‘Dear Santa …’

Santa Claus listens to Mary Bingle, 9, as she shares her Christmas wish list with him Saturday morning at Breakfast With Santa at the Odd Fellows Hall. The popular event — which featured three seatings hosted by the Odd Fellows Lodge — included a hearty breakfast, holiday music and a chance to meet Ol’ St. […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A Davis holiday tradition

The 2013 “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” returns this week with six performances at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. This holiday tradition is now in its 37th year, showcasing Davis children between the ages of 6 and 12 in the classic story of party guests, mice, soldiers, dancers and, of course, Clara and her Nutcracker […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Make a connection at local café

Monday’s meeting of the city of Davis’ 7th and A Connections Café is the last one of the year. The café will reopn on Monday, Jan. 6. The weekly café is an opportunity for local residents to drop in and enjoy entertainment, have pleasant conversation, sit in a quiet side room with a cup of […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: My real friends pick up the phone

Yes, it’s true I had a brief fling with Facebook, but it’s over now. All the talk of personal fulfillment and instant communication with a variety of “friends” turned out to be empty promises. My disenchantment started when I realized I was mindlessly reading paragraph after paragraph about the backyard pluot crop of a Woodland […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Work continues on Riggins-Gonsalves memorial project

Work continues on a park memorial for slain Davis couple John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, with nearly $30,000 being raised for the project over the past year, organizers say. The Warm Remembrance Family Play Area at Redwood Park is on schedule to open before the start of the 2014-15 school year, according to project spokeswoman […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tax assessments vary due to many factors

Two Yolo County property tax bills for Davis homes purchased decades apart demonstrate the differences in assessments for new and old residents. 1215 taxesSlideHillW 1215 taxesMaceW

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Marrone biofungicide OK’d in three more countries

Marrone Bio Innovations, a Davis-based provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, has announced that its Regalia Maxx biofungicide has been approved for use in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These countries join Panama and Mexico in approving the product to control a wide variety of bacterial and fungal diseases across an array […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Our Sunday best: Davis amenities are due to taxpayers’ support

Davis voters could be said to resemble an enthusiastic new homeowner who, after buying a property, keeps going back to the store for new window coverings and flooring, new cabinets for the kitchen, and shrubs and shade trees for the yard. But it can fairly be said that voters have approved and funded many projects […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

A fetching job: Locally raised pup guides blind hiker

Trevor Thomas has been the first blind man to reach the end of many of America’s longest hiking trails. But his guide dog, Tennille, usually arrives a few steps ahead of him.

When Thomas finished his trek across North Carolina’s nearly 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail in June, instead of claiming the title of the ninth person in history to complete it all in one go, he said Tennille was the official No. 9, and he preferred to think of himself as No. 10.

Thomas, who lost his sight in 2005 due to a rare autoimmune disorder, shared tales from his hiking expeditions with Davis Girl Scouts at Holmes Junior High on Wednesday night.

Notice reminds residents of surface water project progress

Davis residents received a friendly reminder from the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency this week about the progress of the project that will bring a new source of drinking water to town by 2016. Approved by voters in March by an 8-point margin, the joint project with Woodland will pump water from the Sacramento River, treat […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Winters suspect won’t fight extradition

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A fugitive arrested in Las Vegas after a police standoff told a local judge Thursday that he fears for his safety but won’t contest his transfer to Northern California to face murder and probation-violation charges in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend. William Carl Gardner III told Las Vegas Justice of the […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

House conservatives help push budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New York SantaCon aims to curb ho-ho no-no’s

NEW YORK (AP) — When red-suited revelers throng the city’s streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to mention spirits. But to others, it’s the blight before Christmas. After complaints about boorish, bar-hopping St. Nicks got attention from local officials and police, the event’s ringleaders are […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Our bag law won’t help that seagull

NO-SEE SEAGULL … don’t know if you’ve seen that photo making the rounds on Facebook that shows an allegedly “local” seagull with its head covered by a Walmart plastic bag, exposing two evils at once: plastic bags and Walmart … the message here is that our just-passed plastic bag ban is indeed a good thing […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,