State health exchange will spend in secrecy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it sweeping authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, creating a barrier from public disclosure that stands out nationwide. The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Mings takes witness stand in assisted-suicide trial

WOODLAND — Within days of first meeting in the fall of 2011, Kevin Seery and James Elron Mings spent hours in conversation, delving into subjects ranging from science fiction to telepathy to the mysteries of metaphysics. “We seemed to have more in common than I had experienced with anybody before,” Mings recalled. “I thought I’d […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Don’t compare Davis to the W’s

SCHOOL DAZE … those of you who thought you were voting last November to reduce class size in our elementary schools had better think again … according to one bit of testimony at last Thursday’s school board meeting from a parent who “moved to Davis because of the schools,” our classrooms are now packed with […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Vinyl, CDs, tapes, DVDs for sale at music fair

The city of Davis, Armadillo Music and KDVS, 90.3 FM, will present their third Vinyl and Music Fair from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Early birds can get in at 8:30 a.m. for a $5 fee. Acquire the vinyl record that you have been looking […]

May 12, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Watch the new courthouse go up online

Local residents can watch progress on construction of the new Yolo County Courthouse in real time via a video feed on the court’s website: Managed by Hensel Phelps Construction, work was scheduled to begin this week. The new courthouse is one of several planned projects funded by Senate Bill 1407 through statewide user fees […]

May 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

History students present their research

Students in the seven sections of Race and Social Justice in U.S. History, an 11th-grade history course at Davis High School, will present their yearlong research at the fourth annual symposium on Wednesday, May 15. The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Davis High School Library, 315 W. 14th St. Students […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

NASA engineer returns to his UC Davis roots

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab lead engineer Adam Steltzner, who became a highly visible presence during last year’s Mars Curiosity Rover mission, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in UC Davis’ 1065 Kemper Hall. His talk is titled “The Right Kind of Crazy: Risk, Reason and Engineering Curiosity to the Surface of […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Worn, tattered flags collected for retirement

“Give us your torn, tattered, worn and faded American flags,” says Yolo County veterans service officer Billy Wagster, “and we will ensure that the proper pomp and ceremony is performed to honor the retirement of these grand symbols of our heritage.” The Yolo County Veterans Coalition will host an American flag retirement ceremony at 9 […]

June 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Travel the world with talks at Winters Library

Strap on your virtual seatbelt and settle in for some vicarious adventure with the Armchair Travel Series presented by Winters Friends of the Library. “Visit” exotic locales as Winters residents share slides and stories from their travels to the far corners of the globe. The series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with presentations […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Puppy love

Anamarie Urrutia, volunteer coordinator at the Yolo County SPCA, right, get ssome stress relief from Buddy at the Therapy Fluffies event Wednesday sponsored by the UC Davis Counseling and Psychological Services. Buddy is being held by UC Davis student Catherine McCullum. Buddy is a Jack Russell terrier available for adoption through the SPCA. fluffies3W UC […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Thanks for riding!

Volunteer Sara Johnson rings cow bells to welcome June Wood and her son Donovan, a student at North Davis Elementary School, to campus on Wednesday, which was Bike to School Day. The campus celebrated the special occasion with bike-pool “parades,” greetings from celebrities like City Councilmen Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee, and music on the […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Rotary BBQ tickets on sale now

Tickets are available now for the annual Rotary Barbecue, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The event is organized by and benefits all three Davis Rotary clubs — Sunrise, Noon and Sunset. Guests will enjoy a tasty meal of barbecued turkey and tri-tip, baked beans, […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Ace makes water-wise investment in Cal Naturals

The cost of water went up in Davis last week, but lawns aren’t thirsting for it any less. That’s a dilemma for those who want to see their yards healthy and green without concern for the monthly bill. Now, conscientious homeowners have a new resource to turn to: Cal Naturals, a nursery showcasing plants that […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

College students compete online for hunger grant

Two groups of UC Davis students are competing in a worldwide challenge to fight global hunger. The 2013 Thought for Food Challenge has put the call out to compete for seed funding. Team UC Davis, made up of students from international agricultural development and the department of plant sciences, is developing a social game for […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,