Bob Dunning: It’s a four-horse race in the 4th District

Now that Dandy Dan Wolk is celebrating Father’s Day as an “official” candidate for the 4th District Assembly seat after Saturday’s formal announcement, I’m doing my best to handicap a race that is still in the embryonic stage. So far we have four Democrats and no Republicans in the race, which is not surprising given that […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

FamiliesFirst CEO vows to battle license revocation as new allegations raised

The president and CEO of EMQ FamiliesFirst returned to Davis on Friday vowing to fight the attempted closure of the troubled group home — even as the number of sexual-assault reports coming from the Fifth Street facility grew to about 10. Assistant Police Chief Darren Pytel confirmed Saturday night that a 10-year-old boy who had […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,

Juneteenth celebrates 150 years of freedom

The only expectation of this year’s Juneteenth celebration in Davis is for it to exceed expectations, since it memorializes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Event coordinators Jay Johnstone and Sandy Holman are set to welcome the entire Yolo County community to the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., for its commemoration. Festivities […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

5 poets read Thursday at Davis gallery

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcome five featured poets — Phillip Barron, Stella Beratlis, Heather Altfeld, Troy Jollimore and Paco Marquez — at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Barron is a poet, writer and award-winning digital media artist. He has taught philosophy at the University of North Carolina and […]

June 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A sea turtle in memory of a mother

The Central Park carousel had been missing something for a while.

Ever since Harriet the Rabbit was stolen in 2006, never to be seen again, there’s been a gap, an empty space, among the whimsical animals that populate the Flying Carousel of the Delta Breeze.

Rachel Peres remarked on it when she visited the carousel a few years ago with her young children.

“She talked about how unfortunate it was,” said her mom, Linda Brant.

But a couple of years passed, and there was no replacement. Not until last week anyway, when the hole left by Harriet’s theft was finally filled. And it was filled thanks to Rachel.

‘Yappy Hour’ a class for puppies, owners

UC Davis has launched puppy socialization classes for new owners and their dogs called “Yappy Hour.” The classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center for Companion Animal Health on campus. “Socialization is the process during which pets develop relationships with other animals and people,” said Melissa Bain, a board-certified behavior specialist at UCD, […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Prep program teaches green jobs, life skills

By Heather Ah San RIO VISTA — Rio Vista High School students Jordan Fonbuena, Cody Big, Rafael Vega and Kim Guggemos get to go to school every morning and use their hands for something. Hint: It’s not for writing. The high school’s renewable energy class emphasizes hands-on projects — not textbooks — to teach students […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Visit Sutter market on Thursdays

Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 29. The market — at the hospital’s main entrance, 2000 Sutter Place — is filled with farm-fresh produce, local honey, eggs and olive oil, baked goods, flowers, plants and garden starts. The market accepts EBT cards, WIC and […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Amateur radio groups compete to reach around the world

Three Yolo County amateur radio groups will participate in a field day and the largest on-the-air event in North America from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the UC Davis Airport, off Hopkins Road south of Hutchison Drive. Radio operators will use voice, Morse code and radio teletype to make contacts around the world. For […]

June 20, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Graduation DVDs available through Davis Media Access

Few things in life say “milestone” like a high school graduation. Now, family members and friends of graduates can keep those memories close at hand with a commemorative DVD. Davis Media Access, the nonprofit community media center serving Davis and Yolo County, records all five Davis graduation ceremonies each year: Davis Adult School, King High […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pleasants Creek is topic of June’s CreekSpeak

Putah Creek Council invites community members to attend June’s CreekSpeak lecture, “Pleasants Creek: A Tributary Tale,” by Rich Marovich at 7 p.m. Thursday. His talk will be given in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St. in Davis. The informal talk will feature the past successes and future goals of […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Volunteers needed to help in native plant nursery in Davis

Putah Creek Council seeks volunteers to help in its native plant nursery every other Tuesday evening and every other Saturday morning through the summer. The nursery-grown native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and herbaceous plants are planted by community volunteers at habitat enhancement project sites along Putah Creek. There they provide structure, food, shelter, nesting and […]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: Volunteers reap rich rewards

You can help What: Yolo Hospice patient care volunteer training When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 12-13 and 19-20 Info: Anne-Marie Flynn, Yolo Hospice volunteer service manager, [email protected], 530-601-5754 Sign up: Visit the volunteer page at The DavisWiki lists approximately 126 volunteer opportunities in and around Davis. With so many choices, why do […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Study gauges value of technology in schools

By Motoko Rich With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it. In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress […]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,