Mother, son to stand trial in Davis elder-abuse death

WOODLAND — A Davis mother and son were ordered to stand trial last week for the 2012 death of an elderly man who had been in their family’s care for decades. Darlene Roberta Mattos, 77, and 53-year-old James Matthew Mattos were charged in June with the Oct. 27, 2012, death of Cecil Wachholtz, who succumbed […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Dunnigan rest area dedicated to slain deputy’s memory

Law-enforcement personnel and other officials will gather in Dunnigan on Friday to dedicate the Interstate 5 rest area there in honor of slain Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose “Tony” Diaz. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the rest area, located between County Line Road and County Line 6, not far from where Diaz, 37, […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them Madeline (No. 118427), a 4-month-old spayed female gray tabby and buff domestic short-haired kitten. Also hoping for a good home is Arlen (No. 118436), a 2-year-old neutered male tan and white […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Solar pest control project underway at Mace Ranch Park

Imagine harnessing the sun’s energy to destroy pests. Like Archimedes, the ancient Greek whose “solar death ray” used mirrors to burn a Roman fleet, farmers, gardeners and landscapers can destroy or disable insects, diseases, nematodes and weeds in the soil without toxic pesticides. The technique known as solarization consists of laying a clear plastic tarp […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Divorce options workshop is Saturday

The Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group, a nonprofit organization, is hosting a “Divorce Options” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The workshop will explore the various methods of obtaining a divorce, including litigation, mediation, do-it-yourself and collaboration. Attorneys, therapists and financial counselors will be […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Race on out to adopt a retired greyhound

Greyhounds, a dog breed whose lineage dates back to 2900 B.C., have been prized over the centuries for their keen eyesight, speed and elegance. Sadly, today’s greyhounds are bred primarily for racing — an inhumane and exploitive industry. Among the abuses are over-breeding to produce a few winning dogs, kenneling in warehouses without heat or […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Apply now for Biberstein Social Action Fund grants

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications to the Biberstein Social Action Fund for grants in support of projects addressing poverty, discrimination, abuse and neglect issues in Yolo County. The fund was established in 2002 by the board of directors of Congregation Bet Haverim, Jewish Fellowship of Davis, to honor Ernie and Hannah Biberstein, who […]

October 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Five new DHS Hall of Famers

Congratulating each other Saturday night upon their induction into the Blue & White Foundation’s Davis High School Hall of Fame are, from left, Theresa Hayes, an accomplished actress who now is the director of instruction at the American Academy of Arts in Los Angeles, inducted for her work in the arts; Lynne Yackzan, the catalyst for […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Photographs showcase Yolo County’s beauty

Three local photographers are winners of the Yolo Federal Credit Union’s summerlong photo contest, which asked community members to submit photos of what they thought makes Yolo County special.

“We received an abundance of photos showcasing the beauty of Yolo County,” said Christina Blackman, marketing manager. “Everything from local farming and picturesque landscapes to the Yolo County Fair and hot-air balloons.”

David Robertson of Davis won first place and $500 with his photo of an agricultural field outside of Davis …

Seniors, learn how to ‘Challenge Your Mind’

Michael Hirsch, who has led Brain Gymnasium sessions at Atria Covell Gardens for several years, will give a talk about how to “Challenge Your Mind” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Davis retirement community, 1111 Alvarado Ave. The Brain Gymnasium sessions help participants counteract the natural effects of aging, including memory loss. The […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bike rally, program target energy policy

Yolano Climate Action, in conjunction with, is holding a Davis-style event on Saturday to urge President Obama to concentrate his energy policy on sustainable energy and leave the tar sands in the ground “where they belong,” a news release said. Individuals and families are invited to meet on the patio steps facing the Central […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

See live insects up close at Bohart Museum open house

Open houses * Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: “Live from the Bohart!” * Saturday, Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m.: “Beauty and Beetles” * Sunday, Jan. 12, 1-4 p.m.: “Snuggle Bugs” * Sunday, Feb. 8, noon-4 p.m.: Biodiversity Museum Day * Sunday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.: “Garden Heroes” * Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: UC Davis Picnic Day […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Crash causes traffic gridlock on eastbound I-80

Three people were hospitalized Saturday after their involvement in a four-car crash that temporarily shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Davis, fire officials said. Davis Fire Department Capt. Bobby Weist said the collision occurred at about 4:20 p.m. on I-80 west of Mace Boulevard, where crews arrived to find the vehicles blocking […]

September 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Celebrating a man who made a difference

They came from all corners of Craig Childers’ life, filling the Putah Creek Lodge on Saturday to standing room only. Family, friends, colleagues from the California Air Resources Board, the UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies, utility districts from around the state — all to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of a man […]

September 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,