Maurer leads Quail Ridge talk and walk

Frank Maurer of the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy will give a presentation about Quail Ridge Reserve at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Senior Center, 646 A St. The reserve is on a peninsula at the southern end of Lake Berryessa. The talk will precede an easy walk led by Maurer at 10 a.m. […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

For the record

A photo caption Tuesday incorrectly identified Gerry Brown, a customer of the UC Davis Meat Lab. She is an equine science lecturer. 

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local slacklining pioneer is no slacker

Suspended 200 feet above the Cosumnes River Gorge on a flat, 1-inch-wide line, Jerry Miszewski put one foot in front of the other and crossed the 451-foot-wide expanse to complete the world’s longest highline walk last year.

Unlike tightrope walking, Miszewski is a slackliner — an up-and-coming sport that uses flat, webbed, elastic lines that athletes walk across or use to perform acrobatic feats.

In the early days of the sport, Miszewski wouldn’t have been able to complete the world-record walk. He had to design his own equipment first.

In Colorado, Obama presses for gun measures

By Jim Kuhnhenn DENVER (AP) — Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that steps taken recently by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership. “I believe there’s […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: We’d all have straight-A kids

PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU … we all know by heart the old saying mom and dad passed along about sticks and stones and broken bones, but we’ve learned over time that the part that says “words can never hurt me” is simply not true … words are powerful … words spoken harshly on […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Study: Fatty acid in fish oil shows promise against cancer

UC Davis and Harvard University scientists have found that a product resulting from a metabolized omega-3 fatty acid helps combat cancer by cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients that fuel tumor growth and spread of the disease. Their work, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides the first scientific evidence […]

April 07, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pancakes for Picnic Day

Victoria Savage, left, and Mary Bingle plan to make short work of that tall stack at the Odd Fellows’ Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast, a tradition in Davis for more than 50 years. The pancakes will be back again on Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. […]

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Radio show looks at dieting

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at “We are often bombarded with messages about what to eat, what is the secret exercise to join and what to eliminate from our life to […]

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Buddhist teachings planned this weekend

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk will present an introduction to dharma and the life of Buddha from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 105 E St., Suite 3G, in downtown Davis. Wangchuk, who is from Bhutan, also will lead Shamatha meditation practice Saturday. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wangchuk will teach on the […]

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Hot-air balloon lands unexpectedly in West Davis

People in the area of Russell and Arlington boulevards spotted something unusual Tuesday morning. A hot-air balloon touched down in a field just south of the West Davis intersection shortly after 8:30 a.m. Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the balloon was having mechanical problems and had to make an emergency landing. No injuries were […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Speck’s supporters take to the skies to support ALS research

Determined to raise money to help find a cure for ALS — most commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease — the Specktaculars, a team composed of friends, family and co-workers of Davis native Cathy Speck, plan an unorthdox skydiving fundraiser Sunday, May 5. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is […]

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

César Chávez Youth Conference aims to inspire future leaders

  Close to 500 elementary, middle and high school students are expected to participate in the César E. Chávez Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 13, in Freeborn Hall at UC Davis. Topics of discussion will include student financial aid, scholarships and career information including law, journalism, military, teaching, social welfare, art, music and dance, […]

April 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Plant sale Saturday benefits Friends of the Arboretum

Saturday’s Friends of the Arboretum plant sale will feature 30 “durable delights,” plants that demand little of our time but give a big return in form, color, flower and durability. Shoppers also will find the area’s largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, including Arboretum All-Stars. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 […]

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Golf tourney benefits local charities

Save the date for Soroptimist International of Greater Davis’ 19th annual benefit golf tournament on Saturday, July 20, at the Davis Golf Course. The tournament features a two-person scramble with handicap and Callaway flights. Prizes will be awarded to tournament winners, closest-to-the-pin and most accurate drive. The cost is $60 per player, which includes greens […]

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