Road work impacts Holmes Junior High

Students bicycling and walking to school at Holmes Junior High School in East Davis should keep an eye out for the next few months as construction on Drexel Drive started this week to improve it as a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly road.

Once complete, the street that runs in front of the school will feature painted shared-lane markings for bicycles and vehicles, speed tables, bulb-outs at L Street and Drexel and new pedestrian ramps and crosswalks.

Plans also include a new separate two-way cycle track lane from Drexel to about 400 feet north of J Street up to the H Street bike tunnel, and all-new LED street lights.

The city expects construction to be complete in a little more than …

Woodland hit-and-run case set for trial

WOODLAND — An October trial has been scheduled for a Woodland woman charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in July. Kristal Ellen Sutton, 28, pleaded not guilty to the felony hit-and-run charge at her arraignment Tuesday, two weeks after a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for the […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Assembly OKs bill to expand gun-ban crimes

The Assembly voted Wednesday to approve Senate Bill 755 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to prevent gun violence by adding multiple drug and alcohol convictions to the list of crimes subject to a 10-year firearms prohibition in California. “This is a reasonable, commonsense measure to help prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe,” Wolk […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Adopt dogs, pick up bargains at the Barking Lot sale

Local residents can meet Kodiak, a 2-year-old German shepherd, and Sugar Pops, a 1-year-old Lhasa Apso, and many other dogs available for adoption at a giant Barking Lot Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 29 Palms Pet Resort, 34505 County Road 29 in Woodland. The resort is between Roads 94 and 95, […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Museum features Davis’ 19th century homes

A new exhibit at the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis is titled “Survivors: 19th Century Homes in Davis.” Part one of the exhibit features 12 structures built as homes in the Davis area between 1850 and 1900. Information on another nine buildings will be added at a later date. The buildings reflect Victorian-era styles such […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Origami workshop set at ArtAbout

Eva Dopico welcomes children of all ages to her origami workshop next door to the John Natsoulas Gallery, First and E streets, during the Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday evening. For a suggested donation of few dollars (to buy more origami supplies), guests can learn to fold animals, flowers or other Japanese designs.

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Prop. 30 helps increase community college enrollment

By Nanette Asimov For the first time in years, California’s community colleges are opening their doors to more students — about 60,000 more — instead of turning them away. College officials on Wednesday credited Proposition 30, the tax increase approved by voters in November, for propelling a happy domino effect across the college system: More […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Fluoride foes schedule two meetings

Davis Citizens Against Fluoridation will host two informational meetings about water fluoridation. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 27, at the Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St. in the northeast corner of Central Park. The Davis City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to fluoridate the city’s water supply […]

September 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD: Elephants respond to big cats differently

Wild Asian elephants slink quietly away at the sound of a growling tiger, but trumpet and growl before retreating from leopard growls, UC Davis researchers have found. The work, published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters, could help Indian farmers protect their crops from marauding elephants and save the lives of both people and animals. […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Researchers ‘fingerprint’ whiskeys, preventing fraud

Researchers at UC Davis have used the latest analytical tools to develop chemical fingerprints for 60 American whiskeys, providing distinct chemical signatures that reflect the combinations of grains, barrels, aging and other factors that played a role in their distilling. The findings were presented Monday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Policies worry Yolo’s farmers more than climate change

California farmers feel more threatened by climate policy than they do by climate change, according to a new UC Davis study. The study, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, found that the greatest climate risk Yolo County farmers believe they face in the future is not drought, water shortages or temperature changes, but government […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Back-to-school math fun planned

A math workshop for kids ages 2-12 will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The event is free and open to the public. Kids getting back into school will have a chance to re-engage with math facts while having fun […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Markets muted as focus returns to Fed

LONDON (AP) — Markets were muted Thursday as investors geared up for a round of U.S. economic data that may well be crucial in determining expectations for next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting. The likelihood that the Fed will start to reduce its huge bond-buying program has shaken markets in recent weeks. Fed officials have […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria’s chemical weapons. Kerry and a team of U.S. experts will have at least two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts on Thursday and Friday. They hope to emerge with […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,