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Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services. 

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health will merge with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.  For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain in its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  In 2015, it will join Planning and Building, located at 292 W. Beamer Street in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications.

Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Trash to Table: Learn How to Rescue Home Food Waste

Are you tired of throwing away brown bananas and delegating unused celery and carrot tops to the compost bin?  Do you feel frustrated comparing the mound of melon to the mountain of rind on your cutting board?  Americans waste about 40% of their food, and up to 25% of that is at home.  Fight the statistics by joining the Davis Food Co-op “thrift wizards” for a food waste reduction demonstration on Thursday, June 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, located at 314 East 14th Street in Davis.

Learn easy, creative ways to rescue the contents of your refrigerator crisper drawer, whether it's making a tart and flavorful grapefruit syrup, pickling a watermelon rind or discovering how to use a vanilla bean three ways.  It takes a little effort, a lot of creativity and some chemistry to stretch a food budget and help save the planet.  See how it’s done, try samples, and take home the recipes!

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Update on June Gardening Classes for Children at Community Garden

Two free gardening classes for children will be held in June at the Hannah and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, sponsored by the Yolo County Health Department and located adjacent to the Bauer Building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  Tuleyome Home Place Adventures will be leading the activities for each class. 

This Thursday, June 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (note: new time), the “Tommy the Tomato” class will teach kids how to make tomato cages for their home garden and includes an art contest.  Art supplies will be provided or young artists can bring their finished artwork or poem to the garden.  Entries must include at least one “tomato-like” element with the rest up to the imagination.  Winners in five age group categories (starting at 3 years and under, and up to 18 years) will be featured at the Woodland Tomato Festival in August.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Solar Cooking Festival

Solar Cooking Festival

Learn to cook with the sun at this free event at William Land Park. This is a perfect opportunity for novices and solar cooking pros. When most people see it they say, "It's so easy!"

Watch local and international chefs demonstrate their cooking techniques. Solar chefs will hold mini solar-cooking classes to get you started. You can purchase new solar cookers or learn how to make one at home. 

Solar cookers help families throughout the world. You can learn more about the international outreach at this event or on-line at solarcookers.org

If you are a Solar Chef and would like to find out how to participate, go to http://solarcookers.org/events/festival/  

Online registration ends July 16th. This will be a unique opportunity to work alongside solar chefs from Kenya, Norway, Uganda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

This is a family-friendly event, so no alcohol please.

Biodigester turns campus waste into campus energy

Biodigester turns campus waste into campus energy

More than a decade ago, Ruihong Zhang, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of California, Davis, started working on a problem: How to turn as much organic waste as possible into as much renewable energy as possible. Today, on Earth Day, the university and Sacramento-based technology partner CleanWorld are officially unveiling the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) at the campus’ former landfill... Read More

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.