At the Pond: Fall is the right time to think about nature

By Jean Jackman Albert Camus, the French author, said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, he probably didn’t foolishly plant two valley oaks and a fruitless mulberry tree in a small yard. Leaves galore. Plus this season, it is a “good mast year” for acorns — meaning a bumper […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Diocese asks Catholics to revive church mission

Davis Catholics are invited to attend one of three upcoming receptions to learn about the Sacramento Diocese’s ONE Campaign to revive the mission of the church. Two receptions open to all parishioners will be held this week — at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Another will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. All are […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Leadership changes at Yolo Federal Credit Union

The Yolo Federal Credit Union announced Friday that President/CEO Clyde Brooker will retire at the end of December after 16 years of service. Brooker joined Yolo FCU in 1997 as president/CEO after serving more than 10 years on the board of directors. At that time, Yolo FCU had assets of $57.3 million. The credit union […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Good Samaritans give family precious time

When it came to medical care, Jim Fee usually was on the giving end.

After a 40-year career as an executive in the medical technology industry — during which he led an outreach program that provided equipment for medical missions — Fee spent his retirement years helping friend Julius Achon, a former child soldier for Joseph Kony, build much-needed health care facilities in the Ugandan village where he was born.

Athletic and fit, the 67-year-old Portland, Ore., resident also was an accomplished competitive runner and, over the last five years, had approached bicycling with the same level of passion.

Durable-goods orders up 3.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1. The Commerce Department said Friday orders for durable goods rose 3.7 […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

States join to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Pepper-spray deal leaves us all confused

PEPPERED WITH CONTROVERSY … so, by now we all know that the protesters who were pepper-sprayed on the UC Davis quad received $30,000 each and the guy doing the spraying received $38,000, not to mention full salary during an extended period on leave … So, what lessons can we take from this whole sorry episode? […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Council gears up for final push on Cannery design review process

The City Council dove into the details of The Cannery project for the first time Tuesday, and after a lengthy presentation by ConAgra Foods Inc. — the food industry giant proposing the development — only two meetings remain until the council will make a decision on whether to approve the addition of a new neighborhood […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Garzon remains in jail custody

WOODLAND — Clayton Garzon will remain in Yolo County Jail custody until his scheduled sentencing next week in a Davis hate-crime case, it was decided Thursday. Defense attorney Linda Parisi made the request during a brief court hearing for Garzon, whose release on bail was revoked earlier this week as a result of several technical […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Napolitano hears campus voices — including protesters

The new voice of the University of California came to Davis in listening mode.

President Janet Napolitano broke bread this week with UC Davis students, academics and administrators. She learned about ongoing research. And she received an earful from protesters angered by the choice of the former homeland security secretary — and overseer of immigration enforcement — to lead UC.

Napolitano’s packed itinerary on Wednesday and Thursday was strictly controlled and not publicly announced. Most on campus were kept at arm’s length.

Public art at UC Davis draws on natural elements

In the center of campus, a new work of public art depicts three dozen chemical elements: oxygen, phosphorous and zinc and the like. In another part of campus, one of those elements, iron (in the form of shovel heads), is being put to use in another work of public art. You can see the “Elements […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Use chemistry to create creepy looks for Halloween

For a little chemistry fun, try making an all-natural face paint for your Halloween festivities this year with simple materials you probably have in your kitchen right now. You will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon flour and 3-5 drops glycerin. You can find liquid glycerin at most drug stores. Glycerin […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Razzle is a 12-week-old female boxer/pit bull mix. She’s a super-friendly puppy who loves everyone and everything. Razzle has a tail that never quits wagging. Tracy is a 12-week-old female purebred German shepherd with the cutest ears that touch when she’s really interested in something. When she was rescued she had a badly damaged back leg that had to be […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Making a connection

Under the watchful eye of Community Services Superintendent Samantha Wallace, left, Mary Crommelin, center, and Lorell Bertolone figure out how to work a portable tablet computer at last week’s inaugural Connections Café at the Davis Senior Center. The Connections Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Valente Room at the Senior […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,