Davis police unveil new uniforms, wheels

The Davis Police Department underwent a recent uniform change that is expected to reduce officers’ risk of on-the-job injuries. In addition to wearing one designated color — blue, instead of the prior choice of black or blue — officers now suit up in “Point Blank” vests that hold nearly all the gear previously worn on […]

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

See cormorants on Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area tour

Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. As spring approaches, the numbers of wintering birds like the tundra swan and greater white-fronted goose start to decline as they begin their migration north. This time of year also marks […]

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

Documentary examines academics’ response to 9/11

“9/11 in the Academic Community,” directed by A. Zuberi, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Davisville Apartments Clubhouse, 1221 Kennedy Place. “The 75-minute documentary confronts the academy’s uncritical response to the defining event of our times,” organizer Rodney Robinson says. “It is an essential film for everyone in an academic community.” Says Stephen LeRoy, […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

NAMI-Yolo hears about mental illness and the justice system

A panel discussion on mental illness and the justice system in Yolo County will be featured at the next monthly meeting of NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness. Panelists are Davis police Lt. Tom Waltz, who will talk about Yolo County’s Crisis Response Team of law enforcement and mental health professionals; Deputy Public […]

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

Bill eases process for student aid

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — Some 50,000 college-bound high school seniors filled out applications last year for state financial aid, but were disqualified because they failed to submit the required transcripts from their schools. Now, a San Francisco legislator wants to fix that problem by requiring school districts — not parents and students — to send […]

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

For the record

Weekly loose-pile pickups of leaves and other green waste during November and December will be complemented by monthly loose-pile pickups during the rest of the year, the Davis City Council voted last week. A correction in Friday’s edition was unnecessary; the original story was accurate. Green waste carts will be collected weekly, year-round.

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

DPNS will host a celebration

DPNS will host a 65th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eighth Street site, 426 Eighth St. Learn more about the school at www.davisparentnurseryschool.com.

March 02, 2014 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

DPNS started in tents

In the background of the photo can be seen Army surplus tents that were used as the school’s classrooms for the first couple of years.

March 02, 2014 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

DPNS: 65 years of learning through play

The year was 1949.

Harry Truman was president. Earl Warren was governor. UC Davis was known as the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture and the population of the city of Davis stood at about 3,500. That’s when a group of Davis parents began talking about the possibility of a different kind of preschool for their children.

They had heard about a parent-participation nursery school in Berkeley and liked the model: Parents worked with children in the classroom one morning a week and attended regular adult education classes focused on child development and behavior.

It was a win-win idea …

Grants aid edible school gardens

Yolo Farm to Fork has awarded $25,000 to schools in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland to help them build and sustain edible school gardens. The awards follow a competitive application process open to all Yolo County schools with the highest priority given to schools in which 50 percent or more of students are eligible for […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Snowpack grows, but not enough

By Kurtis Alexander Fresh snow is blanketing the Sierra this week, but not enough to put a big dent in the statewide drought. State surveying crews, making their monthly trek on skis and snowshoes to high-elevation weather stations, said Thursday that the snowpack is just 24 percent of average for this time of year. That […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Primate center readies respiratory disease lab

A one-of-a-kind respiratory disease lab is nearing completion at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

The 19,000-square-foot building will house an inhalation exposure facility unique among the eight National Institutes of Health-supported primate centers, plus new laboratory, meeting and office space.

Initial areas of study there will include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exposure to secondhand smoke and air pollution, childhood asthma and infectious diseases, including H1N1 influenza in infants.

School board sets March 13 date for Crawford hearing

The Davis school board, meeting in closed session on Thursday evening, formally set March 13 as the date for hearing an appeal in the dispute over Davis High School’s volleyball coach. At the same time, the trustees issued a blunt statement urging their colleague, Nancy Peterson, and the coach, Julie Crawford, to hire a mediator […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Let’s put a window in closed-door sessions

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS … if I hear the phrases “closed session” and “personnel matter” one more time, I think I may just move to Dixon … whether it’s firing a volleyball coach at the high school or the general manager at the Food Co-op, “closed session” has become the modern-day equivalent of the smoked-filled room […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,