West Sac artisans join Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair

Members of the West Sacramento Art Guild will be featured at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair on Sunday, Aug. 2, in Central Park. The guild is a 40-year-old organization of fine artists, embroiderers, knitters, a metal worker and other craftspeople. The group meets to share tips on techniques, business venues, winning prizes and publicity. A number […]

UCD study: Autism costs could reach $500B to $1T by 2025

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, in the United States for the current calendar year. Costs also were projected for 10 years out if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely […]

UCD awards proof-of-concept funding for technologies

UC Davis is helping researchers with innovative technologies bridge the gap between research and commercialization. The UCD Science Translation and Innovative Research grant program provides funding for proof-of-concept research and development work aimed at demonstrating commercial feasibility of university-generated technology. Now in its second year, the STAIR program is one way UCD supports its entrepreneurial […]

Fire crew gets some love from Yolo FCU

Winters firefighters who have been battling the Wragg fire since July 22 were treated to snacks Thursday morning delivered by staff members at the Yolo Federal Credit Union. Staff member Jackie Baker-Kuhn said she felt compelled to do something for the firefighters who have been working long hours in sweltering heat to fight the wildfire […]

UCD grad helps light the way to feeding a growing population

The United Nations has predicted that by 2050 there will be well over 9 billion people on Earth. With so many mouths to feed, methods for making the production of nutritious food more efficient could prove critical to the prospects of people everywhere, but particularly in the developing world. Edward Silva, a 2012 UC Davis graduate, […]

Need a new best friend?

Quick is a neutered male purebred Rottweiler, who’s about 10 months to 1 year old. He’s athletic and should be adopted into a home with no small children. He loves to play in water and would make a great jogging partner. Sasha is a 1- to 2-year-old spayed female border collie mix who’s a graduate […]

California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought

GOLETA (AP) — The Coast Guard is hoping lab tests will determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick floating off California’s Santa Barbara County shoreline. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said Thursday that the 3-mile-long sheen is about 1,000 yards from the sand and beaches remain open. She says tar ball samples […]

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health came as Senate Republicans […]

Gov’t finds health law co-ops awash in red ink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 — the […]

Teen charged in death of 8-year-old to appear in court

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists’ complex in a California beach town is scheduled to appear in court. Police say Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family’s apartment from a courtyard where she had been […]

Proposed measure would give voters control over local pensions

A signature-gathering effort is being planned for a statewide ballot measure that would give local voters the final say about public pensions for teachers, public safety employees and many other public employees at all government levels. Called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, it would change state law in 2019 to require all state and […]

Urban spraying may be necessary to fight West Nile

As the number of mosquito samples and dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus in Yolo County continues to grow, the local vector control district is warning residents that aerial spraying over urban areas may become necessary. So far, 56 mosquito samples and 16 dead birds — 13 of them in Davis — have tested […]

Bob Dunning: The true public servants are lining up

I suspect we’ve all been forced to play the silly game of musical chairs at least once in our lifetime, but who would have thought our various local politicians would raise this childhood ritual to an art form? Pulling out the most recent political scorecard, I see that newly elected Assemblyman Bill Dodd, who promised […]

Stitchers will gather for hands-on project

The Valley Oak chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The program is a hands-on project, an applique piece consisting of Teneriffe lace and beads. Kits will be available for $3.50. Bring […]