Thursday, November 27, 2014

Davis MRAP didn’t go far: Woodland

Davis opponents of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle that the City Council returned to the federal government can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s gone for good. To Woodland. But don’t worry. While it’s just up Highway 113, and part of the joint Woodland Police Department/Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, it won’t be making an appearance in Davis […]

Shop-local focus highlights Small Business Saturday

12 Days of Davis Downtown Dec. 1: Ken’s Bike/Ski/Board, 650 G St. Dec. 2: Fleet Feet Sports, 615 Second St. Dec. 3: Yolo Federal Credit Union, 623 Second St. Dec. 4: Outdoor Davis, 623 Second St. Dec. 5: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Dec. 6: Davis Farmers Market, Central Park Dec. 7: Mother & Baby Source, 714 Second St. Dec. 8: riki design boutique, 202 E St. Dec. 9: Davis Dermatology, […]

Looking for the gift of life

You can help To learn more about becoming a living donor, contact the UCD Transplant Center at 800-821-9912 or 916-734-2307 or visit At the age of 71, Margaret Ong is the picture of health. In addition to looking a decade younger than her years, she Zumba dances five times a week, has remained active […]

The artistic process of a neighborhood legend

Derrick Bang remembers the first time he put up Christmas decorations, 30 years ago. “I thought, ‘Let’s do something a little out of the ordinary,’ ” he recalled. Bang, who grew up in a family that was “very serious about Christmas,” intended to put a traditional Santa and reindeer in the front yard. But he wanted […]

Occupy movement settles in at UC Davis

Olson Hall on the UC Davis campus took on a calm air on Tuesday afternoon as student protesters settled in for a possibly lengthy occupation. The current focus of the group appears to be honing their operational skills. Students at UCD and across the 10-campus system are fighting tuition increases approved last week by the UC […]

Time to give thanks for nature’s beauty

Mother Nature is showcasing her colors this fall for all of us to enjoy, including a seasonally fashioned bike rider pedaling west on Russell Boulevard past a Chinese pistache grove near Highway 113.

You don’t have to go to New England to enjoy a seasonal spectacle. Here in the Central Valley, oaks and maples show off every shade of orange and yellow you can think of. Roger’s red grape leaves, too, paint the banks of Putah Creek scarlet in the UC Davis Arboretum.

And it’s not just leaves — trees and bushes like the Robinson crabapple add an extra dash of bright red for autumn.

Fremont Weir parking lot remains closed

The Fremont Weir Wildlife Area parking lot in far northern Yolo County remains closed for the hunting season, after land owners on Grey’s Bend discovered the lot built by the state Department of Water Resources in the 1970s is on their private property. The mixup seems to have happened during an exchange between public and private […]

Food fight … in a good way

As young adults go from home to a dining commons to cooking on their own, dietitian Linda Adams wants to help. “We want to show students how to cook for themselves next year,” Adams said at the inaugural “Favorites From Home” cooking challenge last Wednesday at UC Davis’ Segundo dining commons. Even if it’s just learning how […]

UC students leave campuses in protest

University of California students fighting tuition hikes systemwide walked out of classes at Davis and Berkeley on Monday and marched around those two cities in a peaceful protest. UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell estimated that about 200 students rallied on the Quad at noon. From there, they marched into downtown Davis along Third Street — […]

Adopt a family for the holidays

You can help What: Adopt a family for the holidays When: Food and gifts must be delivered by Dec. 9-11 to First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd. How: Sign up for a family by calling 530-758-8435, emailing or visiting Or, send cash: To the STEAC office at 1900 E. Eighth St., […]

‘The Nutcracker’ magic returns to Vets’ Theater

The magic of the holiday season comes to the Veterans’ Memorial Theater stage this weekend as Hanneke Lohse & Co. and the Davis Art Center present their annual “Nutcracker Ballet.” Performances are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The show and story allow everyone to be transported back to their childhood and remember their memories about the holiday,” says Sarah Nguyen, who shares the role of Clara with her younger sister, Kristy; both are Davis High School students. “That connection allows the watcher to relate to Clara following her journey and adventure.

As snow fades, California ski resorts are left high and very dry

By John Branch TWIN BRIDGES — At ski areas up and down the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, where California’s drought has hit historic proportions and the broader threat of climate change hangs heavy over an industry built on optimism, the man-made snow is flying. A couple of resorts have managed to open a […]