Mendocino County fire continues to spread

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wildfire in a rugged and remote area of Mendocino County continues to spread into a wilderness area, though firefighters are making progress in surrounding the blaze, fire officials said. The North Pass Fire, burning northeast of Covelo, is 48 percent contained after consuming nearly 62 square miles, officials said Saturday. […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sunny side up for the young and restless

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — He’s 30, between jobs, with $50,000 in student debt and no clear sense what the future holds. But Erik Santamaria, Ohio-born son of Salvadorans, has a pretty awesome attitude about his country, his life and the world of possibilities. “Maybe things won’t work out the way I want,” he says. “But, […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sisterhood of the traveling runners

A 10-person delegation from Davis’ sister city Inuyama, Japan, toured the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday. The group is in town this weekend for the 17th annual Labor Day Races, sponsored by Golden Valley Harriers. Davis and Inuyama runners compete in a sister-city event each year. On Saturday, Good Humus ranch owner Annie Main, above, […]

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

Students face rocky path to graduation

With state budget cuts forcing California’s public universities to shrink their course offerings, earning a bachelor’s degree in four years is becoming even more difficult for many students.

“One winter quarter, there were so few classes, I could only get three out of five offered,” said David Allison, a senior at California State San Bernardino. “CSU is no longer a four-year institution. It’s more like a five- or six-year institution.”

As the fall semester gets under way, students at the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges are …

City sees recent successful court ruling on DACHA as sign of things to come

The city believes it has won a key victory against Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation and Neighborhood Partners in its long-standing legal battle over the Davis Area Cooperative Housing Association. Last week, the city successfully challenged and expunged the “lis pendens” (suit pending) that Neighborhood Partners and Twin Pines had recorded on the 20 homes that formerly […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

DUI checkpoint tonight in Davis

The Yolo County “AVOID the 8″ DUI task force will conduct a sobriety and driver’s-license checkpoint tonight in within the Davis city limits. Officers from the Davis, Woodland and Winters police departments, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers from 7 p.m. until […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Local News

RSVPs due Wednesday for Hall of Fame induction dinner

Local residents are invited to pay tribute to another class of luminaries who have made their mark on Davis High School. Tickets are on sale through Wednesday for the DHS Hall of Fame induction dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall. The 2012 class of inductees, selected by the […]

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

Poets featured at reading Thursday night

Cynthia Linville and Christopher Yu will be featured at the next gathering of the Poetry Night Reading Series, at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. A former pupil of prominent Sacramento poet Dennis Schmitz, Linville has taught English at Sacramento State University, since 2000 and served as […]

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

Carwash supports Madrigals’ historic tour

The Davis High School Madrigal Choir invites the Davis community to support its fundraising carwash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Davis Joint Unified School District parking lot at Fifth and B streets. Choir members are working hard to raise funds allowing them to attend a historic education and outreach […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Public works permitting moves to City Hall

As part of the city’s reorganization, the public works engineering, administrative and permitting functions are moving to City Hall. The public counter at the Public Works Corporation, 1717 Fifth St., closed on Friday. On Tuesday, residents will be able to take out permits that involve the public right of way at the same location where they […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Davis students do well on STAR tests

Davis students by and large did well on last spring’s annual round of STAR tests, according to results released today by the California Department of Education. Across the district, “in English language arts, Davis students demonstrated a slight gain in almost every grade level,” said Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant of the Davis school district. “The […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Party kicks off Measure E school tax campaign

Supporters of Measure E, a parcel tax to support Davis schools, will kick off the fall campaign with a party from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The event will celebrate Davis school programs and highlight the importance of public education to the community. The Davis High […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

It’s football season again! (even if it still feels like summer)

Thursday night’s UC Davis football season opener against Azusa Pacific University drew an appreciative crowd of Aggie alumni, community members and kids, including members of the Davis Junior Blue Devil football program. It was “A Salute to Heroes Night” at Aggie Stadium as UCD honored members of the armed forces as well as police and […]

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

Health officials probe virus exposure at Yosemite

FRESNO (AP) — Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections to six, state health officials said. The new discoveries were made during the agency’s investigation into cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome at the famed park, California […]

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