UC Davis scientist prepares for Mars rover landing

By Kat Kerlin As the Mars rover Curiosity prepares for landing on Sunday, after its nine-month, 352-million mile journey through space, UC Davis geology professor Dawn Sumner will be making preparations of her own. A co-investigator for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory team, Sumner will spend the first four “Martian” days — which are 40 minutes […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Woodland fight leaves two hurt, four under arrest

Woodland police arrested four people in connection with a late-night assault Thursday that officers said involved bats, blades and automobiles. Sgt. Darren Imus said police were summoned at about 11:40 p.m. to the area of Fourth Street and Gum Avenue, where witnesses reported that three vehicles had rammed into one another, leading to a physical […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Training partnership enhances fire service

A series of wildland fires west of Davis last week marked the launch of a countywide training partnership that officials say will improve fire service and safety across Yolo County, even during an era of shrinking budgets.

The Davis, UC Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento fire departments have joined forces to create the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium, a cooperative effort to share resources and maintain standard operating guidelines.

Their first joint training exercise took place over several days last week, with the four member agencies — along with the West Plainfield and Yocha Dehe fire departments — practicing wildland fire suppression …

You can’t make free speech out of a chicken sandwich

So now it’s a chicken sandwich that divides us. Yes, you can intentionally or even inadvertently make a political statement by whether you choose to eat at Chick-fil-A or choose not to eat at Chick-fil-A. Which is all well and good. Freedom of expression is alive and well in the land of the free and […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Da Vinci High School to benefit from pizza fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Da Vinci High School senior class is planned from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lamppost Pizza, 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. For every person who buys a large or extra large pizza and mentions Da Vinci, 30 percent of the proceeds will go to the Da Vinci senior class. […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Festival to celebrate tomatoes on Aug. 11

Heaping truckloads of brilliant red tomatoes plying Yolo County back roads; farmers market growers selling yellow, red, purple and striped heirloom varieties; and backyard gardeners finally harvesting their favorite summer vegetable (technically a fruit) — all mean it’s ‘tomato time’ in Yolo County. Recognizing the region’s connection to tomatoes, the Woodland Farmers Market and the […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Enjoy a backyard concert on Friday

For its next concert, Davis Live Music Collective is keeping the quality sky-high while scaling the venue way down. The collective presents an evening with alt-country siren Kelly Hogan and her full band in a rare and intimate house concert Friday at 7 p.m. A $20 donation is suggested, and guests must RSVP to [email protected] […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gibson House Writing Group to meet at new time

The Yolo County Historical Museum sponsors a writing group that will meet at a new time — from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 — in the Catering Kitchen at the Gibson House Museum, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. Fiction and nonfiction writers who wish to share and get feedback on their writing are welcome […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Coffee and Conversation group meets Thursday

The monthly Coffee and Conversation group welcomes all older adults to meet Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Blanchard Room. The Coffee and Conservation group is a discussion group that meets on the second Thursday of each month. Next week, the group […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland Library Rose Club to meet Aug. 11

The Woodland Library Rose Club will meet Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Leake Room of the Woodland Public Library. Members and visitors are encouraged to come at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments. The meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a presentation by Steve Zien of Living Resources Company. Zien’s talk, “Soil Isn’t Just a Dirty […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New board leadership takes helm at Cal Aggie Alumni Association

The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association has elected Charles “Chuck” Nichols as president and Ramak Siadatan as vice president of its board of directors for 2012-14. Nichols assumed the office effective July 1 and has served UCD in many ways, from his participation in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Circle to […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

I-House celebrates with a festival

International House, Davis, will host its second International Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring music, food and dance — all with an international flair. The event, which takes place at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., acknowledges nearly 32 years of welcoming international students and scholars to Davis and […]

September 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair planned on Aug. 12

The first Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair will take place Sunday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., near the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. Locals can check out fine artists’ and artisans’ wares for sale under a shaded canopy with free ice water, shade, comfy chairs and a live band. Food will be sold at […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Arnold left his mark on Davis

A LEGEND LEAVES US … it would have been hard to grow up in Davis in the ’50s and ’60s and not know of Bill Arnold … Bill, who passed away last week at the age of 89, was one of those visionary citizens who helped put in place so many things that make Davis […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,