Retrial in Woodland shooting case set for April

An April 18 trial date was set Monday for a Woodland woman accused of fatally shooting her husband. This will be the second trial for Susan Kathleen Hoskins, 60, who last month was acquitted of both first- and second-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 3, 2014, shooting death of Bryan Hoskins Sr. The jury […]

Bob Dunning: New to Davis? Pay no attention to our pests

The other day I was thanking the city of Davis for kindly and forthrightly making people aware of the many natural hazards of living in this urban utopia. This was done through the taxpayer-supported official city of Davis website, which could serve as an early-warning system for those strangers considering a move to our fair […]

City weighs ideas for reining in alcohol-fueled crime

As City Hall staffers rapidly seek solutions to increasing crime stemming from Davis’ downtown nightlife scene, what kind of alcohol restrictions are being contemplated? By enacting a moratorium this fall on new bars and restaurants exceeding 2,500 square feet and serving alcohol, city staff has frozen the expansion of nightlife downtown as a way of buying time to develop a new […]

Gear up for Thanksgiving at Farmers Market

Shoppers can stock up on everything they need for their Thanksgiving tables — except the turkey — at the Davis Farmers Market’s pre-Thanksgiving market on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from noon to 6 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in Davis.  More than 60 farmers, bakers and crafters will fill the market with local organic and conventionally grown fall […]

UC Davis project eyes solutions for small chicken farms

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the Eggmobile, of course.

The Eggmobile, a bright red chicken barn on wheels, provides protection and overnight housing for a flock of 150 young laying chickens on UC Davis’ new Pastured Poultry Farm.

The graduate student project, which was launched in July on 4.5 acres about a mile west of the central UCD campus, is a living laboratory for pasture-based poultry farms, which are growing in popularity. Research also will help those who keep backyard flocks.

The pasture is protected from predators by a portable electronic fence and is surrounded by a 50-foot band of uncultivated land to serve as a wildlife buffer.

The Eggmobile is moved around the pasture to give chickens fresh grazing space and to allow them to …

Fruit tree pruning workshop set Dec. 5

University of California Master Gardener Steve Radosevich will demonstrate pruning and provide tips for healthy fruit trees from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Central Park Gardens, near the corner of Third and B streets in downtown Davis. The free workshop will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 530-666-8143 […]

Boy Scouts prep for Christmas tree sales

The Davis Boy Scouts will continue a local holiday tradition by opening their Christmas tree lot on the day after Thanksgiving. The lot, at Mace and Cowell boulevards in South Davis, will feature Noble and Douglas fir trees in a range of sizes, delivered fresh from Oregon on Friday, Nov. 27. The inventory will be […]

Sierra Club sells holiday cards, gifts, calendars

Each Saturday from Nov. 14 through Jan. 2, the Sierra Club will sell holiday gift items at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, weather permitting. Items for sale include jigsaw puzzles and coloring books for children, holiday greeting cards and blank note cards, as well as the popular 2016 wilderness wall calendar and engagement calendar. The club […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Gremlin (No. 139787), a 3-year-old male Brussels Griffon with a gray coat. Also hoping for a good home is Charlie (No. 139413), a 4-month-old male black-and-white domestic short-haired cat. Fees are charged […]

Pen pals help keep sister-city relationship thriving

The 24-year relationship between Davis and its sister city Rutilio Grande, El Salvador, is being extended to the next generation, thanks to some Emerson Junior High School students who have struck up a pen-pal relationship with students in Rutilio Grande. The Spanish 2 students taught by longtime Davis teacher Sharon Davies wrote letters to their […]

Adams promoted to deputy superintendent at state Department of Education

Tom Adams of Davis has been appointed deputy superintendent of the Instruction and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education. Adams, a member of the Davis Board of Education, currently serves as director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division. Effective Dec. 1, Adams will succeed Lupita Cortez Alcalá, who will become […]

Fantasy author will present his new novel

The Avid Reader welcomes author Jason Denzel for a reading, discussion and signing of his first novel, “Mystic,” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, […]

Davis church honored for energy-efficiency improvements

By JoAnn B. Anderson Inspired to care for God’s creation, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis received a Cool Climate Award for Energy Efficiency from California Interfaith Power & Light on Nov. 10. The award was presented by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, the organization’s president and founder, at a ceremony at The Cathedral […]

Consider yourself invited to the Death Café

All members of the community are invited to the Death Café of Davis, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road. The Death Café is a dedicated space and time (with cake) for folks to gather without a program, agenda or speaker and simply have a […]