DA gearing up for fourth annual Citizens Academy

Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Citizens Academy, sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff’s and Probation departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Davis, UC Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento police departments. The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course designed to involve diverse communities […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News

School district gears up for new online state tests

Like other school districts across California, the Davis school district is ramping up for a big change this spring in the way students take standardized tests. The new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests, which replace the old paper-and-pencil STAR exams, will be administered online. School district officials are scurrying to get new […]

March 18, 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 Nova (No. 122326), an 8-month-old spayed female fox terrier mix. Also hoping for a good home is Flicka (No. 122858), a 6-month-old spayed female calico cat. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Moms give thanks every year for son’s birth

Daniel Kimmel-Terra wanted privacy for his interview — much like his moms wanted privacy in the hospital room nine years ago so that his ears would hear his mothers’ voices first. His moms, Jennifer Terra and Alison Kimmel, both of whom teach at schools in Davis, have come back to Sutter Davis Hospital’s Birthing Center […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Radio host: Don’t be too hard on yourself

What if the infamous “ego” has been given an unmerited bad rap? Tune in to “Through the Looking Glass” on KDRT, 95.7 FM, at 4 p.m. Thursday for a kinder look at how we define ourselves, frequently downgrading ourselves, unknowingly. Dr. Gitane, a psychotherapist and life coach, hosts the program. She will offer some tips on […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Give blood, get a movie pass

Regal Stadium 5, 420 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a blood drive from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 28. Blood donors will receive a free movie pass. Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

A community losing its roots: Solano Park

This is Solano Park Family Housing on UC Davis’ campus and there isn’t a better place for student families to live in the city of Davis.

It is the last non-privatized student housing complex on campus. If you did not know it was a university-owned complex, you may think it’s a tight-knit community in a rural region.

Everyone talks as though we’ve known each other for years. And some of us have. Some of us have known each other for nearly a decade as we complete our dissertations or degrees.

Kamala Harris: California’s ‘truancy crisis’ must be stopped

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California is in the midst of a “truancy crisis” that needs to be stopped where it starts: in elementary school, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said last week as she joined lawmakers to announce a package of bills to help the state better collect truancy data. More than 690,000 elementary school […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

USA Today asks readers to choose best cycling town

USA Today is asking its readers to choose the best U.S. cycling town, running a readers’ choice poll through noon April 14. Voters can cast one ballot every day at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-u-s-cycling-town. “For our nominations, we went to none other than celebrated cyclist George Hincapie, a former world champion and national champion,” USA Today writes. “He took […]

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

County appoints new mental health director

Karen Larsen has been hired as mental health director and alcohol and drug administrator in the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. Prior to taking this position, Larsen was the director of behavioral health services for CommuniCare Health Centers, responsible for the implementation and oversight of several specialized programs for individuals […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery helps prevent child abuse every month

By Becky Heard While April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Yolo Crisis Nursery never takes a break from this primary public health mission. Nonetheless, there are meaningful ways to acknowledge this reflective time. First, join the Friends of the Nursery on Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. for Davis Odd Fellows Bingo […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Village community’ movement discussed

Andy Gaines, executive director of Ashby Village, will give an overview of the Ashby Village in Berkeley and discuss what it takes to create a “village community” when he speaks at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The “village community” concept is that a community of people can […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

For the record

A story published Friday about Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s decision to eliminate its pledgeship program omitted an important word: That same year, UC Davis revoked the status of its 50-member chapter for five years, following a pair of incidents in which alcohol had been distributed to minors during fraternity functions. UCD placed the fraternity on […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Start your engines: Davis aeronautics enthusiast recognized with Hall of Fame award

Most people involved in model aeronautics would know of longtime Davisite Doug Galbreath — who recently accepted the 2013 Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame award — even though he’s not flying anymore. “I’m really (more) widely known as an engine guy,” he says. Galbreath — longtime owner of The Printer on Cowell Boulevard […]

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