Didn’t ace SAT? Just design microbe transplant research

By Ariel Kaminer High school seniors with poor grades and even worse SAT scores, you may be just what one of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is looking for. You need not be president of the debate club or captain of the track team. No glowing teacher recommendations are required. You just need […]

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

Napolitano’s résumé precedes her as UC president

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California’s president on Monday, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge — a “no-confidence” vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hoes Down Festival celebrates the harvest

An autumn tradition, the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, will be celebrated this weekend in the Capay Valley. The celebration promotes agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through two days of workshops and events. On Saturday, the Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm will feature educational farm tours, a children’s area, games, live bluegrass music and an […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At-risk kids, high-achievers dominate counseling caseloads at DHS

The school district sounded the alarm last spring. There had been a disturbing uptick in the number of Davis students requiring suicide risk assessment interviews. In greater numbers then ever before, students were landing in counselors’ offices at school, seeking help on their own or having been referred by teachers, parents or friends for something […]

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

Bird brains invited to guided walk at Lake Solano Park

Visitors to Lake Solano Park on Saturday, Oct. 12, will learn why this area near Winters is a magnet for birds — both year-round and migratory. Volunteer docent Barbara Cooper will lead a walk around the lake and share lots of bird stories. Visitors should dress in layers and be prepared for cold, wet weather. […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gazan filmmaker will lead discussion following UCD screening

“Where Should the Birds Fly?” will be screened at noon Thursday in Room 2203 of the Social Sciences & Humanities Building at UC Davis. A discussion with the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, will follow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by UCD Students for Justice in Palestine and the UCD […]

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

DHS, Da Vinci boast 49 National Merit Commended Students

Forty-four senior students at Davis High School and five students at Da Vinci Charter Academy have been named as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors. Davis High School Commended Students are […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Governor signs Wolk’s bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to ensure the good stewardship of private property by extending protections for California farmers and ranchers who accidentally kill a protected species during routine agricultural operations. The bill also encourages landowners to establish waterfowl habitat on idled agricultural lands. “The signing of SB […]

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

Book sale benefits Friends of the Library

October’s book sale at the Stephens Branch Library promises to be big, thanks to a large donation from a Sacramento book dealer. A large selection of books — especially literature, history, art and children’s — will be featured. The sale will run from noon to 2 p.m. Friday for members of the Friends of the […]

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

Candlelight vigil, healing service set for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Since 1990, the U.S. Congress has designated the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental health advocates across the country sponsor community outreach and education events. This year NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, invites the community to two special events: * A rally and candlelight vigil […]

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

Student welcome luncheon set at DCC

Davis Community Church extends a special welcome to new and returning college students to attend a free community meal at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. The meal is offered on the first Sunday of each month. This month, students will receive small gift bags and information about […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Earthbench builder will speak Thursday

A presentation about natural building and zero waste by Brennan Blazer Bird is planned at the next meeting of the Davis Permaculture Guild, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Conference Room at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. Bird will discuss his experience in building Earthbenches with bottle bricks and cob. He has built Earthbenches […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yamada is honorary chair of Blues Harvest

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada has been selected as honorary chair of the 12th annual Blues Harvest, a fundraiser for the Yolo Adult Day Health Center. The event will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland. The Blues Harvest features entertainment by the […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

King High School sets open house

All are welcome to visit King High School at its open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 635 B St. “Get a tour of our state-of-the-art facility, meet our faculty and staff, ask questions about our school and talk to students both past and present,” a news release said. Light refreshments […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,