Rec Report: City classes appeal to children of all ages

By Christine Rivard I remember as clear as day the classes that I took as a child: dance, art, sports camps and more. Excitement filled my belly as I prepared for the first day of a new program. I am sure that is why working in recreation appeals to me so much. Designing and implementing […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Village Feast coming up on Aug. 25

Davis Farm to School will present the eighth annual Village Feast from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in Central Park. The feast features a meal prepared and catered by the Buckhorn Restaurant of Winters with all produce, meat and wines local growers. Sutter Davis Hospital is a major sponsor, and SlowFood Yolo is a major supporter of […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Labyrinth artist to give talk at St. Martin’s

Master labyrinth designer Robert Ferré will give a talk about labyrinths, their uses and what has been happening in the labyrinth world in the past 15 years, on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. Ferré will answer audience questions and talk about his 16 years of experience as a […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: The reliability of our power supply

Back in February, I wrote a column about nuclear power and the trouble I was having balancing the risks against the benefits. Basically, is the benefit of energy generated without producing any greenhouse gas emissions worth the potential downsides of catastrophic meltdown and nuclear proliferation? I’m still gathering information (thanks to all who sent in […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit: Exhibit may turn arachnophobes into arachnophiles

By Sarah Thomas Although most spiders are small and rather shy, they have a reputation for being scary and feared by many people. But the more you learn about these industrious creatures, the more you may find that fear turn into fascination. Spiders inhabit every continent except Antarctica. Some can live underwater. More than 43,000 […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Study: Friends, neighbors influence voters

Neighbors’ lawn signs, public opinion polls and even a conversation in the next restaurant booth can affect how people vote in an election, suggests a new UC Davis study. But it all depends on how far away the election is. “Research like this highlights the fact that we are social creatures,” said Alison Ledgerwood, assistant […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Adult School’s summer project draws nearly 300 eager kids

Then: The Davis Adult School, which ordinarily focuses on students age 18 and up, announced in March that it would launch a summer “pilot project” — a group of enrichment classes designed for students in grades K-12.

The fee-based summer classes — lasting one week, two weeks or, in the case of one class, three weeks — were planned to take place primarily at North Davis Elementary School.

Now: As the month of July ended, Clumpner was all smiles.

All told, there were 15 classes (and a total of 21 sections), with a total enrollment of …

UCD researchers examine California’s vulnerability to climate change

As climate change threatens to reshape California’s landscape, UC Davis researchers are helping to inform policymakers about the state’s vulnerability and provide strategies for adaptation. The UCD research appears in a report, “Our Changing Climate,” released Tuesday by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission. The report is the third assessment from […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Registration continues for kindergarten, transitional kindergarten

Davis Joint Unified School District continues to enroll students in both kindergarten and transitional kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year. Families that are considering either grade level for their child are encouraged to contact their local school, the district office or the district website for more information at

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tuleyome Tales: The wild nearby

By Andrew Fulks It’s summer 2012. The slap, slap, slap of Cache Creek drums on the bottom of my boat as I paddle down the North Fork. Bobbing, weaving, head down. Branches have grown since last summer. The North Fork is the first couple miles of the wilderness run and the vegetation makes for more […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Linux group to hear about Open Clip Art Library

The Linux Users’ Group of Davis will host a presentation on Monday, Aug. 20, about the Open Clip Art Library, a collaborative project aimed at creating an archive of public domain clip art, and the software that powers it. The meeting will go from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

U.S. manufacturing sector shrank for second month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing shrank for the second straight month in July, further evidence of an economy growing at a sluggish pace. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity ticked up to 49.8, from 49.7 in June. A reading below 50 indicates […]

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

Pepper-spraying pair no longer UCD officers

The UC Davis police lieutenant who became the target of a worldwide outcry, John Pike, and a second officer who doused Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, Alexander Lee, are no longer employed by the university.

In response to repeated Enterprise inquiries about Pike’s job status, UCD spokeswoman Claudia Morain said Pike was no longer an officer as of Wednesday. She declined to say if Pike was fired or resigned, citing state law and university policies protecting the confidentiality of personnel decisions.

Pike, whose annual salary …

Now that we’ve got the logo, we can play

In the early years of my employment at Davis’ Only Daily Newspaper, one of my principal assignments was to cover the comings and going of the always-winning Aggie football team. Fortunately for me, my employment here coincided precisely with UC Davis’ hiring of Jim Sochor as head football coach in 1970, which means I witnessed […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,