Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

FRESNO (AP) — An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday. The remote blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained, threatening homes, […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

All set for school

Davis police Officer Nick Gillette and Michele Salisbury, secretary at Birch Lane Elementary School, unload backpacks Wednesday morning from Gillette’s patrol car. Thanks to donations from community members and residents and staff members at the University Retirement Community, 167 brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies soon will be in the hands of Davis schoolchildren in […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Horror films, comics come together for DHS grad

Surely, parallels have never before been drawn between these three things: Davis High School, Southern folklore and a web-slinging costumed crime-fighter. Yet there’s some commonality: Each influenced Tom Hammock, a 38-year-old Davis native. The former Blue Devil has credits on both the big screen and in hardcover (more on the South and Spider-Man’s part in […]

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

Davis Diamonds to make leap to new home

At last, Davis Diamonds Gymnastics has landed a new home.

With a hefty waiting list to enroll in its programs and burgeoning boys and girls teams that are shackled by the insufficient size and awkward dimensions of the gym, the gymnastics company has scoured Davis over the past few years in search of a new facility.

If plans stay on track, despite years of back-and-forth with banks and land owners, Davis Diamonds will build a brand-new facility in South Davis …

Bob Dunning: Board is jumping to conclusions

A TAXING SITUATION … “Trustees modify school parcel tax,” said the front-page headline late last week, providing a shock to the system of the 69 percent of us who voted for Measure E last November … yes, even though I had misgivings about some strange wording on the ballot measure about who had to pay […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Ideas take root at Third Space garden

A team of volunteers broke ground Wednesday on a new community garden adjacent to Third Space, the new name for the venue at 946 Olive Drive venue shared by the Davis Flea Market and a new art collective. The garden on the north side of the building is part of an effort to “beautify and […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Get information about UCD nursing school

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will host an information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 1222 of the UCD Health System’s Education Building, 4610 X St. in Sacramento. All admitted fall 2014 students receive financial support “to ensure that the most promising students who share […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Jewish High Holy Days celebrated in Davis

Jews in Davis and Yolo County will join millions of others throughout the world to celebrate the beginning of the Hebrew year 5774 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13. Known as the Days of Awe, the most solemn time of the Jewish calendar, the period highlights the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Former resident returns as an author

Former Davis resident Tom Hoskins returns to town at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss his book, “When I Was a Kid,” at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. “It’s designed to encourage mentors of all ages to encourage our youth,” said Hoskins, 64, of his semi-autobiographical book. “I attempt to reverse the message most people […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Computer Club members will learn travel tips

Roger and Roberta Peeples will be the featured speakers at Monday’s general membership meeting of the Woodland Senior Center Computer Club Inc. Roger, a board member, will demonstrate a new travel tip using a cell phone and Internet antenna. He has shared other shortcuts to worry-free travel at past meetings. His wife, Roberta, will present […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Golf tourney benefits Yolo Hospice

Golf and Mexican culture come together at the 11th annual Mexican Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Paradise Valley Golf Course in Fairfield. Proceeds will go to Yolo Hospice and the Mexican Open Scholarship Award. The Mexican Open Committee was created by Tony Cueva, his family and friends for the purpose of hosting […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Experts see bigger role for paramedics

Paramedics could play an important role in improving health care for the state’s underserved populations while reducing the strain on emergency rooms, according to a recently published report from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement. About one-third of medical emergency calls are not true emergencies, the authors note, yet paramedics are required by law […]

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

UC Davis gets a piece of rare meteorite

The main mass of a rare meteorite that exploded over California’s Sierra foothills in April 2012 will be preserved for current and future scientific discoveries, thanks to the collaborative efforts of five U.S. academic institutions. It has found a permanent home divided among UC Davis; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, […]

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

Scientists move toward stemming wheat disease

A new gene that will equip wheat plants to resist the deadly stem rust disease has been discovered by an international team that includes UC Davis plant scientists. The study findings on the Sr33 gene appear as the cover article of the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Science’s special issue devoted to “Smarter Pest […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,