Antatomy of an Earthbench

Plastic bottles stuffed with non-organic waste are held in place by a frame that serves as the foundation for the Earthbench at Third and C streets in downtown Davis. The bench then was plastered and oiled before it could be made available for public use. Community members are invited to celebrate this unusual community project […]

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

UCD duo recognized as Health Care Heroes

Two UC Davis Health System faculty were recognized this week as 2013 Health Care Heroes by the Sacramento Business Journal for their outstanding achievements in making a difference in the health of the Sacramento region. Psychiatrist Robert Hales was recognized in the mental health practitioner category and cardiologist Amparo Villablanca was recognized in the researcher […]

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

School board to hear update on emerging state budget

Details Who: Davis Board of Education When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17 and online at The Davis school board will hear an update on the impact of the governor’s May budget revision and deal with several items relating to new […]

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

Business of the Year lunch tickets available

Tickets are still available for the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business of the Year luncheon, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The Davis Farmers Market will be honored as the 17th annual winner of the Bill Streng Business of the […]

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

Name droppers: Tribal chair reappointed to state panel

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Marshall McKay, 60, of Brooks, to the California Native American Heritage Commission, where he has served since 2007. McKay has served as tribal chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation since 2006 and was a tribal council member from 1984 to 2006. He serves as chair of the Autry National Center […]

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Chinese scholars honored

Recipients of the Davis Chinese Association’s annual scholarships are, from left, Kenneth Chow, Ted Xiao, Issac Zhang, Daniel Zhu, Benjamin Jin, Michael Chen and Isabelle Chen. They were honored May 18 at the association’s fifth annual Scholarship Awards Reception at International House, Davis. Chow won the Ying Yung Tsao Memorial Scholarship, Xiao the Leslie and […]

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Explore Harry Potter, ‘Star Wars’ at summer camps

A few spots remain open in the summer Heroes Camp series for children in fourth through eighth grades at Peregrine School. Kids will enter the world of their favorite characters from film and literature in the four one-week sessions. Heroes Camp offers lessons in creative writing and media analysis, where students will produce a creative […]

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

Environmental update: Recycle and reuse when moving

If you are moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are many places in Davis where you can bring your stuff for reuse. The SPCA Thrift store, All Things Right & Relevant and the Goodwill Donation Xpress are just a few of the many places in Davis where you can […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery partners with R&R

Spring cleaning: All the gorgeous weather we’ve been having can detract from spring cleaning, but there’s a new reason to prioritize it once again. The Yolo Crisis Nursery is now partnered with All Things Right & Relevant to benefit from the sale of consignment items. Located at 2801 Spafford St. in Davis, R&R will accept […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Downtown Earthbench set for Friday dedication

Weeks of cobbing, stuffing, shaping, tiling, plastering and oiling are behind them, and community volunteers are ready to unveil the Compassion Corner Earthbench at Third and C streets in downtown Davis.

A public dedication is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday during which the community-built bench will be formally gifted to the city of Davis.

The project grew out of the efforts of David H. Breaux, who, since June 2009, has stood on the corner of Third and C inviting people to share their ideas about compassion in a notebook. First came a book, “Compassion,” published in 2010,which contains verbatim excerpts from Breaux’s numerous filled notebooks.

Tour the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on June 8

The water has been drawn down in some ponds at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area as part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s summer management program, but courtship behavior, colorful breeding plumage and nesting activity are still common sights this time of year. Members of the public are invited to participate in an […]

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

Cathy Speck featured on ‘Davisville’

Cathy Speck of Davis, who candidly discusses the ALS that is killing her as a way to raise awareness to fight the neurodegenerative disease, talks about the experience on the latest edition of the Davis community radio program “Davisville.” “Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs on KDRT, 95.7 FM, at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. […]

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Boxer wants probe of troubled nuke plant

By Michael R. Blood LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate whether California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak, The Associated Press has learned. The California Democrat obtained a 2004 internal […]

May 28, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Port of West Sac goes private

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) — Starting in July, a private operator will take over control of the Port of West Sacramento, in a deal city officials hope will save the facility from bankruptcy. The Sacramento Bee reported today that the city is handing over operations of the 50-year-old port to its current manager, SSA Pacific of […]

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