Take a vacation from the ordinary

It’s summer again, a time when wistful hearts ponder the possibilities, yearning for a vacation from the ordinary. With two young boys clamoring for adventure, my husband and I surveyed our options. Where should we go? What destination could grab our excitement without draining our time, energy and wallet? Then we remembered last year and […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

More for families at expanded Hyatt Place

On the edge of downtown, along the south side of UC Davis campus, is one of our favorite family staycation destinations, the Hyatt Place. With an expansion that was completed on April 1, there is even more that appeals to families in pursuit of some local regeneration and play time. Included in the 52 new guest rooms […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Tickets available for Yolo County Fair gala

The Yolo County Fair will present its eighth annual Opening Night Gala, showcasing the county’s agricultural projects and produce, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Agriculture Building of the Yolo County Fair Grounds. The Gala will feature local wines, olive oils, honey, nuts, jams, meats, produce and restaurant fare, as well as performances by […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

New-home sales rocket higher in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown. New home sales jumped 18.6 percent last month following a 3.7 percent increase in April, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The gains followed declines […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Water bond measure fails in initial Senate vote

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday failed in an initial attempt to secure Republican support for overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brought the legislation to a vote because he said he wanted to force “an honest public discussion” about how to improve […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. special forces face complex challenge in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The Army Green Berets, who are expected to make up much of the U.S. […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Robb Davis goes on radio

Davis voters elected Robb Davis to the City Council in June. On the latest edition of “Davisville,” he talks about some of the financial problems facing the city, as well as what he’s been doing to prepare to take office. “Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs on KDRT 95.7 FM Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

USDA Deputy Secretary announces website, policies to help new farmers

Growing up on a farm, Krysta Harden, the United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, knows how difficult and rewarding a life in agriculture can be. On Monday, Harden announced two efforts to help beginning farmers get their business off the ground — or rather, keep it in the ground — at the first meeting […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Study confirms link between pesticides, autism

Pregnant women who lived near farms and fields where chemical pesticides had a two-thirds greater risk of having a child with autism or other developmental delay, according to a new UC Davis study. MIND Institute researchers found the link was greater when pregnant women were exposed to pesticides during the second or third trimester. The journal […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

DHS graduate reflects on her gap year

Back in the fall of 2012 when she began the whole college application process, Valerie Hurst was feeling some ambivalence. The thought of picking a place where she would spend the next four years — not to mention a whole lot of money — without really knowing where she wanted to be or what she […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

No handouts for homeless on street, group to teach

Don’t give a handout to the homeless on the street. That’s going to be the message of a new group made up of city representatives, social service providers, business organizations and faith-based groups beginning to tackle the problem of homelessness and increased panhandling in Davis, according to a city staff report. Why not give on […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

A story on the Davis school board in Sunday’s paper was incorrect. At Thursday’s meeting, the board held a public hearing on the school district’s 2014-15 Adoption Budget, but did not vote on the budget. Formal approval of the Adoption Budget by the school board will be on the agenda for the upcoming June 26 […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Shakespeare Company makes move to the big stage

Check it out What: Davis Shakespeare Festival with “Much Ado About Nothing” and “She Loves Me” When: Alternating days Thursdays through Sundays, June 26, through Aug. 3 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $20 general, $18 for students and seniors, $15 children 12 and under Info: www.shakespearedavis.org The Davis Shakespeare Company, which has been entertaining […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DHS grads reflect on the road less traveled

Davis High School sends the vast majority of its graduates straight off to college every year.

Among last year’s Class of 2013, 70 percent headed to four-year colleges and another 20 percent to two-year programs, with many of those students now back in Davis having completed their freshman year. Valerie Hurst and Richie Farman had long expected to be among them.

As it does for so many Davis students, college was …