Taste Yolo’s bounty at A Day in the Country

Tickets are still available for the Yolo Land Trust’s signature event, A Day in the Country, which will take place this year from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Terrain Ruisseau along Putah Creek. Tickets purchased before Saturday are $85, and are $95 after that date. This event sold out last year so […]

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

Halden’s old-school style still echoes at Davis High

Dewey Halden was as Old School as you could get. But if it wasn’t for Halden’s trailblazing days, it’s improbable that Davis High School athletics would have earned the lofty reputation they enjoy today. From the day DHS opened in 1927 until the late 1950s, Halden often oversaw the entire sports program. He taught, he […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council works on improving efficiency

The City Council held its annual retreat for most of the workday Friday to focus on, among other council issues, itself. Unlike past retreats where council members have met simply to draft goals that they would like to accomplish over the next two years, the new City Council instead used six hours in the meeting […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Firefighters making progress against blazes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite a daily battle with searing temperatures, gusty winds and struggling through rugged terrain, the nearly 8,000 firefighters battling a series of wildfires across California were beginning to make progress in containing the blazes, officials said Saturday. The Ponderosa Fire, burning about 25 miles southeast of Redding, was 74 percent contained […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Empire State victims hit by police gunfire

NEW YORK (AP) — All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-clad gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis celebrates eighth annual Village Feast

A warm summer afternoon and a cool breeze under the shade of the sycamores in Central Park made a perfect setting for the eighth annual Davis Village Feast, a fundraiser for the Davis Farm to School Connection. The feast, prepared and served by the Buckhorn Restaurant in Winters, was served family style, with all produce, […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

The sky is his office

Some are enthralled by the careful steering and swift work of agricultural aviators like 36-year career pilot Russ Stocker.

Others, Stocker says, have some trepidation about his sky-high operation.

“Many people think of us as some daredevils, young barnstormers. … As my mother used to say, ‘Now you quit doin’ them there stunts!’ ” Stocker said. “What I say is, that’s not stunts, that’s actually what I do.”

Given that he is entrusted with a plane that costs nearly $500,000 …

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged , ,

If it’s fall, it must be soccer

Ryan Hotaling celebrates after scoring a goal for the U6 Soccer Stars in a game Saturday morning against the Red Dragons at Community Park. In the background is teammate Roman Cacciatore. The fall soccer season got under way Saturday in all age divisions for boys and girls teams, who play at parks across Davis. AYSO […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Column entries coming in from far and wide

When I first announced the Contest to Replace the Above-Pictured Columnist a month or so ago, I set a deadline three or four weeks out that I thought would give everyone sufficient time to gather their thoughts and commit them to paper. However, after much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the sidelines, and in […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

At the pond: It’s migration time again!

Fall migration is happening. Now is your chance to see the shorebirds since they have left their arctic breeding grounds and are beginning to pass through. At least 30 species come through Davis. Where might you see them? At the Julie Partansky Wildlife Pond, the West Pond, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, the city of […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

DSIS starts enrollment process

The Davis School for Independent Study has announced upcoming information meetings for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in enrolling this academic year. The information meeting, for both parents and students, is the first required step in enrolling at DSIS. Meetings are planned at 4:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10 and 24 and Oct. 8, […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Man gets 30-to-life prison term in West Sacramento molest case

A 27-year-old West Sacramento man was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison Friday for repeatedly molesting an 8-year-old girl, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. Dmitry Dudkin molested the child between 2009 and 2011, showing her pornography and taking pictures with his cell phone of her performing sex acts, District […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Two convicted in Woodland gang assault

A Yolo County jury returned guilty verdicts last week against two men accused of taking part in a violent 2009 gang attack. Jose Rodolfo Rivas, 24, and Aaron Anthony Valadez, 22, face life in prison after being convicted of aggravated mayhem with gang enhancements and robbery, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. The […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,