Allen meets voters for coffee on Friday

Sheila Allen, a candidate for Davis City Council, has announced a coffee meet-and-greet to talk with voters and interested citizens from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 231 E St. in downtown Davis. She will be available to discuss her campaign and hear community input on issues. Allen is finishing her […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon walks the West Pond on Wednesday

Join the Yolo Audubon Society and The Friends of West Pond for a two-hour birding and botanizing walk Wednesday, March 5, along the West Pond in West Davis. During the recent Great Backyard Bird Count, white-throated sparrows, fox sparrows, wood ducks and hooded mergansers were seen at the pond. The walks, which are free and […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Child sexual abuse conference slated for April 5

The 20th annual Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The focus of the event is “Childhood Trauma: Focus on Solutions.” The conference is free and no reservations are necessary. Continuing education units are provided […]

April 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD students to read their published works

A public reading and discussion featuring UC Davis student authors whose work has been published in the 2012-13 edition of “Prized Writing” will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in 126 Voorhies Hall, at First and A streets. The essays, scientific papers and technical reports in this annual anthology are selected by […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News

DCC set to usher in Lenten season

All are welcome to kick off the season of Lent at Davis Community Church. Join DCC at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Fellowship Hall, 441 D St., for Mardi Gras. The music is jazz and the mood is lively. A skit provides the message for the day. Even the beads are […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Help a child reach the STARs

Local residents can help Yolo County kids reach for the stars by participating in the United Way California Capital Region’s third annual STAR Readers Book Drive, March 2-21. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project, which is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. Two STAR Readers nonprofit partners in Yolo […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Not-guilty plea entered to jail assault charges

WOODLAND — A Davis homicide suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges involving her alleged assault on two correctional officers at the Yolo County Jail. The new case against Aquelin Crystal Talamantes will be handled separately from her murder case, which accuses her of fatally assaulting her 5-year-old daughter, Tatiana Garcia, on Sept. 26 […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Rural bomb scare affects county roads, airport traffic

Rural roadways were shut down and runway traffic at Sacramento International Airport rerouted for several hours Tuesday as Yolo County sheriff’s deputies and the county bomb squad investigated a possible explosive device on a pickup truck. The bizarre series of events began at about 12:30 p.m., when deputies were advised of a medical aid call […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Jury in former officer’s rape case still deliberating

WOODLAND — Jurors in the case of a former West Sacramento police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty completed their seventh day of deliberations Tuesday without reaching a verdict. The seven-man, five-woman panel received the case on the afternoon of Feb. 14, charged with deciding whether 38-year-old Sergio Alvarez should be convicted […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Supervisors approve ambulance-services contract with AMR

WOODLAND — County supervisors on Tuesday approved a five-year contract with American Medical Response to provide exclusive ambulance service, advanced life support and critical care transport in Yolo County. The vote followed a monthlong delay requested by Sutter Davis and Woodland Memorial hospitals, both of which wanted time to negotiate lower rates for inter-facility transfers […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Are we there yet?: Observations from the dog park

I’ve been a dog park attendee for 20-plus years, but it’s only in the past few months have I formed some bitter opinions. Keep in mind that the following is about my particular experiences at the dog park; this is not a news article. When my husband and I lived in Richmond, Va., with our […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fruit tree sale aids library

The Winters Friends of the Library annual fruit tree sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1 — regardless of weather — and continues in the parking lot on Railroad Avenue between Baker and Edwards streets until the last tree is sold. Featured this year are bare-root fruit and nut trees and potted dwarf citrus […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Campus icons

Two icons of the UC Davis campus — a water tower and cows — are captured in this photo as the sun sets on a recent Friday evening. The Dairy Barn is used extensively for teaching, research and outreach, and includes a milking herd of 100 cows that are milked twice a day. Milk from […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Teaching prize winner is a gardener who sows wisdom

In her garden, UC Davis anthropologist Suad Joseph has propagated more than 140 different varieties of fruit trees, assorted grapes, herbs and other vegetables — many grown from her own seeds and cuttings that she has collected. She shares the bounty, and her well-known cooking, with friends, colleagues and her students.

In her classroom, she propagates students in much the same way as her white Kadota figs and summer savory — urging her students to flourish by reading voluminous texts, coaxing them to look at each situation through a different lens, and teaching them what it means to be “human,” her students say.

“There was nothing else for me but teaching; that is all I ever wanted to do,” Joseph said …