Planting for pollinators: Bees and butterflies in the news

I’m always happy to see stories about particular pollinator species in the news. Curious, perhaps, that the non-native European honeybee sparks so much concern, while the status of the 4,000 or so species of native bees gets very little attention. But what’s good for one pollinator can help others, and gardeners are taking an interest. […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

As Obama mulls Iraq options, Garamendi ‘deeply skeptical’ of military action

Rep. John Garamendi on Wednesday introduced an amendment to the defense appropriations bill requiring President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before returning to sustained military action in Iraq. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, introduced the bill with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, following a classified briefing from defense and intelligence officials to the House Armed Services Committee. […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Filmmaker explores causes, effects of youth violence

Daniel Bruun was in junior high when 14-year-old Andrew Mockus of Davis was beaten, robbed of $2 and pushed into a moving train by three local teens — an incident that, at the time, opened the community’s eyes to youth violence taking place in their own back yards.

“I was affected by it, but I felt like the story was never told in a complete way,” with neither the root causes nor the effects of the incident being fully addressed, said Bruun, a filmmaker who graduated from Davis High School in 1997.

Bruun noted that one of the youths involved in Mockus’ 1992 death, Joshua Bettencourt, was granted immunity for testifying against one of the other two boys but would exhibit violence again just three years later, fatally shooting another man during a road-rage incident in Sacramento.

Gun-law advocates raise ‘not one more’ call

By Cesar Escalante WASHINGTON — Richard Martinez brought his message of “not one more” to the nation’s capital Tuesday in response to a surge in mass shootings in America that took the life of his son last month. Martinez lost his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, in the Isla Vista rampage of May 23, which claimed the lives […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Former chief counsel is guest on radio show

Karen Walrond is a writer, photographer, author, and speaker — and that’s just during working hours. She’s also a licensed attorney, engineer and the guest on “How She Really Does It,” with Koren Motekaitis. The show will air live from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at Walrond will talk about going […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Humphrey Scholars enjoy a garden party

Eighteen Humphrey Fellows who are studying at UC Davis for the summer were treated to a tour of Huei Young’s Asian garden on Saturday evening. The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia to the United States for a year of […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Water conservation update offered Monday

Dawn Calciano, water conservation coordinator for the city of Woodland, will offer an update on the community’s water conservation efforts at June’s meeting of the Woodland Senior Center Computer Club. The event starts at 1 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Senior & Community Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Calciano will describe the Woodland water […]

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

Yolo County Archives open on some summer Saturdays

Now’s the time to catch up on that research you’ve been putting off. The Yolo County Archives announce the addition of Saturday hours this summer — from noon to 4 p.m. June 21, July 19 and Aug. 2, 16 and 30. Regular hours, during which the archives are open to the public by appointment, are from […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Women, wine and horse wisdom workshops planned

Little Winds Equine Guided Education is offering a series of fun and illuminating workshops this summer to benefit Empower Yolo, formerly the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County. Each session focuses on a different topic and features an experiential learning activity with the horses and wines from a local vineyard. Upcoming workshops will […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Explore Cache Creek preserve on Saturday

The Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to are explore the natural area along Cache Creek, hike the trails and enjoy the outdoors. Dogs are not allowed on the grounds. The preserve is at 34199 County Road 20 west of […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Critics point to drawbacks in Starbucks tuition program

By Richard Pérez-Peña Within hours on Monday of unveiling, with much fanfare, a program to pay employees’ college tuition, Starbucks faced criticism for drawbacks in the fine print — notably that students could have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket, and wait months or years before being reimbursed. A college junior or senior […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News

‘Friends for Life’ talk slated

Tamberly Mott will speak about “Friends for Life” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The public is welcome to this free talk. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she is the divisional engage life innovation director for Atria Senior Living.

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Dementia talk slated at Covell Gardens

Peggy Phelps will discuss the stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at a free presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The public is welcome. Phelps is a caregiver resource specialist at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center.

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Young farmers harvest camaraderie at Granges and gatherings

By Tara Duggan Each month, Stanford and UC Santa Cruz students fill the barn at Pie Ranch, an educational farm near Pescadero, for a potluck and square dance. In October, about 6,000 people will head to the Hoes Down Harvest Celebration at Yolo County’s Full Belly Farm for music, food and camping to raise funds […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,