Davis gets together for a great party

Thousands of local residents turned out on a sizzling late-spring evening Thursday to Celebrate Davis!

The 11th annual event, presented by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, is designed to celebrate Davis as a great place to live, work, shop, play and learn. The event featured a business expo of 100 vendor booths, food, music and a Family Fun Zone, and was capped off with an aerial fireworks show.

The Chamber made a special effort this year to curb waste and promote environmental friendliness. Because parking was in short supply …

Davis mom drowned daughter to ‘protect’ her, psychiatrist told

WOODLAND — Fearing that police officers were about to harm her daughter, Aquelin Talamantes drowned the girl with the belief that she was “protecting” her, according to a Davis psychiatrist who evaluated Talamantes two months after the incident. “She thought the police were going to cut off her head,” said Dr. Captane Thomson, who conducted […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Local artists earns national honor

While a picture is worth a thousand words, a standout Davis artist uses thousands of words to create amazing pictures. Da Vinci High School sophomore Abby deVarennes and other young artists were honored Thursday at a district office open house in Davis held by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. The students’ teachers and parents also were […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nugget Markets plant seeds of learning with garden grants

Nugget Markets partners with Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork in support of school garden programs throughout Yolo County. Yolo Farm to Fork offers competitive matching grants for school gardens, coordinators, supplies, volunteers, workshops and networking opportunities. This year, Davis Farm to School, a program of Yolo Farm to Fork, presented garden […]

May 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: The grieving process is highly personal

By Cynthia Wolff As another Mother’s Day passes, I realize that my mother has been gone for 16 years. Usually my sister and I get together and have brunch to celebrate and remember our Mum. This year was different. We were both recovering from hectic weeks and health challenges. We stayed home to recuperate and […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: PAC may turn campaign into Opportunity Lost

THE MAILMAN COMETH … I closed yesterday’s discussion of the ugly turn the 4th District Assembly race has taken by saying “I can’t wait to see what the morrow, not to mention the mailman, brings to my doorstep.” … well, the mailman did not disappoint … The third anti-Dodd mailer from the Pasadena-based “Opportunity PAC” […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Support offered to survivors of domestic or sexual violence

An eight-session support group for the support of adult women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence as a child or adult will be offered from 6 to 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Empower Yolo — formerly known as the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center. Registration is required by attending a drop-in intake session. For […]

May 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Defying others’ expectations, meeting her own

All throughout Irene Williams’ life, she’s heard the voices. On Friday, at 30 years old, she was set to be the student speaker at the UC Davis School of Law commencement ceremony. But go back — back to a night when she was in ninth or 10th grade, when a neighbor from upstairs sat outside […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

California’s thirst shapes debate over fracking

By Norimitsu Onishi OROVILLE — Enemies of fracking have a new argument: drought. Fracking a single oil well in California last year took 87 percent of the water consumed in a year by a family of four, according to the Western States Petroleum Association, an industry lobbying group. That amount — a modest one by […]

May 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Labs are told to start including a neglected variable: females

By Roni Caryn Rabin For decades, scientists have embarked on the long journey toward a medical breakthrough by first experimenting on laboratory animals. Mice or rats, pigs or dogs, they were usually male: Researchers avoided using female animals for fear that their reproductive cycles and hormone fluctuations would confound the results of delicately calibrated experiments. […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Water-wise gardens showcased in Woodland

A free water-wise garden tour is planned for Saturday in Woodland, presented by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. A pre-tour workshop is planned from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. Participants will hear speakers, see displays and receive handouts — including a tour guidebook, plus how-to […]

June 05, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

State’s judges debate proposed ban on ties to Boy Scouts

By Bob Egelko A proposal before the California Supreme Court to require judges to sever ties with the Boy Scouts, because of the Scouts’ rejection of gays and lesbians as troop leaders, has the support of the state’s main judicial organization, but there’s evidently some opposition in the ranks. The justices plan to decide sometime […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Honoring the fallen

A Woodland Police Department honor guard salutes a wreath placed at the Yolo County Peace Officer Memorial, left, on Friday in front of the Yolo County Courthouse. The memorial service paid tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty — including 11 peace officers in Yolo County. Their […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Groundwater update: high toxicity, stable aquifers, links to earthquakes

The last month has been rife with news and worries about groundwater, with statewide reports about water toxicity, aquifer depletion and, most recently, a correlation between small earthquakes and a dry earth. Here’s where Yolo County stands. Groundwater levels The California Department of Water Resources released a report last month showing that groundwater levels have decreased […]

May 16, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,