Study: High rents make housing unaffordable for many in Yolo

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent in Yolo County, renters need to earn $21.23 per hour, a study released Monday reports. “Out of Reach 2014″ was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy organization, and the California Coalition for Rural Housing. The […]

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

Master Gardeners share tips at free workshops Saturday

Master Gardeners will lead four free workshops Saturday at Woodland Community College’s Horticulture Garden, in conjunction with the college’s spring plant sale. WCC is at 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. On the agenda are: * Wise Gardeners Use Water-Wise Plants, 9-9:30 a.m., Room 402, taught by Leslie Olaya. Learn to add plants to your garden that make […]

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

Chávez Bike Swap benefits sellers, donors and buyers

Bicyclists from throughout the community are invited to attend the second annual César Chávez Bike Swap, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the elementary school, 1221 Anderson Road. “This is turning into a true community event as more bike supporters are joining the effort,” says organizer Jill Bonner. “The city of Davis Street […]

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

U.S. students strong at problem-solving, but trail other nations

By Motoko Rich Fifteen-year-olds in the United States scored above the average of those in the developed world on exams assessing problem-solving skills, but they trailed several countries in Asia and Europe as well as Canada, according to international standardized tests results being released on Tuesday. The American students who took the problem-solving tests in […]

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

$15 wage law on ‘Davisville’

This spring, Raise the Wage Davis is collecting signatures for a November city ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in Davis to $15 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. On the current edition of the KDRT radio show “Davisville,” Neil Ruud, volunteer coordinator for the group, discusses their reasons, plans and why they chose […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Six gardens on display at gallery’s annual tour

The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 23rd annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m., where visitors will enjoy a picturesque look into six spectacular gardens in the rural and semi-rural areas of North Davis, including North Davis Farms. The tour allows visitors to gain ideas for new landscaping, chat with […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Property taxes due April 10, or suffer a penalty

Yolo County Tax Collector Howard Newens reminds taxpayers who own property in Yolo County that the second installment of 2013-14 secured property tax will be delinquent if not paid by Thursday, April 10. To avoid a penalty, property taxes must be paid by 5 p.m. April 10, after which a 10 percent penalty and $10 […]

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

Community invited to join worldwide LDS conference

The community is invited to join millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world on Saturday and Sunday for the church’s 184th semi-annual general conference. The sessions will be broadcast locally by satellite at the LDS meetinghouses in Woodland, 850 Pioneer Ave., and in Dixon, 305 Lincoln Way. […]

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

Putah Creek Council offers green jobs training, internships

Putah Creek Council has unpaid summer internships available for local residents ages 16 and older. Interns in the program will learn from, and work closely with, experts in the fields of habitat restoration, native plant landscaping, outdoor recreation management, native plant propagation and nursery management. Internships are a valuable way to gain job skills, learn […]

May 30, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cuddle up with Project Linus’ warm blankets

Happiness is a warm blanket, made with love! If you enjoy quilting, knitting or sewing, come to Project Linus’ next monthly gathering from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Volunteers make blankets for children in the community who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. Come join the […]

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

Nature’s changes are focus of storytelling program

Parents and children are invited to International House, Davis, at 2 p.m. Sunday for Cara Patton’s program on the natural world, titled “Everything Changes: A Story of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.” Children will be invited to participate in the story through expressive movement. “Think about the natural world; doesn’t everything in it change […]

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

Yolo Republicans host endorsement convention

The Yolo County Unit of the California Republican Assembly will host an endorsement convention at 4 p.m. Sunday in Esparto, featuring presentations by candidates for regional and local elective offices in the June 3 election. The gathering will be at the Esparto VFW Hall, 16812 Orleans St., and is free and open to the public. […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine and threatened to reclaim billions previous discounts, raising the heat on its cash-strapped government, while Ukrainian police moved to disarm members of a radical nationalist group after a shooting spree in the capital. NATO foreign ministers were gathering for a […]

April 01, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

State’s utilities will give back with carbon credits

SACRAMENTO — The California Public Utilities Commission and California Air Resources Board today announced that millions of California households will see a credit averaging $35 on their April electricity bills thanks to a State program to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The savings vary by utility; PG&E customers will see a credit of $29.81 […]

April 01, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,