Woman dies in rural Yolo County crash

A 63-year-old Sacramento woman was killed last week when a big rig collided with her vehicle near the Yolo County Airport west of Davis, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP reports indicate the woman was traveling westbound on County Road 31 near Road 95 at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday when the eastbound big rig […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sierra Club backs Krovoza

Sierra Club California has endorsed Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza in the District 4 Assembly race. “Joe has demonstrated that he walks the talk on the environment,” said Kathryn Phillips, the organization’s director, in a news release from the campaign. “Sierra Club is confident a vote for Joe will yield good policies that protect public health […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

GOP aide joins Assembly race

Republican legislative aide Dustin Call, a Davis resident, has filed papers to be a candidate in Assembly’s 4th District. He joins Esparto farmer and retired U.S. Marine Corps reservist Charlie Schaupp as GOP candidates in the race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis. Call, 28, works as an aide to Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Director: School board needs to address $20 million in maintenance

The Davis school district has a backlog of $20 million in building maintenance needs, facilities director Mike Adell told the Board of Education on Thursday night. These deferred projects should be addressed during the next five years, he advised. At the same time, Adell acknowledged that there is very little funding in the school district’s […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Environmental update: The dirt on composting

There are several ways to compost here in Davis. Yard materials placed in the street are collected by Davis Waste Removal each week and sent to be composted. Food scraps (fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, coffee grounds, etc.) cannot be placed in the street with yard materials. You can compost food scraps yourself in your back […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

NRCS to hold free soil health workshop

Farmers and anyone who wants to understand how to build more naturally fertile soil that also absorbs rainfall while requiring fewer inputs to produce a profitable crop are invited to attend a free seminar. The workshops will be conducted by teams of agronomists and soil scientists who work with Ray Archuleta, a conservationist and soil […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Conference attendees will put faith into action

“Our current way of living is not compatible with the planet we live on. The good news is, we have an opportunity to do something about it now. If we make changes in our lifestyle and in our public policy in relation to the Earth itself, future generations will reap the benefits of our wisdom […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Road diet quietly works to a crescendo

By late spring, motorists on Fifth Street between A and L streets will see two lanes of through traffic going 25 miles per hour, instead of four lanes at 30 mph. It’s known as a “road diet,” but the project is officially called “Fifth Street Corridor Road Improvements,” somewhat obscuring the long history this project […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Apply for library tax exemption by June 2

WOODLAND — The deadline to file for an exemption from the Davis special library parcel tax is June 2. Exemptions to the special tax are granted for the following: * Property zoned and used for agriculture and not containing a residence. * Property that is not buildable or developable because of some reasonably permanent incapacity. […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Science Café moves to de Vere’s Irish Pub

“The Case of the Clumped Charcoal Distribution: A Paleontological Whodunnit” is the subject of the next Science Café in Davis. The gathering — at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at de Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St. in downtown Davis — will feature a conversation with Steve Wathen, a post-doctoral researcher at the John Muir […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Study critical of tobacco marketing in local stores

Yolo County has more stores selling kid-friendly flavored tobacco products than other areas of California and more of these stores are near schools, according to data released by the nonprofit Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community. The findings are part of a statewide survey conducted last summer and fall that collected data from more than […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

One-day yoga workshop helps manage grief

Yolo Hospice’s one-day yoga workshop, “Healing through Yoga,” helps individuals cope with grief through the use of breathing techniques, basic yoga postures, discussion and education. Yoga can replenish energy, improve sleep and relax the mind and body, which can give respite to those coping with grief. The one-day workshop will run from 3 to 5 […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Free presentation to help create a balanced life

Two free “Introductions to WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan” will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, March 30 and April 6, at Brainefit, 324 Madson Place, Suite 150, in Davis. “Wellness is a lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and taking deliberate actions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life,” event host […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Citrus Circuits bound for world championships again

Citrus Circuits, the robotics team made up of students from Davis junior highs and high schools, has qualified for the world championships for the fourth straight year. The team competed for the first time in the Inland Empire Regional in Grand Terrace from Feb. 28 to March 2 and marched through the competition without losing […]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,