Former Dixon coach accused of unlawful sexual conduct with girl, 17

A former youth sports coach from Dixon was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail Thursday on suspicion of having an intimate relationship with — and later threatening — an underage girl, Davis police announced Friday. Troy Anthony Hensley, 37, is alleged to have engaged in the relationship with the girl, a 17-year-old Dixon resident, […]

June 02, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Village Harvest: Reaping the suburban bounty

Yolo County farm fields bloom perennially with a diverse range of crops, part of California’s reputation as a provider for the world. However, the fruit grown in many of Davis’ own back yards often goes to waste.

The Davis branch of Village Harvest marked its fourth anniversary in May. The organization now boasts a contact list of 600 volunteers, more than 500 of whom have harvested at least once. However, the large-scale nature of the Davis Village Harvest is a far cry from its beginnings.

Retired couple Greg Gibbs and his wife Pam volunteered extensively for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 …

More heavy storms on tap for the Midwest

WALDRON, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms and floods killed at least three people in the storm-weary region. Up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in mostly rural parts of Arkansas on Thursday, as well […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. woman facing drug charge released in Mexico

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — An Arizona woman held in a Mexico jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed and traveled back to the U.S. after a court reviewed her case, including key security footage, and dismissed the allegations. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of the prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board hears budget update, fills posts at Adult School and DPNS

The Davis school board heard staff updates Thursday night covering the impact of the Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed funding formula, which would overhaul the way California funds local school districts, as well as how the Davis district will respond to several recently adopted state laws. The school board also moved to fill administrative positions at […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

State Senate rejects effort to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State senators rejected a bill Thursday that would have phased out the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, said he will try again next year. It’s the fifth such bill to fail in the Senate since 2010. Padilla’s SB405 had support […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Hard to stay impartial when you’re this close

GUILT AND INNOCENCE … after reading what I had to say last week about the brutal beating of Mikey Partida in our town several months ago, a friend of mine suggested he certainly wouldn’t want me on the jury if he were the defendant … truth be known, I wouldn’t want me on the jury […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Levee troubles extend to Yolo County

The Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an evaluation Thursday of both the right and left banks of Putah Creek, which flows just south of Davis. It rated the maintenance of the levee systems as unacceptable. The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan would impact Yolo County, so local representatives were on […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Inspection identifies weak spots in Putah Creek levee systems

The ability of Putah Creek and its connected levee systems to protect the Davis area from a flood has been diminished, according to the results of a survey. The Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an evaluation Thursday of both the right and left banks of Putah Creek, which flows just […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

July hearing set in UCD explosives case

WOODLAND — A hearing to determine whether the case against a former UC Davis researcher accused of manufacturing explosives in his campus apartment should proceed to trial is scheduled for July 26 in Yolo Superior Court. Judge David Reed confirmed the date during a brief hearing Thursday. Snyder, 32, was not present in court, having […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Reps pick fight with Brown over delta tunnels

SACRAMENTO — Rep. John Garamendi and four of his House colleagues on Thursday ripped the governor’s plan for building twin tunnels to send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. They said that the $24.54 billion project, called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, has ignored regional concerns about the harm it could cause […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Join in

Davis Parent Nursery School alumni — parents and children alike — are invited to join Kathy Douglas’ last circle time on Tuesday, beginning at 3:45 p.m. at the Eighth Street campus, 426 W. Eighth St. Cake and refreshments will be served afterwards.

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Retiring DPNS teacher leaves a lasting legacy

Rare is the teacher who doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

Indeed, outside of parents, teachers are often the most important adults in their students’ lives.

At Davis Parent Nursery School, the impact of teachers stretches even further.

Because while DPNS teachers guide and teach the children in their classes every year, they also leave a lasting mark on their other students: the parents.

Explorit: Invite butterflies into your yard

As summer approaches, more of us are spending time outside and may be observing some colorful flying visitors to our yards and gardens. The butterflies are definitely out and about in Davis! Butterflies love gardens full of flowering plants, which offer lots of opportunities for nectar. But you can attract butterflies to your neck of […]

May 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,