Bob Dunning: So much to be thankful for this year

As we do every year on the fourth Thursday of November, members of our family, extended family and friends and foes who had nowhere else to go on this sacred day, sat around the Thanksgiving table and one by one related what it was we were especially thankful for this year. Many of us, of […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Holiday reception slated at R&R

All Things Right & Relevant is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a holiday reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 2801 Spafford St. in Davis. R&R is a consignment store that benefits several local mental health agencies. Shoppers are invited to enjoy cake, savories, vegetable and cheese trays along with holiday punch.

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

Chamber leaders offer an update

The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of the Chamber Luncheon, sponsored and catered by Our House Restaurant, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The Chamber’s mission is to promote, support and advocate the general economic vitality of its membership and the quality […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Descending Denali

Tim Townsend understood that reaching the Denali’s peak was only 50 percent of the achievement, and descending Denali would require patience and skill.

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Climb every mountain: 50 peaks in 50 states

An absence of smell. Nothing but the persistent wind to hear. Not much wildlife to speak of. Only a freezing achromatic landscape, and its disorienting whites and grays.

Davis resident Tim Townsend had to learn to cope with these inhospitable and sense-depriving environs in his quest to scale North America’s highest mountain peak, Mount McKinley — aka Denali — in Alaska.

Sometimes, Townsend would be among the bold adventurers hoping to summit the alpine for weeks on end. He’d make progress upwards by tromping through thick layers of snow, then have to wait out a blizzard before retreating.

China sends fighters into disputed airspace

BEIJING (AP) — China launched two fighter planes Friday to investigate flights by a dozen U.S. and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, state media said. It was the first time since proclaiming the zone on Nov. 23 that China said it sent planes […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived. New images, basically faint smudges on a screen, being analyzed Friday showed a streak of […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Beer me? There’s no accounting for taste

APOLOGIES TO PBR LOVERS EVERYWHERE … my friend Kent, while offering faint praise for a recent column on wood burning, says “I don’t understand why you felt the need to malign those of us who enjoy regularly ‘standing on the front lawn in our underwear waving a 40-ounce bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon.’ ” … […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis Flower Arrangers make holiday decorations

The Davis Flower Arrangers will meet at International House, 10 College Park, on Wednesday for their annual holiday decorations workshop. Everybody will be making something to take home. Come at 7 p.m. to enjoy the creative atmosphere; refreshments will be available throughout the evening. If you want to make a wreath, a door swag or […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Happy Hanukkah

Rabbi Shmary Brownstein of Chabad of Davis lights the first Hanukkah candle at nightfall Wednesday during a grand menorah-lighting celebration in Davis’ Central Park. The menorah is 8 feet tall. Families who attended the celebration also enjoyed singing and Hanukkah latkes and beverages. Davis’ is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Family disputes victim’s role in alleged killer’s jail release

By Lauren Keene and Debra DeAngelo A day after celebrating their loved one’s life at a memorial service, family and friends of Winters murder victim Leslie Pinkston questioned reports that the slain woman paid a $130 bail fee that resulted in her alleged killer being released from the Yolo County Jail three days before her […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

For the record

A story in Tuesday’s edition about the Davis High Factor talent show had the wrong results. Scott Stone finished in third place. In addition, Natalie Wheeler also was a performer in Float the Boat.

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

Levy receives music in culture award

The American Musicological Society recently presented its 2013 Music in American Culture Award to Beth E. Levy of UC Davis. The award recognizes Levy for her book “Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West,” published by the University of California Press in 2012. The associate professor of musicology received the award […]

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

Explorit: Sign up now for Winter Science Explorations

When school’s out for winter break, think Explorit for hands-on science fun! This year, Explorit will be offering Winter Science Explorations, half-day camps for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Choose from six exciting topics, or come to each one. Sign up for three or more days for a $15 discount, or receive a $5 sibling […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,