Willits’ water shortage stokes fears of future

By Jason Dearen WILLITS — In this small logging town in Northern California’s redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look. Just south of Willits, in one of the state’s most verdant corners, crows and other birds peck at dry ground that should be covered in water at the city’s […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Feds announce another $14M for California drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service announced another […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Many are nervous about ambushing PG&E

POWER TO THE PEOPLE … just when you think you’ve laid one big issue to rest in this town, up pops another … I mean, we’ve yet to receive even a drop of water from the Sacramento River and already we’re planning to ambush PG&E from the backside and bring in our own personal Wichita […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

House GOP’s drought bill seen as political ploy

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — House Republicans ratcheted up pressure on California Democrats to defend river and fish restorations in the delta amid a historic statewide drought, passing legislation Wednesday that would ship scarce water from Northern California to parched farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Dismissed by Democrats as a political ploy to boost […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Film remembers trio’s trip to 1960s civil rights march

“From Davis to Montgomery,” a film chronicling a Davis trio’s trip to Alabama to march for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Community College. The film features interviews with Dick Holdstock, John Pamperin and the late Terry Turner, filmed a month before he died. They […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Older adult discussion group meets Feb. 13

New readers are invited to join the ongoing Active Older Adult Discussion Group on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group meets in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The discussion group meets on the second Thursday to explore aspects of the conscious […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Food will be given to needy residents

The Yolo Food Bank will distribute food to eligible Davis residents on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as follows: * From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Davisville Apartments on Kennedy Place; * From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.; and * From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Owendale […]

February 09, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Not-guilty plea for driver accused of causing fatal Davis crash

WOODLAND — A Woodland man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges stemming from a pair of weekend collisions in Davis, one of which killed an elderly woman. Armando Arias Gonzalez Jr., 39, confirmed his name to Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio through a Spanish language interpreter. His attorney, Clemente […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

New judge assigned to Davis homicide case

A new judge has been assigned to hear the trial of a Davis woman accused of causing her young daughter’s death last fall. Because of the anticipated length of Aquelin Crystal Talamantes’ trial, the case was reassigned from Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed to Judge Stephen Mock, who typically presides over the court’s lengthier […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Website: Davis is one of the top 10 best places to raise a family

Top NerdWallet-ranked cities in California: 1. Clovis 2. Folsom 3. Yuba City 4. Murrieta 5. Irvine 6. Lake Forest 7. Redlands 8. Roseville 9. Davis 10. Walnut Creek They are the kind of things people think about when moving to their dream city as they make plans to start a family. How good are the […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Take me home?

Pixie Stix is a 4- to 5-year-old spayed female miniature pinscher. She’s tiny, sweet and has a gentle nature. Josy is a friendly spayed female mastiff/American bulldog cross. She’s gentle, easy to be around and loves people of all ages. Meet them and many other dogs available for adoption through Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue on […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland health care facility to open soon

The Hansen Family Health Center will open this spring in Woodland to expand CommuniCare Health Centers’ services in the county, providing new facilities for medical, dental and perinatal care as well as behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment.

With small beginnings 42 years ago when it was known as the Davis Free Clinic, CommuniCare Health Centers is now a federally qualified health center and offers five sites throughout Yolo County — the Davis Community Clinic, the Esparto Dental Clinic, Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, the Peterson Clinic in Woodland and the John H. Jones Clinic in Woodland.

Chemists turn plant waste into ‘biogasoline’

Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by UC Davis chemists. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes. “What’s exciting is that there are lots of processes to make linear hydrocarbons, but until now nobody has […]

February 11, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Study: Countries could slow obesity by controlling fast food

Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast-food consumption, according to a new study led by a UC Davis researcher.  The study showed that fast-food purchases were independent predictors of increases in the average body mass index (BMI) in the United States and 24 […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,