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 ,

Three hurt in area crashes

Three people were hospitalized Friday following their involvement in separate crashes, the Davis Fire Department reported Monday. Fire crews used “jaws of life” equipment to extricate an 88-year-old woman from her car, which collided with another vehicle at about 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of East Covell Boulevard, Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said. […]

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

Big losses tallied in ‘suspicious’ haystack fires

The two fires that destroyed two large haystacks over the weekend resulted in an estimated $50,000 loss to the property owners involved, according to the Davis Fire Department. Fire investigators have labeled the fires “suspicious” in nature, given their nearly simultaneous breakout late Friday night. Both involved stacks of about 100 hay bales each, one […]

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

High-speed chase lands Woodland man in jail

A 20-year-old Woodland man was jailed Sunday night after allegedly leading a California Highway Patrol officer on a high-speed pursuit. CHP Officer Cindy Leal said Alejandro S. Leon caught the officer’s attention shortly after 9:30 p.m. while speeding near the Main Street offramp to northbound Highway 113 in Woodland. The officer attempted to stop the […]

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

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 ,