Rain, rain go away: A London slog for Olympics?

By Danica Kirka LONDON — After a sodden spring, is Britain heading for a summer washout? It’s lurched from the cold, wet drizzle that dampened the queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the Thames to a sea of mud at the Isle of Wight music festival to frequent delays at Wimbledon, where even the retractable roof […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday. The economy added an average […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

AgraQuest acquired by German corporate giant Bayer

Bayer CropScience — a branch of the German corporate giant Bayer AG — announced this week that it will purchase AgraQuest Inc., a Davis-based biotech company, for $425 million plus milestone payments. Bayer’s acquisition of AgraQuest is the largest transaction involving a Davis-based biotech company since St. Louis-based corporate giant Monsanto acquired Calgene in a […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Moving out soon? Don’t toss stuff, donate it

If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your items for reuse. The SPCA Thrift Store, R&R Thrift Store and All Things Right & Relevant consignment store all take previously owned items for reuse. Check […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Horse heroes: Grant awarded to therapeutic riding center

Sharon Johnson’s childhood dream was to have a ranch that would combine both of her passions: horses and helping people with disabilities.

In 2007, with the help of family and friends, Johnson founded Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation. Only five years later, the organization’s efforts have been recognized with a $25,000 grant from State Farm’s Cause An Effect program to make some much-needed facility upgrades.

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged

PG&E to test natural gas transmission line along 2nd Street

PG&E will soon test 3.6 miles of natural gas transmission line running along Second Street in Davis. On July 16, the utility will begin excavating the road at several points along Second Street where it will dig up the 10-inch steel transmission line and test it using hydrostatic pressure, hosing water through the gas system […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids can get animated

Davis Media Access is ready to kick off the second summer session of its Kids Animation Camp. Participants learn how to storyboard an animation, record dialogue and effects, create stop-motion animations and experiment with 2D animation. The camp runs from 1 to 5 p.m. next Monday through Friday; the cost is $150 per student. Kids must […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Acme Theatre, Davis Dirt featured ‘In the Studio’

Acme Theatre Company and The Davis Dirt are currently highlighted on “In the Studio,” a program produced by Davis Media Access, the nonprofit media center serving Yolo County. DMA produces four segments of “In the Studio” each month, using the recording sessions as a hands-on learning lab for local residents interested in media production. The […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC Davis hires new athletic director

After a months-long process, UC Davis has finally announced the hiring of a new athletic director: Terrance Tumey, who has been the director of athletics at Dominican University in San Rafael since 2009. Tumey will be officially introduced at a campus event Tuesday and is expected to begin work on Aug. 1. More than a year […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Fire crews battle small blazes along freeway, train tracks

Train travel in Davis came to a temporary halt Tuesday after a railroad tie caught fire, according to the Davis Fire Department. Spokeswoman Evelyn George said the fire was reported at 2:24 p.m. on the tracks along Second Street, across from the Toad Hollow dog park. Fire crews extinguished the fire, and no ties required […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

‘Avoid the 8′ task force plans weekend DUI enforcement

Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ drunken-driving task force continues its Fourth of July holiday enforcement this weekend with saturation patrols and a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint. “With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, many in our community will be taking the rest of the week off, so DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols will be out in […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DCC Nursery School taking applications for 2012-13

Davis Community Church Nursery School, a parent cooperative preschool in its 38th year of operation, is accepting applications for its 2012-13 school year. The school is accepting applications for its early explorers, toddler and preschool programs, which are for children 15 months to 5 years of age. Early explorers is a program with parent participation. The program is […]

July 06, 2012 | Posted in Schools

NAMI support group for Spanish speakers meets July 13

NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, sponsors an ongoing support group in Spanish for those who care for a family member or friend living with a psychiatric disorder. The group provides Yolo County families with a secure and friendly environment for sharing experiences, problem-solving strategies and information about mental illness, including topics […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Center to show film about National Senior Olympics competitors

“Age of Champions,” a documentary about competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics, will be shown at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The film features a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, a team of basketball grandmothers and a pair of […]

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