Paws for Thought: What will happen to your pets when you die?

Americans love their pets, so is it surprising that we spend $61 billion-plus every year on pets? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of $500 per household on their pets. Topping the list are married people without children at home who spend an average of $698. Much as we love […]

February 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Krustaceans for Kids nearly sold out

Despite an expanded venue, the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s second annual “Krustaceans for Kids” crab feed is nearly sold out. Scheduled for Friday, March 14, the second annual fundraiser benefiting the Yolo Crisis Nursery includes cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., a raffle, dessert and silent auction. Dancing to Cold Shot […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Francophones meet Feb. 24 at I-House

The second meeting of Yolo County Francophones will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Krystyna von Henneberg is the leader of Cafe Cesaire, which began in January. This monthly gathering of people who love the French language celebrates the universality of French. The group […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Kindergarten information nights prep parents for registration

It’s nearly spring, and that means time to sign up future kindergartners for school. All elementary schools in the Davis Joint Unified School District will register kindergartners on Wednesday, March 19. Children must have reached their fifth birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Kids who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 are […]

March 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hospice benefits from bunco fundraiser

On Friday, Feb. 28, the Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will host a bunco fundraiser at Holy Rosary Parish Hall, 315 Walnut St. in Woodland. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Yolo Hospice patient care. There will be snacks, a no-host bar, a fun raffle […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Crafts fair and carnival fundraiser planned March 2

The Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair is rolling crafts, jazz, food vendors and a children’s carnival into Central Park on Sunday, March 2. The fair will host more than 30 food and craft vendors and provide a space for guests to dance to the New Harmony Jazz Band. Vendor Zita Demaree and her daughter Alicia are […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Venezuelan opposition leader faces arrest warrant

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that a police manhunt was underway for Leopoldo Lopez, the hard-line opposition leader behind anti-government demonstrations that ended with three deaths. The socialist president’s announcement came amid dueling pro-government and student-led opposition demonstrations held in different parts of the capital, Caracas. Lopez “ordered all these […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Grape growers celebrate bumper crop

MODESTO (AP) — California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes. Growers in the nation’s premier wine region brought in a bumper crop last year, thanks to expanded acreage and overall favorable weather. Wine brokers told The Modesto Bee ( that two back-to-back years […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Clerk/Recorder’s Office a happier place for same-sex couples this Valentine’s Day

Up until Friday, Valentine’s Day had never been the happiest of days for Shelly Bailes. For years, the longtime Davis resident would wake up in the morning and hear on the news about couples rushing to the courthouse to get married on this, the so-called “Day of Love,” “and I would burst into tears,” Bailes […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fire destroys vehicle on I-80

A driver whose sport-utility vehicle caught fire on Interstate 80 near Davis on Friday night escaped injury, but the car was a total loss, according to the Davis Fire Department. Division Chief Bruce Fry said fire crews responded at about 10 p.m. to the blaze, which occurred east of the Mace Boulevard exit. The cause […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Obama: Figure out how to satisfy all water needs

PALM SPRINGS (AP) — President Barack Obama drew a link between climate change and California’s drought, and said the U.S. must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone’s water needs are satisfied. On a tour of central California on Friday, Obama warned that weather-related disasters will only get worse. “We […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Tentative agreement gives teachers a raise, one-time bonus

The Davis school district and the Davis Teachers Association have announced a tentative agreement on a 2013-14 contract. “Both parties agree to a 2-percent one-time payment in 2013-14 coupled with a 2-percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013,” when the district’s current budget year began, said Assistant Superintendent Matt Best and DTA lead […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC service union votes to strike

After three days of voting, the union representing the University of California’s 8,300 service workers and 13,000 patient-care workers authorized a strike on Friday, the third in less then a year. AFSCME, which has been negotiating a contract for UC service workers for more than a year, said dates and duration of the strike will […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Now or never: Aggie’s future hinges on student fee

A referendum starting Tuesday will decide the fate of The California Aggie. Faced with ad revenue that hasn’t recovered after falling off a cliff, the student newspaper staff is asking its fellow UC Davis students to approve a $3.10-per-quarter fee that would raise an estimated $272,800 annually. For the measure to succeed, 20 percent of […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,