At the Pond: Watched a sunset lately?

Take a break from the hectic holidays and savor some nature for a cleansing pause. This week, I took just an hour to drive, stop, look, listen and photograph at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. Ponds now have water, and waterfowl are abundant. I went at 4 p.m. and drove the car tour clockwise. At first, […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

State health exchange offers grace period

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The agency overseeing California’s health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday’s deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand. It did not formally extend the sign-up deadline beyond Monday, as […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Second judge recused in Marsh homicide case

WOODLAND — A second Yolo Superior Court judge has been recused from the case of a 16-year-old Davis boy accused of killing an elderly couple earlier this year. This time, it was the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office that filed the motion to disqualify Judge Paul K. Richardson, who was assigned to the Daniel Marsh […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: ‘Neighbor next door’ has experience, too

EXPANDING THE FIELD … we heard the other day that Sheila Allen has decided not to run for another term on the Davis school board after serving ably throughout her tenure … what we didn’t hear is that Sheila has decided to take a stab at a seat on the Davis City Council … yes, […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Olivia (No. 120576), a 10-month-old spayed female black and white domestic short-haired cat, who can be adopted for $50 or adopted two young adults for $75. Also hoping for a […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

WPA bathrooms have one more hurdle: cash

Hattie Weber Museum director Dennis Dingemans motions a reporter away from view, over to the back side of the old restrooms in Central Park. There, in the shadows, he demonstrates something surprising.

He reaches out his hand and presses his thumb into where a 1940s addition meets the main restroom building, built in 1937. His thumb presses into a vertical line of putty, revealing the small storage area that could be easy to demolish because the walls are not strongly connected.

It’s one of a few reasons the preservationists at the museum believe it will be easier to save the so-called WPA restrooms in Central Park than city staff estimates.

Sacramento City College Davis Center is bringing back courses

Things are looking up at the Sacramento City College Davis Center, which is adding several new courses, and restoring others that went on hiatus during the bleakest portions of the state budget crisis. With last year’s passage of Proposition 30 (preventing further budget cuts to education) and the slow recovery of the state’s economy, funding […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Da Vinci alums return with words of advice

Alumni of Da Vinci High School returned to campus last week with some advice and words of wisdom for the current senior class. Some 35 alumni in all spoke of the challenges they faced, changing course and the blessings of a Da Vinci education to a group of students currently immersed in applying to colleges […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Luminaria display planned in West Davis

Residents of Burr Street in West Davis invite community members to share a 35-year-old tradition this Christmas Eve. Luminarias — lanterns made of candles set in sand-based paper bags — will line the street, walkways and driveways from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Local residents are invited to walk, bicycle or drive down Burr Street. […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

California Latinos show deep roots in U.S.

By Gosia Wozniacka, Elliot Spagat and Amy Taxin MADERA (AP) — Hilario Santiago Vasquez came to California during a surge of 1980s immigration to follow the crops from the Central Valley to Oregon to Florida. Along the way, he picked grapes, blueberries and oranges. “I slept under the bridge, covering myself with a newspaper, because […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Vanderhoef honored as ‘exemplary leader’

The American Leadership Forum’s Mountain Valley Chapter recently honored Larry Vanderhoef, chancellor emeritus of UC Davis, as an “exemplary leader.” The chapter presented two such awards at a Nov. 6 dinner, to Vanderhoef and Brice Harris, chancellor of California Community Colleges and former chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. Vanderhoef, a senior fellow in the […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Take an early walk with the Sierra Club

Sierra Club hosts brisk morning walks in Davis on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. The group meets at 7 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at The Marketplace at Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane. All are welcome. Rain will cancel the walk. The walk covers about 4.5 miles in 90 minutes, returning to Peet’s Coffee at […]

May 07, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

See egrets, pintails and kestrels on city wetlands tour

The city of Davis wetlands will be open for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. All bird lovers and those who appreciate nature are invited. The Davis wetlands are 400 acres of constructed wetlands adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant northeast of Davis. The area — which includes […]

December 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Robbery turns violent; suspects sought

A robbery-turned-assault Saturday afternoon left one victim with a facial laceration, and Davis police are still searching for the suspects involved. The incident began when a pair of Davis residents approached two male suspects who were stealing items out of their car about 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. A […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,