Poppenga will meet pet owners at dog park

Davis school board candidate Bob Poppenga, a professor of veterinary science at UC Davis, will greet canine supporters and their owners at the Toad Hollow Dog Park on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He’ll be available to talk about schools, kids and dogs. Poppenga is a parent of two, an active parent volunteer, […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Attorney general slams Valero project crude-by-rail impact report

In a letter submitted last week to the city of Benicia, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Valero must do substantially more to prove the safety of a proposed rail expansion to its oil refinery in that Bay Area city. Harris’ letter echoes concerns raised about the draft environmental impact report by local governments. “Unfortunately, the […]

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UCD’s Ag College honors its best and brightest

Seven people will be honored Friday at UC Davis with an Award of Distinction during the 26th annual College Celebration for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The public is invited.

Honorees include faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UCD’s founding college. The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education and innovative outreach.

“I’m excited to be participating in this traditional celebration of our college for the first time,” said Dean Helene Dillard. “The people receiving our Award of Distinction are remarkable individuals … ”

Enjoy ‘The Art of Science’ on Sunday

UC Davis graduate student scientists will present their research through song, dance, photography and other media at “The Art of Science” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Wyatt Deck in the UCD Arboretum. If it rains, the event will be moved to 126 Voorhies Hall. Community members are invited to participate in hands-on […]

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New lawn replacement available at Arboretum plant sale

Go shopping! What: Friends of the Arboretum plant sale When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday (members only); 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (members and public) Where: UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road Info: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx or 530-752-4880 Local residents who want an attractive, low-water-use replacement for their lawns may be interested in kurapia, which will be available […]

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Radio program celebrates 8 years on the air

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, marks eight years on the air on Friday, Oct. 10. Back in 2006, the show started out as something to help women balance their lives. Through the years, the show has developed into a place of learning and inspiration for listeners. Motekaitis has done more than 400 interviews. […]

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Woodland man faces attempted-murder charges

A Woodland man was due for arraignment on attempted murder charges today in connection with his alleged attack on a woman — identified by police as the suspect’s aunt — Sunday evening. Michael Maloney Jr., 29, is being held without bail at the Yolo County Jail, where he was booked Sunday night. Woodland police Sgt. […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Is Davis ready to go Dutch?

Davis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, if not the friendliest. But to do better, East Covell Boulevard may be going Dutch. The City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to come up with plans to place two Dutch-style intersections at J and L streets where they intersect with East Covell Boulevard. […]

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Federal budget deficit falls to $486 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says the federal government’s budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama’s six-year span in office, The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows better results than earlier projections by both CBO and the White House budget Office. It comes as Washington’s […]

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California water use drops 11.5 percent in August

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity. Water suppliers reported that consumption fell 11.5 percent in August compared with the year before, according to data released Tuesday. […]

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PG&E will build its training facility in Winters

After months of flirting with the Winters community, PG&E officials finally made their decision: The new gas line safety facility is coming to town. The $75 million project will attract gas line professionals from across the country, where they will get hands-on experience with excavating equipment, repairs and welding, and workplace safety. Visitors also will […]

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Super-zoom microscope earns chemistry Nobel

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells. Working independently of each other, U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner and Stefan Hell of […]

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West Sacramentans busted for car theft, burglary

A traffic violation helped police solve both a stolen-vehicle and car burglary case early Monday morning, according to reports. Lt. Tom Waltz said an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding at about 1:30 a.m. at F Street and Anderson Road, discovering during a license-plate check that the car had been reported stolen. The three occupants […]

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Constitution essay contest deadline nears

The deadline of Friday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. for the second annual Davis Constitution Day Essay Contest is fast approaching. The contest observes the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution this Sept. 17 and highlights the importance of all Americans knowing the contents of the country’s founding document. There are four categories […]

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