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$500 reward offered after dozens of trees vandalized

$500 reward offered after dozens of trees vandalized

WOODLAND - Police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for damaging numerous trees along County Road 102 between East Gibson Road and Farmers Central Road.

Woodland Police Sgt. Steve Guthrie said the damage was done sometime between Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. A large number of saplings and trees were either uprooted or broken off along the road.

The trees that were uprooted have been replanted, but about 36 trees were destroyed due to being broken, said Guthrie. The estimated loss for the destroyed trees is about $8,500.

Anyone with information about this act of felony vandalism, should call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.

Free tire recycling event set for April 16

Free tire recycling event set for April 16

WOODLAND - Yolo County, in cooperation with the City of Woodland’s bulky waste collection program, will host a free tire recycling event for Woodland residents on April 16, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Fairgrounds (enter on Gibson Road). During this one day event, sponsored by California Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), there will be no charge for the disposal of used tires.

There will be a limit of nine tires per vehicle. Farmers and ranchers may contact the Yolo County Farm Bureau at (530) 662-6316 to obtain a hauling permit allowing for transport of up to 20 tires per vehicle.

- All passenger car, truck, and farm tractor tires with or without rims and that are air filled with no solid areas will be accepted.

- Heavy equipment tires and tires with a diameter greater than 60 inches will not be accepted

- Tire bins full of tires will not be accepted.

Final 'Flyway Night' lecture to be held April 7

Final 'Flyway Night' lecture to be held April 7

DAVIS - Yolo Basin Foundation will hold its last Flyway Nights lecture of the season on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The speaker, Kate Mawdsley, will discuss vernal pools and their flowers, with a focus on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Mawdsley is retired from the library at UC Davis and has been an amateur botanist since the late 1970s and a docent at Jepson Prairie vernal pools since the mid-1980s. She is also a docent for the Yolo Basin Foundation and is well-known for her extensive knowledge of wildflowers.

Flyway Nights is offered monthly from November through April by the Yolo Basin Foundation and the Department of Fish and Game. The talk will be held at Fish and Game’s Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 County Road 32B (E. Chiles Rd.) in Davis. A $5 donation to support the foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested, and members are free.

City of Vacaville to conduct short-term flow study using bright pink dye

City of Vacaville to conduct short-term flow study using bright pink dye

The City of Vacaville’s Utilities Department will be conducting a short-term flow study of parts of Alamo and Ulatis creeks, and parts of Cache, Lindsey, and Barker sloughs. 

“We’re collecting information about the waterways downstream from Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of the regulatory review and permitting process with the State Water Boards,” said Travis Peterson, Water Quality Permitting Administrator with the City of Vacaville.

During the study, a bright pink dye will be used and will be visible in those waterways.  The pink (rhodamine) dye is a common water tracing dye used extensively by environmental, drinking water, and wastewater agencies to track flow patterns and detect leaks.

It is not harmful to humans, birds, fish, or other wildlife.

The study is expected to occur between March 21 and April 10 depending on weather and tidal conditions. This testing will take place two more times this year.

Free tire recycling offered at Yolo Co. landfill

Free tire recycling offered at Yolo Co. landfill

On March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling event at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland.  

Yolo County residents are encouraged to turn in their used passenger car, truck or farm tractor tires during this free event. Participants may bring in up to nine tires to be recycled free of charge.

Tires collected from this event may end up as rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) or tire-derived aggregate (TDA) in civil engineering projects throughout Yolo County. RAC is pavement material made with grounded waste tires which is durable, safe and quiet.  TDA is the second largest reuse of tires in the U.S. and helps solve a number of engineering problems where cost-effective lightweight and free-draining materials are needed.

 

City to continue annual water quality flushing program

City to continue annual water quality flushing program

VACAVILLE - The week of March 14 begins the fourth week of the City of Vacaville’s water quality flushing program. The first three weeks concluded without any interruptions. This week it is projected that Public Works crews will continue flushing areas West of Peabody Road between California Drive and Marshall Road.

The City of Vacaville conducts this program on an annual basis to ensure the highest quality water is provided to its citizens.  For further information contact the Utilities Department at (707) 469-6400 or Public Works/Field Utilities at (707) 469-6550.

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

DAVIS - The City of Davis Wetlands is open to the public for a monthly guided tour on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. These specially created wetlands use treated waste and storm water to create habitat for year round residents and migrating birds wintering in the Davis area.

Killdeer abound at the entrance to the Davis Wetlands, running in spurts under the solar panels. Their distinct call, kill-deer, can be heard repeatedly as they circle above on slender, rapidly-beating wings. These tawny shorebirds, slender members of the plover family, have two distinct, black breast bands and a red eye-ring.

Although many species of waterfowl are starting to return to their nesting areas in the north, a wide variety of ducks can still be seen at the Wetlands. Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails and Buffleheads were recently sighted.