Amateur radio operators put to the test

Local amateur radio operators — who play a vital role in communications for major special events and emergencies — will test their ability to communicate with other radio stations independent of utilities or other services at a 24-hour Field Day on Saturday, June 28. The public is invited to observe from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Focus group members sought

Engage3, a local technology startup company, invites the community to participate in a focus group to help the company improve its mobile shopping app, ShoppingScout. Focus group sessions are held every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Davis office, 213 E St., second floor. Lunch will be provided. Please confirm with Andrew at 530-231-5485, ext. 3014, […]

July 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: It’s hard to believe unbelievable news

BELIEVE IT OR NOT: The news is full of stories about our energy future; some grim, others hopeful. Most include numbers to back up the point being made. It can sometimes be hard to sort out truth from fiction given the seemingly universal nodding of humanity’s collective heads in agreement with Mark Twain’s caustic phrase: […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Iraq fights militants around oil refinery

By Sameer N. Yacoub and Qassim Abdul-Zahra BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country’s main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border Wednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers. In […]

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

Widows, widowers form local chapter

A meeting to organize a new chapter of the Widowed Persons Association of California, a nonprofit support and social organization, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. For more information, call Chuck Beaver at 916- 966-7171.

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Briefly

Council makes no decisions on taxes, water rates

The Davis City Council took on a new tax measure and water rates at a study session Tuesday, coming to no final conclusions but seeming to figure out what each other’s general positions are. The council zeroed in on wanting to pay for road and sidewalk repairs and refurbish existing community swimming pools with any […]

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

Build your own raptor nest

Join the California Raptor Center and the American Kestrel Partnership at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and build your own nest box at the Raptor Center on UC Davis campus. The American kestrel population is declining in California and you can take an active role in increasing their numbers. 

No skills are necessary and all […]

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

Bob Dunning: Don’t overthink our new water rates

As the city of Davis rushes to come up with a rate structure that it can sell to the skeptical residents of Davis, it seems to be ignoring the lessons of Measure P. Before our most recent election, the supporters of Measure P were called “obstructionists” whose real purpose was to kill the already voter-approved […]

June 18, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Report finds insignificant risk for oil spills, accidents

The long-anticipated draft of the environmental impact report for the Valero Benicia refinery project was released on Tuesday. A risk assessment concluded that significant spills along the Roseville-Benicia line are extremely unlikely, and the report further stated that precautions in place adequately mitigate the risk.

The likelihood of a significant spill — 100 barrels of oil or more — was estimated to be 0.009 for all trains going from Roseville to the refinery in a given year, partially based on the promise that Valero would use newer, sturdier tank models known as CPC-1232. Valero Benicia …

Preventing child abuse before it begins

By Judy Wolf In 1999, the Rotary Club of Davis began a program to reduce the incidence of child abuse locally, nationally and internationally. The Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), was unanimously adopted as the club’s program for the new millennium. Since that time, the program mission has been one that seeks to inform the public of […]

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

Davis Rotarians have served their community and the world since 1926

By Roger Gambatese True to the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” the men and women of the Rotary Club of Davis, founded in 1926, have responded to humanitarian needs, locally and worldwide, through their Rotary membership. Locally, in recent years, members have been painting and otherwise maintaining facilities used by Davis people in need, delivering […]

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

Polio Plus seeks to eradicate crippling disease worldwide

By Bill Hollingshead Rotary International created Polio Plus in 1985 with the mission of totally eradicating polio, also known as infantile paralysis, across the globe. At that time, there were 375,000 cases in 125 countries. Recently, the polio cases were down to fewer than 1,000 cases in only three countries. However, The World Health Organization (WHO) has […]

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

Noon Rotary: Who we are

Jerry Adler Samer Alaasaad Randy Alston Ryndie Azevedo Jacque Bartholomew Jonathan Bayless Lou Below Steve Bick Wendy Chason Grace Chen Yvonne Clinton Heather Copeland Debbie Davis Nicole Davis J.D. Denton Dick Donaldson Dick Dorf Andrew Dowling Don Fish Ron Fisher Kari Fry Doug Galbreath Roger Gambatese Greg Gibbs Michael Goodman Robert Gregoire John Hamel Paul […]

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

Rotary offers so many opportunities

By Greg Phister This past year for me truly has been a very fulfilling one. It has been an honor to serve our community and the Rotary Club of Davis as president for 2013-14. Rotary has been a part of my life for many years, going back to when I was a teenager and was […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged