Our Sunday best: Davis amenities are due to taxpayers’ support

Davis voters could be said to resemble an enthusiastic new homeowner who, after buying a property, keeps going back to the store for new window coverings and flooring, new cabinets for the kitchen, and shrubs and shade trees for the yard. But it can fairly be said that voters have approved and funded many projects […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

A fetching job: Locally raised pup guides blind hiker

Trevor Thomas has been the first blind man to reach the end of many of America’s longest hiking trails. But his guide dog, Tennille, usually arrives a few steps ahead of him.

When Thomas finished his trek across North Carolina’s nearly 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail in June, instead of claiming the title of the ninth person in history to complete it all in one go, he said Tennille was the official No. 9, and he preferred to think of himself as No. 10.

Thomas, who lost his sight in 2005 due to a rare autoimmune disorder, shared tales from his hiking expeditions with Davis Girl Scouts at Holmes Junior High on Wednesday night.

Notice reminds residents of surface water project progress

Davis residents received a friendly reminder from the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency this week about the progress of the project that will bring a new source of drinking water to town by 2016. Approved by voters in March by an 8-point margin, the joint project with Woodland will pump water from the Sacramento River, treat […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Winters suspect won’t fight extradition

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A fugitive arrested in Las Vegas after a police standoff told a local judge Thursday that he fears for his safety but won’t contest his transfer to Northern California to face murder and probation-violation charges in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend. William Carl Gardner III told Las Vegas Justice of the […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

House conservatives help push budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New York SantaCon aims to curb ho-ho no-no’s

NEW YORK (AP) — When red-suited revelers throng the city’s streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to mention spirits. But to others, it’s the blight before Christmas. After complaints about boorish, bar-hopping St. Nicks got attention from local officials and police, the event’s ringleaders are […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Our bag law won’t help that seagull

NO-SEE SEAGULL … don’t know if you’ve seen that photo making the rounds on Facebook that shows an allegedly “local” seagull with its head covered by a Walmart plastic bag, exposing two evils at once: plastic bags and Walmart … the message here is that our just-passed plastic bag ban is indeed a good thing […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

‘Smarty Marty’ breaks stereotypes

“Smarty Marty’s Got Game” by Amy Gutierrez (Cameron & Co., $17.95, 40 pages) shatters stereotypes for girls in sports and tells the story of a character named Marty, who teaches the game and her love of baseball to her younger brother. Gutierrez, a 16-year career sports journalist who covers the San Francisco Giants, is a […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmers Market turns into Gift Basket Central

Looking for that perfect “shop local” gift? Head to the Davis Farmers Market. There will be holiday music at Gift Basket Central from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. The market features locally grown and produced foods and more that will please any […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC, lecturers agree on contract

Ninety-eight percent of union-represented lecturers have voted to ratify a contract deal with the University of California. The two-year deal includes a 3.5 percent wage increase for 2013-14. The American Federation of Teachers represents more than 3,000 lecturers systemwide. The deal also includes: * Moving the minimum retirement age from 50 to 55 and maximum […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD holiday reads touch on Christmas, politics, food

A look at recent books by UC Davis authors: * “Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas” by Dolph Gotelli (http://Wonderanddelightbook.com, $75, 360 pages). Known as “Father Christmas,” UC Davis environmental design professor emeritus Gotelli has now featured his collection of toys and Christmas memorabilia in a book containing 570 color photos suitable for any […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Salmon spawning in Putah Creek

By Sara Tremayne Salmon are back in Putah Creek again, brought up by a weeklong pulse of water provided by the Solano County Water Agency. The return of the Chinook salmon to Putah Creek is a nearly annual event and, according to Peter Moyle, a UC Davis professor and renowned fisheries expert, signifies the recovery […]

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

Need a new best friend?

Splash is a 9-month-old spayed female blue merle Catahoula leopard dog. She’s gorgeous, with one blue and one brown eye. Splash is full of fun, plays well with other dogs and loves people of all ages. Beth is a 3-year-old spayed female German shepherd. She had an accident when she was a pup and had to have a leg […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rib Feed helps Aquadarts float

Dive in and join the fun on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. for the first Finger Lickin’ Fin Kickin’ Rib Feed benefiting the Davis Aquadarts. Guests at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., will enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecued ribs and chicken along with salad and other delicious goodies. Tickets are $45 and may […]

January 21, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,