NAMI-Yolo potluck, meeting on Nov. 6

Members of NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will gather for a potluck meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin Social Hall, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Dr. Jonathan Porteus, CEO of Sacramento’s WellSpace Health (formerly known as “The Effort”), is […]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Quickbooks workshop to help individuals, businesses

A Quickbooks 101 for Small Business and Nonprofits workshop runs from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Yolo Federal Credit Union, 501 G St. in Davis. The moderators are CPAs and Carbahal & Company principals Jennifer Nitzkowski and Tracy Dunne. Presenters are certified Quickbooks pro-adviser Zelpha Kaseman and certified bookkeeper and […]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cabrillo Civic Club installs its officers

The Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will install its 2014 officers at a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St. in Woodland. The dinner will be catered by Ludy’s Main Street BBQ. Tickets are $20 for adults and students, $8 for children under 12 […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Warily, schools watch students on the Internet

By Somini Sengupta SAN FRANCISCO — For years, a school principal’s job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom. Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates. Now, as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media, educators have more opportunities to […]

November 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Outside drop in autos, U.S. retail spending rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down. Overall retail sales dipped 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

White House OKs limited waiver on health penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law. The move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: We ALL need to take responsibility

PAYING THE PIPER … well, well, well, the same people who were praising the Davis City Council’s unanimous approval of the Woodland-Davis surface water project are now blasting the same council for its 4-1 vote against adding fluoride to that very surface water slated to come our way some future day … in fact, the […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Army major serves animals and people

Rick Tucker was a veterinary student at UC Davis on Sept. 11, 2001. He knew then that he would join the Army at some point in the future.

After graduating in 2003, he worked in private practice for four years as a large-animal veterinarian — one year in Turlock, three in Visalia — before he received his military commission in 2007.

After four months of basic training for medical officers in San Antonio, Tucker was given his first assignment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash., where, ironically, he was “stuck” in a small-animal practice.

Court documents detail alleged Fourth & Hope theft

As she presided over a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter and other services to the homeless, Leona Jull was using a work-issued credit card to buy tools, electronics and satellite-dish service for her personal use, according to documents on file in Yolo Superior Court. The former executive director of Woodland’s Fourth & Hope (formerly […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Water rate foes collect signatures at market

Proponents of an initiative to repeal Davis’ current water rates will be at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday collecting signatures on the petition. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. “Come down to the market to sign the petition and talk to us about your concerns,” a […]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Novelist Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest book is an Ice Age tale

Meet the author Who: Kim Stanley Robinson, reading from “Shaman” and signing copies of the book When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.; and, with young author Andy Stewart, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Kim Stanley Robinson, a longtime Davis resident […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fill the boot, feed a family

Members of the Davis Professional Firefighters Association Local 3494 — from left, John Ellis, Mike Plescia, Brian Farid, Matt Galloway, Dan Wong and Capt. Roland Pussich — prep their boots for the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraiser Wednesday benefiting the association’s annual Thanksgiving food basket program, which aims to feed as many as 700 local […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Lists that rank colleges’ value are on the rise

By Ariel Kaminer Looking out over the quadrangle before him as students dashed from one class to the next, James Muyskens was feeling proud one recent afternoon, and why not? The college he had led for the past 11 years had just been awarded second place in a new ranking of American higher education — […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New evidence fits theory snakes’ presence altered primate vision

Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes? Work by neuroscientists in Japan and Brazil is supporting the theory originally put forward by Lynne Isbell, professor of anthropology at UC Davis. In a paper published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Isbell; Hisao […]

October 31, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,