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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

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Vacaville employees halt strike after city agrees to mediation


VACAVILLE - The city of Vacaville is back to normal for the time being now that striking city employees have temporarily agreed to go back to work.

Members of Local 39 came off the picket lines Friday afternoon after the city agreed to mediation as contract negotiations continue.

Since Wednesday, Local 39 member Alex Mummert and nearly 100 of the city's operating engineers who maintain critical infrastructure have been on the sidewalks outside City Hall and on other picket lines. Their goal has been to raise public awareness about Vacaville's move to cut wages for Local 39 members by 21.5 percent. Union leaders said for their members that could be as much as $1,200 to $1,500 per month.

"My rent payment is $1,500 a month, so if I can find a house to live in for 300 bucks a month, I'm good. Anybody know where that is?" Mummert asked.

UC Davis researcher pleads no contest to explosive chemicals, firearms charges


A UC Davis researcher entered a no-contest plea to 17 charges in connection to an explosion at his Davis apartment last Jan. 17.

David Snyder, a chemist, was accused of having chemicals such as ammonium perchlorate (used in rocket fuel) in his Russell Park campus apartment. Court documents also listed firearms and ammunition in his home that are prohibited on campus.

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Will strike delay expensive Vacaville water project?


VACAVILLE - Could a strike by workers in Vacaville slow progress on the biggest public works project in the city's history, putting the city at risk of substantial fines?

The city acknowledges the strike could have an impact on it's $150 million water treatment plant addition, a project the city fought to avoid for years. The project is required by the state to bring water discharged by the plant to a level cleaner than drinking water.

"If we aren't treating the effluent at the highest level by May first, yes, we face some penalties. The state will ultimately decide what those will be if that occurred," city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

Construction on the water filtration project is set to wrap up by the end of the year, with the plant under a deadline to be up and running by May 1, 2015.

Managing irrigation systems proves challenging during drought


WOODLAND - For every 10 or so sprinkler heads across the city of Woodland, there's a valve inside a box that is connected to other equipment. At any moment, those pieces can break or malfunction, leading to a big mess that public officials are struggling to control.

On Tuesday, water from city sprinklers poured out onto Pioneer Avenue. The sight made Mike Woodward so angry that he shot video of it with his phone and posted it on Facebook for all to see.

"I just think, maybe, the city could just be a little more careful of how water is being used and wasted," Woodward said.

Woodward said it's hardly an isolated incident because he's seen repeated examples of the city's water waste around town.

"Two things: 1) over-watering and 2) not checking sprinklers often enough to make sure there isn't broken or missing sprinklers," Woodward said.

Global Confucius Institute Day and Davis Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Global Confucius Institute Day and Davis Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony
Global Confucius Institute Day and Davis Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony
09-27-2014 - 09-27-2014
Confucius Institute at UC Davis
http://confucius.ucdavis.edu/programs/specialevents/global.html
Admission: Free
 
(530) 754-2787
 
http://tickets.mondaviarts.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=3085
Start Time(s): Sat 1pm-5pm Screening 2pm
Global Confucius Institute Day and Davis Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony is a free event featuring a screening of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman The event will also feature pre-event activities and a special Q&A session For a full event schedule, click here
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