Feds make return visit to school district’s central kitchen

Several years ago, hoping to learn more about successful farm-to-school programs, federal officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited the Davis school district’s central kitchen for a tour and informational session. Rayne Pegg, then the administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, reported being quite impressed, not just by the quality of fresh food being […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Dunnigan memorial honors fallen deputy

Five years ago, Yolo County sheriff’s deputies fanned out across this area’s farm fields and eucalyptus groves, searching for the man who took the life of one of their own.

Many of those same officers returned to Dunnigan on Friday, this time to witness the dedication of a freeway rest area in honor of their fallen brother, Deputy Jose Antonio “Tony” Diaz.

“It brings back the memories of that night, like it was yesterday,” said Deputy Jose Pineda, who was one of the first officers on the scene after Diaz, 37, was shot while pursuing suspected drunken driver Marco Topete on the night of June 15, 2008 — Father’s Day.

FamiliesFirst suspends school, residential treatment programs

With no children left at its Davis group home, EMQ FamiliesFirst announced Friday it has suspended the operations of its residential treatment program and non-public school until its state licensing issues are resolved. Another 42 FamiliesFirst employees assigned to those programs were laid off as a result of the suspensions, in addition to the 77 […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC Davis students moo-ve in

Hannah Lynch of Sacramento figures out how to climb up to her top bunk as her new UC Davis roommates — Kyrie Aragon, left, of Bakersfield and Azuzena Barrios of Los Angeles — offer suggestions. The young women are sharing a room in Campbell Hall in the Tercero residence hall complex. About 4,800 new students […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: They’re standing in for the next two weeks

Today, while my family and I are looking at vacation property in Turlock, I am happy to announce the names of the kind and dedicated folks who have volunteered to take my place here on Page 2 for the next several weeks. I say “volunteered” as if they won’t be compensated for their heroic efforts, […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Retrofit your attic for comfort and PV readiness

By Leslie Crenna Homeowners seeking a more comfortable home environment need search no longer. Through a new partnership between the Davis Energy Group and Cool Davis, dubbed Retrofit Your Attic, two contractors are offering Davis homeowners price breaks on home energy assessments and attic retrofit measures through Dec. 1. Homeowners can schedule a $99 home […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Child soldiers are focus of Tuesday’s screening

International House will screen a new video on African child soldiers, “#ZeroLRA,” from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 10 College Park. The movie will be followed by a discussion about efforts to stop the violence and involuntary subscription of child soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic. Four new interns I-House […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Kitchen Botany’ talk is Wednesday

The third installment in the “Farm It! Darn It! The Urban Homesteading Series” will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Ellen Dean, curator of the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, will give a hands-on presentation on “Kitchen Botany,” […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Autumn, a time of change

Happy first day of autumn. With the autumnal equinox, the sun crosses the equator. In four days, given our Davis location, the days start to get shorter than the nights. Weather is cueing the birds and the great migration is happening, in yards, at the ponds, in the fields. And the fall color has begun. […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Team assembled to chart schools’ future

The Davis school board on Thursday clinched its list of 26 people tasked with reinventing the district for the next decade. Composed of an equal number of district representatives and community members, the Strategic Planning Committee will convene for the first time Thursday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: You’re getting the truth, as ugly as it is

FULL DISCLOSURE … more than a handful of folks have complained in various ways about this newspaper’s “graphic” coverage of the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing for the young man accused of two gruesome murders in town five months ago … First let me say that the reporter of record here, one Lauren Keene, […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Club studies ‘The California Dream’

This year, the Woodland Shakespeare Club will look at fiction and nonfiction as it studies “The California Dream: A True Myth.” The club, one of the oldest in California, with members from throughout Yolo County, meets monthly from October through April. The president this year is Maryellen Mackenzie. Mackenzie has been a member of the […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Vet’s talk about cats canceled

An Oct. 19 visit to Davis by Sophia Yin, a veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author, has been canceled, a Yolo County spokeswoman has announced. Yin had been scheduled to speak at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, about “Cats: Get Them to Do What You Want and Stop Doing What You […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,