KDVS marks five decades of freewheeling radio

KDVS — Davis’ charmingly unpredictable campus/community radio station — was born 50 years ago, in a laundry room.

The fledgling student enterprise, which initially had the call letters KCD, began broadcasting on Feb. 1, 1964, from a dormitory (Beckett Hall). Initially, the KCD signal was a “carrier current” on the AC phone lines and could be received on 880 AM by residents of certain dormitories. Legend has it that the first words broadcast were, “Watson! Come here! I need a quarter!”

Three Yolo County residents receiving treatment under Laura’s Law

Back in June, when the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot project implementing “Laura’s Law,” Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis noted the “awesome authority” inherent when a court can order involuntary treatment for individuals with serious mental illness. “We have to tread very carefully,” Provenza said at the time. Indeed, even though Laura’s […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Try these eight simple stress-busters

By Henry S. Miller Got stress? Stress is a part of a normal life that you can’t really avoid. The good news? You have more power than you realize to control stress before it prevents you from living the life you want to lead. Here are 8 simple stressbusters to help you: 1. Breathe slowly […]

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

Kimball receives award on behalf of conservation partnerships

It’s hard to write a profile in praise of Mary Kimball. She immediately points to the hundreds of agencies she cooperates with who make what she does possible. Looking out over a stretch of walnut and almond plots at the Winters headquarters of the Center for Land-Based Learning, where she is executive director, it’s easy […]

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

Having good posture can improve your confidence, mood and overall health

By Sharon Naylor Creators.com Are you a slumper? Check your posture right now to see if your shoulders are rounded forward and your back curled. Chances are you’ve eased into your natural posture: slouched down, head in alignment with your spine, shoulders back, back not straight. And your brain may be paying the price. Researchers […]

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

Hear stories of Asia in the Arboretum

Local residents are invited to take part in the free, outdoor reading program Storytime Through the Seasons and hear “Climbing Up the Gingko Tree” from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. In the event of rain, the reading will be in 146 Environmental Horticulture. Come […]

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

Learn about birds that winter in Davis

The UC Davis Arboretum will play host to a “Winter Birds in Davis” slide show and tour at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in 146 Environmental Horticulture on the UCD campus. Individuals will learn about birds that winter in Davis during a slide-show talk. Weather permitting, participants then will take a walk to see birds […]

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

Coffee: The good in the grounds

By Chuck Norris Q: Chuck, I heard that there’s a new large study that links the increase of coffee drinking with premature deaths. Seems to me that sipping java is given a bad health rap and is much better for us than most know. Which side of the coffee bean do you stand on? — […]

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

Radio show looks at compassion

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Kristin Neff from the University of Texas has pioneered research into self-compassion. Last year, Neff was on the show to talk about the keys to […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Permaculture explored in talk Saturday

Derek Downey, a certified permaculture designer and resident of Village Homes, will give an introductory talk on permaculture and the Village Homes design from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, says, “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather […]

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

Income inequity a hot topic on California ballots

By Joe Garofoli President Obama made the widening gap between wealthy and poor Americans a major theme of his State of the Union speech, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to shove legislation through a gridlocked Congress this year. Instead, the real action could come in California. When state voters cast their ballots in November, […]

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

Workshop explores children’s grief

Yolo Hospice is offering a free workshop on understanding children’s grief, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The group, led by a qualified facilitator, provide support through mutual understanding and education. Registration is required. Participants in the Feb. 18 workshop will learn ways to support children through grief. Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors and clergy are […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Superior Court seeks grand jury applicants

The Yolo Superior Court is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Yolo County Grand Jury. Each July 1, the court impanels 19 grand jurors who serve as an arm of the judicial system, but act as an entirely independent body. The primary civil function of the grand jury is to review the operations of city and […]

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

Seniors can learn how to ‘get connected’

If you are the lucky but bewildered recipient of a smart device for Christmas, or are just confused about which of them will best fit your needs, an information technology professional will present a two-hour session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. The instructor, […]

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