Snowpack grows, but not enough

By Kurtis Alexander Fresh snow is blanketing the Sierra this week, but not enough to put a big dent in the statewide drought. State surveying crews, making their monthly trek on skis and snowshoes to high-elevation weather stations, said Thursday that the snowpack is just 24 percent of average for this time of year. That […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Primate center readies respiratory disease lab

A one-of-a-kind respiratory disease lab is nearing completion at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

The 19,000-square-foot building will house an inhalation exposure facility unique among the eight National Institutes of Health-supported primate centers, plus new laboratory, meeting and office space.

Initial areas of study there will include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exposure to secondhand smoke and air pollution, childhood asthma and infectious diseases, including H1N1 influenza in infants.

School board sets March 13 date for Crawford hearing

The Davis school board, meeting in closed session on Thursday evening, formally set March 13 as the date for hearing an appeal in the dispute over Davis High School’s volleyball coach. At the same time, the trustees issued a blunt statement urging their colleague, Nancy Peterson, and the coach, Julie Crawford, to hire a mediator […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Let’s put a window in closed-door sessions

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS … if I hear the phrases “closed session” and “personnel matter” one more time, I think I may just move to Dixon … whether it’s firing a volleyball coach at the high school or the general manager at the Food Co-op, “closed session” has become the modern-day equivalent of the smoked-filled room […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Watch Citrus Circuits compete this weekend

The Citrus Circuits robotics team will compete in the Inland Empire Regional for the first time ever this weekend and encourages fans to watch the action via live streaming on the team’s website. The competition takes place Friday through Sunday at Grand Terrace High School in Grand Terrace, in San Bernardino County. This year’s FIRST […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ex-cop convicted of kidnap, sexual assault

WOODLAND — A former West Sacramento police officer faces spending the rest of his life in prison following his conviction Thursday on 18 felony charges related to his on-the-job kidnapping and sexual assault of five women — citizens who prosecutors say he was sworn to protect. Sergio Alvarez, 38, sat with his hands folded but […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

United Cerebral Palsy program reeling from iPad thefts

A crucial skill-building program at the United Cerebral Palsy Association’s adult day center in Woodland has been derailed with the recent thefts of 13 iPads from the nonprofit care provider’s offices. “It’s a pretty substantial blow to our clients,” said Doug Bergman, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California. The […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Nutrition subject of neuropathy meeting

Clinical nutrition educator Monica Randel is the featured speaker at the Davis Peripheral Neuropathy support group that will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Randel works for Kaiser Permanente, where she writes curriculum, teaches medical nutrition therapy in a patient group setting, and provides […]

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

Storyteller Francie Dillon returns on March 16

Francie Dillon of Sacramento will be the return storyteller at International House on Sunday, March 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Admission is free for I-House members, and others pay $2 per child or $5 per family. “Kids seem to love live performers and Dillon […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Service workers reach deal with UC

The University of California and the union representing more than 8,300 service workers announced a tentative, strike-averting contract agreement on Thursday that includes a raise of more than 13.5 percent over four years. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 has called off a strike scheduled for March 3-7. Members — who […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Few challengers to county officials on June ballot

With a week to go before the March 7 filing deadline, Yolo County’s June ballot features just two contested races so far and several incumbents running unopposed for countywide offices. Yolo County voters also will see two fewer elected offices on the ballot this year, thanks to the elimination of the elected office of auditor-controller/treasurer-tax […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Explorit: Try this experiment to hear astounding sounds

You hear a sound in the distance and turn your head. Where did it come from? And how did it get from its source to your ears? It’s invisible, after all. Here’s an activity to try at home that just might help you figure it out. You will need a pair of scissors, some string, […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Go all in at poker tourney

Tickets are still available for Soroptimist International of Davis’ annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker night at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis. Proceeds benefit local charities supporting women and children. Tickets are $40 for general admission or $60 for tournament play. Purchase tickets online at or contact Lea Rosenberg […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

That’s some day at the Farmers Market

In a blanket, in a story or in the mud, no matter how you like your pig, the Davis Farmers Market has something for you on Saturday. Pig Day is one of the market’s most popular annual events. Visitors will find baby pigs, people in pig costumes and pig-out eats at the market from 8 […]

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