Planting project planned Jan. 11 along Putah Creek

Local residents are invited to join AmeriCorps and the Watershed Stewards Project in planting a variety of vegetation along Putah Creek on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “By restoring the native vegetation along Putah Creek, we will help to enhance habitat for a variety of animals, both on land and in […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Data show Yolo residents among state’s healthiest

Yolo County residents are fairly healthy when compared to the rest of California — as well as the rest of the country — according to some recently released health rankings.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released data in December showing that Yolo ranks fifth among 57 counties — Alpine County was not ranked — when it comes to health outcomes and 11th in health factors. The rankings took into account tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol use, access to health care, education and other factors, as well as outcomes related to mortality and morbidity.

UCD study links cholesterol, Alzheimer’s

A new UC Davis study pairs a pattern of high levels of “good” cholesterol and low “bad” cholesterol with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a warning to those in middle age, when amyloid, a sticky protein, first begins building up on the outside of the brain’s nerve cells, said the study’s lead author, Bruce Reed. […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Journaling Through Grief’ support group begins

Yolo Hospice’s “Journaling through Grief” is a monthly facilitated group that will explore and express thoughts, feelings and reactions to grief in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere. “Journaling can help clarify and give expression to grief,” a news release said. “Experience the power of hearing others’ stories and sharing yours at your own comfort level.” […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Group helps grieve loss of pet

The deep love and strong bonds we have with our pets can evoke profound grief and mourning when our animals die. Yolo Hospice offers a pet loss grief group that provides support and understanding. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Yolo Hospice offices, 1909 […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Mother Nature and the Red Queen

I’m offering a couple of thoughts for the new year. One involves Mother Nature, and the other Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen. First, Mother Nature. The world’s policymakers sat down in Warsaw in 2013 to talk about climate change. Actually, the intention was not to just talk about it, but to do something. This has been […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Winters murder suspect headed for Yolo court

Three weeks after his arrest in Las Vegas, a Winters murder suspect is back in Yolo County and due in court Friday afternoon. William Carl Gardner III, 30, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Friday on charges stemming from the Nov. 18 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, outside her downtown Winters […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Mayor: ND town dodged a bullet in crude explosion

By Dave Kolpack CASSELTON, N.D. — A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S. No one was hurt in Monday’s derailment of the mile-long train that sent a great […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Two injured in F Street apartment fire

The Davis Police Department has joined the probe of Monday’s fire at an F Street apartment complex that left two young adults hospitalized with burn injuries. “We’re assisting (the Fire Department) in this incident. Obviously, two people were injured, and the fire was pretty severe,” Lt. Paul Doroshov said this morning. But he noted that […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Free grief support groups available

Yolo Hospice offers free, drop-in grief support groups that meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month (March 7 and 21 are the upcoming meetings). The groups gather at the Yolo Hospice offices, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, in South […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Solving problems for the real world, using design

By Nicole Perlroth PALO ALTO — Akshay Kothari’s first assignment at the — formally known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University — was to rethink how people eat ramen noodles. His last assignment led to a news-reading app that was bought by LinkedIn for $90 million. While the projects […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Dogs’ pot poisoning soars as pets dig through trash, stash

By Katherine Seligman San Francisco veterinarian Jill Chase had just finished hosting a birthday party for her son 10 years ago when her dog went limp. After investigating what might have caused the problem, she discovered the culprit: cannabis-infused butter that a neighbor had dumped in the garbage down the street. Her dog, a Tibetan […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tips offered for backyard fruit tree care

Master Gardener Dan Rott will talk about basic care and pruning for backyard fruit trees at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Grace Garden at the Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road. The group will meet in the Fellowship Hall to begin and then move outdoors to the orchard, weather permitting.

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sierra Club leaders will meet Jan. 9

The Management Committee of the Sierra Club Yolano Group will meet Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Jim Cramer, 1225 Cedar Place (near the Stephens Branch Library, off 14th Street). The agenda will include updates and discussions of a proposal to ask the Davis City Council to adopt a […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,