New website puts downtown at your fingertips; mobile app set for release this month

A revitalized Davis Downtown website went live last week, part of a plan to promote the retail district and make it easier to visit and shop. A mobile application is set for release Sept. 16. The URL didn’t change. It’s still, but the look, responsive design, search capabilities, interactive map, business listings and events […]

September 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD’s Ferguson set to lead Modern Language Association

Keeping the humanities alive and thriving for students from kindergarten through college and beyond is the primary goal of UC Davis professor Margaret Ferguson as she becomes the 2014 president of the Modern Language Association. The MLA is the world’s largest professional organization advocating for the teaching of language and literature. As political leaders and […]

September 01, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Governor signs Yamada’s veterans homes bill

Legislation by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, ensuring transparency for residents of California’s six veterans homes was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 557 revises requirements for quarterly financial statements provided to the residents to ensure that the information provided in these statements is consistent with existing state law. “AB 557 requires […]

September 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Landes to sign second novel at The Avid Reader

Local author Paul Landes has published the second book in the Alex Boudreau adventure series, “Latitude 87.7.” The techno-thriller centers around Alex Boudreau, a notorious spy, black ops expert and double agent, as she races against time and covert intelligence agencies to find the love of her life and bring him home safely. “I am […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Progress Ranch house gets a facelift

By Gretchen Peralta Progress Ranch, a therapeutic residential program in Davis for six boys ages 6-12, received a long-awaited new facelift thanks to local service club members and community volunteers. This new facelift was possible upon completion of paperwork allowing the agency’s board of directors to finalize the purchase of its longtime home on Loyola […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

USDA official joins Land Trust fundraiser

Val Dolcini, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for the state of California, will attend the Yolo Land Trust’s annual fundraising event — A Day in the Country — from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Dolcini will be the event’s celebrity chef as the Yolo Land Trust celebrates […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: The deadline is immovable (you’re welcome)

My friend Mary asked the other day if she can have an “extension.” As in extra time to complete her entry into the Contest to Replace the Above-Pictured Columnist. An extension? Surely you jest. This is not an eighth-grade term paper we’re talking about here, Mary, where you can cajole your English teacher into letting […]

September 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Café talk aims to demystify science

Professor Jared Shaw will discuss “Chemical Tinker Toys: How to Build New Antibiotics and Other Useful Molecules” at a free Science Café at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Crepeville, 330 Third St. in downtown Davis. The Science Café aims to demystify scientific research for the general public and empower nonscientists to more comfortably and […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Animal behaviorist to give pet talks at library

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author Sophia Yin will visit the Stephens Branch Library in Davis twice this fall for separate speaking engagements. On Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., Dr. Yin will present “Pet Dogs, Problem Dogs and High-Performance Dogs: How the Science of Learning Can Take Your Training to a New Level.” Participants will […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Linux users to hear about search engine

The Linux Users’ Group of Davis will host a presentation by Greg Lindahl, founder and chief technical officer of the search engine “blekko” ( Is it possible to build a new search engine from scratch?  This talk explains how blekko did it — a sordid tale involving a lot of venture capital, open source and Perl. […]

September 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bay Bridge construction on schedule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a day after the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was shut down, work on the new eastern stretch was on pace to be completed as planned early next week and commuters found alternate routes between the two cities. Traffic was moving on Friday morning, the second morning rush hour commute […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. finds itself with one Syria partner: France

PARIS (AP) — The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America’s staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation. The collapse of British support for a mission to punish Syria for allegedly […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Missing pooch back home

Lily, the mini Australian shepherd who was stolen from her Eighth Street home on Monday was returned Thursday afternoon. According to a Facebook post by Lily’s owner, the person who ended up  with the dog realized it was stolen and turned her over to Yolo County Animal Services. Police said a 23-year-old man reported that […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis man arrested for assault with deadly weapon, intent to commit rape

A Davis man was arrested Thursday by Davis police for allegedly physically and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend earlier this week. Just after midnight Monday, police officers responded to a report of a physical fight between a man and a woman in the 2100 block of Glacier Drive in West Davis. Once the officers arrived, however, […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,