Planning Commission OKs event center near Esparto

A rural event center expected to host weddings, corporate retreats, wine-tastings and other large gatherings received the green light from the Yolo County Planning Commission on Thursday despite objections from neighbors worried about increased traffic and noise in the area. The event center — which would hold a maximum of 12 events a year between […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

UCD geneticist named Hughes investigator

Neil Hunter, a UC Davis professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, an honor reserved for scientists who exhibit exceptionally original thinking. Hunter, who studies how genes are shuffled, then passed to future generations, was one of 27 new investigators named on Thursday. The institute selected them […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Name droppers: UC Davis vet wins zoo’s conservation award

Veterinarian Mike Cranfield, co-director of Gorilla Doctors, based at UC Davis, recently received the Maryland Zoo’s Michael D. Hankin Award for Conservation. The award is named after a former chairman of the Baltimore zoo’s board of trustees and honors people who epitomize his legacy of conservation, volunteerism and philanthropy. Cranfield has been a Maryland Zoo veterinarian for […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD eyes solutions for river habitat

A team of UC Davis scientists is developing a groundwater management tool that could lead to better streamflow conditions for salmon and steelhead in northern California’s Scott River Valley, which provides critical fish habitat within the Klamath Basin. This mountain valley also supports an agricultural economy composed of small family farms and ranches, raising alfalfa […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Genetics study: European ancestry close-knit

From Ireland to the Balkans, Europeans are basically one big family, closely related to one another for the past thousand years, according to a new study of the DNA of people from across the continent. The study, co-authored by Graham Coop, a UC Davis professor of evolution and ecology, was published May 7 in the […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

National Academy elects geneticist, statistician

Jorge Dubcovsky, an internationally acclaimed wheat geneticist at UC Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on scientists and engineers in the United States. Peter Hall, an Australian statistician with a partial appointment at UCD, was elected as a foreign associate of the academy. They join […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Carwash benefit Davis kids building schools in Nicaragua

Teachers from Chávez and Willett elementary schools and Emerson Junior High will join forces Saturday for a carwash to raise money for their sister schools in Nicaragua and the nonprofit Seeds of Learning. Cars will be washed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Davis school district’s parking lot, Fifth and B streets. The teachers […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Professor speaks on technology and gender

The UC Davis department of Middle East/South Asia studies presents a public lecture by Priti Ramamurthy, chairwoman and director of the South Asia Center and associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Washington, on Thursday, May 16, in the Technocultural Studies Building in the Art Annex. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Federal employees, retirees target health insurance

Federal workers and retirees are invited to help draft a report to Rep. John Garamendi about higher health insurance premiums in Northern California at a meeting at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Delegates also will talk about the recent National Active and Retired Federal Employees […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

ACLU to host gun ownership discussion

The Yolo County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will host three speakers for a discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Guns” on Thursday, May 23. The free public event is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Light refreshments will be provided. Set to […]

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

Explorit: More summer science camps open now

By Kristin Sizemore and Lisa Justice Are you still looking for something engaging, fun and safe for your little ones to do this summer? Explorit still has plenty of spaces in our Summer Science Camps for children ages 4 through 11. “Cooking Chemist” has 10 spots available for 4- and 5-year-olds on July 15, 17 […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Flower is a calm and gentle 8-year-old spayed female border collie. Flower loves to play, go for walks and hang out with her friends. She would make a wonderful “first dog” or a companion for a single person. Puckor is a super-friendly 10-month to 1-year-old purebred neutered male boxer. When Puckor was found, he was very thin and had […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Teens can qualify to volunteer at Food Co-op

The Davis Food Co-op is accepting applications for its Co-op Hands-On Work Training Program (CHOW) for youths ages 16-17 who are work-ready but lack the experience and training to get a paying job. CHOW is designed to give graduates the ability to volunteer at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. Successfully completing CHOW provides […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Time to sign up for Vacation Bible School

Summer will be here before we know it, so it’s time to register for a Vacation Bible School Day Camp co-sponsored by four local churches and Mt. Cross Ministries. Trained staff bring a weeklong taste of summer camp to a safe church site. Day camp activities include Bible encounters, games, crafts, worship and community-building activities. […]

May 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,