Yolo Hospice: Making connections and raising awareness

By Cynthia Wolff Yolo Hospice participated in the Senior Fair on Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center, which offered an opportunity for flu shots, blood pressure checks and general wellness information. A number of people stopped by our table to say thank you and related stories of their experience of hospice, some from other states […]

October 20, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Local troops celebrate Scouting milestone

The community is invited to “Scouting, A Century of Honor,” a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the partnership between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. The tribute will be broadcast locally at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the LDS Stake Center, 850 Pioneer Ave. in Woodland, and […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Mud Run on Saturday will benefit Woodland Christian School

Organizers have been working hard preparing for Woodland’s third annual Mud Run, to be held Saturday at Woodland Christian High School, 1787 Matmor Road. More than 450 runners are already signed up to participate and at least 600 people are expected. “The Woodland Mud Run is not just a 5K run; it involves a muddy, […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Scientist-turned-novelist will present his new book

Author Thomas A. Cahill of Davis will present a talk about his newest novel “Ark: Diaspora,” the second installment in his science fiction adventure “Ark Asteroid” trilogy, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. It is the sequel to “Ark: Asteroid Impact,” published last December. Picking up where […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Crafters sought for Gibson House Christmas Gala

Local decorators and crafters are being recruited to participate in the seventh Gibson House Christmas Gala (formerly the Festival of Trees) on Thursday, Dec. 5. This year’s gala will be held at the historic Lowe-Hohenwarter home, 458 First St. in Woodland. The Queen Anne home was built in 1890 and has a 48-foot tower with […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local farm’s story resonates near and far

Kids sent off to college, weddings, funerals, worry, hope; there’s a vast array of things one may witness in five years’ worth of a family’s life.

And in the creation of “The Last Crop,” a film that focuses on a local family farm’s uncertain future, documentarian Chuck Schultz has seen all the above.

For the past five years, Schultz has been a fly on the wall, so to say, watching Jeff and Annie Main of Good Humus Produce in Yolo County experience plenty of milestones.

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged , ,

Record recycling for move-in weekend

The final numbers are in: UC Davis diverted a record 14,604 pounds of cardboard and 309 pounds of foam packaging from the landfill on move-in weekend. In all, UCD diverted 55 percent of the waste generated as about 4,800 new students moved into campus housing Sept. 21-22, according to Kim Ericksen, spokesperson for Dart Container, […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hospital to host gaming party on wheels

Kids are invited to get their game on for free at the Game Truck, a sort of mobile video gaming party, from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Sixteen people at a time can play the truck’s multiplayer games for Xbox, Playstation and the Nintendo Wii on high-definition […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Rainbow families invited to a potluck

The Davis Rainbow Phoenix Families will enjoy a potluck dinner and conversation at 6 p.m. Friday in the conference room at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis. “In the hopes of building community and outreach, we hope to gather same-sex families that have raised children, are raising children or are thinking […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

BART trains run as strike talks drag on

OAKLAND (AP) — A marathon negotiating session between the San Francisco Bay Area’s main commuter train agency and its unions has stretched into a second day. The contract talks between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two largest unions began around 10 a.m. Wednesday and were still going on early Thursday morning, more than […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Unemployment aid applications drop to 358,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 last week, though the figure was distorted for the second straight week by California’s efforts to clear backlogged claims. The partial government shutdown also likely boosted the total, as government contractors and other businesses furloughed employees. The Labor Department says […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Congress ends 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Poop scooper uses plastic on the sly

POOP PATROL … she was all bundled up in the early-morning chill, but there was just enough emerging sunlight that her brazen misdemeanor did not go unnoticed as I opened the living room curtains to welcome another day … it was garbage day and our empty containers were still sitting on the street, having just […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Young children consuming fewer sugary drinks; teens drinking more

Young children in California are consuming fewer sodas and other sugary drinks than in previous years, according to a Davis-based public health advocacy group, and that’s the good news. The bad news: Pre-teens and teenagers are drinking more than ever. A report being released Thursday by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,