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Pence Gallery: Start your collection with art from our auction

This month, the Pence Gallery is kicking off its 40th-year anniversary with an Art Auction exhibit and event. To mark our turning 40 as a community art gallery, we have invited some very special artists to participate. For three weeks until Sept. 19, the Pence will host a preview art exhibit of 130 works of art […]

Help sought in monitoring burrowing owls

The Burrowing Owl Preservation Society has club, internship and coursework opportunities available this fall. This includes vegetation monitoring for weeds and suitable grass height for owls, owl and other raptor monitoring, burrow measurements, installation of artificial burrows, education and outreach, and participating in invited talks and workshops. Those interested should contact Janet Foley at [email protected]

In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without climate action

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to […]

Benicia says oil train spill possible, just not likely

The city of Benicia has gone from saying an oil train spill couldn’t happen in Davis, to saying it’s a very outside chance. A revised environmental review released Monday of the Benicia Valero oil refinery’s proposal to build a rail terminal for oil trains said Davis and other communities along rail lines stretching from Benicia […]

Council may grant more time for innovation center comments

Following several requests at public comment last week to have more time to digest a thick environmental report on the Mace Ranch Innovation Center, the City Council will discuss tonight whether to extend the comment period, potentially by 45 days. The current comment period ends Sept. 28. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in […]

Bob Dunning: Then the judge ordered a recess for some Cheetos

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES … Davis officials who have been trying to ban all smoking in apartment buildings may wish to take notice of a recent decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals concerning marijuana smoke … while the marijuana smoke in question was coming from the apartment of a recreational pot user, what […]

Bangladesh man dies in Yolo County skydiving accident

A 27-year-old man from Bangladesh has been identified as the victim of a fatal skydiving accident that occurred Sunday near the Yolo County Airport northwest of Davis. Investigators believe Mridul Khan’s parachute failed to open properly during the 10:45 a.m. jump, which was being performed among a group of skydivers through the SkyDance SkyDiving facility. […]

Driver dies after SUV crashes, catches fire

A motorist lost his life in fiery crash south of Woodland early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. Yolo County coroner’s officials still have not positively identified the driver of a 1999 Ford Explorer that ran off the road on westbound County Road 25A west of County Road 99 shortly after midnight. Evidence […]

Healthy harvest: Researchers explore impact of raw manure on tomatoes

By Chris Brunner The tomato harvest is in full swing. Tomato harvesting equipment and trailers topped with mounds of ripe red fruit are a welcome sight on a warm summer evening’s drive along the dusty rural county roads. The scent drifting from a tomato processing plant provides a sense that all’s right with the world. Green-thumbed […]

Needy folks will receive free food

The Yolo Food Bank will distribute food to eligible Davis residents on Wednesday, Sept. 16, as follows: * From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Davisville Apartments, 1221 Kennedy Place; * From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.; and * From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Owendale […]

After-school classes offered at Peregrine

Peregrine School is offering classes with expert instructors in foreign languages, instruments, musical theater, yoga, chess, science and more. Peregrine also hosts soccer classes by Just4Kicks Solano Inc. and ballet instruction for children and adults by teacher Denise Fladager. Visit www.peregrineschool.org for more information and to apply.

Tots can learn swimming, art and music

Peregrine School and SwimAmerica are teaming up to offer a new toddler program on Tuesday mornings. Davis Ducklings is designed in a play-group format for toddlers ages 1 to 2 1/2 and their grown-ups. The program combines SwimAmerica’s successful parent-child swim lessons with Reggio-inspired preschool experiences in music and the arts. Ducklings will not only […]

UCD, UCSD study new tool to evaluate early-stage Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s researchers at UC Davis and UC San Diego have launched a new study that aims to detect the earliest stages of cognitive dysfunction in people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease by using event-related brain potentials, or ERPs. ERPs are a promising tool to detect very early signs of synaptic dysfunction, one of the earliest features […]

Botanical artist bound for DHS Hall of Fame

Catherine Stevens Watters, a 1970 Davis High School graduate, has made her mark in life as a botanical artist, creating exquisitely detailed paintings of plants.

Her work has been displayed at galleries associated with some of the world’s most famous gardens, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, just outside London; the Hunt Institute for Botanic Documentation in Pittsburgh; the New York Botanical Garden; and the Jardin botanique de Lyon in France.

She’s also a longtime art teacher at Filoli, the famous 654-acre estate in Woodside in the Silicon Valley.

And now, she’ll be remembered as a member of the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation’s Hall of Fame after she’s inducted on Sept. 19 under the category of fine arts.

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