Hunt widens in abduction case

LAKESIDE (AP) — Amber Alerts expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a Southern California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl’s mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother. Oregon state police said there was a possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa in […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hundreds flee SoCal wildfire

BANNING (AP) — A thousand firefighters battled a growing wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California early Thursday, trying to save small communities where some home have been lost and an estimated 1,500 residents were forced to flee. Flames roiled along foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains in Banning Pass 90 miles east of […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

BART, unions lay out positions before panel

OAKLAND (AP) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions still appear a long way from resolving their bitter labor dispute as demonstrated before a fact-finding appointed panel by Gov. Jerry Brown. With a threat of another strike looming, tens of millions of dollars apparently separate BART’s contract proposal from that […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Decisions on paid parking, structure looming for downtown task force

No parking recommendations just yet. At its meeting Wednesday, the Downtown Parking Task Force, charged by the City Council to offer up solutions to outstanding downtown parking problems, was unable to finish its work refining a package of changes to downtown parking policy. Faced with a laundry list of proposals that staff has asked the […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Burglary probe leads to mother-son arrests

Davis police arrested a local woman and her son on drug and weapon charges Tuesday during an investigation into a series of burglaries. Jessie Herrera, 35, and 19-year-old Vicente Herrera were taken into custody at their apartment at 2526 E. Eighth St., where Davis police, working in cooperation with the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team, […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hit-and-run suspect enters not-guilty plea

WOODLAND — A memorial of balloons, flowers and an American flag marks the spot where a 53-year-old Woodland man died in an alleged hit-and-run collision early Monday morning. A few blocks away, the suspected driver in that crash pleaded not guilty Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges in connection with Douglas William Gatie’s […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: In Davis, controversies never stop

NO SUMMER SLOWDOWN … wow, I leave town for a few days of rest and recreation and all hell breaks loose during my absence … in no particular order, I returned home to learn that our garbage rates went up, enrollment at FamiliesFirst went down, UC Davis acknowledged that it is paying some sort of […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Two hurt in local crashes

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday following separate accidents in the Davis city limits, police said. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said 20-year-old Alex Bianco was biking northbound on A Street at Russell Boulevard at about 4:15 p.m. and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Davis resident Shantal Shamoiel, 37. Bianco was taken to the UC […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Car strikes house; driver arrested

A Davis man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Wednesday morning after his car struck a house, police said. Both the Davis police and fire departments responded at about 1 a.m. to the incident in the 1100 block of Redwood Lane, where they arrived to find the driver, 24-year-old Axel Rodriguez-Saenz, near the […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Watch for Arboretum detours

* Irrigation: This project is under way in the Southwest USA and Mexican Collection, west of Mrak Hall Drive. The collection is on the north side of the Arboretum waterway and the path on that side will be blocked through mid-September. Detours are posted. * New garden: Construction is scheduled to start next week on the California Native Plant […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Supervisors take first look at zoning code update

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors appeared to put the brakes on Tuesday on an ambitious plan by county staff to update the zoning code by early fall. The draft 350-page zoning code update has been in the works for three years, with county staff garnering input from advisory committees, planning commissioners and others. But supervisors, […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

‘Dream job’ is focus of radio talk show

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at What happens when your dream job is no longer your dream and you leave without knowing where you are headed? Tess Vigeland returns to the studio […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo County Fair promises fun, fun, fun for everyone

Check it out What: The Yolo County Fair When: Wednesday through Sunday Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland Cost: Admission is free; parking is $5; concerts are free; carnival rides and the demolition derby have an admission fee Information: or call the fair office at (530) 402-2222 Demolition derbies, a karaoke […]

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

UCD report: Climate change takes its toll on Lake Tahoe

While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels. These conclusions are in the lake’s annual health exam, “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2013,” released Wednesday by the Tahoe Environmental […]

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