City launches ‘Best of Davis’ photo contest

Get out your cameras, Davis. The city has launched a photo contest open to folks of all ages and abilities. Participants are asked to capture the best images of Davis in five different categories: people portraits; environment; community life; architecture; and black-and-white. Entries will be judged in three separate age groups: ages 6-11; 12-17; and […]

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

Bob Dunning: Finding a way to make news palatable

JUST A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR … “Council gives itself a raise,” said the front-page headline in last Friday’s Enterprise, and why do I not remember a single council member campaigning for higher pay when any of them were running for office and seeking our votes … Then again, I suppose “Vote for me, I’ll double […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Constitution essay contest winners announced

The Davis Constitution Essay Contest selection panel has announced the winners of its contest, which organizers hope to make an annual event. In the elementary school category, Nicole Woolley won first prize. At the junior high level, Gabriel Bick’s essay was chosen as the top contender. Sasha Harrison-Gunzelman took first place in the high school […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Now on ‘Davisville': Japanese culture, Davis illustrator

The current edition of “Davisville” presents interviews with two media/art entrepreneurs in Davis: Theo Mak, executive editor of The-O Network, and illustrator Jed Alexander. The-O Network ( posts news and information about movies, art and music from Japan. Alexander, who has drawn for Nickleodeon, Cricket magazine and others, recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Contract worker behind Navy Yard shooting rampage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military’s own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Yolo Military Families meet at diner

Yolo Military Families will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Black Bear Diner, Second and B streets in downtown Davis. Members will discuss the group’s fall fundraiser to support local military personnel who are deployed to Afghanistan and will remain there until the end of 2014. For more information or to make a donation, email [email protected]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cool Davis Coalition examines The Cannery

The Cool Davis Coalition will host a presentation and discussion Wednesday on The Cannery, a residential/commercial project proposed for a 100-acre site north of Covell Boulevard at J Street. Coalition partners and interested members of the public are invited. The coalition will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle at Fifth Street […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Institute offers a taste of China

About two years ago, celebrity chef Martin Yan pitched an idea to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi: a new center at his alma mater for the study of Chinese food and beverage culture. On Monday, UCD celebrated the opening of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, an educational partnership with Jiangnan University and the Hanban […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged

Two arrested on drug charges

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies’ contact with two men at the Cache Creek Casino Resort last week yielded a jackpot of a different kind, sheriff’s officials reported Monday. The deputies were patrolling the south parking lot of the Brooks casino at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday when they came upon two men in a stranded vehicle, sheriff’s […]

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

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 ,