Hospital auxiliary seeks new volunteers

The Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary is looking for people to volunteer at the hospital for two four-hour shifts each month, with a minimum one-year commitment. Opportunities are available at the information desk, patient services, emergency department, Surgery Center, gift shop, medical records and the blood pressure clinic. Prospective volunteers, in good health, receive a background […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City, school leaders discuss shared land

Monday’s meeting of the city/school district two-by-two committee featured a discussion of shared lands, as well as other aspects of their operations where the two governmental entities might realize economies of scale through cooperative agreements. Mayor Joe Krovoza, Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson and Board of Education members Gina Daleiden and Sheila Allen discussed several […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

School benches charred with swastikas; police investigating as hate incident

Davis police say they are investigating a hate incident involving swastikas burned onto property at Holmes Junior High School in East Davis. Sometime between Friday and Monday morning, someone burned swastikas onto two picnic tables in the courtyard of the campus at 1220 Drexel Drive, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. Police also consider the incident an […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yolo molest case yields 335-year prison sentence

A West Sacramento man has been sentenced to 335 years to life in prison for the repeated molest of a 7-year-old girl, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Michael Martinez was convicted in May of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor, District […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City looks to consultant to map out sustainable local economy

City of Davis leaders are serious about pumping up the local economy. Over the past few years, among other ventures, the city has hosted economic development roundtables with local business interests, engaged in door-to-door business walk surveys to take the temperature of local companies and written detailed economic development reports that lay out the community’s […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Challenges remain for California high-speed rail plan

By Hannah Dreier SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers may have given their OK to what could be the nation’s first high-speed rail line, but the project is still a long way from leaving the station. The bullet train has prominent supporters such as President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown, but backers must still overcome a […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Judge clears governor’s tax for top billing

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO — A judge on Monday cleared Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative for top billing on the November ballot by rejecting a challenge from a competing tax campaign. The decision drew a new appeal from anti-tax advocates. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny denied a request from the Our Children, Our […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Study: Obesity alone doesn’t worsen odds of short-term death

SACRAMENTO — An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked to a higher risk of death. When compared to those with normal weight, people who were overweight or obese had no increased risk of death during a follow-up period of six years. People who were […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

City to renew toilet rebate program

For the second consecutive year, the city of Davis will offer a toilet rebate program, returning $100 to residents who replace their old high-flow toilets with eligible 1.28 gallons-per-flush EPA WaterSense high-efficiency toilets. The $100 covers only the cost of the new toilets. Installation costs are the responsibility of the property owner. More Davis residents […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Coffee and Conversation group meets Thursday

Older adults are invited to the monthly Coffee and Conversation group from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. The discussion group meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month. This week, the group will share resources on aging. Participants are invited to […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Alex Frazer, who was president of the Sigma Alpha Fraternity from May 2011 to March, has clarified that he was not in office when the alcohol violation occurred that led to SAE’s five-year suspension at UC Davis.

July 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Nature’s Theater teaches kids to safeguard Earth

Few would think a trip to the park would be enough to make Feya Dawkins conscious of pollution. However, Nature’s Theater creators are using Davis’ Central Park as a fun venue for some serious lessons on conservation.

“They teach us not to pollute the Earth,” the 10-year-old said of the husband-wife duo of Jeff Falyn and Lyndsay Dawkins. “When I catch people littering, like throwing gum wrappers on the ground, I will tell them not to.”

Nature’s Theater brings youngsters together for 30- to 40-minute interactive theater shows outdoors. Most of the stories place the kids in the role of heroes who are attempting to stop misguided and otherwise environmentally unfriendly characters.

Falyn and Dawkins began their storytelling five years ago, and have since hosted their program at a variety of locations in Yolo County …

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

UCD science, math partnership lands more funding

A partnership between UC Davis professors and teachers in Davis and Dixon to improve science, technology, engineering and math education has received a boost. A four-year, $1.6 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation will fund what project leader Cindy Passmore, an associate professor of education, envisions as a model for raising student achievement, […]

July 11, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Dixon Historical Society meets Sunday

The Dixon Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist Church of Dixon, 209 N. Jefferson St. in Dixon. Ardeth Riedel will share many “interesting and colorful items of local interest she extracted from the yellowed pages of the Dixon Tribune,” a news release said. Since Riedel’s family figured prominently both in and out […]

July 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,