Feds won’t prosecute wind farm for condor deaths

MOJAVE (AP) — A Southern California wind farm has been assured by federal authorities that they won’t prosecute if the company’s whirring turbine blades kill any endangered California condors. The wind farm operated by Alta Windpower Development in the Tehachapi Mountains has been granted a right of way by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Authorities rescue 200 after San Antonio floods

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods on Saturday, leaving at least one person dead as emergency workers in boats rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes. “It was pretty crazy,” said Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm. “It was pretty […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Traffic-weary L.A. synchronizes stoplights

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It seems that the impossible has occurred: The nation’s most congested city has become a model for traffic control. Yes, gridlock still prevails and drivers’ blood pressure still spikes as LA’s traffic arteries seize up during every morning and afternoon rush hour. Yet, with the flip of a switch earlier this […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Police: ‘We’re not going to give up’ on homicide probe

Each week, a group of Davis police detectives sits down to chart their progress in the ongoing investigation into the unsolved April murders of local couple Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin. “We’re still working various leads,” Lt. Paul Doroshov said as four investigators pored over case files, binders and laptops holding digital evidence one […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DHS students place well in national Cisco NetRider competition

Davis High School seniors Nolan Taeksang Yoo and Benjamin Smithers finished 13th in the nation — posting the highest score for a team from California — in the 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition. The contest is designed to develop networking and information technology skills among students from around the nation and Canada, and promote future […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A little elbow grease

Allan Telford, a member of the Rotary Club of Davis, foreground, and Adrian Gabriel, assistant director of volunteers for the Hattie Weber Museum, sand railings leading to the museum’s entrance during a work party Saturday morning. Rotarians joined museum volunteers in sprucing up the exterior of the facility at 445 C St., in the northeast […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland officers struck by parolee during arrest

A Woodland man was arrested after brawling with officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance Friday night, according to the Woodland Police Department. The incident began with officers being called to the scene of a domestic disturbance at 33 W. Elliot St. at 10:49 p.m. Friday. The suspect, 57-year-old Howard Wilbanks, allegedly assaulted his […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Brothers Tased and arrested after altercation

A routine bar fight involving two men from Sacramento escalated as both were Tased and arrested by an officer in downtown Davis early Saturday morning. At 1:50 a.m., a Davis police officer was called to the scene of an alcohol-fueled fight at First and F streets between brothers Franklin Wesley, 22, and Engelbert Wesley, 19. […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Give old soccer uniforms a new life

Kids who participate in youth sports accumulate a variety of benefits: self-confidence, discipline, a healthy body and team spirit. They also accumulate a pile of old uniforms and equipment. Michael Vernau, a Holmes Junior High eighth-grader and soccer player, wants to put those old uniforms to good use. “About a month ago, my coach (who […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis schools continue to earn API scores over 800

The California Department of Education quietly released the 2012 Base Academic Performance Index statistics on Friday, and the Davis school district posted numbers that largely resemble the district’s ranking in recent years. All of Davis’ traditional campuses earned an API over 800 points, the threshold for state recognition as a “high performing school.” The Davis […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ag mechanics class offered this summer

Woodland Community College, in partnership with the Yolo County Regional Occupational Program, is offering a two-unit agriculture mechanics course this summer with an emphasis in welding. Students will develop skills in performing a variety of welds, including shielded metal arc welding, oxy-fuel welding and MIG welding. The course will take place in the ag facility […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Bike Fun’ mural coming to downtown Davis

The Davis Art Center and Paint Bike Fun are collaborating to create a community mural in downtown Davis on the wall of Davis Wheelworks at Third and F streets. The project is part of the Art Center’s 2013 Discovery Art Program, “Momentum: Art in Action, Creativity in Motion.” Community members of all ages are invited […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Monkey teeth a window to neanderthal weaning

Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals? A team of U.S. and Australian researchers reports in the journal Nature on May 22 that they can now use fossil teeth to calculate when a Neanderthal baby was weaned. The new technique […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCC nursery school has pre-K openings

Openings are available in the afternoon pre-kindergarten class at University Covenant Nursery School for the 2013-14 school year. UCNS is a weekday Christian preschool featuring small class sizes, an age-appropriate curriculum and loving, experienced teachers. The afternoon class is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This pre-kindergarten class provides 4- and 5-year-olds with […]

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