Invasive wasp adds sting to end-of-summer attacks

By Peter Fimrite Dive-bombing yellow jackets are out in full force, ruining barbecues and family picnics throughout California, but another stinging pest may also be responsible for spoiling the outdoor party buzz. The European paper wasp, which is spreading quickly across Northern California, is at least partially responsible for an increase this year in yellow […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon visits Putah Creek Preserve

The public is invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a free walking field trip along Putah Creek. Participants will search for migrating birds, including a variety of warblers, grosbeaks, tanagers and flycatchers. Bring binoculars, snack and water, and wear sturdy shoes since the paths along the creek are unpaved. The field trip is […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon hears about flammulated owls

The Yolo Audubon Society will host biologist David Arsenault at its September general meeting. The public is invited to this free event to hear about Arsenault’s studies on flammulated owls near Lake Davis in Plumas County. This population of owls is said to one of the largest and densest known population in the northern Sierra […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Service academy information available at two sessions

Students who want to learn more about the U.S. service academies, and how to apply for an appointment to an academy, are invited to attend one of two upcoming information nights hosted by the office of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. The sessions are for students who live in the 3rd Congressional District and their […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Adults sought to be second-graders’ Writing Buddies

Volunteers are being recruited to write stories with second-graders at Montgomery Elementary School in South Davis. The Writing Buddies program pairs adults with youngsters, one on one, in a six-week program. The time commitment is two hours a week, from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25. All training is provided. For more information, visit […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Harmony in Our Lives Award nominations sought

Thursday is the deadline for nominations for this year’s 25th annual Harmony in Our Lives Award, presented by the West Valley Barbershop Chorus. This is an accolade of distinction given to individuals or organizations that have been significant long-term contributors to the musical enrichment of the Davis Community. The recipient is selected by a committee […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Annual Tea kicks off University Farm Circle’s centennial year

The centennial year for University Farm Circle begins with the Annual Tea from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center on the UC Davis campus. Members and prospective members are invited to attend. Reservations are not needed and there is no fee. Sheila Beyer and Linda Ziskind, co-presidents, will greet […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wine Pour benefits DHS Madrigal Singers

Local residents are invited to join wine enthusiasts and fans of the award-winning Davis High School Madrigal Singers for Wine Pour 2013, a wine-tasting fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Osteria Fasulo Restaurant. The restaurant is in Village Homes at 2657 Portage Bay Ave. East. Guests will enjoy tasting fine wines […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Agricultural technology use growing in California

By Stacy Finz Ted Batkin knows there might not be enough workers this year to pick California’s signature orange crop due to an ongoing shortage of migrant farm laborers. That’s why he’s working on a robot. It will have arms, hands and even eyes, and do the harvesting work of four to eight people, depending […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Puppy love: Litter will be trained as service dogs

Karen Nathanson, her son Josh Milenbach and her fiancé recently celebrated the arrival of nine healthy puppies.

All puppies are greeted with joy, but this litter born in mid-August is special. The puppies are the family’s third litter for the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, which trains companion and service dogs for people with disabilities such as autism or deafness.

Nathanson and a fellow volunteer for CCI served as midwives for the births, which were spread over five hours.

Yearbook misspells school’s name on cover

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Students who worked on the Moorhead High School yearbook this year have learned a hard lesson about proofreading, after misspelling the Minnesota school’s name on the front cover. A Forum News Service report says the 2013 yearbook arrived this week with the school’s name spelled “Moorehead.” Moorhead school officials say the mistake […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Egypt launches new assault against Sinai militants

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian helicopter gunships and tanks pounded suspected hideouts and weapon caches of Islamic militants on Saturday in the northern Sinai Peninsula in what locals say is the largest operation in the lawless region for years. Nine militants and two soldiers were killed during the raids, security officials said. Officials say that the […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

NASA launches robotic explorer to moon from Va.

NASA’s newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast. But the LADEE spacecraft quickly ran into equipment trouble, and while NASA assured everyone early Saturday that the lunar probe was safe and on a perfect track for the moon, officials acknowledged […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,