At the pond: Delicious Davis outdoor adventures

One of my easy nature experiences and delights of summer happens in my large cotton-rope hammock hung in the shade of a tree with dappled sunlight. Two pillows — one for under my head and one for under my knees plus a wooden walking stick for pushing and I’m ready for bliss. I turn on […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD nets platinum cycling award for green efforts

The League of American Bicyclists recently awarded UC Davis its platinum “Bicycle Friendly Business” award, the first college campus to receive the designation. The league credited UCD with helping lead the country “toward a greener future” when it honored the campus on Earth Day, April 22. The award recognizes employers who encourage a bicycle-friendly atmosphere […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Crash injures two near animal rights protest

A Friday protest outside the California National Primate Research Center meant to mark World Animal Liberation Week drew about 10 protesters and lasted less than an hour. The police activity outside the center, located behind barbed wire at Hutchison Drive and County Road 98, contributed to a minor vehicle accident that occurred shortly before the […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: King Solomon, himself, couldn’t have come up with a better plan

While I understand the heartache that losing a beloved sports franchise can bring, it won’t be the end of the world if the Sacramento Kings ultimately end up in Seattle. Still, just because I’m not especially enamored of the Kings doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pain of those who live and die (usually die) […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Tennis balls can be dangerous dog toys

What’s not to like about cheap, easily available tennis balls that dogs love to chase, catch and chew? Answer: chewing, choking and ingesting. Chewing tennis balls damages teeth. According to Dogged Health,, tennis ball fibers are surprisingly abrasive as they are meant to withstand hard-court surfaces. Then there’s the tough glue that adheres the […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Annual craft fair planned at the Gibson House

The historic Gibson House will  host its annual May Festival and Craft Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with more than 50 vendors. Admission is free. New this year will be a petting zoo and sheep shearing demonstrations by Wind Dancer Ranch to benefit the Western Yolo Grange. The Woodland noon and morning Rotary clubs will […]

April 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Korematsu PTO plans Cinco de Mayo Auction

The Korematsu PTO invites the community to the Cinco de Mayo Auction Fundraiser, Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis. The event features mexican cuisine, silent and live auctions, raffles and more. Tickets are $30 at the door. For more information, go to

April 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News

‘A new journey:’ Yolo County Day Reporting helps inmates with life skills

WOODLAND — James Horn has spent much of his adult life in and out of prison, a track record he blames on a lack of coping skills and other resources that might otherwise offer him stability. “I didn’t know how to communicate with people,” said Horn, 52, of Woodland. As a result, he turned to […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Solar symposium planned at UCD

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) will put on its Solar Research Symposium to learn more about the latest research and developments in this rapidly expanding field on Thursday, May 2, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at UC Davis. UC Merced, the headquarters of the eight-campus UC Solar institute, is organizing […]

April 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A ticket to ride

The Davis Spring Family Carnival sponsored by the Emerson Junior High School PTA kicked off Thursday with plenty of excitement. Kayla Peart and Ann Marie Tetteh, both 6, enjoyed taking a spin on one of many rides provided by Butler Amusements, while people of all ages can enjoy a trip on the caterpillar coaster.

The good times roll deep into the night and weekend as the carnival continues through Sunday at the former Hunt-Wesson Cannery site, at J Street and Covell Boulevard.

Therapy dogs help students with finals stress

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — At Montana State University, final exams stress is going to the dogs. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Intermountain Therapy Animals is bringing dogs to campus this week and next to help students take a break from the stress of studying for and taking semester exams. Jacqueline Frank is the Renne Library […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Economy grows at 2.5 percent rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years. Government spending fell, though, and tax increases and federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year. The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy rebounded […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bill to end airport delays headed for House vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers is headed to a House vote after a dark-of-night vote in the Senate that took place after most lawmakers had left the Capitol for a weeklong vacation. The bill passed late Thursday without even a roll call vote, […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Placentas may hold autism clues

After most pregnancies, the placenta is thrown out, having done its job of nourishing and supporting the developing baby. But a new study raises the possibility that analyzing the placenta after birth may provide clues to a child’s risk for developing autism. The study, which analyzed placentas from 217 births, found that in families at […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,