Bob Dunning: Will GATE by another name smell as sweet?

It’s hard to tell if the Great GATE Debate is over or just beginning. After Thursday night’s school board meeting, all we know for sure is that at least in name only, the GATE program is no more. Given that labeling one group of kids as “gifted and talented” and the rest of the kids, […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

A fitting memorial

Guests mingle on the Steve Larsen Bicycle Plaza at Davis High School following a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon as the “Spirit Rider” arch soars overhead. The plaza is between the Ron & Mary Brown Stadium entry gates and the Community Gym on Oak Avenue. Lydia Delis-Schlosser of Davis, a friend of Steve Larsen’s who got […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City bike path closed near Mace

City of Davis officials announced Friday that Caltrans is working along the city bike path north of and parallel to Interstate 80, approximately 500 feet west of the Mace Boulevard overpass to about 500 feet east of the overpass. By this week, Caltrans plans to make the path more accessible. Until then, the path is […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Whole Earth Festival takes place Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12

Check it out What: 44th annual Whole Earth Festival hosts an average of 55,000 attendees and artists ranging from musicians and dancers to carpenters and painters. Vendors, food and entertainment abound. When: Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: UC Davis Quad Info: […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged

Nature’s bling: An artisan’s ‘fermented life’

Many health-conscious people have indulged in kombucha tea, a fermented drink with reported benefits to digestion, the immune system and liver function, among others.

But how many people are wearing kombucha?

“I can only find one other person in the whole world making kombucha jewelry,” said creative wonder Sacha Laurin, a local cheesemaker who has turned her love of all things fermented into wearable art.

Laurin, a native of Australia, began her journey into this new venture about four months ago. Having made her own kombucha for years — with yeast and beneficial bacteria — she started thinking about the “mother culture” that forms when the tea is brewing.

Wildfire burns path to Pacific

BUTTE MEADOWS (AP) — A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. “We’re going to be at Mother Nature’s mercy,” Ventura County fire spokesman Tom Kruschke said. The wind-whipped fire erupted Thursday […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

GATE program gets extension, new name

After another long discussion — including much public comment — the Davis school board voted 4-0 on Thursday night to change the name of the district’s Gifted and Talented Education program to the Alternative Instructional Model program.

Acting with the same 4-0 majority, the school board also renewed the existing master plan for the program that was adopted in 2008, and extended that plan’s time frame until a new master plan is developed and adopted. The school board also directed staff to start assigning all students to an “appropriate math placement” when the new school year begins in the fall.

Bob Dunning: Jumpers make a Specktacle of themselves

SPECKTACULAR MID-AIR EVENT … Cathy Speck’s Skydiving Specktacular crew is planning an ALS awareness event Sunday (11:45 a.m.) at Skydance, west of Davis … according to Speck, who was diagnosed with the genetic form of ALS in 2009, “The focus in on party and picnic at the gathering, celebrating the love in our community,” along […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

For the record

A story published Tuesday about the recent Cap-to-Cap lobbying trip incorrectly stated that David Morris, managing director and co-founder of techDAVIS, also represents the Capitol Corridor AMTRAK route. Morris represents Capitol Corridor Ventures which has no affiliation with AMTRAK. We regret the error.

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Grand jury: Yolo jail facing challenges under prison realignment

California’s public safety realignment measure has significantly changed the inmate dynamics at the Yolo County Jail, according to a Yolo County Grand Jury report released this week. As a result, staff at the jail — formally known as the Monroe Detention Center — have had to use creative measures to avoid overcrowding and other potential […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Crash flips car near post office

A two-car crash on Pole Line Road near Fifth Street on Wednesday sent one vehicle onto its roof but caused no injuries, Davis police said. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said a vehicle traveling northbound on Pole Line was struck by a second car whose driver was pulling out of the Davis post office’s driveway at about […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woodland police investigate robbery

Woodland police are investigating the city’s second knifepoint robbery in three days. A 24-year-old Bellflower man reported being robbed at about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday while sitting in his vehicle outside the Autumn Run Apartments, 1180 Matmor Road, Sgt. Jason Brooks said. The suspect reportedly reached through the open driver’s window and took his wallet off […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

California to say how it will cut prison crowding

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — California is housing thousands of inmates out of state and sentencing thousands more to county jails instead of prison, but the draw-down in population is still not enough for the federal courts. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration faced a midnight Thursday deadline to detail how it will reduce the inmate population […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Honor Flight offers local veteran a poignant trip down memory lane

Imagine staring at a seemingly endless cluster of gold stars jutting out from a granite wall, and knowing that somewhere within that metallic constellation is a star that represents people you’ve crossed paths with. And keep in mind that the 4,048 stars — each symbolizing 100 soldiers — memorialize military personnel who were killed in […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,