From coyotes to carnival games and pain at the pump

WHO’S MANNING THE WELCOME WAGON? … lamenting the loss of five coyotes, Mayor Joe Krovoza noted that “A new family of coyotes will move in, and we must be prepared to welcome them.” … that may be going a bit far for those folks who are deathly afraid of anything wilder than Fido, but for […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC board endorses tax initiative, freezes tuition

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California board voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, calling it the best option for preventing damaging cuts at the 10-campus system. However, UC officials warned that if voters reject the November ballot measure, the university will need […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Teen arrested following assault at FamiliesFirst

Davis police arrested a 16-year-old girl Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting an employee at the FamiliesFirst agency in East Davis. Lt. Paul Doroshov said officers responded shortly before 11 a.m. to the 2100 Fifth St. facility, where a 23-year-old female employee had suffered cuts and puncture wounds after being assaulted with broken plastic from a […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland woman arrested on burglary, hit-and-run charges

Woodland police say a burglary suspect compounded her troubles by causing a hit-and-run collision that injured a teen-age boy Wednesday afternoon. Dezaray Murrietta, 23, of Woodland, was detained after allegedly fleeing on foot from the 3:30 p.m. collision at West Lincoln and Ashley avenues, where her Chevrolet truck ran a stop sign, broadsided a Nissan […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Thomas Harter will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Winters Library, 708 Railroad Ave., on “Connecting the Invisible: Ground Water and Life.” A headline in Tuesday’s edition reported an incorrect day for the talk. Harter is the third speaker in the Putah Creek Council’s CreekSpeak series. Talks are free to Putah Creek Council members […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Roadwork brings freeway lane, ramp closures in Davis

Motorists frustrated over the occasional closures of freeway lanes and ramps in Davis may just have to get used to them, according to the California Department of Transportation website. Restrictions along Interstate 80 from the Webster interchange to the Solano County line, to accommodate roadway excavation, have resulted in some onramp/offramp closures during late nights […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Crashes keep CHP officers busy

California Highway Patrol officers responded to several crashes Tuesday in which the drivers escaped major injuries. Christian Jason Robert Breuer, 21, of Mariposa, was taking the Russell Boulevard exit off northbound Highway 113 when his Subaru Legacy ran off the road and struck a tree shortly after 10 a.m., Officer Bryan Konvalin said. Breuer complained […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Solar panels are powering public, private facilities

Photovoltaic solar panels have been going up all over Davis during the past few years — at public schools, on the UC Davis campus, and at businesses, government buildings and residences.

And the newest system — several rows of overhead carport-style solar panels in the parking lot that serves Davis High School and the Veterans’ Memorial Center — is about to go online. The Davis High project broke ground in May, and it should be finished by the end of July.

“If you park under one of the ‘carports,’ it’s a lot cooler. It’s providing shade and generating electrical power,” said Mike Adell, director of facilities for …

UC regents endorse tax initiative and freeze tuition

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California committee voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, but UC officials said students could face a steep midyear fee hike if voters reject the November ballot measure. The resolution was approved the finance committee of the […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Icky is a symbol for misfits everywhere

He mugs for the camera and works the crowd. He’s been featured in Sports Illustrated and a successful movie. He’s even got a collar with his name in capital rhinestone letters. But it’s Icky’s supposedly ugly looks — gray and hairless except for a white Mohawk — that won him third place at the World’s […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: An energy survey of Manhattan

I recently traveled to New York, home of the United Nations, ostensibly for the purpose of observing an example of dense development and the ensuing consequences for greenhouse gas emissions. That was my cover story. The real (secret) purpose of my journey was to report in to my United Nations comrade, Agent 2100, about my […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Erickson featured at poetry reading

Writer Chris “Whitey” Erickson will read his work at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis as part of the Poetry Night Reading Series. Erickson, a Winters resident, mixes fiction, performance poetry and comedy, a news release said. His work has appeared in various literary magazines as well […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Family caregiver group meets monthly

The new Triple-S Family Caregiver Group will meet from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Railsback Clinic Building at Woodland Healthcare, 1207 Fairchild Court in Woodland. This informal monthly elder care discussion group will give family caregivers an opportunity to share, support and solve common concerns together. It will be facilitated by […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Talk will cover Alzheimer’s symptoms

A “Family Caregiving 101″ course will be offered from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Railsback Clinic Building at Woodland Healthcare, 1207 Fairchild Court in Woodland. The topic will be “What is Dementia: Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease,” presented by Peggy Phelps, a caregiver resource specialist with Woodland Healthcare/Yolo Adult Day Health Center. Brown-bag […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,