Square Tomatoes celebrates its first year at Sunday craft fair

The artists of the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair will celebrate one year of “craftiness, being square and tomatodom” between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday in Davis’ Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The first monthly craft fair took place last August in the parking lot at the Davis Food Co-op, and in November, the […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Beer and spades mix at UC Davis shovel drive event

It’s a beer-tasting with a twist. Your ticket to enter? An ID and a used shovel! The shovels are for a sculpture commissioned and funded by the city of Davis in a new garden where the UC Davis Arboretum connects with downtown Davis, behind the Davis Commons shopping center. Nearly 250 shovels already have been […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Golf tournament supports peace officer memorial, scholarships

The third annual Yolo County Peace Officers Memorial Golf Classic is planned for Friday, Sept. 6, at the Yolo Fliers Golf Club, 17980 County Road 94 in Woodland. All golfers are invited to participate in this fundraising event. The entry fee is $125 per golfer ($130 after Aug. 30), which includes golf, cart, lunch, a buffet […]

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

W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y: Aggies spell out victory

W-I-N-N-I-N-G: 11 points.

That sort of mundane word won’t win you a Scrabble tournament, so UC Davis graduate students Daniel Moglen and Phillip Seitzer must have really mined their vocabularies to finish first and second, respectively, in the fourth division of this year’s National Scrabble Competition.

Both Moglen and Seitzer are members of the Unofficial Scrabble Club of Davis.

Moglen, the winner, took home $1,500 in prize money as well as a plaque and some Scrabble art. Seitzer, the runner-up, collected a $700 prize.

The competition took place over five days, July 19-24 in Las Vegas.

Writers work on polishing their craft

The Gibson House Writers will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Gibson House, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. Writers share their works in progress in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and journalism, and receive constructive feedback in a supportive, low-key environment. This year the group is using the book “Steering the Craft” by Ursula K. […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Panel to review BART labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A special board is preparing to gather information about a contentious dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its labor unions, while an East Bay transit agency reached an 11th-hour deal with its workers to avoid a strike. The board is holding a hearing Wednesday in Oakland after Gov. Jerry Brown […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sequester impacts low-income housing

On Tuesday, Rep. John Garamendi listened to men and women talk about dwindling federal housing help. He had little to offer in return, except a vow to retell their stories in Washington, D.C.

“I can’t promise anything,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, during an hourlong meeting at The Villas public housing complex in which he painted the Republican leaders of the House as “blind” to the struggles of people in their own communities.

Due to sequestration, the Yolo County Housing Authority can provide rent vouchers to 244 fewer families this year.

Ordinarily, 73 families on a waiting list of almost 11,000 would have received a call by now …

Childhood obesity sees decline in 19 states

By Kristen V. Brown After decades on the rise, obesity rates declined slightly among low-income preschoolers in California and 18 other states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of low-income obese children ages 2 to 4 dipped from […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Joe’s ‘krowing’ about money raised

If money is the mother’s milk of politics, Joe Krovoza apparently has found himself a whole dairy. The Davis mayor and would-be California Assemblyman raised a whopping $118,000 in the first financial reporting period to easily lap the other four candidates who are chasing a seat to represent the 4th Assembly District. The amount comes […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Yolo RCD wants to trim its board

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District’s board of directors will ask the Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 10 meeting for approval to reduce the district’s board from seven to five members. The mission of the Yolo Resource Conservation District is to protect, improve and sustain the natural resources of Yolo County. Its board and […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Supervisors OK event center near Esparto

WOODLAND — After months of negotiations and public hearings, and over the objections of their neighbors, owners of an almond orchard outside Esparto received the green light on Tuesday to turn a portion of their land into an event center where weddings, fundraisers, corporate retreats and other large events will be held. Yolo County supervisors […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Davis police make stolen-property arrest

Davis police arrested a 21-year-old man early Tuesday on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Nolan Bell of Davis was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at about 12:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Mace Boulevard. According to Lt. Glenn Glasgow, the officer found a stolen laptop computer inside the vehicle. Glasgow said […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

UCD study finds invasive fruit flies have made themselves at home

Fruit flies have long plagued the state, but a UC Davis study published Tuesday finds a permanency to these pests that has serious implications for California’s $43.5 billion agricultural industry. The study finds that these once-foreign bugs are now residing in California, despite more than 30 years of state-sponsored programs aimed at eradicating the insects. […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo water association approves regional plan

The Water Resources Association of Yolo County is continuing its long stewardship of local water resources through its involvement with an extensive, regionally focused plan. The project, referred to as the Westside Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, intends to help manage water resources in the region over the next 20 years, including, among other things, […]

August 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,