City to host coyote workshop in response to recent slayings

The recent killing of five coyotes near Wildhorse at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has galvanized the community to stand against the mismanagement of wildlife in Davis. The city of Davis will help focus that local commitment to preserve the coexistence between humans and coyotes when it hosts a community workshop Wednesday […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

A smooth first day for most Davis students

The Davis public schools welcomed about 8,400 students for the first day of classes on Wednesday. And for many students — and parents — the morning was a mix of excitement and a few butterflies in the stomach.

Mike and Heather McMahon took their son Timothy to Montgomery Elementary for Timothy’s first day of kindergarten. It was an all-family outing — younger brother Parker (a future kindergartner at age 3 1/2) came, too.

“I’m excited, and nervous — and I’m glad I took the day off,” Heather said. Mike held his Timothy’s hand as the boy eyed the classroom door, then released the hand and watched as Timothy stepped over the threshold.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Mike said reflectively.

City Council retreats to I-House

Members of the Davis City Council will take their show on the road Friday when they host their annual retreat at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and should conclude around 3 p.m. with a break for lunch just after noon. All members of the public are invited […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Walnut grower enjoys savings in a nutshell

WINTERS — Russ Lester, 58, is re-envisioning organic walnut farming at Yolo County’s own Dixon Ridge Farms, and he is a step away from accomplishing the seemingly impossible goal of making his farm entirely energy self-sufficient. His efforts have not gone without notice, however; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly recognized him above all other […]

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

Can you give them a home?

PJ is a smart and sweet 18-month-old neutered male boxer/Rottweiler mix. He’s a favorite of the Rotts of Friends volunteers and plays well with other dogs. Wags is a perfect first dog for a family with children or an older single. She is a quiet and gentle 5-year-old spayed female beagle who loves to snuggle […]

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

Former Davisite honored for scholarly research

Erica Siegel, a graduate student at UC Riverside who grew up in Davis, has won a prize for a paper she presented at the fifth biennial conference of the North American British Music Studies Association. The Nicholas Temperley Prize, awarded July 28, recognizes the graduate student whose paper is deemed the finest read at the conference. […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tourney supports peace officer memorial

The second annual Yolo County Peace Officers Memorial Golf Classic is planned Monday, Sept. 24, at the Yolo Fliers Golf Club, 17980 County Road 94, Woodland. All golfers are invited to participate in this fundraising event. The entry fee is $120 per golfer ($125 after Monday), which includes golf, cart, lunch, a buffet dinner, golf […]

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

Local biker will travel far to protect environment

An estimated 125 cyclists are expected to cruise a 320-mile path along the Pacific Coast next month with the purpose of promoting and raising funds for sustainable energy sources and finding ways to preserve the environment. Davis resident Sarah Pittiglio, who commutes on a bicycle 28 miles daily to and from her environmental research managing […]

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

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes planned in Woodland

Aerial spraying to control the mosquito population is planned in Woodland from about 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, following aerial spraying in other parts of Yolo County last week. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced its spraying plans Wednesday. The goal is to reduce rates of the potentially fatal West Nile virus, […]

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

Sparks Choir retreat set Saturday

Laura Sandage, the new director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis choir, will lead a music retreat Saturday for all singers, ages teen to adult, who are interested. No commitment to join the choir is required, and it is not necessary to be a member of the church. The free event will run from […]

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

Yolobus to pick up slack left by reduced school bus services

Yolobus will attempt to fill the void left by two Yolo County school districts that have reduced or eliminated their school bus services for kindergartners through eighth-graders by offering discounted tickets to low-income students. School bus programs fell victim to budget cuts in both the Woodland Joint Unified School District and the Washington Unified School […]

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

Carwash Saturday will support DHS Jazz Band

Students from the Davis High School Jazz Band kick off the school year with a carwash on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Davis Joint Unified School District parking lot at Fifth and B streets. “Visit the Farmers Market while students use their musical touch to wash your vehicle and leave it […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Water project decision comes down to inter-city negotiations

Woodland and West Sacramento will have to fight over Davis if they want it as a partner in their respective future surface water plans. That’s because the Davis City Council decided Tuesday that the city will negotiate with each municipality on several deal points of each potential surface water project over the next two months […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Analysts project $1.1 trillion deficit this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts are projecting a $1.1 trillion federal deficit for 2012, the fourth straight year the government’s shortfall will exceed $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office also says it expects the economy to continue recovering at only a modest rate the rest of this year, growing at a modest annual […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,