District plans aerial spraying to control mosquitoes

Sometimes mosquito bites can inflict something much worse than an itchy red bump. In Yolo county this year, 35 birds and two “sentinel chickens” have died from West Nile virus. In California, 18 human cases have been reported including one fatality in Kern County, according to the state Department of Public Health. Concerned over the potentially […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City to host ultra light rail symposium

The city of Davis will host an Ultra Light Rail symposium Tuesday in collaboration with CyberTran International Inc. and iGate iHub, a network Davis joined in October made up of municipalities and other larger agencies that collaborate on green technology opportunities. The event will take place in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Senior Citizens of Davis members upset over proposed bylaws changes

A proposal to amend the Senior Citizens of Davis organizational bylaws has opened a rift between the group’s membership, the board of directors and the president. It also may jeopardize a major funding source for the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. SCD President John Gerlich has recently proposed, among other changes, to remove the […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland man arrested for evading motorcycle officer

A Woodland man was arrested for allegedly evading a police officer Thursday after trying to outrun an officer on a marked police motorcycle, who was attempting to make a traffic stop at West Lincoln Avenue and West Street. The driver, Timothy Bottorf, 48, refused to yield and began a pursuit, which ended at Mariposa Street and […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woodland man arrested for robbing Nugget Market

A Woodland man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly robbing a grocery store in Woodland and fleeing the scene in his car, where he nearly ran over employees who had been trying to stop him. At approximately 3:51 p.m. Wednesday, Woodland police officers were dispatched to Nugget Market, 157 Main St., for a report of a […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Blasts, gunfire hit Damascus in blow to Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Gunmen detonated back-to-back roadside bombs and clashed with police in central Damascus on Saturday in attacks that caused no damage but highlighted the ability of rebels to breach the intense security near President Bashar Assad’s power bases. The apparently coordinated blasts point to the increasing use of guerrilla-style operations in the […]

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

Western states bake under extended heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temperatures soared into triple digits across the western United States on Saturday as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes. A large and forceful high pressure system pushed the mercury to roughly 10 degrees above normal across […]

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

If you thought our system was weird …

If you were with me last week, you know we were talking about the possibility of district elections being forced upon the city of Davis by outside forces, whether we like it or not. The thinking being that our current system of electing City Council members or school board members might disadvantage the voting power […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

New Spanish Immersion classes at Montgomery still have a few open seats

As the 2012-13 school year approaches, the Spanish Immersion program at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School is adding a first-grade class, as well as a “combo” class serving students in grades four and five. There are also plans to add a sixth-grade class in 2013-14 And with the first day of school just a few days […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Wellbrock to head county’s Alternative Education Program

Debra Wellbrock has been named as principal of the Yolo County Office of Education’s Alternative Education Program, which includes the Einstein Education Center, the Midtown Community School and the Dan Jacobs School at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility, all located in Woodland. Wellbrock hopes to focus on success for each student by providing high […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Fernandes joins crowded Davis school board contest

Alan Fernandes, a local parent and attorney, filed candidacy papers for the Davis school board race on Friday. Fernandes became the fifth candidate in the race; Davis-area voters will elect two school board trustees in the Nov. 6 election. “I have decided to run for the Davis school board,” Fernandes said, “because I care deeply […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Thief swipes bike from charity rider

Alyssa Chrisman learned the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. The Central Michigan University student, who passed through Davis on Thursday during an 81-day trek for Bike & Build — an organization whose participants pedal across the country to raise funds for and help build affordable housing projects — had her $1,500 bicycle […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Going batty: Migrants roost under causeway

There is much more than meets the eye when commuting between Davis and Sacramento in the summer.

At the beginning of every June, 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats — one of this species’ largest colonies in California — migrate to the 3-mile-long Yolo Causeway for some quality hunting.

All of them sleep during the day in the bridge’s expansion joints …

Garden doctor: From bolting transplants to holes in leaves

Why do transplants I purchase, even small ones, bolt within two or three weeks of planting, even if the weather is cool? I suspect that the commercial growers are starting the plants way too early and keeping them in conditions that prevent them from growing larger; by the time we bring them home to our […]

August 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,