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Davis businesses are ready for Shop Small Saturday

As more chain stores rush to move their Black Friday sales even earlier, opening on Thanksgiving Day, small businesses across the nation are saying no. When Michele Pellagrini of Sole Desire in Davis was asked whether her store would be open on Thanksgiving Day, her answer was a resounding “Never,” because she believes that is […]

California, a climate model for the world, has work to do at home

By Kate Galbraith CALmatters When Gov. Jerry Brown arrives in Paris next week for a major international conference on climate change, he will showcase one of the world’s most sweeping programs to cut greenhouse gas emissions. California has perhaps the most comprehensive cap-and-trade program in the world, setting a limit and a price for pollution […]

‘Super Cooper’ inspires children battling cancer

Cooper Cochran of Woodland waltzed into the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center pediatric infusion clinic with a broad smile and a big cardboard box. Sporting a Batman cape, the former leukemia patient had returned on his 7th birthday with reminders for the children undergoing treatments for cancer, sickle cell anemia and other childhood diseases. “Be […]

UCD whistleblower gets $1.7M settlement

A whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against former UC Davis employee Janet Keyzer, which seemingly was resolved in August 2014 after a jury awarded her $730,000, was finally put to rest last week when the University of California withdrew its appeal of the verdict and paid Keyzer nearly $1.7 million. According to a news release from Keyzer’s […]

Lawsuit alleges mentoring program ignored ‘red-flag’ warnings

One of five young boys molested by an Esparto man over a five-year time span has filed a civil lawsuit against the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America corporation and several of its Northern California chapters, alleging that the youth mentoring organization ignored multiple “red flag” warnings of possible pedophilia. Cristan James Rooms, 33, is serving […]

Farman to receive Brinley Award for community service

Moving around a lot can be tough on a kid. Just ask Cathy Farman. She attended eight different schools between sixth grade and her sophomore year of high school, only landing at Davis High after her family moved here when she was in 10th grade. It was, she said, “a wonderful place to stay in one place […]

Susan and Reed Youmans named Citizens of the Year

Join the fun What: The Covell and Brinley awards will be presented publicly at the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s 111th Installation Gala When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 Where: ARC Ballroom, UC Davis Tickets: $100 each; visit www.davischamber.com, stop by 603 Third St. or call 530-756-5160 This year’s Covell Award winners are Reed and Susan Youmans, […]

Hard-working UC Davis athletes help the needy

With almost 100 UC Davis athletes serving as hosts, more than two dozen area homeless people were given a little tender, loving care on Sunday.

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner came early for the region’s less fortunate as turkey and all the trimmings were served at Davis Community Church.

Members of UCD’s Athletes in Action and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee provided the setting, working weeks before to get the word out to transients and less-fortunate families that the holidays were being celebrated once again.

City weighs ideas for reining in alcohol-fueled crime

As City Hall staffers rapidly seek solutions to increasing crime stemming from Davis’ downtown nightlife scene, what kind of alcohol restrictions are being contemplated? By enacting a moratorium this fall on new bars and restaurants exceeding 2,500 square feet and serving alcohol, city staff has frozen the expansion of nightlife downtown as a way of buying time to develop a new […]

UC Davis project eyes solutions for small chicken farms

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the Eggmobile, of course.

The Eggmobile, a bright red chicken barn on wheels, provides protection and overnight housing for a flock of 150 young laying chickens on UC Davis’ new Pastured Poultry Farm.

The graduate student project, which was launched in July on 4.5 acres about a mile west of the central UCD campus, is a living laboratory for pasture-based poultry farms, which are growing in popularity. Research also will help those who keep backyard flocks.

The pasture is protected from predators by a portable electronic fence and is surrounded by a 50-foot band of uncultivated land to serve as a wildlife buffer.

The Eggmobile is moved around the pasture to give chickens fresh grazing space and to allow them to …

Pen pals help keep sister-city relationship thriving

The 24-year relationship between Davis and its sister city Rutilio Grande, El Salvador, is being extended to the next generation, thanks to some Emerson Junior High School students who have struck up a pen-pal relationship with students in Rutilio Grande. The Spanish 2 students taught by longtime Davis teacher Sharon Davies wrote letters to their […]

Cats find homes with hospital staff after fires

By Cody Kitaura After their homes were destroyed and their paws charred, several cats brought to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have found homes with the staff members who bandaged the animals’ wounds. “So many people were so deeply affected by this; there was an overwhelming desire to be more involved with the […]

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