School board reviews five-year strategic plan

The Davis school board held a workshop Thursday to review a proposed five-year strategic plan, prepared over the past several months by a committee of 26 community members, with help from several dozen others who participated on issue-oriented “action teams.” After hearing a presentation by the Strategic Planning Committee and related action team members, the […]

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

Bob Dunning: This is the board’s decision to make

Just when you thought the Crawford-Peterson volleyball war was as strange as it could get, things got even stranger. After meeting once again in closed session — are we surprised? — last Thursday night, the Davis school board released a statement through president Gina Daleiden. Said Daleiden: “The board has set the hearing date for […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Tuleyome Tales: Blue and green herons: the long and short of it

By Mary K. Hanson Two of the most common herons in the local region are the great blue heron (Ardea Herodias), the largest heron in the United States, standing about 4 feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan, and the green heron (Butorides virescens), the smallest of the herons, standing only about 18 inches tall, about […]

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

Still time to sign up for UCD pollinator workshop

There’s still time to sign up for a pollinator gardening workshop on Saturday, March 15, by the California Center for Urban Horticulture at the UC Davis. The workshop presentations will include “the latest research about bee pollinators and how you can make your landscape more ‘pollinator friendly,’ ” said Anne Schellman, program manager. Several faculty […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis police unveil new uniforms, wheels

The Davis Police Department underwent a recent uniform change that is expected to reduce officers’ risk of on-the-job injuries. In addition to wearing one designated color — blue, instead of the prior choice of black or blue — officers now suit up in “Point Blank” vests that hold nearly all the gear previously worn on […]

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

See cormorants on Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area tour

Yolo Basin Foundation docents will lead a public tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. As spring approaches, the numbers of wintering birds like the tundra swan and greater white-fronted goose start to decline as they begin their migration north. This time of year also marks […]

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

Documentary examines academics’ response to 9/11

“9/11 in the Academic Community,” directed by A. Zuberi, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Davisville Apartments Clubhouse, 1221 Kennedy Place. “The 75-minute documentary confronts the academy’s uncritical response to the defining event of our times,” organizer Rodney Robinson says. “It is an essential film for everyone in an academic community.” Says Stephen LeRoy, […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

NAMI-Yolo hears about mental illness and the justice system

A panel discussion on mental illness and the justice system in Yolo County will be featured at the next monthly meeting of NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness. Panelists are Davis police Lt. Tom Waltz, who will talk about Yolo County’s Crisis Response Team of law enforcement and mental health professionals; Deputy Public […]

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

Bill eases process for student aid

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — Some 50,000 college-bound high school seniors filled out applications last year for state financial aid, but were disqualified because they failed to submit the required transcripts from their schools. Now, a San Francisco legislator wants to fix that problem by requiring school districts — not parents and students — to send […]

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

For the record

Weekly loose-pile pickups of leaves and other green waste during November and December will be complemented by monthly loose-pile pickups during the rest of the year, the Davis City Council voted last week. A correction in Friday’s edition was unnecessary; the original story was accurate. Green waste carts will be collected weekly, year-round.

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

DPNS will host a celebration

DPNS will host a 65th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eighth Street site, 426 Eighth St. Learn more about the school at

March 02, 2014 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

DPNS started in tents

In the background of the photo can be seen Army surplus tents that were used as the school’s classrooms for the first couple of years.

March 02, 2014 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

DPNS: 65 years of learning through play

The year was 1949.

Harry Truman was president. Earl Warren was governor. UC Davis was known as the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture and the population of the city of Davis stood at about 3,500. That’s when a group of Davis parents began talking about the possibility of a different kind of preschool for their children.

They had heard about a parent-participation nursery school in Berkeley and liked the model: Parents worked with children in the classroom one morning a week and attended regular adult education classes focused on child development and behavior.

It was a win-win idea …

Grants aid edible school gardens

Yolo Farm to Fork has awarded $25,000 to schools in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland to help them build and sustain edible school gardens. The awards follow a competitive application process open to all Yolo County schools with the highest priority given to schools in which 50 percent or more of students are eligible for […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,