Storm alert issued in drought-hit California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters on Monday issued a winter storm watch for parts of drought-stricken California, with as much as two feet of snow expected in the northern Sierra Nevada and western Plumas County. The National Weather Service alert for areas above 5,500 feet was set for Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning. The heaviest […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

The issue of employee parking downtown

The City Council could agree with city staff Tuesday night and adopt the city’s Downtown Parking Task Force’s recommendation to increase permit fees for employee parking downtown, while at the same time trying to increase employee parking. The potential move would add credence to the notion that improving the downtown parking situation involves both managing […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘It’s gone’ — village copes with deadly mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — First there was a “whoosh.” Elaine Young said she thought it might be a chimney fire, a rush of air that lasted about 45 seconds. But when she stepped outside there was ominous silence. Something felt very, very wrong. And then she saw it. Behind the house, a suffocating wall of […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Volleyball fallout claims one more

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST … you have to wish Dennis Foster well as he leaves his post as Davis High School athletic director in search of greener pastures … it can’t have been an easy four years for Foster as the Blue Devil coaching carousel reached warp speed … he had his fans and […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

City set to review parking task force suggestions

Learn More Who: Davis City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99; streamed at There are 19 recommendations to the City Council from the city’s 12-member parking task force. One will probably get most of the attention Tuesday night:  Establish […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Crashes lead to DUI arrests

Two Davis women were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving following separate accidents over the weekend, the Davis Police Department reported. Elizabeth Cody Durham, 25, was taken into custody at about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Pole Line Road, where Durham’s vehicle rear-ended another car, Lt. Tom Waltz said. No […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Grace Garden plant sale planned for Saturday

Grace Garden — at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road — is having its annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29. This is the plant sale’s fifth year and different varieties of vegetables, flowers and drought tolerant plants will be available. Grace Garden volunteers have made up “six-packs” of […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Plankton make scents for birds, cooler planet

The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from UC Davis. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that calls in […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD-led team conquers pine genome

The massive genome sequence of the loblolly pine — the most commercially important tree species in the United States and the source of most American paper products — has been completed by a nationwide research team, led by a UC Davis scientist. The draft genome — approximately seven times bigger than the human genome — […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Arson suspected in Central Park fire

A favorite Central Park gathering spot was damaged Sunday night by a suspected arson fire, according to the Davis Fire Department.

Crews were dispatched at about 8:40 p.m. to a report of a small fire on the park bench that surrounds an oak tree at the downtown park. The fire was quickly extinguished, but firefighters had to cut open the attached deck with a chain saw in order to make sure the blaze was fully extinguished, department spokeswoman Evelyn George said.

Damage to the property was estimated at $10,000. The area has been blocked off to the public pending repairs to the bench and deck.

Stem cell finding may offer bladder disease answers

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder. The breakthrough, developed at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures and published last week in the scientific journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, is […]

May 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Expert to discuss autism care among world’s poor

Maureen Durkin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will address “The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Emerging Global Public Health Priority,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event, part of the institutes distinguished lecture series, is free […]

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

Grant writing workshop set for nonprofits

Having trouble finding the right words when writing a grant for a nonprofit? Yolo Federal Credit Union is hosting a free workshop just for you. The Grant Writing For Nonprofits Workshop runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Yolo FCU, 501 G St. in downtown Davis. The guest speaker is Ronda Adams, […]

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

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Jackson (No. 044525), an 8-year-old neutered male Labrador retriever mix. Also hoping for a good home is Milo (No. 122405), a 6-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired brown tabby cat. Fees are charged […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,