Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fernandes makes it official: He’s a candidate for Davis school board

Davis school board trustee Alan Fernandes filed candidacy papers on Friday seeking the remaining two years of the seat he was appointed to fill in May. “I am optimistic about the future of our district and would be honored to continue serving the people of this community and rebuilding our schools for the future,” he […]

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the […]

Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel’s Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight Sunday. However, it […]

Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) — A rapidly spreading wildfire in Northern California forced the evacuation of about 700 homes Saturday as it raced through Sierra Nevada foothills turned tinder-dry by drought. Evacuation orders were expanded in and around the River Pines Estates community in Amador County. Previous orders had covered about 250 homes about 40 miles east of […]

State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California’s state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused “water stations” at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can’t take them at all. In ways big and small, the state […]

Bob Dunning: He comes not to praise the aqueduct, but to bury it

My friend Tom, who grew up in Davis, but realized one day that the sun doesn’t rise and set only on Yolo County, wrote the other day with “a few notes on water usage in California.” For starters, Tom suggests we stop growing cotton. Yes, cotton. While many folks in the north state assume cotton […]

Rairdan joins race for Davis school board

Chuck Rairdan filed his candidacy papers with the Yolo County Elections Office on Friday, seeking one of the three open four-year seats on the Davis school board in the Nov. 4 election. An administrator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at its regional headquarters in San Francisco, Rairdan began his career with the Corps in […]

Appeals court upholds high-speed rail route

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California’s high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. The decision is a short-term win for Gov. Jerry Brown, who has prioritized the $68-billion project that has become bogged down by legal and regulatory challenges. The Third […]

Bob Dunning: Hey, we want more than one thin dime

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T … earlier this week, when UC Davis exercised its option to siphon away 1.8 million gallons a day of the city of Davis’ share of Sacramento River water, we were told it was a great day for Davis ratepayers because the campus was forking over $20 million for […]

Carwash raises funds for funeral expenses

Friends and family members of Chris Argumedo, 18, who died Saturday after hitting his head in a fall from a moving car, are hosting a carwash fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help his family with funeral costs. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Davis Joint Unified School […]

New-home sales plummet in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate […]

Official: Air Algerie flight ‘probably crashed’

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France’s foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane “probably crashed.” Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff […]

Victim of fatal crash identified

The motorist who died in a fiery solo-vehicle crash Monday near Woodland has been identified as Joseph Paul Guerra, 46, of Sacramento, according to the Yolo County coroner’s office. California Highway Patrol officers say Guerra was at the wheel of a 2010 Ford Flex that, for unknown reasons, ran off the road at County Road […]

Trust fund established for young crash victims’ family

A trust fund has been established for the family of two Clarksburg children who were killed in a vehicle crash earlier this month. Alexander Guzman, 5, and Angel Guzman, 2, died July 11 after the car driven by their mother Imelda Guzman ran off the road and struck a tree on rural Jefferson Boulevard. Imelda […]