the changing traffic flow on Fifth Street, between A and L streets. Although the striping of the turn pockets and bike boxes was done in fits and starts — causing some confusion, but not much — everyone proceeded with the type of caution necessary during a roadway project.

We hope the transition to the new traffic flow on Fifth continues to be smooth. Everyone’s goal is a safer roadway for all users.

CHEERS to the six —count ’em, six! — former Blue Devils who’ve graduated from their stints at service academies. Max Reilly, Tyler Finley and Chris Hu attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs after Davis High School, and William Anderson, Jae-Doo Son and Katy Stark graduated from the Military Academy in West Point.

It’s rare for a single community to get multiple members into one class, and we know they’ll do us proud as they head off for their lives as commissioned officers in the Army and Air Force.

CHEERS to the big field of candidates for the upcoming school board race. A total of eight will vie for three seats — Alan Fernandez is running unopposed to fill out the last of Nancy Peterson’s term after she resigned, an the other seven will duke it out for two full, four-year terms.

Financially, these are rough times for the school district, and that can scare off potential candidates. It’s a sign of how involved the Davis community is that there’s more volunteers than ever to take on the task. The campaign should be a fun ride.

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