These ladies need a home

Joy is a super-friendly 18-month-old spayed female Jack Russell Terrier cross. She’s a good-natured girl who plays well with other dogs, loves to be held and even likes cats. Lady, a large 18-month-old to 2-year-old spayed female Rottweiler, is a very fun-loving, friendly girl who loves to play with male dogs. Lady knows her basic commands and will […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Help Explorit stock up for summer camp

Summer’s almost here and with it comes the return of Explorit’s Summer Science Camps.  For the next 10 weeks, Explorit’s Mace Ranch Park facility will be buzzing with eager young scientists solving mysteries, tracking animals and cooking up some chemistry. But the process of scientific discovery requires a variety of tools and supplies. You can […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

DAC offers creative writing class

The Davis Art Center offers a creative writing workshop for teenagers and adults this summer. The workshop meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning next week. The instructor is Don Schwartz. For more information or registration, stop by the Art Center at 1919 F St., call 530-756-4100 or visit

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

School board hires principal for Davis High

The Davis school board hired a new principal for Davis High School during a special meeting Wednesday evening. William A. Brown comes to Davis after stints as principal at a high school and middle school in Sacramento County’s Twin Rivers Unified School District. He is currently the principal of the junior high (grades 7-8) portion […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD testing mini-copter in vineyards

OAKVILLE — Three decades ago, with an aging farming population tending small rice paddies, Japan cooked up an idea that’s now reached Napa Valley vineyards: remote-controlled helicopters spraying pesticides and herbicides. Ken Giles, a UC Davis agricultural engineering professor, is field testing a motorcycle-sized Yamaha helicopter, the RMAX, at UC’s Oakville Station, with an eye toward […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

King High grads celebrate milestone

The stage was set, as families waited nervously to finally see their graduates, and grandparents fanned themselves with programs to chase away the heat, listening to the opening music of the King High band.

Except the King High band is a rock band, and the 37 members of the King High Class of 2013 walked down the aisles to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” played on electric guitar.

The King High ceremony, which took place Wednesday evening at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, was highly personal, evocative of the school’s atmosphere.

For the record

A photo caption in Wednesday’s edition misidentified Davis Adult School teacher Lisa Yamasaki. She is the one congratulating a graduate at Tuesday’s commencement ceremony. We regret the error.

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Gee opens his mouth, inserts his foot

Seems to me our friends at UC Davis lost a golden opportunity to gain some needed national exposure for the Aggie football team by not scheduling a regular season game with Ohio State before that esteemed institution of higher learning dumped university president Gordon Gee. And to those who say the Aggies shouldn’t be on […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,


A range safety officer watches a thermite explosive device ignite during a training demonstration Wednesday at the police firing range on Pole Line Road. The detonation exercises were part of a post-blast investigation class taught this week by the FBI and hosted by the Davis Police Department and the Yolo County Bomb Squad. Twenty-six students […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Three hurt in rural crash

A two-car collision northwest of Davis sent three people to area hospitals Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. Kristin Lee Lomas, 47, of Davis, was traveling southbound on County Road 98 in a Chevy Suburban that was broadsided by a Dodge Dakota that was headed westbound on County Road 27, CHP Officer Bryan […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Rope tricks

Chaewon Lee and Jiyoo Won, above, are in sync as they jump ropes on the playground at North Davis Elementary School last week during an assembly staged by members of the school’s Jump Rope Club. At right, Eryn Bonner performs a Double Dutch routine. The Jump Rope Club is part of the North Davis PTA’s […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

It’s going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend

Temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees this weekend, with some forecasters predicting a high of 110 on Saturday. But Davis High School’s outdoor graduation ceremony Friday evening will proceed as planned, with some extra precautions being taken to ensure crowd comfort and safety. The commencement processional is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Top bicycle-friendly neighborhoods in U.S. can be found in Davis

Davis features five of the nation’s top 25 most “bikeable” neighborhoods, according to data published in The Atlantic Cities last month. Old North Davis, Old East Davis and the downtown core all scored a perfect 100 on the rating scale used by a private service called Walk Score to determine the bikeability of a given […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Supervisors: Job creation is the key to Dunnigan development

If they build the houses, will the jobs follow? That was the central question Tuesday when county supervisors held a public workshop on the proposed Dunnigan Specific Plan, which, if implemented, would be the largest land-use development proposal undertaken in Yolo County since the Southport Area Plan in 1982. The proposal, which has been in […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,