Family budgeting ‘help’ comes at a cost

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE … the City Fathers and Mothers who run this town, clearly with our best interests in mind, have decided to send our water bills monthly instead of the every-other-month process they use now … the claim is that this new-and-improved billing system will allow poor, struggling Davisites — most of them on my […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Yolo DA: No charges for now in alleged rape case

Pending further investigation, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file criminal charges against a Davis man arrested last week on suspicion of rape, officials said Wednesday. The case involving Thaddeus Jay Sonne has been sent back to the Davis Police Department for additional information, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven. […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DUI checkpoint planned for rural Yolo County

California Highway Patrol officers will conduct a sobriety and driver’s-license checkpoint Friday night somewhere within the unincorporated area of Yolo County. Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or who are driving unlicensed, said Capt. Dale Cannon, commander of the Woodland CHP office. […]

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

Chair fire threatens shed in West Davis

The Davis Fire Department is investigating the cause of a blaze that threatened a shed in West Davis early Wednesday morning. Initial calls regarding the midnight fire in the 2900 block of Portage Bay Avenue West had the shed on fire, but crews arrived to find that it actually was a chair next to the […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Local man arrested on DUI, weapon charges

A Davis man faces drunken-driving and weapon charges stemming from a traffic stop early Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Darrel Paul Makela, 51, was stopped at about 12:30 a.m. by officers who spotted him driving his Chevy pickup “slowly and erratically” northbound on Richards Boulevard, Officer Bryan Konvalin said. Makela was given a […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Enterprise editor appears on ‘Davisville’

Debbie Davis, editor and assistant publisher of The Davis Enterprise, talks about the newspaper’s size, audience, online strategy and more on the current edition of the KDRT radio program, “Davisville.” KDRT can be heard at 95.7 FM. “Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. and midnight Saturdays […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Woodland Bike Campaign seeks grant

The Woodland Bike Campaign, a local nonprofit organization, has been selected as one of five finalists to compete for Yolo Federal Credit Union’s $5,000 Community Challenge Grant. The winner will be determined by an online public vote. To read more about the campaign and cast your vote, visit and click on “Community Challenge Grant.” […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

NAMI offers education in Spanish

NAMI-Yolo’s Latino Group is offering a free Spanish education program on mental health this fall for families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder. The NAMI Familia-a-Familia Program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in Woodland, starting Sept. 1 and running through November. The sessions will cover the major severe brain […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Eric Hoeprich achieved international renown with the clarinet

Eric Hoeprich, who will be honored next month with induction into the Davis High School Hall of Fame, plays the clarinet. More specifically, he is a specialist in  the early clarinet — the sort of instrument that existed when Mozart wrote his famous Clarinet Concerto in 1791. Hoeprich has performed under many of the most […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

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 ,