Electricity grids fail across India

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country today when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world’s biggest blackout. Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Six hurt, one arrested following five-car crash

A 35-year-old Knights Landing man faces multiple felony charges for allegedly causing a five-vehicle wreck north of Woodland on Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officers Bryan Konvalin said Luis Juarez Bartolo was driving under the influence and without a license when he allowed his northbound GMC Safari to drift into the southbound lane […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Who knew coyotes would grab headlines?

UNINTENDED ISSUES … it happens every time we have an election … our esteemed candidates get together and discuss all sorts of issues, we cast our votes for our favorites, and then wham, out of nowhere comes an issue no one dreamed of during the campaign … such is the case in our fair city, […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Man reports gunpoint robbery

Davis police are investigating an armed robbery reported Sunday night. A 21-year-old man told police he and a friend were robbed at gunpoint at about 8:30 p.m. at the friend’s home in the area of Denison Drive and Birch Lane, Lt. Tom Waltz said. He said the suspects stole a laptop computer and a cell […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Teen arrested for alleged indecent exposure

A Saturday night encounter on a North Davis greenbelt led to a 16-year-old boy’s arrest on indecent exposure charges, police said. The arrest occurred at about 8:30 p.m. when a woman called to police to report that the teen was following her and exposing his genitals on the greenbelt near West Covell Boulevard and Catalina […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Thomson takes reins of Davis Teachers Association

Frank Thomson, who is phasing in as this year’s president of the Davis Teachers Association, has been active with the DTA for many years. Gail Mitchell, last year’s president, will rotate into the DTA past president’s position. “I got involved with DTA as a site representative many years ago, and then three years ago I […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Downtown aims higher by setting bar lower

Those heading downtown to take in a Second Friday ArtAbout in the coming weeks may notice a different event sponsor on the signs posted in front of the participating businesses. Don’t be fooled, it’s still the Davis Downtown Business Association. They just have a new name. Last month, the association’s board members decided that “Davis […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Fraternity goes the extra mile for troops

A cohort from the Sigma Nu fraternity at UC Davis is braving an extensive trail through the wilderness to spread the word about a group that confronts the daily struggles faced by returning veterans. The group of 11 will be hiking 100 miles on the Sierra Nevada’s John Muir Trail for 11 straight days, starting […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Measure eliminating county office headed to ballot

Yolo County residents will decide in November whether the county should eliminate the elected office of auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector in favor of a finance director appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The board voted unanimously last week to place the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. It will mark the third time since 1986 that voters […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Keltie Jones eyes public office again

For the first time since 2004, residents of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, will be able to choose their mayor at the polls this fall. Former Davis resident Keltie Jones, a member of the Davis Board of Education in 2002-07, will challenge Mayor Bill Mills, who has served since 1997. Mills defeated Truro lawyer Al Begin […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Kit Kat (No. 108116), a 3-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired cat. Also hoping for a good home is Bradley (No. 107874), a 4 1/2-month-old neutered male Parson Russell terrier mix […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Co-op spirit spreading to Woodland

Learn more What: Yolo County food co-op public meeting where attendees will learn about and contribute to plans for a food co-op opening in Woodland When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 Where: Conference Room, Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland Presenter: Brandi Asmus, Woodland Community College agriculture instructor If you ask Woodland resident […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Humphrey Fellows, Fulbright Scholars will present Global Forums

Mid-career professionals from around the world will talk about their careers and fields of interest at the year’s first Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Global Forum, from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Participants in a similar program at UC Davis — a three-week, intensive Fulbright Scholar program — also […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Deadline for enrolling in solar energy purchase program extended

The deadline to enroll in the Energy Benefits Yolo program, which offers discounted installations of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and energy efficiency measures, has been extended by a week to Tuesday, Aug 7. Offered through Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the program works by pooling installations in a specific region, which drives down costs for […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,