Davis woman ‘died doing what she loved to do’

Taking care of people was one of Sara Johnson Moss’ joys in life. About a year and a half ago, she was thrilled to get a job with United Cerebral Palsy’s day program in Woodland, helping adults with developmental disabilities strengthen their mobility, technology and communication skills. “She was a star there,” Moss’ husband, William […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Online votes sought for paint giveaway

Local residents can vote online until July 31 for the three finalists in Brooks Painting’s sixth annual Charity Paint Giveaway. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in time and painting services. Past recipients are Davis Little League, the Sharp family, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County, Davis Summer House and […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Summer festivals offer classical music on the coast and in the mountains

From September into May, Davis is the place to be for classical music lovers. Between visiting artists who come to give concerts at the Mondavi Center, the various ensembles at UC Davis, community groups and the orchestras and choirs at Davis High School, there’s something interesting to just about every week. But when summer rolls […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Partnerships between farmers, conservations save rare blackbirds

The rare tricolored blackbird, a California bird species of special concern that is found in California’s Central Valley, “is having a good year,” officials say, thanks in large part to four farmers who have agreed to partner with conservation agencies. Together, the farmers and biologists protected 60,000 breeding birds — one-fifth of the species’ entire […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Who has the best salsa in town? Find out at festival

The fifth annual Woodland Tomato Festival is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Freeman Park on Main Street in downtown Woodland. This free festival features family fun for all ages, including live musical performances, free tomato tastings, a “Best Salsa in Town” restaurant competition and a Top Tomato Chef contest. […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD breast cancer researchers receive IDEA grants

Three multidisciplinary teams of UC Davis researchers have been awarded IDEA grants from the California Breast Cancer Research Program. The three were among 11 in California to receive $150,000 IDEA research grants this year. The program funds innovative research through the tobacco tax, the voluntary tax-check-off on personal income tax forms and individual contributions. The […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Wings of Victory’ event showcases radio-control planes

The public is invited to attend the Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers’ annual “Wings of Victory” World War II scale radio-control aircraft meet next weekend. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 22. There will be scale models of WWII war birds, […]

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

Monsanto Fund sponsors Wildlife Area field trips

Every school year, children look forward to taking field trips. This year, the Yolo Basin Foundation will be able to provide 10 or more field trips to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, thanks to Monsanto in Davis, which nominated the organization for a $20,000 grant. The nonprofit foundation promotes the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Waste cleanup went well, city reports

About 85 percent of the waste generated in Community Park on the Fourth of July was diverted from the landfill and was recycled or composted, city Conservation Coordinator Jennifer Gilbert reports. Only 400 pounds of trash was produced, much less than the 2,080 pounds that was landfilled after last year’s Independence Day celebration, she says. […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Students can win cash for creative videos

Youths interested in moviemaking can turn their knowledge of phones, combined with their video-making skills, into some extra cash. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and honorable mentions in two grade categories — fourth through eighth and ninth through 12th. Prizes range from $250 cash to having an entry shown on local and regional cable […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

All flutes all the time at summer concert

Check it out What: Davis Youth Flute Choir Summer Music Concert When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students, available at the Art Center, (530) 756-4100; $10 at the door The Davis Youth Flute Choir will perform its 29th annual Summer Music Concert, featuring both […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yarber appointed interim chief probation officer

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors this week appointed Marlon Yarber as interim chief probation officer, replacing the departing Marjorie Rist, who announced last month she would step down to pursue education and consulting opportunities. Yarber has served as Yolo County’s assistant chief probation officer since June 2011. He will take on his new duties […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

More homes facing foreclosure risk in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Banks are increasingly placing homes with unpaid mortgages on a countdown that could deliver a swell of new foreclosed properties onto the market by early next year, potentially weighing further on home values. June provided the latest evidence of this trend, as the number of U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Freeh: Penn St. disregarded children’s safety

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior Penn State officials “concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal. The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,