Dillon appointed Child Support Services director

Natalie A. Dillon has been appointed director of the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services, County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced. Dillon will fill the position held by recently retired director Mark Jones. Since 2012, she has served as the assistant director of the department. Dillon has more than 20 years of experience in […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Animal services adjust for holidays

Yolo County’s animal shelter will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Holiday adoption services will be available this Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 1 p.m. Animal services officers will work normal hours — […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Retired fire chief ordered to pay $43K in attorney fees

Davis’ former fire chief has been ordered to pay just over $43,000 in legal fees stemming from the release earlier this year of an unredacted ombudsman’s report about troubles at the Davis Fire Department. Rose Conroy, who led the Fire Department from 1994 to 2010, took legal action in an attempt to block the city’s […]

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

Best-dressed homes light up the town

An old favorite and some impressive newcomers highlight The Davis Enterprise’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest. From homes wrapped in green, red and white lights to those sporting hand-made holiday figures, Davis residents are treated to a festive fantasy that appeals to all ages.

Many homeowners who are proud of their innovative, ambitious and cleverly designed decorations nominated themselves for judging by a team of Enterprise employees, who selected winners in five categories.

Spend New Year’s Eve at the fair

Looking for a fun way to ring in the new year? Try New Year’s Eve at the Fair, sponsored by the Yolo County Fair Heritage Foundation. The event will run from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 until the wee hours of New Year’s Day in Waite Hall at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, on Gum Avenue in Woodland. […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New Year’s walk planned at Davis’ West Pond

Start your new year outdoors, on a two-hour birding and botanizing walk Wednesday, Jan. 1, along the West Pond in Davis. The free walks — jointly sponsored by the Yolo Audubon Society and the Friends of the West Pond — take place monthly on the first Wednesday. The West Pond area is a comfortable locale […]

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

See birds at Cosumnes River Preserve

The public is invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a bird-watching trip to Cosumnes River Preserve on Sunday, Jan. 12. The trip will include opportunities to see the preserve when it has a maximum number of waterfowl, plus, hawks, songbirds and other water birds. As a bonus, the area abounds with sandhill cranes. Participants […]

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

Yolo Audubon visits the Bolinas Lagoon

Community members invited to join the Yolo Audubon Society on a bird-watching trip to Bolinas Lagoon and Five Brooks Ranch in Marin County on Saturday, Jan. 11. For a mid-winter change of pace from the Central Valley, this trip to the southern Point Reyes area is sure to satisfy. Trip participants should get excellent looks […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City recruiting for Utility Rate Advisory Committee

The city of Davis is accepting applications until Wednesday, Jan. 15, from residents who are interested in serving on the Utility Rate Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of seven regular members and one alternate, as follows: * One member appointed directly by each council member and ratified by a majority vote of the council; […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City to test slacklining program in two parks

A 12-month pilot slacklining program in Covell and Oak Grove parks was approved Tuesday by the Davis City Council. The parks and urban forest staff will be providing a four-month, eight-month and one-year review of the pilot program and report findings to the Recreation and Park Commission and City Council throughout 2014. City staff, in […]

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

UCD study: PSA testing likely reduced cancer deaths

A new study by UC Davis researchers finds that a controversial blood test likely has played an important role in reducing deaths by catching prostate cancer early. Since the late 1980s, prostate cancer mortality has fallen by 40 percent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test in 1986. […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Feds set remedy for canceled insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis school calendar will remain the same

The Davis school district’s academic calendar will remain pretty much as is for the 2014-15 school year, following discussion of possible changes at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Two-term school board member Sheila Allen also announced Thursday she will not seek a third term. She passed the gavel to trustee Gina Daleiden, who will serve […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,