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 ,

Name Droppers: UCD program manager honored as ‘emerging scholar’

A paper by Edward “Ned” Spang, program manager at the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, emerged with top honors in a Global Water Forum awards program for “emerging scholars”: Ph.D. recipients or candidates under 36 years old. Each of the some 800 entrants from around the world submitted a brief article, and the judges selected Spang’s […]

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

Enjoy stories Sunday in the Arboretum

“Los Colores de Primavera (The Colors of Spring)” is the theme of Sunday’s free storytime outdoors in the UC Davis Arboretum. Local families will discover Latin American culture at this reading from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Wyatt Deck. Games and crafts will complement the traditional stories. The free event is sponsored by UCD […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Saturday marks 30 years since DHS student was killed on campus

Saturday will mark another sad anniversary of the May 4, 1983, stabbing death of Davis High School student Thong Hy Huynh, who died on campus, during the school day, in a racially motivated attack. For Gina Daleiden — who was a student at Davis High in 1983, and is in her second term as a […]

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

Tricky task: Setting standards for English language learners

Arriving at a national definition of “English language learner” is a formidable task, best undertaken in a years-long process, a UC Davis expert argued Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco. According to Jamal Abedi, a professor of education who focuses on educational and psychological assessments, states use such a wide variety of criteria […]

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