Pro-Russian crowds seize two Ukrainian warships

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander held by pro-Russian […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Get it right or get it out of here

Tuesday before last, at its regular weekly meeting, the Davis City Council convened to discuss the misleading language of Measure O, the sales-tax increase measure that will be on the June ballot. Or, as the loyal opposition is calling it, Measure Oh No. As things stand now, the city has a half-percent sales tax set […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UCD says it won’t rest on positive climate survey

There are some big, pleasing numbers for UC Davis in the results of a survey on campus climate — but it’s some of the smaller, worrisome figures on which its leaders plan to get to work. The survey, released on Wednesday, found that: * 80 percent of campus community members were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Spring means it’s time to party in the park

The one good thing about Daylight Saving Time is more daylight as Picnic in the Park returns to Central Park on Wednesdays. Locals took advantage of the longer day to enjoy the season opener that featured the sounds of Blue Blazes, numerous food vendors, entertainment for children and acres of grass for just relaxing after a long day.

The market at Fourth and C streets is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. with music from 5 p.m. until dark. Picnic in the Park continues through October.

For more information, call 530-756-1695 or visit

Talk on Central African Republic set

Armel Nganzi, a Humphrey Fellow from Central African Republic, will give a free talk, open to the public, on the conflict in his home country: “The Beginning of a Humanitarian Crisis.” The talk will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Community Room at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Parking is […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Time for Sites Reservoir to be built, Garamendi says

MAXWELL — As divisive as California water can be, few things can bring people together quite like the absence of it. On Wednesday, it was Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, standing together in boots alongside an irrigation canal here, touting  bipartisan legislation intended to lay the groundwork for a proposed […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Stabbing victim is Woodland’s first homicide this year

A 33-year-old Woodland man has been identified as that city’s first homicide of 2014. Scott Michael Zumbrum was fatally stabbed at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Elm Street, where officers were dispatched to reports of a physical altercation in progress. “He was down on the ground soon after,” Woodland police Lt. […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Land sold as permanent agriculture east of town

The Yolo Land Trust announced more details Wednesday on the sale of a 359-acre farm property east of the Mace curve that had been finalized on March 11. The land — formerly called Mace 391 and now called Leland Ranch — will be preserved permanently as an agricultural endeavor with a conservation easement. The new […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Suspect arrested in UCD dorm break-in

UC Davis police announced Wednesday they had arrested a student in connection with a break-in at the Tercero housing area earlier this week. Justin Chiou, an 18-year-old freshman at UCD, was expected to be lodged at the Yolo County Jail on a single count of burglary, campus Police Chief Matt Carmichael said a day after […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Stride for Aggie Pride registration extended

The early registration deadline for the Stride for Aggie Pride 5-kilometer road race has been extended until April 4. The race, set for Sunday, May 18, will generate funds for student scholarships. Those who sign up through April 4 will receive a registration discount and be guaranteed availability of a running shirt. The event will begin […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

CHP, civilian vehicles collide near Madison

One person was injured Wednesday morning in a two-car collision near Madison involving a California Highway Patrol vehicle. According to CHP reports, Officer Armando Ortega was responding “code 3″ — lights and sirens activated — to an incident in Woodland shortly before 10 a.m. As he descended the Interstate 505 overcrossing on eastbound Highway 16, […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Gibson House Writers welcome new members

The Gibson House Writers welcomes prospective new members to its regular meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. This critique group is composed of published and unpublished writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Sponsored by the Yolo County Historical Museum and Gibson House, a $10 donation […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Homicide investigation underway in Woodland

Woodland police are investigating a homicide involving a stabbing victim. Sgt. Brett Hancock said officers were dispatched at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a physical altercation in the 600 block of Elm Street in which a person had suffered a stab wound. They arrived to find the victim lying on the ground and […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged

Name Droppers: Spalding joins Yolo Farm to Fork board

William Spalding, a Winters resident and Washington Unified School District’s assistant superintendent for educational services, has joined Yolo Farm to Fork’s board of directors. The nonprofit is dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches, reducing solid waste through recycling and composting programs, supporting school and community gardens, and helping Yolo County residents […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,