Wildfire threatens 80 NorCal homes

GEORGETOWN (AP) — A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has destroyed one home and forced the evacuation of 80 others. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire was sparked around 3 p.m. Saturday in El Dorado County, northeast of Sacramento. It quickly spread to 45 acres due to dry conditions […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

A community feast

Irene Fecht, left, holds up a plate of food for a photo snapped by Hope Wingert at Saturday’s ninth annual Village Feast in Central Park. The event — a long, leisurely, family-style meal featuring grilled lamb, roasted vegetables, fresh heirloom tomatoes and local wines — is a fundraiser for local farm-to-school programs. Guests bring their own dinnerware, […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

The Cannery series

Part 1: The history and final design (Aug. 11) Part 2: Impact on surrounding neighborhoods (Aug. 18) Part 3: Senior housing (today) Part 4: Sustainability Part 5: Cannery Farm Part 6: Business park vs. residential

August 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Senior housing availability in Cannery development up for debate

The Cannery series Part 1: The history and final design Part 2: Impact on surrounding neighborhoods Part 3: Senior housing Part 4: Sustainability Part 5: Cannery Farm Part 6: Business park vs. residential This is Part 3 of an ongoing series discussing the various aspects of The Cannery project.  The City Council will consider the […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Davisites will get a charge out of new public artwork

The sun has risen over Davis many times in the past four years, but it’s taken that long for it to happen with this much style.

The sun is now upright, glowing and seesawing back and forth atop an antique gasoline pump. At least a depiction of a smiling sun and its rays are, as part of a new public art installation in East Davis’ Oak Tree Plaza.

Artists Diana Walker-Smith and Olga Garzon unveiled their long-awaited project on Thursday. The work — referred to as “Solar Filling Station” — was conceived of four years ago as part of the city’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Aside from promoting clean energy by virtue of its juxtaposition, the artwork has …

Davis school district welcomes new hires as classes near

After years of layoffs and a retirement incentive creating a dwindling work force in the Davis school district, Friday’s new teacher welcome was cause for celebration. Nearly 50 new faces were on hand for a breakfast reception followed by an orientation at the Davis Joint Unified School District offices. Students begin classes on Wednesday. Among […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Jean Kennedy new vice principal at Holmes Junior High

Longtime science teacher Jean Kennedy —who has taught at Holmes Junior High since 1999 — will be the new vice principal at the school this year. Kennedy has served as a “teacher in charge” at Holmes since 2009, covering for school administrators when needed — a position that often presages a later transition to a […]

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

Davis man arrested for breaking protective order, domestic violence

A Davis man was arrested Friday after breaking an emergency protective order and getting into a fight with his girlfriend at their shared residence. Davis police received a call at 3:30 p.m. about a domestic violence disturbance near the 4500 block of Alhambra Drive in Mace Ranch, where the two individuals involved lived. The police […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Winters man arrested for possession of metal knuckles, DUI

A Winters man was arrested for possession of metal knuckles and driving under the influence after being stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Winters early Saturday. Davis police, who assist the Winters Police Department with DUI saturation patrol, stopped Chad Vender, 22, about 12:30 a.m. at Wolfskill Road and Winters Road, where he allegedly was […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

KDVS moves transmitter to new tower, boosts power

Campus/community radio station KDVS is now broadcasting — with a stronger signal — from a transmitter on a recently built tower at the Yolo County Landfill northeast of Davis. The move allowed KDVS to boost its signal power  from 9,200 watts to 13,000 watts, and the new transmitter location is 193 feet above ground vs. […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Obama says law school should be two, not three, years

By Peter Lattman President Obama urged law schools on Friday to consider cutting a year of classroom instruction, wading into a hotly debated issue inside the beleaguered legal academy. “This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck. I am in my second term, so I can say it,” Obama said at a town […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New technologies offer seniors more independence

The Woodland Senior Center will host a free presentation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, offering solutions to help those with low vision or other limitations maintain or regain their independence. Access Ingenuity, a company founded in 2002, will focus on assistive technologies through education and hands-on demonstration. Access Ingenuity carries a variety […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon tour offers a close look at visiting shorebirds

The public is invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a free field trip to learn about shorebirds migrating to Central and South America from as far north as the Arctic slope. Field trip leaders from Yolo Audubon will help participants identify the shorebirds that stop to refuel on invertebrates in the mudflats around Davis. […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Program explores link between birds, rockets

A Design and Launch Flight Derby is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo. Participants can learn what birds, bats, butterflies and seeds have in common with rockets, planes and spacecraft. The group will examine the physics of flight and momentum in birds, butterflies, seeds, airplanes, rockets and […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,