Bob Dunning: Give an inch, take back two miles

Do you know the way to San Jose, or at least the distance from Davis to Sacramento? Yes, much is being made of our dear mayor’s successful effort to force Caltrans into mileage accuracy on its road signs, but one has to wonder if his admitted obsession with the distance from Davis to Sacramento figured […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Capay Valley tour will benefit Yolo Basin Foundation

The Yolo Basin Foundation is hosting “A Day in the Capay,” a tour of one of Yolo County’s best-kept secrets — the Capay Valley — on Sunday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will begin with stops at two organic farms, Capay Organics and Grumpy Goats Farm, where the owners will […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pending Farm Bill is subject of UCD conference

Local ag leaders, economists and farm policymakers convened Tuesday at UC Davis for a timely discussion on the fate of agriculture in the West. The dialogue, which took place throughout the day at the UCD Conference Center, focused in particular on what the Farm Bill is and whats its implications are for both the farmers […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Blackalicious to headline Family Day events

The hip-hop duo Blackalicious will return to Davis to headline the annual UC Davis Black Family Day on the Quad on Saturday. In addition to music, the free event will feature food, a children’s fair and a family photo booth from noon to 4 p.m., games from noon to 6 p.m., and a jazz and […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Wolk, Yamada score well with students

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, each received a “B” on a 2012-13 legislative report card issued on Wednesday by the UC Student Association. Darius Kemp, a spokesperson for the group, said Yamada and Wolk did “very well” at voting in the best interest of students. No lawmakers received an “A.” “A […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Backyard chicken coops strut their stuff

With a peck and a scratch, Sunshine, a white leghorn chicken with a bright-red comb jiggling on top her head, rustles and jabs through freshly laid bark in Ron and Gloria Purnell’s back yard.

Just a few feet away, Sunshine’s comrades follow suit — strolling out of their open coop door to the new bark.

With every step, each chicken’s head bobs and pivots in sync, with their feet in search of grubs. Their scaly legs and claws extend forward and briskly fling the bark a few feet behind them …

UC honors student work on election, addiction

The University of California on Wednesday gave its President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership to efforts to register voters and help those struggling with addition and recovery. UC gave $2,000 awards to the UC Student Association’s UCweVOTE campaign and UC Riverside’s Healing Highlanders at the Board of Regents Meeting in Sacramento. The voter registration drive […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Mars rover engineer to speak at UCD

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab lead engineer Adam Steltzner, who led the team that guided the Mars rover Curiosity’s successful landing last year, will give a free talk at 4 p.m. Tuesday in 1065 Kemper Hall at UC Davis. His talk is titled “The Right Kind of Crazy: Risk, Reason and Engineering Curiosity to the Surface […]

May 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis holds second place in bike month challenge

A new category has emerged on the Sacramento Region May is Bike Month website that may reveal just how dedicated residents of each participating city are to ditching the car keys and strapping on bike helmets this month. Per capita, Davisites have pedaled 0.78 miles since May 1 (as of Wednesday), good enough for second […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Grant to fund UCD’s health care act outreach

Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, has awarded a $1 million grant to the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities to fund education about the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 5.3 million uninsured Californians will be eligible for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Starting July 1, UCD plans to partner with El Concilio in a […]

May 19, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pelosi heads list of UCD graduation speakers

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, will launch graduation season at UC Davis on Friday with a commencement address at the School of Law. Twelve other commencement ceremonies will follow between now and June 16, during which the university will recognize some 8,000 graduates with undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Radio show looks at family meals

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Sure, we all want to feed our families well, but the pace of our lives  can seem to be overwhelming. Melissa Lanz understands the dilemna. […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davisite leads summer music camp

Young people who love to sing are invited to attend a one-week music camp July 14-20 at Camp Noel Porter near Tahoe City. The camp is organized and led by Janie E. Howard Knudsen, director of children’s choirs at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Davis. Space is available for up to 60 young campers from third through […]

May 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hundreds of quilts featured at local show

Hundreds of quilts, both traditional and contemporary, along with handmade quilted accessories will be the stars of the Flying Needles Quilters Guild’s annual show Saturday and Sunday. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave. in […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,