Yolo Audubon visits the Bolinas Lagoon

Community members invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a bird-watching trip to Bolinas Lagoon and Five Brooks Ranch in Marin County on Saturday, Jan. 11. For a mid-winter change of pace from the Central Valley, this trip to the southern Point Reyes area is sure to satisfy. Trip participants should get excellent looks […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City recruiting for Utility Rate Advisory Committee

The city of Davis is accepting applications until Wednesday, Jan. 15, from residents who are interested in serving on the Utility Rate Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of seven regular members and one alternate, as follows: * One member appointed directly by each council member and ratified by a majority vote of the council; […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City to test slacklining program in two parks

A 12-month pilot slacklining program in Covell and Oak Grove parks was approved Tuesday by the Davis City Council. The parks and urban forest staff will be providing a four-month, eight-month and one-year review of the pilot program and report findings to the Recreation and Park Commission and City Council throughout 2014. City staff, in […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD study: PSA testing likely reduced cancer deaths

A new study by UC Davis researchers finds that a controversial blood test likely has played an important role in reducing deaths by catching prostate cancer early. Since the late 1980s, prostate cancer mortality has fallen by 40 percent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test in 1986. […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Feds set remedy for canceled insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis school calendar will remain the same

The Davis school district’s academic calendar will remain pretty much as is for the 2014-15 school year, following discussion of possible changes at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Two-term school board member Sheila Allen also announced Thursday she will not seek a third term. She passed the gavel to trustee Gina Daleiden, who will serve […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Foul weather could be trouble to travelers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Much of the nation is bracing for something: Freezing rain, then 6 inches of […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Fa-la-la for a great cause

SINGING FOR STEAC … the whole town — kids included — is invited to belt out some holiday tunes for a great cause at the third annual Sing for STEAC at the Nugget/CVS plaza on East Covell Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. Sunday … no need to sign up ahead of time or attend any rehearsals […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

City photo contest winners announced

The winners of the city of Davis photo contest have been announced.

The contest — open to anyone 6 years old and older — was designed to showcase the “unique and special” aspects of Davis.

Eighty-four entries were received in the following categories: architecture, black-and-white, community life, environment and people portraits.

Judges were asked to rate each photo on representation of Davis, composition, creativity, technical quality and overall impression. Participants were allowed to submit up to three photos. Total scores were calculated to determine the selected photos in each category.

Nature trail faces new fate

Is it rebirth? Or destruction? Davis resident Karen Froyland stood Thursday on what she considers the original “deer trail” of the Northstar Nature Trail in the Northstar interior greenbelt. Residents say it was established in the early 1990s. Under her feet were off-white pulverized granite pebbles and dirt, and above her stood a rust-colored metal […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Harvard fined $24K for research animal care

BOSTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has fined Harvard Medical School $24,000 for violations in its care of research monkeys. The fine announced Wednesday concerns 11 alleged violations between February 2011 and July 2012. Three caged monkeys died from accidental dehydration and one became entangled in a chain while playing with a toy. The Boston […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

MIND study named one of top 10 scientific advances

Research from the UC Davis MIND Institute showing that children with autism are six to eight times more likely to experience gastrointestinal upsets has been named one of the top 10 scientific advances of 2013 by the organization Autism Speaks. Published online Nov. 6 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Garamendi raises funds at crab feed

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will host his annual Crab Feed and Birthday Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville. The cost is $45 per person for general admission, with sponsorships running from $75 to $5,000. Buy tickets online at www.Garamendi.org/Crabfeed. For information, contact the […]

January 23, 2014 | Posted in Briefly

Need a new best friend?

Pepper is a handsome 18-month-old neutered male purebred Pomeranian. He has a soft, fluffy black coat and loves to play with other dogs. Pepper is happiest when he’s cuddled up with one of his human friends. Angelica is a 2-year-old spayed female purebred Rottweiler who is very friendly and has a sweet nature. She loves long walks and […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,