Online education has teachers conflicted

By Nanette Asimov When the University of California dangled a $30,000 incentive in front of thousands of professors in 2010, inviting them to create UC-worthy online courses, just 70 responded, and only a few classes materialized. Faculty members at California State University were similarly skeptical and warned of “Walmartization” last year as trustees charged each campus $50,000 to help […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

School board votes to demolish MPR, continue tax discussion

The Davis school board voted unanimously Thursday night to demolish the aging, leaky multipurpose room at Davis High School. The school board also scheduled a special meeting next Thursday to work on details of a possible new parcel tax to be placed  before Davis voters in the Nov. 6 election. The majority of the trustees […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged

Mount Rainier ranger killed in climbers’ rescue

LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) — A Mount Rainier ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped in efforts to rescue four injured climbers who fell on a glacier, a National Park Service spokesman said. Ranger Nick Hall was helping prepare the climbers to be taken from the 14,411-foot Washington state peak when […]

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

Profiling is wrong in all cases

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS … it might be wise for all of us to take a step back as the police continue to pursue avenues that will, we hope, lead them to the person or persons who hung a noose from the south goal post at the Davis High football stadium last weekend … not to […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Woodland cigarette store robbed at gunpoint

Woodland police are investigating the armed robbery of a cigarette store that occurred Wednesday evening. Sgt. Steve Sexton said the suspect entered Cigarette Stop, 825 East St., shortly after 5 p.m. and displayed a firearm while demanding money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries or shots fired, and the […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

For the record

Mark Chang will play piano on Saturday, not substituting for Bob Wren on Friday, at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. A story published Thursday got the dates mixed up.

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

U.S. Senate approves farm bill with $23.6 billion in cuts

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved a sweeping farm bill that would cost nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years, financing dozens of price support and crop insurance programs for farmers and food assistance for low-income families. The bill passed with bipartisan support, 64-35. It now goes to the House where it faces […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

It takes Livestrong to build a village

Residents and visitors alike will be seeing a lot of yellow this weekend as the Livestrong Challenge rolls into Davis.

However, there’s a lot to do in town even before the first cyclists pedal out of the Livestrong Village in Central Park on Sunday morning. Riders have a choice of three courses covering 20, 65 and 100 miles.

Davis’ downtown, which will have slightly constricted traffic flow as B Street is shut down between Third and Fifth streets, will otherwise be a hotbed of activities starting Saturday with the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market takes place in Central Park, Fourth and C streets.

Nature and art come together in DAC summer program

Art, like nature, often fills the viewer with wonder and awe. There are grand scale creations like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Yosemite’s Half Dome, while other works can fit in your hand, like a Fabergé egg or blue starfish. The Davis Art Center is bringing both worlds together through its summer Discovery Art program. The […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Napa bike ride to raise funds for ALS research

Davisite Cathy Speck, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2009, is encouraging area bicyclists to participate in the eighth annual Ride to Defeat ALS on Saturday, June 30, in the Napa Valley. The event runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at the Yountville Veterans Home, 100 California Drive in Yountville. The ride, which […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Summer stories feature games and adventure

Imagine a group of children gathered on a field of grass or by a shade tree. A character enters, sets up a story and takes the kids on a quest full of learning, games and adventure. Davis kids will have three opportunities this summer to join a “walking story” like this at Picnic in the […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Explorit: Kids learn about neighborhood kestrels

By Lisa Justice and Carmen DeLeon On a recent Wednesday morning, a small band of young scientists from Explorit Science Center’s summer science camp exploring Mace Ranch Park spotted a fierce kestrel defending its territory from crows. Kestrels are among the smallest of falcons, and the American kestrel that we have here in the Central […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Program answers questions on downsizing

Shell Culp of Smooth Transitions will do an encore presentation on downsizing homes at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The program, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, will walk through some simple steps on making downsizing easier and will offer expertise on planning, organizing and getting family involved. Culp also will answer the frequently asked […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lottery deadline for New Harmony extended

Applications for the housing lottery waiting list at New Harmony in Davis have been extended to July 6. Applications must be postmarked by that date to be entered into the lottery. Housing lottery applications may be picked up at any Mutual Housing community in Davis: Owendale, 3023 Albany Ave.; Tremont Green, 5663 Marden Drive; Twin Pines, 3333 […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Housing & Growth | Tagged ,