Yolo Hospice chooses local financial expert as its new director

Keith Volkerts, formerly director of finance at Yolo Hospice, has been hired as the local nonprofit agency’s new executive director. He was chosen by the board of directors after a nationwide search. Volkerts was born in Petaluma, and grew up on a dairy in Two Rock, between Petaluma and Tomales. He moved to Davis with […]

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

Can you help sew veggie bags?

Volunteers are needed to sew veggie bags for the Cool Davis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. Pre-cut fabric and simple directions are available for any who wish to sew cloth bags that replace plastic bags in the vegetable and bulk aisles in the grocery. The bags are stamped with a Cool Davis stamp and are […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Tour the city wetlands with docents on Sept. 7

The city of Davis and Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the Davis wetlands on Saturday, Sept. 7, for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month, year-round. Many shorebirds, waterfowl and even some raptors are seasonal visitors to the area, […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sutter market is winding down

Thursday, Aug. 29, is the last farmers market of the summer at Sutter Davis Hospital, 2000 Sutter Place. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday and next Thursday at the hospital’s main entrance. It is filled with farm-fresh produce, local honey, eggs and olive oil, baked goods, flowers, plants and […]

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

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Back-to-school can break the bank

By Becky Heard Back-to-school is an exciting time for families, but as evidenced by the number of agencies raising funds and supplies to stock student backpacks, it can also be stressful. With school budgets shrinking, students are expected to bring simple provisions like paper, pencils, scissors and crayons. In addition, they must tote assignments to […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

State about to send out 2,200 health law educators

By Victoria Colliver With fewer than 50 days before consumers can start signing up for health insurance under Obamacare, the state is busy training the first wave of what will be an army of people spreading the word about the new health law. They will be sent to circulate at neighborhood events, ethnic festivals and […]

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

Deaf student, denied interpreter by medical school, draws focus of advocates

By John Eligon Speaking with the parents of a sick infant, Michael Argenyi, a medical student, could not understand why the child was hospitalized. During another clinical training session, he missed most of what a patient with a broken jaw was trying to convey about his condition. His incomprehension, Argenyi explained, was not because of […]

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

Judge approves force-feeding California inmates

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nonprofit facility wins fresh coat of paint from Brooks

Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a room — or even better, a house. Safe Harbor House of Yolo Community Care Continuum is looking brighter today thanks to the seventh annual Brooks Painting charity paint giveaway. The Woodland nonprofit was the beneficiary of an online voting poll, courtesy of Wyman Design. […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Master’s degree is new frontier of study online

By Tamar Lewin Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

LinkedIn’s University Pages reach out to students

By Benny Evangelista LinkedIn on Monday is starting special pages tailored for colleges and lowering its age limit to include high school students. The new University Pages feature is geared to help LinkedIn attract younger members who haven’t seen the value of joining a professional social network. The pages are individually tailored by each institution to […]

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

By the numbers

UC Davis: A 70-acre solar farm is envisioned for a site on the south campus. The system would have a capacity of 7 to 14 megawatts, which would provide 6.5 to 11 percent of total campus electricity demands. Davis school district: 860,000 kilowatt-hours generated from solar array at Davis High School in the first year […]

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

Alfresco Friday at Bogle Winery benefits Yolo County SPCA

Proceeds from Bogle Winery’s Alfresco Friday event this week will benefit the Yolo County SPCA. Tickets are $10 per person for the reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring wines from Bogle and food from Brick Oven. Music will be provided by Random Shuffle Band, and local author Adam David Ross will sell autographed copies of […]

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

Bob Dunning: We’re sure to have a row over Cannery

A CANNERY ROW IS BREWING … longtime Davis residents remember the fight that ensued when a tomato cannery was proposed for what was then the northeast edge of town, just east of the railroad tracks … were we a white-collar university town or a blue-collar industrial town? … would overloaded tomato trucks spill their loads […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,