Solar panels generate more power for local agencies

Local agencies have embraced alternative technologies to help reduce the region’s carbon footprint and generate sustainable energy. UC Davis, the Davis Joint Unified School District, the city of Davis and Yolo County all report making profitable strides in using solar power.

Over the past few years, UC Davis has installed photovoltaic solar panel systems in several areas of the campus. David Phillips, director of utilities for the campus, said these recently installed systems are producing electricity as expected — and he added that the university is preparing to consider a big new project.

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 Koa (No. 116657) is a sweet 10-month-old neutered male pit bull mix who loves to be around people. Also hoping for a good home is Aurora (No. 117753), a 4-month-old spayed […]

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

Eclipsing economics: a rival for utilities

By Diane Cardwell For years, power companies have watched warily as solar panels have sprouted across the nation’s rooftops. Now, in almost panicked tones, they are fighting hard to slow the spread. Alarmed by what they say has become an existential threat to their business, utility companies are moving to roll back government incentives aimed […]

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

Paws for Thought: Protect your pets on vacation

Although it’s natural to include pets in our outdoor activities, it’s important to remember that we are responsible for their safety as well as fun. Be sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, and heartworm, flea, tick medications. Bring proof of rabies vaccination for park or recreational area excursions. Remember that heat and overexertion can […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Men’s circle to meet Sept. 3

The Davis Community Men’s Talk and Drum Circle will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 600 A St., next door to Davis City Hall. All men 18 years and older are welcome to attend these free monthly events. Here men know they can talk as they feel ready. “Many men recognize […]

September 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

County Fair winners’ checks available

Yolo County Fair exhibitors who have not picked up their premium checks may pick them up between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday or Monday, Aug. 26, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the fair office, 1125 East St. in Woodland.

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

County fair a summer highlight for FFA teens

It’s a summer tradition: teenage members of Davis High School’s Future Farmers of America raise market animals (starting in the spring), and then show them at the Yolo County Fair. Lauren Sutkus, about to start her senior year at DHS, has spent many, many hours raising a lamb she calls Pepsi since May. “I’ve been […]

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

School board seeks dedicated volunteers for strategic committee

The Davis school board discussed the soon-to-be-formed Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday night. The trustees are seeking a diverse group of broad-minded volunteers willing to serve on the new panel — and a related set of “action teams” —  which will consider the long-range needs and prepare a detailed report making recommendations to the school […]

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

Bill gives youthful offenders second chance

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Venice gondola crash kills German tourist

VENICE, Italy (AP) — A German tourist was crushed to death on Saturday after the gondola he was riding in collided with a larger boat ferrying passengers along Venice’s Grand Canal, authorities said. The crash occurred around noon near the highly trafficked Rialto bridge, one of the most picturesque and popular spots of the lagoon […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hay bale fires considered ‘suspicious’ in nature

The Davis Fire Department is investigating the cause of two haystack fires that sent smoke drifting into the Davis city limits Saturday. Division Chief Paul Swanson said the fires were reported within 15 minutes of one other Friday night, first at 11:10 p.m. on the west side of County Road 102 south of County Road […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Russell Boulevard losing many stately old walnut trees

Many of the landmark trees that line Russell Boulevard to the west of Davis are being cut, due to a fungus known as thousand cankers disease that is killing black walnut trees across many western states. “It is sad to see this happen, but it’s really inevitable,” said Eldridge Moores, an emeritus professor in the […]

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

Neighbor’s call leads to vandalism arrests

Police say an alert neighbor’s report led to the arrests of two Solano County men after they allegedly tried to break into a Drake Drive home. Sgt. Frank Tenedora said the neighbor called police at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday that two men were seen leaving the home and left in a vehicle that was headed […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yolo County DUI task force plans end-of-summer crackdown

From now through the Labor Day weekend, police, sheriff and California Highway Patrol officials will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown, which included […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,